Since it published the first Environmental Report in RY1999, the Kubota Group has disclosed its environmental information every year. Environmental information, such as the initiatives taken by the entire Group and each business site and the results of the activities, are communicated through the Group’s website. In addition, environmental communication is also promoted at each business site for the purpose of achieving symbiosis with local communities, thereby enhancing understanding of the environmental conservation activities.
In October 2016, at the 60th National Convention for Environmental Sanitation sponsored by the Japan Environmental Sanitation Center, Mr. Mitsuru Iwao of the Sales Department, Kubota Environmental Service Co., Ltd. received the Minister of Environment Award for Contributor in the Research and Development on Waste and Wastewater Treatment Tank.
This award is granted to individuals and organizations that have made excellent achievement in research and development in the field of waste and wastewater treatment tank. Mr. Iwao has made substantial contribution to the dissemination of the sludge treatment centers through his long years of research on themes related to wastewater treatment, such as high-load method, methane fermentation, and phosphorous recovery. This contribution was highly appreciated and resulted in the award.
The high-efficient twin screw press dehydrator for water and wastewater treatment developed by Kubota’s Water Engineering & Solution Business Unit received the Economy, Trade and Industry Minister’s Award, the highest place, at the 42nd Outstanding Environmental Systems Awards held by the Japan Society of Industrial Machinery Manufactures (JSIM) in June 2016. The high-efficient twin screw press dehydrator is a system to dehydrate sludge generated from sewage treatment plants, etc. and reduce its volume.
The purpose of this awarding program is to promote research and development of environmental conservation technologies, and dissemination of outstanding environmental systems. The eligible systems are those contributing to conservation of the global environment, being sold for ten or less years and operating in practice for at least six months.
The high-efficient twin screw press dehydrator system was awarded for its uniqueness in that the screw axis increased from single to twin, the dehydration performance improved from conventional machines, economic performance realizing reduction of running cost, and future potential ensuring applicability not only in Japan but also to overseas.
In June 2016, Kubota Agricultural Machinery (Suzhou) Co., Ltd. (China) received the Environmental Management Outstanding Company Award from the Suzhou Industrial Park National Land Environment Protection Bureau.
This awarding program evaluates the operation of the environmental management systems of the companies in the Suzhou Industrial Park, introduction of advanced environmental facilities, and the improvement activities to improve environmental performance. Its aim is to reduce the environmental risks in the Park by improving the company’s environmental awareness and the management level. Ten out of the 37 companies that had applied received the award at the environmental event held at the Yangcheng Lake on the World Environment Day of June 5.
Kubota Agricultural Machinery (Suzhou) will continuously promote environmental conservation activities by steadily operating the environmental management.
In June 2016, Kubota Construction Machinery (Wuxi) Co., Ltd. (China) received the Eco (ecosystem) Civilization Public Interest Award 2016 from Wuxi New District Environmental Protection Agency, China.
This awarding program, aimed at improving the social responsibility awareness regarding the environment of the companies belonging to the New District, evaluates the initiatives for the environmental conservation and the activities of environmental education for employees. In RY2016, ten companies out of over 1000 companies were awarded. The award-winning companies are expected to fulfill their social responsibilities related to the environment, raise the environmental awareness of employees by enhancing the environmental education, and actively participate in social contribution activities, with the aim of building an ecological civilization in the New District.
We will continue to make efforts to ensure compliance with the environmental laws and regulations, and improve the environmental awareness of employees.
In February 2016, Kubota Engine (Wuxi) Co., Ltd. (China) was certified as a “water conservation model company 2015” by the Wuxi Municipal Bureau of Water, China. This system certifies companies, offices, local communities, schools, etc. that have been recognized for their initiatives for saving water or tackling pollution, as models for building a water-saving society in China, and offers subsidiaries to them. On-site inspections, interviews with employees, and documentary examinations have found that Kubota Engine (Wuxi) is actively and systematically promote activities focusing on water conservation, that the water conservation effect of the introduction of a wastewater treatment and recycling system is obvious, and that these are advanced initiatives. This resulted in the certification.
Kubota Engine (Wuxi) Co., Ltd. will make continuous efforts to reduce the water use and discharge, and other actions to reduce environmental load.
In May 2016, Kubota Construction Machinery (Wuxi) Co., Ltd. and Kubota Engine (Wuxi) Co., Ltd. acquired the “Green,” the highest rating in the FY2015 Wuxi New District Corporate Environmental Protection Reliability Evaluation by the Environmental Protection Bureau of the Wuxi City New District. The aim of this evaluation system is to pursue sustainable development of economy and society through encouraging the companies in the Wuxi City New District to enhance environmental management, ensure thorough compliance with the environmental regulations, and raise awareness of their social responsibility. Reliability of environmental conservation of each company is rated in 5 ranks.
The two companies will continue to be sincerely committed to environmental protection, and aim to be companies recognized by society.
In December 2016, P.T. Kubota Indonesia received the BLUE PROPER award for the fifth time from the environment minister of the Indonesian government for its corporate activities during a year from July 2015. The PROPER (the Environmental Performance Rating Program) is a rating program of the Indonesian ministry of the environment, which assesses the companies’ status of compliance with the environmental regulations and the status of implementation of environmental measures, and discloses them to the public. The aim of this program is to raise companies’ awareness about environmental management, and encourage implementation of activities for energy saving, conservation of biodiversity, and community development.
The BLUE PROPER award is given to companies that comply with 100% of the environmental regulations and properly operate the environmental management system. P.T. Kubota Indonesia will make continuous efforts to enhance environmental management.
SIAM KUBOTA Metal Technology Co., Ltd. (SKMT), SIAM KUBOTA Corporation Co., Ltd. (head office, SKCN), and KUBOT Precision Machinery (Thailand) Co., Ltd. (KPMT) received the Green Industry Award in 2016 from the Thai government after being recognized as clean plants that are environmentally conscious. This award is broken down into five levels, (with Level 5 being the highest). SKMT and KPMT were rewarded Level 3 for having established a management system in which PDCA is solidly operated, while SKCN was rewarded Level 4 in recognition of having a well-established corporate culture that carries out environmental conservation activities.
The Kubota Group’s business and CSR report “KUBOTA REPORT 2016 (Full Report Version)” received the Special Award for Reliable Reporting (The Japanese Association of Assurance Organizations for Sustainability Information Chairman’s Award) in the environmental report category of the 20th Environmental Communication Awards.
The Environmental Communication Awards are a commendation program for excellent environmental reporting, with the aim of promoting environmental communication between business operators and their related parties, and further activating their commitment to environmental initiatives. It was the second time, following the previous year, for Kubota to receive the Special Award for Reliable Reporting, which is presented to environmental reports that demonstrate particular efforts made to improve reliability and transparency in communication of information on the environmental initiatives. The KUBOTA REPORT 2016 was appreciated for its clearly describing how the Kubota Group is advancing its initiatives in line with the latest trends related to sustainability, with recognition of the relationships between social issues and the Group’s businesses. The Report’s clear presentation of the entire image of environmental loads and the policies for stakeholders also resulted in the awarding.
The Kubota Group will make continuous efforts to further improve the reliability and comprehensiveness of its environmental reporting, while enhancing information communication to help stakeholders deepen understanding toward the Group.
The Kubota Utsunomiya Plant received the highest prize in the Kanto Electricity Use Rationalization Committee Chairman’s Awards in February 2016.
In this awarding program, plants, offices, and individuals that have made remarkable achievements in promoting the rationalization of the use of electricity are recognized based on the comprehensive evaluation on their organizational management, electric power management, facility management, equipment efficiency, and other initiatives. By broadly presenting such achievements to society, it is aimed to raise the public awareness of the importance of the electricity use rationalization. The Utsunomiya Plant was awarded the highest prize for its full-scale introduction of amorphous transformers and the introduction of high-efficiency modular chiller to reduce CO2 by 70% generated from air-conditioners.
These initiatives were also presented at external training seminars. The Utsunomiya Plant is also a member of the Tochigi Prefecture Electricity Use Rationalization Committee, engaging in the activities to reduce environmental load not only within the plant but broadly for the local community.
P.T. Kubota Indonesia holds an educational program on energy conservation at elementary schools near its plant. The program was held in November 2016 at two elementary schools, in which a total of 409 students participated. The company’s 12 employees in the human resources and administration departments visited the schools and talked about how to save energy or water at home, after actually changing the schools’ about 100 light bulbs into LED bulbs. At the end of the program, the staff distributed posters calling for the use of LED bulbs and energy conservation to the children and asked them to use LED bulbs and put up the poster at their home.
With the replacement with LED bulbs, the classrooms became brighter and cooler because there is no longer the heat from incandescent bulbs. We believe that the program was a good opportunity for the children to learn about energy conservation through hands-on experience.
We will continue to provide this program at other schools near the plant.
SIAM KUBOTA Corporation Co., Ltd. (Thailand) believes that environmental communication with its stakeholders is important, and thus has its staff members visit each stakeholder and deliver the company’s CSR and environmental information leaflets. In April 2016, our representatives visited Nava Nakorn Public Co., Ltd., the owner of the Nava Nakorn Industrial Estate in which our plant is located, and each stakeholder in the neighboring municipalities of Ayutthaya Province and Pathum Thani Province. We also distributed the leaflets in which the reports on the CSR and environmental activities promoted at our plant and the data regarding environmental load are provided. These visits enabled us to fulfill our accountability to our stakeholders and listen to their various opinions.
In 2017, we will promote provision of environmental information for the local communities. We will make continuous efforts to build better relationships with our stakeholders and fulfill our corporate responsibility.