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Environmental Management Basic Policy

Today we face various environmental problems. Many environmental problems, from those unique to each region to those on a global scale, exist around the world. As they are complexly intertwined and continuing to deteriorate, achieving a sustainable society is a global common challenge. Companies are expected to play an increasingly larger role in tackling this challenge.
Since the time of its foundation, the Kubota Group has pursued a mission of solving social problems in developing its businesses. Toward the realization of “For Earth, For Life,” the Kubota Group will contribute to the realization of a sustainable society through its environmental management initiatives.

The Kubota Group Environmental Charter

  • The Kubota Group aspires to create a society where sustainable development is possible on a global scale.
  • The Kubota Group contributes to the conservation of global and local environments through its environmentally friendly operations, products, technologies, services, and corporate activities.

The Kubota Group Environmental Action Guidelines

  1. Environmental Conservation Efforts in All Business Activities
    1. We promote environmental conservation measures in all stages of our corporate activities, including product development, production, sales, physical distribution, and service.
    2. We also request that our suppliers understand the importance of environmental conservation efforts and cooperate in this regard.
  2. Global Environmental Conservation
    1. We promote global environmental conservation measures intended for dealing with climate change, creating a recycling- based society, conserving water resources, and controlling chemical substances.
    2. We promote global environmental conservation by providing products, technologies, and services that contribute to solving environmental problems.
    3. We strive to ensure our corporate activities are friendly to the natural environment and biodiversity.
  3. Environmental Protection to Create a Symbiotic Relationship with Local Societies
    1. We make efforts in the reduction of environmental risks and promote our business activities with proper consideration for the protection of local environments, including pollution prevention.
    2. We actively participate in environmental beautification/education activities in local communities.
  4. Our Voluntary and Organized Efforts in Environmental Conservation
    1. By introducing the environmental management system and establishing voluntary targets and action plans, we work on our daily business operations.
    2. We endeavor to enhance environmental awareness through active environmental education/enlightenment activities.
    3. We actively provide the stakeholders with environment-related information.
    4. We collect stakeholders' opinions broadly through environmental communication, and reflect the findings in our environmental activities.

Message from the Environmental Conservation Control Officer

We will push forward with initiatives across the entire Kubota Group aimed at achieving our Environmental Vision.

Koichi Yamamoto
Managing Executive Officer
General Manager of Manufacturing
Engineering Headquarters
(Environmental Conservation Control Officer)

We at the Kubota Group formulated our Environmental Vision to quantify the target situation for 2050. To bring that vision to life, we are pressing forward with efforts throughout our business’ entire value chain, including resource procurement, manufacturing and during use by the customer.
Our business fields are diverse; including agriculture, water infrastructure, and the living environments. The network of sites that manufacture and sell our products has also expanded globally. Going forward, we will work to enhance the environmental performance of our products, to provide solutions that minimize the emissions of greenhouse gases, to make steady progress toward reducing the environmental impacts of our sites around the world, and to build a society that is carbon neutral and resilient.

Environmental Management Approach

1. Concepts of Environmental Management

The Kubota Group has established the “For Earth, For Life” Brand Statement as its concept for environmental management. It expresses the Group’s aspiration to balance its business growth and contribution to environmental conservation through its environment-friendly products, technologies, services and corporate activities, as it aims for ongoing synergistic development with society in order to continue supporting the prosperous life of humans while protecting the environment of this beautiful earth.
The Group has set five basic items for its environmental conservation, namely, “Mitigating and Adapting to Climate Change,” “Working towards a Recycling-based Society,” “Conserving Water Resources,” “Controlling Chemical Substances,” and “Conserving Biodiversity.” Based on these items, the Group is committed to the development of society and the conservation of the global environment through the delivery of products, technologies and services that help solve the social problems in the fields of food, water, and the living environment and through the reduction of the environmental loads and environmental risks of its corporate activities.

2. Materiality in Environmental Management

The Kubota Group has identified material issues (priority issues) in its environmental conservation activities, taking into consideration their importance in business, requests and expectations from stakeholders, and social trends.

Process for Identifying Materiality
Step 1 Gathering and analyzing information
We gathered and analyzed information on international frameworks and policy trends, key external evaluation indicators, global trends in the Kubota Group’s business fields, etc.
Step 2 Listing material issues
Through discussions at the ESG Management Strategy Committee and interviews with relevant internal departments, and dialogues with ESG (environment, society, governance) investment institutions and external experts, we listed issues relating to environmental conservation.
Step 3 Identifying materiality
We examined the identified issues from the perspectives of both the importance to stakeholders and the importance to the Kubota Group, and plotted the identified priority issues on a matrix.
Step 4 Formulating and implementing key measures
After identifying the impacts (risks and opportunities) related to issues with a high degree of importance for both stakeholders and the Kubota Group, we formulate key measures and promote the steady implementation thereof.
  • Materiality Matrix

Materiality Awareness
Mitigating and Adapting to Climate Change Against a backdrop of more frequently occurring natural disasters caused by abnormal weather and other factors believed to be linked to climate change, tackling this challenge has become an issue of global proportions. As a corporate group that conducts business activities throughout the globe, the Kubota Group believes in the importance of working to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases in the corporate value chain as well as undertaking adaptive measures designed to avoid and reduce damage due to the impact of climate change.
Conserving Water Resources Access to safe drinking water is a critical part of life-supporting infrastructure. Despite this, there are many people throughout the world that cannot access safe drinking water. The Kubota Group has defined “Water” as one of its business areas, and believes in the importance of becoming more deeply committed to the supply of safe, secure water through the construction of water infrastructure, as well as conserving local water resources, which includes saving water, recycling wastewater, and applying water quality-related risk management at its business sites.
Working towards a Recycling-based Society Mineral resources are used widely throughout modern society, but there is a limit to the amount existing on the planet. More recently, increasing amounts of waste and marine plastic pollution have become global issues. Likewise, the Kubota Group believes in the importance of providing waste processing services and related equipment, for example, as solutions for issues related to the garbage generated from human lifestyles and economic activities, as well as effectively utilizing resources and reducing waste in the business value chain.
Conserving Biodiversity As part of agriculture, living things are the resource that is subject to harvest, where ecosystems denote the interrelation between the environments that produce living resources and other living things. Meanwhile, biodiversity is an essential factor for abundant, stable food production. The Kubota Group defines “Food” as one of its business areas, and in addition to addressing greater efficiency in agriculture and a diverse range of needs, we believe in the importance of delivering products and services that contribute to the conservation of biodiversity, as well as undertaking business activities in consideration of biodiversity impact assessments, and protecting the natural environment around its business sites.
Controlling Chemical Substances Chemical substances have become an essential part of our lifestyles. On the other hand, chemical substances hold the potential to significantly impact humans and ecosystems, a fact that has led to stringent laws and regulations related to their appropriate use and control. The Kubota Group believes in the importance of appropriately controlling the chemical substances contained in its products and handled at its business sites in order to minimize the impact on customers, those who live and work near its business sites, employees, and ecosystems.

3. Risks and Opportunities

The Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) set up by the Financial Stability Board (FSB) released its final report in June 2017 to provide companies with recommendations for assessing and disclosing the financial implications of climate change.
In light of the climate change-related risks (transitional risk, physical risk) and opportunities recommended for disclosure by the TCFD and other organizations, the Kubota Group endeavors to continuously assess the implications related to materiality (basic items for environmental conservation) considered to have a high degree of importance for stakeholders and the Kubota Group from the perspective of risks and opportunities. Moreover, we make efforts towards reducing risks and creating value from opportunities.

Envisaged scenario Impact on the Group Time horizon*
and Adapting to
Climate Change
  • Stricter regulations for companies related to energy saving and controls on the emissions of greenhouse gases, etc.
Increase in regulatory compliance cost
  • High energy prices due to structural changes in energy driven by accelerating moves towards decarbonization and expanded use of renewable energy, etc.
Increase in product development and manufacturing costs
  • Increasing frequency and severity of weather disasters such as typhoons and torrential rains driven by climate change
Negative impact on the Group and its suppliers
  • More pests, lower crop yields
  • Changes in agricultural style due to relocation of suitable farming land, etc.
Loss of selling opportunities    
  • Transition to next-generation power, such as electrification, and discontinuation of products with poor energy efficiency in line with growing interest in climate change among our markets and customer base
Increase in product development cost Loss of selling opportunities    
  • Stronger calls for disclosure of climate action
Deterioration in stakeholder trust
  • Launch of products and services that facilitate energy savings, energy creation, and decarbonization
Expansion of selling opportunities
  • Accelerate energy-saving measures, such as upgrading to high-efficiency equipment at business sites
Increase in productivity
  • Growing demand for agricultural machinery and farming solutions in step with the change of agricultual practices
  • Increased demand for water infrastructure that is resilient to floods, droughts, and other weather disasters
Expansion in business related to adapting to climate change  
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  • Expansion of regulations on import, export and use of discarded plastic and stricter waste-related regulations, etc.
Increase in regulatory compliance cost
  • Resource depletion and soaring resource prices
Increase in manufacturing costs
  • Expanded use of recycled materials towards the transition to a recycling-based economy
Increase in product development and manufacturing costs  
  • Launch of products that consider resource recycling, including the use of recycled materials
  • Contribution to the effective use of resources through the deployment of environmental and waste-disposal services
  • Promotion of easier product maintenance and used product recycling
Expansion of selling opportunities
  • Acceleration of resource conservation measures at business sites
Improvement of resource efficiency
  • Non-compliance with wastewater standards, etc.
  • Stricter water-related regulations, etc.
Fines and shutdowns
Lower social credibility
Increase in regulatory compliance cost
  • High water prices due to aging water infrastructure and shortage of available water for industrial use
Increase in manufacturing costs
  • Increasing frequency and severity of weather disasters such as flooding and drought driven by climate change
  • Water use restrictions in areas of high water risk
Negative impact on the Group and its suppliers
  • Lower crop yields due to shortage of water resources
  • Changes in agricultural styles due to relocation of suitable farming land, etc.
Loss of selling opportunities  
  • Changes in needs for products and services in regions with high water risk
Increase in product development and manufacturing costs  
  • Expansion in need for solutions for Water & the Environment-related products that ensure access to safe and secure water and wastewater treatment and recycling treatment facilities that comply with stricter regulations
Expansion of selling opportunities
  • Expansion in water conservation and wastewater reuse at business sites
Increase in productivity
  • Expansion in need for water infrastructure that is highly resistant to flooding, droughts, and other disasters
Expansion in business related to adapting to climate change
Controlling Chemical
  • Non-compliance with chemical substance-related environmental standards
  • Stricter chemical substance-related regulations, etc.
Fines and shutdowns
Lower social credibility
Increase in regulatory compliance cost
  • Launch of products compliant with emissions gas regulation and toxic substance use regulation
Expansion of selling opportunities
  • Decreased use of potentially toxic substances at business sites
Improvement in working environment
  • Decreased use of paints and improved yields at business sites
Increase in productivity
  • Violation of biodiversity-related regulations
Fines and litigation    
  • Decline in natural capital
Shortages of raw materials and water resources
Increase in procurement costs
  • Inappropriate land use, pollutant emissions, and excessive resource consumption, etc.
  • Sales of products with a low level of environmental performance
Litigation raised by local communities
Lower social credibility
Customer churn
  • Stronger calls for disclosure of action on biodiversity
Deterioration in stakeholder trust
  • Greater demand for products and services that contribute to sustainable agriculture, including restrictions on the excessive use of agrochemicals and fertilizer
  • Launch of products and the like that curb exhaust gas emissions, noise, and vibrations
  • Rising demand for products and services that contribute to the recovery and recycling of resources
Expansion of selling opportunities  
  • Promotion of activities that consider biodiversity and environmental communication with local communities
Improve brand image
Improvement of employees' environmental awareness
  • Timing of manifestation is presented as short term (within three years), medium term (between three and five years), and long term (more than five years).

4. Key Measures

In order to address the issues identified as materiality, the Kubota Group promotes the following key measures from the perspective of the value chain.