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Environmental Management

The NSK Group is implementing various policies to contribute to society's sustainable development and to decrease the company's environmental impact. The following is a report on its systems for promoting environmental management.

  • NSK Group's Environmental Management
  • Environment Policy
  • Product's lifecycle and the NSK's business activities on the environment
  • NSK Group Environmental Structure
  • Compliance and Environmental Risk Control
  • Environmental Education
  • ISO14001
  • NSK Biodiversity Guidelines

NSK Group's Environmental Management

NSK Group's Environmental Management
The NSK Group adheres to the principle that global environmental protection, as outlined in the Group’s mission statement, must be an ever-present concern in all business activities. Accordingly, the Group states in its Environmental Policy that environmental management forms the basis of its existence and pursuits. The NSK Group strives to raise the awareness of every single employee while working to create environmentally friendly products, implement global warming countermeasures and measures for resource conservation and recycling and reduce the use of environmentally harmful substances.

Environment Policy

NSK Environmental Policy

Our commitment to environmental management forms the basis of our existence and our pursuits. We are determined to take independent and assertive actions, aiming to establish sustainable societies.

  • 1. Prevention of Global Warming
    To actively support efforts to prevent global warming by developing environmentally friendly manufacturing processes and technologies.
  • 2. Reduction of Negative Environmental Impact
    To establish and continually improve environmental management systems and systems for the management of chemical substances in products; to comply with regulations, to prevent pollution, and to reduce environmental impact
  • 3. Contribution to Societies
    To be actively involved in the social development of local communities where we operate by promoting our global corporate activities, to create affluent societies that is in harmony with the environment, and to promote the biodiversity conservation.

Environmental Code of Conduct

  • 1. To promote the development of manufacturing technologies through the use of our Tribology (friction control and lubrication technologies) in order to create environmentally-oriented products.
  • 2. To ensure energy and resource conservation within all spheres of our business operations.
  • 3. To reform environmental management organizations by improving operational systems and clarifying chains of responsibility.
  • 4. To more aggressively tackle environmental protection by setting and adhering to high internal standards, in addition to complying with laws, ordinances, and agreements.
  • 5. To reduce environmental impact by promoting the switch from chemical substances that adversely affect the environment to environmentally friendly alternative substances, waste reduction, and recycling.
  • 6. To encourage employees to understand our environmental policies and to ensure an environmental mindset in the company through education and internal communications.
  • 7. To contribute to societies by conducting social environmental activities and addressing issues related to the preservation of ecosystems and human health.
  • 8. To actively communicate with environmental authorities and local communities in order to receive insightful and constructive opinions, and to disclose the ongoing status of our environmental management activities to the public.

Established December 12, 1997
Revised June 25, 2015

Product's lifecycle and the NSK's business activities on the environment

NSK products are integral components in a wide range of machinery, from ordinary home appliances to automobiles, trains, aircraft and rockets, as well as industrial robots, machine tools and more. In addition to reducing the direct environmental impact of manufacturing and other activities, NSK Group seeks to develop products that help conserve resources and energy when used in conjunction with customers' machinery in various social settings, after they have been delivered and incorporated as parts. Consideration is also given to developing products that are easy to recycle at the end-of-life disposal stage. The overriding goal is to maximize environmental benefits while reducing the impact of products in every stage of the product lifecycle.

Product's lifecycle and the NSK's business activities on the environment
Product Design and Development Stage

Product Design and Development Stage

In this stage, NSK is focusing on deepening communication and working closely with customers to develop environmentally friendly products. The idea is to maximize the environmental benefits of products, mainly in terms of energy and resource conservation, when they are used by customers as part of their machinery. In the manufacturing stage, NSK is also developing environmental protection technologies involving environmentally friendly manufacturing techniques that make processing easier, improve raw material yields and achieve other goals. (Details go to Environmentally Friendly Products)
Procurement Stage

Procurement Stage

NSK Group procures materials and parts from its suppliers that do not include environmentally harmgul substances, and is working to reduce the environmental impact of the entire supply chain.
Manufacturing Stage

Manufacturing Stage

NSK sees the manufacturing stage as having the most profound effect on the natural environment, directing Group activities towards measures that target energy, waste, recycling and environmentally harmful substances.
Distribution Stage

Distribution Stage

By optimizing transportation methods and improving loading efficiency, NSK Group is trying to reduce in the amount of the exhaust of CO2. And the Group is actively promoting the “3R” of reducing, reusing, and recycling packaging and wrapping materials.
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Assembly stage

NSK products are installed in machines used by customers, where they help to reduce environmental impact mainly by saving resources and energy. From the product design stage onward, NSK works to deliver substantial environmental benefits, focusing on products that are lightweight, deliver lower torque and have a longer operating life, as well as reducing noise and vibration.
Utilization Stage and Waste and Recycling Stages

Utilization Stage and Waste and Recycling Stages

NSK Group is working to develop efficient components to reduce energy use in the automobiles, home appliances and other products purchased by end users NSK also works to deliver substantial environmental benefits, focusing on products that are lightweight, deliver lower torque and have a longer operating life, as well as reducing noise and vibration.

Bearings, NSK's flagship product, are largely composed of steel materials. At the end of their useful life, bearings, along with the machines in which they are installed, are converted to scrap, to be recycled as new steel materials. This characteristic makes bearings superior products in terms of recyclability. To improve this attribute further and reduce environmental load, NSK is taking steps to eliminate the trace amounts of heavy metals found in coated plating for components and using biodegradable grease, among other steps.
Suppliers

Suppliers

The NSK Group's porducts are made with high-quality materials and parts from the Groups suppliers.

NSK Group Environmental Structure

The Global Environment Protection Committee, which is the NSK Group's highest decision-making body for environmental issues, administers the NSK Group's environmental management system. Actual environmental management duties are carried out chiefly by the Global Environment Department and several subcommittees. At each site, plant managers and officers at affiliates and subsidiaries advance environmental management, serving as general managers of environmental management and product chemical management.

Figure 1. NSK Group Environmental Structure

Figure: NSK Group Environmental Structure

Table 1. Subcommittees

Subcommittee Purpose (policy determination and progress confirmation)
Energy Conservation Subcommittee To set policy and confirm progress for energy-saving activities and reducing greenhouse gas emissions
Waste Reduction Subcommittee To promote application of the 3Rs (reduce, reuse, and recycle)
Environmentally Harmful Substance Reduction Subcommittee To reduce the quantity of hazardous chemical substances used in manufacturing processes
Environmental Product Subcommittee To promote product development and design that contributes to the conservation of energy and resources
Resource Conservation Subcommittee To reduce consumption of primary and secondary materials through more efficient use
Logistics Subcommittee To ascertain and promote the reduction of energy required for transportation

Environmental Voluntary Action Plan

The NSK Group has been conducting activities in accord with its Environmental Voluntary Action Plan , aiming to achieve targets set for fiscal 2015, and to realize the purpose of the NSK Environmental Policy.

Please refer to the NSK CSR Report.

Compliance and Environmental Risk Control

The NSK Group has set and thoroughly complies with its own environmental standards. Though based on government laws and regulations, the Group's standards are actually stricter.

External auditing & internal auditing

To ensure that environmental management is carried out thoroughly and constantly improved, each site undergoes internal auditing based on ISO 14001-the international standard for environmental management systems-and external auditing by external certification organizations. Furthermore, the Global Environment Department carries out regular environmental risk audits and attempts to reduce environmental risks by taking necessary countermeasures.

NSK report in detail in the CSR report every year.

Environmental Education

In order to further strengthen environmental protection initiatives and increase their effectiveness, the most important tasks are raising the awareness of every single employee and implementing measures based on sound knowledge.
The NSK Group undertakes awareness-raising activities by providing information on its environmental initiatives and also provides environmental training at every rank of the organization, from new employees to senior management

  • Compliance with environmental laws and regulations
  • Raising environmental awareness
  • Acquisition of environmental qualifications
  • Environmentally friendly design, green purchasing and procurement

NSK report in detail in the CSR report every year.

Acquiring ISO 14001 Certification

The NSK Group strives to regularly review its environmental management activities and make continuous improvements based on the international standard ISO 14001 for environmental management. It is the Group's policy to obtain certification for Group companies manufacturing NSK-brand products as well as Group companies (manufacturing and distribution) in which NSK has at least a 50% equity stake, within three years from commercial production.

As of Nov. 2015, 64 sites have acquired certification.


Table: ISO 14001 Achievement

NSK Biodiversity Guidelines

Basic Policy

The NSK Group recognizes the importance of biodiversity, and understands the relationship between our business activities and the ecosystem. We aim to reduce our impact on the environment by creating systems and initiatives that ensure biodiversity is conserved.

Action Agenda

  • 1. Research and Development
    We will contribute to the conservation of biodiversity by developing products that save energy and resources.
  • 2. Procurement and Purchasing
    We will contribute to the conservation of biodiversity throughout the supply chain when procuring main materials, sub-materials, and packing/packing materials.
    We will promote the purchase of the environmentally-friendly products, and consider the conservation of biodiversity in product selection criteria.
  • 3. Manufacturing and Logistics
    We will minimize the impact of our production on biodiversity by reducing consumption of energy and resources, and emission of environmentally harmful substances.
  • 4. Plant and Office Grounds
    We will consider the impact on the ecosystem when acquiring land for our places of business and during greening initiatives.
  • 5. Social Contribution Activities
    We will perform social contribution initiatives as a member of international society, and value our collaboration with public and private institutions.
  • 6. Communications
    We will actively disclose information on biodiversity-related initiatives to persons both inside and outside the company.
    We will heighten employee awareness of biodiversity-related issues, and constantly work to improve the quality and efficiency of initiatives.

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