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Environmental Policy and Environmental Vision

Environmental Policy (TDK Environmental Charter)

TDK has established the TDK Environmental Charter, consisting of the Basic Principle on the Environment and the Basic Policy on the Environment, as our entire group's environment policy, aimed at contributing to the sustainable development of society. In line with the Charter, TDK formulated the Environmental Vision and Environmental Action Plan for implementing specific environmental activities.

TDK Environmental Charter

This environmental charter applies to every organization in the TDK Group worldwide.
Basic Principle on the Environment
The TDK Group recognizes care for the global environment as an important management issue and is committed to help bring about a sustainable society through the combined efforts of all of its members in all business operations.
Basic Policy on the Environment
Based on this principle, the TDK Group enlists the participation of all of its members to carry out environmental activities quickly and effectively, so that future generations may live in a healthier environment.
  1. Build a framework for promoting activities to improve safety and hygiene, with clearly defined responsibilities, while the management shall provide necessary management resources for the realization of this policy.
  2. Contribute to society by creating and supplying the market with life cycle oriented products and services.
  3. Comply with local environmental rules and regulations in every region, establish the necessary self-imposed standards for meeting regulatory requirements and managing chemicals, and improve the level of management.
  4. Establish an effectively functioning environmental management system, implement environmental policy, set environmental objectives and targets and carry them out, as well as aim to reduce the environmental burden on a continuous basis and prevent pollution.
  5. Carry out regular environmental audits and continuously improve the environmental management system and environmental performance.
  6. Disclose information on environmental activities to maintain appropriate communication with local communities and society.
  7. Actively participate in environmental activities run by governments and local communities.
  8. Review environmental policy, environmental objectives and targets, and environmental management system periodically and as necessary.
-- This Environment Charter is available for anyone if desired. --

Established March 1, 1993 / Revised September 1, 2006 (version 4)

Formulation of the New “TDK Environmental Vision 2035” and “TDK Environment, Health and Safety Action 2025”

The TDK Group fast tracked the goal of “carbon neutral” status originally outlined in “TDK Environmental Action 2020”(our third basic environmental action plan), achieving the stated targets in fiscal 2014.* Being launched from fiscal 2016 is a new environmental vision with a more global and long-term perspective, and a medium- to long-range action plan to achieve that mission.

  • * In view of the early attainment of TDK Environmental Action 2020, a dialogue with experts was held to help draft the Group’s next environmental vision.

Formulation of the New “TDK Environmental Vision 2035” toward 100th Anniversary

In “Vision 2035,” TDK pledge to strive to achieve further innovation and create value for customers through the delivery of outstanding quality products and services, by utilizing the diverse global resources.
Based on this corporate motto, TDK will continue to “contribute to culture and industry through creativity”, by revitalizing and protecting the global environment and creating a pleasant and safe society.
With the horizon of “Vision 2035”, we envision business operations under the environmental load within natural circulation. According to this idea, the goal of “to halve the CO2 emission basic-unit in a life-cycle perspective by 2035” has been formulated as “TDK Environmental Vision 2035.”
This stance stems from the belief that minimizing the environmental load in business activities, and revitalizing the natural environment, is the duty of companies that supply products designed to contribute to its customers and the society. Moreover, modeled on the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 21) Paris Agreement, which seeks to curb global warming by achieving a balance between greenhouse gas emissions and absorption sources, this is also considered the ideal corporate posture for all TDK activities.

TDK Environmental Vision 2035

“TDK Environment, Health and Safety Action 2025” Basic Environmental Action Plan

Achieving environmental initiatives requires a basic plan with a long-term horizon. In TDK Environmental Action 2020, which began in April 2011, the ecological contributions of products were positioned as the focus of environmental activities for the first time in the electronic components industry. TDK achieved “carbon neutral” status on the strength of that plan. From fiscal 2016, TDK began steady implementation of TDK Environment, Health and Safety Action 2025, a new basic eco-action plan founded on TDK Environmental Vision 2035. The action categories and target figures of “TDK Environment, Health and Safety Action 2025” reflect dual consideration for “backcasting” from TDK Environmental Vision 2035, and continuity and “forecasting” from “TDK Environmental Action 2020.

“TDK Environment, Health and Safety Action 2025” Basic Environmental Action Plan

Protecting Nature and Biodiversity (Biodiversity Action Agenda)

In order to make its products, TDK uses various metals and oxides as raw materials. These come from mineral ore and other sources mined all over the world. Mining for ore involves the risk of damage to the environment, including landscape damage, clearing of forests, changes in water sources, and possible effects on the ecosystems.
As a manufacturer of components, we cannot simply stop using raw materials, but we can try to mitigate adverse effects. We actively promote not only raw material resource savings by improving production efficiency, we also engage in activities aimed at protecting forest resources, water resources, and more.
All staff members of our organization are aware of the impact that industrial production inescapably has on the environment. We think about the complex interrelationship between business operations and the environment, and are keen to do our part in protecting the global beauty of nature. To translate this into concrete action, the Biodiversity Action Agenda was formulated in September 2009.

Biodiversity Action Agenda

This action agenda applies to every organization in the TDK Group
throughout the world.

The action agenda defines the principles for concrete action to protect biodiversity on a global level, in accordance with the environmental charter and environmental policy of the TDK Group.

  1. TDK recognizes biodiversity protection as an important goal of its activities as a business and will implement and promote suitable environmental actions.
  2. TDK will make intensive and continuous efforts to assess and minimize the effects that our industrial activities have on biodiversity.
  3. Because cooperation of the entire staff is vital to protect biodiversity, educational programs to promote awareness of the importance of a rich natural environment will be implemented.
  4. To effectively protect biodiversity, the entire supply chain is to be brought into the link, through sharing of information and participation in joint activities.
  5. TDK will contribute to the protection of ecosystems by manufacturing and supplying products that are designed with the environment as a leading consideration.
  6. TDK will endeavor to obtain support for its efforts to protect biodiversity through meaningful and wide-ranging communication with all stakeholders.
-- This action agenda is publicly available upon request. --

Established September 1, 2009

About the Guidelines for Action by the Electrical and Electronics Industries concerning Biodiversity Conservation

In March 2015, the "Environmental Strategy Liaison Committee Biodiversity Working Group" formed by four industry associations in Japan* published the "Guidelines for Action by the Electrical and Electronics Industries concerning Biodiversity Conservation." TDK is fully supporting this initiative and is implementing the guidelines through our activities aimed at protecting biodiversity.

  • * JEMA: Japan Electrical Manufacturers' Association
    JEITA: Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association
    CIAJ: Communications and Information Network Association of Japan
    JBMIA: Japan Business Machine and Information System Industries Association
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