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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 TDK Environmental Action 2020 plan as a fundamental framework 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)

New Environmental Vision (TDK Environmental Action 2020)

Achieving carbon neutrality by FY 2020

The TDK Environmental Action 2020 plan, under which activities began in April 2011, sets a goal for achieving carbon neutrality through environmental activities centered on environmental contributions through products, a first in the electronic components industry. The TDK Group aims to reduce CO2 emissions resulting from manufacturing site operations as much as possible. At the same time, TDK actively contributes to the reduction of CO2 emissions in society at large through the group's products and know-how. The goal for these activities is to balance the scales-for emission reduction contributions to outweigh actual emissions by the end of FY 2020.

Achieving carbon neutrality-the TDK way

CO2 emissions (environmental load) due to manufacturer operations − (minus) reduction of CO2
emissions through products (environmental contributions) ≦ zero

There are many different aspects both to environmental load and environmental contributions, but the "TDK Environmental Action 2020" identifies energy source CO2 reduction as the major element and defines carbon neutrality as a state of balance in this regard.

Working towards carbon neutrality

To achieve the stated goal, intensive efforts are needed to reduce environmental load and at the same time increase environmental contributions. TDK has therefore defined specific action items in both areas. To reduce environmental load, efforts are being made to use highly efficient equipment at manufacturing sites in strictly managed and controlled environments. We are also pursuing the development of new materials and new processes to raise production efficiency.
To increase environmental contributions, we are developing components that ensure minimal energy loss during use and that provide expanded functionality through unit integration and modular construction. Reducing environmental impact by creating such innovative products is a high priority. TDK is in the process of establishing assessment methods to quantify the beneficial environmental effects of electronic components and to make the calculation criteria more transparent. We are also promoting the standardization and adoption of such assessment methods in consultation with industry associations.

Working towards carbon neutrality
Practical and effective environmental activities

The TDK Environmental Action 2020 plan defines the above-mentioned carbon neutrality goal and specifies action items for important aspects such as conserving limited resources, the efficient use of water and other resources, and reducing environmental impact through social contributions. We are working to reach specific targets as a unified corporate group. Each fiscal year, we always assess the results achieved in various areas and review our targets for the future to take environmental action to the next level.

New Environmental Vision “TDK Environmental Action 2020” (Video version)

TDK invited Mr. Keisuke Takegahara, General Manager of Environmental Initiative & Corporate Social Responsibility Support Department of the Development Bank of Japan for an exchange of opinions regarding the nature of TDK's environmental activities for the future.

Protecting Nature and Biodiversity (Biodiversity Action Agenda)

In order to make its products, TDK uses various metals and oxides. These raw materials come from mineral ore and other sources mined all over the world. As is well known, 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. Once damage has been done to an ecosystem, it usually cannot be reversed. As a manufacturer of components, we cannot simply stop using raw materials, but we can try to mitigate adverse effects. In achieving this, we actively promote resource savings by improving production efficiency and engage in activities such as tree planting, reforestation, water source protection, and more.
Our components are also used extensively in sophisticated video and recording equipment as well as in products for office use. We believe that one of the basic human aspirations is to record the beauty and mysteries of nature, and the life of the plant and animal kingdom around us. TDK therefore is engaged in various drives to protect nature for future generations.
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 based on the Basic Principle on the Environment and Basic Policy on the Environment.

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

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