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.
Established March 1, 1993 / Revised September 1, 2006 (version 4)
The TDK Group fast tracked the goal of ‚Äúcarbon neutral‚ÄĚ status originally outlined in ‚ÄúTDK Environmental Action 2020‚ÄĚ(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 ‚ÄúVision 2035,‚ÄĚ 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 ‚Äúcontribute to culture and industry through creativity‚ÄĚ, by revitalizing and protecting the global environment and creating a pleasant and safe society.
With the horizon of ‚ÄúVision 2035‚ÄĚ, we envision business operations under the environmental load within natural circulation. According to this idea, the goal of ‚Äúto halve the CO2 emission basic-unit in a life-cycle perspective by 2035‚ÄĚ has been formulated as ‚ÄúTDK Environmental Vision 2035.‚ÄĚ
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.
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 ‚Äúcarbon neutral‚ÄĚ 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 ‚ÄúTDK Environment, Health and Safety Action 2025‚ÄĚ reflect dual consideration for ‚Äúbackcasting‚ÄĚ from TDK Environmental Vision 2035, and continuity and ‚Äúforecasting‚ÄĚ from ‚ÄúTDK Environmental Action 2020.
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.
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.
Established September 1, 2009
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.