Environmental Management

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In order to achieve our Environmental Vision 2030, the LIXIL Group has committed to reducing the environmental footprint of our business operations through launching a Group-wide Environment, Occupational Health and Safety (EHS) management system.

Action plan Build a common Group EHS management system
KPI Group-wide coverage of EHS management system (%)

Target / ProgressOPEN or CLOSE

  • Target for FY2016

  • ・Establish a Group EHS Committee

    ・Formulate Group-wide operational rules (EHS manual, EHS governance inspection guidelines)

    ・Start collecting and reporting on Group-wide EHS performance data

  • Progress as of 2016

  • ・Scope of environmental performance data captured (offices and companies): 96%

    ・Built Group-wide EHS enhancement framework. Convened the first EHS Committee

    ・Developed and implemented core rules such as the EHS manual and EHS internal audit guidelines. Trialed EHS internal audit

    ・Determined Group Occupational Health and Safety Policy

  • Target for FY2017

  • ・Group-wide coverage of EHS management system: 98%

Our Approach

In 2016, the LIXIL Group announced its Environmental Vision 2030 medium to long-term targets, and established the LIXIL Group Environmental Sustainability Principles to define our environmental philosophy and code of conduct. By 2030, we aim to secure an overall net zero balance between the environmental footprint of our business and the positive environmental contribution we make through technological innovations and the development of low-carbon, water-saving products and services.

To achieve our Environmental Vision, it is vital that we operate an effective environment management system, and work to reduce environmental impact across our entire business, from raw materials procurement through product disposal. In 2016, we started operating under our newly established EHS Performance Reporting Guidelines to help strengthen Group-wide target management and monitoring systems. We are looking to actively reduce environmental impact across the Group by extending activities currently implemented in Japan to all global operations.

Promoting EHS

In April 2016, the LIXIL Group launched the Group EHS Committee, chaired by the Representative Officer and Executive Vice President, Product Optimization. This covers the LIXIL Group headquarters and all business functions, as well as our consolidated subsidiaries. We developed and broadened the scope of the Group EHS management system, by bringing together all of the businesses for an annual Group EHS Committee meeting. The committee will further drive our environmental strategy and build effective management and reporting lines in cooperation with LIXIL Group Executive Officers, the LIXIL Corporation Board of Directors, and the Corporate Responsibility Committee.

Group EHS Committee

Group EHS Committee

External and Internal Audits

The LIXIL Group conducts internal audits of its manufacturing factories according to ISO14001 standards and checks the effectiveness and compliance of the environmental management systems. With regard to non-manufacturing divisions and Group operating companies, we perform internal audits based on the standards set in our own environmental management system and are gradually expanding the scope to include Group subsidiaries. We work to ensure the effective operation of our management system by following up on all audit points and confirming the implementation of appropriate improvements.

Environmental Education Initiatives

LIXIL Corporation strives to inform and educate employees at various levels of the company about environmental initiatives. The company conducts environmental training for new recruits, provides Environmental Management System (EMS) training for EMS promotion managers and operators in each office, and distributes monthly reports on environmental trends to top management, including directors, auditors, and the CEOs of technology businesses.

Converted Economic Value

The LIXIL Group has calculated the total economic value of our products in order to understand the positive and negative impacts they have on the environment. We estimated the overall running costs for water, gas, and electricity from the use of our toilets, water faucets, and kitchens to be US$179.2 billion for our end users. On the other hand, the positive value created from the use of our environmentally designed products, such as insulated windows, doors, curtain walls, as well as water-saving and energy efficient toilets, water facets, and kitchens, would generate savings of approximately $59.7 billion for end users. These calculations reveal that the running costs for our mainstream products are nearly triple the potential savings that can be made by using our environmentally designed products. As products account for over 70% of the Group's environmental impact within our value chain, in order to achieve our 2030 Environmental vision, LIXIL is committed to producing even more environmentally efficient products. To achieve this, we intend to analyze the environmental impacts of our products more thoroughly to encourage better processes and more effective management.

Preventing Pollution Through Strict Control of Chemical Substances

LIXIL Corporation has set rules on substances that are forbidden or require strict control for use in products and/or during production processes. We manage and monitor our factories in compliance with the Soil Contamination Countermeasures Act and other environmental laws and regulations to ensure the soil and waterways around our manufacturing facilities are not affected by our operations.

Number of Environmental law violations

FY2013 FY2014 FY2015 FY2016
No. of environmental law violations 0 0 0 0
Total amount of fines/penalties from the above 0 0 0 0
Environmental liability 0 0 0 0

*Scope: Significant violations with fines of US$10,000 or more

FY2016 data indicated with a have received an independent practitioner's assurance.
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