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Pollution Prevention and Resource Utilization


Our basic approach

Most of the products Unicharm provides are consumables essential to a clean and healthy lifestyle which closely relates to the global environment through our use of resources and emission of waste. As we have expanded our operations globally centered on Asia, our role and responsibility for reducing our environmental impact has also increased with each passing year.

Therefore our company, in line with our Environmental Policy and Eco Plan 2020,is striving for effective utilization of resources and to prevent pollution.

Also, our CSR Committee, which meets four times per year and is chaired by the Group's President & CEO, uses PDCA to check progress status and to promote the achievement of targets.

Management structure

Four times per year, our company's CSR Committee, chaired by the Group's President & CEO, shares plans and progress on environmental activities, quality issues, social issues and other important governance matters. Specific plans are reported based on Eco Plan 2020, under the recommendations of the TCFD (Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures ), which was proposed in August 2017.

Pollution prevention activities and controls are carried out in accordance with environmental laws and regulations and ISO14001.Three types of environmental audits are implemented in order to maintain and improve the level and performance of activities and controls.

(1)periodic audits in conformance with ISO14001-compliant environmental management systems;

(2)Periodic audits focused on confirmation of compliance with laws and regulations

(3)Onsite audits at industrial waste processing partners in order to confirm appropriate practices

Eco Plan 2020, goals and results of reduction of waste (from “Eco Plan 2020”)
Implementation items 2015
Evaluation 2019

(1) Reduction of waste

■Recovery technologies for used disposable diapers (Japan) Established technologies Starting with local governments Start experiments Cycle model establishment Cycle model establishment Cycle model operation start Operation
■ Recycling of product loss (overseas) 2,000 tons 2,600 tons 2,600 tons 3,000 tons 4,300 tons 4,000 tons 4,000 tons

Waste disposal reduction and effective utilization of resources

We promote waste disposal reduction and effective utilization of resources through activities focused on the following initiatives.

Ongoing verification testing of recycling used disposable diapers

 Ongoing verification testing in the City of Shibushi, Kagoshima Prefecture

Initiatives for not disposing of waste from factories externally, but to recycle it within the Unicharm Group

 Use of scraps produced during production of disposable diapers in Japan and overseas as the raw material for cat continence care products (Paper-sand®).

Aiming for achievement of zero emissions at all production bases (three bases).

 Reduction in landfill processing

For waste that absolutely must be discarded outside of the factories, search for waste processing suppliers who will practice the 3Rs (reduce, reuse and recycle) and will not place strain on the environment and consign the processing to them.

 Improve manufacturing quality and reduce waste generation

 Prioritize recycling over heat treatment

  • *Corrected back to fiscal 2015 for China as figures that should have been included in external recycling were mistakenly included in in-house recycling.

Recycling rate

In fiscal 2018, we continued to maintain the high recycling rate of over 99%.The number of other plants that have achieved zero emissions status by attaining a recycling rate of greater than 99% is also on the rise.

Measures against airborne pollutants

We are endeavoring to reduce NOx and SOx emissions by means of such as improving the operating efficiency of boilers, etc.

Protection of the ozone layer

Management of CFCs in compliance with laws and regulations. Conduct periodic inspections and endeavor to protect the ozone layer.

Ozone depleting substances (Japan)
Substance Name Business location Amount in possession (tons) Amount in possession (tons) Use
(Class 1)
Unicharm Products Shizuoka Factory 1.6 Fire retardant
Unicharm Products Shikoku Factories (Kagawa) 0.070
Unicharm (other development sites, etc. Kagawa) 0.00010
(Class 1)
Unicharm Products Fukushima Factory 2.6 Refrigerant
Unicharm Products Shizuoka Factory 3.6
Unicharm Products Kyushu Factory (Fukuoka) 2.3
Unicharm Products Shikoku Factories (Kagawa) 3.7
Unicharm Kokko Non-Woven Co., Ltd. (Ehime/Kagawa) 0.65
Unicharm Pet Care Co., Ltd. (Hyogo/Mie/Saitama) 0.93
Peparlet Co., Ltd. (Shizuoka) 0.038
Unicharm (other development sites, etc. Kagawa) 0.86
CFC Unicharm (other development sites, etc. Kagawa) 0.0010
  • * Reported for company properties based on the Act on Rational Use and Proper Management of Fluorocarbons

[Japan] Participation in “Plastics Smart” Campaign organized by Ministry of the Environment of Japan

Logo for “Plastics Smart” Campaign organized by Ministry of the Environment of Japan

Unicharm endorsed and participated in activities for the “Plastics Smart” campaign. The Ministry of the Environment of Japan launched the campaign in 2018 to support the implementation of initiatives through the cooperation of diverse bodies including corporations, local governments, individuals and NGOs aimed at solving the global problem of plastics in the oceans.

[Japan] Introduction of activities to recycle plastic from factory waste

Unicharm recycles plastic from the waste generated in our factories. We turn scraps (trim) generated in manufacturing processes into pellets for recycling* to promote the efficient use of plastic.

Introduction of “recycling factory waste into plastic,” Unicharm's initiative under the Plastics Smart campaign

[Japan] Introduction of Unicharm's 3R activities through “Re-Style FES!” organized by Ministry of the Environment of Japan

“Re-Style FES!” organized by the Ministry of the Environment of Japan was held over two days in October 2018 at Aeon Mall Makuhari Shintoshin and Unicharm participated as a supporting company. The Ministry of the Environment is advocating the lifestyle of a recycling-oriented society as “Re-Style” and calling for a proliferation of “Re-Style” activities and initiatives. As part of this, “Re-Style FES!” was held with the aim of promoting 3R behavior among consumers by exhibiting and introducing products connected to the 3R behaviors of reduce, reuse and recycle.

[Japan] Prevention of water pollution, soil contamination and offensive odor

We strive to prevent pollution by management according to laws and regulations and voluntary standards. For water quality, we comply with the Water Quality Pollution Control Act and the Law Concerning Special Measures for Conservation of the Environment of Seto Inland Sea. To prevent soil contamination and offensive odor, we conduct periodic measurements according to voluntary standards.

[Japan] Initiatives to reduce the use of hazardous chemical substances (business waste)

Unicharm has established measures to control its use of chemical substances that are harmful not only to people, but ecosystems as well. We have formulated guidelines and a dedicated department investigates toxicity and legal compliance.

PCB storage situation

A small amount of PCBs is stored at certain business sites awaiting processing for disposal.
Compliance assessments on storage conditions are carried out regularly and no abnormalities were found.

PRTR substance management

Use of toluene went up with an increase in the volume of printing.

PRTR substance management
Fiscal year Toluene
Ethylene oxide
2016 356 4 0.0003
2017 281 4 0.0001
2018 283 4 0.0001

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