SustainabilityToday, we face many challenges on a global scale, including social issues such as hunger, poverty, and widening inequality, as well as environmental issues such as climate change and environmental destruction. In order to solve these common challenges, social responsibility and sustainability have become important themes for corporate management.
We are committed to the "Basic Group Corporate Philosophy" of our parent company, Kumiai Chemical Industry, the key policy of "conducting ESG-oriented corporate activities" in its most recent Group Medium-Term Management Plan, and the management principles we have followed since our founding: "supply products that will be appreciated and appreciated by our customers," "be the best in the world in quality, price, and technological capabilities," "be creative," and "be the best in the world. We will continue to strengthen our management base in response to social demands and ESG issues, and to work toward sustainability management by balancing economic value and social value based on a sustainable society, in line with our corporate philosophy since our founding: "To supply products that will be appreciated and appreciated by our customers," "To be the best in the world in terms of quality, price and technology," "To create new value through creative thinking," and "To pursue the happiness of customers, shareholders, employees, and human society. We are committed to sustainability management by strengthening our management base in response to social demands and ESG and by balancing economic value and social value based on a sustainable society.
Specifically, Kumiai Chemical has identified materiality issues that clarify the relationship between the Group's business activities and social issues, including the SDGs, and the Company will set KPI targets in line with these issues and conduct activities to achieve these targets.
In addition, to ensure the effectiveness of these activities, we comply with the "Group Sustainability Basic Policy" established by Kumiai Chemical Industry and have established a "Sustainability Promotion Committee" to enhance our sustainability activities.
Since our founding, we have continued to grow by supplying raw materials for a wide range of fine chemical fields, mainly chemical products, but also agricultural and pharmaceutical products, dyes and pigments, resins, and fibers. We will continue to contribute to solving various social issues and improving the quality of life through the provision of these products and services, thereby enhancing both corporate value and social value and meeting everyone's expectations.
Kumiai Chemical Group Sustainability Basic PolicyBased on the Kumiai Chemical Group Corporate Philosophy, the Kumiai Chemical Group is committed to enhancing corporate value through the promotion of sustainability management and contributing to the realization of a sustainable society, taking into account the expectations and needs of our stakeholders.
1. Harmony with the EnvironmentUnderstanding the significance of coexistence with the global environment, including global warming and biodiversity, the Kumiai Chemical Group will work to achieve resource and energy conservation, waste reduction, and innovation based on the "Green Food System Strategy" formulated by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries through its business activities, while promoting the provision of environmentally friendly products and We will also promote the provision of environmentally friendly products and services. We will also contribute to the realization of a low-carbon society and a recycling economy.
2. Creation of a rewarding workplaceThe Kumiai Chemical Group will respect human rights and the diversity of its human resources, and will promote the development and utilization of human resources while working to create a workplace that is rewarding to work in and promote diversity.
3. Realization of a disciplined organizational structureThe Kumiai Chemical Group aims to realize fair and transparent sustainability management through constant implementation of compliance and risk management. We will also promote responsible and sustainable procurement activities in our supply chain, aiming to build a sustainable value chain.
4. Realization of trust from societyThe Kumiai Chemical Group will strive to earn the trust of stakeholders through communication with them and social contribution activities.
Commitment to the SDGsIharanikkei Chemical Industry aims to "create affluent lifestyles" through its business and contribute to the sustainable development of society while giving due consideration to the environment.
Supplying products that contribute to reducing environmental impact
|Our core technology, chlorination, utilizes chlorine generated by Nippon Light Metal Co.,Ltd. during the production of caustic soda. Caustic soda production involves the electrolysis process of a solution of raw salt dissolved in pure water, which consumes a large amount of electricity, but the electricity used in Nippon Light Metal's electrolysis process is mostly renewable energy derived from hydroelectric power generation. Therefore, the chlorine we procure is clean chlorine with extremely low CO2 emissions in the manufacturing process, and the various intermediates manufactured using such chlorine are also environmentally friendly products, and the hydrogen chloride byproduct of this manufacturing process is purified to 35% hydrochloric acid, all of which is supplied to Nippon Light Metal Co.,Ltd..|
By manufacturing various intermediates in this process and supplying them to primary product manufacturers, we reduce CO2 emissions throughout the supply chain, thereby contributing to the reduction of environmental impact.
Reducing the Risk of Environmental Pollution
|We take measures specified in our product shipping work rules and filling work procedures when bringing in raw materials and taking out products to delivery destinations, and we take measures such as making all processes enclosed spaces to prevent leakage even during manufacturing.|
For wastewater generated in the manufacturing process, we have established a wastewater treatment process via activated carbon adsorption tanks and neutralization pits, etc. For soot containing chlorine and hydrogen chloride gas, we have constructed a system to dissolve chlorine and hydrogen chloride gas in water to produce hydrochloric acid, and we are thoroughly working to neutralize it before releasing it, thereby reducing emissions of chemical substances that affect the environment. emissions of chemical substances that affect the environment.
We have also taken measures to prevent the infiltration of hazardous substances into the soil where the plant is located, such as using concrete to prevent the infiltration of hazardous substances.
Waste Reduction and Effective Use of Resources
|We are actively engaged in activities to curb waste emissions themselves, such as reducing the amount of liquid waste generated and inventory, reducing product refill operations, and preventing production problems, as well as promoting recycling by sorting and collecting waste materials. In particular, in the process of manufacturing toluene and xylene derivatives, we are reducing waste by commercializing by-products as well.|
All of the hydrogen chloride gas generated during chlorination is turned into 35% hydrochloric acid at the hydrochloric acid refinery and sold to Nippon Light Metal Company, Ltd.
As a result of these highly productive manufacturing processes, we have achieved a high yield rate of 95%.
We plan to complete construction of a hydrochloric acid heat recovery facility in 2023, with plans to effectively utilize approximately 1,400 tons of hydrochloric acid as raw fuel for our own use.
Other social/economic activities include enhancing human resource development, ensuring health and safety, product quality and safety, community contribution activities and the efficient production of fine chemical products that support the industry.