Nippon Shokubai proactively implements RC initiatives based on environmental protection, process safety and disaster prevention, occupational safety and health, chemical safety, quality, and communication with society.
In order to achieve our Group Mission and put our Values, Code of Conduct, and Safety Philosophy into practice, the Nippon Shokubai Group takes the priority actions listed below with regard to the environment, safety, and quality. In doing so, we consider contributing to society by providing technologies and products that facilitate environmental protection to be a key management strategy; our actions are guided by the principle of Sustainable Development, and we work conscientiously to achieve harmony with environmental conservation on a global scale.
Our goal is for all Group employees to have an accurate understanding of this RC Policy, to be aware of its importance, and to put it into practice in all business activities.
The Company President is the person with ultimate responsibility for putting the policy into practice.
- We consider environmental impact and take steps toward environmental protection throughout the entire lifecycle of our products, from development to disposal.
- We strive to ensure safety for our employees and society at large by striving to completely avoid accidents and injuries based on our Safety Philosophy of “Safety takes priority over production.”
- We consider the health of our employees, logistics partners, customers, and others by verifying the safety of the raw materials, intermediate goods, products, and other chemical substances we work with.
- We consistently provide reliable, high-quality products and services that satisfy our customers.
- We publish the outcomes of the aforementioned activities in an effort to ensure that our message is understood properly.
RC Promotion System
Our RC Promotion Committee chaired by the Company President reviews basic and overall matters to make concrete progress in implementing the RC Policy and guidelines set out in other company regulations in all activities: environmental protection, process safety and disaster prevention, occupational safety and health, chemical safety, quality, and communication with society. We have also established specialized subcommittees under the RC Promotion Committee to promote company-wide RC initiatives.
Promotion Cycle for RC Initiatives
To put the RC Policy into practice, the Nippon Shokubai Group makes efforts to contribute to society and fulfill its corporate social responsibility by undergoing the PDCA cycle each year within the promotion cycle for RC initiatives illustrated below.
Flow of RC Initiatives
Flow of Promotion Cycles
Every three to four years, the RC Promotion Committee chaired by the Company President formulates a Medium-term RC Basic Plan to coincide with the duration of the company’s medium-term management plan. Additionally, each year the council selects the focuses of inspections, conducts RC inspections and safety audits to check and evaluate the status of activity implementation at our plants, and revises plans as necessary.
Each year, the RC Committee at each plant chaired by the plant manager formulates a Plant RC promotion plan based on the Company-wide Medium-term RC Basic Plan and evaluations of the previous year’s Plant RC promotion plan. Each department uses the RC promotion plan for their location as the basis for formulating and acting on a department activity plan that outlines specific activities to be implemented based on the challenges that department faces.
The progress of these activities is checked not only through plant manager patrols, discussions at departments, and internal audits of ISO and other management systems, but also through discussions and RC inspections conducted by Head Office officers as well as third-party audits. In light of the results, department activity plans are revised as necessary to undergo the PDCA cycle in pursuit of continuous improvement.
Like Nippon Shokubai, each year Group companies formulate plans based on the Medium-term RC Basic Plan; however, each formulates their own RC promotion plan in consideration of their business activities and the laws and regulations in their country.
They show the progress of their activities with the Head Office through weekly and other regularly scheduled reports and online meetings, and the Head Office also conducts regularly scheduled discussions and audits to check on the progress. In light of the results, the activities are revised as necessary to undergo the PDCA cycle in pursuit of continuous improvement.
The Head Office also encourages Group companies to interact with each other in an effort to enhance each other’s activities.
We organized an RC Inspection Committee led by Company officers and chaired by the Member of the Board in charge of Production & Technology to conduct annual RC inspections in an effort to continuously improve RC initiatives at the Himeji and Kawasaki Plants.
We strive to continuously improve RC initiatives by sending reports containing concerns, suggestions for improvement, and other information to the plants.
What Are RC Inspections?
Our RC inspections date back 48 years to February 1974, soon after we established our Safety Philosophy of “Safety takes priority over production” in 1973.
We referred to them as “safety inspections” until 2003, and have continued conducting them in an effort to put our Safety Philosophy into practice. Now, we conduct them based on the key topics set out each fiscal year and the implementation status of RC initiatives at each plant. The following are the key topics for RC inspections over the past several years.
FY2017 to FY2020
|Initiatives for environmental protection
|Prevention of quality issues and ensuring quality governance
|Prevention of recurrence of similar industrial injuries
|Prevention of process safety accidents
|Chemical substance management
FY2022 to FY2024
|Initiatives to foster a safety culture and revisions toward more effective safety activities
FY2022 RC Inspections
We conducted the RC inspection for FY2022 in person for the first time since FY2019, on October 13 for the Kawasaki Plant, and November 8 for the Himeji Plant, to check the implementation status of RC initiatives. The key topic was “fostering a safety culture and reviewing safety activities to make them more effective.”
RC Inspection Procedure
RC inspections are conducted by the RC Inspection Committee from October to November each year after the key topic or topics for the year are selected from February to March of the previous fiscal year based on information such as problems outside the company and the results of internal RC initiatives.
The results are reported to the plants as well as the RC Promotion Committee chaired by the Company President, and are reflected in the activities of the following fiscal year.
The diagram below shows the procedure of RC inspections.
We continuously conduct RC training for employees for the purpose of improving their overall understanding and mastery of RC initiatives.
FY2022 was no exception—we followed the RC training curriculum to provide training for new hires and for employees on their promotions to subsection chief and management positions. We intend to continue working to enhance our RC training.