FUJIFILM Holdings

CSR Activity Report | Environment

Workplace Environmental Considerations

(FUJIFILM’s Activities)

At Fujifilm offices and affiliates, we make concerted efforts toward environmental considerations on production sites as priority items for the Fujifilm Group Green Policy.

  1. Workplaces such as development, production or lab offices handling target substances engage in periodic monitoring of Soil, ground water, wastewater and volatile organic compound emission amounts, together with improvements in management structure maintenance.
  2. Japanese domestic production sites continue to implement plumbing, pit, and tank surfacing, as well as other measures for early detection such as redundancies as a measure to prevent chemical substance leaks.
  3. Japanese domestic affiliates continue to take measures toward zero-emission workplaces. Further quality improvement of resource recycling is also underway. Overseas affiliates determine separate goals corresponding to the circumstances of their countries.
  4. Japanese domestic affiliates plan for suitable management of and education regarding wastewater. Furthermore, fact-finding surveys are being implemented by disposal contractors, and progress is underway on making waste management adhering to regulations sounder. Overseas affiliates are carrying out thorough enforcement of appropriate management in line with their country's circumstances.

Japan Domestic Environmental Governance

[picture]Wastewater treatment equipment

Wastewater treatment equipment

At Fujifilm, we hold environmental councils regularly attended by environment officers from all production-oriented workplaces. At these councils we share and debate about trends in environmental law and our responses to them, decisions and activity promotion checks for plans mitigating environmental impacts such as atmospheric emissions and wastewater, as well as initiatives focused on reducing environmental problems. This information is incorporated into each workplace's environmental management system, and reliable responses are confirmed. 
For Japanese domestic affiliates, we explain important items of Fujifilm Group Green Policy implementation at the Green Policy Liaison Council held once a year. Furthermore, for subjects such as environmental regulation requiring specific responses, we share information through suitable documents and attempt permeation of measures through explanatory meetings and conferences as needed.

Environmental Governance Outside Japan

Environmental Governance Structure

For responses to overseas environmental regulations, Fujifilm headquarters is formulating a policy concerned the global environment to take responsibility for environmental governance. Regional headquarters supervising each region make progress in environmental activities with a structure acting as promoters of precise environmental activities suited to their regions. 
At present, FUJIFILM Europe GmbH, FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation and FUJIFILM (China) Investment Co., Ltd. have established environmental management departments, and undertake environmental governance activities that develop and promote precise environmental activities suitable to their regions as regional headquarters. 
Based on this structure, we have established Core Group Council composed of the Fujifilm Tokyo headquarters and regional headquarters as a place for deeper discussion into issues concerning the group as a whole. Furthermore, by having Fujifilm headquarters participate in regional environmental councils held in each area, these meetings act as a place to directly convey the latest information and deepen understanding about important issues for the Fujifilm Group Green Policy, linking to enhancement of environmental governance, common group ideals, and shared values.

Substances produced or used in Fujifilm or its Japanese affiliates exceeding one ton during the 2019 fiscal year are recorded as Japan Chemical Industry Association's PRTR investigated substances. Please refer to the link below for details.

PRTR (Pollutant Release and Transfer Register)

The name for the law established in July 1999 regarding the promotion of management improvements and understandings of emission amounts for specific chemical substances. Its goal is to improve independent chemical substance management for businesses producing and using chemicals, and prevent obstacles to environmental consideration via said chemical substances by understanding the emission amounts for chemical substances of concern. Corresponding businesses were tasked with grasping emission amounts of said substances from April 2001, and the report of said data to the government form April 2002.

Plumbing and Tank Surfacing

[picture]Plumbing and Tank Surfacing

Plumbing and Tank Surfacing

In order to prevent new contamination, new plumbing and tanks will be placed above ground to make checking for and discovering leaks easier, and existing plumbing and tanks will be moved about ground, redundancy will be scheduled and updates will occur on a stable basis.

Soil/Underground Water Contamination Survey and Purification

[picture]Soil Purification Process

Soil Purification Process

Independent environmental survey will be performed for Soil/underground water contamination. For substances used at production sites that fall within environmental standard values, use, storage and wastewater will be strictly managed, underground water quality will be monitored periodically, and in the off chance something is discovered, it will be managed to allow for quick purification. 
Please refer to "Result of Independent Surveys Focused on Production Sites" below to view the survey results.

[picture]Underground Water Monitoring

Underground Water Monitoring

Result of Independent Surveys Focused on Production Sites
Workplace Name Survey Completed Existence of Pollution Substance Type Purification Method Purification Status
Fujifilm Kanagawa factory
(Ashigara site)
November 2001 Yes
(Soil)
Heavy metal type Soil replacement March 2002 complete
Kanagawa factory
(Odawara site)
June 2001 Yes
(Soil)
Heavy metal type Soil replacement January 2002 complete
Fujinomiya factory March 2001 None      
Yoshida-Minami factory March 2001 None      
Miyanodai district March 2001 None      
Asaka district December 2001 None      
Omiya district April 2001 Yes
(underground water)
VOC Water pump processing Purification underway
November 2017
(Factory east side)
Yes
(Soil)
Heavy metal type Soil replacement Under construction
FUJIFILM Optics Co., Ltd. Sano factory November 1997 None      
Mito factory September 1999 None      
Taiwa factory October 2001 None      
FUJIFILM Techno Products Co., Ltd. Minamiashigara site April 2002 None      
Hanamaki site June 2001 None      

FUJIFILM Digital Techno Co., Ltd.

now:FUJIFILM Optics Co.,Ltd.

October 2001 None      
FUJIFILM Electronic Materials Co., Ltd. Shizuoka factory November 2001 None      

FUJIFILM Imaging Solutions Co., Ltd.

now:FUJIFILM Imaging Protec Co.,Ltd.

Osaka office November 2001 Yes
(Soil)
Heavy metal type Soil April 2003 complete
Other offices
(nine in total)
June 2001 None      

FUJIFILM Wako Pure Chemical Corporation

now:FUJIFILM Wako Chemical Corporation

Hirono factory November 2005 None      

 

Present Condition of Purification Measures for Fujifilm Omiya Office Grounds

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  1. Groundwater will be pumped up from the 11 pumping wells on the grounds of the Fujifilm Omiya Office and purified with two pieces of purification equipment. At the same time, we are making plans on the grounds for diffusion prevention. Up to now, 950.8 kg of substances in question have been recovered. (As of December 2020)
  2. Ground water is regularly analyzed using observation wells on the grounds to check on the progress of purification, while monitoring is maintained to prevent land subsidence or wells going dry in the area.
  3. Results of the aforementioned measures showed an average tetrachloroethylene concentration value of 0.0621 mg/L in all grounds observation wells (As of December 2020), to the environmental standard value of 0.01 mg/L.
  4. Pumping measures and biological purification measures will continue onward, striving for purification and diffusion prevention.
  • * Graph of PCE concentration transition due to biological purification measures. Low value maintained through biological purification measures. 

Neighborhood Home Well Water Survey Results (November 2020 survey)

1. Introduction

In November 2020, surveys went underway regarding well water of homes near the Fujifilm Omiya office. The results of been collected here to be reported. Furthermore, individual examination results were sent separately to the homes in which they were undertaken.

2. Survey Results
  1. Water sampling took place that November from the 6th to 9th, within the scope designated by Saitama city (Family wells within 200 meters south or southeast of our company's factories in Uetake city district 1, Higashioonari city district 1, and Bonsai city, as well as emergency wells in Junou city district 1).
  2. We have completed the survey of 74 wells targeted.
  3. Well water was analyzed for three substances (trichloroethylene, tetrachloroethylene, arsenic).
  4. Survey results are as displayed in the table below. No wells exceeded the environmental standard values for trichloroethylene, tetrachloroethylene, or arsenic.
No. Wells investigated Wells detected Standards exceeded Detected concentration range (mg/L) Environmental standard value (mg/L)
Within standards
Tetrachloroethylene 74 9 0 - Under 0.01
9 0.001~0.003
Trichloroethylene 74 3 0 - Under 0.01
3 0.003~0.008
Arsenic 74 4 0 - Under 0.01
4 0.002

 

  1. No major changes were found from previous survey results. We will continue with purification work in the grounds of the Fujifilm Oomiya office and investigate well water.

Inquiries regarding purification measures
Fujifilm Omiya Office

Toll-free: 0120-38-6655

Taking enhanced regulations into account, use amount surveys will be undertaken from 2005 for products (medical equipment, printing-related equipment, etc.), Fujifilm office buildings, and facilities and devices containing asbestos. Fujifilm currently has no issues related to asbestos. 
We will continue to implement self-management from the perspective of environmental consideration, and implement measures coordinated with governance.

  1. Products for Sale
    Survey has finished for products currently on sale, and no problems were confirmed. Information regarding product asbestos is published on the Fujifilm website.
  2. Health Hazards and Health Consultation
    No health hazards were found in current or former employees of our company. Going forward, the human resources labor branches or health management centers of each office will act as a liaison for health consultation or medical examination as needed.
  3. Buildings (Factories, Offices, Company Dormitories, Gymnasiums, etc.)
    Surveys have been conducted conforming to current standards, and places requiring measures implemented and completed their work by May 2010.
  4. Manufacturing Equipment
    Some manufacturing equipment use heat insulating material or sealant containing asbestos, but this usually does not spread, so it is believed to have no effect on health. Parts exchange is undertaken in a work structure following the "Work Safety Manual," maintaining safety. Furthermore, substitute article exchange tests have been completed for products containing asbestos, and new purchases after 2007 were all asbestos-free items.
  5. Experiment equipment (Laboratories, Technology, Quality Assurance Departments)
    Each department implemented usage fact-finding surveys in May 2006. Safety administration has been implemented for corresponding equipment, and safety is maintained during equipment exchange and disposal through work structures abiding to management procedures.