Responsible Care

Basic Philosophy

DIC is a signatory to the International Council of Chemical Associations’ Responsible Care Global Charter
DIC is a signatory to the International Council of Chemical Associations’ Responsible Care Global Charter

As a company that manufactures and sells chemical substances, DIC sets standardized safety regulations for ESH initiatives. The Company is working to exceed regulatory standards and fully disclose results. Annual measures augment its core policy.

Initiatives to Date

Having established its Principle and Policy for the Environment, Safety and Health in 1992, in 1995 DIC pledged to implement the precepts of Responsible Care. Since reaffirming its support for Responsible Care management in January 2006 by signing the CEO’s Declaration of Support for the Responsible Care Global Charter, the Company has promoted constant improvements. In 2014, DIC amended its Principle and Policy for the Environment, Safety and Health and renamed it the Policy for the Environment, Safety and Health. The name was subsequently revised to the Environment, Safety and Health Policy.

Environment, Safety and Health Policy

As a responsible corporate citizen and as a company that manufactures and sells chemical substances, DIC recognizes that care for the environment, safety and health is fundamental to the management of the Company. DIC is committed to the concept of sustainable development in all aspects of its businesses and contributes to the global environment, including biodiversity, by creating environmentally sound products and technologies.

  1. We take responsibility for the environmental, safety and health implications of products throughout their life cycles.
  2. We continuously set goals and targets for environmental, safety and health improvements.
  3. We comply strictly with laws, regulations and agreements relative to the environment, safety and health. For countries lacking such laws, we prioritize safe operations and protection of the environment.
  4. We systematically provide education and training on the environment, safety and health.
  5. We prepare systems and audit internally to benefit the environment, safety and health.

We disclose these policies internally and externally and ask that all DIC Group companies observe them. The abovementioned “safety” also encompasses security and disaster prevention.

Focus on Product Stewardship

The DIC Group views product stewardship as essential to the promotion of Responsible Care. Product stewardship is a philosophy that emphasizes assessing product-specific ESH risks and sharing findings, together with information on appropriate handling, with stakeholders, with the aim of reducing the ESH impact of products over their entire life cycle—i.e., from the development of chemical substances through to procurement, production, transport, sale, use and disposal or recycling.

Applying the PDCA Cycle to Eight Responsible Care Codes

環境方針

The DIC Group manages its Responsible Care initiatives in a uniform manner using a management system comprising eight codes, six of which are mandated by the Japan Responsible Care Council (the first six codes listed) and two of which were devised internally (the seventh and eighth codes listed). In undertaking these initiatives, DIC and DIC Group companies leverage the Group’s ISO 14001-certifed environmental management system. In addition to using these two systems, certain overseas Group companies are also working to secure ISO certification for their occupational health and safety management systems through ongoing efforts to enhance their Responsible Care capabilities.

  1. Environmental protection (continuous reduction of chemical emissions)
  2. Process safety and disaster prevention (prevention of fires, explosions and the discharge of chemicals)
  3. Occupational safety and health (protection of the safety and health of employees)
  4. Chemical and product safety (management of risks associated with chemicals)
  5. Safety in logistics (reduction of chemical risks associated with the distribution of chemicals)
  6. Dialogue with society (communication with local communities regarding the environment, safety and health)
  7. Compliance (strengthening export security control and detection framework and fostering of officers responsible for chemical substance regulatory information)
  8. Management system (for unifying the above codes as a system)

Annual Activity Plans

The DIC Group formulates annual Responsible Care activity plans, translating them into English and Chinese. Based on its activity plans for fiscal year 2016, the Group sought to ensure that Group companies operating in each region developed their own specific plans, encouraging them to promote Responsible Care initiatives and contribute to an environment-friendly society through its manufacturing activities.

Fiscal Year 2016 Activity Plans

In fiscal year 2016, the DIC Group engaged in Responsible Care initiatives based on the following activity plans.

The DIC Group’s Responsible Care Activity Plans for Fiscal Year 2016

  1. Occupational safety and health/disaster prevention
    In line with the DIC Group’s fundamental objective, which remains the achievement of an accident-free workplace, set regional targets for reducing the incidence of occupational accidents in fiscal year 2016.
  2. Environmental preservation
    In line with the DIC Group’s goal of reducing its impact on the environment, set regional targets for lowering environmental impact and implement measures to facilitate the achievement thereof.
  3. Logistics safety
    Promote the provision of information pertinent to the safe transportation of chemical substances.
  4. Product stewardship
    Promote the provision of information to stakeholders regarding the appropriate handling of products over their entire life cycles.
  5. Communication with society
    Report on the results of the DIC Group’s Responsible Care activities via the DIC Report.
  6. Management system
    Make use of the PDCA cycle in promoting Responsible Care activities and foster human resources in areas pertinent to ESH.
  7. Compliance
    The DIC Group complies with ESH-related laws, regulations, standards and agreements.

Framework for Promoting Responsible Care

Framework for Promoting Responsible Care
Framework for Promoting Responsible Care

Each year, the DIC Group defines priority issues to address and uses the PDCA cycle in voluntary initiatives at the Group company, plant and research laboratory levels. The Responsible Care Department provides support for these initiatives to advance their progress and conducts regular audits to ensure compliance and improve safety and environmental performance.

Support for Group Company Initiatives

The Responsible Care Department provides wide-ranging support to domestic and overseas Group companies (a total of 51 sites), regardless of size, with the goal of enhancing Responsible Care initiatives Groupwide.

Initiatives in Fiscal Year 2016

Support for Overseas Group Companies

ESH and energy conservation conference for Greater China and the Asia–Pacific region (Asia–Pacific region)
ESH and energy conservation conference for Greater China and the Asia–Pacific region (Asia–Pacific region)

Framework for promoting ESH in the Asia–Pacific region
Framework for promoting ESH in the Asia–Pacific region

The DIC Group is working to rebuild its framework for supporting the efforts of Group companies overseas to promote ESH initiatives in a flexible, autonomous manner appropriate for each country and territory.
In the Asia–Pacific region, the Group established country heads (individuals in charge of Responsible Care in individual countries), under the supervision of the regional ESH officer, and in October 2016 held a meeting of regional country heads in Singapore. Participants in this meeting included the region’s three country heads, ESH officer, the managing director of DIC Asia Pacific and 13 Responsible Care Department employees, who exchanged views on the region’s ESH policy, activity plans, targets/challenges and energy-saving investment plans for fiscal year 2017. In December 2016, a country-specific meeting was held in Indonesia, which was attended by representatives of local Group companies and sites and the Indonesia country head, to discuss policies, targets and challenges going forward.
Steps were also taken to strengthen the ESH framework in Greater China. This included dispatching the parent company’s ESH manager to serve as regional ESH director and the assignment of ESH coordinators to oversee efforts in the south and the east of the PRC. Regional Responsible Care managers and ESH coordinators for the south and the east of the PRC were also invited to the DIC Group’s corporate headquarters in Tokyo for training that included plant tours, among others. In November 2016, Nantong DIC Color Co., Ltd., held an ESH and energy conservation conference for a group of 52 individuals, including Group company top executives, plant general managers, regional ESH officers for Greater China and the Asia–Pacific region, and pertinent directors and Responsible Care Department specialists from corporate headquarters.

VOICE

Our aim is to fortify the framework for promoting ESH in the PRC.

In the PRC, steps have been taken to tighten its environmental laws, regulations and standards, which are now similar in level with most advanced economies. Some standards are even stricter that those in Japan! This, together with the stringent application of safety standards since the 2015 Tianjin explosions, have contributed to increasingly harsh operating conditions for manufacturers. We are working to rebuild the DIC Group’s framework for promoting safety and environmental measures in the PRC by, among others, appointing chemical substance managers to the ESH team and assigning ESH coordinators to oversee efforts in the south and east of the country.
In addition, we continue to provide training regarding the handling of hazardous chemical substances to ensure awareness of current laws and regulations and to boost know-how. We also produced a Chinese-language version of Principles of Safe Conduct for workplace reading circles. Principles of Safe Conduct is a crucial component of our program to eliminate occupational accidents, and we provide support to employees in a variety of way until these principles become second nature.

DIC (China) Co., Ltd., Regional ESH Officer   Wang Dewei

DIC (China) Co., Ltd.,
Regional ESH Officer
Wang Dewei

VOICE

We have created a management system for the Asia–Pacific region.

The DIC Group in the Asia–Pacific region comprises 18 companies in 11 countries. In addition to the diverse customs and languages across the region, a key challenge for us from an operations perspective is differences in awareness regarding occupational safety. To address these issues, it was crucial for us to establish common occupational safety standards and ensure the efficient implementation thereof at all regional Group companies.
We have also adopted OHSAS 18001, the internationally accepted standard for occupational health and safety management systems, and have begun providing encouragement and support for companies in the region seeking to implement the standard, which a total of 12 companies have done to date. In fiscal year 2017, we will assist the efforts of DIC (Vietnam) Co., Ltd., and DIC Philippines, Inc., to earn full certification under OHSAS 18001.

Regional Manufacturing Director Gooi Kee Mein and  Regional Manufacturing and ESH Manager, DIC (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. Chua Sin Wee

Regional Manufacturing Director Gooi Kee Mein
and Regional Manufacturing and ESH Manager,
DIC (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. Chua Sin Wee

Support for Group Companies in Japan

Calls are increasing for companies in Japan to further reinforce their frameworks for managing employee health and preventing occupational accidents. In fiscal year 2016, DIC and DIC Graphics introduced GL conferences, gatherings of ESH officers at principal production facilities across the country, dubbed “group leaders,” or GLs. GL conferences were held five times during fiscal year 2016, with Responsible Care Department specialists also in attendance, with the aim of creating standards, among others, and exploring improvements to shared challenges.

Information Disclosure

The DIC Group strives to increase the transparency of its activities through the active disclosure of information and at the same time promotes dialogue with stakeholders by, among others, providing safety- and environment-related data through Group websites, the DIC Report and other media. The Group also undertakes initiatives to engage with society, including holding community meetings.

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