Businesses that Contribute to a Sustainable Society

1.Business Activities that Add Value to Society

Developing Environment-Friendly Products

The DIC Group has long been committed to effective stewardship of the products it provides. Conscious always of the importance of harmony with the environment, the Group promotes the development of environmentfriendly products that are useful to society by, among others, reducing the volume of hazardous substances it uses, focusing on products that are less hazardous and products that facilitate recycling, and realizing safer production processes that generate less waste and use less energy. DIC established internal standards in Japan for evaluating environmentfriendly products in 2002 and has since worked to increase the number of products that qualify for this designation in its portfolio.

Standards for Evaluating Environment-Friendly Products

Evaluation category Evaluation standards
Energy consumption Reduction of energy in production, transportation, etc.
Materials used Reduction of non-renewable, non-recyclable materials, etc.
Hazards Use of materials with lower levels of toxicity, etc.
Waste Reduction of environmental impact of disposal, etc.
Downstream contributions Case by case

Products that Contribute to the Realization of Clean Technologies

The DIC Group develops materials that contribute to the realization of clean technologies designed to resolve critical global environmental issues.
The Group promotes the development of clean technology–related products for target markets that leverage its distinctive technologies and shares related information with stakeholders via its global website.
DIC showcases diverse, creative technologies and business activities that contribute to a sustainable society in the special feature section of the DIC Report, published annually, with the goal of helping stakeholders better understand DIC Group products.

Products Showcased in DIC Report Special Features

Fiscal year Product Value provided to society
2010 PPS resins Reduce halogen content, thereby helping suppress the formation of dioxin
2011 Hyperbranched polystyrene Helps reduce CO2 emissions by facilitating production of the world’s first super-thin film
2012 Industrial-use adhesive tapes Facilitate thin adhesive tapes with added high-performance features, thereby contributing to the reductions of energy and resource use
2013 High-performance epoxy resins and curing agents Use of environment-friendly epoxy resins and curing agents that boast outstanding heat resistance and flame retardance in electronics components and materials reduces the environmental impact of their disposal.
2014 Hybrid resin for coatings Resists pollution and reduces operator working loads
2015 Adhesives with oxygen-barrier properties Can be used instead of film to prevent oxygen permeation and keep food fresh longer
2016 Hollow-fiber membranes and membrane modules Facilitate control of the degasification and aeration of liquids
2017 PPS compounds Reduce vehicle weight, among others, thereby lowering CO2 emissions
2017 Environment-friendly polyurethane resins for use in artificial and synthetic leathers Facilitate safe and secure production and use
2018 Pigments for color filters Contribute to superb brightness and picture quality and the reduction of energy consumption
2018 Adhesive primers for optical and packaging films Outstanding seal improves the reliability of LCDs and the safety of food products

2.An Expanded Focus: From Environment-Friendly to Sustainable

Clarifying the Value that the DIC Group Provides

Recognizing that externally driven strategies that involve setting targets from the perspective of helping address social imperatives and environmental issues have gained currency, the DIC Group has reordered its businesses based on functions offered and the markets they serve. Two examples are the DIC Group’s PPS compounds, which help reduce the weight of automotive components, and the PASLIM series of adhesives with oxygen-barrier properties, which help prolong the shelf life of food products, thereby contributing to the reduction of food loss. As these examples show, materials have the power to contribute to the betterment of society in ways that may not be immediately visible.

Standards for Evaluating
Environment-Friendly Products
In addition to clarifying the value that DIC Group products provide to stakeholders, DIC believes that a greater focus on product functions will help accelerate efforts Groupwide to advance the development of sustainable products.

Developing Sustainable Product Indicators: Driving Further Evolution

The DIC Group has inaugurated the Sustainability Strategy Working Group, a cross-business working group, and is promoting the development of new sustainable product indicators for gauging the effectiveness of efforts to promote sustainable businesses. These include both an environmental impact indicator and sustainable contributions to customers and markets as measured by value provided. The Group believes these indicators will enable it to better elucidate the functions of its products, which help address social imperatives and respond to social changes.
The new sustainable product indicators will also facilitate effective management from the perspective of both economic value and social value (the scales of the DIC Group’s new proprietary sustainability index) and will underpin its efforts to transform its business portfolio with the aim of strengthening its business structure and assisting product development. This involves quantifying indicators broadly in terms of production, technology and sales. Plans are to begin using the new indicators in Japan in fiscal year 2020 and subsequently to expand application globally.
The DIC Group will continue to promote the evolution of its sustainable businesses in the years ahead as it strives to become a unique global organization that is trusted by society.

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