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.
- We take responsibility for the environmental, safety and health implications of products throughout their life cycles.
- We continuously set goals and targets for environmental, safety and health improvements.
- 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.
- We systematically provide education and training on the environment, safety and health.
- 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 Seven Responsible Care Codes
The DIC Group manages its Responsible Care initiatives in a uniform manner using a system comprising seven codes, six of which are mandated by the Japan Responsible Care Council (the first six codes listed) and a management code that was devised internally. In undertaking these initiatives, DIC and DIC Group companies leverage the Group’s ISO 14001-certified environmental management system. In addition to these systems, certain overseas Group companies are working to secure the ISO’s Occupational Safety and Health Management System (OSHMS) certification through ongoing efforts to enhance their Responsible Care capabilities.
- Environmental protection (continuous reduction of chemical emissions)
- Process safety and disaster prevention (prevention of fires, explosions and the discharge of chemicals)
- Occupational safety and health (protection of the safety and health of employees)
- Chemical and product safety (management of risks associated with chemicals)
- Safety in logistics (reduction of chemical risks associated with the distribution of chemicals)
- Dialogue with society (communication with local communities regarding the environment, safety and health)
- 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 2018, the Group sought to ensure that Group companies operating in different regions developed their own specific plans, encouraging then to promote Responsible Care initiatives and contribute to an environment-friendly society through its manufacturing activities.
Fiscal Year 2018 Activity Plans
In fiscal year 2018, 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 2018
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 2018.
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. Of particular note, promote energy-saving initiatives and reduce carbon, including through the use of energy from renewable sources, maintaining an awareness of the medium-term target for reducing the DIC Group’s absolute emissions of CO2 by 7.0% from the fiscal year 2013 level by fiscal year 2020, an annual average decrease of 1.0%.
Promote the provision of information pertinent to the safe transportation of chemical substances.
Promote the provision of information to stakeholders regarding the appropriate handling of products over their entire life cycles.
Communication with society
Report on the results of the DIC Group’s Responsible Care activities via the DIC Report.
Promote compliance with laws, regulations and agreements pertaining to ESH. Make use of the PDCA cycle in promoting Responsible Care activities. Foster human resources in areas pertinent to ESH.
Message from the CEO
DIC’s president and CEO prepares a message for employees for Environment Month and National Safety Week.
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 Responsible Care Initiatives
The Responsible Care Department provides wide-ranging support to Group companies in Japan and overseas, regardless of size (a total of 67 sites), with the goal of enhancing Responsible Care initiatives Groupwide.
Acquisition of Certification Under ISO 14001
As of June 2018, 75% of the global DIC Group had acquired certification under ISO 14001, the International Organization for Standardization’s standard for environmental management systems.
Principal Initiatives in Fiscal Year 2018
Support for Overseas Group Companies
In fiscal year 2016, the DIC Group rebuilt 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. Once annually, executives from Group companies and site general managers in the PRC and the Asia– Pacific region, executives in charge and Responsible Care officers from corporate headquarters and other individuals hold annual ESH and energy conservation conferences, during which they exchange views on the progress of initiatives, as well as on challenges and future directions.
In the Asia–Pacific region, the DIC Group has established ESH country heads (individuals in charge of Responsible Care in individual countries) under the supervision of the regional ESH director. Country heads hold periodic country-specific conferences, which are also attended by representatives from regional companies and production facilities and the regional ESH director, to discuss the region’s ESH policies, targets and challenges. In addition, a regional country head conference is held annually in Singapore, with participants including ESH country heads from Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia, the regional ESH director, the executive in charge of regional operations, and Responsible Care officers, who meet to discuss ESH policies, targets and challenges for the subsequent year. A total of 15 people took part in the 2018 meeting, which was held in November.
The DIC Group in the Asia–Pacific region comprises 16 companies in 10 countries. In addition to diverse customs and languages, a key challenge from an operations perspective is differences in awareness regarding occupational safety. To resolve such differences, it was crucial for the Group to establish common occupational safety standards and work to ensure the effective implementation thereof at all regional Group companies. DIC Asia Pacific, which overseas regional Group operations, has acquired certification under OHSAS 18001, the internationally accepted standard for occupational health and safety management systems, and has begun providing encouragement and support for companies in the region seeking to obtain certification, which a total of 12 regional sites done to date. In fiscal year 2018, DIC Philippines, Inc., also earned certification. At present, the Group’s regional OHSAS certification rate* is 88%.
- Calculated as percentage of production volume from OHAS-certified companies.
What we learned through occupational safety training at the Kashima and Saitama plants.
In line with the DIC Group’s “Safety First” philosophy, the Kashima Plant provides safety training and equipment to all employees, which we both found impressive. As participants in DIC’s Global Capability Development (GCD) Program, we took part in a variety of safety drills, including fire drills, personal protection drills and tsunami evacuation drills at the Kashima Plant and practical safety drills at the Saitama Plant. Individual sections at the Kashima Plant also held regular safety conferences to discuss production floor safety and risk assessments checks. The advantage of these initiatives is that they ensure employees learn what is necessary to prevent accidents and ensure a safe workplace, including proper operational procedures and how to handle chemical substances. A workplace that consistently targets zero occupational accidents is a good workplace. We look forward to sharing these drills with the safety team at our workplace in Indonesia after we return home.
PT DIC Graphics, Karawan Plant Beta production supervisor
BACHTIAR NUGROHO AMARULLAH
R&D staff SUGIANTO
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.
Reg. Mfg. Director / Reg ESH Coordinator
Mr. GOOI Kee Mein, Reg. Mfg. & ESH Manager Mr. CHUA Sin Wee
Steps have been taken recently to tighten the PRC’s environmental laws, regulations and standards. Some of the country’s standards are now even stricter than Japan’s. Increasingly stringent safety standards have also been applied since the explosions that occurred at the Port of Tianjin in 2015. DIC’s efforts to reinforce its ESH framework in Greater China include dispatching an ESH manager from corporate headquarters to serve as regional ESH director and assigning ESH coordinators to oversee efforts in the southern and eastern parts of the country. Teleconferences involving pertinent corporate headquarters and local staff are also held regularly to facilitate the prompt resolution of issues.
DIC (China) Conducts Fiscal Year 2018 Greater China Safety Management Improvement Training Program
On May 24–25, 2018, DIC (China)’s ESG team conducted a training program aimed at improving safety management in the city of Suzhou, Jiangsu Province. The program was attended by 38 individuals, including ESH officers and representatives of production and facility departments, from the PRC, Taiwan and Hong Kong.
Yi Fu Liu and Xue Gang Yang, general technical advisors for the State Administration of Work Safety’s Process Safety Management (PSM) Project, served as program instructors, giving lectures on ESH training management, regional management, ESH audit management and job safety analysis management, among others. Lectures were designed to challenge participants to think for themselves. Feedback from participants was enthusiastic, with one commenting that the program had helped him clarify the idea of improving safety management, which he had previously found to be somewhat vague, and that he looked forward to promptly implementing changes at his workplace. DIC (China) will continue to organize opportunities such as this with the aim of enhancing safety management across the region.
DIC (China) Holds ESH Management Lecture Series
On June 7–8, 2017, DIC (China)’s ESH team held a lecture series on ESH management for general managers and other senior executives of local Group companies in Nanjing. The company invited Yi Fu Liu, general technical advisor for the State Administration of Work Safety’s Process Safety Management (PSM) Project, to conduct lectures on, among others, advanced international safety management principles and the creation of a safety-oriented corporate culture, risk control, and the strengthening of laws governing safety management for chemicals companies. Participants commented that the lectures had given them a renewed appreciation of the importance of prioritizing safe operations. DIC (China) will continue to organize opportunities such as this with the aim of building a safety-oriented corporate culture.
My impressions of DIC (China)’s ESH education
In June 2017, I was honored to be asked to assist with training for DIC (China) employees on advanced international safety management principles and the creation of a safety-oriented corporate culture in Nanjing. Training provided by DIC was meticulous, while the venue was laid out purposefully and participants actively exchanged opinions. The event was highly satisfactory from an educational perspective and highly rated by both management and employees. Through this experience, I learned that the company’s executives are truly concerned about safety management and places a high priority on caring for employees. The event also showed the company’s confidence in and resolve to maintain its solid safety management performance.
I also commend DIC (China)’s decisive Kaizen initiatives. I am grateful for the company’s full support of my organization’s educational efforts and hope that the information I was able to import regarding advanced international safety management principles, techniques and tools will prove useful. I also look forward to great things from the company in the years ahead.
General Technical Advisor, PSM Project, State Administration of Work Safety Yi Fu Liu
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
Tree Planting Efforts (DIC (Guangzhou)) (PRC)
In April 2017, 33 employees of DIC (Guangzhou) Co., Ltd., which handles sales of DIC products, planted trees on the most renowned mountain in Guangzhou, Mt. Baiyun Shan, a 28 km2 area of scenic beauty and popular tourist attraction that welcomes thousands of visitors every year. For planting, employees chose sweet olive trees (guihua in Chinese), which are well suited to the climate of Guangzhou and have fragrant flowers that are often used in Chinese teas and confections.
Europe, the Americas and Africa
The Sun Chemical Group oversees all Responsible Care initiatives by Group companies in Europe, the Americas and Africa. With the aim of sharing the overall DIC Group Responsible Care policies and values and facilitating close cooperation with the Sun Chemical Group, ESH officers at corporate headquarters in Tokyo hold periodic ESH conferences. In May, September and November 2018, officers met to exchange views on, among others, the status of initiatives, management of chemical substances and systems in place to facilitate contact in the event of an emergency.
Siam Chemical Industry Wins Award for Balancing Industrial Development with Environmental Conservation
In September 2017, Siam Chemical Industry was awarded a Level 4 Green Industry Award by Thailand’s Ministry of Industry. The Green Industry Award is an award system established by the Ministry in 2011 for the purpose of enabling compatibility between the cultivation of domestic industries and environmental conservation. The award comprises five levels, and companies achieving the criteria for each level are awarded a Green Industry Mark for that level. Siam Chemical Industry, which has earned certification under ISO 14001 and ISO 9001, had previously earned Level 3 and this year was awarded Level 4 (Level 5 is the highest). Level 4 has been awarded to 189 companies. To date, Siam Chemical Industry is the first chemicals company in Samut Prakan Province to receive this level.
Support for Group Companies in Japan
Calls are increasing for companies 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 from principal production facilities across the country who have been appointed group leaders (GLs) and who oversee site ESH initiatives. GL conferences were held five times in fiscal year 2018, with Responsible Care officers also in attendance, with the aim of crafting standards, among others, and exploring improvements to address shared challenges.
Testing of Firefighting Foam (Hokuriku Plant, DIC) (Japan)
In June 2017, the Hokuriku Plant invited pertinent individuals to view a testing of Megafoam alcohol-resistant firefighting foam. Megafoam can be used to put out fires involving watersoluble flammable liquid materials such as alcohol and ketones, because it does not dissolve when it comes into contact with water, thus maintaining excellent extinguishing capability. This has made it a popular choice among fire departments, electric power stations and the Japan Coast Guard, among others. With the aim of increasing awareness of this product and its performance, and in so doing to help prevent and minimize damage from fires, the plant intends to continue planning and implementing such tests going forward.