Environmental pollution caused by exhaust gas, wastewater, and waste materials containing toxic substances resulting from business activities adversely impacts human health and ecosystems. Pollution can also be caused by the use of products and discarded unneeded products. In Japan, various cases of serious pollution harming human health began emerging in the second half of the 1900s due to the country’s industrialization and economic development, which dramatically increased the amounts of waste materials and toxic substances contaminating the atmosphere, aquatic areas, soil, and underground water. At Shionogi, we are fully aware that pollution prevention continues to be an essential social challenge today, as we endeavor to protect and enhance people’s health and the daily environment. Environmental pollution, once it occurs, poses serious impact to the local communities and biodiversity, which can only be restored to their original state ‒ if it is possible to do so at all ‒ with enormous time and cost.
At Shionogi, we consider legal compliance as the very foundation of our corporate existence. Compliance with EHS-related laws and regulations is an integral part of our EHS policy. Our EHS management system provides a framework in which we ensure strict compliance with laws and regulations relating to air, water and soil pollution while assessing the status of c ompliance and implementing measures for effective pollution prevention. For example, Shionogi has long been making an eff ort to reduce pollution risk by operating in-house wastewater treatment facilities and conducting periodic monitoring.
Prevention of air, water and soil pollution
To prevent air pollution, Shionogi strictly observes the regulatory values for NOx, SOx, and particulate matter while reducing SOx generation through boiler fuel conversion. To prevent contamination in sewers and rivers, we maintain voluntary control values for pollutants that are stricter than the legal and regulatory values, carrying out round-the-clock monitoring with the use of TOC＊1 meters and oil content monitoring devices. At the Kanegasaki Plant, the Tokushima Plant, and the Aburahi Research Center, waste water is treated and purified at the facilities on their premises before it is released into nearby rivers.
The Kanegasaki Plant, which handles large quantities of chemicals, maintains voluntary control values for soil, taking measurements periodically. The measurements have constantly been below the applicable environmental criteria.
＊1 TOC: Total Organic Carbon
Compliance with related laws and regulations
Environment-related laws and regulations vary, encompassing a wide spectrum, from waste and energy management to the prevention of air and water pollution and the management of chemical substances. To ensure thorough compliance, we share information on legal and regulatory revisions at the respective operating sites, organize educational programs, and compile relevant information and knowledge in manuals. We also conduct a periodic assessment of the status of legal and regulatory compliance. As with environmental matters, we also promote legal and regulatory compliance and assessment with regard to health and safety affairs.
To date, we have never been subject to litigation or penalties f or EHS-related violations. In FY 2019, we registered no cases of legal violation and did not receive any complaints from the general public.