It is essential for the NGK SPARK PLUG's GROUP to realize close coordination with local communities and become highly reliable for continuous business operations. For achievement of the goal, sharing information on the Group's environmental activities is regarded as the best approach. We have been endeavoring to disclose information and improve communication in an accurate and easy-to-understand way.
On plant tours which our group company planned, you can observe our environmental efforts and facilities.
A deeper understanding of our Group's activities and better communication are achieved by listening to the comments and seeing our facilities and engaging in question and answer sessions. In fiscal 2017, we hosted 14 tours and welcomed 1,445 visitors at our plants.
We host environmental meetings with local residents as a venue for communication. At these meetings, we explain our daily environmental activities as well as hear opinions and comments from participants on how we can further improve things. In fiscal 2017, we hosted 9 such meetings, with a total of 252 participants
Local Clean-up Activities
We regularly hold clean-up activities in the areas near the offices to preserve the local environment. We also continue to participate in beautifying activities hosted by local municipalities, etc. In fiscal 2017, a total of 525 people participated in such activities.
Conservation of Biodiversity
NGK SPARK PLUG’s GROUP defines preservation of biodiversity that has become increasingly important around the world as one of our environmental themes as essential as global warming control and recycling of resources.
In April 2013, we established the NGK SPARK PLUG Group Biodiversity Action Guidelines which indicate our policy and action plan regarding biodiversity.
Based on the guidelines, recognizing that activities such as the use of energy and resources have an effect on biodiversity, we will work in cooperation with business partners and external organizations to reduce the impacts of our entire business activities
System for Environmental Commendations
Based on our target to “Improve Environment Consciousness” set under the Global Eco Vision 2020, we have established an environmental commendation system for the NGK SPARK PLUG's GROUP to commend outstanding environmental initiatives.
The environmental commendation system was launched in 2014 aimed at environmental activities and initiatives in all divisions and departments of the company groups. The outstanding case will be commended by the President during meetings of the Central Environmental Committee.
In fiscal 2017, the fourth year of the system, commendations were given to 6 cases with respect to, for example, reduced CO2 emissions during production by improving productivity and quality along with reviewing the production plans, prevented water pollution from industrial waste water.