Environmental management

Murata has completed consolidation of environmental management framework based on the environmental management concept at every plant in Japan as well as every production site overseas in FY2009. We will share information with regard to environmental management, and aim at the promotion of highly efficient and effective environmental activities and strengthening of the governance.

Environmental management promotion system

Creating a system to reduce environmental impact from the design stage

At Murata, the executive in charge of environmental affairs is responsible for environmental activities throughout the Group, and the CSR, Environmental & Safety Management Department supports and promotes environmental activities across business sites. The Murata Environmental Committee, a consultative body to the President, discusses and examines the implementation status of environmental activities at each business site, as well as companywide environmental issues.

In order to further boost our reductions of CO2 emissions, we have established a Global Warming Prevention Committee, and we are increasing the pace of our efforts to reduce emissions at the design, development, and manufacturing stages.

Environmental management promotion system

ISO14001 certification

Integration of environmental management systems of domestic and overseas Group companies

Murata had acquired ISO 14001 certification for 53 sites in and outside Japan by April 30, 2019.  We worked on integrating systems, and in March 2007, we had completed switching individual certification of Group business sites in Japan to ISO 14001 multi-site certification. We are planning to switch the certification of two new production sites that joined the Murata Group recently to the multi-site certification from fiscal 2019. In addition, in March 2010, we completed the integration of the environmental management systems employed in all of our domestic and overseas production sites and domestic business sites. Since then, we have implemented an integrated environmental management system from design and development to production and sales, and also applied improvements that proved successful in one plant or office to other plants or offices, so as to improve the environmental performance of the entire Murata Group.

In 2016, seeking to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of our activities, we integrated our environmental management and occupational health and safety management systems.

ISO14001 certification status
As of April 30, 2019, ISO 14001 certification has been obtained at 53 sites, which includes 48 out of 52 production sites. (This represents 92% of our total production sites. )

Environmental education and promotion

Environmental education for all employee groups based on type of work

Murata conducts environmental education for all employees to improve their environmental awareness.

The Group also enhanced the internal auditor training program in fiscal 2012, changing to a format that more closely approximates actual audits, for example by introducing simulated audits. Employees who handle wastewater and gas emission equipment or other equipment that affects the environment receive individual training on appropriate inspections and efficient operation to minimize impact on the environment.

Environmental audits

Three views to rectifying problems

The Murata Group conducts three types of internal environmental audits at all domestic sites and overseas production plants. Each of these audits is conducted from a different perspective, enabling us to identify problems and make improvements based on broad-ranging perspectives.

Murata's internal environmental audits 

  • Internal plant audits
    Internal plant audits are self-audits conducted by each plant based on their own management standards set for routine work for the purpose of monitoring operations and discovering and correcting non-compliance. An audit is conducted once a year by the Internal Environment Audit Team to investigate whether various prescribed rules can be followed correctly.
    In order to improve the level of auditing and promote the exchange of information between business sites, we have also established a system for the exchange of auditors between business sites.
  • Visits to production plants by the CSR, Environmental & Safety Management Department
    The CSR, Environmental & Safety Management Department of the Head Office conducts visits to production plants in order to supplement audits performed by external auditing agencies, and to conduct audits and propose improvements in specialized areas not addressed in internal plant audits.
  • Audit by auditors
    The auditing officers inspect the plants' environmental management systems and their operation to verify appropriateness and overall conformity and, when necessary, state their opinions.

Environmental Accounting: Fiscal 2018 results and analysis

Expenses for environmental activities in fiscal 2018 totaled approximately 6 billion yen.The figure for capital investment was approximately 4 billion yen.

As production increased, there was a commensurate increase in day-to-day management costs related to resource recycling measures. In addition, as a capital investment, we proactively introduced equipment to assist in the prevention of pollution.

FY 2018 Environmental Accounting