Message from Our Corporate Environmental Officer
At present, environmental issues such as climate change and resource depletion are having an impact on companies in various industries; as such, it is an important theme from a business strategy perspective.
Of the prevailing environmental issues, SCSK believes that climate change is a particularly important theme that ought to be prioritized. For this reason, we have drawn up an Environmental Action Plan which defines the direction of our environmental activities.
At SCSK, our core business is the provision of IT services. Through the efficient and effective development and implementation of IT systems and data center operation, we play an important role in reducing the environmental burden of society as a whole; at the same time, we are able to contribute significantly to the business continuity of our customers in times of disaster with our durable data centers and BCP solutions. However, we also recognize that one of our core societal missions is to improve society by reducing environmental burden and facilitating adaptations to environmental changes through our business activities. To this end, we intend to collaborate with our customers and partner companies and actively strive to engage in such initiatives.
Senior Executive Officer
In addition, SCSK is seeking to steadily promote reductions in its own energy consumption and CO2 emissions, reduce the amount of water used for air-conditioning and cooling at our data centers, and recycle waste electronic equipment. We have designated themes that are intimately connected to our business, and we are carrying out initiatives accordingly.
In order to carry out these initiatives in a company-wide manner, at SCSK we have established a cross-departmental environmental management system, and we host environmental preservation meetings at which we report on and share information regarding our environmental activities. Using these management systems, going forwards we intend to continue to design and execute our own strategic environmental activities.
Sumitomo Corporation Group Environmental Policy
- I. Basic Policy
- The Sumitomo Corporation Group recognizes that environmental issues are global in scale and that they are long-range concerns affecting future generations. As a global organization, the Sumitomo Corporation Group, through sound business activities, will strive to achieve sustainable development aimed at both social and economic progress and environmental preservation.
- II. Basic Guidelines
- In pursuing its diversified business activities both within Japan and overseas, the Sumitomo Corporation Group shall comply with the following guidelines, and, through cooperation between its Group companies, work to achieve the aims of its environmental Basic Policy.
- Basic stance with regard to the environment:
To place great importance on protecting the global environment as a good corporate citizen in accordance with the Sumitomo Corporation's Activity Guidelines.
- Compliance with environmental legislation:
To strictly observe legislation related to environmental matters not only in Japan but also overseas, and to abide by any agreements made.
- Caring for the natural environment:
To place great importance on preserving the environment, including the natural ecosystem and biodiversity.
- Response to climate change:
To place great importance on mitigating climate change and adapting to its impact.
- Efficient use of resources and energy:
To be mindful of the finite availability of resources and energy and strive to use them both efficiently and effectively.
- Contributing to the building of a recycling-oriented society:
To endeavor to help build a recycling-oriented society by reducing waste and reusing and recycling resources.
- Promotion of businesses that contribute to environmental preservation:
To utilize our integrated corporate strength to promote businesses and projects, which contribute to environmental preservation and reduction of the impact of society on the natural environment.
- Establishment of environmental management:
To use an environmental management system to prevent environmental pollution and set environmental objectives and targets which are regularly reviewed and continuously upgraded.
- Disclosure of the Environmental Policy:
To communicate this Environmental Policy to all people who are working for or on behalf of the Sumitomo Corporation Group, as well as disclosing it externally.
- Basic stance with regard to the environment:
Environmental Action Plan
Environmental Action Plan
Since the Paris Agreement was implemented in November 2016, moves aimed at realizing carbon-free societies have accelerated across the world; examples include strengthening exhaust regulations for greenhouse gases, increased ESG investments, and growing markets for environmental businesses. At the same time, as the influence of climate change grows more conspicuous, methods of safeguarding social systems have increased in importance.
Consequently, based both on our Corporate Philosophy of “Create Our Future of Dreams” and the environmental policies of the Sumitomo Corporation Group, we have formed an Environmental Action Plan with three distinct targets.
SCSK is a company that contributes to society through its business activities, namely the provision of IT services. As such, we aim to create an affluent society together with our customers.
- To collaborate with customer companies with the aim of contributing to the realization of carbon-free societies
Together with our customers, we intend to develop and establish efficient systems that contribute to reductions in greenhouse gases.
- To contribute to the creation of resilient societies that respond to climate change risks
We intend to contribute to the establishment of resilient societal infrastructure, by means of data centers that can be used as disaster recovery bases and the utilization of the latest technologies.
- To realize sustainable corporate activities that take the environment into consideration
Through the implementation of energy savings and the use of renewable energy sources, we intend to minimize the greenhouse gases emitted as a consequence of our business activities.
ISO 14001 Certification
SCSK has acquired ISO 14001 certification, which is an environmental management system standard. As of December 2017, SCSK business offices with ISO 14001 certification cover 98 percent of the SCSK workforce.
[Sites with ISO 14001 certification]
Toyosu Head Office (including Toyosu Foresia, netXDC Tokyo Center 1, netXDC Tokyo Center 2, and netXDC Chiba Center) and offices; Harumi Office; Odaiba Office; Nishinihon Senri Office (including netXDC Osaka Center 1, netXDC Osaka Center 2, and netXDC Sanda Center); Nishinihon Kitahama Office; Chubu Office; Hiroshima Office; Kyushu Office; Tohoku Office; and Ariake Logistics Center
AT SCSK, we have drawn up four environmental goals and we are engaged in the promotion of environmental activities in accordance with our Environmental Action Plan.
The goal corresponding to Environmental Action Plan targets 1 and 2 is to “Expand and develop environmental business”; corresponding to target 3 is “Manage and reduce environmental burden.” Additionally, we have established two goals to support these activities: “Comply with environmental laws and regulations” and “Promote environmental education and communication related to environmental issues.”
Environmental goals, intended results, and concrete measures
|Goals||Intended results||Concrete measures|
|Expand and develop environmental business||To use IT solutions to reduce the environmental burden of society as a whole, and to respond to the impacts of climate change||
|Manage and reduce environmental burden||To reduce greenhouse gases through lower energy and resource consumption in our business activities||
|Comply with environmental laws and regulations||To strengthen corporate governance and increase trust||
|Promote environmental education and communication related to environmental issues||To improve employee awareness of environmental protection, and to expand dialogue with stakeholders||
In regard to reducing environmental burden from our office activities, we have established the five years through fiscal 2020 to be our intermediate target period, with quantitative reduction targets. Environmental performance data can be found here.
Office Environment Activity Targets for FY 2016-2020
|Power usage||5% reduction (or more) on actual results for FY2015 over five years|
|Office paper purchasing volume||20% reduction (or more) on actual results for FY2015 over five|
|Waste emissions||5% reduction (or more) on actual results for FY2015 over five years|
Environmental Management Promotion Framework
The SCSK Group has acquired ISO 14001 environmental management system standard certification.
An environmental management promotion structure, in which the whole Group comes together as one, has been built under the President and the Executive Vice President.
Environmental preservation activities that are based on “environmental objectives, goals and indices” are being promoted continuously and systematically.
The implementation status of each plan is evaluated annually by an audit team and the results are reported to management, which then undertakes to revise the activities as required. Through continuous improvement, we are aiming to make further contributions to environmental preservation and footprint reduction.
Promotion Framework Diagram
PDCA Cycle-based Efforts
In order to strengthen our environmental activities into those that are highly viable, all those involved, from management to employees in the field, follow the PDCA (plan-do-check-act) cycle to enable ongoing improvements.
In executing the PDCA cycle, each Group company and internal division “plan” by formulating their respective environmental action plan on the basis of the Sumitomo Shoji Group’s environmental policy, and “do” by executing the plan. The auditing division carries out the “check” by evaluating the status of operation as needed. After receiving a report of the results of the evaluation, management takes “action” by reflecting results and revising the environmental management system.
The SCSK Group PDCA Cycle
Compliance with Environmental Laws and Regulations
In order to reduce the environmental burden generated by its business activities, the SCSK Group is thoroughly compliant with environmental laws and regulations. As awareness of environmental issues in society and administration further increases, we constantly monitor the latest movements, such as revisions to related regulations, and respond in an appropriate manner.
In fiscal 2016, we incurred no fines or punishments related to the environment.
Key FY2016 laws and regulations, content, and number of sites covered
|Act on Rationalizing Energy Use||Number of offices exceeding 3,000 kL per year in combined electricity and heat usage (crude oil equivalent)||Three|
|Number of offices exceeding 1,500 kL per year in combined electricity and heat usage (crude oil equivalent)||Two|
|Regulations regarding global warming countermeasures||Number of sites subject to the Tokyo Metropolitan Ordinance on Environmental Preservation, Osaka Prefectural Ordinance on Global Warming Prevention, Hyogo Prefectural Ordinance on Environmental Preservation and Creation||Nine|
|Act on Rational Use and Proper Management of Fluorocarbons||Number of offices that regularly inspect and implement simple tests of specific class one (7.5 kW or higher) industrial use air-conditioning, freezing, and cooling equipment||Eleven|
|Noise Regulation Act, and Vibration Regulation Act||Number of ventilator facilities, etc.||Two|
|Water Pollution Prevention Act||Number of oil storage facilities, etc.||Five|
Reducing Environmental Burden through Our Businesses
At SCSK, we promote energy savings at all our business facilities, as part of our measures to mitigate global warming. More specifically, we encourage reductions in energy consumption through a switch to paperless documentation and improved operational efficiency with IT; we also implement electricity savings in our offices, and engage in careful waste separation. In this way, we increase the awareness of each of our employees, and execute environmentally friendly business practices.
We also contribute to reductions in energy usage through our IT services business and work hard to reduce environmental burden at our customer companies.
Employees engage in group discussions at the SCSK Social Session
SCSK Social Session: “Thinking About the Environment”
SCSK holds internal workshops named “SCSK Social Sessions,” with the goal of familiarizing employees with social issues and encouraging them to think about the Group’s role in society.
The first Social Session was entitled “Thinking About the Environment.” We invited experts from outside the company to discuss the potential of businesses to contribute to improvements in environmental issues, and to suggest ways in which we ought to do this in our daily corporate activities.
Discussions were held at the workshops on environmental businesses that SCSK ought to engage in. This includes increasing dealings in eco-friendly products and services, and the development of systems that contribute to business optimization.
Comments from External Experts
The workshops were attended by employees from a variety of departments, including system development and data center operation. The participants demonstrated high levels of social awareness and engaged in lively discussions. I believe this project will provide a foundation for generating businesses that contribute to the resolution of societal issues.