Sustainability Management

Responsible Care activity

Let us explain about our action guidelines, promotion structure, PDCA cycle and auditing structure of Responsible Care which is a management policy related to “the environment, safety and health.”

Responsible Care Action Guidelines

Responsible Care Global Charter Signatory Certificate Responsible Care Global Charter
Signatory Certificate

Showa Denko established the “Responsible Care Action Guidelines” in March 1995. These guidelines stipulate management policies related to the environment, safety, and health. Our Group promotes activities based on these action guidelines.
In addition, we also signed the Responsible Care Global Charter in 2005, pledging our support for and implementation of the charter. When the RC Charter was amended in 2014, we re-signed, making clear our willingness to promote RC activities through global collaboration.

Responsible Care Action Guidelines
(Showa Denko Group Action Guidelines)

  1. 1.Throughout the entire life cycle of products, we shall make our best efforts to review and improve business activities continuously from the view points of ensuring safety & health and protecting the environment.
  2. 2.We shall make our best effor ts towards sustainable development by harmonizing our production activities with the global environment, not only through conventional approaches to environmental preservation, but also through promotion of changing raw materials, energy conservation, waste reduction and recycling, reductions in the release of chemical substances, etc.
  3. 3.In the development of new products and businesses and in the establishment, enlargement, and renovation of facilities, we shall undertake our best efforts to ensure safety and health and to protect the environment.
  4. 4.We shall promote R&D and develop technologies that will contribute to the improvement of safety and health and to the protection of the environment. We shall also promote the marketing of alternative or new products.
  5. 5.We shall enrich risk assessments and risk management concerning the effects of the products and materials we handle on safety, health, and the environment, and we shall provide information on the safe use and handling of our products to our stakeholders as well.
  6. 6.In overseas business activities, technology transfer, and international trading of chemical products, we shall give full consideration to ensuring safety and health, and protecting the environment.
  7. 7.We shall comply with international rules, domestic laws and regulations, and make our best efforts to cooperate with the relevant international organizations, domestic and foreign administrative bodies, etc.
  8. 8.We shall participate proactively in various activities related to the ensuring of safety & health and environmental protection, and make our best efforts to communicate with society to achieve better understanding and trust.

Responsible Care promotion system

At Showa Denko, the Responsible Care (RC) Promotion Council is placed under the Management Committee, which is chaired by the chairman of the company and composed of the president, corporate officers in charge, and other corporate officers and heads of the administrative departments whose presence on the committee is deemed necessary by the president. The RC Promotion Council undertakes preliminary deliberations on important issues concerning RC, such as environmental management, global warming, industrial waste, discharge of chemical substances, water resource-related risks, equipment safety, occupational health and safety, health management, safety of chemicals, and quality assurance. Deliberation results are reported to the Management Committee for discussion, and the results of that discussion are then reported to the Board of Directors.
As of June 2021, we are promoting Responsible Care at our headquarters, 13 business divisions (including 1  project), 15 workplaces, 3 branches, the Institute for Integrated Product Development and 19 major Group companies.
At overseas Group companies (manufacturing) as well, we have identified achievements relating to Responsible Care and provided local guidance to expand the target scope.

Responsible Care Action Plan

■ The PDCA cycle The PDCA cycle

The Showa Denko Group set the following targets as its Responsible Care vision for 2025.

  • Become able to contribute to the solution of global environmental problems through Responsible Care activities that focus on “Responsible production and consumption.”
  • Have nurtured a culture of safety across the Showa Denko Group and built the world’s top-class safety infrastructure.

In order to attain the long-term targets, we have been setting a medium-term Responsible Care action plan every two or three years as well as an annual action plan.
Moreover, we make a specific action plan at each of our plants to promote Responsible Care activities.

The Showa Denko Group works to achieve continuous improvement in its Responsible Care activities through the plan-do-check-act (PDCA) cycle of formulating Responsible Care activity plans (plan), implementing these (do), auditing and evaluating the results (check), and reflecting these via management review in the next round of objectives and activity plans (act).We will continue to promote active engagement in these efforts to meet our targets.

Education system

Training for internal auditors for ISO14001

The Showa Denko Group, employees receive Responsible Care education that focuses on occupational safety, environment preservation and compliance when they join the company or are promoted. Internal auditors for environmental management systems and occupational safety and health management systems are also provided with annual training.
The following table shows the collective training held by the head office in 2019.(For safety education, chemicals safety education and other field-specific education, please refer to the pages for each of the items.) Participants in the training make use of what they have learned in the training in the activities conducted at their sites.

■ Number of participants in the Responsible Care (RC) training seminars held by the head office in 2020   
DateName of trainingTargetNo. of participants
February RC training for environment & safety managers Environment & safety managers 24
Devember Training for internal auditors for ISO14001 Applicants from the sites 21
April RC training for new employees New employees 62
November RC training for new manufacturing section managers, etc. Those who are new to the post 25

Auditing structure

Showa Denko and its major Group companies conduct audits as described below for their worksites to assess and improve their Responsible Care activities.


Workplaces of Showa Denko and its major Group companies evaluate their own Responsible Care systems and implementation statuses based on a checklist, so as to reflect the results in the following year's targets and action plans in order to move forward with continuous improvement.

Worksite auditing

The Environment & Safety Office of the RC Department audits worksites to both, make evaluations and improvements regarding Responsible Care at Showa Denko and its major group companies. The Management Committee deliberates these results to reflect them in the policies, goals and plans of the entire company and Group companies. In 2020, we audited 38 workplaces (including our headquarters, branch offices and business divisions). Also, personnel from the Head Office’s Quality Assurance Office visit and carry out annual quality diagnoses at the Group’s sites, including the Divisions, Plants, and Group companies, to clarify their strengths and weaknesses and share the findings.

Management system

The Showa Denko Group continues improving its management system through receiving and maintaining certification of conformity to management system standards including those for environment, quality, and industrial safety and hygiene.

Toward the future
Showa Denko and Showa Denko Materials (former Hitachi Chemical) will be integrated into one corporate entity in 2023. For the vision, strategies and present measures that Showa Denko and Showa Denko Materials are promoting for the newly integrated company, please refer to SHOWA DENKO Report 2021.


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