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SDK Issues Responsible Care Report 2004

May 28, 2004

Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) has issued Responsible Care Report 2004 that includes descriptions of how the Group is performing its social responsibilities.

SDK started annual publication of RC reports in 1997, mainly reporting on its activities for the protection of the environment, safety and health. From this year’s issue, however, our RC report started covering such items as SDK’s vision, code of conduct and guidelines, compliance, corporate governance, relations with the community in which we operate and with employees, and human rights, in addition to the results of RC activities in 2003. Thus, our RC report is now close to a CSR (corporate social responsibility) report.

Main points of SDK’s RC activities in 2003 include:

  • 1.Substantial reduction in rate of energy consumption by basic energy unit: Reduced to 80% of the 1990 figure (The target established by the Japan Chemical Industry Association calls for reduction to 90% of the 1990 figure by 2010.)
  • 2.Control of RC activities by subsidiaries and affiliates: In addition to the situation of certification under the ISO 14001 international standards for environmental management systems, we are now reporting on the control of environmental loads and safety activities pertaining to our subsidiaries and affiliates.

SDK is committed to the spirit of compliance and corporate governance as well as to the protection of the environment, safety and health in order to ensure the Group’s sustained growth and enhancement in long-term corporate value.

Also, SDK is working hard to establish itself as a focused and individualized chemical company with high profitability through implementation of its medium-term consolidated business plan, the “Sprout Project.” As a means to pursue this strategy, SDK always reminds its employees to comply with the code of conduct and guidelines, ensure safe and stable operations, and observe the principle of Responsible Care.

Attachment : Responsible Care Report 2004 (PDF format) ( PDF 830KB )

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