TAIYO YUDEN

Management System

Management System Overview, Promotion Structure

Our group-wide Safety and Environmental Management System keeps individual activities proceeding toward common goals under a common philosophy.

System Overview

This management system consists of long- and short-cycle activities.
In the long-cycle activities, which are designed for the entire group, we are making continuous improvements based on common goals and criteria by checking achievements based on reports about site audits and from sites and by reviewing the management system.
For site-specific short-cycle activities, we have an ISO 14001-compliant management system and the Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS) in place.

Promotion Structure

The officer in charge of safety and environmental affairs appointed by the President has overall responsibility for building and managing the promotion structure for Taiyo Yuden’s Safety and Environmental Management System.
The Taiyo Yuden Group Safety and Environment Committee, the Taiyo Green Strategy (TGS) Committee, and the Energy and Resource Conservation Committee debate and decide policies and issues to be addressed. Each manager of sites then converts his/her decisions into actual plans matching the characteristics of each site, and takes charge of publicizing, enforcing and promoting these concrete targets.

* TGS: Taiyo Green Strategy
* The Health & Safety Committee consists of representatives selected from among management and employees.

Certification Acquisition Status

The Taiyo Yuden Group is ISO 14001 certified for its production sites and development centers.
The group receives Validated Assessment Program (VAP) audits by the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA), which started with the returning of the OHSAS 18001 certificate, on a continuous basis in line with the set plan.

RBA-VAP Audit

TAIYO YUDEN Group has implemented activities to comply with the RBA (Responsible Business Alliance) Code of Conduct, which is a code of conduct related to social responsibility. We regularly have the RBA-VAP audit as third-party evaluation to enhance level of labor, ethics, health and safety, and environment continually. Subjects of the audit are 16 manufacturing sites and 1 non-manufacturing sites *.

TAIYO YUDEN CO., LTD.(Japan)
Takasaki Global Center* / Haruna Plant / Nakanojo Plant / Tamamura Plant / Yawatabara Plant
Consolidated Subsidiary(Japan)
TAIYO YUDEN CHEMICAL TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD. / TAIYO YUDEN TECHNO SOLUTIONS CO., LTD. / FUKUSHIMA TAIYO YUDEN CO., LTD. / NIIGATA TAIYO YUDEN CO., LTD. / TAIYO YUDEN ENERGY DEVICE CO., LTD. / WAKAYAMA TAIYO YUDEN CO., LTD. / TAIYO YUDEN Mobile Technology Co., Ltd. (Head Office & Tokorozawa Plant)
Consolidated Subsidiary(Other Countries)
KOREA KYONG NAM TAIYO YUDEN CO., LTD.
TAIYO YUDEN (GUANGDONG) CO., LTD.
TAIYO YUDEN (PHILIPPINES), INC.
TAIYO YUDEN (SARAWAK) SDN. BHD.

Training

We provide a variety of training programs covering both general and specialized knowledge to promote employees’ awareness of preventing occupational injury and illness, as well as active participation in environmental conservation.

Training Structure

Training Examples

General Training

Holding events associated with health and safety

At all sites, we hold various events associated with health and safety, providing employees with opportunities to raise their awareness and improve their skills. These events include locomotion tests to check physical capabilities such as walking and standing, driving aptitude assessment, and a company-wide nonsmoking campaign.
Locomotion test
Driving aptitude assessment

Occupational Health and Safety Training

Training for facility maintenance staff

We provided training on how to use tools correctly, as well as the methods and knowledge of maintenance, in order to improve the safety and efficiency of maintenance work.

Education programs about chemical substances

We provided education programs on the dangers of chemical substances and preventive measures such as wearing protective equipment with the objective of preventing injuries and poisoning from chemical substances.
Training for facility maintenance staff
Education programs about chemical substances

Environmental Training

Training for the managers of wastewater treatment facilities

We provided the managers of wastewater treatment facilities with training on the wastewater regulatory standards and water treatment technologies, including on-site training.
Training for the managers of wastewater treatment facilities (on-site)
Training for the managers of wastewater treatment facilities

Audit

Triple audits evaluate each site's compliance, accident risk management, and the environmental impact situation aimed at producing continuous improvement.

External Audits

ISO14001 certification audits by certification authorities

Sites with ISO14001 certification underwent the audits required to update or maintain such certification. These audits uncovered 4 nonconformities. The root causes were analyzed and corrective action was promptly taken in response to each issue. The nonconformities were minor issues relating to our management systems, and were not directly linked with environmental pollution or occupational accidents.
The RBA-VAP audits for FY2019 have been completed in nine domestic sites and three overseas sites.

Number of Nonconformity Instances Found with External Audits

Nonconformity Examples

Internal Site Audits

In FY2019, we performed site audits to examine the status of compliance with the laws and customer requirements specified in the Safety and Environmental Management System.
In each audit, auditors checked documents and performed on-site examinations concerning matters such as the training, assignment, and job performance of qualified personnel; submission of notifications and reports; implementation of checks and examinations; provision of displays and notices; use and storage of chemicals; and management of waste materials.
The audits revealed inadequacies in areas such as reserve personnel management for qualified personnel, waste product treatment contractor management, and hazard indication management.
Countermeasures were implemented and validated for inadequacies found during the site audits.
We aim to improve the level of health, safety, and environmental protection activities for the whole group by globally incorporating societal requirements in a timely manner and sharing the results after benchmarking products from all sites.

Issue Examples

Reserve qualified personnel in reserve at plants was not secured.
There were inadequacies in some parts of the periodic inspection plan for waste product treatment contractors.
Hazard indications were not provided on some of the outdoor chemical tanks.

Internal Audits

Audits targeting site departments on observance of safety and environment laws, target achievement, and performance.
(Once or twice every year)

All sites conducted internal audits of their departments in accordance with their management systems. Priority areas were determined for each site, and 48 nonconformities were uncovered as a result of conducting internal audits (at sites in japan).
Corrective action was completed in all cases without delay, and after a follow-up check, it was reported to the managers that the management system has been effective in complying with the Taiyo Yuden Group’s policies and goals.

Other Audits

On-site inspection of waste disposal contractors (Sites in Japan)

During FY2019, we inspected and audited 25 companies (four collection and delivery company; three collection, delivery and intermediate processing companies; and eighteen intermediate processing companies). As a result, it was confirmed that all inspected operators are processing and disposing of waste appropriately. The operators have been classified into three ranks from the results of these inspections, with the frequency of future inspections varying depending on the rank of the operator.