II. Formulation of Long-term Environmental Vision and Medium-term Environmental Goals
Toward More Systematic Environmental Activities
We formulated the Nikon Long-term Environmental Vision in April 2016.
Additionally, we formulated the Nikon Medium-term Environmental Goals for 2030 as well as the Nikon Three-year Environmental Plan for the year ending March 31, 2017 through the year ending March 31, 2019 to steadily advance our initiatives.
In recent years, climate change risks such as flooding and droughts are increasing worldwide. Regulations related to the environment tend to become more stringent. Expectations toward private enterprises and the roles they are expected to fulfill are growing substantially as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with climate change as one of its goals, was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in September 2015. In addition, the Paris Agreement for all countries, including the world's largest emitters, to promise to endeavor in initiatives toward climate change was adopted at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) of the United Nations Framework Conversation on Climate Change.
The Nikon Group proactively responds to these risks and regulations based on its awareness that responding to expectations and request from society is our corporate social responsibility. In April 2016, we formulated the Nikon Long-term Environmental Vision that looks ahead several decades into the future. The Long-term Environmental Vision encompasses the realization of a low-carbon society, a resource-circulating society, and a healthy and environmentally safe society, which are the three important pillars of this vision, considering the global situation and the characteristics of Nikon's business that use limited resources to manufacture and sell products. In addition, to achieve the Long-term Environmental Vision, we have established the Nikon Medium-term Environmental Goals for 2030, which is a year targeted for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by the Japanese government. We are steadily working toward accomplishing these goals by formulating the Nikon Three-year Environmental Plan and the Environmental Action Plan each year.
Comment from the Environmental Committee Chief
Contributing to a Better Environment for All of Society Based on the Long-term Environmental Vision
We have formulated the Long-term Environmental Vision that further clarifies the direction we are aiming for based on the social situations in recent years as we approach the celebration of the 100th anniversary of Nikon's foundation in 2017.
The initiatives that society expects corporation to do change over time. I feel that legal compliance has become a basic minimum prerequisite. I also feel that society expects us to understand and respond to risks such as climate change and environmental regulations with a perspective of changing those risks into an opportunity to contribute to the society.
Without a sustainable environment, we cannot continue our way of life and our businesses. We need to face this fact sincerely and make efforts to minimize the environmental load. We must face the expectations of society directly and strive to reduce the environmental impact of our products. In the future, we would like to promote initiatives that lead to improving the environment of the entire society by utilizing the technologies of Nikon.
Long-term Environmental Vision
The Nikon Group contributes to building a sustainable society by positioning the realization of a low-carbon society, a resource-circulating society, and a healthy and environmentally-safe society as the Long-term Environmental Vision based on the Nikon Basic Environmental Management Policy.
Medium-term Environmental Goals
- Reduce CO2 emissions throughout the entire supply chain by 26% compared with the fiscal 2013 level.
- Strive to realize a resource-circulating society through the life cycle of products by taking into account the impact on the environment from the planning stage of products.
- Strive to further improve the recycling rate while working to reduce waste and enhancing the use of resources with a low environmental impact in our business activities.
- Aim to sustain the regional natural environment and provide comfortable living.
- Thoroughly comply with the laws and regulations of each country and region. In addition, set independent targets and appropriately manage the use of chemical substances.