Recognition of Issues and Basic Approach
In recent years, chemicals management has become more robust world-wide. An initiator of this trend was the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), often called the Earth Summit 2002 or Johannesburg Summit, which advocated chemicals management so that chemicals are produced and used in ways that minimize significant adverse impacts on human health and the environment as a 2020 goal. Under these circumstances, as a member of the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA), the Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Group is advancing safety management activities related to chemical substances in order to achieve the WSSD’s 2020 goal. Furthermore, in the course of using or disposing of products, the Group recognizes the importance of monitoring information about the chemical substances included in products and is promoting activities to monitor this information together with suppliers. The Group also recognizes that hazardous substances of which chemical risk could not be accepted should be removed from our products and processes and will conduct activities to refrain from using or producing it and/or to substitute it with less hazardous and more sustainable materials immediately.
Providing Information on Hazardous Substances
In Japan and overseas the Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Group is steadily advancing efforts to provide Safety Data Sheets (information on product composition, hazardousness and handling) pursuant to the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals.
Promoting GPS Activities
Aiming to achieve the WSSD's 2020 goal, the ICCA is promoting voluntary initiatives in the chemical industry under its Global Product Strategy (GPS), which emphasizes risk-based chemicals management throughout supply chains and disclosure of risk management information on chemicals and products. Sympathizing with the ICCA's stance, the Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Group launched GPS initiatives in fiscal 2009. Since then, the Group has been steadily assessing the risks inherent in the chemical products, managing them appropriately based on assessment results, and compiling and publishing the results as GPS Safety Summaries. We are conducting risk assessments of all our products, and by 2020 will stop the import and/or use of any substances whose risks we are unable to manage. Additionally, we will immediately stop the import and/or use of all hazardous and toxic substances that have been designated as restricted by either the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants or the Rotterdam Convention.
Implementing Green Procurement Surveys
The Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Group strives to monitor information on the chemicals included in products. Accordingly, based on a unique green procurement survey system, the Group monitors the results of surveys of any hazardous substances included in products purchased from suppliers.
Targets and Results
Completion Rate for Product Safety Assessment of Chemical Substances*
* Applicable products were reviewed in Fiscal 2013.
Percentage of Purchased Raw Materials Surveyed for Hazardous Substances