- With the Environment
- With Customers
- With Business Partners
- With Employees
- With Shareholders and Investors
- With Local Society
With the Environment
The ADEKA Group, which uses chemical substances and palm oil as raw materials, cares about the environment throughout the process of procurement and from production to disposal. Toward realizing a sustainable society, we are developing products with less environmental impact and engaging in energy-saving initiatives.
Basic Environmental Policy
- Strive to conserve resources and energy, recycle resources, and reduce the generation of waste, in order to prevent environmental pollution
- Comply with domestic and foreign laws and regulations related to the environment, and at the same time strive to strengthen voluntary management and achieve further environmental conservation
- Be aware that corporate activities are dependent upon the blessings produced through biodiversity, and seek to protect biodiversity
- Take a proactive stance in procuring raw materials that impose a low burden on the environment, and contribute to the realization of a recycling-oriented society
- Disclose the results of environmental conservation activities to society
- Communicate with stakeholders and provide support to society and local communities in environmental conservation activities
Environmental Initiative System
Under the annual policy determined by the Environmental and Safety Division, each office of the ADEKA Group formulates an execution plan and conducts environmental management activities that meet local needs. The Environmental and Safety Division conducts an annual audit of the Group companies which have offices and plants inside Japan.
Environmental Initiatives System
Initiatives on Global Warming Prevention
Initiatives for Reducing CO2 Emissions
The ADEKA Group seeks to reduce its emissions of CO2, a greenhouse gas that wreaks havoc on a global scale. Each of the Group operation sites has its own annual reduction target and is engaged in raising production efficiency or other improvement activities. The progress of those activities is checked through plant audits conducted by the president and the Environmental and Safety Division.
Reduction of Environmental Impact
Preventing Water Pollution
The ADEKA Group seeks to preserve water resources that are essential for creating a recycling-oriented society. It prevents water pollution by collecting and recycling wastewater from its manufacturing processes and by complying with relevant laws and regulations to reduce the environmental impact.
Preventing Air Pollution
The ADEKA Group's production and R&D divisions have strived to protect the environment by consistently working to prevent air pollution by reducing their emissions of SOx, NOx, dust and soot.
Properly Managing the Disposal of Industrial Waste
ADEKA and its Group companies in Japan conduct regular inspections of industrial waste disposal contractors to verify that contractors are properly disposing of industrial waste. Furthermore, checks are conducted to verify that waste is being properly managed at business sites.
In accordance with the ADEKA Group Biodiversity Policy, the Group conducts initiatives to promote the preservation of biodiversity and its sustainable use.
ADEKA Group Biodiversity Policy
- Consider biodiversity when procuring naturally derived draw materials
- Promote activities for conserving biodiversity at our business premises
- Strive to develop biodiversity-oriented products
- Work in collaboration with local communities
As a materials manufacturer for chemical and food products, the ADEKA Group provides safe, highquality products that live up to customer expectations. We strive to develop systems and products as we work together with customers to identify and tackle the issues they face.
Quality and Safety Policy for Fiscal 2018
- Implementing measures to prevent reoccurrence of claims/complaints and horizontal deployment of measures within and between plants
- Providing accurate product information based on strengthened management of information about raw materials and products
- Strengthening the quality control framework, particularly by unifying the procedures for entering inspection values into the system across the Group, and preparing regulations for overseas subsidiaries
Quality and Safety Initiatives
Promoting Quality Improvement Efforts
The ADEKA Group promotes voluntary activities to improve quality safety*1 by ensuring Safety Quartet (occupational, environmental, quality and equipment safety). As an assurance of product quality, the Group has acquired ISO 9001 certification for quality management systems for 22 Group companies in and outside of Japan, in order to maintain and continuously improve quality assurance systems. Additionally, the Group has acquired FSSC 22000 certification for seven companies and HACCP certification for three companies, to ensure food safety and for quality assurance.
Quality Management System
ADEKA's Quality and Safety Policy guides its sales, manufacturing, R&D and staff departments in their quality and safety initiatives. The company conducts quality and PL inspections to ensure the effective implementation of initiatives. The results are shared at the Quality Management and Product Liability Council as part of a PDCA cycle.
Overview of Quality Management System
With Business Partners
The ADEKA Group pursues coexistence and co-prosperity by building and maintaining just and fair relationships with its partners, recognizing that contributing to affluent lifestyles through products is what customers value and a shared purpose across the entire supply chain, including business partners.
Socially Responsible Procurement
Under its Procurement Management Standards, ADEKA conducts procurement activities based on trust and cooperation with its partners. The Company is working to revise the Procurement Management Standards as well as to formulate and release the Basic Purchasing Policy and Purchasing Guidelines to further stabilize procurement and establish a sustainable supply chain based on CSR.
Our employees are the driving force for advancing the ADEKA Group's business into the global domain. We have a number of initiatives in place to ensure that our employees have a safe and pleasant work environment, where human rights and fair treatment are respected, and which cultivates a vigorous company that values the individuality and intrinsic character of each employee.
Promoting a Work-Life Balance
The ADEKA Group emphasizes the importance of a work-life balance, which encourages each employee to demonstrate their capabilities fully. Also, it is introducing a system to support flexible and diverse working styles and foster awareness.
Active Roles of Women in the Workplace
ADEKA promotes women in the workplace and has formulated an action plan with the aim of having women occupy at least five percent of management positions by 2021.
Employment of Retirees
ADEKA has a rehiring system of employees up to 65 years of age who wish to continue working after reaching the retirement age (except in special circumstances). The system enables mature employees to continue contributing their accumulated knowledge, skills, and experience.
Employment of Persons with Disabilities
The ADEKA Group continually strives to improve the work environment and expand job categories toward enabling disabled persons to exercise their capabilities and achieve self-realization.
Cultivating Human Resources
The ADEKA Group recognizes employees as key company resources. We therefore view employees as assets and respect the aspirations of each individual while striving to cultivate human resources that will lead the next generation.
Improving the Work Environment
New Personnel System
In April 2019, ADEKA revised its personnel provisions with the aim of fostering a corporate culture that seeks out challenges and preparing an environment that is conducive to value creation and the development of global human resources.
Occupational Health and Safety
The ADEKA Group considers safety and security to be the most important issues for companies, and as such strives to establish a safe workplace by enhancing the awareness of all employees through the operation of OHSAS 18001, an occupational health and safety management system, the establishment of health and safety committees at every workplace, and the activities of the Zero Accident Committee.
With Shareholders and Investors
Placing high priority on communication with shareholders and investors, who expect continued growth and profitability, the ADEKA Group strives to disclose corporate information in a timely and appropriate manner and maximize corporate value through business activities.
Dialogue with Shareholders and Investors
Proper Disclosure of Information
ADEKA strives to disclose accurate corporate information in a fair and timely manner to all stakeholders under its disclosure policy. Moreover, the Group actively discloses important information pertaining to company management, including business plans, to enhance understanding of ADEKA. However, it will disclose information should it determine that the content of its financial results could significantly impact shareholders and investors.
With Local Society
The ADEKA Group strives to be a good corporate citizen that respects and understands the culture and customs of the communities it does business in, both in and outside of Japan. The Group continues to engage in active dialogue with communities, seeking to co-prosper and coexist with society.
The ADEKA Group, under its management policies of“ Contributing to society through our business”and “Realizing harmony and co-prosperity with society,” strives to meet public expectations and demand. At the same time ADEKA Group is consistently enhancing its brand and corporate value by reinforcing its corporate governance and rigorously managing compliance.
Basic Stance on Corporate Governance
The ADEKA Group places a top priority on the strengthening of corporate governance in order to realize its mission and management policies as well as achieve sustainable growth and enhance its midto long-term corporate value. Based on the audit and supervisory board system adopted under its management system, the company is strengthening its governance systems through efforts such as the appointment of independent external directors, introduction of the executive officer system and establishment of Management Committee.
Overview of Corporate Governance as of June 30, 2019
Compliance with Corporate Governance Code
The Financial Services Agency and the Tokyo Stock Exchange, Inc. introduced Japan's Corporate Governance Code (CGC), which establishes fundamental principles for effective corporate governance at listed companies. ADEKA operates a CGC Promotion Committee that meets on a quarterly basis to discuss the following matters.
- Study of measures to strengthen corporate governance
- Review of the ADEKA Group Corporate Governance Guidelines
- Matters disclosed in the Corporate Governance Report
- Review of the implementation status of ADEKA's governance based on the CGC and the Guidelines
- Review of the latest trends in corporate governance, and based on input from institutional investors
Respect for Human Rights
The ADEKA Group intends to create a society that respects the rights and diverse values of all stakeholders involved in our business activities.
Basic Stance on Compliance
The management policies of the ADEKA Group support the effective response to changes in the social and managerial environment. They are intended to realize sound management and harmony with international society by sufficiently protecting stakeholders' interests.
The Group's compliance management is intended to fulfill public expectations and demand through the provision of new value that is useful for addressing social issues by providing high-quality products and services created using ADEKA's unique technologies and through actively communicating with stakeholders as well as engaging in social contribution activities.
System for Promoting Group Compliance
The Compliance Promotion Committee meets quarterly to manage and monitor compliance at ADEKA. A system for instilling the Basic Compliance Policy across the company and swiftly collecting information has been established by appointing Compliance Leaders in each section. In addition, representatives and compliance officers of major Group companies meet twice a year for the Group Compliance Conference. Also, the company conducts a survey on compliance awareness biannually, targeting all executives and employees of major Group companies. Survey results are used to improve activities in a united Group effort to enforce compliance rigorously.
Basic Stance on Risk Management
As business risks increase in the management environment, the ADEKA Group has been seeking prevention of the incidents and minimization of the damage thereof. This has been done by outlining a system for managing risks in the ADEKA Group Risk Management Manual focusing on prevention and countermeasure effort.
The ADEKA Group Risk Management Manual also sets the framework and workflow for enabling each section and Group company to work in concert for quick and effective emergency response. In addition, ADEKA has published and distributed an Emergency Public Relation Manual with the aim of minimizing the loss of credibility in the event of any scandal, including incidents and accidents within the ADEKA Group.