In order to hand over the beautiful earth and affluent society to the next generations, Suzuki regards consideration to environmental issues such as global warming as one of the most important challenges for our business activities. We are aggressively promoting reduction of environmental impact that may be generated through our R&D, production, physical distribution, marketing and office activities by establishing a group-wide environmental management system, while maintaining good communications with our individual stakeholders.

Suzuki Global Environment Charter

Suzuki Global Environment Charter (Established in 2002 and revised in 2006)

[Environmental Concept]

In order to hand over the beautiful earth and affluent society to the next generations, we must all realise that the actions of each and every one of us have a great effect on our earth's future, so we must make every effort to preserve our environment.

[Basic Environmental Policies]

  • Strictly observe environmental laws and also follow our own standards.
  • Reduce the pressure placed on the environment resulting from our business activities and products.
  • Maintain and improve upon our environmental management system.
  • Promote environmental communication.

Suzuki Environmental Organisational Chart

In April 2001, Suzuki established the Suzuki Environmental Committee as the top decision-making body in the environmental management system for the entire Group.
Meetings by Suzuki Environment Committee are held twice a year to determine our environmental policy and long-and mid-term environmental goals, check the progress in the existing issues, and discuss urgent problems.

Suzuki Environmental Organisational Chart As of October 2017

Environmental Plan

Suzuki Environmental Plan 2020

In order to hand over the beautiful earth and affluent society to the next generations, Suzuki had established and been striving to accomplish “Suzuki Environmental Plan 2015” for environmental conservation activities from 2012 to 2015 based on “Suzuki Global Environment Charter”. We then established “Suzuki Environmental Plan 2020” for continuous environmental conservation activities from FY2016 to FY2020 to clearly present the direction and actions of Suzuki’s business operations in relation to environment.
We believe that our most important task is to seriously recognise effects to environment generated from our business operations, develop products that carefully consider environment and promote business operations that reduce environmental effects. To accomplish this, we will work on “Suzuki Environmental Plan 2020” with “Team Suzuki” involving domestic and overseas affiliates to build the base for 2020, which is the 100th anniversary of foundation, and for the next 100 years, following the 4 themes listed below.

Suzuki Environmental Plan 2020

“Control of global warming”

Product development

Improvement in fuel efficiency

Realise high fuel efficiency by adopting “SUZUKI GREEN Technology” etc.

  • ▶ Raise efficiency by improving the engine and drive system, and adopt new mechanism.
  • ▶ Reduce the vehicle body weight by reviewing body structuring parts, changing materials, and reviewing manufacturing methods.
  • ▶ Reduce running resistance of the whole vehicle such as air resistance and rolling resistance.

Reduce CO2 emissions amount in use of products globally

Object Base year Target (FY2020)
Automobiles FY2005 Reduced by 28%
Motorcycles Reduced by 20%
Outboard motors Reduced by 10%

Development of next-generation vehicles

Object Concept
Electric vehicle Develop electric vehicles suitable for small cars.
Develop hybrid vehicles and electric vehicles for mini/
compact cars.
Fuel cell vehicle Develop lightweight, compact, and low-cost air-cooled fuel cell vehicles.
[Motorcycle] Implement the test on public roads in Japan, Europe, etc.
[Automobile] Promote advanced development.

Production, distribution and sales

CO2 reduction activities in production

CO2 reduction in production by Suzuki Group in Japan and overseas

Object Base year Target (FY2020)
CO2 emission per global FY2010 Reduced by 10%

* Value calculated by converting the ratio of CO2 emission amount per unit (automobiles, motorcycles and outboard motors manufactured in plants in Japan) to global production volume of automobiles.

CO2 reduction activities in transportation in Japan

Improved transportation efficiency by reviewing transportation routes and packing style.

Improved fuel efficiency of transportation vehicles by introducing eco-drive support equipment, teaching employees economical driving, etc.

Total CO2 reduction in transportation in Japan by Suzuki

Object Base year Target (FY2020)
CO2 emission per sale FY2006 Reduced by 14%

CO2 reduction activities in sales activities etc.

CO2 reduction activities by sales and non-manufacturing subsidiaries in Japan

Actively promote energy-saving activities by introducing power-saving and energy-saving equipment etc.
in order to regulate global warming.

“Promotion of environmental conservation etc.”

Prevention of air pollution

Object Concept
Automobiles Introduce low-emission vehicle appropriate for circumstances in each country and region.
Outboard motors

Reduction of VOC in car interior

Promote the use of alternative materials that generate less VOC in order to improve environment in car interior.

Reduction of VOC in the painting process of domestic plants

Object Base year Target (FY2020)
VOC emission per painting area FY2000 Maintain reduction level of 40%.

“Promotion of 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle)”

Effective use of resources

Consideration to recycling

Development/design considering recycling

  • ▶ Continue the design using recycled materials.
  • ▶ Continue the design to reduce materials.
  • ▶ Increase the use of thermoplastic resin components.

Promotion of recycling ELVs/components

  • ▶ Japan: Maintain 70% or higher ASR recycling rate, and promote collection/recycling of repaired/replaced bumpers.
  • ▶ Overseas: Conform to local automobile recycle laws

Reduction of packing materials for shipment of service/KD parts

  • ▶ Reduce the weight of packing materials such as corrugated cardboard boxes for shipment of service parts.
    • Increase the use of returnable containers.
Object Base year Target (FY2020)
Weight of packing materials for shipment of service parts FY2015 Reduced by 5%
  • ▶ Reduce the weight of disposable packing materials for shipment of KD parts.
    • Increase the use of returnable materials.
    • Reduce the use by improving the packing style and filling rate.
Object Base year Target (FY2020)
Weight of packing materials for shipment of KD parts FY2015 Reduced by 9%

Reduction of the use of containers/package for products

Object Base year Target (FY2020)
Use of containers/package and corrugated cardboard per sales of component FY2015 Maintain reduction level of 15%.

Waste materials

Continue the zero-level landfill waste at each manufacturing base of Suzuki Group.

Object Item Base year Target (FY2020)
Suzuki Landfill waste FY1990 Maintain less than 0.5%.
Group FY2002

Water resources

Thoroughly save water at plants and offices.

“Reinforcement of environmental management”

Reinforcement of environmental management

Globally reinforce environmental management.

Reinforce management of substances of concern.

Globally conform to regulations concerning chemical substances.

Build the global system to manage substances of concern.

Implement LCA (Life Cycle Assessment).

Automobile: Implement LCA for new model and model change vehicles in Japan.

Environmental conservation through tie-up/cooperation with suppliers

Promote environmental conservation activities for suppliers based on “Suzuki Green Procurement Guideline”.

Expansion of environmental communication

Efforts for biodiversity

Globally promote the activity based on "Suzuki Biodiversity Protection Guidelines" to realise protection of biodiversity and its sustainable use.

Continue and promote local community cleanup activities, volunteering for environmental conservation (Suzuki Manner Improvement Activities, Forest Conservation Activities in “Suzuki Forest”, tree planting project at storm surge barrier in coastal zone of Hamamatsu City, cleanup activities at individual offices, etc.).

Enhancement of environmental education

Promote environmental education for employees including new employees and overseas trainees.

Continue the in-house eco-drive education.

Participate in and cooperate on environment-related events held by environmental NPO and local communities.

Disclosure of environmental information

Prepare "Suzuki CSR & Environmental Report" (in Japanese and English) to transmit the information about environment conservation activity to societies.

Introduction of Environmental Management System

Efforts at manufacturing sites (Japan)

Introduction of Environmental Management System

Suzuki is promoting introduction of “Environmental Management Systems” including ISO14001 as part of environmental conservation activities by its domestic plants and the Group’s domestic manufacturing companies.
The ISO14001 is an international standard of environmental management system. By obtaining the ISO14001 certificate, Suzuki intends to follow the relevant regulations and reduce the environmental impact substances. Also, through periodical environmental audits, we verify the effectiveness of our environmental management system.

Introduction situation in domestic plants and Group companies

All domestic plants already acquired the ISO14001 certificate before March 2003. As for the Group’s manufacturing companies, three manufacturing plants (a plant of Suzuki Autoparts Toyama Mfg Co., Ltd., Suzuki Autoparts Akita Mfg Co., Ltd. and Suzuki Auto Parts Mfg Co., Ltd.) and two plants of Snic Co., Ltd. have been certified (as of 1 April 2016). We are also promoting to have two uncertified plants (Hamakita Trim Plant and Sagara Plant) of Snic Co., Ltd. to acquire certification. We plan to promote environmental preservation activities throughout the Suzuki Group as a whole by promoting to have non-manufacturing departments such as engineering department to acquire ISO14001.

ISO 14001-certified domestic plants and Group’s manufacturing companies


Domestic plants

Plant name ISO acquisition month
1 Kosai Plant July 1998
2 Osuka Plant September 1999
3 Sagara Plant September 1999
4 Toyokawa Plant December 2000
5 Takatsuka Plant March 2003
6 Iwata Plant March 2003

[Domestic Group Companies]

Group manufacturing company

Compnay's name ISO acquisition month
7 Suzuki Toyama Auto Parts Mfg. Co., Ltd. March 2001
8 Hamamatsu Plant of Suzuki Auto Parts Mfg. Co., Ltd. June 2001
9 Suzuki Seimitsu Plant of Suzuki Auto Parts Mfg. Co., Ltd. October 2001
10 Suzuki Akita Auto Parts Mfg. Co., Ltd. March 2002
11 Ryuyo Seat Plant of Snic Co., Ltd. March 2005
12 Ryuyo Pipe Plant of Snic Co., Ltd. May 2005
13 Enshu Seiko Plant of Suzuki Auto Parts Mfg. Co., Ltd. July 2005

Manufacturing: Maintenance, Environment, and Energy-saving Meeting

Suzuki holds a “Maintenance, Environment, and Energy-saving Meeting” in order to improve environmental management of domestic plants, die plants, and Group manufacturing companies.
At this meeting, engineering managers and members of domestic plants, die plants, and Group manufacturing companies (eight plants of four companies) get together to discuss improvements for environment conservation plan and matters related to domestic plants, die plants, and Group manufacturing companies while seeing actual systems on actual sites.
Decisions made at the meetings are rolled out to domestic plants, die plants, and Group manufacturing companies, contributing to environmental management activities.

Environmental audit

At Suzuki’s domestic plants and the Group manufacturing companies, an external audit is conducted once every year by an external auditing agent. In addition, an internal audit is conducted to double-check our environmental management system.

Environmental Management Auditing System

External audit

Auditing of documents and on-site auditing are carried out by third party organisation in regard to the validity and adequacy of our environmental management system, to determine whether or not measures are being properly implemented. Auditing results are corrected and countermeasures are put into place for continuous improvement, and they are shared among domestic plants and Group manufacturing companies to enhance environmental management level.

Internal audit

For internal audits, two kinds of audits are conducted: one is an overall audit, and the other is a local audit. We select auditors that have no direct association with the section being audited, and they examine whether environmental management is being properly carried out or not. All auditing results are addressed for continuous improvement.

Overall audit

To determine whether or not environmental management is being properly implemented, document and on-site auditing are conducted.

Local audit

● Preventive audit

Thorough on-site observations are carried out while auditing in areas that possess potential for accidents such as drainage disposal facilities, space for using and storing harmful substance, and waste yard facilities.

● Environmental patrol

Areas that possess potential for accidents undergo regular patrol by the plant manager to prevent environmental accidents.

Improvement process through internal audit

Efforts at manufacturing sites (overseas)

Situation of certification in overseas plants

As for overseas manufacturing companies, MAGYAR SUZUKI Corporation Ltd. obtained the certification in April 1998 for the first time in our Group. As of the end of March 2017, 10 overseas manufacturing companies (16 plants) have obtained the ISO14001 certificate. Other Group companies are also making best efforts to acquire the certificate.
We will introduce environmental management policies to all overseas plants and promote to have uncertified plants to acquire ISO14001 certification.

ISO 14001-certified overseas Group companies

Company’s name ISO acquisition month
1 MAGYAR SUZUKI Corporation Ltd. (Hungary) April 1998
 ・Gurgaon Plant December 1999
 ・Manesar Plant December 2008
 ・Powertrain Plant May 2012
・Cakung Plant April 2006
・Tambun I Plant August 2008
・Tambun II Plant July 2009
Company’s name ISO acquisition month
 ・Plant No.1 December 2004
 ・Plant No.2 November 2014
6 JINAN QINGQI SUZUKI MOTORCYCLE Co., Ltd. (China) February 2017
 ・Jingdezhen Plant December 2003
 ・Jiujiang Plant December 2006
8 THAI SUZUKI MOTOR Co., Ltd. (Thailand) August 2005
9 VIETNAM SUZUKI Corp. (Vietnam) March 2005
10 SUZUKI MOTOR DE COLOMBIA S.A. (Colombia) December 2003

Measures for domestic sales distributors

In order to roll out actions concerning environment in business operations to Group companies, we introduced the Suzuki Environmental Management System from April 2017 to affiliate automobile sales distributors in Japan. This environmental management system unique to Suzuki is part of our initiative in reducing environmental load (energy consumption and amount of wastes) and complying with environmental laws/regulations through PDCA recycling. Sales distributor that introduced this system is progressively promoting the activity centreing on the designated environment manager and office.

Emergency training

We look for locations and operations that have potential of causing an environmental accident* and hold emergency drills with employees and other related suppliers at domestic plants and die plants.

* “Environmental accident” refers to accidents that may affect environment such as leakage of chemicals.

Environmental accidents, etc.

There was no administrative guidance or payment of penalty due to the accidents and complaints in FY2016. There were 13 environmental accidents and five complaints that were reported to the administration, which were appropriately taken care of.
We will make efforts in preventing accidents through check, improvement, and update of environment-related facilities.

Environmental accounting

Cost of environmental conservation

(Unit : ¥100 million)

  Change FY2016
FY2013 FY2014 FY2015 Investment Expenses Total
Business area costs Pollution
4.9 6.6 5.0 1.5 3.3 4.8
2.6 2.5 2.7 0.9 3.7 4.6
Recycling of
2.4 -0.6 3.1 1.1 0.8 1.9
Total 9.9 8.5 10.8 3.5 7.8 11.3
Upstream/downstream costs 0.2 0.2 0.1 - 0.2 0.2
Managerial costs 4.1 4.0 4.2 - 3.8 3.8
Research and development costs 526.9 498.8 504.9 49.9 469.9 519.8
Social activities costs 1.5 1.2 1.1 - 1.2 1.2
Environmental damage costs 0.6 0.7 0.3 - 0.4 0.4
Total 543.2 513.4 521.4 53.4 483.3 536.7

Effectiveness of environmental conservation

(Unit : ¥100 million)

Item FY2013 FY2014 FY2015 FY2016
Economical effect Energy cost reduction 4.9 3.4 4.1 3.8
Waste management cost reduction 0.1 0.1 0.4 0.1
Resource saving (including recycle and valuable resource disposal) 34.12 29.4 24.4 26.5
Total 39.12 32.9 28.9 30.4

(Note) These are non-consolidated environmental figures.

Influence and initiatives to environment caused by business operations



SUZUKI GREEN Technology represents next-generation eco-friendly technologies developed and utilised by Suzuki, which includes new technologies such as low fuel consumption and weight reduction technologies.


Mild Hybrid




Lean Burn


SUZUKI GREEN Activity represents Suzuki’s effort and activity on realising the environmental policy, which includes various activities worked by each department such as development, production, and logistics for the control of global warming and promotion of environmental preservation.