GLOBAL SUZUKI

We will globally establish the environmental control system and improve it continuously in order to promote actions concerning environment in business operations in the entire Suzuki Group. We, as a member of the society, will develop the society harmonised with natural environment by promoting environmental communications with various stakeholders.

Reinforcement of environmental management

Management of substances of concern

Based on the IMDS (International Material Data System) we introduced in 2003, which is an automobile industry-related material data collection system, we have established an in-house management system concerning substances of concern (see the chart below). This system enables us to control not only the four heavy-metal substances (lead, mercury, hexavalent chromium, and cadmium) targeted by European ELV Directive, but also substances of very high concern (SVHC*) specified in the REACH regulation (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals). Also, recyclability for receiving type approval of motor vehicles in the European Union is calculated by using this system.
So far, we have identified compliance with laws and regulations related to substances of concern on all products produced by domestic plants and Magyar Suzuki (Hungary), some products of Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. and Suzuki Motor (Thailand) Co., Ltd., and some motorcycles of P.T. Suzuki Indomobile Motor (Indonesia) by using this system. Through such efforts, we verified the compliance with laws and regulations related to substances of concern on additional 18 models of automobiles, motorcycles, and outboard motors in FY2016.
We will promote reduction management of substances of concern through applying the system for automobiles sold and motorcycles manufactured in India.

*SVHC: Substance of Very High Concern

Collection of data for IMDS

Strengthening thorough prohibition of use of asbestos in Suzuki Group

The use of asbestos is thoroughly prohibited in the Suzuki’s standards, but we established the new “Asbestos Control Rules” in order to enhance prohibition of the use of asbestos in all of our production bases in the world. In the system based on this new rule, imported products that may contain asbestos (brake pad, gasket, etc.) are not allowed to proceed to the development stage and prototype vehicles using those products are not allowed to be imported to Japan unless it is proved that no asbestos is contained by the asbestos non-inclusion certificate etc.

Conformance to regulations concerning chemical substances in Japan and overseas

We are promoting the shift to materials that do not contain decabromodiphenyl ether (DecaBDE: brominated flame retardants) specified as an additional abolition substance in the POPs Convention and phthalate type plasticiser specified as a limited substance in REACH (EU) under cooperation with our suppliers.
In Japan, we are also making efforts for the Act to Prevent Mercury Contamination on Environment and to show chemicals (mainly grease, oil, etc.) on labels according to the revision of the Industrial Safety and Health Law.

Promotion of establishment of the system to control substances of concerns in overseas bases

We have established Suzuki Green Procurement Guideline and started its operation accordingly at major overseas production bases since 2011 in order to promote establishment of the system to manage substances of concerns.

Life Cycle Assessment(LCA)

In order to understand the environmental impact of our products, Suzuki adopts the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) that assesses products with specific figures not only during their running stage but throughout their whole life cycle from material processing to ELV treatment. The Company is promoting reduction of environmental load by utilising their results to product development and business activity.

Suzuki LCA Stages

Ratio of CO₂ emission amount of conventional and new models (%)

Ratio of CO₂ emission amount by each model (%)

Result of new WagonR

Ratio of SOx amount with the conventional model as 100%

  • NOx: Nitrogen Oxide
  • SOx: Sulfur Oxide
  • PM: Particulate Matter
  • NMHC: Non Methane Hydrocarbons

Promotion of green procurement

We have established “Suzuki Green Procurement Guideline” that indicates our policy to purchase eco-friendly parts and materials from suppliers who agree to our guideline and submit “Suzuki Green Procurement Promotion Agreement” to us.
We partially revised this guideline in October 2013 to phrase the matter related to establishment of the substances of concern control system of partner companies, and prepared/added the self-check sheet for substances of concern control system. (We are requesting new and existing suppliers to submit check sheets thereafter. More than 50% of suppliers of production parts have attained outside certifications including ISO14001.)
Also, we are going hand-in-hand with our suppliers to conform to not only existing regulations, such as European ELV Directive and European Regulation concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), but also various future environmental laws and regulations.

*Suzuki Green Procurement Guideline:http://www.globalsuzuki.com/corporate/environmental/green_policy/pdf/suzukiGreenGuideline.pdf

Expansion of environmental communication

Efforts for biodiversity

Suzuki introduced the environmental brand SUZUKI GREEN to realise the philosophy of Suzuki Global Environment Charter and announced the Suzuki Biodiversity Protection Guidelines as the environmental policy in the Charter.
Suzuki Biodiversity Protection Guidelines will be the guiding principle for us to recognise the possibility of business activities etc. giving unavoidable influences to biodiversity, which has provided our life with enormous natural blessings (ecosystem service) since the birth of human, as well as for us to try to reduce such influences, and make efforts to ensure sustainable usage.
Suzuki has conducted many actions to reduce influences to biodiversity in our business or social contribution activities, and participated in Japan Business & Biodiversity Partnership*.
Through the release of the Guidelines, we aim to raise awareness about the biodiversity throughout the entire Suzuki Group, and to develop a sustainable society that can coexist with the nature, while keeping good relations with our customers and the local communities.

* Partnership that wide varieties of companies mainly from the economic world make efforts voluntarily for conservation and sustainable usage of biodiversity and share related information in order to accomplish the purpose of the Convention of Biological Diversity

Suzuki Biodiversity Protection Guidelines http://www.globalsuzuki.com/corporate/environmental/green_policy/index.html

Under the slogan of Smaller, Fewer, Lighter, Shorter, and Neater, Suzuki Group thoroughly conducts wasteless, efficient business operations and promotes production of small cars by pursuing environmental technologies in order to reduce influences to biodiversity and contribute to sustainable usage of resources in future.
Based on such activity philosophy, Suzuki Group will try to cooperate with various stakeholders as a member of the society and to develop the society harmonised with beautiful natural environment.

【Emphasised efforts for biodiversity】

  • ・Reduction of environmental loads generated through business operations and products.
    • ①Promote energy saving, resource saving, and 3R at business steps from product development to recycling.
    • ②Promote improvement in fuel efficiency and R&D of next-generation automobiles in order to reduce greenhouse effect gas.
    • ③Work on reducing the use of substances of concern through the supply chain.
  • ・Expansion of environmental communication
    • ①Promote environmental beautification and environment conservation activities under cooperation with local communities.
    • ②Work on making appropriate recognition and behaviour for biodiversity to penetrate into all employees.
    • ③Work on announcing environmental information and self-conservation activities widely to the society.

Observation of aquatic creatures in the forest of Ochibano Sato Water Park under “Eco-Kids
Experimental Learning Activity 2016”

Concrete actions

Reduction of environmental loads generated through
business operations and products.
Expansion of environmental communication
  • Internal publication on results of the reduced CO₂ emission from individual plants
  • Effective utilisation of resources through recyclable design
  • Continuation of zero level of landfill waste and enhancement of water saving consciousness
  • Improvement of transportation efficiency and reduction of packing materials
  • Increase of recycling rate of end-of-life products
  • Promotion of solar power generation
  • Participation in local community cleanup activities
  • Cleanup activities around plants
  • Suzuki's Forest volunteer planting project
  • Shimokawa Proving Grounds: Continuation of FSC certification program
  • Participation in Corporate Forest Preservation Program
  • Research and publication of Suzuki’s “forest environmental contribution”
  • Global improvement of average fuel efficiency
  • Development of next-generation vehicles suitable to small cars
  • Development of a lightweight and low-cost air-cooled fuel cell
  • Compliance with Act on Control of Freon Emission
  • Compliance with various countries’ emission regulations
  • Improvement of in-house environmental awareness through internal website
  • Education about global warming and Suzuki Green Policy in introductory workshops and on-the-job training for new employees
  • Continuation of in-house seminar on eco-driving
  • Participation in and cooperation for local community environmental events organised by NPO
  • Compliance with various countries’ regulations for usage of substances of concern
  • Development of technology for VOC reduction in car cabin and painting process
  • Promotion of green procurement
  • Close cooperation with suppliers based on “Suzuki Green Procurement Guideline”
  • Environmental consideration for plant location, etc.
  • Publication of “Suzuki CSR & Environmental Report”
  • Publication of various environmental information about production and products
  • Participation in environment-related fairs and events
  • Introduction of our eco-friendly production process through plant tour
  • Friendship with local residents through an exchange party or meeting
  • Setting up an environmental section in Suzuki Plaza

Suzuki Manner Improvement Activities

Suzuki was registered in “Hamamatsu City Road/River Foster-parent System”* in September 2004 for improvement in manners and environment/beautification awareness of employees, and conduct voluntary cleanup activities as “Suzuki Manner Improvement Activity”.
For those activities, in-house volunteers clean roads around the headquarters and the Takatsuka under-path every month. A total of 11,141 participants have conducted the cleanup activities 150 times until FY2016 and collected 64 minitruckloads of flammable and non-flammable garbage.
In 2017, the activity was acknowledged by the Shizuoka Prefecture and the company received the FY2017 Governor’s Award as humane association of river, coast, and road

*Groups that hope to be foster-parents decide the area and activities, report them to the Mayor, and conduct cleaning on roads, etc.

Activities for “CLEAN-UP THE WORLD CAMPAIGN”

The Marine & Power Products Operations of Suzuki always acknowledges that both of our lives and our outboard motor business are made up of water, and our employees voluntarily clean rivers, sea, lakes, etc. where outboard motors are used.
Such clean-up activities were first held in December 2010 at Sanaru Lake, and it will be the 7th in this year.
Since the 2nd time, we expanded the clean-up activities to the world as “CLEAN-UP THE WORLD CAMPAIGN”, called for our overseas dealers and held the campaign 5 times (6 times for cleaning activities at the headquarters) by FY2016.
At the headquarters, in FY2016, we conducted the clean-up activity at Enshu-nada Kaihin Park/Nakatajima Seashore (Minami-ku, Hamamatsu City) with 85 participants. In addition, those activities were conducted also at sales bases in Japan and overseas dealers, and 91 employees of 11 sales bases in Japan and 1400 employees of overseas dealers in 23 countries participated.
The 6th CLEAN-UP THE WORLD CAMPAIGN is also planned from June to October in FY2017, and already implemented at 12 locations including the headquarters in Japan. In other countries, the campaign has been already implemented in 3 countries and is planned in 17 countries.
We will develop these activities further and contribute to local communities in all over the world through cleaning in waterfront areas.

Germany

Thailand

Guatemala

Japan

Forest Conservation Activities

Suzuki Forest (Hamamatsu City)

Suzuki concluded a Volunteer Forest agreement with Tenryu Forest Administration Department of Forestry Agency and started the forestry preservation activities in March 2006 at Suzuki Forest located in Inasa-cho, Kita-ku, Hamamatsu City.
Our employees and their family members conduct the forestry activity twice a year such as planting trees, clearing away the undergrowth, and fungus planting/harvesting operations.
This activity was conducted 26 times in total until FY2016 (10 times of planting and 16 times of undergrowth clearing), and participated by 1,351 volunteers.

Participation to the tree planting project at storm surge barrier in coastal zone of Hamamatsu City

On 29 November 2015, members of the Suzuki Green Club participated in the storm surge barrier tree planting project in coastal zone of Hamamatsu City held by Shizuoka Prefecture and Hamamatsu City. Total of 4 activities were held by FY2016 with 178 participants, and 630 nursery trees of pine trees, etc. were planted. The Suzuki Green Club will continue forest conservation and greening activities through activities in “Suzuki’s Forest” and storm surge barrier.

Forest of Suzuki Shimokawa Proving Grounds (Hokkaido)

Suzuki Proving Grounds is located in Shimokawa Town (Kamikawa County) on the north of Hokkaido, where the forest accounts for about 90% of the total land area. In 2003, the Shimokawa Town acquired the international FSC®*1 Forest Management Certificate (FSC®C015134) as the first forestry cooperative in Hokkaido, and in 2011, it was designated as an Environmental Future City*2 featuring effective utilisation of abundant natural resources. Now it aims to become a “future city with best harmonisation between people and forests” (FSC® C015134).
Moreover, a 303-ha forest located in the Suzuki Shimokawa Proving Grounds was also recognised to satisfy the strict forest stewardship standards according to the FSC® certification program, so the area was additionally registered in the FSC® Forest Group Certificate for Shimokawa Town in 2006.
At the same time, Suzuki will continuously promote co-existence and co-prosperity with the local society who takes great care of the nature through participation of events and sales of agricultural products.

*1 FSC®: Forest Stewardship Council
*2 The “Environmental Future City” is a governmental project to create the world's most ideal city where everybody wishes to live. Under this program, high potential regions are selected and financially supported for realising such an ideal city.

Shimokawa Proving Ground
(Hokkaido)

Participation in “Corporate Forest Preservation Program” (Hokkaido)

As part of environmental preservation and social action programs, we cooperate in silvicultural environment protection by participating in “Corporate Forest Preservation Program”, which is conducted under the Profit-Sharing Afforestation agreement with the government (Forestry Agency) for the period from 1996 to 2028.
For approximately 4.3-ha national forest (containing approximately 3,000 trees) in Shimokawa Town, we conduct the profit-sharing afforestation by entrusting the work to the local forestry cooperative through Hokkaido Regional Forest Office. Also, for many years, we have contributed to preservation of national land through watershed conservation, sediment discharge prevention and CO2 absorption and fixation. The shared profits coming from the program will be used for further afforestation activities.

*Forestry Agency’s “Corporate Forest Preservation Program” and “Profit-Sharing Afforestation” (in Japanese language only) http://www.rinya.maff.go.jp/j/kokuyu_rinya/kokumin_mori/katuyo/kokumin_sanka/hojin_mori/index.html

The Suzuki’s forest environmental contributions in FY2016 are evaluated as follows.

Suzuki's environmental contribution through forest conservation (FY2016)

Measurement item Shimokawa Proving Grounds: ''Corporate Forest Preservation Program''
Regional Forest Office of Forestry Agency
① Contribution to water yield 156,140 m3/year 1,409 m3/year
② Contribution to prevention of sediment discharge 5,576 m3/year 51 m3/year
③ Contribution to absorption/fixation of carbon dioxide 3,397.7 CO2 t/year 17.3 CO2 t/year

* Calculated by the project evaluation method employed by the Forestry Agency

The above equal to the below units:

  • ① 78.77 million bottles of 2-L PET bottles
  • ② 1,023 truckloads of 10-t dump truck (5.5m3/truck)
  • ③ 10,672 persons of annual CO2 emission from one person (320g/year)

Environmental education

Education according to managerial hierarchy

As part of our employee education program, we provide new employees with awareness-raising workshops concerning such basic environmental subjects as Suzuki's environmental philosophy, policy, issues, and eco-drive concept. Also, we provide other employees with environmental training according to their job functions. In addition, training is provided to management level employees. In our domestic plants and die plants, special educational programs to prevent environmental accidents are carried out especially for employees working in environmentally-important processes. Also various kinds of environment-related educational programs are provided to new employees, management level employees, and all factory employees.

Education to obtain special qualifications

We also encourage employees to obtain some environment-related qualifications. The Company holds employees with such qualifications such as, 154 employees as pollution prevention managers, 37 as energy managers, and 97 as internal environment system auditors.

Promotion of eco-driving

Eco-drive education for employees

It was in FY2007 that we started the eco-drive education as part of our environmental education programs. And since FY2009, we have held special seminars focussing on eco-drive at the headquarters and each plant/office on an as needed basis. So far, 5,312 persons in total participated in the seminar. Apart from the education, we always try to replace vehicles used for our daily work with more fuel-efficient ones, and as a result, the fuel efficiency of the vehicles for our in-house use in FY2016 has been improved by 0.6km/L compared to FY2015.

Participation in Light Down Campaign

We participated in “CO2 Reduction / Light Down Campaign” held by the Ministry of Environment. We participated as a group and turned off the light of light-up facilities all over the country together with households that assented to this campaign on 21 June and 7 July 2016 for enlightenment of prevention of global warming.

Participation in environment-related fairs

Participation in environment-related fairs

Suzuki participated in the following environment-related fairs in FY2016.

Events / Reports Period Location Major organiser
Japan-China-Korea Meeting of
Environment Ministers
26 and 27 April 2016 Nihon-daira Ministry of the Environment,
Shizuoka Prefecture, Shizuoka City
G7 Kita-Kyushu Meeting of Energy Ministers 1 and 2 May 2016 Kokura, Kita-kyushu Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
Eco & Safety Kobe Car Life Festa 2016 14 and 15 May 2016 Kobe Meriken Park Ministry of the Environment, Kobe City
Automotive Engineering Exposition 2016 (Yokohama) 25-27 May 2016 Pacifico Yokohama Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan
Automotive Engineering Exposition 2016 (Nagoya) 29 June to 1 July 2016 Port Messe Nagoya Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan
Hydrogen Energy Promotion Awareness Event 28 and 29 October 2016 Tamarokuto Science Center Bureau of Environment, Tokyo

Japan-China-Korea Meeting of Environment Ministers

Automotive Engineering Exposition 2016 (Yokohama)

Automotive Engineering Exposition 2016 (Nagoya)

Eco & Safety Kobe Car Life Festa 2016

Demo performance of fuel cell vehicle at the
G7 Kita-Kyushu Meeting of Energy Ministers

Hydrogen Energy Promotion Awareness Event

Community information exchange meeting

We regularly carry out information exchange meetings with local residents to ask their views and opinions for further environmental improvement. In FY2016, such meetings and events took place six times at die plants in Japan. Also, 401 plant tours were conducted at domestic plants.

Plant/community exchange meeting

Disclosure of environmental information

In order to disclose our views and initiatives on the environment, we are sending out such information through booklets (in Japanese language only) and websites, etc.