TEL promotes environmental activities across the company through its corporate Q-EHS Promotion Center. TEL executives appoint members to the product environment compliance meeting, and the operation environment value meeting, all of which carry out activities to achieve our environmental goals. The EHS council convenes twice a year to assess progress toward our environmental goals and encourage continued improvement.
To continuously improve its environmental activities, TEL has operated an environmental management system based on ISO 14001 since 1997, primarily at its manufacturing subsidiaries. In March 2017, we acquired multi-site ISO 14001 certification for our factories and offices in Japan that had previously acquired certification separately. Coinciding with the multi-site certification, we have developed a standardized Group format for environmental impact assessments, the identification of useful environmental aspects, environmental management programs and internal audit checklists. During fiscal 2018, we established approximately 100 environmental goals for different levels across the entire Group and carried out these improvement activities. We also set up a system at our Head Office for confirming the progress of activities at each of our sites in Asia. Progress of activities and compliance with laws and regulations are confirmed through internal audits and third-party audits. In May 2018, we obtained ISO 14001 certification for our TEL Epion and TEL NEXX sites in Massachusetts in the United States. The issues identified through these activities are reviewed by the EHS Council, reported to the Manufacturing Company Presidents’ Council, and used in promoting environmental activities across the entire TEL Group. Under such a management system, fiscal 2018 was again free from environmental incidents, accidents, violations and associated legal proceedings.