Honda has created an institutional framework to put into practice the environmental principles articulated in the Honda Environment Statement, and has expanded it globally. In addition to creating environmental management systems at the global and regional levels, we are also actively working to establish these systems and to obtain ISO 14001 certification at all business sites.
In December 1991, Honda created what is now the Japan Environmental Committee and assigned it a central role in governing the environmental affairs of the company. Since then, this structure has been expanded into a global environmental management system with regional environmental committees in North America, South America, Europe, Asia & Oceania, and China.
In March 1995, the World Environment and Safety Committee was established to manage environmental as well as safety initiatives,1 through which Honda aims to create a motorized society that is safe for all people. The committee discusses, determines, and reviews annual plans for implementing environmental conservation activities at the global level based on mid-term business plans, and has created an environmental management system that integrates activities on the global level with those on the factory floor.
In April 2014, Honda established the Japan Headquarters and separated global functions from operations in Japan. Prior to this, Honda's organizational structure was established globally from its foundation in Japan, but regional roles and responsibilities have been clarified, and we have now taken on a truly globalized operational structure, with six organically linked regional organizations.
The company president and CEO currently chairs the committee, a reflection of Honda's recognition that environmental issues such as climate change issue, energy issue, and resource issue, are critical to Honda's business operations.
The World Environment and Safety Committee develops three-year mid-term policies and plans for global environmental initiatives based on mid-term policies and management plans determined by the Management Council. Individual divisions prepare detailed plans for each region and business area, and then finalize the overall plans after discussion and approval by the regional environmental committees.
The regional environmental committees discuss and evaluate annual achievements under the plans and, based on the results, create new targets and plans with the objective of achieving mid-term policies and plans. The progress of environmental initiatives by Honda Group companies, as well as themes affecting multiple domains around the world, are reported to the World Environment and Safety Committee and then factored into the next year's annual plans and the next midterm business plans and policies. Honda follows the Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle to promote continuous improvement in environmental performance in each region: Japan, North America, South America, Europe, Asia & Oceania, and China.
One hallmark of this system is that planning and implementation are not simply delegated to specialized staff, rather all associates are expected to be involved. The basic thinking is that all associates should be actively tackling environmental issues as a part of their daily work.
In accordance with the Honda Environment Statement, Honda introduces environmental management systems at all business sites and in each division, promotes continuous efforts to improve environmental performance, and strives to comply with voluntary environmental standards that are more stringent than national and local regulations.We revised the Honda Conduct Guideline in April 2013 (formulated 2010) and are implementing it throughout the Honda Group in Japan and worldwide.
The document calls on Honda associates to comply with laws and regulations, company rules, and social norms and, for the purposes of environmental conservation, to strive to reduce environmental impacts in their work by conserving and recycling resources and energy in accordance with environmental laws and regulations, company policies, and internal standards. We have appointed corporate directors to serve as Compliance Officers, and work systematically to enhance compliance and risk management under the super vision of directors in charge of each part of the organization.
Honda Conduct Guideline
In anticipation of accidents and emergencies that could cause environmental pollution, each factory and division has clearly-defined procedures for preventing pollution.
1. For information on safety initiatives, see the Honda CSR Report and Honda Driving Safety Promotion Activities.