Policy and Basic Approach
The Mitsui Chemicals Group’s Responsible Care Policy states “We will assess the risks to people and the environment from our products throughout their lifecycles, while working to ensure the health and safety of all persons and to reduce the environmental impact of those products.” We also stipulate Mitsui Chemicals Group’s Principles for Chemicals Management to unify our basic group-wide approach.
As a member of the supply chain, the chemical industry is responsible for chemicals management from product development to disposal (product stewardship). The Mitsui Chemicals Group promotes voluntary chemical management in addition to compliance with the regulatory requirements of each country.
Cooperation with business partners is indispensable to minimize the risks to people and the environment throughout our products’ lifecycles. The Mitsui Chemicals Group continues to collect chemical information from suppliers, assess the risks concerning our products, and maintains mutual communications with customers on any hazards in our products and how to handle them safely.
Mitsui Chemicals Group’s Principles for Chemicals Management
Mitsui Chemicals Group will contribute to the development of a safe and sustainable society by managing chemicals in accordance with the following principles in order to ensure the health and safety of all persons and reduce environmental impact.
1.We establish Chemicals management policies and rules, and take actions in accordance with them.
2.We manage our chemicals management system appropriately.
3.We promote the safe handling of chemical products throughout the value chain through risk communication with our business partners.
4.We understand the needs of our stakeholders and provide appropriate product information.
Founded on the above Policy and Principles, and taking account of global chemical management trends and the Group's business direction, we determine the medium-term goals (Our ideal state) and priority issues on which to take action over the next five years. We are advancing initiatives while revising the priority issues every year.
In fiscal 2021, we commenced setting up the Product Risk Management Long-Term Targets (2030 Targets) from the viewpoint of mechanical and chemical recycling, aiming to continue to offer safe and sustainable products as a part of the Group’s Recycling Strategy toward a circular economy.
Medium-Term Goals (Our Ideal State in 2025)
Ideal State: A state in which the Principles for Chemicals Management is established, accelerating sustainable development and growth, product value is heightened, and such efforts are recognized by stakeholders throughout the Mitsui Chemicals Group.
1.Reinforcing chemical substance management across the entire Mitsui Chemicals Group
2.Ensuring compliance with laws and regulations on chemical substances
3.Reinforcing management of chemicals in products
4.Reinforcing product risk management corresponding to new chemical policies
The Mitsui Chemicals Group’s Chemicals Management
System and Responsible Officers
Our relevant divisions closely collaborate with each other as product stewardship is important across the entire product lifecycle.
The responsible Officer in charge of the RC & Quality Assurance Division reviews and establishes the group-wide chemicals management policy, and ensures that the policy is understood and put into practice in all companies. The officer also provides advice, instructions, and guidance to the Business Sector Presidents. The General Manager of the RC & Quality Assurance Division combines the latest movements among chemical safety policies and laws from different countries with information gathered from regulatory experts to create concrete measures for compliance, and promotes the implementation of such measures across the Group. Under the initiative of the General Manager of the RC & Quality Assurance Division, Director of the Chemicals Safety Department supports for concrete action, including product information surveys, product risk assessments, compliance with chemical regulations and standards, and creation of SDSs and product labels.
General Managers of laboratories ensure that the design of new products takes safety to people and the environment fully into account.
Chemicals management in our works is undertaken by the General Managers of the works, and when procuring materials, chemicals management is undertaken by the General Manager of the Purchasing Division.
Responsibility for product chemical safety is taken by the General Manager of the business division that owns the product and the Business Sector President responsible for that division.
Product Stewardship System (Mitsui Chemicals, Inc.)
The RC & Quality Assurance Division conducts chemical safety audits of each division and affiliated companies of the Mitsui Chemicals Group. The fairness of such audits is independently assessed by the Internal Control Division.
|Chemical Safety Audit||Confirming the chemical management system, the state of its management and state of compliance with relevant laws and regulations.|
|Scope: Business divisions of the Head Office, branch offices and laboratories of Mitsui Chemicals, as well as affiliated companies (selected every year)|
|Frequency: In principle, once every three years|
Goals and Results
|Number of legal and regulatory violations||Mitsui Chemicals, Inc.||0||0||◯||0||─|
|Product risk assessment implementation rate||Mitsui Chemicals, Inc.||・Assessment implementation rate: 99% or more
・Formulate new assessment indicators
|・99% or more
・Continue reviewing assessment indicators (due to postponement of the International Conference on Chemicals Management)
|◯||・99% or more
・Formulate new assessment indicators
|Provision ratio of the latest safety information for all products*||Mitsui Chemicals, Inc.||100%||100%||◯||100%||Maintaining 100%
*Most recent SDS submission rate.