Responsible Care Management
Roll Out Globally
Mitsui Chemicals is rolling out Responsible Care activities to subsidiaries and affiliates in Japan and overseas as a part of efforts to promote Responsible Care across the Group as a whole.
Mitsui Chemicals is building an information network across the five regions where its subsidiaries and affiliates operate: China, Asia, Europe, the Americas, and Japan as its center. This network gathers Responsible Care-related information from industry associations located in each region, which after being summarized and analyzed by the head office is shared throughout the Mitsui Chemicals Group.
As part of the Responsible Care activity programs in each region, the Company holds SHE (Safety, Health, and the Environment) meetings that gather together the staff in charge of Responsible Care of various subsidiaries and affiliates. SHE meetings provide opportunities for participants to learn from each other by analyzing process accidents, occupational injuries and other case studies as well as learning best practices.
Nine affiliates in China participated in the SHE meeting for China affiliates held in Shanghai in July 2019. The meeting spotlighted information sharing and exchange regarding each company’s activities in the area of safety and environment. We also provided Hazard and Operability Studies (HAZOP) training sessions.
Five companies in the Americas participated in the RC Meeting for the region held in California, USA, in November 2019. Information was shared on various activities organized to assure safety, as well as action on product stewardship. Additionally, the analysis study of the accidents in Mitsui Chemicals Group was presented at the Meeting.
The Asia-Pacific RC Meeting was held in Bangkok, Thailand, in March 2019. Fifteen companies in the region participated and shared information on their environmental and safety activities.
Evaluation of the Responsible Care Activities of Mitsui Chemicals Group
Mitsui Chemicals Group’s Responsible Care activities are attracting high external praise.
Nagoya Works has received the Japan Chemical Industry Association (JCIA) Responsible Care Outstanding Award. The Award was made in recognition of the wide-ranging nature of Nagoya Works’ environmental protection activities, including steadfast endeavors to reduce both greenhouse gas emissions and the discharge of wastewater and industrial waste. Nagoya Works was also praised for the fact that all employees have pursued these activities in parallel with the reorganization of the site arising from business restructuring, and for efforts to promote understanding among local citizens and cooperation with local government, which are essential for a plant located in an urban area.
Sodegaura Center R&D base has received the JCIA Safety Award Special Prize. All employees involved in R&D have as such played a role in receiving this latest award, with the JCIA looking highly upon these employees for their safety awareness and ongoing safety activities – and the fact that these have allowed operations to continue without incident. The award received is the highest form of safety commendation that the JCIA hands out to research institutes.
In April 2019, Mitsui Chemicals was presented with the 2019 RC Chairman’s Award by the Association of International Chemical Manufacturers. Presented biannually to companies with an outstanding track record, this award recognized the Group’s extensive ongoing Responsible Care activities as well as its contributions to the sustainable development of the Chinese chemical industry and Chinese society over a long period.
The company received this recognition for the diligent safety-related activities it conducted in the region, including reinforcement of hazard detection activities and improvements to the work environment at its affiliates in China, its continued reporting of its safety and environmental data and the scientific experiment workshop it organized at Hope Primary School in Anhui Province.
In March 2019, P.T. PETnesia Resindo was awarded the Zero Accident Award by the Ministry of Manpower of the Republic of Indonesia.
Mitsui Phenols Singapore Pte. Ltd. was awarded the SCIC Responsible Care Awards by the Singapore Chemical Industry Council (SCIC) in March 2019. It was also awarded the Excellence Awards for Community Awareness and Emergency Response Code category, etc. Furthermore, it was certified the SCIC-SCDF (the Singapore Civil Defense Force) Responsible Care Collaboration and Recognition Scheme 2018. Mitsui Elastomers Singapore Pte. Ltd was awarded the SCIC Responsible Care Awards for the Achievements in four categories.