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Promoting Environmental Management

Tokio Marine Group consumes a considerable amount of paper and energy in its business activities. In order to reduce this environmental impact as much as possible, we constantly promote initiatives that contribute to the creation of a sustainable future.

Relation between written content and SDGs
Relevant goal Relevant target Description of related content
11.Sustainable cities and communities 11.6 Reduce the adverse per capita environmental impact of cities, including by paying special attention to air quality and municipal and other waste management Initiatives to conserve energy and preserve the environment

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What Our Environmental Management Aims for ~ Corporate Philosophy and Policy ~

For Tokio Marine Group, promoting environmental management is crucial in implementing its Corporate Philosophy. We believe that working proactively to contribute to the resolution of environmental challenges and create environmental value leads to greater sustainable corporate value for the Group.

Tokio Marine Group states in its Corporate Philosophy, “Acting as a good corporate citizen through fair and responsible management, Tokio Marine Group will broadly contribute to the development of society,” and in the Tokio Marine Group CSR Charter concerning protection of the global environment, “Acknowledging that the protection of the global environment is an important responsibility for all corporate entities, we respect the harmonization with and the improvement of the global environment in all of our activities.”

In our Mid-Term Business Plan “To Be a Good Company 2017,” “Protecting the Earth” has been set as a core CSR theme, and we are working to create environmental value in various ways through general Group business activities.

Environmental Philosophy/Environmental Policy of Tokio Marine & Nichido

Environmental Philosophy
Adopting the conservation of the global environment as one of its key management policies, Tokio Marine & Nichido recognizes that it is an important responsibility of all humans and companies in the present world to protect the environment. Together with stakeholders, Tokio Marine & Nichido is committed to realizing a society where sustainable development is maintained through the efforts of all employees throughout the entire range of our business activities in order to improve and coexist in harmony with the environment.
Environmental Policy

Tokio Marine & Nichido has established the following policies and will make every effort to realize them in all areas of its activities.

  1. Protection of the Global Environment and Preservation of Biological Diversity through the Insurance Business
    Tokio Marine & Nichido strives to contribute to protection of the global environment and preservation of biological diversity through business operations such as insurance products, claim services, financial services, etc.
  2. Reduction of Environmental Footprint
    Tokio Marine & Nichido strives to reduce environmental footprint by recognizing environmental footprint through consumption of resources and energies and emission of wastes and promoting resource saving, energy saving, low-carbonization, resource recycling, harmonization with nature and green purchasing from a viewpoint of overall value chain.
  3. Compliance with Environmental Laws and Regulations
    Tokio Marine & Nichido complies with laws and rules of environmental protection and various agreements on environmental protection that the company agreed.
  4. Continuous Improvement of the Environment and Prevention of Pollution
    Tokio Marine & Nichido strives to prevent environmental pollution by setting goals and targets, checking and revising its activities, and continually improving the environment,
  5. Promotion of Environmental Awareness-Raising and Philanthropic Activities
    Tokio Marine & Nichido strives to promote environmental protection not only by promoting dissemination of environmental information, provision of environmental consulting services and environmental awareness raising and educational activities, but also by promoting local community and social contribution activities as a good corporate citizen.

The above policy will be made well known to and understood by all employees and released to the public. (Revised on July 1, 2015)

Stance on Promoting Environmental Management

Tokio Marine Group has established a dedicated department (Strategy and Synergy Department, CSR Division) at Tokio Marine Holdings to oversee and promote environmental management for the Group. This department identifies challenges related to environmental management and formulates and implements the Group’s environmental management strategy. In addition, we have assigned key persons to roles promoting CSR in each department in charge of CSR at Group companies in Japan and overseas. CSR key persons are committed to reducing the environmental burden associated with our business activities alongside the management team in each Group company. The CSR Division, Strategy and Synergy Department supports efforts to promote environmental management at Group companies through dialogue and cooperation with the CSR key persons. At core Group companies such as Tokio Marine & Nichido, we have set up a dedicated department to oversee and promote environmental management (e.g., CSR Division, Corporate Planning Department at Tokio Marine & Nichido). A CSR key person, assigned to each department and branch office to promote CSR, encourages the full participation of employees in environmental management.

Tokio Marine Group performs plan-do-check-act (PDCA) management through our proprietary Green Assist environmental management system, which draws on ISO 14001, and engages in energy conservation and resource conservation activities. The head office of Tokio Marine & Nichido adopted an environmental management system based on the ISO 14001 environmental management system in fiscal 1999* and is working continuously to achieve environment-related targets. At Group companies in Japan and overseas, we are introducing our unique environmental management system through collaboration between Tokio Marine Holdings and Tokio Marine & Nichido and every year targets are set, including environmental issues. Active efforts are being made to achieve these targets.

  • *
    There were no major issues noted in internal auditing or external examination under ISO 14001 and no violations of environmental laws or other regulations among Group companies.

Environmental Issues and Initiatives

Tokio Marine Group aims to contribute to the resolution of environmental issues that include alleviation of and adaptation to climate change, preservation of biodiversity and creation of a resource-recycling society and connect this with greater corporate value. With this in mind, we are implementing a variety of initiatives in collaboration with various stakeholders.

In order to contribute to the alleviation of climate change, we are working to reduce environmental burden through full employee participation. In addition, we have achieved carbon neutral status for the fifth time in four consecutive years from fiscal 2013 to fiscal 2016 by planting mangrove trees that provide the benefit of CO2 absorption and fixation, and through the purchase of green power.

In order to contribute to alleviation of and adaptation to climate change, preservation of biodiversity and creation of a resource-recycling society, we are striving to enhance employees’ environmental awareness, conserve energy and boost environmental performance in the buildings we own and reduce paper consumption, among other efforts. Further, we encourage eco-safe driving throughout the value chain, utilize recycled parts and support the acquisition of Eco Action 21 certification.

Preservation of Biodiversity

Tokio Marine Group has positioned preservation of biodiversity as a challenge that it has a responsibility to help resolve and is working to do just that through general business activities.

Tokio Marine Group’s Vision for Biodiversity

Preserving biodiversity translates into a variety of benefits, namely, lower emissions of greenhouse gases, mitigation of disaster risks from tsunamis and revitalization of regional economies, and contributes to the creation of a sustainable future. Tokio Marine Group recognizes the importance of achieving the goals of the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Washington Convention). In addition, based on the vision outlined below, Tokio Marine Group contributes to the preservation of biodiversity through reduction of paper usage as well as mangrove planting overseas and environmental enlightenment programs in Japan. This vision draws on Guidelines for Private Sector Engagement in Biodiversity issued by the Ministry of the Environment, Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) as members of the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) and the Promotion Partners program under The Declaration of Biodiversity by Nippon Keidanren.

Tokio Marine Group’s Vision for Biodiversity
Tokio Marine Group recognizes the preservation of biodiversity as one of its most important environmental issues and, as a good corporate citizen, conducts initiatives for the preservation and sustainable use of biodiversity under the following two themes.
  1. We endeavor to understand our relationship with biodiversity (benefits and impact) in our business activities, to reduce our impact on biodiversity and to preserve biodiversity.
  2. We engage in educational activities on the preservation of biodiversity for the general public and work with our stakeholders to contribute to the development of a sustainable society.
Tokio Marine & Nichido’s Stance on Biodiversity
Tokio Marine & Nichido states in its environmental policy that it will strive to contribute to protection of the environment and preservation of biodiversity in its business activities, including insurance products, non-life insurance services and financial services. Efforts are being made to preserve biodiversity by making this a priority in business activities.

Participation in the Promotion Partners Program under The Declaration of Biodiversity by Nippon Keidanren

Tokio Marine & Nichido supports The Declaration of Biodiversity by Nippon Keidanren and in January 2010 joined the Promotion Partners program under the declaration. Our business activities comply with the declaration and its behavioral guidelines.

Concept for Reducing Environmental Footprint

The environmental footprint caused by business activities of Tokio Marine Group is relatively small compared with companies in the manufacturing industry; however, the size of the Group makes it a large consumer of paper and energy. In order to reduce the environmental footprint from our business activities wherever possible, we have positioned initiatives for reducing the environmental footprint as a key issue for the company. The entire Tokio Marine Group, in Japan and overseas, is making efforts to become carbon neutral* under the following strategic concepts.

  1. Reduce: Use energy-efficient buildings and facilities and cut back on energy usage.
  2. Switch: Switch to natural energy.
  3. Offset: Absorb and fix CO2 by mangrove planting and retirement of emissions credits.
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    Carbon neutral means that CO2 emitted in the course of a company's business activities is equivalent to the volume of CO2 absorbed and reduced by way of mangrove planting, use of natural energy and the retirement of emissions credits by such a company.

Environmental Footprint Data

Tokio Marine Holdings and major subsidiaries

  • Medium-term target (fiscal 2017): -3% (compared with fiscal 2014 level)
  • Reduction target in fiscal 2017: -1% compared with previous year
CO2 emissions (Tokio Marine Holdings and major subsidiaries)

Fiscal 2016 CO2 emissions by Tokio Marine Group and its major subsidiaries (Scope 1 (direct emissions) + Scope 2 (indirect emissions) + Scope 3 (other indirect emissions) business travel only) were 119,420 tons (Japan: 85,665 tons, overseas: 33,755 tons) versus a start-of-year target of 121,057 tons (a 1% reduction year on year), or -2.3% (Japan: -4.7%, overseas: +14.6%) of emissions in the previous fiscal year.

As a result of efforts to steadily reduce CO2 emissions at Group companies in Japan, we succeeded in cutting these emissions beyond targets at the Group level despite an increase in emissions at overseas Group companies due primarily to the acquisition of U.S.-based HCC Insurance Holdings, Inc. In addition, we have been expanding the coverage of the calculations for Scope 3 since fiscal 2015 in order to meet expectations from society in terms of initiatives to create environmental value by companies.

Tokio Marine & Nichido

  • Medium-term target (fiscal 2020): -40% (compared with fiscal 2006 level)
  • Long-term target (fiscal 2050): -60% (compared with fiscal 2006 level)
  • Reduction target in fiscal 2017: -1% compared with previous year

Tokio Marine & Nichido, a core operating company of Tokio Marine Group, is striving to realize its medium-term target (fiscal 2020) by: (1) reducing energy in its main building and Shinkan building in Marunouchi, Tokyo, and Tama building; (2) monitoring the increase and decrease in energy on a total site basis in line with site reconstruction and transfer plans; (3) implementing energy conservation campaigns in all branches; and (4) increasing energy conservation performance in company-owned cars.

In addition, Tokio Marine & Nichido will continue to make efforts to conserve energy in buildings, equipment and company-owned cars from 2021 toward the realization of its long-term target (fiscal 2050).

CO2 emissions (fiscal 2016 results)

Fiscal 2016 CO2 emissions by Tokio Marine & Nichido (Scope 1 (direct emissions) + Scope 2 (indirect emissions) + Scope 3 (other indirect emissions) business travel only) were 69,925 tons versus a start-of-year target of 56,971 tons (a 1% reduction year on year), or -5.2% of emissions compared with the previous fiscal year. The main causes of this decrease were a reduction in power consumption owing to energy-saving initiatives and an improvement in the CO2 emissions coefficient of Japanese power utilities.

Moreover, in order to meet the expectations of society regarding corporate efforts to create environmental value, we expanded the coverage of the calculations for Scope 3 in fiscal 2015.

Initiatives toward Achieving Carbon Neutral Status

CO2 emissions 119,420 tons (Scope 1 Direct:Gas, gasoline and others 14,916 tons. Scope 2 Indirect:Electricity and others 76,037 tons. Scope 3 Other:business travel and others 28,467 tons.) CO2 fixation and reduction 163,459 tons (CO2 absorption and fixation through mangrove planting 160,000 tons. Use of natural energy 3,459 tons)

Mangrove forests have an effect on the prevention and mitigation of global warming by absorbing and fixing a significant volume of CO2. Under the concept of “Insurance for the Future of the Earth,” Tokio Marine Group has engaged in the Mangrove Planting Project since 1999. As of March 31, 2017, 10,103 hectares of mangrove forest have been planted through this project in nine countries, primarily in Asia.

Each Group company strives to reduce the environmental footprint through energy conservation and resource conservation. At the same time, Tokio Marine Group aims to achieve carbon neutral status on a global basis, offsetting the CO2 emissions generated by its business activities with CO2 fixation and reduction through means such as mangrove planting* and natural energy (green power).

Fiscal 2016 CO2 emissions by Tokio Marine Holdings and its major subsidiaries were 119,420 tons, which was -2.3% of emissions in the previous fiscal year. The effect of CO2 fixation and reduction due to mangrove planting, etc., was 163,459 tons and carbon neutral status was achieved for the fourth year in succession for the Group overall (Japan and overseas).

Mangrove Planting Activities Continue to Grow. Mangroves are exceptional at absorbing CO2, storing the carbon and releasing oxygen, and are therefore said to be effective at preventing global warming. 2003:Area planted with mangroves 3,443ha, CO2 absorption and fixation due to mangroves 1,900t 2007:4,955ha, 29,000t 2010:6,823ha, 58,000t 2016:10,103ha, 160,000t
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    Tokio Marine Holdings requested the Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry (CRIEPI) to evaluate and calculate the amount of CO2 absorption and fixation through mangrove trees and received the evaluation report. Further, a third-party organization (Ernst & Young ShinNihon LLC) has been contracted to provide verification of the results of the calculations in terms of confirming consistency in part of the calculation process. As a result, Tokio Marine Group has deemed that the effects of CO2 absorption and fixation through mangrove planting have been calculated properly.
  • *The coverage of calculations for Scope 3 (other indirect emissions) was expanded in fiscal 2015.

Purchase of Tradable Green Power Certificates

Tokio Marine Group is promoting the use of natural energy in Japan and overseas.

Tokio Marine & Nichido has been purchasing Tradable Green Power Certificates in the amount of approximately 1 million kWh annually continuously since 2002 through wind power and biomass power generation. In addition, the Tradable Green Power Certificates purchased by the company are being allotted to the reduction of emissions at target sites based on the system regarding emissions trading and the obligation to reduce total emissions of greenhouse gases pursuant to the Ordinance on Environmental Preservation to Secure the Health and Safety of Citizens of the Tokyo Metropolitan Area (Environmental Preservation Ordinance).

U.S.-based Philadelphia Insurance Companies has purchased green power to account for 100% of its electricity use over the year in its business activities and has achieved net zero emissions* since fiscal 2013.

  • *
    Net zero emissions are achieved when the net of CO2 emissions and energy consumed equals zero.

Energy Conservation and Resource Conservation Initiatives

Raising Employees’ Energy Conservation Awareness

Responding to the calls for energy conservation (in particular, the restraint of electricity consumption during peak periods) following the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 2011, Group companies in Japan are implementing Summer & Winter Electricity-Saving Measures as an initiative to firmly establish electricity and energy conservation. Specifically, the companies are making continuous efforts to (1) conserve energy in offices (reducing unneeded light fixtures, placing restrictions on use of items (OA equipment, copiers, etc.) around power outlets and thoroughly managing air conditioning (such as setting temperatures in offices to 28°C in summer and 19°C in winter); and (2) review employees' work styles (such as encouraging early morning working hours and promoting casual dress). Further, we are making efforts to curb CO2 emissions from energy usage, such as by expanding our use of TV/Web conferencing systems and restricting air travel for business (which also reduces costs).

In addition, Tokio Marine & Nichido endorses COOL CHOICE, a national campaign that encourages all “smart choices” that contribute to countermeasures for global warming, including for Japan’s energy-saving and low-carbon products, services and behavior in order to attain the Japanese government’s target of a 26% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 compared with fiscal 2013. We are promoting activities to realize a low-carbon society.

Effective Use of TV/Web conferencing

By making effective use of TV/Web conferencing, Tokio Marine & Nichido is reducing greenhouse gases resulting from employee business travel and is striving to raise business processing efficiency. Tokio Marine & Nichido has presently introduced and is actively utilizing more than 300 teleconferencing systems at its business bases and by doing so is limiting the number of employee business trips and reducing business travel expenses.

Resource Conservation in Buildings and Facilities

Tokio Marine Group’s companies are engaged in initiatives* that consider the environment and disaster prevention in buildings and facilities, as appropriate for each structure.

  • Estimated facilities investment value related to energy conservation measures: 857.7 million yen (fiscal 2016, Tokio Marine & Nichido)
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    Upgrading to high-efficiency lighting fixtures (LED, etc.) and air conditioning; installation of motion sensors in lighting fixtures, etc.

At Tokio Marine & Nichido, the company’s Nagoya Tokio Marine & Nichido Building, which was completed in 2013, gives high consideration to the environment with features that include double-glazed window glass and LED lighting throughout the entire building. This building has earned the S-rank, the highest rank under Comprehensive Assessment System for Building Environmental Efficiency (CASBEE) Nagoya, a building environmental performance evaluation system operated by the city of Nagoya.

This building has secured the top-tier Platinum ranking under the DBJ Green Building Certification System operated jointly by the Development Bank of Japan and Japan Real Estate Institute. Furthermore, in January 2015 it was certified as an excellent Eco-Oriented Business by the City of Nagoya due to voluntary and proactive efforts to be kind to the environment in its business activities. It also won the 22nd Aichi Machinami Architecture Award in recognition of its contribution to the formation of a pleasant local environment, and in December 2015 it won Outstanding Performance Award for Eco-Oriented Businesses certified by the City of Nagoya.

In addition, Tokio Marine & Nichido was recognized by Osaka Prefecture for initiatives and achievements in reducing greenhouse gases in offices and won the Excellence Award in the Osaka Stop Global Warming Awards.

At Group companies overseas, as in Japan, we are taking measures to conserve energy as appropriate for each building or facility. As an example, Tokio Marine Centre (Singapore) has been actively introducing environmentally conscious measures that include installment of energy-saving air-conditioning equipment and lighting fixtures, installment of water-saving equipment that reuses rainwater and placement of greenery.

Initiatives to Reduce Paper Use

Tokio Marine Group’s volume of paper consumed in fiscal 2016 was 8,470 tons (Japan: 7,760 tons, overseas: 709 tons), which marked a significant reduction on a year-on-year basis (down 9.1% in Japan and 7.8% overseas). In fiscal 2017, we are taking action under a target of reducing paper volume in Japan by 1% from the previous fiscal year.

As a measure to curb paper consumption, Group companies are promoting the paperless Raku Raku Tetsuzuki (Quick and Easy Online Procedures) when applying for insurance on their tablet or other device, the use of paperless conferencing, using green procurement of stationery and office supplies, shifting forms and pamphlets to Web formats (i.e., promoting paperless use) and firmly establishing the use of double-sided copying and aggregate printing.

Initiatives for Reducing the Environmental Footprint in the Value Chain

Promoting Eco-Safe Driving and the use of recycled auto parts

From the perspective of creating a recycling-based society and reducing the burden on the environment (i.e., curbing CO2 emissions from the manufacture of parts*), Tokio Marine Group is calling on employees to engage in the Eco-Safe Driving program of The General Insurance Association of Japan and is actively using recycled auto parts when repairing vehicles used by Group companies.

Furthermore, Tokio Marine & Nichido, Nisshin Fire & Marine Insurance and E. design Insurance are taking action in calling for the use of recycled auto parts and proposing the use of these parts to individual and corporate customers that have met with accidents.

  • Number of instances of use of recycled auto parts (fiscal 2016, Tokio Marine & Nichido): about 26,725 (+0.6% compared with the previous year)

With the approval of customers, Tokio Marine & Nichido is making efforts to expand the use of recycled parts. The company’s actions include distributing pamphlets to boost awareness of the Recycled Parts Usage Promotion Campaign among agents and auto repair shops, as well as creating content for tablet devices to aid these businesses in easily explaining the merits of recycled parts to customers.

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    Recycled parts are said to have an effect in reducing CO2 emissions compared with new parts (23.1 kg for a bumper, 97.3 kg for a door, etc. (Source: Survey by The General Insurance Association of Japan))

Certification and registration of Eco-Action 21 (environmental management system for small- and medium-sized enterprises*1)

Through acquisition of certification and registration of Eco-Action 21*2, all employees in all fields of business activity at Tokio Marine & Nichido Auto Support Center*3 act in a way that is in harmony with the global environment and that considers how to improve the environment. Everyone works independently and proactively toward the sustainable development of society.

  • *1
    In 1996, the Ministry of the Environment formulated Eco-Action 21 to provide a wide range of small- and medium-sized enterprises with easy strategies for becoming aware of their relation to the environment, establishing environmental targets and taking environmental action on their own. The Ministry has continued to promote the program until the present day.
  • *2
    Eco-Action 21 integrates the environmental management system, environmental performance assessments and environmental report into one. Taking part in the Eco-Action 21 program paves the way for small- and medium-sized enterprises to undertake independent and proactive initiatives related to environmental considerations and publish the results of these initiatives together as an environmental action report.
  • *3
    Business content: Established in 1986: (1) Business consulting for automobile maintenance shops, etc., (2) Technical guidance for personnel engaged in automobile maintenance at motor distributors, and (3) Research, development and sale of software, ledgers and equipment aimed at enhancing sophistication of automobile maintenance

Source: Ministry of the Environment website
(http://www.env.go.jp/policy/j-hiroba/ea21/guideline2009_en.pdf)(1.0MB)