Tokio Marine Group consumes a considerable amount of paper and energy in its business activities. In order to reduce this environmental footprint as much as possible, we constantly promote initiatives that contribute to the creation of a sustainable future.
What Our Environmental Management Aims for ~ Corporate Philosophy and Policy ~
For Tokio Marine Group, promoting environmental management is crucial in implementing our 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 our 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 new Mid-Term Business Plan “To Be a Good Company 2020,” “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
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 its business activities in order to improve and coexist in harmony with the environment.
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 the environmental footprint by recognizing the 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 the 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 upon which 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 the 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 (CSR Division, Strategy and Synergy Department) 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 major violations of environmental laws 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, the 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 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 and Wetlands
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 the 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.
- Preserving Biodiversity through Products and Services
- Building Communities for People to Live with Peace of Mind through Environmental Protection 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.
Mangrove-based Value Co-Creation 100-Year Declaration (Tokio Marine & Nichido)
Tokio Marine & Nichido refreshes its “Mangrove Planting 100-Year Declaration” published in 2007 with its aspiration to continue creating social values in collaboration with various stakeholders including non-governmental and non-profit organizations and publishes “Mangrove-based Value Co-Creation 100-Year Declaration”.
Tokio Marine Group will continue to promote value creation initiatives through providing Mangrove-based Solutions *2 contribute to the creation of a safe, secure and sustainable future.
Mangrove-based Value Co-Creation 100-Year Declaration
- Tokio Marine & Nichido has been providing Mangrove-based Solutions as “Insurance for the Future of the Earth” globally since 1999, and has adhered to its “Mangrove Planting 100-Year Declaration.” We hereby refresh the Declaration with our aspiration to continue creating social value with you.
- Tokio Marine & Nichido recognizes a wide range of benefits generated by Mangroves, including mitigation of the threat of climate change and disaster damages, protecting the rich treasures of ocean and land, and making our lives and society safe, secure and sustainable.
- We have also been providing an environmental awareness raising program “Green Lessons,” which features mangroves, and strives to continue it from now on.
Concept for Reducing CO2 Emissions
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 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 the retirement of emissions credits.
- * 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.
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.
Initiatives for Energy Conservation and the Reduction of Environmental Footprint
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.
- * Upgrading to boilers, high-efficiency lighting fixtures (LED, etc.) and air conditioning, 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 the Comprehensive Assessment System for Building Environmental Efficiency (CASBEE) Nagoya, a building environmental performance evaluation system operated by Nagoya City.
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 Tokio Marine& Nichido was certified as an excellent Eco-Oriented Business by Nagoya City 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 won Outstanding Performance Award for Eco-Oriented Businesses certified by Nagoya City.
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 the 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
As a measure to curb paper consumption, Tokio Marine Group companies are distributing mobile terminals (tablets, PCs) to employees as a measure to reform working styles while reducing paper consumption, along with 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.
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.
- * 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