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Under the internationally accepted philosophy of sustainable development, OHARA recognizes that achieving compatibility between corporate activities and the environment is one of the most important issues in running a business. All employees at the company will build environmental management systems in keeping with international standards, pursue environmental management activities, and contribute to society through business activities in optical glass, specialty glass, and applied products that are compatible with the environment.

In terms of environmental activities, we are pushing hard to reduce and reuse waste glass, conserve energy, and boost activities to conserve resources with the intention of lessening the burden on the environment. We are also keen participants in local environmental activities.

 
 
Philosophy

Under the internationally accepted philosophy of sustainable development, OHARA recognizes that achieving compatibility between corporate activities and the environment is one of the most critical issues in running a business. The entire company will continue to refine its environmental management systems so that they comply with international standards, and operate in the areas of optics, electronics, the environment and energy, effectively harnessing the technologies we have developed for optical glass, specialty glass, and applied products. In this way, we will actively pursue environmental management and contribute to society.

Policies

a)   We will comply with laws and regulations related to the environment of the countries and local jurisdictions in which we operate, as well as the rules of conduct of industry. At the same time, we will establish independent standards for environmental management and improve the environment.
 
b)   We will reduce waste and encourage reuse, energy conservation and resource conservation.
1   We will reduce the volume of glass scrap, plastics, refractory bricks, etc. and reuse them where possible.
2   We will conserve electricity and gas energy and reduce CO2 emissions by improving the air conditioning and lighting systems, production processes and production facilities of our factories.
3   We will conserve raw materials and other natural resources by enhancing the yield ratio in glass manufacturing.
 
c)   We will develop products that benefit the global environment.
 
d)   We will protect the environment from contamination and develop more environmentally friendly products, for instance by finding alternatives to hazardous substances.
We will also follow international rules and regulations, as well as customer requirements that we have accepted, while strengthening systems for controlling the chemical substances contained in our products.
 
e)   We will set environmental objectives and targets, which are to be revised in response to changes in the surrounding conditions, while at the same time continuing to improve environmental management systems.
 
f)   We will implement and maintain environmental policies by operating environmental management systems, and will make them known to all workers in our facilities.
Policies are to be made public.
 
g)   We will seek to work in harmony with regional communities, business partners and related organizations.

March 2,2009
Hirokazu Saito, President
 

OHARA is qualified for  Environment Management System ISO14001

In April 2000, OHARA obtained certification under the international ISO14001 standard for environmental management (the certification body was JIC Quality Assurance Ltd.). We attained the environmental objectives and targets, and escalated environmental management systems through the Waste Reduction and Reuse Promotion Committee, the Resource Conservation Committee, the Energy Saving Promotion Committee, and environmental management activities at every department.

 
Material
 

Procurement Policy

The OHARA Group procures starting powders, raw materials, and other key constituents of a superior quality and a reasonable price in accordance with the following policies.

1. Sincere corporate activities: OHARA engages in sincere corporate activities that comply with laws and social norms. Similarly, we also require our suppliers to comply with laws and social norms.

2. Open door procurement: OHARA undertakes wide-open procurement activities in Japan and overseas based on a long-term international perspective.

3. Promote fair transactions: Based on the principles of free competition, OHARA prioritizes excellent suppliers on the basis of quality, economy, delivery, and the reliability of the corporation.

4. Procurement based on partnerships: OHARA strives to maintain and deepen mutual understanding with suppliers, and to build relationships of trust.

5. Green procurement: For reasons of global environmental protection, OHARA prioritizes suppliers that consider the impact on the environment during use and at disposal. We also prioritize suppliers who engage with environmental protection in the supply manufacturing process.

6. Prohibition against personal gain: OHARA does not accept offers of entertainment or gifts with the aim of obtaining inappropriate personal gain.

 

Requests for Suppliers

We ask all suppliers to pay attention to the following points to fulfill their social responsibility and pursue customer satisfaction based on partnerships with suppliers.

1. Comply with laws and regulations, and social norms: Please comply with national and regional laws and regulations, and social norms when conducting business.

2. Promote social contribution: Please engage with social contribution as “good corporate citizens” to be able to contribute to the development of international and regional society.

3. Care for the environment: Please understand the environmental policy at OHARA, and consider environmental protection in business and procurement activities.

4. Maintain information security: Please manage information carefully to avoid leaking information obtained in transactions with OHARA.

5. Ensure product quality: Please provide materials and raw materials that meet the specifications and product quality required by OHARA.

6. Fair prices: Please provide materials and raw materials at a price that is competitive on the market, and continually promote efforts to lower prices.

7. Ensure reliable delivery and stable supplies: Please maintain stable and flexible supply structures for materials and raw materials, and ensure guaranteed deliveries to provide a continuous supply of products and to satisfy requests that involve sudden supply and demand fluctuations.

8. Stable business management: Please implement stable business management to ensure continuous and stable supplies of materials.

 

Approach to Conflict Minerals

It has been an internationally significant issue that serious human-rights abuse is being committed by armed forces in “dispute regions”, including the Democratic Republic of the Congo and its neighboring countries. Minerals mined in such regions (tantalum, tungsten, gold and tin) are called “conflict minerals”. There is a concern that conflict minerals would serve as direct or indirect sources of funding for the local armed forces.
With respect to this issue, conflict minerals provisions under the Dodd-Frank Act were enacted in 2010. In addition, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) issued a “Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict Affected and High-risk Areas”. Through the above, companies are being strongly required to take responsible initiatives in regards to their supply chains.
OHARA has been advancing initiatives towards the non-use of “conflict minerals” by, for example, conducting surveys on the circumstances of use of minerals in products, in order to fulfill social responsibility in procurement activities.

 
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