At the Bridgestone Group, our Total Environmental Advanced Management System (TEAMS) serves as a foundation for environmental activities. In acquiring and maintaining the ISO 14001 certifications at our manufacturing site, we have implemented our Environmental Management System (EMS) framework across the Group. TEAMS was developed by adding the following two concepts to EMS:
Total: the participation of all business units, facility functions and employees throughout the Group
Advanced: our commitment to active disclosure and advanced, world-class activities
Following the TEAMS concept, each strategic business unit (SBU) and each facility in the Group prepare and adopt an EMS using methodologies employed by ISO 14001. Environmental activities are then improved through the use of the plan-do-check-act (PDCA) cycle at three levels: individual facilities, SBUs, and globally.
As a basis for supporting TEAMS, we also are striving to provide and consolidate shared global information systems, working toward improvement by analyzing each SBUs’ environmental activities and data through the Group’s PDCA cycle. We are implementing various system and human resource development measures to strengthen environmental management at SBUs and business locations.
Since 2013, all non-production sites including logistics sites and retail shops have conducted environmental self-assessments, grading each location with one of three levels (I, II, or III) for environmental management. Based on the assessment results we further improve our environmental Management utilizing a PDCA cycle.
We also hold conferences for environmental managers to enhance the environmental training structure of the entire Group. These trainings include on-site lectures and discussions among participants, aimed at enhancing the capabilities of environmental managers and strengthening regional cooperation.