The Bridgestone Group has developed the Total Environmental Advanced Management System, or TEAMS, which serves as a foundation for environmental activities. The values and practices learned through certifying Bridgestone’s production sites to the ISO 14001 international standard enabled implementation of the EMS framework across the enterprise. TEAMS was developed by adding the concepts of Total (denoting the participation of all business units, facility functions and employees throughout the Group) and Advanced (denoting the Group’s commitment to active disclosure and the consistent pursuit of advanced, world-class activities).
Following the TEAMS concept, each strategic business unit (SBU) and each facility in the Bridgestone 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 or Group-wide.
As of the end of 2016, 159 (99.4%) of the Group’s production sites had obtained the ISO 14001 certification. We plan to strengthen our activity even further by achieving ISO 14001 certification for all target sites*1. We also are preparing EMS for new production sites according to the Bridgestone Group’s proprietary factory production certification system, and plan to successively gain ISO 14001 certification for these sites.
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.
Bridgestone is implementing various system and human asset development measures to strengthen environmental management at SBUs and its business locations.
For system measures, in 2010 we began conducting environmental self-assessments and mutual assessments of production facilities, grading each location with one of three levels (I, II, or III) for environmental management. This system was expanded to all production facilities in 2016, with improvements made utilizing a PDCA cycle based on the results.
For Teammate Development, we conducted conferences for environmental managers to enhance the environmental training structure of the entire Bridgestone Group. These conferences were held globally in 2016, with about 130 environmental managers participating. The trainings included on-site lectures and discussions among participants, aimed at enhancing the capabilities of environmental managers and strengthening regional cooperation. We plan to continue this program in all regions from 2017 onward.