Environmental Management (TEAMS)
Total Environmental Advanced Management System (TEAMS)
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 Bridgestone Group prepare and adopt an EMS using methodologies employed by ISO 14001. Then, environmental activities are improved through the use of the plan-do-check-act cycle (PDCA) at three levels: individual facilities, SBUs and globally or Group-wide.
As of April 2016, 162 (99.4%) of the Group's production sites have obtained the ISO 14001 certification. We plan to strengthen our activity even further by achiering 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.
- Sites targeted by Bridgestone for ISO 14001 certification.
Number of sites with ISO 14001 certification
Global Environmental Management
Bridgestone Group has an organization structure which three meeting bodies, Global CSR Enhancement Committee (GCEC), Global Management Platform (GMP) and Strategic Business Units (SBUs), coordinates and cooperates to enhance the TEAMS activities with holding the Mid-term Plan (MTP) as its core. Decision makings of global environment strategies and policies authorize at GCEC and Global EXCO. Once GMP receives authorized strategies and policies, it will instruct and send out directions of activities to SBUs and provide support and services. Each SBU makes decisions after the management review on biodiversity, resource recycling and climate change by regions.
Also to strengthen the coordination of GMP and SBU, we have established Global Environment Working Group which consists of members from environment function by regions to enhance global environment activities.
Environmental Management at SBU and Business Facilities
The Bridgestone Group is taking various measures from the viewpoints of system development and human resources development in order to improve environmental management at SBUs and business facilities.
For the system development, we have conducted environmental assessments since 2010 and evaluated the environmental management constitution (structure and functionality) to demonstratefull conformer or opportunities for improvement. We conducted the assessment in all of our plants*1 in 2015 and use the PDCA process based on the results to improve our constitution.
The Bridgestone Group holds regular training programs to advance development of environmental personnel and enhance the environmental education system in the entire Group. In 2015, the program was held in Japan, China, Asia, North America and EU countries, with more than 200 participants engaged in environmental improvement activities and projects. The environmental training program included on-site training and discussions among participants, aiming to further enhance the abilities of environmental personnel and foster greater coordination within the regions. We are planning to hold the program in 2016 and beyond.
- Sites targeted by Bridgestone for ISO 14001 certification
Factory Production Qualification System
The Bridgestone Group has adopted a proprietary factory production qualification system based on ISO 14001 to rapidly identify and minimize environmental risks at new factories and production lines.
To be specific, it is a four-stage system for checking and certifying the environmental management systems at new factories, such as the establishment of an environmental plan, implementation of a preliminary environmental review at the time of construction, preparation of environmental policies, legal compliance and environmental training. In 2015, three facilities in three countries proceeded certification.
Promotion of Environmental Activities throughout the Supply Chain
Working together with suppliers , the Bridgestone Group developed the CSR Procurement Guidelines in order to promote environmental activities throughout the supply chain. The guidelines stipulate suppliers' efforts toward the management of chemical products, minimization of environmental impacts from discharged water and emissions, management and reduction of wastes, reduction of greenhouse gases, consideration of biodiversity and others. We are improving our chemical product management system by including in these guidelines an original chemical list prepared by the Group to prevent undesirable chemicals from getting mixed in among the items we procure. We also request that our suppliers cooperate in environmental improvement by holding an annual procurement policy meeting to gain understanding of Bridgestone's policy on procurement.
We have developed a CSR Self-Check Sheet as a tool to assist suppliers with enhancing environmental commitment. We hold CSR training sessions and provide on-site support based on the check results, and are working together with suppliers in their environmental activities. We received CSR Self-Check Sheet from approximately 90 percent of the suppliers in 2014; we also visited two companies to provide assistance.
Bridgestone have been an engaged member of the Japan Business Initiative for Biodiversity since 2010 to further promote environmental conservation. As a member of the working group consisting of businesses of various types, we are involved in researching techniques that are useful when businesses implement measures to protect and preserve biodiversity from impacts of the supply chain and impacts on the environment "visible," etc.
Promoting procurement and purchasing products and production equipment with low environmental footprint
The Bridgestone Group requires that all of its suppliers of raw materials and components comply with regulations in their respective countries regarding the use of hazardous substances and materials. The Group also requires that suppliers eliminate the use of chemical products from the early stages if hazardous property is suspected in such products.
Prior to purchasing any components from suppliers, Bridgestone conducts an environmental management review of suppliers based on the Group's outsourcing authorization system. In this review, Bridgestone examines the suppliers' overall environmental management and programs. In addition to checking suppliers' management systems on chemical products, Bridgestone also checks those systems managing air, water, noise, vibration, odor and industrial waste. If any item requiring improvement is identified, we notify the supplier of the issue and ask the supplier to make any and all needed improvements. Additionally, prior to purchasing new production equipment we request that suppliers provide us with information on the use of hazardous substances in the equipment, if any, in the quotation.
Award for Environmental Activities of Suppliers
In 2013, Bridgestone established the "Green Partner Award" to recognize suppliers for their environmental activities. Based on the Environmental Mission Statement of the Bridgestone Group, "In harmony with nature," "Value natural resources," "Reduce CO2 emissions," it commends activities that help reduce the environmental footprint and result in an environmental contribution. The winners of the Green Partner Award in 2015 were Asahi Saisei Gomu Co., Ltd. and Takasago Thermal Engineering Co., Ltd.