At the outset, I would like to express my deepest condolence to and pray for the deceased of the Great East Japan Earthquake. At the same time, we would offer our heartfelt sympathy to the afflicted and sincerely pray for the earliest possible recovery. In October last year, the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP10) was held in Nagoya. In November and December, the 16th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP16) was held in Cancun, Mexico. COP10 adopted a new strategic plan (with the Nagoya objectives) and we are paying attention to its future development. We as a comprehensive manufacture of transportation devices, recognizing the close link of our business activities to the global environment, we intend to be a company which fulfills its social responsibilities for global environmental issues through the supply chain of product development, parts procurement, production, logistics and sales.
In order to put this intention into practice, the head office, manufacturing divisions, business units and a part of the group companies established and run a jointly developed unified environmental management system and obtained integrated ISO 14001 certification. Under the new management system, environmental systems that previously were independently managed by business unit were integrated company-wide into one more efficient and streamlined management system.
Meanwhile, to strengthen environmental management at the level of domestic dealers, we positively encouraged and supported them to secure the certification of the environmental management system “Eco-Action 21” *1 which was formulated by the Ministry of the Environment. As a result, starting from January 2009, they had been proceeding with acquisition of the certification in turn and in March 2011, the Eco-Action 21 certification acquisition was completed at all domestic dealers and their outlets for stepped up environmental activities in the area of sales.
In North America, the four affiliated companies, SIA, SOA, SCI and SRD, acquired ISO 14001 certification and have been promoting various activities.
The SUBARU dealerships, to say nothing of our manufacturing plants, also join in our activities to grapple with environmental issues in the supply chain.
Our specific involvement in environmental issues was announced in 2006 in the “4th Voluntary Plan for the Environment from FY2007 through FY2011." We will complete the plan this fiscal year, which marks the last year of the 5-year program. In the meantime, we will work on formulating the next voluntary plan for FY2012 through FY2016 taking into account diversified environment-related moves for release to the public.
Let us count on your continued support to SUBARU for years ahead.
Corporate Executive Vice President
Chairman of the Environmental Committee