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Investment for Environmental Protection and Safety

The Asahi Kasei Group has invested the necessary management resources in RC activities.
Investments in environmental protection and safety-related facilities up to fiscal 2020 and in fiscal 2020 are shown below.

Investment in environmental preservation and safety modification

  • Fiscal year 1970 7 Per year (¥ billion) 7 Cumulative investments (¥ billion) Fiscal year 1971 38 Per year (¥ billion) 45 Cumulative investments (¥ billion) Fiscal year 1972 31 Per year (¥ billion) 76 Cumulative investments (¥ billion) Fiscal year 1973 87 Per year (¥ billion) 163 Cumulative investments (¥ billion) Fiscal year 1974 70 Per year (¥ billion) 234 Cumulative investments (¥ billion) Fiscal year 1975 66 Per year (¥ billion) 299 Cumulative investments (¥ billion) Fiscal year 1976 45 Per year (¥ billion) 344 Cumulative investments (¥ billion) Fiscal year 1977 46 Per year (¥ billion) 390 Cumulative investments (¥ billion) Fiscal year 1978 31 Per year (¥ billion) 421 Cumulative investments (¥ billion) Fiscal year 1979 40 Per year (¥ billion) 461 Cumulative investments (¥ billion) Fiscal year 1980 60 Per year (¥ billion) 521 Cumulative investments (¥ billion) Fiscal year 1981 62 Per year (¥ billion) 583 Cumulative investments (¥ billion) Fiscal year 1982 54 Per year (¥ billion) 637 Cumulative investments (¥ billion) Fiscal year 1983 30 Per year (¥ billion) 667 Cumulative investments (¥ billion) Fiscal year 1984 64 Per year (¥ billion) 731 Cumulative investments (¥ billion) Fiscal year 1985 38 Per year (¥ billion) 769 Cumulative investments (¥ billion) Fiscal year 1986 31 Per year (¥ billion) 800 Cumulative investments (¥ billion) Fiscal year 1987 36 Per year (¥ billion) 836 Cumulative investments (¥ billion) Fiscal year 1988 39 Per year (¥ billion) 876 Cumulative investments (¥ billion) Fiscal year 1989 41 Per year (¥ billion) 917 Cumulative investments (¥ billion) Fiscal year 1990 103 Per year (¥ billion) 1,020 Cumulative investments (¥ billion) Fiscal year 1991 46 Per year (¥ billion) 1,065 Cumulative investments (¥ billion) Fiscal year 1992 60 Per year (¥ billion) 1,125 Cumulative investments (¥ billion) Fiscal year 1993 50 Per year (¥ billion) 1,175 Cumulative investments (¥ billion) Fiscal year 1994 47 Per year (¥ billion) 1,222 Cumulative investments (¥ billion) Fiscal year 1995 47 Per year (¥ billion) 1,268 Cumulative investments (¥ billion) Fiscal year 1996 68 Per year (¥ billion) 1,337 Cumulative investments (¥ billion) Fiscal year 1997 67 Per year (¥ billion) 1,403 Cumulative investments (¥ billion) Fiscal year 1998 50 Per year (¥ billion) 1,453 Cumulative investments (¥ billion) Fiscal year 1999 32 Per year (¥ billion) 1,485 Cumulative investments (¥ billion) Fiscal year 2000 46 Per year (¥ billion) 1,531 Cumulative investments (¥ billion) Fiscal year 2001 56 Per year (¥ billion) 1,586 Cumulative investments (¥ billion) Fiscal year 2002 56 Per year (¥ billion) 1,642 Cumulative investments (¥ billion) Fiscal year 2003 72 Per year (¥ billion) 1,714 Cumulative investments (¥ billion) Fiscal year 2004 75 Per year (¥ billion) 1,789 Cumulative investments (¥ billion) Fiscal year 2005 57.7 Per year (¥ billion) 1,847 Cumulative investments (¥ billion) Fiscal year 2006 74.5 Per year (¥ billion) 1,922 Cumulative investments (¥ billion) Fiscal year 2007 95.0 Per year (¥ billion) 2,017 Cumulative investments (¥ billion) Fiscal year 2008 99.2 Per year (¥ billion) 2,116 Cumulative investments (¥ billion) Fiscal year 2009 75.4 Per year (¥ billion) 2,191 Cumulative investments (¥ billion) Fiscal year 2010 55.9 Per year (¥ billion) 2,247 Cumulative investments (¥ billion) Fiscal year 2011 42.6 Per year (¥ billion) 2,290 Cumulative investments (¥ billion) Fiscal year 2012 38.0 Per year (¥ billion) 2,328 Cumulative investments (¥ billion) Fiscal year 2013 39.0 Per year (¥ billion) 2,367 Cumulative investments (¥ billion) Fiscal year 2014 52.0 Per year (¥ billion) 2,419 Cumulative investments (¥ billion) Fiscal year 2015 78.8 Per year (¥ billion) 2,497 Cumulative investments (¥ billion) Fiscal year 2016 53.8 Per year (¥ billion) 2,551 Cumulative investments (¥ billion) Fiscal year 2017 62.8 Per year (¥ billion) 2,614 Cumulative investments (¥ billion) Fiscal year 2018 88.9 Per year (¥ billion) 2,703 Cumulative investments (¥ billion) Fiscal year 2019 80.9 Per year (¥ billion) 2,784 Cumulative investments (¥ billion) Fiscal year 2020 105.2 Per year (¥ billion) 2,889 Cumulative investments (¥ billion)

(¥ billion)

Fiscal year 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Environmental protection 2.03 2.98 2.18 4.14 3.88
Safety 3.35 3.30 6.71 3.95 6.63
Total 5.38 6.28 8.89 8.09 10.52

Investments in environmental protection-related facilities (fiscal 2020)

Total 3.88 billion yen, Energy conservation 33% Water 31% Wastes 2% Atmosphere 26% Others 8% Noise 0% Soil pollution 0% Tree planting 0% Chemical substances 0%

Investments in safety-related facilities (fiscal 2020)

Total 6.63 billion yen, Workplace safety 31% Outmoded equipment 24% Earthquakes 40% Explosions 1% Others 5%

Environmental Accounting

We classify the cost of our measures for environmental protection in accordance with cost classification standards promulgated by the Ministry of the Environment.

Environmental accounting by fiscal year

(¥ million)

Cost classification 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Investment Expense Investment Expense Investment Expense Investment Expense Investment Expense
1 Combined operation area 1,943 7,320 3,780 9,303 1,942 11,183 3,905 10,089 3,628 7,666
Pollution prevention 1,080 4,340 1,881 6,187 944 7,705 2,198 6,874 2,241 5,186
Global environmental protection 502 808 929 841 807 1,230 1,221 773 1,246 689
Resource circulation 360 2,173 970 2,276 190 2,248 485 2,442 142 1,792
2 Upstream and downstream 0 115 0 117 0 140 0 115 0 102
3 Management activities 54 1,266 39 1,124 62 636 43 2,394 25 654
4 R&D 158 2,591 114 1,274 119 2,787 192 8,431 228 2,185
5 Community outreach 0 36 2 29 0 27 0 24 0 18
6 Environmental damage 49 192 1 203 45 1,128 0 206 3 196
  Total 2,203 11,520 3,936 12,050 2,169 15,901 4,139 21,259 3,883 10,821

Climate change

Eco-efficiency (JEPIX) performance*

  • *JEPIX is an abbreviation for the "Japan Environmental Policy Index", and it was developed by teams under the leadership of Professor Nobuyuki Miyazaki of the International Christian University at the Japan Science and Technology Agency and Sustainable Management Forum Japan. Environmental performance data are converted to an environmental impact point (EIP) scale and aggregated to determine total environmental impact. Eco-efficiency is calculated as follows.
     Eco-efficiency = value added (economic index) / JEPIX Eco-Points

    Eight aspects of environmental impact (including chemical releases, greenhouse gas emissions, landfill wastes, and COD load) are evaluated, and net sales are used for value added. A new accounting policy is applied to net sales from fiscal 2011.

Total environmental impact ( million EIP) 2001 50,723 million EIP, 2016 11,271 million EIP, 2017 11,524 million EIP, 2018 9,770 million EIP, 2019 10,562 million EIP, 2020 9,410 million EIP, Eco-efficiency (yen/EIP) 2001 23.6 yen/EIP, 2016 167.1 yen/EIP, 2017 177.2 yen/EIP, 2018 222.1 yen/EIP, 2019 203.7 yen/EIP, 2020 223.8 yen/EIP

JEPIX-method eco-efficiency

Fiscal year 2001 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Total environmental impact (million EIP) 50,723 11,271 11,524 9,770 10,562 9,410
Net sales (¥ million) 1,195,393 1,882,991 2,042,216 2,170,403 2,151,646 2,106,051
Eco-efficiency (¥/EIP) 23.6 167.1 177.2 222.1 203.7 223.8

Greenhouse gas emissions in Japan by fiscal year

(million tons CO2 equivalent)

Item Index set at Kyoto Protocol
(1990)
Baseline year
(2005)
2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Carbon dioxide 5.06 4.96 3.03 2.93 2.89 2.61 2.51
Nitrous oxide 6.82 0.76 0.13 0.07 0.09 0.13 0.29
Methane 0.00 0.01 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
HFCs 0.16 0.02 0.03 0.04 0.04 0.04 0.03
PFCs 0.01 0.14 0.14 0.13 0.11 0.12 0.06
Sulfur hexafluoride 0.00 0.04 0.02 0.01 0.01 0.01 0.01
Nitrogen trifluoride - - 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 12.06 5.92 3.35 3.18 3.13 2.91 2.91
  • *Calculation standards for greenhouse gas emissions:
    For greenhouse gases covered by the Act on Rationalizing Energy Use and the Act on Promotion of Global Warming Countermeasures, calculations are in accordance with the methods stipulated by these laws.
    For gases not covered by either law, calculation methods are based on considerations such as chemical reactions.
  • *CO2 emissions from generation of electricity and steam sold to other companies are excluded from data for the baseline year but included in annual data from fiscal 2013.
  • *We have used 'basic' CO2 emission factors for electricity purchased in Japan until FY2019, but we have opted to use 'adjusted’CO2 emission factors from FY2020 onwards. The impact of this change on CO2 emissions is minor.

Overseas greenhouse gas emissions by fiscal year

(million tons CO2 equivalent)

  2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
CO2 emissions 1.00 1.03 1.03 1.08 1.00
  • *Calculation standards for overseas greenhouse gas emissions:
    Overseas greenhouse gas emissions are calculated, in principle, based on the provisions given by the Act on the Rational Use of Energy and the Act on Promotion of Global Warming Countermeasures. CO2 emissions from the burning of by-product gases are mainly calculated by material balance. CO2 emissions associated with purchased electricity are calculated with the latest available coefficients given in International Energy Agency's Emissions Factors.
  • *Figures for 2013 onward include emissions from special overseas subsidiaries

FY2020 global greenhouse gas emissions by segment

(million tons CO2 equivalent)

Material Homes Health Care Other Total
Total 3.73 0.07 0.11 0.00 3.91

Scope 3 emissions by fiscal year

(million tons CO2 equivalent)

2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Purchased goods and services 2.26 4.54 4.74 4.43 4.53
Capital goods 0.16 0.19 0.29 0.32 0.39
Fuel and energy-related activities
(not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2)
0.14 0.21 0.21 0.24 0.78
Upstream transportation and distribution 0.27 0.28 0.30 0.27 0.24
Waste generated in operations 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Business travel 0.03 0.03 0.03 0.03 0.00
Employee commuting 0.01 0.02 0.03 0.03 0.03
Upstream leased assets 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Use of sold products 1.07 1.00 0.92 0.96 1.34
End-of-life treatment of sold products 1.93 4.84 4.98 4.70 5.68
Total 5.87 11.11 11.50 10.98 12.99
  • *Calculation method for Scope 3:
    Our Scope 3 GHG emissions are calculated using the Corporate Value Chain (Scope 3) Accounting and Reporting Standard and its technical guidance issued by the Greenhouse Gas Protocol. For the greenhouse gas emission factors, we used data available in the Carbon Footprint Communication Program database prepared by the Japan Environmental Management Association for Industry and the Embodied Energy and Emission Intensity Data for Japan Using Input-Output Tables (3EID): Inventory Data for LCA prepared by the National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan until FY2019.
    In FY2020,we referred to the Embodied Energy and Emission Intensity Data for Japan Using Input-Output Tables (3EID) (2015): Inventory Data for LCA prepared by the National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan, IDEA v2.3 by the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, and the Emissions Unit Value Database Ver3.1 for Accounting of Greenhouse Gas Emissions, etc., by Organizations Throughout the Supply Chain issued by the Ministry of the Environment, etc.
    The total Scope 3 emissions would have been 10.36 million tons CO2 equivalent when calculated with factors used in the past. Among Scope 3 emissions, Category 1 emissions associated with purchased goods and services would have been 4.11 million tons CO2 equivalent, Category 3 emissions associated with fuel and energy-related activities (not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2) 0.21 million tons CO2 equivalent, and Category 12 emissions associated with end-of-life treatment of sold products 4.5 million tons CO2 equivalent. The impact on other categories is minor.
  • *Including overseas subsidiaries from fiscal 2017.
  • *Calculation method for purchased goods and services:
    Up to fiscal 2015, emissions were calculated by multiplying the amounts, either in physical or monetary units, of the largest 20 raw materials and services (30 items in the case of Asahi Kasei Chemicals), in terms of GHG emissions or purchase amount, purchased from outside the Asahi Kasei Group by Asahi Kasei Chemicals, Asahi Kasei Fibers, Asahi Kasei Homes, Asahi Kasei Construction Materials, Asahi Kasei Microdevices, Asahi Kasei E-materials, and Asahi Kasei Medical, by the respective emission factor for each type of raw material or service.
    From fiscal 2016 onward, items with emissions equal to or greater than 4,000 tons of CO2-equivalent were included. The emissions were calculated by multiplying the amounts, either in physical or monetary units, of raw materials and services purchased from outside the Asahi Kasei Group by Asahi Kasei Corp., Asahi Kasei Homes, Asahi Kasei Construction Materials, Asahi Kasei Microdevices, and Asahi Kasei Medical by the respective emission factor for each type of raw material or service.
  • *Calculation method for use of sold products:
    Based on the calculation standards set by Asahi Kasei Homes, using the emissions intensity available from Housing Tech. R&D Labs. report, emissions are calculated after deducting the CO2 emission reduction effects, etc., based on the energy-saving equipment actually installed, which differs in each case, in the Hebel Haus (detached house/apartment building) units delivered each fiscal year (calculation period is set to 60 years).
    Before FY2020, the calculation was based on the number of Hebel Houses delivered in each year. However, in order to further improve the calculation accuracy, we changed to a calculation method based on the total floor area of the Hebel House delivered in each year from FY2020. When calculated by the conventional calculation method, the Category 11 emissions in FY2020 would have been 0.89 million tons CO2 equivalent.
  • *Calculation method for disposal of sold products:
    For Asahi Kasei, Asahi Kasei Construction Materials, and Asahi Kasei Medical, emissions are calculated by multiplying the weight of products shipped each fiscal year by the CO2 emission factor at the time of disposal for each product.
    For Asahi Kasei Homes, emissions are calculated by multiplying the number of Hebel Haus units delivered each fiscal year by the CO2 emission factor per building.
  • Note: In fiscal 2018, we revised some of the calculation methods for upstream transportation/distribution and disposal of sold products so that they are based on the actual situation. Regarding past results, data up to fiscal 2016 that can be recalculated has been revised retroactively.

CO2 emissions from product shipment (FY2020)

Material Homes Health Care Other Total
Shipment volume
(million ton-km)
760.63 360.50 2.55 0.00 1,123.68
CO2 emissions
(tons CO2)
48,937 38,655 629 0 88,221

Low-pollution vehicles

(Number of vehicles)

  2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Used on public roads Low-pollution vehicles 1,238 1,270 1,252 1,295 1,415
Other vehicles 85 93 74 86 40
Subtotal 1,323 1,363 1,326 1,381 1,455
Used within plant grounds Low-pollution vehicles 456 534 492 451 726
Other vehicles 280 250 227 208 66
Subtotal 736 784 719 659 792
Total Low-pollution vehicles 1,694 1,804 1,744 1,746 2,141
Other vehicles 365 343 301 294 106
Total vehicles 2,059 2,147 2,045 2,040 2,247
Proportion of low-pollution vehicles
(%)
Used on public roads 94 93 94 94 97
Used within plant grounds 62 68 68 68 92
Total 82 84 85 86 95
  • *Hybrid-electric vehicles, low-emission vehicles, fuel-efficient vehicles, and all-electric vehicles

Pollution and natural resources / water resource preservation

Treatment and disposal of industrial waste by company

(Thousand tons)

Company Waste generated Recycling Volume reduction Landfill Effluent Recycling Volume reduction Final disposal
Asahi Kasei Corp. 254.6 43.2 0.6 0.0 210.8 209.0 1.5 0.3
Asahi Kasei Microdevices 3.9 0.0 0.0 0.0 3.9 3.9 0.1 0.0
Asahi Kasei Homes 3.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 3.3 3.3 0.0 0.0
Asahi Kasei Construction Materials 65.7 42.0 0.0 0.0 23.7 23.7 0.0 0.0
Asahi Kasei Pharma 1.4 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.4 1.4 0.0 0.0
Asahi Kasei Medical 5.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 5.2 5.2 0.0 0.0
FY2020 total 334.1 85.2 0.6 0.0 248.3 246.4 1.6 0.3
FY2019 total 378.2 97.8 0.7 0.0 279.8 277.1 1.6 1.1
FY2018 total 334.2 67.4 0.6 0.0 226.1 263.5 1.9 0.7
FY2017 total 330.6 108.1 0.6 0.0 221.9 219.3 1.9 0.8
FY2016 total 339.2 104.4 0.7 0.0 233.5 229.2 3.7 1.1
FY2015 total 356.5 123.7 3.3 0.0 229.6 225.3 3.4 0.8
FY2014 total 388.5 114.6 36.4 0.0 237.3 231.7 4.1 1.5
FY2013 total 386.3 112.4 29.0 0.0 244.7 240.3 3.1 1.3
FY2012 total 387.9 99.0 27.2 0.0 261.6 255.4 4.4 1.8
FY2011 total 441.8 105.1 73.5 0.0 263.1 254.1 7.8 1.3
FY2000 total 316.9 3.5 187.5 0.1 170.8 122.0 21.9 26.8
  • *Not including waste generated from non-recurring events such as dismantling closed plants or waste generated from dismantling old homes when constructing new homes.
  • Note: Sums of figures may differ totals shown due to rounding(also in other tables hereinafter).

Final disposal by category of waste
(Excluding waste generated at the construction sites of Asahi Kasei Homes.)

Category Disposal volume (thousand tons) Percentage (%)
Debris 0.110 34.9
Waste alkali 0.072 22.9
Sludge 0.054 17.2
Scrap metal 0.021 6.6
Waste oil 0.015 4.9
Others 0.042 13.4
Total 0.315 100.0

Final disposal of industrial waste generated at construction sites of Asahi Kasei Homes

(Thousand tons)

Fiscal year 2000 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
New construction 16.6 0 0 0 0 0
Dismantling 39.1 11.8 11.7 14.1 14.1 10.2
Total 55.7 11.8 11.7 14.1 14.1 10.2

AAC trimmings recycled by Asahi Kasei Construction Materials

(Tons)

Fiscal year 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Hebel™ panels 300 260 360 354 350
Cement materials 1,800 1,400 970 368 259
Lightweight artificial soil 0 0 0 0 0
Total 2,100 1,700 1,330 722 609

Release and transfer of PRTR-specified substances by fiscal year

(Tons)

Fiscal year 2000 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Release to air 4,720 350 330 520 290 250
Release to water 170 60 60 50 60 50
Release to soil 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total release 4,890 410 390 570 350 300
Reduction rate (%) 92 92 88 93 94
Transfer 2,100 2,900 2,800 2,500 2,400 2,700

VOC* air emissions

  2000
Baseline year
2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Volume (tons) 10,400 1,300 1,350 1,400 1,100 920
Reduction rate (%) 87 87 87 89 91
  • *Volatile organic compound. Although the term generally applies to any organic compound which is in gaseous state at the time of release, regulations for the control of their release exclude methane and some fluorocarbons which do not form oxidants.

FY2020 release and transfer of PRTR-specified substances

(Tons)

Company Sites Substance Release to air Release to water Release to soil Total release Transfer
Asahi Kasei Corp. Others Toluene 11 0 0 11 0
Nobeoka 1,1-Dichloroethylene (vinylidene chloride) 29 0 0 29 105
Dichloromethane (methylene chloride) 9 0 0 9 0
Chloroethylene (vinyl chloride) 7 0 0 7 40
Chlorodifluoromethane (HCFC-22) 5 0 0 5 0
Boron compounds 0 6 0 6 0
Water-soluble copper salts (except complex salts) 0 13 0 13 0
Moriyama Dichloromethane (methylene chloride) 23 0 0 23 0
Mizushima n-Hexane 49 0 0 49 7
Molybdenum and its compounds 0 14 0 14 0
Vinyl acetate 9 0 0 9 6
Kawasaki n-Hexane 47 0 0 47 11
Asahi Kasei Medical Nobeoka N,N-dimethylacetamide 2 6 0 8 188
  • Note: Substances listed are those of which total release was 5 tons or more.
  • *Rounded to the nearest ton.

Release of air and water pollutants by fiscal year

Item Unit 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
SOx*1 Tons 6,100 6,600 6,000 6,300 5,200
NOx*2 Tons 3,300 3,300 3,300 3,400 3,600
Soot and dust*3 Tons 100 110 140 90 110
Waste water effluence Million m3 212 212 221 216 204
COD*4 Tons 910 820 880 890 850
N Tons 6,600 6,200 7,000 6,500 4,900
P Tons 20 20 20 20 20

Air emissions by site

(t/y)

Site 2018 2019 2020
SOx NOx Soot and dust SOx NOx Soot and dust SOx NOx Soot and dust
Nobeoka 5,600 2,000 40 5,800 2,200 30 4,800 2,300 30
Mizushima 180 1,100 80 190 960 50 180 1,100 70
Moriyama 0 30 1 0 30 1 0 40 2
Fuji 0 3 0 0 3 0 0 3 0
Ohito 1 10 0 2 10 0 2 20 0
Kawasaki 2 100 6 2 90 6 1 70 4
Suzuka 0 20 0 0 20 0 0 20 0
Others 260 80 5 310 90 6 220 50 5
Total 6,000 3,300 140 6,300 3,400 90 5,200 3,600 110
  • *1Sulfur oxides (SOx) are formed when crude oil, fuel oil, or coal containing sulfur are used as fuel. Sulfur dioxide (SO2) is most common, but some sulfur trioxide (SO3) also forms. The term SOx is inclusive of both of these.
  • *2Nitrogen oxides (NOx) are formed in nature and during combustion at thermal power plants, factory boilers, internal combustion engines, and incinerators. The term NOx is inclusive of both nitric oxide (NO) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2).
  • *3Soot and dust are fine particles formed in the combustion of fuel and other materials.
  • *4Chemical oxygen demand is an indicator of water pollution by organic substances. COD is expressed in terms of the amount of oxygen that can be consumed by an oxidizer to chemically oxidize the organic substances contained in the water.

Water usage and effluence

(Million m3)

Item 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Japan Usage 272 266 294 253 242
Effluence 212 212 221 216 204
Overseas Usage 23 16 13 15 13
Effluence 17 11 8 10 8
Japan and overseas Usage 295 282 307 268 255
Effluence 229 223 229 226 212

Water usage and sources by fiscal year in Japan

(Million m3)

2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Total 272 266 294 253 242
Municipal water 10 10 9 9 10
Ground water 23 23 22 21 20
Industrial water 239 234 263 223 213

Water emissions in Japan by site

(Tons, except effluence: million m3)

Site 2018 2019 2020
COD N P Effluence COD N P Effluence COD N P Effluence
Nobeoka 690 6,700 8 145 680 6,200 9 143 650 4,600 5 132
Mizushima 50 210 3 35 60 210 3 34 50 190 3 34
Moriyama 6 8 1 10 6 8 2 10 7 8 1 9
Fuji 20 60 7 11 20 60 8 11 20 80 6 12
Ohito 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
Kawasaki 90 90 1 13 100 60 1 11 90 30 1 10
Suzuka 6 1 0 1 6 2 0 1 5 2 0 1
Others 20 3 0 6 30 3 0 6 30 3 0 5
Total 880 7,000 20 221 890 6,500 20 216 850 4,900 20 204

Number of Group Employees

Scope FY2016 FY2017 FY2018 FY2019 FY2020
Number of Group Employees Asahi Kasei Group Total
(Global)
33,720 34,670 39,283 40,689 44,497

Number of Employees by Status

Scope FY2016 FY2017 FY2018 FY2019 FY2020
Permanent Total *1 16,452 16,274 16,966 17,293 17,417
Permanent Male 13,927 13,738 14,275 14,511 14,593
Female 2,525 2,536 2,691 2,782 2,824
Non-permanent Total *1 2,948 2,861 2,548 2,576 3,360
Non-permanent Male 1,919 1,907 1,870 1,967 2,382
Female 1,029 954 678 609 978

Persons with disabilities

Scope FY2017 FY2018 FY2019 FY2020 FY2021
Number of employees with disabilities*2 All Group companies applicable as Special Subsidiaries 579 574 609 623 639
Employment rate *2 (%) 2.24 2.23 2.31 2.38 2.35
Statutory employment rate (%) 2 2.2 2.2 2.3 2.3

Employment/Retention

Employment/Retention Scope FY2016 FY2017 FY2018 FY2019 FY2020
Number of new hires New graduate total *1 438 516 565 614 586
(men) 333 387 427 486 466
(women) 105 129 138 128 120
Mid-career total 120 232 487 410 298
(men) 112 210 468 349 276
(women) 8 22 19 61 22
Proportion of mid-career recruitment *5(%) 21.5 31.0 46.3 40.0 33.7
Number of resignations 221 216 232 292 283
  • *5 as of Sep. 30, 2021

Working Hours / Salary

Scope FY2016 FY2017 FY2018 FY2019 FY2020
Total hours worked 1989.8 1999 2008.1 1948.7 1973.9
Overtime hours worked 277.8 283.4 292.5 247.3 260.9
Average paid vacation days taken 15.05 15.07 14.48 15.66 14.29
Average rate of paid vacation 77.5% 77.8% 75.1% 82.3% 75.3%
Average annual salary (¥) Asahi Kasei Corp.
(Transitioned from a pure holding company to an operating holding company in 2016)
7,703,239 7,645,207 7,871,666 7,691,021 7,691,021

Education/Training

Scope FY2016 FY2017 FY2018 FY2019 FY2020
Total training hours 382,632
Average time per employee 21.5
Annual education and training costs (¥) *1 78,000 82,000 129,000 116,000 42,500

Diversity / Work-life Balance

Scope FY2016 FY2017 FY2018 FY2019 FY2020 FY2021
Number of female managers and supervisors *1 499 534 574 622 660 701
Number of female managers 153 171 193 212 231 257
Total number of managers 5,828 5,783 5,786 5,767 5,780 5,760
Ratio of female managers 2.6 3.0 3.3 3.7 4.0 4.5
Number of employees taking child care leave Men 316 346 392 417 433
Women 240 266 236 251 265
Number of employees using shortened working hours system for child care Men 1 5 3 3 4
Women 355 371 356 350 366
Number of employees using "Kids Support" shortened working hours system Men 0 1 1 2 0
Women 80 70 92 141 123
Number of employees taking family care leave Men 0 1 4 3 6
Women 4 4 5 8 4
Number of employees using shortened working hours system for family care Men 0 0 0 3 4
Women 1 1 1 2 2

Occupational Health and Safety

Occupational Health and Safety Scope FY2016 FY2017 FY2018 FY2019 FY2020
Group Lost Time Frequency Rate *3 0.35 0.3 0.41 0.44 0.21
Group Severity Rate 0.024 0.005 0.008 0.074 0.006
Percentage finding problems during health examinations *4 63.4 62.5 62.6 62.3 62.7
Average age 43.6 43.8 43.8 43.8 43.7
BMI 25.2 26 26.3 26.8 26.7
Smoking rate 26.6 26.9 26.3 25.8 24.7

Social Contribution

Scope FY2015 FY2016 FY2017 FY2018 FY2019
Social contribution activity expenses (¥ million) Asahi Kasei Group Total
(Global)
1,133 3,953 1,304 1,330 1,143
Ratio of ordinary income 0.7 2.46 0.61 0.6 0.62

About scope

  • *1Asahi Kasei, Asahi Kasei Microdevices, Asahi Kasei Homes, Asahi Kasei Construction Materials, Asahi Kasei Pharma, and Asahi Kasei Medical
  • *2The rate of employment and the number of persons employed are the average figures for each fiscal year for applicable companies of the Asahi Kasei Group. Calculations are based on total employment of 26,990 persons at the 20 applicable companies as of June 1, 2020. (number of persons calculated in accordance with the Act on Employment Promotion, etc. of Persons with Disabilities)
  • *3Group companies in Japan and overseas implementing the Responsible Care (RC) Program (see below for a list of departments and plants)
    https://www.asahi-kasei.com/sustainability/rc/#anc-09
  • *4In addition to *1, employees of major Japanese subsidiaries

Corporate Governance

Scope FY2016 FY2017 FY2018 FY2019 FY2020
Number of Directors Inside Directors Men Asahi Kasei Corp. 6 6 6 6 6
Women 0 0 0 0 0
Total 6 6 6 6 6
Independent Outside Directors Men 2 2 2 2 2
Women 1 1 1 1 1
Total 3 3 3 3 3
Total 9 9 9 9 9
Ratio of Women on Board of Directors 11.1 11.1 11.1 11.1 11.1
  • *The number of Board of Directors meetings and committee meetings and their attendance rates are reported on the following page.