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Inclusion into International Indices and Universe for International Socially Responsible Investment (SRI)

Communication with Stakeholders Customers and Business Partners

Our Policy Concerning and Business Partner Relations

The Corporate Mission of the JSR Group is "Materials Innovation: We create value through materials to enrich society, people and the environment."
We believe that the JSR Group's most important role is to offer innovative materials and excellent products that meet customer needs and contribute to a better society.
We also strive to carry out initiatives to ensure the quality and safety of our products so that our customers can use them with peace of mind.

SCQI award presenting ceremony (Photo by Chip Holley)

SCQI award presenting ceremony
(Photo by Chip Holley)

Successive awarding of Intel’s Supplier Continuous Quality Improvement (SCQI) Award

In March 5, 2015, We received the Supplier Continuous Quality Improvement (SCQI) Award from Intel Corporation, a world-class semiconductor manufacturer based in California, the United States. The SCQI Award is Intel’s most prestigious award given to suppliers. This was the sixth time that we had received the award in the past seven years. Our products including our advanced lithography, packaging and Chemical Mechanical Planarization (CMP) materials and services were evaluated for quality, cost, availability, technology, customer service, labor and ethics systems, environmental sustainability and other key issues.

A comment from Intel Corporation

For the last 20 years JSR has been an excellent supplier and a great partner for Intel in delivering leading edge lithography solutions at affordable cost. JSR's willingness to work with Intel in developing innovative solutions and products to meet Intel's technology, manufacturability and affordability goals is unique in the industry. We look forward to JSR's continuous contributions to Intel's next generation material requirements.

Mr. Sohail Ahmed
Senior Vice President and TMG Director of Logic Technology Development (LTD)

The Awards Ceremony

The Awards Ceremony

Awarded the Supplier Award from Pirelli

On April 16, 2015, we received the Supplier Award from Pirelli, a global tire manufacturer.
Pirelli selects nine out of its 12,000 suppliers to receive this award as recognition of truly innovative products and superior service.

Safety Assurance for Customers

Quality Assurance Activities

JSR has obtained ISO9001 certification at all of its plants (including relevant divisions and indirect departments), and has also formulated corporate Quality Assurance (QA) Promotion Plans and Quality Policies under the RC Committee. Each plant has a QA Promotion Sub-Committee that works together with the Group-wide QA Promotion Committee to promote activities in accordance with corporate plans. Furthermore, in addition to ISO external audits and plant manager's internal audits of each plant, an on-site audit is conducted periodically at each plant by the audit team led by the president or the director in charge.

Quality Performance Audit

Commendation ceremony

Commendation ceremony

As a manufacturer, the JSR Group has responsibilities to meet the quality, cost, and supply requirements of its customers. To fulfill these responsibilities, the Group introduced a quality performance audit in FY2013. The Quality Performance Audit is promoted as one of the drivers for quality improvement activities by combining the conventional QC method with the Six Sigma method in order to achieve the best possible balance between quality, costs, and stable supply. The third quality performance audits were conducted under the leadership of the President in charge at JSR’s three plants from November 2014 to January 2015.

PLP Activities

In 1994, JSR enacted its "Product Liability Prevention (PLP) Standards" to reinforce efforts in product safety. The PLP Standards, which have been revised as needed, provide various stipulations to prevent product-related accidents at all stages of the product lifecycle, from product design, manufacture to sales and distribution. One example is a system for new products to be introduced onto the market whereby each product undergoes safety checks starting at the product design stage, and is put on the market only after having received approval from the department manager.
Similar efforts are currently being made at Group companies as well. To prevent accidents related to products we also strive to improve quality management throughout our supply chains—everything from raw materials procurement through distribution—by acquiring information through communication with our customers and by strengthening activities to prevent product-related accidents, such as through revising our quality management system and updating assessment technologies.

Disclosing Environmental and Safety Information to Customers

JSR discloses environmental and safety information to its customers by preparing Safety Data Sheet (SDS) for all products containing polymers, regardless of whether they contain hazardous or toxic substances or not.
In Japan, our current SDS items all comply with JIS Z 7253, the Industrial Safety and Health Act, the PRTR Act, and the Poisonous and Deleterious Substances Control Act. Our new SDS electronic data management system has been in operation since its creation in 2002 to provide customers with SDS that contains as accurate information as possible about each product. This system is equipped with user management, chemical substance database management, creation support, and publication (revision) history, allowing us to accurately and quickly provide environmental and safety information related to JSR products.

Maintaining Transport Safety and Environmental Standards

JSR outsources the distribution of its products. To maintain environmental and safety standards during transport, JSR has drivers carry a "Yellow Card" imprinted with special measures and telephone numbers in case of emergency, in addition to having logistics companies train them on specific safety issues.

Disclosing Chemical Substance Safety Information to Customers

Basic Policy on Managing Chemical Substances

JSR has established the three basic policies below in light of the recent global trends in the management of chemical substances.

  • (1) Instead of hazard-based management*1, we will endeavor to implement risk-based management*2.
  • (2) We will strive to manage our entire supply chains by utilizing a globally standardized method.
  • (3) We will strive to comply with regulations and promote self-motivated initiatives to ensure the safety of our products.

*1 Management based solely on the hazardous properties of substances

*2 Management based on exposure to the hazardous properties of substances

Measures for Chemical Products in Japan

■ Responding to amendments in the Industrial Safety and Health Act

In accordance with the revisions made to the Industrial Safety and Health Act in 2014 and the subsequent ordinance proclamation by the government in June 2015, the manufacturers will be required to label chemical substances with SDSs submission requirement starting on June 1, 2016, as well as to conduct risk assessments. This revision significantly increases the amount and types of chemical substances subject to the labeling. JSR is currently working to comply with the amended Industrial Safety and Health Act.


The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) was developed as an international standard to classify and label chemicals, and includes the following elements:
(a) Classification of chemical products according to danger and toxicity;
(b) Labelling on product packaging and containers; and
(c) Documentation and provision of details in the Safety Data Sheet (SDS).
In Japan, the Industrial Safety and Health Act stipulates mandatory application of the GHS on the labels and SDS of products containing GHS-designated chemical substances. JSR has finished carrying out danger and toxicity classification for all products that contain applicable substances and has prepared appropriate labels for its products. We have also completed the application of GHS to SDS for all our domestic products, and are striving to achieve compliance with GHS legislation in various countries and regions around the world, including the EU, South Korea, Taiwan and China.

Measures for Export Chemical Products

■ EU (Compliance with REACH)

REACH is an EU system for the "Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals" and has been in effect since June 2007. REACH does not differentiate between existing chemical substances and new chemical substances. All chemical products manufactured in or imported by EU countries in volumes exceeding one ton a year, excluding certain chemicals, are required to be registered and accompanied with safety test results. We conduct verification to check if we have any substances that require this registration on a regular basis to prevent issues developing with the manufacturing and importation of products in Europe.

■ United States

The U.S. notification system for new chemical substances is stipulated in the Environmental Protection Agency's Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and related federal regulations. We conduct legal procedures if substances exported to the U.S. are not on the existing chemical lists.

■ South Korea

The South Korean notification system for new chemical substances is stipulated in the Toxic Chemicals Control Act regulated by the Ministry of Environment, and the Ministry of Labor's Industrial Safety and Health Act. We conduct legal procedures on registration and evaluation of chemical substances if substances exported to South Korea are not on the existing chemical lists.

■ China

The new chemical substances notification system in China is stipulated in the Measures for the Environmental Management of New Chemical Substances, ordained by the Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection. We conduct legal procedures if substances exported to China are not on the existing chemical lists.

■ Taiwan

Products are exported to Taiwan in accordance with the Toxic Chemical Substances Control Act and the Rules on Hazard Communication of Dangerous Materials and Toxic Materials. A new chemical substance notification system has been introduced in Taiwan. We are currently conducting legal proceedings in accordance with this new chemical substance notification system.

Industrial and International Measures

As voluntary efforts of the chemical industry, the Japan Chemical Industry Association (JCIA), to which JSR belongs, promotes JIPS*3 and LRI*4 activities, and our company is actively involved in these programs through participation in the association's working groups and by providing to research funding.

*3 JIPS (Japan Initiative of Product Stewardship) is an effort to implement the Global Product Strategy (GPS), which was presented by the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) at the First International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM-1). The aim of GPS is to attain the WSSD 2020 target, an international goal to "minimize adverse effects that the manufacturing and use of chemical substances have on human health and the environment, by 2020," which was set at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) held in 2002. In Japan, the JCIA has promoted JIPS activities to implement the GPS. Manufacturers and importers of chemical substances are working on proper management of chemical substances in a supply chain by conducting risk assessment and releasing such assessment results and other information, with cooperation from companies engaged in processing, assembly and distribution of chemical substances.

*4 LRI (Long-range Research Initiative)
The Long-range Research Initiative (LRI) is one of the critical activities of the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA), and is a voluntary long-term research project for chemical substances that have an impact on the environment, safety and health. Since FY2014, the JCIA has worked to bring about solutions to problems in five areas as the new LRI: (1) development and evaluation of the new risk assessment method; (2) study on the safety of new chemical substances including nano materials; (3) study on the effects of chemical substances on children, the elderly, and gene disorders; (4) evaluation of the impact on ecosystems and the environment; and (5) other issues that require an emergency response.

Supply Chain Management

Raw Materials (Promotion of green procurement)

JSR has long been committed to green procurement, a policy that puts the highest priority on goods with minimal environmental impact when purchasing raw materials.
In response to the growing industry trend in managing chemicals in the supply chain, JSR joined the Joint Article Management Promotion-consortium (JAMP)*5 in October 2008, and reviewed of its Green Procurement Guidelines*6.
JSR will continue to practice green procurement with an emphasis on disseminating information through the supply chain.

*5 Joint Article Management Promotion-consortium
JAMP was established as an inter-industry (JAMP)
organization in September 2006 to support activities that aim to create and expand specific systems for proper management of information on chemicals in articles (components, products, and so on) and for facilitating the disclosure and dissemination of information within supply chains. JSR conducts activities that contribute to the practice of these principles through its participation in JAMP.

*6 JSR conducted a review of its Green Procurement Guidelines when it joined JAMP. Substances presently managed at JSR were coordinated with substances managed under the JAMP MSDSplus system and the format was changed to MSDSplus. Also, the scope of green procurement was expanded from raw materials to include packaging materials and facilities. JSR is conducting green procurement with an emphasis on the dissemination of information so it can effectively manage chemical risks in its supply chains.

Office Equipment and Supplies (Promotion of green procurement)

JSR defines green purchasing as the purchasing of environmentally friendly office equipment and supplies not directly related to its products or manufacturing. Green purchasing is distinguished from green procurement of raw materials for products, packaging materials, and manufacturing facilities.
The Law Concerning the Promotion of Procurement of Eco-Friendly Goods and Services by the State and Other Entities (commonly referred to as the Green Purchasing Law) was enacted in 2000, and Japan's basic policy on the law was announced in 2001 when the law came into effect. Based on this policy, JSR strives to prioritize equipment and supplies with energy-saving features and high recycled content. In FY2015 (April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015), we switched from itemized data compilation to one that more accurately reflects results based on purchase cost. Out of 110.292 million yen in purchases at all business sites, 102.635 million yen was green purchasing, or a green purchasing rate of 93%.

CSR Procurement Measures

Safety Council of JSR ENGINEERING CO., LTD..

Safety Council of JSR ENGINEERING CO., LTD..

In FY2011 we began a CSR procurement initiative to practice and promote social responsibility in our supply chains. We established criteria for how much business partners should practice eco-consciousness and social responsibility, and we are trying to raise standards throughout the entire supply chain. Specifically, based on our Purchasing Policy, we surveyed the social and environmental considerations of our suppliers using a questionnaire. When an issue was detected, we dispatched a procurement employee to the supplier to work on solving the issue together. Since FY2015, we began investigating for the use of conflict minerals and confirmed that 95% of our core material suppliers do not use conflict minerals.
JSR Engineering Co., Ltd., a JSR Group company responsible for construction work, communicates to the Safety Committee organized by its subcontractors the policy of the JSR Group and asks for their cooperation in our CSR procurement initiative. CSR consciousness has been increasing among business partners, who also organize separate study meetings and discussions.