Responsible Care

1. Responsible Care Policy

(1) Policy

Seeing occupational safety, security and accident prevention, environmental conservation, and product safety as key foundations for its business activities, the JSR Group conducts all business undertakings under the following Responsible Care® (RC) policy.

  • 1) We strive to ensure the safety of employees and local communities, and to contribute to environmental conservation and a sustainable global environment by ascertaining risks associated with our business activities and executing countermeasures.
  • 2) We strive to comply with laws, ordinances, and voluntary regulations by gathering information on and ensuring the full development of laws and regulations required for business activity.
  • 3) We strive to ensure the safety of our products by developing products with consideration for safety, health, and the environment and providing information about them.

(2) International Initiatives

JSR Signs Declaration Supporting RC Global Charter

The Responsible Care (RC) Global Charter is a voluntary activity policy adopted by the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) and shared by the chemical industry to enhance and reinforce RC activities around the world. JSR subscribes to this activity policy, and has signed a declaration supporting the RC Global Charter in October 2008. JSR has also signed the revised RC Global Charter in March 2015. By signing this declaration, JSR has committed itself to making even greater contributions to health, safety, and environmental preservation not just in Japan, but around the world.

Declaration of support for RC Global Charter

Declaration of support for RC Global Charter

2. RC Advancement Structure

Led by the officer in charge of safety and environmental affairs, the Environment, Safety and Quality Committee formulates activity policies and action plans concerning JSR Group’s environment, safety, quality, product safety, chemical management, and other matters and manages the results of those activities.
For the execution of concrete operations, the Environment, Safety and Quality Committee sets up various meetings and committees and then proceeds according to plans.
Additionally, contents deliberated on and approved by this Committee are presented to the Sustainability Promotion Committee, of which the President serves as the chairperson.

RC Advancement Structure

3. Environment and Safety Management

(1) Compliance

When environmental and safety laws are adopted, enacted, or amended, the Head Office distributes information to each business site to keep them fully informed. The JSR Group identifies laws and regulations requiring compliance in each country based on compliance regulations and conducts annual self-checks to ensure that business practices conform with laws and regulations.

Additionally, we actively promote all plants to acquire plant and operator certification under the High-Pressure Gas Safety Act in Japan, the Fire Service Act in Japan, and Industrial Safety and Health Act in Japan in order to strengthen our safety management systems, prevent accidents, and improve our responses to emergencies. We will continue to maintain and upgrade certifications with the aim of improving safety and preventing accidents.

(2) Environmental Management System

By 1999, all three main domestic JSR plants had acquired ISO 14001 certification, an Environment Management System that supports environmental management. We have kept our certifications up to date each year since. We proceeded with preparations in response to ISO 14001 revisions that were released in September 2015 and brought all three of our plants in line with them by January 2018.

JSR Group companies, mainly manufacturing companies, have also obtained ISO certification, and are promoting environmental conservation activities using a management system that complies with the ISO14001 standard.

ISO 14001 Certification (Manufacturing Bases)

(3 locations)
Domestic Group companies
(5 companies)
Overseas Group companies
(10 companies)
Yokkaichi Plant
Chiba Plant
Kashima Plant
Elastomix Co., Ltd.
Emulsion Technology, Co., Ltd.
Techno-UMG Co., Ltd.
Japan Coloring Co., Ltd.
JSR Micro Kyushu Co., Ltd.
JSR Micro Korea Co., Ltd.
JSR Micro Taiwan Co., Ltd.
Elastomix (Foshan) Co., Ltd.
PT Elastomix Indonesia
JSR BST Elastomer Co., Ltd.
JSR Micro N.V.
EUV Resist Manufacturing & Qualification Center N.V.
JSR Micro, Inc.
JSR Micro (Changshu) Co., Ltd.

(3) Safety Management System

We develop and operate a safety management system that takes into account notices issued by the Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry. This is part of our process safety management for maintaining the functions and safety of our chemical plants. We also build and manage a health and safety system that is based on the Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (OHSAS). The system is designed to manage the industrial health and safety risks to employees and others concerned, continuously improve our industrial health and safety systems, and reduce workplace accidents and health disorders.

(4) Audits

1) Headquarters Environment and Safety Audits and Certified High-Pressure Gas Establishment Audits

To verify system soundness, JSR Headquarters conducts annual audits of the company’s plants and research laboratories, with the President acting as head of the auditing team. When conducting these audits, Headquarters employs a style whereby it shares and discusses issues challenges faced by audited departments. It also sets up dialogues between top management and employees, serving as an opportunity for the two sides to share thoughts and stimulating environmental and safety activities. Headquarters also conducts audits of certified high-pressure gas establishments.
Audits in FY2020 were conducted online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Through our Environment Audits, we confirmed the state of activities at our business establishments. In our Safety Audits, we verified that awareness of “safety first” had penetrated throughout the organization and that improvements in safety activities were made. And in our Certified High-Pressure Gas Establishment Audits, we found no cases of non-compliance at any of the targeted business establishments.

Details on the Safety Audits and Certified High-Pressure Gas Establishment Audits are available at the following link.

2) Environment and Safety Audits in JSR Group Companies

At JSR, we implement environmental and safety audits using the JSR audit system at our Group companies in Japan that are involved in production, transportation, and engineering processes in order to achieve integrated Responsible Care activities. The audits have allowed us to verify activities in each company and share information on them.
In FY2020, audits were conducted online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and JSR was able to confirm the state of activities by each company, and encourage sharing of information. Audits of overseas Group companies were postponed.
Details on these activities are available at the following link.

(5) Environment Merit Award

To further encourage environmental protection activities, we created the Environment Merit Award for employees who have made important contributions to environmental protection through a range of activities that include environmental product and technology development, environmental impact reduction, and assisting local communities with environment-related issues. Eleven employees received this award for three areas of excellence in FY2020.

Business establishmentDescription
Yokkaichi PlantStabilization of effluent treatment based on drainage loading simulation linked to the production plan
Yokkaichi PlantImprovement of VOC flare equipment recovery rate through strengthened control of exhaust gas
Chiba PlantCutback of waste generation based on sludge volume reduction

4. Stakeholder Engagement

By applying the PDCA cycle based on dialogues with our various stakeholders, we identify new issues, make frequent improvements and responses, and contribute to the building of a better society. Please access the links below for more details.

5. Disclosure of Legal and Regulatory Violations

In Aug 2020, JSR received administrative guidance from Mie Prefecture based on the High Pressure Gas Safety Act (3 cases of legal violations) about accident in May 2020 that an employee of a partner company died while opening a storage tank at our Yokkaichi plant.
Countermeasures (measures to prevent recurrence) in response to this guidance were immediately implemented and have already been completed.
We take this matter very seriously and will continue to make every effort to ensure the safety of all our employees and those of our partner companies.

Corrected in July 2022

What is RC?

RC logoRC is an acronym for Responsible Care®. In the chemical industry, each company handling chemical substances is responsible for ensuring that safety, health, and environmental issues are addressed throughout the chemical lifecycle, from development and production to distribution, use, and disposal, publishing the results of their activities and maintaining dialogue and communication with society - all voluntarily. This initiative is called "Responsible Care."

Started in Canada in 1985, Responsible Care is practiced in the chemical industries of 62 countries and regions of the world (as of 2017). It has attracted considerable international attention as a unique initiative unseen in other industries, and is even encouraged in an action plan (Agenda 21) for implementation by countries and related international organizations to achieve sustainable development in the 21st century that was adopted at the “Earth Summit” (United Nations Conference on Environment and Development) held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in June 1992.