CSR report 2011(PDF:3MB)
Corporate Social Responsibility Report 2011
Jimbocho Mitsui Building 1-105 Kanda Jimbocho,
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-8101 JAPAN
Tel: +81-3-3296-3911 Fax: +81-3-3296-3912
URL: http://www.akm.com
Social Responsibility
This report was printed on paper manufactured from wood
logged from forests certified by or managed by the FSC
(Forest Stewardship Council).
Printed with 100% vegetable oil ink Containing no VOC
(volatile organic compounds)
Inspired by the watchword Clean Factory and Clean Product
02 A Message from our President
Corporate Profile
03 Corporate Profile
04 Organizational Chart
05 Business Network
07 Main Products
Corporate Governance
11 Basic Credo of the Asahi Kasei Group
12 CSR Promotion System
13 Responsible Care Management System
14 Responsible Care Principles
15 Compliance
Product Responsibility
17 Quality Assurance Management
19 Child Labor
The Great East Japan Earthquake, accompanied by a massive
tsunami, struck a wide area of eastern Japan on March 11,
2011, taking many precious lives and severely devastating
numerous long-established cities and towns as well as the
peaceful lives of residents. We would like to extend our
deepest condolences to the victims and express our sincerest
sympathies to the sufferers.
This devastating natural calamity also hit the Ishinomaki
Plant of Asahi Kasei Power Devices (the corporate name
changed from Asahi Kasei Toko Power Device) and the Sendai
Design & Development Center of AKM Technology
Corporation, both our group companies. Fortunately, none of
the employees were injured by the disaster but their facilities
and equipment sustained damage. Despite facing those severe
circumstances, they successfully managed to restart business
within a short period, thanks to the entire workforce striving
for recovery and assistance from related divisions, associates
and partners.
We would like to reaffirm our appreciation to our partners,
associates and relevant divisions for their heartfelt support.
As a subsidiary of Asahi Kasei Corporation specializing in the
field of electronic parts, this year saw us commence our
business activities based on the new 5-year (medium-term)
program. With the aim of creating something which did not
previously exist until yesterday, we are determined to engage
in our daily business activity enthusiastically and diligently.
The circuit components developed using our semiconductor
designing technology and distinctive silicon processing
technology, and sensors developed using our compound
semiconductor material technology contribute significantly
toward realizing distinctive and characteristic final products
for our global clients.
Reducing the environmental load is one of the priority
concerns we must tackle in the course of our business
activities, including manufacturing activities as well as product
development strategies. For example, we have successfully
developed magnetic sensors, incorporated in products for the
purpose of energy-saving and to boost CO 2 reduction, which
have earned high global acclaim.
In the meantime, we decided to issue this year s CSR Report
by selecting topics and aiming to publicize our distinctive
products and our wholehearted efforts to promote
manufacturing activities.
In the wake of the great disaster in March, we became
painfully aware of the importance of crisis management and
learned many lessons. Despite being physically and mentally
devastated, people still helped each other and more assistance
came from helping hands in the form of people and companies
from all over the world. Companies always coexist with society;
supported by numerous infrastructures. With this in mind, it is
essential for us to engage in business with strong awareness of
the importance of behaving in a socially responsible and
ethical manner. At Asahi Kasei Microdevices Corporation, we
are determined to continuously strive to realize a sustainable
society and protect the global environment by promoting our
business activities in accordance with the policies and conduct
codes regarding corporate ethics.
I strongly hope that this brochure will help more people
understand our philosophy concerning CSR and encourage
them to support us.
Hideki Kobori
September 2011
19 Health Promotion Program
20 Improvement of work conditions
20 Efforts made to prevent work-related accidents
22 Small group activities
Supply chain management
23 Supply chain management
Together with society
25 Lectures
26 Security and disaster prevention activity
Environmental protection
27 Production activity and environmental burden
29 Environmentally-friendly policy and management
30 Efforts to reduce environmental impact
32 Editorial policy 01
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Corporate Profile
Organizational chart
As of April 1, 2011
Company name
Asahi Kasei Microdevices Corporation
Main businesses
Hall elements, Hall IC, LSI & IC, Fine Pattern Coil
1-105 Kanda Jinbocho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-8101, Japan
Corporate Profile
Corporate Profile
Asahi Kasei Microdevices Corporation
Corporate Administration & Planning.
Internal Control Group
Research & Development Center
Hideki Kobori
Planning Group
Paid-in capital
3,000 million yen
Asahi Kasei Corporation 100%
Compound Semiconductor Development Dept.
New Material Device Development Dept.
Quality Assurance Center
Marketing & Sales Center
Affiliated companies
Asahi Kasei Microdevices Korea Corporation
Asahi Kasei Microdevices (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.
Asahi Kasei Microdevices Taiwan Corporation
AKM Semiconductor, Inc.
Asahi Kasei Microdevices Europe SAS
Design & Development Center
AKM Technology Corporation
Manufacturing Center
Asahi Kasei Microsystems Co., Ltd.
Asahi Kasei Electronics Co., Ltd.
Process Technology & Development Center
Fine Pattern Devices Dept.
Asahi Kasei Technosystem Co., Ltd.
Asahi Kasei Power Devices Corporation
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Corporate Profile
Business network
Network of Asahi Kasei Microdevices Group
Since April, 2011, Asahi Kasei Toko Power Devices has changed its corporate name to Asahi Kasei Power Devices.
Our electronic devices are adopted, via sales offices in Japan and in 6 foreign countries,
Also, its design development business and all business of AL-AID Corporation has been integrated with AKM Technology.
by communication, electronics and electric apparatus manufacturers in each region.
Domestic offices
Overseas offices
Atsugi (Kanagawa)
Asahi Kasei Microdevices = Design & Development Center
Asahi Kasei Technosystem = Atsugi Office
AKM China
AKM Semiconductor
Ishinomaki (Miyagi)
Asahi Kasei Power Devices =
Ishinomaki Plant
Nagoya (Aichi)
Sendai (Miyagi)
Asahi Kasei Microdevices = Nagoya Office
AKM Technology = Sendai Design
& Development Center
Osaka (Osaka)
Asaka (Saitama)
Asahi Kasei Microdevices = Osaka Office
Asahi Kasei Power Devices =
Saitama Office
AKM Technology = Saitama
Design & Development Center
Hyuga (Miyazaki)
Asahi Kasei EMS = Hyuga Plant
(Fine Pattern devices)
Kanda (Tokyo)
Asahi Kasei Microdevices =Headquarters
Asahi Kasei Technosystem = Headquarters
AKM Korea
Tateyama (Chiba)
Miyazaki (Miyazaki)
AKM Technology = Miyazaki
Design & Development Center
Fuji (Shizuoka)
Asahi Kasei Power Devices = Tateyama
Plant (LSI)
Asahi Kasei Microdevices = Process Technology Development Center
Research & Development Center
Asahi Kasei Electronics = Fuji Office Plant (Magnetic sensor)
Nobeoka (Miyazaki)
AKM Europe = Paris Office
AKM Taiwan
AKM Europe = London Office
Asahi Kasei Microsystem = Nobeoka Plant (LSI)
Asahi Kasei Electronics = Nobeoka Plant (Magnetic sensor)
Asahi Kasei Technosystem = Nobeoka Plant
Asahi Kasei Microdevices = Process Technology Development Center
Quality Assurance Center
Asahi Kasei Microdevices
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Magnetic sensors contributing to energy saving
A sensor capable of human detection and a CO2 concentration measurement
“Hall ICs”and“Hall elements”
“Quantum infrared sensor”
When we consider energy saving, the need to target
lower energy consumption for motors is clear, since they
consume approx. 50% of elec tricit y generated
domestically in Japan.
Meanwhile, in the home electronics sector, around 40%
of electric power is consumed by room air conditioners
and refrigerators, making it crucial to strive to save the
energy they consume. Since the compressors and fan
motors of room air conditioners consume vast amounts of
elec tricit y, we are urged to rationalize their power
To facilitate more efficient electricity consumption for
motors, it is essential to adopt DC brushless motors. More
than a de cade ago, AC induc tion motor s were
incorporated into most room air conditioners, but today,
high-efficiency DC brushless motors are usually preferred.
A hall IC or hall element is used to detect the activation
point of the brushless motor for indoor or outdoor fans of
room air conditioners. Japanese air conditioners, which
are the most energy efficient in the world, use such hall
ICs or hall elements for DC brushless motors driving fans.
Meanwhile, in overseas markets such as China,
economical AC induction motors retain a high profile. I
believe that energy saving standards will soon be
enhanced in those countries and DC brushless motors will
penetrate the markets, allowing the wider adoption of hall
ICs and hall elements.
Energy-saving approaches can roughly be classified
into 2 types. One involves reducing power consumption
by improving the operational efficiency of the device.
With this approach, for example, the motor efficiency may
b e e n h a n ce d b y u s i n g a h a l l e l e m e nt . T h e o t h e r,
meanwhile, is to prevent wastage of electric power by
turning off the power supply when home electronics or
lights are not used or while there is no one around. For
this purpose, infrared sensors are used.
Conventionally, thermal infrared sensors have been
used to detect the presence of humans by absorbing
infrared rays emitted from human bodies and detecting
temperature variations. However, the thermal sensors
cannot detec t the presence of humans remaining
motionless because they only detect slight temperature
variations of the sensor itself caused by motion of the
human body. Conversely, the world s f irst quantum
infrared sensor operable at room temperature, developed
by Asahi Kasei, is a revolutionary sensor which directly
converts infrared rays into electrical signals and detects
even those staying motionlessly in front of the PC or
television. Furthermore, the quantum infrared sensor is
very compact, measuring only 0.4 mm in height and
expec ted to be widely applicable, even where
conventional human detection sensors are ineffective and
significantly contribute to a reduction in the wasteful
consumption of electrical power.
The quantum infrared sensor can also help reduce the
energy consumption of air conditioners as a carbon
dioxide (CO2) sensor. In conventional offices, around 30%
of the entire electric power is consumed for heating and
cooling. However, the efficiency of air conditioners may
be improved by introducing only minimal outer air while
using the CO 2 sensor to monitor airborne pollution. I
believe that this type of air conditioner will soon be
widely adopted in general households.
Corporate Profile
Major products
Quantum infrared sensor: IR10100
External dimensions:
1.9×2.7×0.4 mm
The measurement principle of CO2
concentration involves the use of infrared
It is known that CO2 has a unique
absorption band around 4.3μm of the
infrared spectrum. By measuring the extent
to which infrared rays of this wavelength
are absorbed, it is possible to determine the
atmospheric CO2 concentration.
The URL of the website describing the products in detail:
The LSI indicating direction
Hall elements
What is a DC brushless motor?
A DC brushless motor drives the rotor by using a hall IC or hall element to
detect its activation point. The rotor of this motor comprises a permanent
magnet and the 3-phase (U, V and W) stator (armature) comprises a coil.
The rotation is controlled by using the voltage output from the hall
element to detect the rotor activation point and successively switching the
direction of the coil current of phases U, V and W. This motor is favorably
characterized by low electric and mechanical noises, high efficiency,
excellent reliability and a long service life.
The URL of a website showing detailed information on hall ICs and hall elements:
The URL of a website showing detailed information on brushless motors:
Hall ICs
“Electronic compass”
Recently, a series of smartphones are spreading very
rapidly. I believe that users have been very surprised to
see, as a first, maps or route guidance screens turning
around in accordance with the direction in which they are
walking while using such major applications for
smartphones. It is the electronic component called an
electronic compass incorporated in your smartphone
that provides information allowing the map screen to
rotate based on your walking direction. This device
identifies the direction of your smartphone relative to
magnetic north by detecting the Earth s magnetism,
similar to a conventional compass.
Asahi Kasei Electronics Co., Ltd. successfully
commercialized an electronic compass in 2003. This
product was marketed as the unprecedented 3-axis
electronic compass for mobile phones (according to our
records). The 3-axis concept refers to the ability to detect
the axis of space coordinates by resolving it into 3
components: X, Y and Z in order to identify the direction
The dimensions of our first electronic compass was 5
mm (L)×6 mm (W)×1 mm (H). After several rounds of
improvement and remodeling, our brand new
5th-generation product boasts higher performance and
has been successfully downsized to 1.6 mm (L)×1.6 mm
(W)×0.5 mm (H). By attaining a volume ratio of 100:4, we
are helping make more compact and slimmer
smartphones a reality.
At Asahi Kasei Electronics Co., Ltd., we have also
succeeded in developing and commercializing a 6-axis
electronic compass by combining a 3-axis electronic
compass with a 3-axis acceleration sensor in 2008. We are
further planning to develop 9- or 12-axis combined sensor
components by adopting other new sensor technologies.
I am confident that our distinctive combined sensor
components will pave the way for future smartphones to
bring new surprises.
The URL of the website describing the electronic compass in detail:
The URL of the website showing the list of LSI products:
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Comparison with a sesame seed
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Fine Pattern (FP) CoilsTM
There are many electronic devices around us, such as digital
cameras, Blu-ray and smartphones, which have now become
essential to our lives. Do you know that in such electronic
devices, many coils are used to create accurate movement, in
actuators to help correct camera shake by moving the lens,
and in compact motors , smaller than a penny, to vibrate
mobile phones ?
Although coils previously had to be swathed to make, the
Fine Pat tern CoilTM was developed with a f ine
photolithographic technique using photopolymers and a
unique copper plating technology. This is a high productivity
print coil forming thick film copper wiring on thin substrate
with a narrow pitch. Its high functionalit y is ideal for
applications of electronic devices which are becoming
increasingly compact and thinner, year after year, based on
the following features:
1. Helping build fine electronic parts, harnessing motion by
forming minute coils with accurate location.
2. Helping simplif y assembly operation for customers;
allowing reduction in the number of parts via a forming
terminal and printed circuit pattern, as well as coils.
3. Helping boost variation in product design, in addition to a
swifter labor-saving assembly process via set-up in a
different form such as bending the product to fit in a
confined space, exploiting its flexible material constitution.
Electronic devices are advancing with increasing individual
affluence; however, resources on Earth are finite. To meet
such concerns, the Fine Pattern Coil TM has been helping
realize enhanced effective energy and resource utilization by
reducing material and labor, together with our customers.
Coil patterns
Mounted circuit
Bend wiring part between coils
Contributing to reducing CO2 gas emissions
Product lifecycles involve manufacture, incorporation of use in electric
products and then disposal. We have estimated the amount of CO2 involved
in energy consumption through such life cycles.
Air-conditioners incorporating hall elements are devices that consume less
power compared with others. The amount of CO2 equivalent saved based on
the reduced power substantially exceeds the CO2 required for manufacturing
hall elements and significantly boosts CO2 reductions.
Annual CO2 reductions for FY2010 amounted to 8.3 million tons. This is
equivalent to the CO 2 produced by 1.7 million Japanese households in a
Although the infrared sensor is a new product, which has just been
launched onto the market, we anticipate it will contribute to CO 2 reductions
by saving 2.7 million tons by 2020.
Asahi Kasei Microdevices products
Amount contributing to reduction of CO2 emissions (M tons-CO2)
Hall elements (2010)
Examples of FP Coils:
(Left: FP coils with mounted circuit Right: Bendable FP coils)
Infrared Sensor (Anticipated in 2020)
Annual CO2 emissions
per million households
Oil leak detectors contributing to society by protecting the water environment
ApolarmTM Series
(Asahi Kasei Technosystem Co., Ltd.)
It is a common issue for all worldwide, not just one nation, to
protect the oceans around the Earth against pollution caused by oil
leakages and other substances and to prevent further
environmental deterioration.
The oil leak detector, Apolarm C was developed to help prevent
disasters involving oil leakage and spillage from a tank yard where
oil and petroleum-like substances are stored in bulk and is designed
to trigger an alert by amplifying any change in capacitance of oil
layer exceeding three millimeters. Since its introduction, the
product has been repeatedly improved and boasts a good track
record, with more than 30,000 detectors used by power companies,
petroleum, chemical and other companies, both domestically and
overseas, over thirty years. Recently, the μ Apolarm, which is a new
product based on Apolarm C and can be set up within a confined
indoor space, was also introduced and commercialized.
Although these products can detect relatively large quantities of
oil and trigger an alarm, the market needs for monitoring oil
leakage more stringently have been intensifying, aiming to further
reduce the impact on the aquatic environment. This led to the
development of an oil film detector, Apolarm M. This is a laser beam
reflective detector, detecting a minute amount of oil film floating
on the water surface such as a drain ditch, manhole, freshwater
reservoir, pool and pit without contact. Applying the principle of
variable light reflectance (refractive index) of water and oil, oil film
in the order of microns is instantly and accurately detected,
Corporate Profile
Low-profile print coils boosting the smart modularization
whereupon an alert is triggered. In addition, the Aporarm F has also
been commercialized, corresponding to water-soluble oil, which
was previously difficult to detect on a real-time basis.
We will continue to expand our product lineup and strive to
protect the aquatic environment through oil leak detectors,
reflecting their applications and objectives.
M tons-CO2
Note) Based on the data for GIO greenhouse gas emissions in Japan
Oil leak detector Apolarm C
Oil film detector Apolarm M
The URL of a website showing detailed information on oil leak detectors:
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Corporate Governance
Basic Credo of the Asahi Kasei Group
CSR Promotion System
We believe CSR through business activities means realizing a basic philosophy and
improving corporate value for various stakeholders.
CSR promotion organization
President of a
holding company
Corporate Ethics Committee
Monitoring of compliance and oversight of education
We will create new value,
thinking and working in
unison with the customer,
from the perspective of the
Guiding precepts
CSR Council
Corporate Governance
The“CSR Council”, also chaired by the president of a holding company,
draws up the CSR action policy/plan for the entire group, and 7 expert committees,
including the“Corporate Ethics Committee”
, are formed for intensive activities.
Responsible Care (RC) Committee
Promoting activities for environment, disaster
prevention, health and safety
Market Compliance Committee
Internal oversight to follow antitrust laws
We will respect the
employee as an
individual, and value
teamwork and worthy
We will progress in concert
with society, and honor the
laws and standards of society
as a good corporate citizen.
Basic tenet
Export Control Committee
Internal oversight for security export control
Risk Management Committee
We, the Asahi Kasei Group will contribute to
Response to new influenza and disasters
human life and human livelihood through
constant innovation and advances based
Community Fellowship Committee
in science and the human intellect.
Promoting social action programs
Global Warming Response Committee
We will contribute to our
shareholders, and to all
whom we work with and
serve, as an international,
high earnings enterprise.
We will strive for harmony
with the natural
environment and ensure
the safety of our products,
operations, and activities.
Promoting greenhouse gas reduction activity
Compliance Hotline
Since 2005, a whistle-blowing system has been established. All employees can blow the whistle anonymously (or
under their own names) via email using the Compliance Hotline on the intranet or by sealed letter to the specified
external law firm. The secretariat shall take the necessary action upon investigation.
We support the Global Compact of United Nations and agree to the purpose of the EICC (Electronic
Industry Code of Conduct)
Also, in terms of chemical contamination control, we agree to SAICM (Strategic Approach to
International Chemicals Management) and actively respond to REACH (Regulation concerning the
Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals) of the EU. We conduct
procurement activity from the CSR perspective with green procurement activity developed further based
on a yearly survey result.
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Responsible Care (RC) Management System
Asahi Kasei Microdevices Group RC Principles
As a member of the Asahi Kasei Group, we focus on RC activity based on common
ideas and principles.
In response to the Asahi Kasei Group RC Principles, the Asahi Kasei Microdevices
Group established RC Principles as follows and promotes RC activities.
Environmental protection
Environmental preservation is
achieved by ameliorating the
operational environmental burden
while giving full consideration to the
environment when developing new
technologies and products.
Product safety
Asahi Kasei (Holding company)
Asahi Kasei Microdevices Group
RC Committee
Operational safety
Product safety is
ensured by evaluating
product safety and
providing safety
Assistant to President
Corporate Governance
As shown in the following diagram, the Asahi Kasei Microdevices Group RC Management System is implemented with the President
playing the role as RC implementation supervisor, while each regional director is subordinated to assist the President in implementing
RC activities for fields other than product safety by directing and instructing plant managers.
Furthermore, as the person in charge of RC implementation, the head of the center consults and coordinates with each regional
director regarding RC activities for fields other than product safety, as well as directing and instructing the plant manager on product
safety. In addition, an RC Committee developing critical items as unit under the direct control of the RC implementation supervisor, as
well as the Risk Management Department as secretariat has been established.
Under this framework, continuous improvement of RC activities has been targeted with the PDCA (Plan-Do-Check-Act) cycle.
The safety of personnel
and members of the
community is secured
through endeavors to
maintain stable operation
and improve technologies
for safety and disaster
(in charge of matters other
than product safety)
Executive for RC
RC Committee
Plant/Dept. heads
safety and hygiene
(RC implementation
Heads of affiliated
companies and
centers (in charge
Each plant/office
of product safety)
Community outreach
Public understanding
and trust is gained
through proactive
communication and
information disclosures.
Accidents are prevented
through improvements to
the workplace environment
and planned modifications
to achieve inherent safety.
Employee Health
group objective
RC Objectives
Maintenance and promotion of
employee health is supported by
efforts to achieve a comfortable
workplace environment.
RC Principles
RC Committee
June 2010
Award for the achievement of regional environment beautification
July 2010
Encouragement Prize awarded by the Minister of Health, Labour and
Nobeoka Plant, Asahi Kasei Microsystems Co., Ltd.
Welfare for the best quality business regarding safety and hygiene
Nobeoka Plant, Asahi Kasei Electronics Co., Ltd.
February 2011
Quality Control Circle Impressive Award
Nobeoka Plant, Asahi Kasei Microsystems Co., Ltd.
Participating organizations
• Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association • Japan Responsible Care Council
• Japan Chemical Industry Association
Responsible Care (RC)
Certification and Introduction situation for Management System
Responsible Care (RC) represents a commitment and initiative to secure and improve safety and environmental protection
at every step of the product life cycle through the individual determination and responsibility of each firm producing and
handling chemical products, together with measures to gain greater public trust through disclosure, dialogue and
communication with the community. RC was conceived in Canada in 1985. In 1990, the International Council of Chemical
Associations (ICCA) was established and the scope of activity currently covers 52 nations (as of April 2005) on a global basis. In
1995, the Japan Responsible Care Council (JRCC) was established, centered on 74 corporate organizations manufacturing
and/or dealing with chemicals, those which belong to the Japan Chemical Industry Association (JCIA), which helped
standardize and reinforce the environmental and safety-awareness activities conducted by each company on an individual
basis up to that point and facilitated the understanding of the community.
The RC Management System of the Asahi Kasei Microdevices Group was established through the
introduction of an Environmental Management System (ISO14001) for environmental preservation, a Quality
Management System (ISO9001) for product safety as well as an Occupational Health and Safety Management
System (OHSMS) for operational safety, workplace hygiene and health. As for the current introduction situation
for management system, both ISO14001 and ISO9001 certifications have been acquired at all plants, TS16949
certification at some plants and OHSMS introduced at all plants.
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As a responsible corporate citizen, the Asahi Kasei Group honors the law as an intrinsic prerequisite and
Personal information protection
respects the norms of society in the conduct of all corporate activities.
The Asahi Kasei Group honors the proprietary nature of intellectual assets, including business and
will considerably inconvenience the persons having supplied it, while causing us to lose our social reliability at the same time.
We, at the Asahi Kasei Group, have established rules for correctly handling personal information and have been promoting the expansion of the E-learning
system through the use of PCs to ensure that our staff members fully understand and properly apply them.
At Asahi Kasei Microdevices, all the staff members have become familiar with and learned this system.
Fair purchasing and trading
At Asahi Kasei Microdevices Group, the Purchase Logistics Group of the Planning Control
E-learning for personal information protection
Division is in charge of purchasing and trading with outside companies, and engaging in
the purchase of raw materials and some manufacturing facilities for each subsidiary of
What is the“Private Information Protection Law”?
Asahi Kasei Microdevices Group. Also, targeting open and fair entry opportunities, we have
The“Private Information Protection Law”was fully enforced in April 2005. The“Private Information
opened a website known as the Website for purchasing with specialized purchasing
Protection Law”imposes the following basic rules on companies handling personal information:
functions, in which we have officially announced our commitment to the promotion of
■Limitation according to the intended use
• By identifying the intended use in advance,
personal information is handled only to the
extent necessary for meeting the objective.
■Proper acquisition
• Personal information is acquired properly.
■Maintenance of accuracy
• Attempts are made to maintain the accuracy
of personal information and update it to the
extent necessary to meet the objective.
■Maintenance of safety
• Safety control measures are taken, and the behavior
of employees and subcontractors are supervised.
• Personal information must not be disclosed to any
third party without the consent of the relevant party.
compliance, strict and fair trade, global perspectives and green procurement, and the
preferential adoption of partners and products conforming to our ideal. Furthermore, given
the current focus on the importance of corporate social responsibilities, we are proactively
promoting our purchasing and trading activities strictly and fairly by complying with the
Website for purchasing
relevant laws and regulations, including the Subcontract Act.
Export control
Asahi Kasei Microdevices and its subsidiaries are exporting electronic devices containing
permission is also required to export devices under development and samples to overseas
advanced technologies to various overseas countries. Those exports include products and
technologies requiring export permission. Therefore, as a member of the Asahi Kasei Group,
As regulations on export control are tightened, we are promoting the revision of our volun-
we are taking the utmost care in controlling them in accordance with security export control
tary control system accordingly. Furthermore, we are attempting to boost global business
principles. We are confirming the relevancy and need for export permission by holding
expansion by striving to shorten the time spent on customs clearance, as certified under the
explanatory meetings; attended by not only those involved in export activities, including
authorized exporters program, aiming to facilitate product exports.
Corporate Governance
corporate confidentiality, respecting the rights of others as well as protecting its own.
We compile personal customer information and make use of the same for our business activities. We are acutely aware that any misuse of such information
■Maintenance of transparency
• When personal information is received, the
objective of use must be disclosed to inform
the relevant party of the same.
• With regard to the personal information
stored for longer than 6 months, it must be
stored in a manner which enables the
relevant party to be informed of the objective
of use and his/her requests to disclose or
amend it must be accepted.
• Attempts must be made to handle
complaints and a proper system arranged for
that purpose.
Note: Under this E-learning system,“personal data”and“owned
personal data”are simply referred to as“personal data”
except for cases involving a risk of significant ambiguity.
Asahi Kasei Group
Internal use of personal information
When using:
・ Improvement of handling rules
・ Maintenance of website security
・ Maintenance of safety
in the system
sales, logistics etc. but also those involved in development activities to inform them that
Compliance with environmental restrictions
Maintenance of transparency
From a pollution prevention perspective, a number of legal restrictions are imposed
With regard to the reduction in emissions of hazardous chemical substances, we are
multilaterally under the Factory Location Act, Air Pollution Control Act, Water Pollution
abiding by the report obligations imposed by the PRTR (Pollutant Release and Transfer
Control Act, Noise Regulation Act, Vibration Regulation Act etc. We are inspecting
Register) Law. In recent years, there has been considerable concern over the adverse effects
conformity to legal requirements by issuing the Legal conformity check sheet for each law
caused by trace chemical substances contained in various articles on human health through
and regulation. These check sheets are reviewed annually by relevant divisions and
the disposal process, in response to which the EU and other regions have enforced
amended if any law or regulation is revised.
regulations, including REACH (Regulation concerning the Registration, Evaluation,
In response to the media report concerning the case of falsification of environment
Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals). To comply with regulations of other countries,
control data committed by another company, we also revised the internal control
we are tackling these issues with full commitment and investigating the contents of trace
procedure, for example, by obligating another staff member to check the environment
chemical substances and the control methods by tracing back to the raw material suppliers.
control data already entered. Thanks to our ceaseless efforts to improve, we have not
Environmental restrictions are the minimum requirements to be met in order to maintain
recorded any accident leading to environment pollution to date.
a safe and secure environment for human beings. Consequently, we resolve to proactively
protect the global environment by meeting such requirements.
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Third party
Collection of personal information
When collecting personal information:
Measures are taken under the“Guidelines
concerning the handling of personal information”
Disclosure of personal information to third parties
Disclosure of personal information to third parties is stri
Entrusting personal information to a subcontractor
Data input, system development, direct mailing, logistics etc.
Personal When subcontracting:
information ・A rigorous contract (using the boilerplate contract)
・ Supervision of the actual manner
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Product responsibility
The products we create are built with electrical and electronic equipment as electronic parts, which
ultimately determine the quality of the products used by the general public.
2. Quality assurance system and quality control system
ISO9001 quality management certification has been obtained for quality assurance and the quality control system,
We consider our mission to be the provision of products which are helpful for all and provide
which has been established based on the same.
universal satisfaction. To do so, we actively work on a daily basis by prioritizing efforts to ensure
The characteristics of our quality control feature the adoption of the Statistical Process Control method, a system which is
product safety as well as maintaining/improving product quality with quality control while complying
expressed in numerical values as far as possible to assist in swiftly determining any statistical change.
with chemical-related laws.
Using these systems enables quality improvement, based on data and a swift response to complaints from customers.
Quality assurance management
What is Statistical Process Control PROCESS CONTROL SYSTEM MODEL WITH FEEDBACK/QS-9000
1. Approach to ensuring product safety
Voice of process
The more innovative the products we create, the more important it is to check for safety, legal and regulatory
Product responsibility
compliance and quality and swiftly commercialize items before they are used by customers. We respond swiftly,
Statistical method
incorporating various risk checks from the planning and development stages through quality management systems
(ISO9001, TS16949).
• Manufacturing feasibility
• Product quality planning
• Process verification
• Assembly verification
• Design FMEA
• Manufacturing FMEA
Development stage (II)
• (ES) Design verification
• (CS) Product verification
• Reliability verification
Quality assurance verification
• Early trial manufacture
Development stage (I)
Design review
• Risk analysis
Development planning review
Planning stage
Product development stage
Mass production/use stage
• Final testing
• Quality control
• Customer (quality/satisfaction)
information gathering
• Analysis/ weigh a response
• Continual improvement activity
Product service
Product supply stage
Continuous needs/
for improvement
Asahi Kasei Microdevices
Marketing & Sales Center
Quality Assurance
Development Center
Production Center
(in charge of product safety)
Risk Management
Voice of customers
3. Change control
We consider Change control to be a key item to ensure quality assurance and product safety and we implement strict
control when launching new products.
Changes in raw material, equipment, production sites, production conditions, spec, people etc., are discussed based on
data in quality assurance meetings held by representatives from each field, and major changes are conducted subject to
customer approval.
4. Continual improvement
Government authorities
We have acquired the TS16949 certification of registration, based on the LSI production base in Nobeoka in July 2008.
The TS requirements include multiple contents, targeting product supply matching QCDES needs (quality, cost, delivery
date, environment and safety) specific to the auto industry, for the long term and with stability. We consider TS registration
to be proof that our development and production system meets the high standards required within the auto industry.
We will utilize the system of TS conformation and continually improve product quality and productivity to ensure all our
customers worldwide are satisfied.
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Improvement of work conditions (Noise control)
working environment free from harassment and groundless discrimination.
the press noise. Within the noise insulating space, the noise level
was reduced and operators need no longer wear earplugs. Tasks
which need not be carried out close to the press are also now
conducted inside the space to successfully reduce the risk of
defective hearing due to noise. Naturally, we are determined to
continue striving to further reduce the noise class of the press
room to I by reducing the level of noise itself.
Child labor
under the age of 18.
age of 15 from engaging in any kind of work, except some special kinds of
With advancing economic globalization, the fact that articles consumed in
work deemed not to adversely affect them (movies, theatrical performances
advanced countries are manufactured through child labor in the developing
etc.) to protect their welfare and well-being.
world was revealed and attracted attention. We at the Asahi Kasei Group are
Also, Convention No. 182 of ILO (International Labour Organization) (1999)
striving ceaselessly to eliminate child labor through our supply chain through
known as the Convention concerning the Prohibition and Immediate Action
compliance with domestic laws and investigating the presence of child labor
for the Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labor was ratified in the
before starting raw material trading and contract manufacturing.
attempt to prohibit and eliminate the worst forms of labor involving minors
Health Promotion Program
By increasing the opportunities for reinforcing awareness of the importance
of health and learning practical methods, employees are expected to improve
their health and reach their full potential.
Management Group
Law of calorie reduction
Calories rise as
you go to the right!
Soichiro Konaka
Needless to say, being healthy is indispensable to ensure an organization or
individual works effectively. However, in a general labor environment, it is not
(tofu) and
and saury
so easy to remain constantly aware of the importance of building a healthy
way of life while also striving to achieve business targets.
To tackle this issue, in the Atsugi Office, health educational sessions, small
health lectures given by an industrial physician and lifestyle disease lectures
In case of fish
over lunchtime are held for employees by inviting specialists as instructors.
Every lecture lasts 20 to 30 minutes and is scheduled conveniently to
encourage employees to attend.
During the industrial physician s small health lectures, as well as topics
which concern and interest employees depending on the results of their
In case of meat
individual medical checkups, such as cholesterol, uric acid etc., general
subjective symptoms including headaches are also discussed. Employees are
free to attend the lectures which interest them on a voluntary basis. However,
after attending these lectures, many of them individually consult industrial
physicians. By consulting physicians promptly, they are helping to form an
Chicken meat
organization which does not allow emotional disorders and lifestyle diseases
with skin
to deteriorate and some of them are actually recuperating.
Holding lunchtime sessions gives participants the chance to freely discuss
daily issues, including how to wisely choose lunch boxes sold within and
outside the building, an Izakaya, or Japanese-style pub, and side dishes, and
Cooking methods
viewing and understanding weight check graphs.
Be careful with the ingredients used in
dishes and the cooking methods!!
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Takashi Sato
In the Fine Pattern Product Division, the press operation process
generates significant noise. Being exposed to loud noise for an
extended period means employees risk loss of hearing. The
Industrial Safety and Health Act stipulates that if an indoor
workshop generates significant noise, the noise level must be
measured, the labor environment must be evaluated and
appropriate measures must be taken according to the evaluation
Noises are classified into levels I to III in ascending order. If the
noise level is classified as III, the required measures must be taken
to improve the labor environment so that the noise class becomes
II or I. If the noise level is classified as class II, efforts must be made
to further downgrade it to I.
At present, the noise inside the press room is classified as II. As a
countermeasure, operators wear ear protection (earplugs) during
work inside the press room. The risk of defective hearing depends
on the period of time for which an operator is exposed to noise
and the actual noise level. Therefore, reducing the period of noise
exposure would be another effective countermeasure.
For that purpose, we placed partitions to newly arrange noise
insulating space in the press room, which significantly reduced
Press Office Room▼▶
Design & Development Center
Asahi Kasei EMS Co., Ltd.
Hyuga Plant
Environment and Safety Section
Efforts made to prevent work accidents
By adopting a labor safety and sanitation
management system, we are striving to
prevent the occurrence of work-related
accidents. As we promote thorough safety by
improving the labor environment and
renovating equipment, since 2007 we have
not incurred any accidents accompanied by
lost work time but have not managed to
substantially decrease the accident total.
The labor accident which occurred in 2010
refers to a case where an employee stumbled
and fell while walking in the clean room.
As there are cases where employees fall
while walking, we are adopting finely-tuned
measures by providing guidance such as on
how to walk safely.
Transition of the total of work-related accidents
The number of work-related accidents
Japan s Labor Standards Act, enacted in 1947, prohibits minors under the
■ Lost work
■ No leave
Frequency rate
The Asahi Kasei Group respects the individuality and character of each employee, and ensures a
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Countermeasures against tripping hazard while walking
Asahi Kasei Microsystems Co., Ltd.
Nobeoka Plant
Environment and Safety Manager
Nobutaka Kawachi
A series of occupational accidents involving tripping/falling has been
occurring across the board within Asahi Kasei. The situation within the
premises of the Nobeoka Plant of Asahi Kasei Microsystems is no
exception. In October 2006, a worker from a partner firm tripped and
sustained a fracture due to the toe of his shoe getting stuck while
walking on a flat surface. In March 2011, another worker from a
cooperative firm had an accident, tripped on a flat floor and broke his
nose while carrying products. As measures to prevent such accidents, we
provide a refresher course on how to walk while wearing clean room
boots, as well as providing signs as visual reminders, encouraging
workers to ensure they hold the handrail when walking on the stairs and
a colored sign to emphasize the bottom of the stairs.
In particular for stairs, we conducted a survey to ascertain the facts
concerning whether a handrail was held while using the stairs and
obtained results highlighting a number of disaster cases, which could
have been prevented or mitigated had the handrail been held. With this
in mind, we conducted a survey to study whether the parties involved
adhered to 'ensuring a handrail is held', which is included in 'the safe
behavior and safe operation standards' of the Nobeoka Plant.
Although the adherence rate was 85 percent a year ago, after the
refresher course, this rose to 100 percent. When the survey was
conducted without any advance notice this year, many cases of
non-compliance were shown, including failure to hold the handrail,
walking two steps at a time and staring at a mobile phone while walking
and the adherence rate emerged at 90 percent. When questioned as to
why they did not adhere to the rules, they responded that they had
forgotten or were in a hurry and couldn't be bothered, which reminded
us of the importance of providing continuous monitoring and education
on a regular basis. We will continue to repeatedly conduct such activities,
aiming to prevent the use of stairs in such a dangerous manner.
rate (%)
B stairs
Number of persons (persons)
■ Adherence rate
A stairs
Kasei Power Devices (AKPD) - approached the event with
excellent preparation and all five circles successfully gave
high-quality presentations.
As a result, two circles - AKMM (presentation theme:
Improvement strategy on delivery lecture) and our
subcontractor, Willtec Kyushu (presentation theme:
Improvement on operational mistakes) won Impressive
Awards, where winners are determined based on the
popular vote from around 700 participants, (28 winning
circles selected). We achieved outstanding results which will
further encourage our small group activities.
On February 17 and 18, 2011 (presentations given on 17),
the '5260th National Convention for Quality Control (QC)
Circle' was held, hosted by the Union of Japanese Scientists
and Engineers at B-Con Plaza in Beppu City, Oita Prefecture.
Participant companies ranged from automobile, iron and
steel fields to medical services across industries, and
presentations were given on sophisticated case examples of
From the Asahi Kasei Microsystems (AKMM) Group, a total
of five circles - two from AKMM, which gave an outstanding
presentation at an in-house workshop held in November,
two circles from our subcontractor and one circle from Asahi
Adherence rate
Small group activities
■ A stairs
■ B stairs
Two circles won Impressive Awards (Improvement strategy on delivery lecture by AKMM and
Improvement on operational mistakes by Willtec Kyushu)
Failure to hold
Going two
Staring at a
a handrail steps at a time mobile phone
Ms. Murakami
'Nissen Ladies Group', Wafer Manufacturing Section, AKMM
B-Con Plaza (Beppu City, Oita Prefecture)
Manager, Wafer Manufacturing Section Mr. Takamura
It has been five years since we, at the Wafer Manufacturing Section, won the award for the national
convention and we were all moved upon hearing the announcement naming the winners. We will continue
striving to improve the level of our small group activities while competing with companies from various
industries such as Toyota and Denso. Since the National Convention for next year will be held in Miyazaki,
our hometown, we will continue striving and doing our best to win the award two years in a row.
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Supply chain management
The Asahi Kasei Group opposes and rejects any subversive, antisocial
2. Our approach and policy
elements and their threats to the quality of life and livelihood of citizens
Taking the view that corporate responsibility involves
information transmission, and as tools for
and to the conduct of fair and lawful corporate activities.
actively conducting environmental protection, security
transmission of information on
and disaster prevention, work safety, product safety,
substances/preparations, MSDSplus to complement
chemical substance control as well as compliance with the
MSDS, and for articles, AIS(article information sheet).
law, through all business activities, the Asahi Kasei
These are highly valued and introduced by the
Microdevices Group works on CSR throughout the entire
European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) in the form of an
supply chain, forming/maintaining sound business
information exchange platform as part of the supply
partnerships with companies who supply raw
materials/services as well as actively promoting more than
We have been a member of JAMP since its
ever internally.
foundation, and have promoted activities such as
The following descriptions are specific examples of our
participating in the verification, among others, of
MSDSplus/AIS and guidelines for the control of
CSR procurement and chemical substance control
Dept. of Risk Management &
Toshikazu Goshima
1. International CSR trend in procurement
(1)Health/environmentally aware design
chemical substances contained in products.
During the product development and pre-market
In addition, we worked on JAMP-GP(Global Portal), IT
stages, we conduct assessment and so on involving all
system infrastructure of the JAMP tool, from an early
concerned in the selection of raw materials with a low
stage, as a system was developed for more efficient
global environmental burden and low-risk product
and timely transmission of MSDSplus/AIS.
(2)We conduct a survey on an annual basis of companies
who supply us with raw materials/services to ascertain
1) environmental protection, 2) social responsibility
and 3) chemical substances contained.
(3)In particular, for suppliers who we deem to be
important in terms of quality and the environment,
Supply chain management
(1)To manufacture products that are planned and developed,
international efforts have been made to ensure product
safety, strive for improved quality, value safety of and respect
for employees and compliance, eliminate antisocial powers
and contribute to the local community, through all business
activities, including purchasing, production, shipping, etc.
R e c e n t l y, i t h a s b e e n c o n s i d e r e d p a r t i c u l a r l y
important to work on this, not only as a single
company but as part of a supply chain. One of the key
standards prioritizing CSR (corporate social
responsibility) is EICC (Electronic Industry Citizenship
We conduct a CSR procurement survey annually to check
the situations of vendors and subcontractors, and work on
environmental protection and corporate social
responsibility across the entire supply chain.
Regarding corporate social responsibility, we check for
corporate philosophy, legal and regulatory compliance,
information, human rights, social coexistence, the
elimination of antisocial powers and so on. As of July,
2011, we received responses from about 75% of our
business partners.
(2)Concerning the global environment, the Earth Summit
(UN Conference on Environment and Development)
was held in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil in 1992, where
Agenda 21 was adopted as a "human action plan for
sustainable development toward the 21st century".
Since then, in terms of global warming
countermeasures, the control of greenhouse gases
(GHG) such as carbon dioxide and others has been
Moreover, concerning chemical substance control,
during the Johannesburg Summit in 2002, SAICM
(Strategic Approach to International Chemicals
Management), which targets a safe and secure society
concerning the manufacture and use of chemical
substances by 2020, was adopted.
While such approaches to the global environment have
been sought, new regulations have been implemented in
countries concerning the control of chemical substances.
The representative examples are RoHS (restriction of the
use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and
electronic equipment) and REACH (EU regulation for
protection of human health and the environment), and in
Japan as well, the PRTR Law (the Act on the Confirmation,
etc. of Release Amounts of Specific Chemical Substances in
the Environment and Promotion of Improvements to the
Management Thereof ) and the Act on the Evaluation of
Chemical Substances and Regulation of Their Manufacture,
etc. were revised.
we conduct systematic audits.
(4)Response to the chemical substance regulations of
*SAICM:Strategic Approach on International Chemical Management
*RoHS: Restricting the use Of Hazardous Substances
*REACH:Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and restriction of
*PRTR:Pollutant Release and Transfer Register
Concerning chemical substance regulations such as
RoHS, REACH and so on, these are controlled through
the supply chain with the latest versions of JIG (Joint
Industry Guide), which is an information transmission
tool for the electrical/electronic industry, and
Responding to Europe REACH
(information transmission of chemical substance through the supply chain)
MSDSplus/AIS, which is a cross-industrial information
Since we became a member of the JAMP
(Article Information Sheet).
transmission tool.
(Joint Article Management Promotion
For specific chemical substance content
JAMP(Joint article management promotion
consortium) in June 2007, we have promoted
information in parts and components, we have
consortium)was established in September 2006 to
activities such as participating in the
conducted a survey and control by substance
engage in cross-industrial chemical substance
verification of MSDSplus, which is an
group based on the JIG (Joint Industry Guide)
information transmission tool for chemical
of the electrical/electronic industry. This time,
substances/preparations, and Guideline for
the new edition of JIG, JIG-101 Ed 4.0, was
chemical management in products.
issued, whereupon we reviewed the threshold
To transmit information both accurately and
level and substance group for the revised
swiftly, for articles, we conduct information
special chemical substance content
transmission of chemical substances in
information sheet to promote the application
products through a supply chain with AIS
of JAMP information transmission tool.
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Asahi Kasei Microdevices Corporation / CSR Report 2011
Together with society
Through the creation of new value in accord with the times, in harmony with society, the Asahi Kasei Group strives for the well being of
its customers, shareholders, employees and society, and engages actively in service and contribution to society.
The Asahi Kasei Group calls on all of its employees to honor and embrace its corporate ethics, and seeks to ensure their responsible
conduct as good corporate members, in its establishment and maintenance of corporate regulations,
instruction, education and training, and inspection and auditing.
Delivery Lecture (EMS Hyuga)
◀Pickup for DVD using
an FP Coil
Hyuga Plant, Asahi Kasei EMS Co., Ltd.
Environment & Safety Section
Takashi Takahashi
This was the third year of "Delivery Lecture", the
lecturer-dispatch project of the Fine Pattern Product
Department. It was performed in Hyuga City Municipal
Tomishima Junior High School in 2008 and in Kadogawa Town
Municipal Kadogawa Junior High School and Hyuga City
Municipal Mimitsu Junior High School in 2009.
This time, on Friday, 22 October, 2010, in Nobeoka City
Municipal Nobeoka Junior High School, for a total of 3
second grade classes, it was performed in 3 hours (classes)
Entitled "Coil in Daily Life", we introduced coils used around
them and "FP Coil" our office manufacture, and also
explained details of the image stabilizer system in video and
digital cameras, and the playback system of optical disks.
Delivery Lecture (Asahi Kasei Microsystem)
Nobeoka Plant, Asahi Kasei Microsystem Co., Ltd.
Environment & Safety Section
Nobutaka Kawachi
The Delivery Lecture of Nobeoka Plant of Asahi Kasei
Microsystem was launched when we went to
elementary/junior high schools in our own area of
Nobeoka City and lectured students on the importance of
the water of the Houri River flowing next to the premises,
by explaining the production method and the
characteristics of ultrapure water, derived from "water"
essential for semiconductor production about a decade
ago. Since then, we have held this 5 to 6 times a year as a
delivery lecture. Last year also, a total of 376 students from
10 schools visited our plant office.
The content of the class involves students
understanding the process flow of making LSI chips and
capable of learning about the micro-world with familiar
examples. Students had a great time taking tours such as
experiencing entry to a clean room and creating an
electronic organ by viewing design drawings with
electronic blocks.
To have students understand that the plant which
produces devices useful for their lives, valuing the nature of
Nobeoka and using its beautiful water and air, is in
Nobeoka itself, we would like to make the content more
interesting. We also would like this activity to help
persuade students' against shifting away from science
courses, which is another social problem today.
FP Coil and lens▶
The "FP Coil" is a printed circuit board coil which, when
compared to coils made by winding copper wire, has more
design flexibility and good assembly quality, making it popular
in DVD and CD pickups as well as for the image stabilizer
function in digital and video cameras.
▼Class scene▶
We had the students check how it helps facilitate visualization with a video
camera by switching the image stabilizer on and off.
We also prepared the motor using an "FP Coil" and batteries to have them
verify that the motor rotates by a human switching over the electric current
flowing in the coil instead of IC.
Using the sheet changing color when sensing magnetism, we showed the
children how the magnet is polarized in a "shape resembling a cut
grapefruit" and the details of the copper wiring under a microscope.
We will continue performing the "delivery lecture" with the motto of
"enjoyment of knowing, joy of creating"
The Asahi Kasei Group conducts "prior assessment
environmental safety of the local community.
concerning equipment investment", which is the prior
The Asahi Kasei Microdevices Group has implemented
check performed by RC managers upon the introduction
various countermeasures such as ignition/explosion
of new equipment.
prevention, leakage prevention, facility obsolescence by
Concerning large scale investments, an environment
evaluating the importance of equipment via a "systematic
and safety control plan is prepared to ensure there is no
maintenance process for security and disaster prevention"
impact on the local community in terms of safety and
and setting inspection/updating cycles and the security
disaster prevention, environmental protection,
method. Thanks to this, we also achieved zero industrial
occupational safety and health and so on. Also when
accidents in 2010.
Together with society
Security and disaster prevention activity
remodeling existing equipment, we conduct the same
prior check with change management procedure. We
position this as an important activity to ensure the
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Asahi Kasei Microdevices Corporation / CSR Report 2011
Environmental protection
Production activity and environmental burden
To produce products useful for "convenient living", we
consume resources and provide details of the
environmental burden of CO2 and industrial waste on
Earth. We summarized the outline of the environmental
burden generated by plants spreading across numerous
locations during the process flow from product
Asahi Kasei
manufacture to delivery to customers' plants.
This means we are also aware of the environmental
Process gas
96,000t CO2
177,000t CO2
burden we generate, which we will utilize in activities
to promote harmony with the environment.
Based on this report, we newly added the energy
Other raw
used in offices, research centers other than plants.
(For comparison with the previous year, the energy
used last year tallied in the same standard was
Into atmosphere
Resources used
Reduction and
recycling of
Business waste
(final disposal)
Into water
1,988,000 m3
Dehydration etc.
Thermal recycling
Other recycling
from logistics
Electricity generated
Electricity purchased
Steam/cooled water
Environmental protection
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Environmentally friendly policy and management
With the prevention of environmental pollution accident and
additional measures are taken where necessary to ensure the
zero emission as its basic policies, each division sets an
goal is achieved by the end of the year. To check whether these
environmental target at the beginning of the year. Environmental
PDCA cycles are properly operated, we internally train internal
protection activity is established by all plants and departments
auditors and conduct mutual audit with other divisions.
introducing the environmental management system (ISO14001).
In addition to the voluntary audit, we regularly conduct an
At the beginning of the year, activities for target achievement
audit via a certification authority to ensure continuation of
are planned. The status of achievement is regularly checked and
certification and steady operation of the management system.
Greenhouse gas emission reduction
Process gas is mainly used for the microfabrication of
semiconductors and while the shift to the new process
using gas with zero or less warming potential is promoted,
the approach to the thermolysis of process gas also shows
a favorable test result, hence we are considering its
introduction in the future.
In 2010, it was 273,000 t CO2, a figure which remained
unchanged compared with the previous year. The
generation source of greenhouse gas is about half each of
CO 2 , of energetic origin, and another gas used in the
process. Of these, energy-derived CO2 is on the decline
due to energy saving activity, but due to the involvement
of Asahi Kasei Power Device Co., Ltd., who produce LSI,
and so on, the production volume of LSI products has
increased and likewise the amount of process gas used.
Transition of greenhouse gas emissions
(1,000 t CO2/y)
Production volume (compared with 2000)
Deeply aware of the responsibility of the corporation for preservation of the global environment,
irreplaceable for humankind, the Asahi Kasei Group conducts every phase of
corporate operation, from product development to production, use and
disposal, with consideration and care for environment, safety, and health.
Process gas emissions
Energy-derived gas emissions
Ratio of the production volume
Zero emissions
The Asahi Kasei Microdevices Group has started working
on "zero emission of industrial waste" as its priority target
for environmental protection activity since 2002.
Although there have been some transitions in the
business, such as the separation and independence of the
material business and joining the business of Asahi Kasei
Toko Power Devices instead, we have consistently
continued activity and maintained a zero emission
achievement ratio exceeding 99.9% since 2008.
Environmental accounting
Unit: million yen
accounting since 2003.
Global environmental protection
Resource circulation
To establish a recycling society, the costs incurred for
Up/down stream
recycling of containers/packages and waste have
Management activity
increased. In 2010, via emission gas abatement related
Research and development cost
equipment based on the need to prevent pollution and so
Community outreach
Environmental damage
on, we invested 208 million yen and incurred costs of 307
million yen.
Grand total
Transition of final landfill
Recycling ratio
Final landfill(t/y)
Final landfill ratio(%) 3.50%
Recycling ratio(%)
of spending, we have introduced environmental
Investment Expense
2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Environmental protection
Pollution prevention
Cost classification
(t / y)
With reference to the environment, to regularly
determine which items, for which reasons and the extent
The achievement ratio of 2010 was 99.995%, and the final
landfill disposal amount was 190 kg. The breakdown
showed that the majority was general waste such as soft
drink bottles and the circumstances imply that measures for
waste other than that generated from business activities are
where solutions are needed.
Conversely, we also focus on reduction in waste
generated at customer locations after the arrival of
products and recycling of waste. The recycling ratio is
calculated based on a denominator of valueless/valuable
waste generation and the recycling amount as the
numerator (excluding heat recovery only), in 2010, it was
Before 2008, the generation by the separated material business was included.
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Asahi Kasei Microdevices Corporation / CSR Report 2011
Energy saving
As the plant is extended and the product sophistication enhanced, the energy consumption is increasing year on year.
Under the initiative of the "Energy Saving Committee" however, relevant activities are promoted, targeting an annual 1%
reduction in specific energy consumption for product manufacturing by drawing up measures and policies for energy
saving and monitoring energy use. Some specific activities are as described below.
Reduction of steam by adopting a heat recovery
system for the outdoor unit of the air conditioner
Equipment Engineering Department
Asahi Kasei Microdevices Corporation
Toru Sonoda
1. Summary
At Nobeoka Plant, Asahi Kasei Micro System Co., Ltd.,
significant steam was being used for the preheating coil
to boost the temperature of the intake air by using the
outdoor unit of the air conditioner for the 1st floor clean
room during the cold winter season. Here, by using the
coolant of the process equipments as the thermal source
for heating the intake air, the amount of used steam has
been successfully reduced.
<Energy saving effects>
Amount of steam reduction: 1,386 tons/year
Amount of CO2 reduction: 236.6 t-CO2/year
2. Details of measures
In winter, steam is used in the preheating coil of the air
conditioner to warm the intake air.
Under measures taken this time, a heat exchanger is
installed upstream of the preheating coil and the
temperature of the intake air is increased by using the
process equipments coolant as the heat source. The flow
of the coolant is controlled by regulating the heat
recovery pump (inverter) and the regulation valve to
adjust the air dew point at the outlet of the preheating
coil (See flow diagram below). Consequently, the heat
generated by equipments, which was conventionally
disposed of, may now be effectively harnessed to warm
the air inside the clean room, successfully reducing the
amount of steam used for preheating.
Corporate Social Responsibility Report 2011
Editorial policy
Based on the "Environmental Report Guideline 2003" issued by the Ministry of the
Environment, this booklet outlines our business activities and reports on our efforts made to
reduce the environmental load through the RC (Responsible Care) activities and other efforts for
Please note that the contents are selected with the application level C under the GRI guideline
in mind. The GRI Index is shown only in the Web version (Refer to the URL shown below).
As a subsidiary of the Asahi Kasei Group, we are engaging in our business activities under the
fundamental principles of CSR, as shared by our entire group. For details of the issues concerning
human rights and labor practices, please also see the
Outside air
To the clean room
"Asahi Kasei Group CSR Report 2011"
○Organizational scope
All the domestic business offices of Asahi Kaisei Microdevices Corporation and all the offices of
the domestic subsidiaries are applicable.
As for the overseas subsidiaries, only the organization chart is shown.
Coolant (Forth)
Outside air
Coolant (Back)
○Report period
FY2010 (April 2010 to March 2011)
To the clean room
○Previous date of issue
March 2011 (Once a year in principle)
In this "CSR Report," the Basic Credo of the Asahi Kasei Group, the RC Management System and
Cold water
Compliance were reprinted from the previous issue because they have remained unchanged.
Contact information:
Asahi Kasei Microdevices Corporation
Coolant tank
C/C: Heat recovery coil
H/C: Preheating coil
Jinbocho Mitsui Building, 1-105 Kanda Jinbocho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-8101, Japan
Dept. of Risk Management & Coordination Hirohisa Yamashita・Yoshio Takagi
Tel.: 03-3296-3911 Fax: 03-3296-3912
Heat recovery pump
Asahi Kasei Microdevices Corporation / CSR Report 2011
Asahi Kasei Microdevices Corporation / CSR Report 2011
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