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Environmental Management

SECOM recognizes that protection of the global environment is the basis of the safe and comfortable lifestyle which we pursue. We take various actions aimed at protecting the global environment, including prevention of global warming, efficient use of resources, and protection of biodiversity, throughout the entire value chain.

“Zero resource-waste” and “low-carbon” business model

In 1962, SECOM was the first company in Japan to start a security services business. In addition to providing society with safety and peace of mind, our services help to prevent the loss of resources in case of theft, fire, etc., which leads to broad contributions to protecting the environment.

In our core service of the on-line security service, we take responsibility for all life cycle of the security devices, from development and manufacturing to installation, operation, collection, and disposal, within the SECOM Group. We conduct our R&D and manufacture devices by using environmentally-friendly design which seeks to eliminate hazardous substances, save energy, and save resources. Furthermore, since we basically rent the security devices used by customers, we collect all of them, repair and reuse when possible. In this way, we contribute to reducing waste products, using resources efficiently and reducing greenhouse gas which causes global warming.

We implement a zero resource-waste and low-carbon business model that seeks to improve the efficiency of recycling and energy use.

Environmental philosophy and basic environmental policy

In 2005, SECOM defined the environmental philosophy and basic environmental policy as a compass for our environmental protection activities.

In October 2011, SECOM revised its basic environmental policy in conjunction with the launch of ISO26000, and clarified our basic attitude of “contributing to the solution of environmental issues through our business activities.” Furthermore, as behavioral guidelines for environmental protection initiatives, the policy defines our concept of “achieving sustainable growth by balancing ecology and economy.”

SECOM shares the environmental philosophy and basic environmental policy throughout our entire group.

Environmental philosophy

Based on our corporate philosophy, “SECOM will always contribute to society through its business activities,” and based on the recognition that protection of the global environment is the basis of the safe and comfortable lifestyle SECOM pursue, SECOM takes care of the global environment in every aspect of business activities.

Basic environmental policy

(Environmental contribution in business activities)

  1. SECOM contributes to the solution of global environmental issues by promoting our on-line security system with a zero resource-waste and low-carbon business model, and providing products and services which assist protection of the environment.

(Environmental protection activities in business operation)

  1. At all stages of the value chain in our business activities, SECOM takes action to protect the global environment, including prevention of global warming, efficient use of resources, and protection of biodiversity.
    • In the development and manufacturing processes for our products and services, SECOM works to reduce environmental load on our customers and society by implementing environmentally-friendly design, eliminating hazardous substances, and conserving the resources/energy used by devices.
    • When using energy and resources in our business activities, SECOM strives to balance ecology and economy as well as continually promoting environmental protection activities by thoroughly eliminating waste and actively implementing highly-efficient facilities, equipment, and systems with low environmental impact.

(Compliance with laws and regulations)

  1. SECOM complies with laws and regulations related to environmental protection, as well as environmental agreements. We also define self-imposed regulations in order to protect the environment.

(Continual improvement of environmental management systems)

  1. SECOM continually strives to improve our environmental management system in order to ceaselessly enhance our ability to solve environmental issues.

(Increase in employee motivation)

  1. SECOM promotes our basic environmental policy, cultivates understanding among each employee regarding the importance of environmental issues, and holds education/awareness-raising activities so that employees are highly motivated in environmental protection activities and social contribution.

(Communication with society)

  1. SECOM broadly discloses environmental information to society and communicates with stakeholders as we strive to fulfill expectations from society.

Environmental management system

The President and Representative Director serves as the Chief Executive, the Director of General Affairs serves as the Management Leader, and the Environmental Promotion Group of the General Affairs Department fulfills a leading role in promoting environmental protection initiatives throughout the entire group, including the operation of environmental management, planning and implementation of environmental measures, calculation of greenhouse gas amount, provision of environmental information, and holding of SECOM Group Environmental Meetings.

Environmental Management System

Acquisition of environmental management system certification

The SECOM Group has acquired environmental management system certification (ISO14001*1) at the following companies and offices. Furthermore, other offices have also established environmental promotional committees and strive to reduce environmental load through continuous use of a PDCA cycle*2 (Plan, Do, Check, Act) in order to continually implement environmental protection activities. In fiscal 2017, we updated our ISO14001 certification to comply with the revisions made in 2015, the first such revision in the 20 years since 1996. Moving forward, we plan to make updates at all of the following companies in order to comply with the revisions.

  • ISO14001: An international standard for environmental management defined by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).
  • PDCA cycle: A continuous and repetitive flows of the following steps; Plan, Do, Check, Act.
  • Secom Industries Co., Ltd. (November 1999)
  • Toko Create Co., Ltd. (December 1999)
  • TE Center, SECOM CO., LTD. (December 2000)
  • Nohmi Bosai Ltd. (August 2001)
  • Pasco Corporation (February 2003)
  • Nittan Co., Ltd. (February 2004)
  • Asahi Security Co., Ltd. (December 2008)

Management of environmental performance

In order to reduce the amount of CO2 emissions, it is necessary to correctly ascertain the amount of each energy used. SECOM has constructed our own system for managing environmental protection on our intranet, which visualizes the amount of energy used during each month at offices and bases (including group companies) throughout Japan. The system also links to in-house accounting system to check increases/decreases in the amount used and the unit price. This makes it possible to tabulate data with high precision.

System for managing environmental protection

System for managing environmental protection

Implementation of third-party inspection on the amount of greenhouse gas emissions

SECOM has acquired a verification report from the Japan Quality Assurance Organization (JQA; a general incorporated foundation) for the amount of CO2 emissions (Scope 1, 2, 3) from energy sources used in our Security Services in fiscal 2017.

Holding the SECOM Group Environmental Meeting

Every year, we hold the SECOM Group Environmental Meeting in order to share environmental issues and initiatives, as well as to accelerate related response. The meeting is attended by all managers and staff in charge of the environment and CSR in each business segment. Attendees exchange opinions on trends in international measures against global warming after adoption of the Paris Agreement, initiatives by advanced corporations, initiatives and results for the environmental protection activities at each company and targets for midterm reductions by 2030.

In fiscal 2017, we held detailed discussions on SECOM’s long-term environmental vision and the creation of targets for midterm reductions by 2030 based on SBT*1 at each participating company. Moving forward, we plan to discuss themes such as achieving the “Vehicle Eco” target (specifically, replacing all four-wheel drive vehicles in the SECOM Group with fuel-efficient vehicles by the end of fiscal 2020) and responding to TCFD recommendations during calculation of the GHG*2 emission amount for Scope 3 of the entire SECOM Group.

  1. Science Based Targets (SBT): In order to restrict global temperature rise to less than 2℃ from the time of the Industrial Revolution, corporations set targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions based on scientific grounds provided by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
  2. Greenhouse Gas (GHG)

SECOM Group Environmental Meeting

Managers and staff in charge of environmental issues from group companies gathered

Compliance with environmental laws

Based on the legal compliance as listed in our basic environmental policy, the SECOM Group responds appropriately to environmental laws and ordinances. In fiscal 2017, the SECOM group had no violations or disputed cases in regards to environmental laws and ordinances.

Major environmental laws and ordinances include:

  • Act on the Rational Use of Energy
  • Act on Promotion of Global Warming Countermeasures
  • Act on Rational Use and Proper Management of Fluorocarbons
  • Waste Management and Public Cleansing Act
  • Automobile Nitrogen Oxides–Particulate Matter Law
  • Environmental ordinances in 10 municipalities (prefectures and government-designated cities) in Japan

Cost and effect of implementing environmental protection activities

In order to quantitatively ascertain the investment and cost for environmental protection and the resulting CO2 reductions, and to implement even more appropriate environmental protection activities, SECOM implements environmental accounting. The results are disclosed in the Environment section of the ESG Data together with detailed environmental performance data.

ESG Data Environmental EditionPDF 1.00MB

Main environmental accounting information and environmental performance for fiscal 2017 is listed below.

Fiscal 2017 environmental accounting (Security Services Group*1)

○Environmental protection cost (investment+cost)

Category Content of main initiatives Cost (In thousands of yen)
Business activity area Introduction of energy-saving/high-efficiency equipment, shift to paperless business, waste disposal 522,738
Upstream/downstream activities Green procurement, repair/recycling of equipment 221,827
Management activities Maintenance of system for managing environmental protection, awareness-raising activities inside/outside company, greening of offices, etc. 12,541
R&D activities Development of new services related to environmental protection 0
Social activity cost, other. Regional environmental support, afforestation activities, donations, emissions trading 260
Total 757,366

○Economic effect of environmental protection measures

Category Content of main initiatives Effect (In thousands of yen)
Revenue Gain on the sale of valuable resources 9,585
Cost reduction Amount of cost reduction from energy conservation, amount of cost reduction from digitalization 603,340
Total 612,925

○Main environmental performance

Item Emission amount in Fiscal 2017 Unit
Greenhouse gas emissions: Scope 1 (direct emission) 44 1,000 t-CO2e
Greenhouse gas emissions: Scope 2 (indirect emission) 33 1,000 t-CO2e
Greenhouse gas emissions: Scope 3 (indirect emission outside the company) 457 1,000 t-CO2e
Total greenhouse gas emissions (Scope 1+2+3) 534 1,000 t-CO2e
Electric power used 63,806 MWh
Vehicle fuel consumption 16,903 1,000 L
Total water resouce input 199 1,000 m3
Paper consumption 515 t
Industrial waste 3,670 t
Valuable resource 922 t

Environmental management indexes

Based on our environmental philosophy and basic environmental policy, SECOM considers the global environment in all of our business activities and implements activities for sustainable growth. Our company evaluates/manages the progress and degree of achievement for environmental activities based on the following environmental management indexes.

  1. Greenhouse gas emission amount (Scope 1 & 2)
  2. Rate of reduction from the benchmark year for 2030 midterm targets
  3. CO2 emission amount per net sales unit (base unit)
  4. Vehicle fuel consumption amount
  5. Electric power used
  6. Industrial waste amount and valuable resource amount
  7. Greenhouse gas emission amount in the value chain (Scope 1, 2, & 3)

    Scope 1: Direct emission amount (own factories, offices, vehicles, etc.)
    Scope 2: Indirect emission amount (electricity, cold/hot water, steam, etc.)
    Scope 3: Indirect emission amount other than Scope 1 and 2 (emissions from other companies upstream/downstream in the value chain)

Environmental data

Field Item Breakdown Unit Security Service Group*1
Fiscal 2017 Fiscal 2016 Fiscal 2015
Environment Greenhouse gas
(GHG) emissions
Total GHG emissions (Scope 1+2+3) 1,000 t-CO2e 534.01 533.15 405.00
GHG emissions (Scope 1+2) 1,000 t-CO2e 76.75 81.51 54.70
GHG emissions: Scope 1 (direct emission) 1,000 t-CO2e 44.08 44.48 26.76
Direct CO2 1,000 t-CO2 43.10 43.64 25.89
Methane (CH4) 1,000 t-CO2e 0.05 0.03 0.03
Nitrous monoxide (N2O) =Nitrous oxide 1,000 t-CO2e 0.91 0.75 0.77
Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) 1,000 t-CO2e 0.02 0.05 0.07
Perfluorocarbon (PFCs) 1,000 t-CO2e 0.00 0.00 0.00
Sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) 1,000 t-CO2e 0.00 0.00 0.00
Nitrogen trifluoride (NF3) 1,000 t-CO2e 0.00 0.00 0.00
GHG emissions: Scope 2 (indirect emission) 1,000 t-CO2e 32.67 37.03 27.94
Indirect CO2 1,000 t-CO2 32.67 37.03 27.94
GHG emissions: Scope 3 (indirect emission outside the company) 1,000 t-CO2e 457.26 451.64 350.31
GHG emissions in conjunction with business trips/traveling 1,000 t-CO2e 2.57 2.60 2.08
Atmosphere Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions t-CO2 75,775.65 80,673.02 53,825.92
Methane (CH4) emissions t-CH4 1.81 1.88 1.25
Nitrous monoxide (N2O) =Nitrous oxide emissions t-N2O 3.05 3.13 2.49
Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) emissions t-HFCs 0.01 0.03 0.03
Perfluorocarbon (PFCs) emissions t-PFCs 0.00 0.00 0.00
Sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) emissions t-SF6 0.00 0.00 0.00
Nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions t-NOx 12.76 14.82 2.66
Sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions t-SO2 0.00 0.00 0.00
Sulfur oxide (SOx) emissions t-SOx 0.00 0.00 0.00
Volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions t-VOC 0.00 0.00 0.00
Carbon monoxide (CO) emissions t-CO 0.00 0.00 0.00
Ozone depleting substances (ODS) emissions t-ODS 0.00 0.00 0.00
Particulate matter (PM) emissions t 0.29 0.33 0.09
Energy Total energy consumption (gigajoule conversion) GJ 1,276,105.27 1,276,483.78 868,796.67
Electricity Power used MWh 63,806.41 63,083.96 48,252.44
Renewable energy used MWh 0.00 1.00 1.00
Self-generated power used MWh 0.00 0.00 0.00
Fuel Coal/lignite used 1,000 t 0.00 0.00 0.00
City gas used 1,000 m3 243.93 204.32 183.18
LPG used 1,000 m3 35.24 34.86 33.52
Kerosene used 1,000 L 371.43 405.68 362.19
Heavy oil A used 1,000 L 17.46 17.15 17.17
Gasoline/petrol used 1,000 L 9,059.71 9,398.02 9,273.76
Diesel used 1,000 L 7,834.50 7,733.23 1,018.56
Autogas used 1,000 L 9.01 11.82 11.49
Jet kerosene used 1,000 L 44.32 51.68 60.57
Water Total water resource input (acquired amount) 1,000 m3 198.54 201.18 166.82
Municipal water 1,000 m3 195.19 192.52 165.86
Surface water 1,000 m3 0.00 0.00 0.00
Ground water 1,000 m3 0.00 0.00 0.00
Salt water 1,000 m3 0.00 0.00 0.00
Rain water 1,000 m3 3.35 8.66 0.96
Manufacturing process water 1,000 m3 0.00 0.00 0.00
Recycled water 1,000 m3 0.00 0.00 0.00
Recycle rate 0.00 0.00 0.00
Water consumption 1,000 m3 0.00 0.00 0.00
Drainage water 1,000 m3 198.54 201.18 166.82
Liquid waste 1,000 m3 0.00 0.00 0.00
Paper Paper consumption t 515.13 518.16 379.24
Paper recycling t 179.86 164.53 175.64
Vehicles Implementation rate of low emission and fuel-efficient vehicles 83.81 76.15 68.50
Green procurement Green procurement rate (related of office supplies) 73.81 83.76 90.16
Waste Total waste t 6,034.37 5,797.31 4,842.72
Industrial waste t 3,670.30 3,444.85 2,602.88
General waste t 1,441.95 1,444.64 1,546.45
Waste recycled t 922.12 907.82 693.39
Hazardous waste (electric devices containing PCBs) t 0.00 0.53 1.29
Environment Pollution Number of hazardous substance leaks No. of times 0 0 0
Hazardous substance leakage amount t 0 0 0
Compliance Number of fines paid for violation of environmental law No. of times 0 0 0
Amount of fines paid for violation of environmental law Yen 0 0 0
Management ISO14001 accredited sites Locations 39 35 2
Governance Third-party inspection of GHG emission: (Scope 1, 2)*2 Acquired Acquired Acquired
Third-party inspection of GHG emission: (Scope 3)*2 Acquired Acquired Acquired
Intensity CO2 emissions amount per unit of net sales (million yen) (Scope 1+2) t-CO2/million yen 0.161 0.174 0.115
CO2 emissions amount per employee (Scope 1+2) t-CO2/people 2.89 3.11 2.42
GHG emissions amount per 1 gigajoule (Scope 1+2) t-CO2e/GJ 0.060 0.064 0.063
CO2 emissions amount per four-wheel vehicle t-CO2/vehicle 6.72 6.84 4.75
Water resource input amount per unit of net sales (million yen) m3/million yen 0.422 0.435 0.349
Water resource input amount per security contract L/contract 85.39 89.93 103.91
Total waste amount per unit of net sales (million yen) kg/million yen 12.83 12.53 10.14

The greenhouse gas emission amount is calculated using the CO2 conversion coefficient for each reported fiscal year.

  1. The Security Service Group consists of the following 27 companies.
    However, the report for fiscal 2015 is for 26 companies due to the exclusion of Asahi Security Co., Ltd.

  • SECOM CO., LTD.
  • Secom Joshinetsu Co., Ltd.
  • Secom Hokuriku Co., Ltd.
  • Secom Yamanashi Co., Ltd.
  • Secom Mie Co., Ltd.
  • Secom Sanin Co., Ltd.
  • Secom Kochi Co., Ltd.
  • Secom Miyazaki Co., Ltd.
  • Secom Ryukyu Co., Ltd.
  • Secom Sado Co., Ltd.
  • Secom Jastic Co., Ltd.
  • Secom Jastic Joshinetsu Co., Ltd.
  • Secom Jastic Hokuriku Co., Ltd.
  • Secom Jastic Yamanashi Co., Ltd.
  • Secom Jastic Sanin Co., Ltd.
  • Secom Jastic Kochi Co., Ltd.
  • Secom Jastic Miyazaki Co., Ltd.
  • Secom Static Hokkaido Co., Ltd.
  • Secom Static Tohoku Co., Ltd.
  • Secom Static Kansai Co., Ltd.
  • Secom Static Nishi-Nihon Co., Ltd.
  • Secom Static Ryukyu Co., Ltd.
  • Secom Techno Joshinetsu Co., Ltd.
  • Secom Tech Sanin Co., Ltd.
  • Secom Alpha Co., Ltd.
  • Secom Industries Co., Ltd.
  • Asahi Security Co., Ltd.
  1. Inspection report on GHG emission amount, issued by Japan Quality Assurance Organization

Evaluation and awards

Received A- rating in Leadership Level from CDP, an international environmental NGO

In October 2017, the “CDP Climate Change Report 2017 (Japan edition)” was released by CDP, an international environmental NGO based in England. This report is a survey of measures taken by corporations to address climate change. CDP performed the report on behalf of 827 institutional investors with operating assets exceeding US$100 trillion. SECOM received an A- rating in the Leadership Level, the top of four levels in the report.

In the previous list, SECOM was selected as an A-List corporation, which is the top rank. Although our company’s rank decreased by one in the 2017 report, we still received the highest evaluation in the service industry of 500 major Japanese corporations.

Based on our recognition that protection of the global environment is the basis of the safe and comfortable lifestyle pursued by our company, SECOM has taken action to protect the global environment in our various business activities. Until now, we have conducted activities for reducing CO2 emissions for both vehicles and offices. We have received recognition for our initiatives and results in reducing greenhouse gas emissions in our entire supply chain, such as the calculation of the greenhouse gas emission amount including major suppliers.

Received the Excellence Award in the Environmental Reporting Division at the 21st Environmental Communication Award

SECOM’s CSR Report 2017 won the “Excellence Award (21st Environmental Communication Award: Screening Committee Chairman’s Award)” in the Environmental Report Division of the 21st Environmental Communication Award, which is co-sponsored by the Ministry of Environment and the Global Environmental Forum. This is the fourth consecutive year for SECOM to win the award.

  • CSR Report 2017: 21st Environmental Communication Award Excellence Award
  • CSR Report 2016: 20th Environmental Communication Award Excellence Award
  • CSR Report 2015: 19th Environmental Communication Award Excellence Award
  • CSR Report 2014: 18th Environmental Communication Award Environmental Reporting Excellence Award

Other awards

SECOM has received the following awards for preventing global warming.

  • 2016: Low Carbon Cup 2016 Finalist Award
  • 2015: FY 2015 Environment Minister’s Awards for Global Warming Prevention Activity (Category: Implementation & Spread of Measures)
  • 2014: FY 2014 Environment Minister’s Awards for Global Warming Prevention Activity (Category: Implementation & Spread of Measures)
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