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ENVIRONMENT History of Environmental Activities

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History of Environmental Activities

In the year 2000, Yamazen formulated its Environmental Policy, and promotes environmental management through the acquisition of ISO14001 certification and other measures.

1998
Environmental Committee launched, begin investigating acquisition of ISO14001 certification
2000
Osaka Corporate Headquarters area registers ISO14001 certification (registration number EC99J1210)

Yamazen Environmental Policy formulated
2001
Scope of ISO14001 certification expanded to include Tokyo Corporate Headquarters area
2002
Scope of ISO14001 certification expanded to include all domestic offices (60 sites)
2005
Begin “Eco-Brand Campaign” (now “the Green Ball Project”)
2006
Ranks 9th in the Trading Company category in the 10th Environmental Management Survey by Nikkei Inc. (and also remained in the top 10 for three successive years)
2007
Extends the “Eco-Brand Campaign” to production factories Yamazen designated a “specified consigner” under the terms of the Act on Rational Use of Energy
2008
Begin the “Green Ball Project” environmental business consisting of initiatives to sell and popularize energy-saving and “energy-creating” equipment
Receives the Osaka Mayor Award for “Distinguished Service In Activities for Beautifying Roads and Parks.”
2010
Receives “10 Consecutive Years Award” from Japan Audit and Certification Organization for Environment and Quality (JACO)
2011
Receives a letter of thanks from Osaka Mayor in relation to Osaka Corporate Headquarters Building No.2, in recognition of its status as a superior reduced-waste building
2012
Undergoes review for updated ISO14001 certification, and passes with an assessment of “improved”
2014
Endorses the Ministry of the Environment’s “Fun to Share” climate change campaign aimed at realizing a low-carbon society
2015
Undergoes review for updated ISO14001 certification, and passes with an assessment of “improved”
2016
Undergoes first-year surveillance review for ISO14001 certification and receives assessment of “improved,” resulting in continuation of certification
2017
In parallel with undergoing second year surveillance review for ISO14001 certification, undergoes and passes review for transition to 2015 version of the standard, resulting in completion of transition work
2018
Undergoes review for updated ISO14001 certification and receives an assessment of “improved,” resulting in continuation of certification
2019
Undergoes first-year surveillance review at Osaka Corporate Headquarters for ISO14001 certification, resulting in continuation of certification
2020
Undergoes second-year surveillance review for ISO14001 certification at Osaka Corporate Headquarters, resulting in continuation of certification (for Osaka Corporate Headquarters only)

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