Our group regularly conducts environmental audits at the group companies to promote the environmental conservation activities of the entire group. These audits examine compliance with the law, environmental risks, progress in environmental performance, etc. based on documents submitted in advance for the purposes of the audit.
In fiscal 2008 we performed environmental audits at three group companies in Japan, namely Hitachi Construction Machinery Camino, Niigata Material and TCM (Ryugasaki factory). There were no serious problems at any of the three firms, including TCM’s Ryugasaki factory, even though this was the first time for the Ryugasaki factory to be subject to an environmental audit. We confirmed that environmental management at Niigata Material has been significantly improved by establishing the environmental management system. Our group will make further efforts to raise the level of the environmental activities through the audits.