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Battery Association of Japan (BAJ) Environment Charter
Today's environmental problems, such as global warming, destruction of the ozone layer, acid rain, desertification, depletion of tropical rain forests, industrial waste, marine contamination, and exhaustion of natural resources, are major factors that threaten the very existence of human beings.
To approach these problems with any hope of solving them, governments, corporations, and people of each country need to play an equal role and join hands to promote continued improvements in the condition of the global environment.
The Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, signed in Rio de Janeiro in June 1992, is a major international agreement concerning the improvement of the global environment as a common understanding of all mankind.
In Japan, Nippon Keidanren (Japan Business Federation) set up the "Keidanren Global Environment Charter", in April 1991, as guidelines for building new social and economic systems to realize an environmental conservation society, where the continuous progress of industry is possible.
In November 1993, the Japanese government enacted the "Basic Environment Law," outlining guidelines for a new basic philosophy and directional policies in the era of concern for the global environmental.
Under these circumstances, the Battery Association of Japan (BAJ) concurs with the general consensus among the member companies that global environment preservation is a common issue for all of human beings, and therefore actively participates in the global partnership by providing people all over the world with batteries and their related products to contribute to the high quality human life.
Consequently, the BAJ has enacted the "Battery Association Environment Charter", based on the fundamental ideas common to the contents of the "Rio Declaration", "Basic Environment Law" and "Keidanren Global Environment Charter".
The "BAJ Environment Charter" is intended to be a set of guidelines to assist each member company to independently utilize their latest technology and economically appropriate means to implement possible measures for the realization of an environmental conservation society that is also an affluent society.
This Environment Charter consists of three sections: (1) Introduction, (2) Basic Philosophy and (3) Guidelines. In response to changing circumstances for environmental preservation, this Environment Charter is subject to revision as the occasion demands.
In recognition of the relationship between business and the environment, the BAJ shall actively undertake global implementation toward the realization of an affluent society where people can maximize human nature, through activities, products and services that are in harmony with the environment.
1. Activities concerning environmental issues
Understanding that protecting the Earth environment on a global scale is a common issue for all humankind, the BAJ shall see it an important theme to actively promote global environment protection in parallel with sustainable economic growth through batteries and their related products.
2. Organization of the BAJ
To solve various environmental problems, the BAJ shall appoint officers in charge of environmental issues and establish special committees in each division.
3. Consideration for environmental impact and technical development
Covering from raw materials, parts, product designing, production, distribution, and usage up to closing business, the member companies shall endeavor to save resources and energy, and reduce other environmental impacts within the limits of effective and controllable ranges, based on a life-cycle assessment viewpoint.
The BAJ shall observe domestic and local environmental and their related laws, and establish voluntary standards when necessary.
In addition, the BAJ shall make further efforts to promote original technology development and improvement for recycling, resource saving and energy conservation. The BAJ shall also make an effort to offer necessary information and contribute to society.
4. Public relations and education
The BAJ shall actively collect domestic and international information on environmental preservation, and feed the information back to the member companies. At the same time, the BAJ shall provide users with information on proper usage of products as well as recycling and disposal methods of the products.
The member companies shall urge their employees to raise their awareness of environmental issues and the necessity of careful consideration for conserving resources.
5. Society relations
The member companies shall positively participate in local or central government's environmental activities, and promote mutual understanding of environmental preservation through the involvement with society.
6. Overseas relations
The member companies shall actively play a leading role in overseas business offices following the applicable laws in each country to pass on a sound global environment to the next generation. To this end, the BAJ shall establish opportunities for exchanging information in Europe, the Americas and Asia, and discuss ways to tackle the current environmental issues, as well as build international cooperatives and coexistent relationships with these countries in these regions.
7. Involvement with governmental organizations
The BAJ shall provide domestic and international governmental bodies with information on environmental policies, and make necessary recommendations to related parties to contribute to environmental preservation.
8. Response to global problems such as global warming
The member companies shall recognize the issues of global warming, destruction of the ozone layer, acid rain, desertification, depletion of tropical rain forests, industrial waste and marine contamination, and participate in promoting energy conservation and actively play their roles as private entities.
9. Building environment management systems
The BAJ recommends that its member companies positively create and apply environmental management systems conforming to the international ISO14001 standard, in order to work on environmental preservation issues voluntarily and continuously.
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