Reduction in Environmental Burden through Activities at Business Offices:
Managing and Recycling Waste
Reducing Waste and Promoting a Stable Recycling Rate
Sysmex engages in ongoing initiatives to reduce waste and increase the recycling rate to decrease its consumption of limited resources and contribute toward the creation of a sustainable society. For instance, Sysmex Wuxi is reusing the polyethylene bags from packaging purchased products as bags for household trash and taking other measures to reduce waste. Jinan Sysmex, meanwhile, has reduced waste generation through the automation of its production lines.
In Japan, we are using garbage disposal units at locations that generate substantial amounts of garbage, such as company cafeterias, converting the garbage to fertilizer. In fiscal 2015, we began recycling glass waste—previously disposed of in landfills—in road paving materials at Technopark. At the Solution Center, in fiscal 2016 we also began recycling glass waste as a road paving material.
As our business grows, our total amount of waste increases due to the establishment and expansion of new locations and to a rising number of employees. However, as a result of these initiatives our Group recycling rate remains high, at 91.8%. We will continue stepping up our efforts as we work toward achieving the goals outlined in Sysmex Eco-Vision 2020.
Business office recycling rate
- Scope of data: All factories and major business offices where products and/or chemical substances are handled
- Sysmex Corporation (Kakogawa Factory, i-Square), Sysmex International Reagents (Ono Factory, Seishin Factory), Sysmex Medica, Sysmex RA, Sysmex Europe(Reagent factory in Germany), Sysmex Brazil, Sysmex Reagents America, Sysmex India, Sysmex Asia Pacific, Jinan Sysmex, Sysmex Wuxi
- [Major Business Offices]
- Sysmex Corporation (head office, Technopark, Solution Center)
* Some figures have been modified from the previous year.
Using Water Resources Effectively
Reducing Water Use and Appropriately Processing Wastewater
Sysmex uses water, both above-ground and underground water, in its business activities, such as its core reagent production. Recognizing the reduction of water use as an important social responsibility, Sysmex sets targets for the reduction of water use in Sysmex Eco-Vision 2020, and is working to improve the efficiency of water use at individual sites. At its reagent factories in Japan, Sysmex is improving production efficiency, working to reduce man-hours and lowering water usage. At Sysmex Asia Pacific, the ultrapure water plant has been improved so that reverse osmosis can be used to recycle wastewater into pure water when the factory is not in operation, a measure that is reducing water use by approximately 19% year on year. At Sysmex India, factory wastewater is purified and used to water the green spaces within the facility. Owing to these measures, in fiscal 2016 our water usage (per unit of production volume) improved approximately 2% year on year, resulting in an 18% increase against our Eco-Vision 2020 targets for water usage.
Water Use at Reagent Factories
- Scope of data: Reagent factories (nine locations)
- Sysmex International Reagents (Ono Factory, Seishin Factory), Sysmex Europe(Reagent factory in Germany), Sysmex Brazil, Sysmex Reagents America, Sysmex India, Sysmex Asia Pacific, Jinan Sysmex, Sysmex Wuxi
Reducing Paper Use
Promoting Digital Data
By using PCs, tablet devices and smartphones and holding paperless meetings, Sysmex Corporation strives to conduct business activities efficiently, with as little use of printed matter as possible. These efforts have led to a decrease in the volume of paper used and waste produced, while also curtailing the number of preparatory processes, such as printing and distribution. Sending materials to meeting participants as data ahead of time has helped save time and make meetings more efficient. We have also begun cutting down on paper use by providing suppliers with product drawings as electronic data rather than on paper.