We are committed to solving global environmental issues through all our business activities and contributing to the realization of a sustainable society.
In order to realize a sustainable society, we will work to create a decarbonized, recycling and nature-symbiotic society throughout the supply chain.
Obayashi Group Environmental Policy
As an environmentally friendly, good corporate citizen, the Obayashi Group considers voluntarily engaging in environmental initiatives and continuously improving them as one of priority issues in our business management and seeks to contribute through all our business activities to the realization of sustainability of the Planet, Society, and People as stated in the Obayashi Sustainability Vision 2050.
Scope of Application
This Policy applies to all officers and employees of the Obayashi Group (all employees including officers, employees, seconded employees, and employees accepted on assignment). In addition, we expect our business partners and suppliers to support this Policy and adopt similar policy of their own.
Compliance with Laws and Regulations
The Obayashi Group complies with laws, regulations, ordinances, and rules related to the environment.
Efforts to Reduce Environmental Impact through Entire Business Activities
The Obayashi Group implements the following initiatives throughout our supply chain to realize a decarbonized, recycling-oriented society that has respect for the natural world.
(1) Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
(2) Reduce the consumption of materials, water, and energy through their efficient use
(3) Reduce and recycle waste materials
(4) Preserve biodiversity and protect nature
(5) Prevent pollution through proper management of toxic substances and other hazardous substances
(6) Procure materials and equipment with low environmental impact
(7) Research and develop environmentally friendly technologies
Implementation of Environmental Management Review
The Obayashi Group develops and operates an environmental management system to periodically evaluate and review the impact of our business activities on the environment and our environmental initiatives based on the environmental goals we have established and will continue making improvements to our environmental efforts.
Education and Training
The Obayashi Group provides appropriate education and training to ensure that our officers and employees are conversant with this Policy and to raise their awareness about the environment.
Dialog and Consultation with Stakeholders
The Obayashi Group has dialogues and discussions with our stakeholders to promote environmental initiatives in response to the demands from society.
The Obayashi Group will report our environmental initiatives based on this Policy through our website and other means.
Established November 1, 1997
Revised April 1, 2023
Environment Management System (EMS)
We have developed and are operating a company-wide environmental management system (EMS). By 1999, we had obtained ISO 14001 certification for our EMS at all sites.
See the website of the Japan Accreditation Board (JAB) for the status of ISO 14001 certification.
Environmental Management Promotion Framework
Under the Business Plan Committee mandated by the President, we have established the Environmental Management Expert Committee chaired by the executive officer responsible for the environment. It develops strategies and policies on Obayashi's environmental management and strives for continual self-improvement by reviewing targets and initiatives based on the evaluation results of its environmental management system (EMS). The environmental departments in the Head Office, main offices, branches, and Group companies drive Obayashi's environmental efforts and take concrete actions based on the plans and targets set by the Environmental Management Expert Committee.
Compliance with Environmental Laws and Regulations
A construction business must comply with numerous environmental laws and regulations. At Obayashi, environmental compliance is more than just following environmental laws and regulations. We set higher standards for ourselves and respond appropriately based on these. Environmental law and regulation supervisors are appointed at branches throughout Japan to respond to inquiries from construction works offices and the like. We also give online courses and group trainings to raise knowledge and awareness of environmental laws and regulations.
Environmental Education and Awards
We designate June 1 to June 7 every year as Environment Week. The purpose of this is to raise awareness of the environment among all officers and employees across our group and to further promote environmental conservation activities. We undertake various initiatives during this week. These include providing e-learning courses, holding seminars with industrial waste intermediate treatment companies and running environmental patrols.
Supply Chain Initiatives
It is essential to grasp and assess risks for environmental issues and to then undertake initiatives in our supply chain to promote environmentally-friendly business activities. In March 2020, we revised the CSR Procurement Guidelines we enacted in June 2011 as the Obayashi Group CSR Procurement Policy. Under this policy, we are steadily promoting initiatives in our supply chain. In particular, we monitor construction sites for items with a large impact on our environmental burden (e.g., CO2 emissions, water usage and resource recycling). We are striving to reduce that impact together with our supply chain.
Climate-Related Information Disclosure (Disclosure Based on TCFD Recommendations)
Obayashi declared our support for the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). Since then, we have conducted scenario analysis in order to identify and assess climate-related risks and opportunities and understand the medium- to long-term impacts climate problems may have on our business.
We implement comments and requests from stakeholders into our business activities in order to respond to expectation from the society.
Charters, Proposals and Other External Guidelines that we Follow and Support
- Keidanren Voluntary Action Plan on the Environment (Keidanren (Japan Business Federation)
- Voluntary Action Plan on the Environment in the Construction Industry (Japan Federation of Construction Contractors)(*1)
- Initiative on Declaration of Biodiversity by Keidanren
*1 Available only in Japanese
Main Environmental Organizations in which we Participate
- TCFD Consortium
- Japan Climate Initiative
- Japan Climate Leaders' Partnership (JCLP)
- Science Based Targets initiatives
- TNFD Forum
- 30by30 alliance(*2)
- Keidanren Committee on Nature Conservation
- Japan Business Initiative for Biodiversity
- Yamashina Institute for Ornithology
- Japan Society of Material Cycles and Waste Management
- Sustainability Science Consortium (SSC)
- Network for Sustainability Communication (NSC)
- Initiative for Co-creating the Future
- Japan Smart Community Alliance (JSCA) *2 Available only in Japanese
- Promote projects aimed at building a recycling-oriented society in accordance with the "Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle Promotion Council"
Global Warming Report
It is an obligation in Tokyo to submit a report including status of energy saving initiatives of each office, when energy emission, such as electricity, gas, fuel, of total offices in Tokyo exceeds 3,000kl per year converted to crude oil. We submit our report to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Bureau of Environment due to this system, and it can be found on their website.