Environmental Management

The Nissui Group has established an environmental management system under the CSR Action Declaration and it will strive to build a sustainable society.

By utilizing this environmental management system, we will make effort to solve social issues in the areas determined to be material, particularly toward achieving sustainability in the marine environment.

Environmental Code

Environmental Philosophy

The basic corporate stance of Nissui, whose business relies on the bounty of nature, is to respect natural resources and interact with the earth and sea with gratitude.

We shall engage in global business activities which enable us to live in harmony with the global environment, and make continuous efforts to build a sustainable society.


  1. 1.We will promote activities mindful of the preservation of the natural environment and biodiversity, and the sustainable use of resources.
  2. 2.we will continuously endeavor to build a recycling-oriented society by practicing energy conservation, resource saving, waste reduction, reducing volume of packaging&containers, environmentally friendly procurement, and other activities which alleviate environmental impact.
  3. 3.We will build and effectively operate an environmental management system. We will also conduct environmental audits and strictly enforce compliance with environment-related laws, regulations, etc.
  4. 4.We will raise the environmental awareness of each and every one of our employees by offering environmental education.
  5. 5.With respect to society, we will carry out environmental communication activities, and strongly emphasize environmentally friendly coexistence with the local community.
  6. 6.We will share this Environmental Code with companies affiliated with the Nissui Group.

Enactment Date: June 1, 2003
Revision Date: February 20, 2014

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Promotion Framework - The Environmental Subcommittee

The Environmental Subcommittee, chaired by an Executive Officer who has been designated by the CSR Committee, is convened five times a year. It deliberates the following matters and gives progress reports to the CSR Committee.

Environmental Subcommittee

Environmental Subcommittee

The Environmental Subcommittee, chaired by an Executive Officer who has been designated by the CSR Committee, is convened four times a year. It deliberates the following matters and gives progress reports to the CSR Committee.

  • Formulation of various measures to ensure that the Environmental Code functions effectively
  • Responses to newly-emerging environmental problems that need to be addressed
  • Progress management on the environmental targets of each department
  • Important matters to be submitted to the CSR Committee

CSR Department

Functions as the secretariat of the Environmental Subcommittee and convenes periodic meetings for persons in charge of the environment.

Environmental Education

The persons in charge of the environment from approximately 80 business sites are gathered and a meeting of persons in charge of the environment is convened once a year.

  • Monitors the progress of activities in each business; exchanges information
  • Develops good practices horizontally
  • Confirms the status of legal compliance
  • Shares social trends and topics
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Endorsement of TCFD Recommendations and Participation in the TCFD Consortium

In November 2021, Nissui declared its support for the TCFD (Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures) recommendations and joined the TCFD consortium. In line with the disclosure framework proposed by the TCFD, we will assess the risks and opportunities related to climate change and disclose information in terms of governance, strategy, risk management, and metrics and targets. In addition, based on the results of scenario analysis, we aim to strengthen governance and business strategies related to climate change.

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Environmental Audit

Acquisition of ISO 14001 Certification

The Nissui Group maintains a broad range of business sites including production plants for foods and marine products, fine chemical plants, logistics centers, research and development facilities and ship-building companies. While the type of business may vary, the importance of environmental activities, such as mitigating the environment burden by reducing CO2 emissions, water usage and waste and protecting the natural environment in the areas surrounding the business sites, remains the same. The Nissui Group is systematically operating its environmental management system by having each business site acquire ISO 14001 certification and by building a system for ongoing checks led by the Environmental Management Committee.

Status of ISO 14001 certification

  Number of certified business sites
Business sites in Japan 53/72 sites
Business sites outside Japan 2/9 sites

As of March 2021
Scope of business sites: Business sites in Japan include Nippon Suisan Kaisha, Ltd. and its group companies in Japan (excluding unconsolidated affiliate companies), business sites outside Japan include its nine major group companies outside Japan. Administrative offices have been excluded.

Audits by the Internal Audit Department

Check items relating to the environment have been included in the operational audits conducted by the Internal Audit Department on Nissui plants. The audits confirm the progress made in the achievement of targets for reducing the environment impact.

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Environmental Management at Business Sites in Japan

Hachioji Site Environment Council

At the Hachioji General Plant, management-level employees and persons in charge of the environment of Group companies located on the same premises (Hachioji Site) (Chilldy Co., Ltd. and Carry Net Co., Ltd.) and the Tokyo Food Order Section are invited to the Environment Council, which is held on a quarterly basis. Actual initiatives made by each person to reduce the environmental load and the progress made in the achievement of environmental targets are reported and effective case studies are proactively shared. Additionally, members are familiarized with any revisions to environmental laws and regulations or the implementation of any new laws, and environmental management for the entire Hachioji Site is promoted.

Himeji General Plant Eco-promotion Team

The Himeji General Plant has launched the Eco-promotion Team comprising the heads of the Human Resources & General Affairs Section, the Frozen Foods Plant, the Processed Foods Plant and the Himeji Food Order Section. It meets once a month to make the employees more aware of the environment, while at the same time promoting environmental activities close to home, such as encouraging employees to use the stairs within the facility, and collecting plastic bottle caps.


Himeji General Plant Eco-promotion Team

List of activities

Description of initiatives Period Number of participating employees
Eco-Action Point activities FY2020 (full year) Total of 299 employees
Eco and safety senryu (Japanese three-line satiric poems) May - July 2020 ・Eco senryu: 126 employees
・Safety senryu: 124 employees
Experiential activities (Japanese paper fan class/decorative money envelope class) May 2020/December 2020 ・Japanese paper fan class: 79 employees
・Decorative money envelope class: 62 employees
Eco-art contest August – October 2020 ・Art segment: 21 employees
・Poster segment: 20 employees
・Photo segment: 43 employees
Eco-exercise (using stairs instead of elevators) January 5 – March 31, 2021 204 employees
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Environmental Management by a Nissui Group Company Outside Japan (Gorton’s, Inc.)

Energy management in a company requires sustainable ways to reduce energy usage.
The Nissui Group company, Gorton’s, Inc. (USA), began a new Continuous Energy Improvement (CEI) initiative in 2019. This program aims to achieve even better results from energy management initiatives through organizational commitment coupled with the repetition of the processes of planning & implementation and measuring & reporting. As part of this commitment toward continued energy savings, Gorton’s has entered National Grid’s (Note) CEI energy cohort with seven other companies in the American Northeast. This 3-year program is designed to assist companies in developing energy management programs that will yield even more results in various aspects, including greater energy and cost savings.
In 2020, Gorton's completed its first year in National Grid's CEI program.

Achievements in 2019

  • Assembled an internal energy management team and developed an energy management policy
  • Identified 26 opportunities for energy reduction and prioritized them in order
  • Utilized an energy management tool to record energy usage in production plants along with other data such as weather conditions and production quantity (to be used in analyzing conditions when issues related to energy usage occur)
  • Worked on developing new energy management tools

Achievements in 2020

  • Integrated operation of Gorton's site in Gloucester and real-time energy-tracking software
  • Improved the efficiency of electricity use by 7.5% and natural gas use by 13% (relative to 2018)
  • Received recognition for its GHG reduction program and was approved as one of the Giga-Gurus in Project Gigaton of Walmart Inc. (Note 2) for its achievement at the highest level

(Note 1): An energy company supplying electricity and gas whose business location in the USA is in Massachusetts, where Gorton's is also located.
(Note 2): An initiative by Walmart Inc. to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the global value chain by 1 billion metric tons (i.e., a gigaton) by 2030.

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Environmental Management by a Nissui Group Company Outside Japan (Sealord Group, Ltd.)

Sealord Group, Ltd. (New Zealand), which is a fishery and marine products processing/sales company, incorporated sustainability into its long-term strategic priorities in 2020. Ahead of this, the Sealord Group had calculated its businesses' carbon footprint with external organization Catalyst Ltd. and set reduction targets in concrete terms.

Achievements in 2020

  • Calculated its businesses' carbon footprint at 124,651 t-CO2 (actual results for 2019)
  • Implemented ten environmental programs to reduce its CO2 emissions and offset (Note) the remaining emissions by 2050 (including procedures for initiatives with specific targets encompassing water, plastics, ships, cargo transport and energy, land and marine infrastructures, sea temperatures and biomass)
  • Developed an educational program for employees about climate change and why carbon dioxide emissions must be reduced

Targets for 2021

  • Offset CO2 emissions from aircraft based on carbon offset program
  • Replace 75% of its leased car of commercial vehicles in New Zealand with hybrid vehicles
  • Review panels for solar power generation in its office in Nelson
  • Increase the company's recycling rate of waste to 75%

(Note) Carbon offset: This relates to the hard-to-reduce portion of greenhouse gas emissions and involves purchasing carbon credits, investing in reduction activities commensurate with the emissions volume and employing other methods to compensate for the greenhouse gas emissions released.

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