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Contribution to Environment

We at GC strive not only to make highly unique products that meet customer needs, but also to make clean products by giving thorough consideration to the manufacturing process and global environment. We will continue to make environmental efforts around the world so that we can maintain a harmonious coexistence with lives on earth.

 

Environmental Policy

 

In 1997 we established our "Environmental Policy" and kicked off full-scale efforts on environmental management. In April 2005 we added explanations to the Environmental Policy, defining specific guidelines by which all employees could help safeguard the environment

 

Environmental Policy And Explanations

As a company that provides oral health care, GC Corporation has made promoting environmental management activities one of its top priorities to assure that the Company is in harmony with nature and to have a symbiotic relationship with the local community, and, therefore, has established the following policies.

1. Create products that are environment-friendly, promote conservation of resources and energy, reduce waste materials, and maintain and improve the health of the environment through the Company's business activities.

"We will develop products that reduce environmental impact by focusing on recycle, reuse, reduction, biomass, etc., save resources and energy (electricity, water, gas, heavy oil, etc.), drive the recycling and utilization of recycled resources, and strive toward resource and energy savings in all aspects of our business based on environmental impact assessment."

2. Comply with the relevant environmental regulations, laws and other requirements to which the Company subscribes.

"We will observe at the minimum all relevant legal standards, regulations, agreements made with local government bodies, and the requirements set by communities and industry associations regarding the environment."

3. Strive to meet the environmental objectives and targets, and review the environmental policy annually to promote continual improvement of the environmental management system.

"We will clearly define measures to achieve the targets and conduct various audits, etc., in order to further improve and enhance our management systems designed to safeguard the environment and reduce the environmental impact of our products. We will also confirm the validity of our environmental policy and all management systems through a management review conducted at the end of each year."

4. Prevent community from pollution not only during normal operations but also in emergencies such as abnormal circumstances and accidents.

"If we should negatively impact the global environment or if a negative impact is anticipated, or when an accident or other problem has occurred through use of our product, we will implement an appropriate solution sincerely in a timely manner and undertake to prevent any recurrence of the problem. We will also conduct emergency drills periodically so that the procedures to be taken are communicated and clearly understood by all employees."

5. Make all company associates aware of the basic concepts about environmental management and train them to conduct activities in accordance with the environmental policy.

"We will develop an educational plan and educate all people working for the organization regarding the safeguarding of the environment and environmental impact of our products, to raise their awareness of the environment and urge them to act in line with our environmental policy."

6. Make the policy readily accessible to the public.

"We will distribute 'Environmental Policy Cards' and use the website to actively disclose information regarding our environmental management activities both within and outside the company, and then use the feedback received in our future activities.

 

Environmental Management System

Based on the Mid-Term Environmental Management Plan developed according to the Environmental Policy, each business site is developing its own targets reflecting the local environment and specific business operations of the site while examining specific measures to achieve these targets, in order to reduce the environmental impact. The implementation condition of these measures is checked by the Environmental Management Committee and through internal environmental audits. The audit results are reported at the Management Review Meeting, etc., and if necessary, a management system review is conducted and the review results reflected in activities in the next year onward. The details and outcomes of activities carried out each year are compiled by the Administration Office (General Affairs Unit, Material Manufacturing Department's General Affairs Section) into an Environmental Report," which is published for the employees and the general public. These steps are carried out cyclically and continuously to increase the completeness of our systems and further enhance the level of target achievement.

Overview of Environmental Management

 

 

Creation of Environmentally Friendly Products

When developing a new product, we conduct product assessment to evaluate the CO2 emissions generated in relation to the product to ensure that the product will be environmentally friendly. We are also making active efforts to adopt new packaging materials or changing existing materials to minimize waste, while incorporating ideas to improve the usability of containers.

ISO14001 Certification

Fuji Oyama Factory received the ISO 14001 Certification in November 1998. This was the first to received the certificate among the dental equipment/material manufacturer in Japan. Our group company, GC Dental Products Corporation also received the certificate in December 2000.

Number of environmentally friendly products developed (pieces)

 

Environmentally Friendly Products
Example of product: UNIFAST III

<40-g liquid bottle>
This bottle offers the following advantages over conventional glass bottles.

<Environmentally friendly (eco-friendly)>

  • Reusable packaging material
  • Generates less CO2 emissions during manufacturing and at incineration
  • Uses fewer component materials
  • Compact, lightweight and resource-saving
  • Storage stability of content and air-tightness are nearly equivalent to glass bottles
  • Sufficient withstand pressure and impact strength to prevent damage during distribution

 

<300-g powder bag>
This bag offers the following advantages over conventional polyvinyl bottles.

<Environmentally friendly (eco-friendly), excellent storage stability of content>

  • Refillable packaging (aluminum-free)
  • Can be deflated for disposal -> Volume reduction
  • Generates less CO2 emissions during manufacturing and at incineration
  • Uses fewer component materials
  • Uses less resin, lightweight
  • Sufficient withstand pressure and impact strength to prevent damage during distribution
  • Not bulky during storage

 

<Plastic case>
<Environmentally friendly (eco-friendly)

  • Reusable 
  • Compact, lightweight
  • Made of single material (no need to classify waste materials)

 

Other Examples of Environmentally Friendly Products