Preventing Pollution and Conserving Ecosystems

Materiality 5


Vision Have zero negative impacts on human health and ecosystems in the supply chain
Strategy Appropriate use of chemical substances and reduction of ecological impact and dependence
Indicator: Goal (achievement year)
  • Use of hazardous chemical substances in manufacturing processes: Use zero (FY2030)
  • Inclusion of hazardous chemical substances in products: Containing zero (FY2030)
  • Percentage of FSC-certified or recycled paper (catalogs, instruction manuals, packaging boxes): 100% (FY2030)

Management and Reduction of Hazardous Chemical Substances in Products

To safeguard human health and reduce environmental risks, the Nikon Group strives to implement rigorous chemical substance management that adheres to international regulatory frameworks. More specifically, we established our own Nikon Group standards (Nikon Green Procurement Standards) to ensure compliance with international environmental laws and regulations, including the EU RoHS directive*1 and REACH regulation*2. Nikon products are made from a very large number of materials and components. For this reason, we work closely with our procurement partners to conduct surveys using chemSHERPA*3, a scheme that facilitates sharing information on chemical substances in products. Based on information gathered from these surveys, we confirm whether Nikon products comply with Nikon Green Procurement Standards, striving to manage and reduce hazardous chemical substances in our supply chain.

  1. *1EU RoHS Directive: RoHS stands for “Restriction of Hazardous Substances.” This directive restricts use of specified hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment.
  2. *2REACH Regulations: An EU regulation on chemical substances that came into effect in 2007. REACH stands for "Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals." Under this regulation, manufacturers and importers of chemical substances are required to register information on the safety and use of these substances.
  3. *3chemSHERPA: A shared scheme for communicating information on chemical substances contained in products in the supply chain.

Main Measures for Chemical Substance Management

  1. 1.Researching recent global trends in related laws and regulations
    • Collecting information from external committees, etc.
  2. 2.Implementing surveys of hazardous chemical substances in products
    • Conducting surveys via the supply chain
    • Making effective use of IT to realize efficient data management
    • Implementing chemical analysis, etc.
  3. 3.Discussing countermeasures of the Nikon Group
    • Utilizing the relevant internal environment-related systems (committees, etc.)
  1. 4.Communicating countermeasures, both internally and externally, in a timely manner
    • Reduction of hazardous chemical substances, alternative instructions, etc.
    • Formulating and updating the Nikon Green Procurement Standards
  2. 5.Confirming compliance with laws and regulations
    • Implementing product/packaging assessments
  3. 6.Confirming how procurement partners manage chemicals and helping to upgrade their processes
    • Implementing Chemical substances Management System assessments for procurement partners
    • Providing support to procurement partners for building Chemical Substances Management System

Management and Reduction of Hazardous Chemical Substances

The Nikon Group has established and enforces the Hazardous Chemical Substances Guideline, which is stricter than the relevant statutory requirements, as a self-directed chemical substances management measure. Management standards have been established in relation to chemical substances used in the production process and contained in products, according to the risks to the environment and to health. These substances are classified as "Prohibited," "Reduced," "Controlled," or other. In particular, we have set deadlines for terminating the use of "Prohibited" substances as we work toward eliminating these substances altogether.

Biodiversity Conservation

Biodiversity is the foundation of society, and conserving biodiversity is extremely important for companies to continue business activities. The Nikon Group engages in biodiversity conservation for “realizing a healthy and environmentally safe society”, a part of the Nikon Long-Term Environmental Vision, and is implementing related activities to this end. The loss of nature over that past several years has accelerated climate change. And the world is realizing that climate change is a cause of nature loss. The Nikon Group recognizes this relationship with climate change and is committed to conserving biodiversity.

Fiscal Year 2022 Goals and Results

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Goals for Fiscal Year 2022 Results for Fiscal Year 2022
  • Abolish the use of prohibited level hazardous chemical substances based on the Hazardous Chemical Substances Guideline
  • Create a roadmap for measures, such as the selection of alternative substances and hermetic sealing by the end of fiscal year 2024
  • Completed identification of residual prohibited level substances; discussing individual measures
  • On track to eliminate approximately 65% of the hazardous chemical substances in question
  • Comply with the hazardous chemical substances laws and regulations of each country
  • Strengthen the management system for hazardous chemical substances contained in products
  • Zero violations of laws and regulations
  • Strengthened the management framework for hazardous chemical substances contained in products
  • Perform local contribution activities of marine plastic pollution issues at least once a year in each business facility
  • Regional contribution activities for marine plastic pollution prevention: 29 activities; 1,028 participants (across 20 sites in total)
  • Pursue paperless business operations
  • Promote the use of FSC-certified paper for paper items bearing the Nikon logo
  • Digitized product catalogs and instruction manuals
  • Newly ordered product catalogs: Around 93% for use in Japan, North America and Europe are printed on FSC-certified paper, excluding special paper types

Sustainability Report

For more information, refer to Preventing Pollution and Conserving Ecosystems in the Sustainability Report.

Management and Reduction of Hazardous Chemical Substances in Products

  • Responding to Regulations on Hazardous Chemical Substances
  • Abolition of All Ozone-Depleting Substances
  • Technology Without Hazardous Substances

Management and Reduction of Hazardous Chemical Substances

  • Policy and System for Management of Chemical Substances
  • Control and Reduction of Chemical Substances in Manufacturing
  • Nikon Group's PRTR and VOCs
  • Control and Disposal of Polychlorinated Biphenyl (PCB) Waste
  • Prevention of Air, Water and Soil Pollution

Biodiversity Conservation

  • Basic Approach
  • Paper Usage with Consideration for Biodiversity
  • Activities in Industry Groups
  • Initiatives at Each Business Facility
  • Support for Biodiversity Conservation and Restoration

Relevant Policies