Establishment of a Society in Which People Coexist with Nature
Achieving harmony with nature
To achieve harmony with nature, AISIN Group’s Products Environmental Study Group develops products in which chemical substances are rigorously controlled and works to reduce chemicals used at the production stages. The Environmental Conservation Study Group is also committed to preventing abnormal environmental situations and preserving biodiversity in the interest of protecting the natural environment.
Actions ahead of official enforcement of regulations on the management of chemicals
We act strategically when regulations on the management of chemicals are announced, actively gathering information on regulations and assessing their impact so that we can enact them ahead of official enforcement. We also operate Global AisinMACS, a proprietary global system for the management of chemicals in products that we built to ensure quick and accurate reporting in the IMDS*, a global materials database for the automotive industry that is used to set conditions for automotive certifications.
* International Material Data System. The system was primarily developed by the German Association of the Automotive Industry (Verband der Automobilindustrie, VDA). It is a global materials database aimed mainly at the automotive industry and operated by members comprising of major automobile manufacturers from countries around the world, including Japan.
Overview of Global AisinMACS
Global AisinMACS automatically obtains information from manufacturing and technical databases and uses it to identify suppliers, request procurement, make decisions about customers and determine whether the chemicals in a product need to be investigated. It is used in AISIN Group companies both in Japan and overseas as it enables automatic, accurate regulation of materials.
Biotopes have been set up in the grounds of our plants to promote coexistence with nature, with an awareness that the land used to be untouched woodland. In these biotopes, purified wastewater from the plants is used to grow aquatic species that are native to the area but are now rare, such as Hemigrammocypris rasborella, Pseudorasbora pugnax, Oryzias, in a joint initiative with a local aquariums.
We use these to teach local elementary school students about the environment and regularly monitor the movements of the various wildlife found in the biotopes. A fox was seen for the first time in the biotope at Aisin Seiki’s Handa Plant in February 2019.
Advanced actions ahead of official enforcement of regulations on the management of chemicals in products
AISIN Group actively gathers information on regulations and carries out impact assessments in order to strategically replace chemical substances prior to becoming officially regulated.
The Group has also created its own proprietary system, Global AisinMACS, for managing chemical substances contained in products. By launching the operation of this system in Japan, it has become able to submit IMDS* declarations faster and more accurately. Since fiscal 2018, the Group has also begun to deploy the system in the United States and other countries. Moving forward, Aisin Group will expand the use of this system to other regions, and continue to ensure thorough legal compliance globally.
* IMDS (International Material Data System): It was developed primarily by the German Association of the Automotive Industry (Verband der Automobilindustrie, VDA). It is a global materials database aimed mainly at the automotive industry and operated by members comprising of major automobile manufacturers from countries around the world, including Japan.
Protecting local indigenous species with Ariso Plant biotope [Aisin Keikinzoku]
In fiscal 2017, Aisin Keikinzoku began developing the Ariso Fureai Park using idle land at its Ariso Plant, with the purpose of conserving biodiversity. The park’s biotope has been stocked with Japanese kitanomedaka (or “rice fish”), an indigenous species of the region that is now endangered, and Japanese ash trees have been planted. In fiscal 2018, it was confirmed that these species were reproducing and had firmly established themselves within the park. Efforts will continue, with a primary focus on protecting the area’s local indigenous species, with a view to the completion of Ariso Fureai Park in fiscal 2021.
Promotion of biodiversity activities
AISIN Group engages in communityoriented biodiversity preservation activities at five locations around Japan, mainly in regions where we have bases. Looking ahead, we will continue to contribute proactively to local communities through environmental conservation activities, work in close contact with members of those communities.