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Sustainability

Corporate Governance

Basic Concepts

With legal compliance in the performance of management, conformance with societal ethics, and the practice of fair and transparent management as a foundation, Nihon Yamamura Glass has established our Basic Policies and Standards of Conduct regarding Corporate Activities. Should a violation of the code of conduct prescribed by the guidelines occur, our top management takes action to resolve the issue, working to identify the cause, prevent recurrence, and provide prompt and accurate information disclosure to the public. Having clarified authority and responsibility for the issue, management also makes clear written declaration of strict and fair discipline of parties concerned, including members of management themselves.

To further heighten management transparency for our shareholders, business partners, and employees, we are working to enhance our website and are making efforts to engage in forward-thinking IR activities.

Our Organizations, Business Execution, Oversight, etc.

Once per month, Yamamura convenes meetings of the Board of Directors, which we position as an organization to oversee business execution and to make decisions on basic management policy, matters stipulated by law, and other important matters concerning management. The Board of Directors also convenes at other times as necessary. With regard to business execution, we have introduced an executive officer structure and have clarified executive responsibility under appropriate delegation of authority. In addition, the Company works toward information sharing and mutual checks and balances through our Management Conference and through a Group Presidents' conference attended by persons including representatives of departments and the Presidents of Companies and subsidiaries. Yamamura also employs a company auditor structure. Company auditors attend important meetings at their discretion, including meetings of the Board of Directors, and monitor the work performance of directors and executive officers.

Yamamura has determined that through the above structures, we can ensure agility and efficiency in management while enabling the operation of sufficient control functions.

Corporate Governance Structure

Corporate Governance Structure

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Environmental Policy

Since our inception in 1914, Yamamura has steadily marched forward with glass bottle manufacturing as the pillar of our business, always emphasizing a spirit of contributing to the achievement of a recycling-oriented society. We have now built for ourselves a solid standing as a packaging and container manufacturer. As we have always done, we will continue to recognize harmony with communities and the environment as a management priority for achieving a sustainable society, and in all of our business activities will comply with relevant laws and will strive to recycle, reduce wastes, and conserve resources and energy as we contribute to the reduction of global environmental impacts.

  1. We will prevent pollution of the environment by constructing and continually improving an environmental management system.
  2. We will comply with environmental laws that apply to the conduct of our business and will honor our social commitments.
  3. We will study and assess the impacts of our business activities on the environment, will set environmental goals and targets, and will collectively press forward in making continuous improvements.
  4. We will undertake the following specific activities:
    • (1)Conservation of energy and resources
    • (2)Reduction of environmental loads (air pollution, water contamination, and chemical substance risks)
    • (3)Global warming countermeasures and reduction of CO2 emissions
    • (4)3R (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) activities aimed at achieving a sustainable society
    • (5)Reduction of waste volumes and reuse of wastes as resources
    • (6)Development of products that contribute to improvement of the environment
    • (7)Environmentally friendly manufacturing design and equipment development
    • (8)Participation in environmental activities

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Manufacturing with the 3Rs in Mind

Glass bottles are environmentally friendly containers that can be used without creating waste, through the means of Recycle, by which glass bottles are crushed into raw material for new glass bottles, and Reuse, by which glass bottles are washed for repeated use. In addition, initiatives to Reduce use are also moving forward, reducing the raw materials and energy required for production and recycling through a shift to lighter-weight glass bottles.

Click here for more details on manufacturing with the 3Rs in mind at our Glass Bottle Company.

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Technical Support

Training for engineers at the Harima Plant

Training for engineers at the Harima Plant

Since the 1980s, Yamamura has engaged in support for glass bottle technology as a way to contribute to the improvement of glass container manufacturing technology in newly emerging countries, and to the invigoration of glass container markets. At present, we have agreements to support and provide technology to seven companies producing glass bottles in five countries (South Korea, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, and China).

In addition to dispatching our professional engineers to these sites to provide education, we accept engineers from the companies to offer training in Japan. In addition, nearly every day we respond to inquiries about technology related to raw material analysis, glass composition, and other topics.

Our engineers stay overseas for one or two weeks, or as long as a month in some cases, primarily providing advice on improving plant productivity, making suggestions for energy conservation, and offering technical guidance for reducing weight. In the case of training in Japan, we accept up to 30 persons for one or two weeks, providing technical training on topics including kiln maintenance technology, corrective methods for molding defects, maintenance technology and preventive maintenance, mold design technology, and quality assurance.
Foreseeing increased demand for lighter weight and higher quality in newly emerging countries, we will continue supporting technology as well as a deeper understanding of our approach to manufacturing.