Environmental Management

Aiming to be a Company that Helps to Build Sustainable Communities

Contributing to the global environment is one of Shimizu's management principles.
In order to materialize this principle, we established the Shimizu Global Environmental Charter in 1991. We clearly explain our stance on environmental initiatives and promote environmental management.

Environmental Management Policy

Shimizu's goal is to contribute directly to the community and global environment through our own business activities while also contributing to an increase in the corporate value of our customers and to the community and the global environment by providing environmentally friendly products and services.

The Four Wheels that Drive Shimizu's Environmental Management

The Four Wheels that Drive Shimizu's Environmental Management

Shimizu's goal is to contribute directly to the community and global environment through our own business activities while also contributing to an increase in the corporate value of our customers and to the community and the global environment by providing environmentally friendly products and services.

Environmental Protection

Shimizu regards buildings as public assets and places importance on reducing the environmental burden generated by buildings over their entire lifecycle. We have set goals such as mitigation of global warming, resource conservation, and ecosystem preservation, and are working to achieve these goals.

We are putting even greater effort into enhancing activities at each stage of a building's lifecycle, achieving greater energy savings, extending the life of and reusing existing buildings, and restoring and creating natural environments.

Environmental Business

Shimizu is active in a broad range of environmental businesses, including remediation of contaminated soil and groundwater, construction of final disposal and intermediate processing facilities, initiatives in solar power, wind power, and other types of renewable energy, creating biotopes on building rooftops and greening of walls in connection with ecosystem preservation, and production/use of emissions credits, among other activities.

We will not stay within the confines of construction in responding to the changing needs of society. We will create new businesses specializing in environmental technologies that utilize Shimizu's integrative strengths and technical skills.

Environmental Risk Management

Environmental accidents and legal and regulatory violations do not only have a major adverse impact on the company; they also have an enormous impact on the surrounding community and stakeholders. To prevent the materialization of such risks, Shimizu has established the Rules on Construction By-product Management, Guidelines on Handling of Construction By-products, Emergency Management Guidelines, and other internal rules and guidelines. We process construction waste properly, disclose information on waste processing, and work to prevent environmental accidents and environmental pollution.

Shimizu provides education on compliance and risk management at a company-wide level, divisional level, and to subcontractors, exercising strict management and working to improve awareness.

Environmental & Social Contributions

Shimizu conducts environmental seminars and other activities for young people in the community, in addition to longstanding activities such as job site-centered initiatives in co-existing harmoniously in the community and the participation of individual employees in community activities via the volunteer network.

Shimizu regards the construction of buildings and structures that are superior assets to the community as an integral part of our corporate social responsibility. Our definition of superior assets is buildings and structures that exceed the expectations of our customers and the community, and are environmentally friendly.

Shimizu Global Environmental Charter

Basic Principles

Shimizu contributes to building a sustainable society by working to preserve the global environment and to create a better environment as a corporate citizen and as a member of the construction industry.

The Global Environment Office (now the EMS Administrative Office) was established in April 1991 and the Environmental Countermeasures Promotion Committee (Chair: Vice President) was established in December of the same year. The company's policy on initiatives was decided upon at the first meeting of the Environmental Countermeasures Promotion Committee. The Shimizu Global Environmental Charter was established in October 1991. It was subsequently amended in April 2002 and has remained the same since then.

In 1991, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) enacted the Industrial Charter for Sustainable Development and the Japan Federation of Economic Organizations (now, the Japan Business Federation) enacted the Keidanren Global Environment Charter.

Basic Environmental Policy

In April 1997, Shimizu adopted the company's basic position statement and guidelines on conduct on environmental management in the name of the president and established the Basic Environmental Policy which set forth guidelines on conduct. The policy was amended in April of 1997, 2003, 2004, and 2006, and has remained the same since then.

The Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was adopted at the Conference of Parties in 1997, and the Japan Business Federation published the Voluntary Action Plan on the Environment.

Basic Position Statement

By basing environmental management on the principles of the Global Environmental Charter, Shimizu and its group companies provide environmentally friendly products and services that surpass the expectations of customers and the community and contribute to value creation and sustainable development through all stages of a building's lifecycle.

Guidelines on Conduct

  1. Shimizu complies with laws, regulations, and accords relating to the environment and employs a management system for activities that fall along the two axes of environmentally friendly business activities and creation and restoration of the environment.
  2. Shimizu recognizes that the construction industry has a major impact on global warming, resources, and natural ecosystems by its very nature, and strives to take the environment into consideration in all construction activities.
  3. Shimizu is active in the development of environmental technologies which can be widely adopted in the community.
  4. Shimizu actively engages stakeholders in dialog, works to contribute to the environment and to the community, provides support to external organizations, and communicates information on these activities to the community.
  5. Shimizu conducts environmental education and training, and strives to improve environmental knowledge and awareness among all employees as the basis for environmental activities.

Environmental Policy

The Building Construction Headquarters, the Civil Engineering Headquarters, the Engineering Headquarters, and the Nuclear Projects Div. have acquired ISO 14001 certification and declare their overall intentions and policies on environmental activities in the Environmental Policies they have established in accordance with the ISO 14001 standard.

Environmental Management System

Flow Chart of the Policy on Initiatives

The structure of our environmental management system consists of two groups, divided according to the content of division activities: Construction and Civil Engineering Businesses, which is mainly responsible for the design and construction of buildings and structures, and Engineering Business, which handles engineering services.

Construction and Civil Engineering Businesses

The Construction and Civil Engineering Businesses, which consist of the Building Construction Headquarters, Civil Engineering Headquarters, branches, the headquarters management divisions, Sustainable Green Business Promotion Division, Technology Planning Division, Institute of Technology, and the Safety Administration & Environment Division, have acquired ISO 14001 certification as a group. The Construction and Civil Engineering Businesses have established an Environmental Policy and develop an Environmental Activity Plan. Plans are formulated and disseminated at each hierarchical level, from the Construction and Civil Engineering Businesses down to each section and job site (project).

Engineering Headquarters

The Engineering Headquarters differs from the Construction and Civil Engineering Businesses in business content and scope. It has developed a separate Environmental Policy and engages in environmental activities. Engineering Headquarters has also acquired ISO 14001 certification.

Organizational Structure

Organizational Structure

SDGs and ESG Promotion Committee

The Global Environment Committee was established in 1993 as the ultimate company-wide decision-making body on matters relating to the environment. The committee is chaired by the President. The committee was reorganized as the CSR & Global Environment Committee in fiscal 2008, as the SDGs and ESG Promotion Committee in fiscal 2018

Construction and Civil Engineering Businesses

An executive officer in charge of environment company-wide has been designated as top management in accordance with the ISO 14001 standard. A head of the EMS Administrative Division has also been appointed. The head of each division within the Construction and Civil Engineering Businesses appoints an Environmental Management Supervisor and an Environmental Promotion Supervisor, to operate an environmental management system.

Engineering Headquarters

An executive officer in charge of the headquarters has been designated as top management in accordance with the ISO 14001 standard. A Chief Administrator of Quality & Environmental Management is appointed to operate an environmental management system.

Safety Administration & Environment Division (EMS Administrative Office)

This division was established in 1991 as the administrative office for the environmental management system of the Construction and Civil Engineering Businesses (formerly called the Global Environment Office).

ISO 14001 Certification

In 1997, an active movement to acquire ISO 14001 certification began in the construction industry.

In March 1999, Shimizu acquired certification for all divisions and branches in Building Construction Headquarters and Civil Engineering Headquarters, except for overseas branches. At the time, other companies were acquiring certifications at the branch level and Shimizu was the only company to acquire a blanket certification for its entire Construction and Civil Engineering Headquarters.

The registered name was subsequently changed to the Construction and Civil Engineering Businesses due to an organizational restructuring. The Institute of Technology was included in the scope of certification in July 2003 and the management divisions at headquarters were included in April 2006. The scope of certification has remained the same since then.

As of November 2017, Shimizu has acquired ISO 14001 certification for the Construction and Civil Engineering Businesses and the Engineering Headquarters. This encompasses roughly 95% of all Shimizu employees.

List of offices that acquired ISO 14001 certification

ISO 14001 certification of the acquired business sites Percentage of business establishments that have obtained certification
Domestic
  • Construction and Civil Engineering all Businesses
88%*
Overseas
  • Thailand: Thai Shimizu
  • Vietnam: Hanoi sales branch/Hanoi Office/Shimizu Vietnam
  • Malaysia: Malaysia Office
  • India: Shimizu Corporation India
  • Indonesia: Jakarta Office
  • China: Shimizu Corporation(China)
  • Singapore: Singapore Office
  • Taiwan: Taipei Office
  • Philippine: Shimizu Philippine Contractors
Shimz Group
  • SC PRE-CON CORP.
  • SHIMIZU BLC Co., Ltd.
  • Daiichi Setsubi Engineering Corporation
  • FaB-Tec Japan Corporation
  • The Nippon Road Co., Ltd.
  • Shimizu Comprehensive Development Corporation, PM Division

Calculated based on the percentage of employees that work in the certified offices (this is due to the fact that certifications were obtained mainly for our large offices, and therefore the percentage of certified business sites does not provide an accurate picture of our certification ratio).

Construction and Civil Engineering Businesses

March 31st, 1999
Certification(Content from this point onward is only in Japanese.)

March 31st, 1999
Certification(Content from this point onward is only in Japanese.)

March 31st, 1999
Certification (Content from this point onward is only in Japanese.)

Engineering Headquarters

August 21st, 1998
Certification(Content from this point onward is only in Japanese.)

August 21st, 1998
Certification(Content from this point onward is only in Japanese.)

Engineering Headquarters acquired certification in August 1998, the year before the Construction and Civil Engineering Headquarters obtained certification.

Roughly 95% of all employees of Shimizu are affiliated with the Construction and Civil Engineering Businesses and the Engineering Headquarters.

Overseas Branches and Overseas Subsidiaries

Sections of the International Division stationed in Japan are included in the certification scope for the Construction and Civil Engineering Businesses. Overseas offices and local subsidiaries are encouraged to acquire separate certification, in accordance with the conditions in each country.

List of ISO 14001 Certifications Acquired
Country/Region Acquiring Entity Date Acquired
Thailand Thai Shimizu December 2007
Vietnam Hanoi Office/Shimizu Vietnam September 2008
Malaysia Malaysia Office December 2011
India Shimizu Corporation India May 2015
Indonesia Jakarta Office June 2010
China Shimizu Corporation(China) December 2006
Shingapore Singapore Office November 2002
Taiwan Taipei Office November 2007
Philippine Shimizu Philippine Contractors November 2017

Fiscal 2017 Goals and Results / Fiscal 2018 Environmental Activity Plan

Midterm Goals and FY2017 Goals and Results

Midterm Goals (FY2030) FY2017Goals Results
Prevention of global warming Construction (Quantitative Goal)
CO2 emissions during construction, 60% reduction from FY1990 250,000 t-CO2 emissions, 53% reduction from FY1990 240,000 t-CO2 emissions, 55% reduction from FY1990
Design (Quantitative Goal)
Architectural design projects of 2,000 m2 or more CASBEE ranking of A or higher A-rank (1.50) or higher A-rank (2.25)
CO2 emissions during the operation of buildings Shimizu has designed and constructed, 60% reduction from FY1990 63,000 t-CO2 emissions, 44% reduction from FY1990 63,000 t-CO2 emissions, 44% reduction from FY1990
(Qualitative Goal)
Implement ZEB in mid-rise buildings Assigning a working group to consider the implementation of ZEB Begin to consider the launching of a design working group
Offices (Qualitative and Quantitative Goals)
CO2 emissions in offices, 56% reduction from FY1990 9,000 t-CO2 emissions, 46% reduction from FY1990 9,000 t-CO2 emissions, 49% reduction from FY1990
Resource Management Pollution (Quantitative Goal)
Promote preventative management (particularly in asbestos management) Provision of environmental e-learning courses 100% of subject individuals took the course
(Qualitative Goals)
Management of hazardous substances Thorough implementation of resource management training Zero notable incidents of pollution from environmental accidents occured
Waste (Quantitative Goal)
Reduce the volume of construction by-products, recycle resources, and achieve a final disposal rate of 3.0% or less Reduce the final disposal rate (excluding construction sludge, general waste, and waste requiring special management) to 4.0% or less 3.5%
Reduce total construction by-products generated per base unit, construction by-products per base unit of floor area,15.0 kg/m2 or less Reduce total construction by-products generated per base unit, (new construction) 15.8 kg/m2 or less
(excluding construction sludge, stumps, cut timber, general waste, and waste requiring special management)
14.9kg/m2
(Qualitative Goal)
Pursue 3R activities (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) Audit key by-products Implement in all divisions
Raw Materials (Qualitative and Quantitative Goals)
Reduce volume of tap water used at construction sites Volume of tap water used, 5% reduction from previous fiscal year Volume of tap water used, 22% reduction from previous fiscal year
Co-existence with nature Preservation of Biodiversity (Quantitative Goal)
Increase the number of biodiversity-related proposals to clients to 20 proposals or more Increase the number of biodiversity-related proposals to clients to 14 proposals or more 22 proposals
(Qualitative Goals)
Provide trainings on ecosystem preservation Continue providing environmental education to children through the Shimizu Open Academy (SOA) Cumulative total academy participants: 50,000

Participation in Groups and Initiatives

Shimizu is working in cooperation with various organizations in Japan on the wide range of initiatives listed below to improve efforts in the environmental area, and is working to refine the foundations of environmental management.

Theme Organization/Initiative Description of Initiative
Climate change CDP Japan Club The CDP Japan Club aims to promote response to the CDP, an international non-profit organization that promotes disclosure and evaluation of environmental reporting among corporates and cities, as well as promote global knowledge sharing regarding climate change and other subjects.
Achieving Shimizu’s Ecology Mission to reduce CO2 emissions, working on the CDP initiative, and the company’s overarching ESG goals are compatible. Therefore, as a formal member of the CDP Japan Club, we participate in meetings and knowledge sharing throughout the year, and produce an annual report on greenhouse gas emissions. At the CDP debriefing meeting in 2017, Shimizu received an “A-” rating.
Japan Federation of Construction Contractors, Global Warming Subcommittee Shimizu participates as a committee member and a working group leader in a construction industry committee that focuses on promoting reduction of greenhouse gas emissions during the construction stage.
Shimizu is involved in producing various kinds of PR materials for construction sites and vendors, devising methods to survey CO2 emissions during construction, and reflecting findings from this research into to calculate CO2 emissions during the construction stage for our Ecology Mission.
Waste Japan Federation of Construction Contractors, Construction By-products Subcommittee, Subcommittee on By-products from Civil Engineering Construction Shimizu participates as a formal committee member, and participates in planning, devising, and implementing various initiatives to address the management of construction by-products in the construction industry, and serves as head of the subcommittee on recycling and reuse.
We implement activities aimed at promoting proper processing and recycling of construction by-products. Such activities include responding to national policies on reducing, effectively reusing, and otherwise recycling construction by-products, and responding to revision of environmental laws concerning construction work.
Six Construction Organizations (Japan Federation of Construction Contractors, National General Contractors Association of Japan, etc.) Shimizu sends speakers for lectures sponsored by the six construction organizations for operation-level personnel. We are also involved in producing the educational materials for lectures.
Japan Industrial Waste Information Center (JW Center) Shimizu participates as a formal committee member of the education and training management committee, which works on effectively implementing legally mandated courses specified in the Waste Management Act.
Expansion of supply chain recycling with construction materials manufacturers We are promoting a direct recycling system for drywall and other materials with various materials manufacturers in Japan, through the recycling system authorized by the Minister of the Environment.
Environmental Pollution Japan Federation of Construction Contractors, (Nikkenren) Environmental Pollution Measures Committee As a formal committee member, Shimizu participates in activities aimed at preventing noise, vibration, water pollution, and other types of pollution arising from construction sites, as well as activities aimed at promoting controlling generation of construction by-products, resource recovery, and appropriate processing, among other initiatives. We are involved in inspecting workplaces and providing guidance, offering lecture courses, and producing educational materials.
Biodiversity Keidanren Committee on Nature Conservation A senior managing officer from Shimizu serves as vice chairman of the Committee and Shimizu promotes support of NGO nature conservation activities through the Keidanren Nature Conservation Fund.
Shimizu is also a member of the Committee’s planning committee and is involved in the revision of the Declaration of Biodiversity by Keidanren: Guide to Action Policy, projects supporting recovery of the Tohoku region, NGO exchange meetings to report on activities, donation of a biodiversity library, and other initiatives.
World Wildlife Fund Japan Shimizu serves on the consultation committee, which consists of experts and company representatives. This committee provides opinions on matters being considered by the Board of Directors and approves agenda items.
Japan Business Initiative for Biodiversity (JBIB) Shimizu endorses the collaborative objective of diverse companies of the JBIB to preserve biodiversity in Japan and globally. As a formal member of JBIB, we participate in various working groups and help to contribute to biodiversity through cross-corporate initiatives.
We are involved in the planning and execution of activities and events held by JBIB Ikimono (Nature) Days, which holds various biodiversity-related events such as introductory lectures on corporate forest creation, and tours on wildlife and vegetation in corporate green areas.
Association for Business Innovation in Harmony with Nature & Community (ABINC) Shimizu participates in the certification system in aforementioned JBIB working group activities from planning level, and is also a member of ABINC, which was established to create, verify, and commercialize frameworks that enable people to co-exist with nature. We participate in various working groups and help to educate people about ABINC certification and advocate for the mainstreaming of the certification system.
Japan Federation of Construction Contractors, (Nikkenren) Biodiversity Subcommittee As a member of the biodiversity committee, Shimizu participates in committee activities to promote biodiversity conservation activities throughout the construction industry. As a leader of the working group to promote collaboration with other organizations, we are involved in planning and executing tours to see cases in which biodiversity has been addressed (in collaboration with JBIB), lectures by experts, and biodiversity lectures to universities upon request, among other activities.
Environment in General Japan Federation of Construction Contractors (Nikkenren) Environmental Management Committee On the topic of ensuring and promoting sound environmental management, Shimizu participates in editorial supervision of the compilation of environmental laws and regulations relating to the construction industry, as well as in the compilation and publication of voluntary environmental activity plans by the construction industry.
Shimizu chairs the committee and also has two members on the committee. They conduct tours of different industries and cases of innovation, and hosts lectures by experts, and lectures to universities upon request. As a secondee from Nikkenren, Shimizu also serves as a Japan Environmental Management Association for Industry evaluation committee member, as an Environmental ISO Japan Committee member, and as a member of the committee that formulates the EcoAction 21 Guidelines for the construction industry.
Ecofirst In August 2018, Shimizu was certified as an Eco First Company by the Minister of the Environment. This designation is awarded to companies that engage in innovative, original, and industry-leading business activities in the environmental area. We participate in the initiative by participating with other Eco First certified companies to promote leading environmental activities.
At EcoPro 2018 held in December 2018, a fifth grade elementary school child won the Shimizu Corporation Award for the slogan “Taking time to sort (recyclables) will change the world” in the Ecotowaza slogan competition.

Compliance with Laws and Regulations

Shimizu did not have any accidents that resulted in an administrative penalty due to a violation of environmental laws and regulations or impacted the living environment in fiscal 2016. Shimizu has not committed any violations of environmental laws and regulations in over three years.