Contributions to the Global Environment
The reduction of co2 emissions has been hailed as a necessary means of addressing abnormal weather patterns around the world and to combat global warming. However, not enough has been done. With a pressing need to do more, the NTT Communications Group is moving proactively to deploy low-carbon technologies as a provider of services that utilize ICT equipment.
In order to leave future generations an abundant global environment, such as by promoting a closed-loop economy and by coexisting with nature, NTT Communications is also aggressively implementing a multitude of initiatives while fulfilling its responsibilities as a leading global ICT company.
◆ CSR Priority Activities
Basic Philosophy and Vision
While emphasizing the philosophy in the Global Environmental Charter, established by the NTT Group, our environmental protection activities take shape as the Environmental Statement, which applies the philosophy to the characteristics of our business. We set initiative goals and implement measures on an ongoing basis.
NTT Communications Group Global Environmental Charter
The NTT Group has established the NTT Group Global Environmental Charter to promote Groupwide consideration and actions relating to environmental protection from a global perspective. This philosophy and policy form the basis for the NTT Communications Group Global Environmental Charter, which is disseminated among employees of the Group as a set of guidelines for the implementation of environmental protection activities.
Environmental Statement and Formulating Eco Strategy 2030
The NTT Communications Group has formulated The NTT Communications Group Environmental Statement as its overarching policy for promoting environmental activities.
In the statement, we have expressed how we should act as a company in order to fulfill our responsibilities toward the global environment in the future. We also established Eco Strategy 2030 as a means of identifying priority issues that should be addressed to realize the future outlined in the statement.
Working in unison, each and every NTT Communications Group employee around the world will engage in environmental activities to realize a future in which people and the planet remain in harmony by providing technologies and services that pioneer eras.
The NTT Communications Group Environmental Statement
Dedicated to global environmental management for a future in which people and the planet remain in harmony
We will address three futures by providing technologies and services that pioneer eras.
- Realizing a Low-carbon Future We are contributing to the reduction of co2 emissions and facilitating adaptation to climate change risk.
- Implementing Closed-Loop Recycling We are working toward more effective resource allocation.
- Planning a Future of Natural Harmony We are contributing to the preservation of ecosystems.
Eco Strategy 2030
Under Eco Strategy 2030, we have set out specific initiatives to help realize the three futures outlined in the Environmental Statement. We also changed the names of the priority activities to accommodate the strategy.
|The Three Futures We Are Targeting||Initiative|
Realizing a Low-carbon Future
|Contributing to the reduction of co2 emissions across society||We will contribute to reducing co2 emissions across society by at least 10 times more than the NTT Communications Group’s own emissions.|
|Raising power efficiency in our telecommunications businesses||We will raise power efficiency per data transmission in our telecommunications businesses by at least 10 times compared to fiscal 2013 levels.|
|Adapting to climate change||We will play our part in adapting to climate change by actively promoting initiatives through all our activities and by collaborating with our stakeholders.|
Implementing Closed-Loop Recycling
|Final waste disposal ratio||We will aim to keep the final disposal ratio of the waste generated by the NTT Communications Group at 1.5% or less.|
Planning a Future of Natural Harmony
|Preservation of ecosystems||We will play our part in preserving ecosystems by actively promoting initiatives through all our activities and by collaborating with our stakeholders.|
Promotion Framework for Reducing Environmental Impact
In order to continuously promote environmental protection initiatives in a Groupwide effort, we formed a working group for each relevant issue. Specifically, we hold Environmental Protection Subcommittee meetings at Group companies once a year to formulate an overall plan that encompasses a wide range of issues, including the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and waste and the promotion of environmental solutions. Through these meetings, we also share information on the results of actions taken and promote the horizontal deployment of various initiatives.
Particularly in recent years, we have been making efforts to ascertain and curb environmental impact by means of Scope 3 at the supply chain level. Moreover, we have been promoting environmental protection activities since fiscal 2019 under a Groupwide environmental management structure. Looking ahead, we intend to pursue initiatives focused on saving energy and reducing energy use that will lead to further reductions in environmental impact.
◆ Environmental Protection Framework
Environmental Management Structure
Acquiring ISO 14001 Certification
Three companies in the NTT Communications Group had acquired ISO 14001 certification as of March 31, 2019.
We have contracted outside environmental consultants to perform internal audits once a year to certified departments and companies in order to ensure the appropriate implementation of environmental management and continual improvements that will allow for a steady reduction of the environmental impact of business activities.
Regular reviews and renewal examinations are undertaken by an independent certification body as well.
Outstanding issues are thus identified, and remedial measures are taken swiftly. Besides our initiatives centering on reductions of office paper and electricity use and the promotion of waste recycling, we encourage the adoption of measures aimed at creating an environmentally friendly society.
◆ ISO 14001-Certified Companies
Environmental Audits and Environmental Surveys
Guided by its Global Environmental Charter, the NTT Communications Group shares yearly PDCA and other reports at the Global Environmental Protection Subcommittee, an organization that comes under the CSR Committee.
These reports outline details of the various activities administered by the 10 working groups that drive the Group’s environmental protection activities.
In addition to sharing information and calling for the further development of effective initiatives, we are promoting environmental management on a Groupwide basis.
Compliance with Environmental Legislation and Regulations
The NTT Communications Group is committed to ensuring legal compliance and proper risk management while liaising closely with the other NTT Group companies.
All legislation, including environmental laws and regulations aimed at curtailing pollution, emissions standards, and the PRTR Law*, is fully communicated to related departments, and independent guidelines and enhanced compliance education have been established for in-house application.
We were not involved in any litigation or legal violations pertaining to environmentrelated accidents, infringements, fines, or complaints in fiscal 2018.
We will continue our Companywide efforts to prevent pollution and comply with related laws and regulations.
* Act on Confirmation, etc. of Release Amounts of Specific Chemical Substances in the Environment and Promotion of Improvements to the Management Thereof.
Promoting Green Procurement
NTT Communications issued its Guidelines for Green Purchasing in 1999. In 2010, we brought these guidelines into compliance with the Energy-Saving Performance Guidelines enacted by the NTT Group and added the perspective of ICTrelated energy-saving that the Company recognized as an important issue.
We also changed the name to the Guidelines for Green Procurement. Application of these guidelines drove NTT Communications to include new factors in its set of criteria applied when selecting suppliers, such as the supplier’s actions toward environmental conservation and an environmental conservation element of the procured item.
Through its green procurement initiatives, NTT Communications works to improve its environmental protection activities with its suppliers and seeks to commit to further social contribution.
◆ Status of Green Procurement and Green Purchasing (1,000 Units)
Environmental Education Initiatives
We offer all employees environmental education with the intention of raising their awareness of environmental matters.
We are also proactive in environmental awareness activities as part of our CSR efforts, extending the scope of participation to include not only employees but also their family members and our business partners.
In fiscal 2018, all-employee training sessions covered international trends such as the SDGs and ESG investments.
Additionally, we undertook a range of environmental awareness and educational activities, including a cleanup of the areas around our offices and the seaside, promotion of the ecocap movement, and a biodiversity-related photo contest.
Moreover, woodland conservation activities were carried out at NTT Com Solutions and NTT Com Marketing in a bid to deepen employee understanding of the importance of protecting the natural environment.
Realizing a Low-carbon Future
Our range of approaches to reduce co2 emissions includes saving energy and improving the efficiency of our facilities as well as offering services that incorporate excellent Low-carbon features and engaging in environmental contribution activities.
For our environmental initiatives in relation to Company facilities, we have set targets from three viewpoints: telecommunications facilities, offices, and overseas bases, and all of our employees are working together to reduce co2 emissions.
Particularly, since electricity consumption accounts for more than 90% of total CO2 emissions from business activities, we can expect great advantages as a result of saving energy and improving the energy efficiency of telecommunications equipment.
We are thus making strong efforts in such respects as leading the industry in introducing cutting-edge technologies.
While the advancement and spread of ICT has helped to bring about an affluent society and convenient lifestyles, the increase in power consumption from ICT-related equipment is placing enormous pressure on the environment. Against such a backdrop, SDGs 13 is urgently combating climate change.
Reducing co2 emissions, the main cause of climate change, is a matter of utmost urgency not only for humans but also for the prosperity of all living creatures.
As part of our initiative to contribute to the creation of a Low-carbon society, we set “Realizing a Low-carbon Future” as one of the themes for our Environmental Statement.
In order to make our statement concrete, we will take on activities with a strong awareness of specific effects while continuing to strengthen our efforts from a global perspective and taking into account the expansion of our businesses’ supply chains.
Implementing Closed-loop Recycling
As symbolized by SDG 12 “Responsible Consumption and Production,” the thoroughness and extent of penetration of a recycling-oriented society continues to gain in importance as a problem shared by us all.
To contribute to the realization of a recycling-oriented society, the NTT Communications Group works to improve reuse and recycling ratios on a daily basis while building business models with low environmental impact.
Specifically, we are working to reduce the volume of waste in the three areas of dismantled telecommunications equipment, construction waste, and office waste while also promoting reuse and recycling in various aspects of our business.
In order to contribute to the realization of a recycling-oriented society, we are pursuing the creation of a low environmental impact business model in addition to our daily efforts to improve the reuse and recycling ratios.
Specifically, we organize working groups in the three areas of dismantled telecommunications equipment, construction waste, and office waste, and we are cooperating with other NTT Group companies in the promotion of waste reduction and reuse and recycling in various aspects of our business.
In addition to our internal efforts, we are also leveraging our knowledge, technologies, and knowhow to contribute to the creation of a recycling-oriented society.
Planning a Future of Co-existing with Nature
We place a high priority on conservation of biodiversity throughout our business activities, from the construction of facilities to their operation and dismantling, in addition to promoting preservation activities by inspecting the progress of initiatives, finding problems, and making improvements.
Moreover, we will implement multifaceted initiatives for environmental contribution activities, including participation in local conservation activities and the dissemination of information.
Development of Activities in Line with Action Guidelines
Having formulated the Biodiversity Action Plan, we have been proactively developing our approaches.
There is a growing awareness on a global scale for biodiversity conservation.
In the years to come, we will promote progress check of efforts, identify issues, and promote improvements across the Group as a whole, including at overseas bases.
As advocated in SDGs 14 and 15, conserving the biodiversity of life below water and on land, together with the prevention of global warming and the preservation of ecosystems, has recently developed into a major environmental challenge with regard to the creation of a sustainable society.
NTT Communications has set “Planning a Future of Co-existing with Nature” as part of its environmental declaration and established a set of action guidelines with regard to biodiversity conservation in order to promote environmental preservation activities.
The entire Group, including its overseas companies, will actively engage in activities that are in line with the Action Plan.
◆ Biodiversity Action Plan
1. Basic Policy: in Compliance with the NTT Group Biodiversity “Approach Concept” Established by the NTT Group
●Development Centered on Business Activities
The Group recognizes that all activity is inextricably linked to the planet and to biodiversity, understands that the scope and impact at home and overseas are related depending on the nature of a business, and promotes initiatives that are recognized as having a preservation effect.
●Development Centered on Contribution to Society
In partnership with its stakeholders, the Group widely promotes initiatives toward the preservation of biodiversity, regardless of their relevance to its business.
2. Action Guidelines
●Implement actions that take into account the preservation of biodiversity in business activities.
●Contribute to the preservation of social biodiversity in business activities.
●Deepen understanding of biodiversity, promote nature conservation activities together with employees, their families, and the planet.