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Environmental Management
Sustainability Report 2006

Kobe Steel Group Sustainability Report 2006

Table of Contents
Prologue
On the Publishing of the Sustainability Report
Formulation of a Corporate Philosophy
Report: Air Emission Problems at Steelworks
Promoting Corporate Social Responsibility
Corporate Governance and Compliance
Environmental Report
Environmental Management
Thorough Risk Management
Environmentally Friendly Manufacturing (1) Measures against Global Warming
Environmentally Friendly Manufacturing (2) Building a Recycling-based Society
Environmentally Friendly Manufacturing (3) Reducing Hazardous Substances
Environmentally Friendly Manufacturing (4) Reduction of Environmental Burdens
Environmentally Friendly Manufacturing (5) Environmental Investment and Environmental Accounting
Contribution to Environmental Protection through Products, Technologies and Services (1) Eco Materials
Contribution to Environmental Protection through Products, Technologies and Services (2) Energy Conservation
Contribution to Environmental Protection through Products, Technologies and Services (3) Recycling
Contribution to Environmental Protection through Products, Technologies and Services (4) Reducing the Burden
Contribution to Environmental Protection through Products, Technologies and Services (5) New Energy
Contribution to Environmental Protection through Products, Technologies and Services (6) New Production Technologies
Disclosure of Environmental Information
Coexistence and Harmony with Society
Promotion of Employee Initiatives
Social Report
Relations with Customers and Business Partners
Relations with Shareholders and Investors
Creating a Better Working Environment
Disaster Prevention Activities
Activities in the Community
Emission Data of Production Facilities
Corporate Profile
Overview of the Kobe Steel Group
Environmental Timeline
Third-Party Comment Editorial and Postscript

 
Ecoway
Ecoway
The Kobe Steel Group has established a symbol mark with the aim to cultivate an “environmental mind" among its employees and to enable an environment image to take root.

The fresh green leaf drawn freehand expresses a natural and gentle image. By combining an arrow mark with the word ECO WAY, the mark expresses the Kobe Steel Group’s corporate stance to progress, step by step, on a path to become an environmentally advanced company.

Editorial Policy
The Sustainability Report was prepared by using the Global Reporting Initiative's Guidelines for Sustainability Reporting 2004 and a draft of the 2006 edition as references. The Environmental Report section was put together by using the Environmental Reporting Guidelines (Fiscal 2003 Edition) published by the Ministry of the Environment in March 2004 as a reference. The section on disaster prevention was based on PR material published by the working group on company valuation and business continuity in the Cabinet Office's Central Disaster Prevention Council.
Technical terms are explained for easy understanding and the sources of related information are included so that readers can obtain more details.

Period and Scope Covered
The Sustainability Report 2006 presents the Kobe Steel Group's achievements in environmental protection and community activities in fiscal 2005 (April 1, 2005 to March 31, 2006). Some data from previous years are also included. The report includes the Group's basic stance on environmental protection and social contributions. It also describes current as well as future activities.