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Risk Management Activities at Overseas Locations

In accordance with our Basic Environmental Management Policies, the Kobe Steel Group aims for thorough environmental management at Group sites throughout the world.

On-Site Environmental Inspections at Overseas Group Company Sites

Inspection of water treatment facility (China)

Inspection of water treatment
facility (China)

Inspection of dust collector (China)

Inspection of dust collector
(China)

As with business locations and Group companies in Japan, the Kobe Steel Group plans to implement environmental management systems for overseas Group companies in line with Japanese standards. To this end, since fiscal 2009 the Kobe Steel head office has been carrying out environmental inspections at our manufacturing locations worldwide in order to confirm the on-site state of affairs regarding environmental management.

In fiscal 2013 inspections were carried out at six Group manufacturing companies in China, South Korea and the Netherlands. The purpose of the inspections was to identify the state of environmental management, on-the-ground conditions, and any related problems. Improvements were implemented based on the results. We will continue to carry out environmental inspections at overseas locations in fiscal 2014.

Group Companies Targeted for Environmental Inspection in Fiscal 2013

China: Kobe Welding of Qingdao Co., Ltd, Wuxi Compressor Co., Ltd.
Chengdu Kobelco Construction Machinery Co., Ltd., Chengdu Kobelco Cranes Co., Ltd.

South Korea: Kobe Welding of Korea Co., Ltd.

The Netherlands: Kobelco Welding of Europe B.V.

Information Sharing Framework

In order to promote global environmental management and encourage communication, the Kobe Steel Group has created a system for the regular sharing of information between overseas Group companies and Kobe Steel. In the future we will continue to promote such communication while striving to reduce environmental risks.

Initiatives throughout the World

North American EHS Meeting

EHS meeting

EHS meeting

Kobe Steel USA, Inc. (KSU), which oversees Kobe Steel Group companies in the United States, holds an EHS (Environment, Health and Safety) meeting in New York in November of every year. The meeting involves expert lectures, and reports on the initiatives and situation of each company.

In fiscal 2013 participants from Japan also attended the meeting to trade opinions and explain the Kobe Steel Group's environmental management policies.

Environmental Seminar Held During Group Company Representatives' Conference

Southeast Asia/India Representatives' Conference

Southeast Asia/India
Representatives' Conference

The Kobe Steel Group holds local group company representatives' conferences in North America, China and Southeast Asia/India. In fiscal 2013 participants from Japan attended the China and Southeast Asia/India conferences to exchange opinions and explain the Kobe Steel Group's environmental management policies. In the future, we will continue to explain the importance of environmental risk management activities to Group company environmental managers in countries throughout the world.

Topics

Creating Environmental Management Systems at Overseas Locations

Kobelco Welding of Europe B.V.

Kobelco Welding of Europe B.V.

Kobelco Welding of Europe B.V (KWE) in the Netherlands acquired ISO 14001 international environmental management system certification in September 2012. KWE was established in Heerlen in 1994 for the manufacture and sale of flux-cored wire for stainless steel and mild steel.

KWE promotes resource recycling through reuse of shipping palettes, wood recycling, and other measures. KWE also strives to limit chemical substances, such as through the use of bio-detergents for oil washing.