OUR ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY

We, MISUMI Europa GmbH, have set ourselves the goal of using our natural resources responsibly and minimizing or avoiding the environmental impact resulting from our business activities. To improve our environmental performance, we have determined the requirements that arise from the context of our company and derived appropriate goals and measures from them. Our objectives are measurable and are regularly reviewed.

Our obligation

 

As a trading company, we see particular challenges in avoiding waste and packaging our products in a way that saves resources. In our modern logistics center, we place high demands on efficient energy consumption and the reduction of CO2 emissions when transporting our products. We meet these challenges by integrating sustainability measures into the underlying business processes. The necessary financial and human resources are made available for this purpose.

Managers and employees who are tasked with contributing to the effective implementation of environmental protection measures get the support of management at all times. Appropriate communication within the company should make all employees aware of the need to handle our natural resources carefully and to support our environmental goals and contribute to their fulfillment.

To implement the environmental policy and to constantly improve our environmental performance, we have an environmental management system that is certified according to DIN EN ISO 14001 and is regularly checked by independent auditors. In addition, an energy audit according to DIN 16247-1 takes place every 4 years, which helps to optimize our energy consumption and identify potential savings.

High transparency

We have decided for a high level of transparency on all sustainability issues. In addition to protecting the environment, this also applies to the obligation to social and ethical issues as well as responsible corporate management and ensuring sustainable supply chains. We have been providing information on the two recognized platforms EcoVadis and CDP.net since 2022 and have received a corresponding rating.

In addition, this year we will commit to the UNGC (United Global Compact) and SBTi (Science-based Target Initiative) initiatives to establish, track and disclose our quantitative targets on a scientific basis. In particular, the targets for reducing CO2 emissions have been created for the entire MISUMI Group with all its locations and for around 12,000 employees and are binding for every branch.

Take responsibility

Taking responsibility means identifying issues, recognizing problems and working out solutions. We have analyzed the following topics and included them in our environmental policy.

Protection against pollution and soil contamination

Accidental and local pollution is the result of events that can occur in the course of regular business activities or as a result of an accident (e.g. fire, burst pipe, transport accident). This can have serious consequences for water, air and soil. We are aware that certain processes can lead to environmental damage if not handled properly and we do everything we can to avoid such pollution. To achieve this goal, the following principles have been established and apply to all our locations.
Compliance with all legal requirements: MISUMI is committed to complying with all applicable legal and regulatory requirements related to accidental pollution. We regularly review the laws and local regulations related to pollutants, waste disposal, discharge of effluent and handling of chemical substances.
Responsible disposal: We only use accredited waste disposal companies that are fully licensed by the responsible authorities for the disposal of waste and effluent. We organize the disposal according to the laws and local regulations. Disposal in the environment (e.g. in streams, rivers or in the ground) is strictly prohibited.
Prevention of spills of liquids and other substances from plants: We carry out regular preventive maintenance measures and monitoring to avoid and, if necessary, detect early leaks in lubrication systems, emission systems, pipes, tanks, refrigeration plants, cleaning systems, effluent systems, etc.
Supporting pollution prevention initiatives: We work with local authorities and support their pollution reduction initiatives. We share and promote these initiatives with other MISUMI locations and subsidiaries. We also make employees aware of the consequences of environmental pollution in the soil, in the air or in the water.
Transparency on pollution impacts: We have assessed the risks related to pollution impacts. We monitor the implementation of measures and their effectiveness and have defined responsibilities. We report possible serious incidents to the authorities and the MISUMI headquarters immediately.
Document procedures: We conduct regular risk assessments to identify operational areas where accidental or localized contamination could occur. We document the procedures for potentially accidental and local pollution risks and for their operational control.
Insurance for emergencies: We have ensured that adequate insurance is in place to cover the risks of accidental leakage or contamination, for example to cover cleaning costs, damage to the environment and legal costs.

Careful handling of water and effluent

Ensuring access to affordable, reliable and sufficient water supplies is essential. The water resources, we depend on, are shared with the people in the communities where we operate. Accordingly, we will act responsibly to protect the resource of water for others, ourselves and future generations.

MISUMI is therefore committed:

  • To comply with all applicable laws and local regulations related to the use of water and the discharge of effluent.
  • Not wasting water, avoiding pollution from effluent and continuously raising awareness among all employees.
  • To continuously monitor our water consumption to identify potential savings and to act.
  • Understand natural and man-made impacts on water resources, including climate change, and act within our corporate policies.
  • Involve local and other relevant stakeholders, e.g. in connection with operational changes or strategic adjustments.

Measures are defined as part of our environmental program if a need for action has been identified in accordance with our commitment. Since, due to our business activities, water is only used in normal household quantities and there are no machines or systems that require water for manufacturing processes, no dedicated water management has been implemented. Risks in dealing with extinguishing water or the discharge of effluent are named in the emergency management.

Dealing with waste responsibly

Avoiding, reusing and properly disposing of waste is critical to being environmentally responsible with our resources. Responsible handling of waste is one of our environmental goals (see Section 2.1). That is why waste is separated into paper, plastic and residual waste. Properly marked separation containers are used for this at both locations. The principle of waste avoidance also applies: Most documents are stored electronically, documents only need to be printed out if it is unavoidable from a legal or procedural point of view. If possible, packaging is used several times.

In addition to the usual household waste, the logistics site mainly produces packaging waste. These are separated according to the types of waste, residual waste, paper and plastic. Appropriately labeled containers have been placed in many work areas for this purpose. There are also separate collection areas for electronic waste and scrap metal.

Since no hazardous waste is generated at any site, there are no guidelines for this. Only old batteries accumulate in normal household quantities and are collected and taken to suitable collection points.

The waste process in logistics is documented and supplemented by instructional documents. All waste is recorded in a waste register. The use of packaging materials is also documented.

Reduction of CO2 Emissions

As a trading company, we do not operate any production facilities, but as part of the supply chain, we also feel obliged to contribute to reducing CO2 emissions. We record our energy consumption and the associated CO2 emissions for both locations.

The indirect CO2 emissions caused by the freight transport of our goods, primarily from Asia, are a significant part. These CO2 emissions are also recorded for air transport as well as for ship and road transport. Total emissions are disclosed.

Quantitative and scientifically verifiable targets have been set for our emissions.

Create awareness

The involvement of employees and suppliers is essential for the successful implementation of the goals and measures described below.

Appropriate information and instructions are provided to make our employees particularly aware of how to save energy. In the logistics center, avoiding and separating waste will continue to be discussed.

In preparation for the new Supply Chain Due Diligence Act (LKsG), our suppliers are increasingly being included in the overall sustainability management, of which environmental management plays a significant role. Our key suppliers are evaluated with regard to all ESG issues via a newly implemented application. We stand by our obligation to make our contribution to meeting the sustainability requirements.