Quality and Environmental Management
Quality management is one of the most important aspects in obtaining the trust and satisfaction of customers in the provision of products and services. All of our relevant employees are engaged in thorough quality management.
In coordination with product units and steelworks, the Company’s Quality Assurance Department promotes measures to cope with Groupwide quality control and assurance issues. We also make efforts to standardize or systemize ways to enhance and assure quality and carry out capital spending.
The quality management structure for all Group companies including overseas ones is based on the autonomous quality enhancement activities of the relevant section of each product unit and steelworks, which are then internally monitored and checked.
Furthermore, Nippon Steel has received certifi cations from external institutions such as for ISO 9001 and Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS), which has boosted its credibility.
While Nippon Steel has supported Japan’s industrial development, we realize that we also have a signifi cant impact on the environment in our business activities, as we account for approximately 5% of Japan’s overall energy consumption. Nippon Steel and all its Group companies are tackling environmental management based on its “Environmental Basic Policy,” which has Groupwide comprehensive environmental management as its core.
Environmental Management System
Constructing a system for environmental preservation activities as a group
Nippon Steel’s Environmental Management Committee convenes every half year and spearheads environmental management. Air, wastewater, and industrial waste are emphasized as important environmental risks to manage and the Groupwide periodic conference for each of those risks is held for further improvement.
In addition, the Group Companies Environmental Conference convenes twice or more per year, so that information is shared with Group companies. We have established a scheme to focus on a specifi c environmental risk and strive to ensure environmental preservation.
Through internal environmental supervision, internal control interviews with Group companies in Japan and overseas, and other measures, we check and follow up on the environmental status effectively using the “plan–do–check–act” (PDCA) cycle.