Environment-friendly business activities are an urgent goal for the entire planet. Because we do business globally, we embrace our potentially greater responsibility and approach it as a real opportunity to look after the natural environment through timely, sustainable action.
The NISSIN FOODS Group (the "Group") established the Environmental Charter in 1999. The charter is a declaration of our commitment to environmental protection and resource conservation in the context of our business activities, a pledge to coexist in harmony with society and a promise to improve the global environment. Since that time, we have implemented Group-wide measures to address environmental problems, doing our part to realize a sustainable, recycling-based society. Furthermore, we have established the Group Environmental Council to implement environmental management throughout the Group and obtained ISO 14001 certification at 27 business sites in Japan and overseas. We are currently working to develop and implement an environmental management system.
In our production activities, to achieve the environmental targets for 2011 in the medium-term management plan we expanded a natural-gas fuel source conversion program to additional plants. As a result, in fiscal 2012 (year ended March 31, 2012), we achieved a 18% reduction in CO2 emissions from the fiscal 2006 level.
In the area of product development, we are expanding and enhancing the line of refill products and converting more products to paper containers. In addition, we engage in industry-leading global warming mitigation measures, including activities for the practical application and popularization of the Carbon Footprint System undertaken in collaboration with the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. As the company that pioneered instant noodles-now a "world food" in both name and reality-we will continue to engage in business activities aimed at the realization of a sustainable society.