As a manufacturer, we are expected to contribute to the resolution of social issues, including environmental problems, through our core business operations.
As examples of our ongoing efforts, the Group is focusing on the creation of a) environmentally friendly products, b) products and services that can improve the environmental performance of customers’ products, and c) products and services that help improve the environment, such as products that save energy and resources, conserve biodiversity, and avoid the use of chemicals. This is all achieved thanks to our focus on craftsmanship, miniaturization, and efficiency.
Green Products Certification System
Environmentally Friendly Products
In 2001, Seiko Instruments Inc. introduced something called the Green Product Standards, an environmental initiative that was ahead of its time. Since 2020, the project has been operated by Seiko Holdings Corporation, and renamed the Green Products Certification System. Any of our business divisions can participate in the green products certification screening. As a matter of fact, the participation of other divisions helps to ensure that the screening process is conducted objectively and from a broader viewpoint. It also helps to facilitate information exchange among business divisions about environmentally friendly design.
*This system is based on the system introduced by Seiko Instruments Inc. in 2001, and has been operated as the Green Products Certification System of Seiko Holdings Corporation since 2020.
Green Products Certification Criteria
Based on the Environmental Label Type II (ISO14021), we evaluate each environmental compatibility factor for each product based on our own five-step system, and certify products with an average score of at least 3.5 (out of 5) as Green Products.
Outline of Green Products Certification Criteria
- Environmental friendliness will be based on 22 key items common to all products.
- For each item and each product, we will use a five-step evaluation process.
- Priority shall be given to “absolute evaluation criteria,” which is a five-level set of standards measuring the level of environmental friendliness of similar products in the industry. The evaluations are based on each company’s own survey. However, if there are items for which it is difficult to use these “absolute evaluation criteria,” then we should use the “relative evaluation criteria,” which refers to five stages of improvement in the level of environmental friendliness relative to conventional products.
- Evaluation criteria will be based on numerical values as much as possible.
- The criteria will be reviewed and revised once every two years.
|Score||The concept of absolute evaluation criteria||The concept of relative evaluation criteria|
|5 points||Top class||Outstanding improvement over prior products|
|4 points||First group||Substantial improvement over prior products|
|3 points||Second group||Some Improvement over prior products|
|2 points||Average level||Same level as prior products|
|1 point||Low level||Lower level than prior products|
22 Key Items Relating to Environmental Friendliness Used in Green Products Certification Criteria*
- Power consumption during use
- Power consumption during standby
- Product weight
- Usage of reused parts and recycled materials
- Recyclability of products at end of lifecycle
- Extension of product lifecycles
- Limitation of undesirable substances in parts*
- Elimination of conditional use substances in parts*
- Elimination of banned substances in parts*
- Smaller, more lightweight packaging
- Limitation of extruded polystyrene foam packaging materials
- Avoidance of polyvinyl chloride and heavy metals in packaging
- Manufacturing process: energy conservation
- Manufacturing process: resource conservation
- Manufacturing process: reduction of undesirable substances*
- Manufacturing process: elimination of banned substances*
- Green purchasing
- Easy disassembly
- Easy sorting of materials for recycling
- Information disclosure in user manuals, and other related documents
- Contribution to improving the environmental performance of our clients’ products and to conserving the environment
- Consideration for biodiversity
* Based on SHC standards
High Grade Green Products Certification System
High Grade Green Products Certification Criteria
Products that not only meet the Green Products Certification Criteria, but also meet the following two conditions will be certified as High Grade Green Products.
|Basic condition||Must satisfy the Green Products Certification Criteria, with an average score of 3.5 or more.|
The Seiko Holdings Group promotes Green Purchasing, prioritizing purchases of products with low environmental impact from suppliers that are engaged in environmentally friendly activities.
Seiko Instruments Inc., established the SII Group Green Purchasing Standards in 1999 based on the idea that it is essential to consider the environment in every single component or material used. SII has been promoting Green Purchasing with the cooperation of the Design/Development, Quality Control, and Procurement departments and with the understanding and cooperation of our suppliers.
Management of Chemical Substances in Products
The tightening of regulations on chemical substances in products, which was pioneered by the EU’s RoHS Directive, is expanding in Asia and other parts of the world. The Seiko Holdings Group is working to prohibit or reduce the use of undesirable substances in its products, not only those banned by law, but also those for which there are concerns regarding hazardous effects on human health and the environment. Group companies where such issues are relevant have established management systems to eliminate these problems by steadily reducing the use of such substances in their products and conducting regular analyses to confirm their elimination.