The Advantest Group pursues operations encompassing the "Three Rs" (reduce, reuse, and recycle) with the aim of realizing a recycling-oriented society.
In addition, the Group is building up its parts separation initiatives initially launched in fiscal 2009, pursuing efforts to recover valuable materials from waste in a manner that fully complies with all relevant laws and regulations, and conducting proper management and disposal of waste generated in the course of business operations.
Trend in waste output and recycling rate
* Scope of waste data: Advantest Group (Japan)
Breakdown of waste types in fiscal 2014
Fiscal 2014 waste treatment Breakdown
Memorandum of Understanding (MOUs) entered into with waste disposal service providers stipulating exclusion of anti-social forces
Companies have been imposing written obligations stipulating that contractual relationships may be terminated if the counterparty is found to be an anti-social organization. This is premised on ordinances established by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and other municipalities calling for the elimination of crime syndicates.
Moreover, the Japan Business Federation (Keidanren) in calling on companies to overhaul their corporate behavior is recommending that they conclude such written agreements as one means of ridding society of anti-social forces.
In accordance with ordinances calling for the exclusion of criminal elements and in line with recommendations of Keidanren in that regard, the Advantest Group's compliance initiatives entail concluding Memoranda of Understanding with all waste disposal service providers involved in our business dealings, stipulating that contractual relations may be terminated if it is discovered that a business partner acts as an anti-social organization.
Eco-friendly recycling in employee cafeteria
We recycle the leftover food generated by the Advantest Gunma R&D Center's employee cafeteria. The leftovers are processed into compost. Some of the compost is then used to fertilize an onsite vegetable garden, and some is distributed to employees at no cost. Produce from the garden is used in meal preparation at the cafeteria. Also, used cooking oil goes to a recycling business, where it is processed into biodiesel fuel for reuse.
Effective use of water resources
Advantest’s main water resource use applications are operation of air conditioners, kitchen use, toilet cleaning and drinking. At our main locations we use water for industrial use effectively. In addition to cleaning the toilets, we use roof-mounted sprinklers to improve cooling in the summer.
Advantest’s development and manufacturing sites are located in Gunma Prefecture and Saitama Prefecture and use water resources from Tonegawa River. In order to protect Tonegawa River’s water resource we carry out forest protection activities in the Kusatsu-machi National forest in Gunma Prefecture, the source of the river. Of course, each of our staff takes care not to waste water and makes efforts to make effective use of water resources.
Trend in water usage/discharged water
Amount of Tonegawa River water system usage