Recycling Resources Recycling Resources

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Approach to Materiality in Drainage and Waste

Supervising division CSR & Environmental Affairs Promotion Office
KPI Waste recycling rate
FY2018 target To promote resource recycling and sustain a waste recycling rate of more than 90% at locations in Japan
FY2017 result 90%
Material Reasons We promote 3R for resources based on the belief that contributing to a recycle-oriented society is one part of corporate social responsibility, and it positions measures for waste as an important issue.
Boundary Advantest Group (JAPAN)
Relevant policies Advantest Group Environmental Policy
Relevant commitments Waste Management and Public Cleansing Act
Responsible department/division CSR & Environmental Affairs Promotion Center/Environmental Management Officer
Management Resources 14
Relevant complaint processing policy (Corporate Ethics Helpline)
Assessment (Maintain and manage at least 90%)

Basic Policy

The Advantest Group pursues operations encompassing the "3(three) Rs" (reduce, reuse, and recycle) with the aim of realizing a recycling society.

We have enhanced efforts to sort components that have been ongoing since fiscal 2009 and ensured thorough compliance as we strive to recover valuable materials from waste. The waste produced in our business activities (packaging materials, etc) is sorted into each category of waste to appropriately process after identifying the disposal procedure with the contractor and recycle each element based on the laws related to waste processing and cleaning as well as the laws and regulations in each region as a waste business operator.

Change in Waste output and recycling rate

Scope of waste data: Advantest Group (business locations in Japan and overseas)

FY 2017 waste types Breakdown

FY 2017 waste treatment Breakdown

Disposal of Equipment Containing PCB

Advantest owns three capacitors, fluorescent lights and stabilizers which contain polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB), but all of the equipment which contained PCB was properly discarded and disposed of during fiscal 2017.

In September 2017, the three capacitors were transported to and disposed of by the Tokyo PCB Waste Treatment Facility.

In November 2017, 278.6 kg of stabilizers were transported to and disposed of by the Hokkaido PCB Waste Treatment Facility.

Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) Entered into with Waste Disposal Service Providers Stipulating Exclusion of Antisocial 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 recycle operators, where it is processed into biodiesel fuel for reuse.

Eco-friendly recycling

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Effective Use of Water Resources

Advantest's main water resource use applications are the operation of air conditioners, kitchen use, toilet cleaning, and drinking. At our main bases we use water for industrial use efficiently. In addition to using this water for cleaning the toilets, we also use it with roof-mounted sprinklers to improve cooling in the summer. Advantest is also filtering drinking water and using ultra pure water at some business establishments. It should be noted that approximately 90% of the discharged water produced by Advantest Group is classed as domestic sewage. Currently, domestic sewage cannot be recycled

Advantest's development and manufacturing sites in Japan are located in Gunma Prefecture and Saitama Prefecture and use water resources from the Tonegawa River. In order to protect the Tonegawa River's water resources we carry out forest protection activities in the Kusatsu-machi National forest in Gunma Prefecture, the source of the river.

Of course, every member of our staff takes care not to waste water, and strives to make effective use of water resources.

Trend in water usage/discharged water

Amount of Tonegawa River water system usage