ELIMINATING ENVIRONMENTAL RISKS
Focused Efforts on Protecting the Environment Based on International Standard
In late 1996, shortly after the a new environmental focused international standard1 was issued, SIA began exploring what these new standard was all about, and how we could use this system of structured requirements to further reduce our environmental impacts . SIA began manufacturing in 1989 and has had an excellent record of maintaining "compliance" to Federal, State, and local environmental laws and regulations. However, it was soon identified as we implemented the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System (EMS) that there was much more that we could, and should do. Starting slowly in 1997, and using the knowledge gained from implementing our ISO 9001 Quality Management System, we implemented various levels of environmental controls and improvement activities. The result of this early commitment to environmental improvement, SIA was recognized as the first automotive manufacturer in the United States to be ISO 14001 “certified”. Certified indicates that our EMS was, and continues to be successfully audited, by an external 3rd party auditing agency against the requirements of the ISO 14001 standard as well as many others that we have defined internally. This annual audit ensures that our system remains effective, and is continually striving to improve.
In 2003 our parent company, Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI) outlined key strategic environmental objectives for all of FHI’s business operations world-wide from product design, through manufacturing, distribution, and sales, and finally to our customers. To enhance the commitments of these key environment objectives, the (Subaru) North American Environmental Committee (N.A.E.C) was established. This committee is an organization consisting of Fuji Heavy Industries subsidiaries located in North America, created for the purpose of “enhancing environmental management efficiency of all the member companies through N.A.E.C organization management.” At SIA and all of Subaru’s business location, we firmly believe that responsible stewardship of our environment is an essential ingredient of our business culture, and we strongly believe that as stewards of the environment, we can reduce or eliminate adverse environmental impacts associated with our business operations and promote activities beneficial to the environment. To provide a summary of our environmental activities, our parent company releases an annual Social & Environmental Report that outlines the progress of all FHI companies and divisions, and the progress made to environmental stewardship.
Each and every day at SIA we continue to accomplish our policy by reducing the amount of waste generated, and reusing and/or recycling the remaining items. Through the commitments of our company, Associates, and our supplier, SIA achieved Zero Landfill status in May 2004, something we are extremely proud of!
Even today, as our EMS continues to grow, we continue to implement many environmental related improvement projects that support the main commitment of SIA, as defined in our Environmental Policy: “Eliminate Environmental Risk of our Operations”. In 2012 we further enhanced our commitment to the environment by implementing the ISO 50001 Energy Management System. This international standard provides an even greater focus on energy performance and reduction, resulting in lowering our CO2 generation.
At Subaru we believe we have the most environmentally conscious customers (and potential customers) of any car company. When people think of our products, they think of the outdoors; hiking, camping, bicycling, kayaking, canoeing, running…the list goes on and on. And that is why we must continue to strive to be the most environmentally friendly company in the United States. After all, it’s what makes Subaru a Subaru!
For additional information about SIA's environmental activities, please contact Denise Coogan at email@example.com
1 The original issuance of the ISO 14001 standard occurred in 1996, and it was last revised/reissued in 2004