Social Aspects

To achieve a sustainable business development and to realize our corporate vision “Learning from the past to build a future. A circular- and sustainability-oriented innovation that prolongs for 100 years and beyond.” it is essential for us to carry out efforts that contribute to social well-being of our stakeholders. We comply with the social aspects stated in our Code of Conduct and aim to grow with local communities by contributing to solving social issues through our business.

Considering the stage of our business and upon discussion in the Sustainability Committee, we have selected 7 social priorities. By analyzing its performance in FY 2017 and social impacts through our business, we strive to improve in a holistic way based on the plans for actions that relates to our operation and external stakeholders.

Securing product safety and provision of information
It is our responsibility to ensure the safety of LIMEX products. We have set guidelines for “product safety” along with “environmental consideration” and are continuously working on improving the product safety. We make sure that detailed information regarding the safety of our products is provided to the customers.
Results on product safety
There were no accidents related to Product Liability (PL) of LIMEX products in FY 2017.
Providing safety information
Regarding raw materials of LIMEX products, safety is confirmed based on the Pollutant Release and Transfer Register Law and the Act on the Evaluation of Chemical Substances and Regulation of Their Manufacture, etc. In addition, we prepare SDS (Safety Data Sheet) on LIMEX products to provide product safety information to our customers.
Customer information management
We deal with business cards as one of our main products, and we believe that proper management of customers’ personal information is one of the important issues in our services. To implement the protection of personal information by employees, on January 22, 2014, we obtained permission to use Privacy Mark from the Japan Information Economy and Society Promotion Association. We educate the members who deal with customers’ personal information about the protection of personal information.

There were no accidents related to violation of customer privacy nor consultation on customer data loss in FY 2017.

We seek to support regions that were affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake through creating employment by basing our production at the Shiroishi Plant in Miyagi Prefecture. Creation of employment is regarded as an important initiative as our business foundation. The employment statistics of TBM including the head office and Shiroishi Plant in FY 2017 are as follows.
Employment data (March 31st, 2018)
  Head Office Shiroishi Plant
Entire Employee 35 people 45 people
Gender Female 10 people 1 person
Male 25 people 44 people
Average Age 34.5
Leaves Maternity Leave 1 person
Child-Care Leave 1 person
TBM aims to develop human resources who can play an active role globally with the Japanese LIMEX technology; therefore, the Shiroishi Plant is considered as an important base for people development.

In FY 2015, we carried out training and worked on the development of human resource with expertise. Training included training for new joiners and training stipulated by laws and regulations. We will further consider implementing systematic human resource development and strive to improve the opportunities for education of employees.
Skill training and qualifications in Shiroishi Plant as of 2015
Subjects Training and qualification Contents
New-joiner training Newly recruited members learned about company philosophies, business models, manufacturing processes, and occupational health and safety. In FY 2015, 4 new members have completed this training.
Middle staff
Special education on activities
associated with limestone powder
Although there is no reported health concerning substances in our main raw material limestone, we provide training related to limestone dust particles to avoid inhaling them over a prolonged period to prevent any issues. 22 members working at the Shiroishi Plant have completed this training.
Safety and health promoter The committee members of the Safety and Health Committee at Shiroishi Plant take training to that informs required knowledge to promote safety and health. 2 members have completed this training in FY 2015.
Forklifting 5 workers who are involved in loading and unloading in distribution have been qualified for forklift operation.
Skill training course in operation as a chief industrial dryer 1 member in charge of the dryer operation has completed this training.
Safety and health training
for bush cutter operation
Training required for the bush cutter operation was provided to the staff in charge. In FY 2015, 22 members have completed the training.
Training on sequence programming 1 member in charge of installation has completed the training.
Additionally, we are gradually introducing a human resource development system at the head office as well. In FY 2017, we have promoted our Credo, and established guidelines for the "evaluation criteria" on work.
Occupational Health and Safety
We recognize that securing and improving the workplace environment for employees to work healthily and safely is vital. We have established a code of conduct related to the workplace environment, safety and health policies. This is set as one of our management priorities, hence will promote the creation of a more comfortable workplace environment.

In addition, we have established a safety and health committee to manage and maintain safety and health at the Shiroishi Plant. To create a more comfortable, secured and safe workplace, we have been discussing issues and room for improvement.

Safety and health promotion system
At Shiroishi Plant, the Health and Safety Committee is held monthly with the participation of 2 members in charge of safety operation along with all other members. In addition to this, an employee in the Administration Department from the head office visits the Shiroishi Plant every quarter to conduct an audit of the committee.

The Safety and Health Committee decides basic policies, annual goals, education on safety and health, traffic safety and disaster prevention. Daily tasks and its possible dangers associated are discussed among the members. All committee participants discuss how to improve the situation.
Education related to safety and health
TBM prioritizes occupational health and safety of our employees. We run monthly committee and new joiner training to raise awareness and develop knowledge and skill to ensure their health and safety.

Training includes the basics of health and safety, legal frameworks, management systems, roles of safety and health promoters, preventive measures against health hazards.
Furthermore, all members take first-aid training to have a better understanding of safety.
Accidents and injuries
There were no operational failures or commuting injuries in FY 2017.
Local communities
Local communities:Tohoku revitalization assistance through job creation
TBM chose one of the areas affected by the Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami in 2011, Miyagi prefecture, as a location for our first plant. By building and operating our plant at Shiroishi city, we strive to revitalize the area by job creation for the people in the affected areas.

During the construction of the Shiroishi Plant, TBM received generous support from METI (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry) through "Subsidy for advanced technology demonstration and evaluation facility development" in 2013. These activities are largely driven by the CEO Yamasaki's strong hope in supporting the restoration of the seriously affected areas.

In 2016, TBM was selected to be subsidised by METI with the objective of job creation in the tsunami and nuclear disaster-affected areas.

Our company is planning to build the second plant in Tagajyo City in Miyagi Prefecture. By doing so, we aim to establish the foundation for business expansion and technology export, especially to the parts of the world where people are suffering from water shortage.

Our CEO Yamasaki envisions providing an aid where he says; “For the children who received the earthquake disaster aid from foreign countries, I would like them to contribute to foreign countries through knowledge and skills gained at the Miyagi plants when they grow up, in the same way they received generous help in the time of the earthquake.”

To realize this vision, we will provide not part-time jobs, but full-time jobs, so that the employees can develop their skills in the long term. From Tohoku to Japan, and to the countries with water shortage and deforestation issues, we aim to have positive impacts on those areas by LIMEX products along with our skilled human resources.
Socio-economic compliance
In FY 2017, there were no violations of social and economic laws and regulations.
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*Reference guidelines:GRI Standard
*Reporting period : April 1, 2017 - March 31, 2018