Environmental Management

Mazda is establishing an environmental management system throughout its value chain, including Group companies, suppliers, dealerships, and others.

Establishing Environmental Management Systems

Mazda is promoting the establishment of environmental management systems (EMS) across its entire supply chain and in all Group companies. The purpose of the EMS is to carry out more environmentally conscious business activities in a more effective manner, based on ISO 14001 and other standards.

Progress Status

  • ■ 13 Mazda and Group manufacturing companies in Japan and overseas have now acquired ISO 14001 certification.
  • ■ Mazda is expanding ISO 14001 certification scope to all domestic sites following the revision of ISO 14001:2015. The expansion of certification scope and examination of transfer to ISO 14001:2015 are scheduled to be completed in September 2016.
  • ■ Mazda is progressively certifying all dealerships in Japan under EcoAction 21 (EA21) *1, an environmental management system (As of March 2016, 36 dealerships of the Mazda/ Mazda Enfini sales channel, 103 dealerships of the Mazda Autozam sales channel, and Mazda Chuhan, a used car sales company, have been certified).
  • ■ Mazda has completed introduction of an exclusive Mazda EMS to three Mazda Group vehicle parts companies in Japan.

*1 Simplified EMS established by the Ministry of the Environment, for application at companies of various scales, such as small-to-medium sized companies.

List of ISO 14001 Certified Production and Business Sites

Domestic production/business sites

Hiroshima district Hiroshima Plant


June 2000

Miyoshi Plant
Hofu Plant Nishinoura district September 1998
Nakanoseki district (extended certification) September 1999

Overseas Production Sites

AutoAlliance (Thailand) Co., Ltd. (AAT)*2 May 2000
Changan Mazda Automobile Co., Ltd.*2 December 2008
Changan Ford Mazda Engine Co., Ltd.*2 February 2009
Mazda de Mexico Vehicle Operation*3 December 2014
Mazda Powertrain Manufacturing (Thailand) Co., Ltd.*3 December 2016 (Scheduled)

*2 Consolidated group company
*3 Equity-method group company

Four Domestic Consolidated Group Companies
(excluding sales companies)

Mazda E & T Co., Ltd.*4 June 2000
Mazda Ace Co., Ltd.*4 June 2000
Mazda Logistics Co., Ltd.*4 June 2000
Kurashiki Kako CO., LTD. December 2001

*4 A part or all of the certificates have been acquired as part of the Hiroshima district.

Four Domestic Equity-Method Group Companies

Toyo Advanced Technologies Co., Ltd.*5 June 2000
Japan Climate Systems Corporation May 2000
Yoshiwa Kogyo Co., Ltd. April 2002
MCM Energy Service Co., Ltd.*6 June 2008

*5 A part or all of the certificates have been acquired as part of the Hiroshima district.
*6 Certificates acquired as part of the Hiroshima district and the Hofu district; in March 2013, re-certification acquired independently.

Promoting Green Purchasing

With the aim of reducing the environmental burden throughout its entire supply chain, Mazda established the “Mazda Green Purchasing Guidelines” (revised in September 2014) and engages in operation activities accordingly.
These guidelines require all of its suppliers worldwide to undertake measures to reduce their burden on the environment, at all stages from product development to manufacturing and delivery. The guidelines also make it clear that Mazda will give preference in purchasing to suppliers who implement such environmental measures.
Mazda also requires its suppliers of parts, materials, and industrial equipment and tools to obtain and maintain ISO 14001 certification, and to reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions generated through their corporate activities by 1% annually. In addition, the Company promotes environmental activities in collaboration with its suppliers by providing them with information and other assistance.
Currently, all major suppliers involved in Mazda vehicle development and manufacturing have obtained ISO 14001 certification.

Status of Establishment of Environmental Management Systems (EMS) at Suppliers

  • ■ All major suppliers in Japan and abroad with which the Company has ongoing business relationships (around 400 companies), including new suppliers, have maintained certification as of the end of March 2016.
  • ■ Under the Mazda Green Purchasing Guidelines, Mazda requires, through primary suppliers, secondary suppliers to establish EMS.

Status of Implementation of Environmental Audits

To confirm that environmental management systems, such as ISO 14001 and EcoAction 21, are operating effectively, internal audit and environmental management system audit (EMS audit) are carried out annually of all Group companies, both in Japan and overseas, that have obtained certification, including the Hiroshima district and Hofu Plant. The FY March 2016 EMS audit revealed no serious compliance issues.
The results of the internal audit and EMS audits were reported to senior management. Any problems were swiftly and appropriately rectified.

EMS Audit Results on ISO 14001

Mazda Motor Corp.

  FY March 2012 FY March 2013 FY March 2014 FY March 2015 FY March 2016
Serious noncompliance issues 0 0 0 0 0
Minor noncompliance issues 0 0 1 2 2
Observation issues 5 10 18 8 16

Group Companies

  FY March 2016
Japan Overseas
ISO14001 Serious noncompliance issues 0 0
Minor noncompliance issues 0 8
Observation issues 36 35
EcoAction 21 Noncompliance issues 0 -
Observation issues 0 -

Eliminating Sensory Pollution

Sensory pollution comprises noise, vibration, and odors that have a sensory or psychological impact on people.
Mazda recognizes that clearing legal regulations may not be enough to prevent noise, vibration, and odors from annoying neighborhood residents. For this reason, Mazda is systematically stepping up measures to alleviate the causes of such pollution, as well as measures to improve noise insulation and odor removal.

Specific Initiatives in Environmental Risk Management

Environmental Monitoring

  • ■ Regular training is conducted at each plant and office to prepare for response in the event of accidents that adversely affect the natural environment.
  • ■ Environmental monitoring, including monitoring of air and water pollution, is conducted regularly.
Environmental Monitoring Item Target of Monitoring Items Monitored Monitoring Frequency
Air quality

Boilers, melting furnaces, heating furnaces, drying furnaces, etc.

5 items: sulfur oxides, nitrogen oxides, soot, volatile organic compounds, hydrogen chloride

Around 400 times per year
Water quality Treated wastewater

43 items: cadmium, cyanide, organic phosphorus, lead, hexavalent chromium, etc.

Around 1,600 times per year
Noise and vibration Site boundaries 1 item: noise level 12 times per year
Odor Site boundaries 1 item: odor index 12 times per year
Waste products

Slag, sludge, scrap metal, etc.

25 items: cadmium, cyanide, organic phosphorus, lead, hexavalent chromium, etc.

Around 120 times per year

Legal Violations

In FY March 2016, Mazda received no guidance from government authorities under laws and ordinances.


In FY March 2016, Mazda received complaints concerning seven cases, and is taking appropriate actions to address them in good faith.

(FY March 2016)

  Number of Incidents Response
Guidance from local government 0
Complaints Odor 6

Installed a noise barrier, and stopped the operation of some equipment, among others

Smoke 1  Strengthened the emission gas monitoring system