KIOXIA's Yokkaichi Plant is one of the world's largest semiconductor fabs. It manufactures NAND Flash memories for increasingly pervasive smartphones and other digital electronic devices and ships them worldwide. Equipped with cutting-edge production systems, the Yokkaichi Plant also serves as a development site for new products and technologies. It is committed to reducing environmental impacts so as to help resolve global environmental issues facing humankind.

As a good corporate citizen, the Yokkaichi Plant will continue to prioritize legal compliance, environmental protection, and social initiatives, thus fulfilling expectations concerning corporate responsibility. We will endeavor to contribute to the development of a sustainable society.

Our aim is to make the Yokkaichi Plant a factory loved and trusted by everyone.

 

Owl protection project

In 2018, under the Mie Biodiversity Partnership program, the Yokkaichi Plant concluded an agreement with Yokkaichi-Nishi High School, Mie Prefecture, and three related cities and towns that are working together to protect owls designated by Mie Prefecture as Near- Threatened.

Employees of the Yokkaichi Plant have installed solar panels and cameras at one of the nest boxes put up by the students of Yokkaichi-Nishi High School to allow video observation of the little-known ecology of owls.

産卵(2019年3月13日)

Owl egg (March 13, 2019)

巣立ち(2019年5月13日)

Owl leaving the nest (May 13, 2019)

ソーラーパネル設置

Solar panels installed

監視システム

Monitoring system

Environmental classes for children

In addition to environmental classes at nearby elementary schools, we have been teaching classes titled “Operation CO2 Dieting” for children at the Yokkaichi Pollution and Environmental Museum since 2018. Elementary school students and their parents have taken these classes to learn about global warming through experiments and consider how to live in an environmentally friendly way. Furthermore, these classes have provided opportunities to visit a cleanroom in virtual reality to learn more about the Yokkaichi Plant.

こども環境教育を実施した「四日市公害と環境未来館」

Yokkaichi Pollution and Environmental Museum at which environmental classes for children are held

こども環境教育の様子

Environmental class for children

こども環境教育の様子

Environmental class for children

こども環境教育の様子

Environmental class for children

Planting flowers at the plant site

構内緑化活動の様子

Planting flowers at the Yokkaichi Plant

In order to raise environmental awareness, improve the corporate image, and create a relaxing environment for employees, the Yokkaichi Plant has been conducting the Flo-WA* project since June 2017 so as to have flowers around each fab. In November 2019, the Yokkaichi Plant held the fifth replanting event, in which many employees participated from each division.
 

* Expressing our vision of the project, "WA" is associated in Japanese with such concepts as harmony among colleagues, sharing, contentment, and laughter.

構内緑化活動に参加した従業員

Employees who participated in the flower-planting activity

Participation in environment exhibitions

The Yokkaichi Plant has been participating in local environment exhibitions every year since 2008. We promote community engagement at a booth where visitors can walk around a cleanroom in virtual reality and experience demos using KIOXIA’s products.

環境展示会の様子

Environment exhibition

環境展示会の様子

Environment exhibition

環境展示会の様子

Environment exhibition

Environmental internship

In September 2019, five students from Mie University participated in an environmental internship program offered by the Yokkaichi Plant. They were afforded an opportunity to consider their future career paths through experience with environmental work such as environmental management, environmental measurement, and waste control.

環境インターンシップの様子

Environmental internship

環境インターンシップの様子

Environmental internship

環境インターンシップの様子

Environmental internship

Awards and commendations from external organizations

2017 Distinguished Service Award for collection of plastic bottle caps

Since October 2008, the Yokkaichi Plant has been conducting campaigns to collect caps from used plastic bottles and sell them to recyclers through a nonprofit organization called the Ecocap Movement, which donates vaccines for children in developing countries.

In April 2015, we changed the recipient of bottle caps to Re-Lifestyle, also a nonprofit organization. The Yokkaichi Plant received the 2017 Distinguished Service Award from Re-Lifestyle in recognition of its three-year contribution*.

 

* The Yokkaichi Plant collected roughly 7.5 tons of caps (equivalent to approximately 6,000 polio vaccines).

ペットボトルキャップ回収「功労賞」を受賞

Distinguished Service Award for collection of plastic bottle caps

2019 Award for Excellent Energy Conservation Promotion Manager

In February 2020, two employees at the Yokkaichi Plant received an Award for Excellent Energy Conservation Promotion Manager from the Director-General of Energy Conservation Center, Japan, Tokai Branch in recognition of their wide-ranging contributions to energy saving in such fields as energy management and energy-saving education.

省エネルギー推進功労者表彰を受賞

Award for Excellent Energy Conservation Promotion Manager

省エネルギー推進功労者表彰の様子

Commendation ceremony for the Award for Excellent Energy Conservation Promotion Manager

Yokkaichi City Environmental Activity Award

In December 2019, the Yokkaichi Plant received the Yokkaichi City Environmental Activity Award from Yokkaichi City in recognition of its continued social contribution activities, including the owl protection activities conducted in collaboration with the local community and government, environmental classes for children, and resource collection activities.

四日市市環境活動賞の賞状

Certificate of the Yokkaichi City Environmental Activity Award

四日市市環境活動賞を受賞

Yokkaichi City Environmental Activity Award