NSK, a manufacturer of motion and control products, released its new corporate environmental policy last week. The policy outlines NSK’s pledge to conduct business in a manner that protects human health, prevents pollution and protects the environment, and it also outlines how employees and suppliers are encouraged to participate in the company’s efforts.
NSK, which is headquartered in Tokyo, has been recognized among the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations.
In the announcement last week, NSK said that in 2009 employees in the United States contributed to environmental savings of:
- 8,952 barrels of No. 2 fuel oil
- 15,137 mature trees
- 5,694,000 gallons of water
- 986,000 kW hours of electricity
- 19,525 gallons of gasoline
- 18,131 cubic yards of landfill airspace
“NSK staff and management are very committed to acting in a green manner,” says Marcia Fournier, NSK’s Manager of Environmental Health & Safety. “We recently had a group of employees take it upon themselves to investigate their workplace and then work with their peers to significantly reduce the facility’s waste. It’s that type of initiative and commitment that is driving NSK to the forefront of sustainability in both our products and our working practices.”
I particularly like the way NSK links environmental stewardship to product development. According to the company’s website, NSK believes its role in environmental protection and social development involves:
- Minimizing energy consumption and energy losses by controlling and facilitating the movement of objects with the minimum of friction.
- Maximizing the life of customers’ products by producing durable and reliable products.
- Developing solution-oriented products tailored to the specific requirements of our customers.
For example, NSK offers a bearing reconditioning program that allows its customers to reduce waste and increase efficiency, and the company is actively supporting the electrification of automobiles.