Employee Initiated Activities and Evaluation System In fiscal 2008 Nissan added

Employee initiated activities and evaluation system

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Employee-Initiated Activities and Evaluation System In fiscal 2008, Nissan added the “environment” factor to the range of kaizen activities carried out by quality-control (QC) circles. This creates a mechanism that encourages employees to think proactively and propose ideas to improve environmental aspects of Nissan’s business. Managers encourage employees’ active participation by communicating how these QC circle activities are linked to achievement of the goals in the company’s midterm business plan. The ideas proposed by employees go to managers and QC circle secretariats for assessment of their potential contribution to environmental improvement, among other factors, after which Nissan may implement those with the highest potential. The knowledge and skills of the frontline employees on CO 2 emission reduction, energy management, water conservation and waste and landfill reduction have been compiled in a best-practices manual and shared among global facilities. A system to reduce cooling-tower water use was born from this activity. Nissan also holds contests in some facilities during officially designated months in Japan to keep employees motivated to participate in environmental activities. These include the Energy Use Reduction Idea Contest in February (energy-efficiency month), the Water Usage Reduction Idea Contest in June (environment month) and the Waste Reduction Idea Contest in October (3R promotion month). Nissan uses various methods to reward employees for their contributions to environmental improvement activities. One is inclusion of these activities in the “commitment and target” annual performance goals used at some Japanese and overseas locations. This system assesses employees’ achievement of goals, reflecting this in performance-related elements of bonuses. Employees are also recognized for environmental improvement through Nissan Prizes presented by the CEO or other executives, awards given by plant heads and “THANKS CARD” recognition from managers for excellent work or achievements. page_76 Click here for more information on supply-chain management. 23 NISSAN MOTOR CORPORATION SUSTAINABILITY REPORT 2017
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research firm RobecoSAM AG. Nissan received particular recognition for its initiatives promoting zero-emission vehicles and fuel-efficient vehicle expansion and for its reduction of workplace CO 2 emissions. As a result, Nissan scored top marks in four out of six criteria, being rated one of the top companies in its industry for environmental activities. For the second consecutive year, the company also finished second in the manufacturing sector and first in automobile manufacturing in the Nikkei Environmental Management Survey. The survey, conducted by Nikkei Inc. for the 20th time last year, examines and evaluates how Japanese corporations balance business concerns with environmental policies, assessing the performance of 1,733 companies in the manufacturing sector and 1,429 companies in nonmanufacturing industries, including retail, restaurants, power and gas and construction. Nissan achieved a total score of 490 points out of a
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