July 16, 1996
For instance, countries concerned are required, under the Framework Convention on Climate Change, to target the stabilization of the gross carbon dioxide volume at 1990 level in the year 2000, but the volume has rather shown an uptrend in Japan. As for waste disposal, the Law for Promoting of Sorted Collection and Recyclying of Containers and Packaging has been enacted as a step toward the establishment of a recycle-based society. The realization of such a community, however, calls for a basic change in the mode of conception, a change that targets "resources" or "byproducts" instead of "waste." On the other hand, there is a growing international mood for environmental management and auditing, with the ISO14000 series, a voluntary international standard in the private sector, scheduled to take effect this fall.
With the 21st century dawning in just a few years, it is the hope of everyone to hand a well-protected environment and its blessings on to next generations. We should restructure the "throw-away civilization" that leads to the waste of resources and achieve "sustainable development" so as to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
As key words to employ in our efforts in that direction, we therefore attach importance to these three goals --
In facing up to these problems, we essentially need partnership with companies, consumers, citizens, non-governmental organizations (NGO) and the government. Everyone should be well aware of being a "global citizen." So should every company be aware of being a "global corporate citizen" and act in concert with the government, consumers, citizens and NGOs.
In order to awaken the people to such necessity, it is effective for enterprises to promote education on the environmental problem and positively tackle environmental enlightenment activities both inside and outside companies.
In the hope of thinking and acting together with the government, consumers, citizens and NGOs as "global corporate citizens" we will transmit this declaration through the Internet and ask for their views on our program. We intend to reflect the comments and opinions thus expressed in mapping out industry-wise voluntary action plans aimed at protecting the global environment.
Please give us comments or suggestions on Keidanren Appeal and Voluntary Action Plans,if possible, with your name, organization and age.
In advance, thank you for your cooperation.