San Esters parent companies Mitsubishi
Rayon Corp. and Osaka Organic Chemical Co. ltd are members
of the Japanese Chemical Industry Association (JCIA or
Nikkakyo), and fully adhere to their guiding principles
for improvement on Environment, Health , and Safety as
San Esters as part of these companies also insures its
operations fully comply with these principles and the
principles of Responsible Care programs of JCIA's sister
Responsible Care organizations in the USA.
All commercial orders and samples require verification
that the chemicals supplied will be at all times properly
handled by trained personnel; used in safe, secure & properly
permitted facilities and used for applications which are
consistent with Responsible Care Initiatives worldwide.
Mitsubishi Rayon Corp has announced plans recently to
build a world scale Methyl Methacrylate/Methacrylic Acid
plant in the USA, where their proprietary "C4"
process that utilizes "closed loop technology", which
will result in ultra low emissions and waste compared
to traditional chemical plants. MMA has traditionally
been produced in the USA by using the "Acetone Cyanohydrin"
process, which has the environmental liabilities of using
highly toxic Hydrogen Cyanide and producing substantial
sulfate chemical waste requiring disposal and treatment.
Guiding Principles for JCIA:
GUIDING PRINCIPLES FOR IMPROVEMENT ON ENVIRONMENT, HEALTH
AND SAFETY OF JAPAN CHEMICAL INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION
The chemical industry, as an important member of society,
should recognize its responsibility for the contribution
to society, the protection of environment and the assurance
of health and safety, and also, should take care to harmonize
its business activities with the protection of the global
environment in accordance with the principle of suitable
development”, and thus should endeavor to increase
the trust of society.
For this purpose, we, the members of Japan Chemical Industry
Association, pledge to manage our business activities
in accordance with the following principles of “Responsible
Care”’ and to continue further effort for
protecting the environment and for ensuring health and
Furthermore, we shall promote our association’s
activities and cooperation with others in order to promote
better understanding and implementation of these Guiding
- To evaluate business activities and define the management
policies from the view point of “Responsible
Care” to safeguard the environment, health and
safety concerning our products in their whole life cycle
from research and development to waste disposal, and
make all employees realize the importance of the management
- To conduct the safe operation of plants and facilities
so as to ensure the protection of the environment and
the assurance of health and safety to employees and
the public, and also take care to secure the environment,
health and safety during the transport, use and disposal
of our products.
- To promote the reasonable measures for the reduction
of pollutants that are a burden on the environment in our
operations and the re-use and the recycling of wastes.
- To promote furthermore the saving of resources and
energy for contributing to the conservation of limited
resources and the global environment.
- To give environmental, health and safety considerations
a priority in our planning for the products and manufacturing
- To develop safe products and process technologies
by investigating all the aspects of environment, health
and safety in the initial stages of research and development.
- To promote the research and investigation on the
health, safety and environmental effects of our products
and materials handled.
- To provide customers the necessary information on the safe use and handling of chemical products.
- To be sensitive to the concerns of the administrators
and the public on our products and operations, and to
make an effort for communication so as to build the
- To cooperate in the international transfer of environmental
technology, and also, to respond actively for the protection
of environment and the assurance of health and safety
on the occasion of business activities in overseas areas.