NSK's new policy supports environmental sustainability


NSK Corporation (NSK) on August 18 released its new corporate environmental policy affirming the company's commitment to maintaining the highest standard of sustainability within its North American operations. The policy is another step being taken by NSK, which has been recognized among the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations, to demonstrate its environmentally friendly performance to its customers.

The new policy outlines NSK's pledge to conduct business in a manner to protect human health, prevent pollution and protect the environment. It also outlines how employees and suppliers are encouraged to participate in the company's efforts. Employees have and will continue to be educated on the effects their work may have on the environment and what they can do to lessen that impact.

In 2009, NSK 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 kilowatt-hours of electricity
  • 19,525 gallons of gasoline
  • 18,131 cubic yards of landfill airspace

Marcia Fournier, NSK's manager of environmental health and safety, is the company's front-line green ambassador and is working to engage employees in a green focus. Fournier regularly travels to each of NSK's U.S. facilities to identify areas for improvement, develop initiatives to help each facility reach corporate green targets and report their progress.

"NSK staff and management are very committed to acting in a green manner", says Fournier. "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."

NSK has pledged its commitment to becoming even more sustainable in anticipation of increased customer demand. As a supplier of components vital to a broad range of industries, NSK continues to develop environmentally preferable products. The company offers a bearing reconditioning program that allows its customers to reduce waste and increase efficiency and is actively supporting the electrification of automobiles.

About NSK
Established in 1916 and headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, NSK is a world-class manufacturer of motion and control products, leading the industry with superior quality, engineering research and technical innovation. NSK produces and distributes a wide range of rolling element bearings, linear motion and automotive component products for a variety of applications. Operating in the Americas, NSK Corporation is a member of the NSK Ltd. group and is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Mich. NSK Corporation has a network of sales and engineering teams working in partnership with customers to deliver high performance products, application-specific solutions, superior technical support and exceptional service to the Americas market. The company's strategically located manufacturing and distribution centers supply both original equipment manufacturers and the industrial aftermarket through a broad distribution network. 

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