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Mazda Publishes 2005 Social and Environmental Report

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HIROSHIMA, Japan--Mazda Motor Corporation today issued its Social and Environmental Report 2005 that features the results of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives and environmental protection activities conducted during fiscal 2004.  Mazda has produced an annual environmental report since 2001 and, from 2004, has issued a yearly CSR report that contains supplemental social information. The Social and Environmental Report (SER) 2005 has a wider scope and enhanced content that outlines Mazda’s various policies and how they relate to areas of stakeholder interest with respect to CSR and environmental issues.

General highlights of the SER Report 2005 include:
- A report about the December 15, 2004 fire at the Ujina No.1 Plant, and subsequent fire prevention activities.
- The establishment of a CSR Committee in December 2004, with the president of Mazda as its chairperson.
- The introduction of a unique human resources development system that includes a training course to foster technical excellence in Mazda’s production engineers.
- An overview of policies to promote a better work-life balance, for example Mazda’s in-house employee childcare center, “Waku-Waku Kids Land.”
- Social contribution program case studies from Europe, the United States, and Thailand.
- A summary of the Personal Information Protection Act implementation at Mazda.
- The addition of a Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines compliance chart. GRI Guidelines provide an organizational framework used to report economic, environmental and societal performance measures.

Environmental highlights:
- In 2004, Mazda reviewed its Global Environmental Charter and set its Basic Environmental Policy,expanding the application of the new environmental management system from Mazda itself to cover the entire Mazda Group.
- Achieved a top-level ratio of 87.3 percent of domestic vehicle sales (shipment volume basis) in FY2004 meeting SU-LEV/U-LEV (Super- or Ultra-Low Emissions Vehicle) requirements.
- Started public road tests of the RX-8 Hydrogen RE, a clean energy vehicle with a dual fuel system that allows it to run on either gasoline or hydrogen, with the intention of leasing to government institutions and companies.
- Attained a recyclability ratio of 90 percent or better for new models sold in 2004, such as Verisa and Premacy, among others.
- Promoted green purchasing guidelines, with 95 percent of Mazda’s major suppliers worldwide receiving ISO14001 certification by the end of FY2004.
- Decreased the use of environmentally unfriendly substances in vehicle parts by developing alternative technologies to reduce the use of hexavalent chromium and cadmium. The use of mercury has been eliminated, except for minimal usage in LCD panels, discharge headlights, and a few other parts.
- Reduced energy consumption in many phases of Mazda’s corporate activities, achieving an overall reduction of CO2 emissions to 20.2 tons per unit sold (tons per 100 million yen in sales), a 9.4 percent improvement over the 22.3 tons per unit result in 2003.
- Increased environmental protection expenditures (Mazda-only, unconsolidated) to 47.69 billion yen, a boost of 5.84 billion yen over the previous year, amounting to 2.58 percent of gross sales.
- Increased conversion to liquid natural gas (LNG) used in Mazda’s production facilities in Japan to further reduce CO2 emissions.
- Reduced CO2 emissions by 5,651 in the logistics area through greater use of the Mazda Milk Run System (MRS) that decreases parts transport by truck, or through a modal shift toward sea transport of finished vehicles.