Wednesday, June 14, 2000

Complex ISO 14001 Certification

Mazda Motor Corporation has earned ISO 14001 (commonly known as environment ISO) certification for its operations in the Hiroshima area. Mr. Hiroshi Kamiya, general manager of the Hiroshima plant, accepted the award on behalf of Mazda and its employees, from the Japan Automobile Research Institute (JARI), which as part of its function, evaluates and certifies companies for ISO accreditation.

Mazda Hiroshima Operations that have obtained ISO 14001 certification are:
- Hiroshima Plant
- The Head Office compound encompassing all departments, including R&D, production engineering, logistical transportation and administrative departments and six affiliated companies operating on the premises. (Those facilities include: Toyo Advanced Technologies Co., Ltd., Mazda Earth Technologies Co., Ltd., Mazda Ace Co., Ltd., Mazda Sangyo Co., Ltd., Mazda Plantec Co. Ltd., and Malox Co., Ltd.)
- The Miyoshi Proving Ground and Diesel Engine Plant in the northern part of Hiroshima Prefecture

With a combined total of more than 20,000 employees at these operations, the scale of this effort and award is unprecedented in the Japanese auto industry.

Mazda has been working toward making effective use of resources and energy as well as minimizing impact on the environment, under its environmental principle, "to promote environmental protection and contribute to a better society." The initiative to gain ISO 14001 certification is part of these efforts and represents Mazda's determination to be a good corporate citizen.

With today's announcement, all Mazda operations in Japan are certified. Mazda's Hofu Plant received ISO 14001 certification last September.

As for major production sites abroad, Auto Alliance Thailand (AAT), a joint venture in Thailand between Mazda and Ford, obtained ISO 14001 certification on May 11, and Auto Alliance International (AAI), a joint venture in the US between the two companies, is planning to obtain certification this summer.

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