Sustainable Environment
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Sustainable Environment



CJ CheilJedang, which understands that product manufacturing activities may exert direct and indirect influences on the environment, focuses its implementation of environment management on a dedicated group. This group manages overall environmental risk factors including energy efficiency improvements and reduction of GHG emissions and waste. Beyond merely reducing emissions and waste, we work to realize a virtuous cycle that transfers resources from nature to dining tables, and then, back to nature. This cycles covers eco-friendly packaging and the manufacturing of bio products through ecofriendly fermentation.

2019 KEY

1.Products with carbon footprint certification - Development of 9 eco-friendly products, 2. Reduction in waste by resource circulation methods * - 722tons Certification of resource circulation, 3. Reduction in CO2 as a packaging improvement task - 978tons Eco-friendly packaging performance, 4.Biodegradable plastics - Development of eco-friendly materials

Reinforcement of Environmental Management

Responsible Production for Sustainable Environment

Management Strategies

CJ CheilJedang has established a sustainable environmental management system, presenting a vision of becoming a world-class, green management company. We have established environmental safety strategies for all stages, from recognition of environmental risks to improvement, prevention, countermeasures, and diagnosis. We detect key environmental risks such as chemical leaks and odors in advance and preemptively deal with such issues.

Environmental Management Strategies : Recognition (Select key environmental risks, Risk Top 10) > Improvement (Check business sites with risk factors and invest in improvement , RM (Risk Management) DAY) > Prevention (Control the spreading of risk factors and check compliance with laws and regulations, (Safety Design Review) Conduct safety design review ) > Counter measure (Establish an emergency response system, Build a swift report system and conduct regular training) > Diagnosis ( Conduct regular diagnosis and ongoing improvement efforts, Diagnose environmental risks and evaluate the conformity of construction)

Waste Resource Circulation

All corporate business management activities inevitably generate waste. CJ CheilJedang not only reduces waste, but also turns it into other resources to create new value. In 2019, at our plant in Jincheon, we improved the management of by-products and waste by using pureed soybean from the tofu-making process. This use of by-products and waste was certified by the government as resources circulation.

Resource Circulation Certification for CJ CheilJedang Jincheon Plant, Resource circulation certification criteria (Storage standards, Economic feasibility, Harmful effects on human health, Others) Meeting the criteria > Use of ingredients from resource circulation > Approx.722 tons Annual reduction in waste

Environmental Management Group System

In order to minimize the environmental
impact of our products and services, we have
in place environmental management groups
at headquarters (in Korea) and business sites
in and outside Korea.

CEO - Business Management Administration - Safety Management Team - Food Production& Manufacturing Department (1. Environmental Safety Team for Global Production Support, 2. Environmental Safety Team for Business Sites) - Bio Business - Environmental Safety Team for Bio Engineering - Environmental Safety Division for Business Sites

Expanding Target Products
for Pursuing Carbon
Footprint Certification

To control GHG emissions throughout the whole production process, we are pursuing carbon footprint certification for some of our products. In 2019, we achieved certifications for nine products, including ‘Hetbahn’, soybean oil, white sugar and brown sugar products.

CJ CheilJedang Products Certified by Carbon Footprint
Sustainability-based Development of Technologies and Products

Eco-friendly Packaging

CJ CheilJedang adopted the ‘Sustainable Packaging 3R Policy’ to reduce waste from packaging materials and promote a sustainable
environment. We are striving to achieve a circular economy by developing packaging structures and materials to control non-recyclable materials and minimize plastic. With such technologies developed for our major products, we have reduced our plastic raw materials waste by about 551 tons in 2019. This is equivalent to the amount of plastics used to manufacture approximately 3,673 vehicles.

Implementation of the Sustainable Packaging 3R Policy(Recycle, Recover, Redesign) > Effect of reduction in plastic raw materials*The number of vehicles that can be manufactured using the amount of plastics as our reduction (150 kg per car), Reference: NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the United States) > Reduced the use of plastics in ‘Hetbahn’ products by the same amount as those used to manufacture 2,293 cars, Reduced the use of functional films by the same amount as those used to produce 593 cars, Reduced the use of plastics in ‘Gourmet’ products by the same amount as those used to manufacture 73 cars, Reduced the use of plastics in Seasoning containers by the same amount as those used to produce 49 cars = Effect of reduction in GHG emissions*, * Area of a forest with 30-year-old pine trees that can absorb as much GHG emissions as our annual reduction (10.8 tons per ha), Reference: National Institute of Forest Science in Korea, Area of a forest 91ha with pine trees

Development of Biodegradable Plastics (CJ BIO PHA*)

CJ CheilJedang is committed to developing eco-friendly materials using its biotech capacity. For example, The new plastic material developed
by CJ CheilJedang (CJ BIO PHA) is a type of synthetic resin used in plastic bags, food packaging, and coated papers.
We used only 100%bio-based raw materials, which are biodegradable in the sea. This eco-friendly bioplastic is made with 100% renewable raw materials and is also biodegradable in the ocean.

* PHA: Polyhydroxyalkanoates
PHA Biodegradation Cycle [Bio Degradable : H2O, CO2 > BIO Base (Corn, Sugar cane, etc.) > PHA (Biodegradable plastic) > End Product, Bio degradation in ocean After 120 Days



We have reduced the size for gift set by 19% and made tray including 40% recycled material. As a result, the use of plastic reduced by 80 ton in 2019. Furthermore, we have reduced total plastic weight of Hetbahn container by 344 ton in the same year.
Improvement of the recycling rate of gift set packaging materials, Optimization of containers and lid films for ‘Hetbahn’ products, Reduction of the thickness of packaging materials for ‘Bibigo' pouch HMR, CJ THE MARKET Using Only Water for Ice Packs

Eco-friendly Bio-fermentation and Refining Technologies

CJ CheilJedang has achieved a sustainable bio-cycle, which obtains resources form nature and returns to nature, through its eco-friendly fermentation and refining technology. We contribute environmental sustainability by reducing the environmental impact incurred while manufacturing products using natural ingredients and consuming and disposing of them.

CJ CheilJedang’s sustainable bio-cycle [Start > Grain industry Biomass '1. Carbon cycle or carbon fixation, 2. Use it as a sustainable resource, 3. Organic fertilizer'] > CJ CheilJedang Bio Plant (Fermentation method) > Amino acid for feed (Sustainable products) > Sustainable Environment products '1. Increase in livestock protein efficiency, 2. Reduction in nitrogenous excrements (8-9%) > Environment '1. Reduction in ammonia released into the atmosphere , 2. Use as a natural fertilizer > repeat