Our Commitment to Both People and Nature

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Our commitment to both people and nature

Since the announcement of our commitment to ECO-Friendly Management on a global scale in 2003, we have built a system that covers all aspects of its implementation from conceptualization to practice. Based on the great cause of "Respecting the present and future value of the environment and fulfilling our responsibility for economic development and environmental protection as a social and economic stakeholder who understands that the environment is one of the core values of business operations," we put environmental factors above all else when we set up strategy. We implement this approach in every part of our operations, from R&D to purchasing, logistics, production, sales and service.

In 2012, we formed a consultative body - GrEEN - that consists of environmental experts at the working level from our local entities around the world. Members of the body work together to identify specific actions required for each business area and make gradual improvements.

기업경영활동의 핵심가치 인식
경제발전과 환경보전
환경의 현재와 미래의 가치 존중
사회적, 경제적 이해관계자로서의 책임 Our ECO-Friendly Management policy

Missions for ECO-Friendly Management

We have 5 missions for ECO-Friendly management to fulfill our social responsibilities as a global leader.


ECO-Friendly Management

ㆍBuild an enterprise system for environmental KPI management
ㆍBuild an information system on the global regulatory framework governing the environment
ㆍFind ways of shared growth for both our partners and ourselves

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  • Green Growth

    ㆍDevelop and roll out ECO-Friendly cars
    - Develop alternative fuels and highly fuel efficient cars
    ㆍSave energy and reduce GHG emissions
    - Use highly efficient instruments and renewable energy sources wherever possible

  • Crisis Management

    ㆍReinforce our capability to manage crises
    - Contingency planning and training
    - Procedures in case of crisis
    ㆍCommunication among internal and external stakeholders

  • ECO-Friendly Production

    ㆍReduce pollution and improve efficiency
    - Air, water, waste, harmful chemicals, heavy metals
    ㆍImprove eco efficiency

  • Resource Circulation

    ㆍReduce waste and increase recycling
    - Zero landfill and zero incineration of waste
    ㆍReduce water consumption

Organization for ECO-Friendly Management

We have secured the organizational capability to achieve sustainability in every part of our operation, including R&D, purchasing & logistics, production, marketing and customer services, in order to ensure environmentally sound and sustainable development.

1. Values and vision
· Policy setup
· ECO-2010 Vision setup
2. Organization and strategy
· Strategy for Eco-friendly Management
· Social Responsibility Committee
3. Management system
· Environment KPI
· ECO-Friendly Management
· Health and safety
· Mutually beneficial operation
· Collaboration among stakeholders
· Sustainability report
4. Research and development
· Development and roll-out of ECO-Friendly vehicles
· Higher fuel efficiency and lower emissions
· Development of recyclable technologies
· Development of clean production technologies
Purchase & logistics
· Green partnership
· Green purchase
· ECO-Friendly green workplaces
· ISO 14001 certification
· Clean production system
· Disclosure of environmental data
Marketing and sales
· Green marketing
· Disclosure of product environmental performance
Customer service
· Green service Values and vision

Climate Action

Organizational Structure for Climate Action

Climate change resulting from global warming is one the biggest challenges facing the international community at the start of the 21st Century. We face unusual weather events on a more regular basis, the breakout of epidemics and the extinction of species, all stemming from climate change. The sense of crisis arising from global warming calls on countries and businesses around the world to act to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Businesses should fulfill their social responsibility by supplying products that can improve the quality of life for the people on Earth and, at the same time, minimize their impact on the environment.

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  • Laying the foundation

    ㆍLay the foundation for energy saving by enhancing awareness
    - Run education programs and awareness campaign for all members
    ㆍSet up monitoring/evaluation systems
    - Strengthen greenhouse gas inventory

  • Cost savings

    ㆍFor core facilities
    - Focus on facilities that consume a large amount of fuel or electricity
    ㆍFor general facilities
    - Seek ways to reuse waste from facilities using electricity or fuel
    ㆍPursue cost savings in non-production domains

  • Response to changes in the regulatory framework

    ㆍObserve the Convention on Climate Change
    ㆍPrepare for the enactment of the Framework Act on Green Growth

Clean Production

The proportion of CO2 emitted during production of a vehicle takes up only about 1 to 2 percent of the total emissions emitted throughout its life. A small ECO-Friendly improvement at the production site, however, can make a much greater difference than this small percentage may suggest. With production of over 2.5 million units per year, our efforts to reduce consumption of resources and increase recycling can exert a meaningful impact on the global depletion of resources. Our action to reduce the use of harmful substances and waste disposed or generated can also make a great difference in the environment of our local communities.

We strive to understand the meaning and impact of our improvements as we continue to raise the bar in terms of environmental standards.

Balance of Substances during Production

Kia Motors endeavors to realize resource circulation in the automotive production process and reduce greenhouse gas emissions and environmental pollutants. In order to determine the actual results of such efforts and continue to raise efficiency, we tabulate the yearly resource input and product output, as well as the amount of waste materials and substances generated by our production process.

2017 recycle

Resource Circulation

Our Efforts for Resource Circulation

The current century’s global condition suggests that the entire world will transit towards resource circulation by reducing, reusing and recycling waste for the good of the environment. The circulation of resources refers to conversion of the flow consisting of production, consumption and disposal to one with recycling and heat recovery prior to final disposal. This is to improve the usability of resources and minimize environmental load. For resource circulation to be effective, we need to reduce the amount of raw material used in the production of products and enhance the efficiency of processes to generate less waste. In addition, a system is also required that allows waste to be recycled to further reduce the amount of waste finally generated.

We apply production technologies to minimize the use of resources and reduce the amount of materials used in production in the first place. We also take measures necessary to recycle as much waste as possible, particularly waste that would otherwise be landfilled or incinerated.

천연자원 투입
천연자원 소비억제
생산 (제조/운반 등)
1단계 발생억제 (Reduce)
2단계 재사용
3단계 재생이용 (Recycle)
처리 (재활용/고각 등)
4단계 열회수
최종처분 (매립)
5단계 적정처리
자원순환 개념도 Resource circulation: illustration

Zero Waste Landfill

Under the objective to make our production sites waste-free, we have reduced the level of waste materials taken to landfill at our three local plants (Sohari, Hwaseong and Gwangju) from 3.8 percent of total waste to 1.0 percent. The Sohari plant has already attained the 0 percent target. We received the Prime Minister Award in resource circulation assessment overseen by the Ministry of Environment in recognition of our active participation in the government’s waste reduction policy.

Greater Recycling

Kia Motors considers waste materials not as targets of disposal but as leftover resources. We continually and systematically upgrade the management of waste-generating sources and production processes. Our efforts to identify ways to recycle waste have started to bear fruit: our recycling rate rose from 91.5 percent in 2007 to 93.3 percent in 2013.


ECO-Friendly System

To raise economic value and improve environmental sustainability, Kia Motors set up a control system for harmful substances that serves as the foundation of our efforts to minimize the environmental impact of our production processes.

Indeed, all Kia Motors’ domestic and overseas worksites are ISO 14001-certified. Every year, certification authorities assess the level of our adherence to environmental laws and regulations and assess our pollution prevention efforts.

  • Continued improvement
Review by management
Environmental policy
Implementation and operation
ECO-Friendly system cycle ECO-Friendly system cycle

ISO 14001, the international standard for ECO-Friendly Management systems

2003. 04 : Hwaseong Plant
2003. 11 : Gwangju Plant
2003. 12 : Sohari Plant
2003. 12 : After sales service center
2007. 06 : Dong Feng Kia (China Plant 1)
2007. 11 : Slovakia Plant
2011. 03 : Georgia Plant
2012. 10 : Gwangju Plant ISO5001 certified Our ISO 14001 certifications


ㆍKia Motors proactively provides preemptive environmental solutions through preliminary internal evaluations before the enactment of new legislation or amendments to existing environmental regulations.
ㆍThe countermeasures are posted on the regulation information section of i-ESH to inform employees.
ㆍKia Motors sets stricter internal criteria for managing environmental polluting materials than federal regulations.
ㆍAll of our worksites have entered into an agreement on self-regulated ECO-Friendly Management and we have been named as an ECO-Friendly company by the Ministry of Environment.

Environmental Audit

ㆍKia Motors has run its own environmental audit to ensure its compliance with the requirements for ISO 14001 since 2004.
ㆍOur 85 functional departments including our three plants, service centers and the Seosan plant are subject to an audit to determine the level of improvement made by energy source and the level of waste reduced.
ㆍDepartments that have seen all of their members working together to make the necessary improvements and contributing to the furthering of our ECO-Friendly system are rewarded.
ㆍAny non-compliance identified during the audit is remedied according to a set plan.

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