Third-Party Assessments

Commendation and Recognitions from Outside

Commendations

Work Style Reform "Exciting Smart Work" Received "Jisa Biz Promotion Award "

Work Style Reform Exciting Smart Work Received Jisa Biz Promotion Award

The initiative of taking on the challenge of new work styles "Exciting Smart Work" was awarded the "Jisa Biz Promotion Award"-organized by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government-in the work-style category. In the three months from July 23 to October 26, 2018, employees utilized various systems-such as flextime, telework, and telecommuting-under the theme of creating opportunities to continually think about diverse work styles while being excited about work even as they aimed to make effective use of their private time through reducing commuting time. KOKUYO received the award in recognition of these initiatives.

KOKUYO's "ing" Received Two Design Awards

KOKUYO's ing Received Two Design Awards

KOKUYO's "ing" office chair received Germany's international design award German Design Award 2019. At the same time, it was selected for the "JIDA Design Museum Selection Vol. 20" by the Japan Industrial Designers' Association (JIDA).

Candidates for the German Design Award are recommended by the German Design Council from among products which have received design awards from countries around the world. It is a prestigious award known as the "award among awards."

"JIDA Design Museum Selection" selects and commends products with high-quality design that contribute to society. "ing" received the Gold Selection Award.

KOKUYO's Booth at ORGATEC 2018 Received Top Prizes at Two Categories in Frame Awards Orgatec

KOKUYO's Booth at ORGATEC 2018 Received Top Prizes at Two Categories in Frame Awards Orgatec

At ORGATEC 2018, an international office furniture trade fair held in Cologne, Germany from October 23 to 27, 2018, the "ing" exhibition booth was selected by Dutch interior magazine Frame for top prizes in the Frame Awards Orgatec.

Frame Awards Orgatec assesses the booths of exhibiting companies to select the Best Use of Colour, Best Use of Light, Best Use of Material, and the Trade-Fair Stand of the Year (overall assessment). KOKUYO achieved a stunning success by simultaneously receiving awards for both Best Use of Light and Trade-Fair Stand of the Year.

Received Excellent Facility Management Award

Kewpie Corporation's Sengawa Kewport, which the Furniture Business Division is involved in, received an award at the 12th Japan Facility Management Award (JFMA Award). An awards ceremony was held at the venue of Japan Facility Management Association's forum on February 22, 2018.

Sengawa Kewport also received the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry Award at the 2014 Nikkei New Office Awards. This time, KOKUYO was recognized as a service provider for its work spanning four years in developing the office of Sengawa Kewport as well as achievements in managing and operating the office.

"Shukudai Yaruki Pen" Received Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications' Innovation Generation Award 2018

On October 24, 2018, "Shukudai Yaruki Pen" (tentative name meaning "Homework Motivation Pen")-an IoT stationery under development-received the Generation Award under the Innovation Program spearheaded by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications. This award is given to unique and creative ideas in the IoT field that can shape better futures. There were a total of 10,440 entries, and one entry is selected from each of the 10 fields.

Receiving this award also brought the motivation of team members to a higher level. KOKUYO is working to launch this product in 2019, and hopes to make it into a product that exceeds people's expectations.

Disaster Solutions Department's "SONAeL" Initiative Received Two Awards

Gold and Silver Awards in Catalog Category-Actus's ACTUS Gift Catalog and Disaster Solutions Department's SONAeL Initiative

"SONAeL Vol. 11," the product catalog produced by the Disaster Solutions Department, received a silver award in the Catalog category at the 59th Japan Catalog Exhibition. It also received a silver award in the overall category for product catalogs at the 39th Japan B to B Advertising Awards.

"SONAeL Vol. 11" is a catalog in the form of a guidebook which allows disaster-prevention plans to be assembled while reading explanations given as stories.

Going forward, KOKUYO will use this experience to continue evolving so as to produce catalogs that are even closer to customers.

15 KOKUYO Products Receive 2018 Good Design Awards

15 KOKUYO Products Receive 2018 Good Design Awards

The Good Design Awards 2018 were announced on October 3, with 15 KOKUYO products receiving awards. Among them, the office disaster-countermeasure storage system "PARTS-FIT" was selected for the Good Design Best 100-a category of Good Design Award winners that have received especially high evaluations from juries-while "SCRAPBOOK D" was selected for the Long Life Design Award which is given to widely-supported products and services that have been offered continuously for 10 years or more. These products were introduced at the special exhibition of Good Design Exhibition 2018 held from October 31, and gathered attention from many visitors.

Graphic Design of Lifestyle Shop THINK OF THINGS Received Tokyo ADC Award

Graphic Design of Lifestyle Shop THINK OF THINGS Received Tokyo ADC Award

The graphics in general, package design, symbol, and logo of THINK OF THINGS-a lifestyle shop operated by KOKUYO-was selected by the Tokyo Art Directors Club for the Tokyo ADC Awards 2018. An awards ceremony was held on December 18, 2018.

As an award which reflects the leading trends in Japan's advertising and graphic design, the Tokyo ADC Awards gathers attention both within and outside Japan. This year, 13 works received awards out of the approximately 8,000 works released, used, or published within the one year period from May 2017 to April 2018.

Aki Kanai of KOKUYO Received Award at the JAGDA New Designer Awards 2018

KOKUYO employee Aki Kanai from the Creative Center was selected by the Japan Graphic Designers Association (JAGDA) to receive an award at the JAGDA New Designer Awards 2018. The award ceremony was held on June 29, 2018.

Aki Kanai joined KOKUYO in 2008. She applied her talents at many occasions, including the art direction of the "Futuristic Post Office" at the Japanese Industry Pavilion during Expo 2010 Shanghai China and the lifestyle shop THINK OF THINGS, signage planning of KOKUYO's locations within and outside Japan, and the planning and design of in-house branding. Going forward, Aki Kanai will continue to undertake creative activities within and outside the company while putting creative design as her core axis.

Yui no Mori Project Received Special Award "Green Wave Award" at the Biodiversity Action Award Japan 2018

Green Wave Award

The Yui no Mori Project-which takes place in Shimanto River basin area of Kochi Prefecture with the goals of regenerating a deteriorating planted forest and revitalizing the local community that protects it-received the special award "Green Wave Award" at the Biodiversity Action Award Japan 2018.

The Biodiversity Action Award Japan was established in 2013 as part of the publicity activities in Japan for the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity. Its goal is to discover, support, and widely publicize activities contributing to biodiversity conservation. The special award "Green Wave Award" commends activities for learning through interacting with nature, such as tree planting, and the maintenance of forests and trees.

"Protect Lake Biwa with Reeds" ReEDEN Project Received Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Award at the 20th Japan Water Prize

Photo shooting with Vice Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry

Photo shooting with Vice Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry

The ReEDEN Project-launched in 2007 for the conservation of reed beds and the use of reeds-has aims such as establishing modest connections among various business entities (supported by 127 companies as of July 2018), and contributing to local organizations through the development, manufacturing, and sales of the ReEDEN Series of eco-friendly stationery products developed using reed grass as raw material as well as donating a part of the profits derived from these products.

Strongly recognized as an initiative that links a company's business activities with wide-ranging activities in collaboration with local communities, on June 26, 2018, it received the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Award at the 20th Japan Water Prize, which recognizes initiatives contributing to the restoration of the water cycle.

ReEDEN Project Received the Fifth Shiga Biodiversity Grand Prize (Corporate Category)

Award presentation ceremony at the Shiga Prefectural Government Office

Award presentation ceremony at the Shiga Prefectural Government Office

Shiga Prefecture formulated the "Shiga's Biodiversity Strategy" in 2015 and set a goal of incorporating biodiversity in its socioeconomic activities. In order to achieve this goal, the Shiga Biodiversity Grand Prize was established as a system to recognize excellent biodiversity-related activities in three categories: the corporate category, the general category, and the partnership category.

"Protect Lake Biwa with Reeds" ReEDEN Project received the Fifth Shiga Biodiversity Grand Prize (Corporate Category), and the award presentation ceremony was held at the Shiga Prefectural Government Office on February 7, 2018.

KOKUYO Product Shiga Received the Shiga Prefecture Low-Carbon Society Development Award (Business Action Plan Category)

Award presentation ceremony at the Shiga Prefectural Government Office

Award presentation ceremony at the Shiga Prefectural Government Office

Shiga Prefecture Low-Carbon Society Development Award is a program launched in 2012 to recognize business operators that submit business action plans and reports under the business action plan program and have undertaken excellent initiatives in reducing greenhouse gas emissions in business activities serving as a model for other business operators.

KOKUYO Product Shiga Co., Ltd. received the Shiga Prefecture Low-Carbon Society Development Award (Business Action Plan Category), and the award presentation ceremony was held at the Shiga Prefectural Government Office on February 9, 2018.

[Evaluation points]

Using real-time visualization of electricity usage as one of the performance indicators for grasping energy-saving effects, the yield improvement and productivity enhancement.

Making improvements based on energy saving proposals submitted by employees to the internal improvement proposal program, creating a virtuous cycle of proposal, implementation and evaluation of improvement and raising the awareness and energy-saving initiatives of all employees.

Launching the Network to Protect Lake Biwa with Reeds and undertaking volunteer activities; promoting the creation of low-carbon society while raising the public awareness of conservation of natural environment through the development, manufacture and sales of paper stationery products made from reeds, which absorb and fix carbon dioxide.

Recognitions Related to Work Style

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry's "Certified Health & Productivity Management Outstanding Organizations Recognition Program"

Certified Health & Productivity Management Outstanding Organizations Recognition Program

KOKUYO received scores which placed it within the top 10% of the 1,800 companies (of which 859 are listed companies) surveyed. This was a significant improvement from the previous year's assessment, which placed KOKUYO in the band above 50% up to 60%.

Announcement of Results for Nikkei Smart Work Management Survey

Announcement of Results for Nikkei Smart Work Management Survey

Based on the Smart Work Management Survey consolidated by Nikkei Inc. from the perspective of worker-friendliness, KOKUYO’s overall score is from 55 to below 60 (out of responses received from 663 companies).

The survey considered three factors: the adoption of diverse, flexible work practices; a corporate structure that gives rise to new businesses; and the ability to develop markets. In addition, corporate governance and other areas of management foundation were also factored in the total score calculation and ranking of each company. KOKUYO got a 3.5-star rating.

Published in Japan Business Federation's "Compilation of Good Practices on Work Style Reform"

Initiatives-such as "Exciting Smart Work" where each and every employee takes on the challenge of new, unique and motivating work styles where he or she can shine-were stated in the "Compilation of Good Practices on Work Style Reform" published by Japan Business Federation (Keidanren).

In addition to systems and mechanisms, KOKUYO was recognized for striving toward even better work styles while undergoing various tries and errors, such as trial activities undertaken by employees on their own initiative and "CROSS!!!" events. KOKUYO will continue to take on the challenge of aiming to be the company with the best work style in Japan.

Related information: "Complication of Good Practices on Work Style Reform"