Third-Party Assessments

Commendation and Recognitions from Outside

Commendations

KOKUYO Recognized under the 2017 Certified Health and Productivity Management Organization Recognition Program

In FY2017, the first year of the program, 235 organizations were recognized under the large enterprise category (White 500) and 95 organizations under the small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) category.

In FY2017, the first year of the program, 235 organizations were recognized under the large enterprise category (White 500) and 95 organizations under the small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) category.

Because of its initiatives addressing health issues and promoting health, KOKUYO was one of the organizations recognized in the 2017 Certified Health and Productivity Management Organization Recognition Program* by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, which officially recognizes large corporations and small/medium-sized enterprises that are practicing particularly excellent health and productivity management.

KOKUYO was selected because it set employee health goals in 2013 and has been promoting various activities in collaboration with its in-house Health Insurance Association and Health Management Office, in order to help its employees achieve resistance to lifestyle diseases. Additionally, KOKUYO has been expanding industrial health staff working at its Health Management Office. It has also established a follow-up system and is working to reduce the risk of diseases becoming more severe by digitalizing and analyzing health checkup result data. In the future, Kokuyo plans to expand the activity scope to cover the entire Group in sponsoring health-promoting activities.

* The goal of the 2017 Certified Health and Productivity Management Organization Recognition Program is to help establish an environment that highlights excellent corporations working on health and productivity management so that their employees, job seekers, related companies, financial institutions, etc. will recognize them as strategically tackling employee health management from a managerial viewpoint.

KOKUYO-designed Office Receives Globally Prestigious iF Design Award 2017

Shimadzu China MS Center, built by Shimadzu Corporation at Shimadzu (China) Co., Ltd., a  group company in China

Shimadzu China MS Center, built by Shimadzu Corporation at Shimadzu (China) Co., Ltd., a group company in China

At the iF Design Award 2017*, the Shimadzu China MS Center, designed by Naoki Sawada, the Design Manager at KOKUYO Furniture (China) Co., Ltd., received the award in the Interior Architecture category, out of more than 5,500 entries from 59 countries around the world. Winning the award in the Interior Architecture category, one of seven design categories, for the first time was a spectacular achievement for the KOKUYO Group.

The winning design achieved a concept of "showroom laboratory" by providing both the functions of a laboratory that enables advanced MS-related research and development by utilizing mass spectrometry (MS) technology, and a showroom with an innovative spatial design.

* The iF Design Award, given by iF International Forum Design GmbH, which has a history of more than half a century, is one of the most famous design awards and is internationally recognized as the mark of excellent design.

Biwako Template Wins Merit Award in the 26th Stationery of the Year Award - Design Category

(1) Can be used to easily draw Lake Biwa (as well as Takeshima Island)  (2) Can be used as a ruler (3) Comes with three functions that can be used to draw shapes for recording trips

(1) Can be used to easily draw Lake Biwa (as well as Takeshima Island)
(2) Can be used as a ruler
(3) Comes with three functions that can be used to draw shapes for recording trips

At the 26th Stationery of the Year Award, the largest stationery award in Japan, the Biwako Template in the ReEDEN Series* of KOKUYO Product Shiga Co., Ltd. was selected for a merit award. The year's five best stationery products are selected in both the Functionality and Design categories, and the Biwako Template received the merit award in the Design category.

The Biwako Template makes it easier to trace and draw Lake Biwa, the creatures living there, as well as symbols closely associated with Lake Biwa and Shiga Prefecture. The package paper board is made of reed grass grown in the Lake Biwa and Yodo River, incorporating local characteristics with the possibility for expansion to other regions. These factors were the reasons for the selection of the Biwako Template for the award.

* The ReEDEN Series of eco-friendly stationery products were developed using reed grass grown in the Lake Biwa and the Lake Biwa and Yodo River because reed grass helps to maintain the environmental health of the area by for example improving the water quality and conserving the ecosystem.

Eight KOKUYO Products Receive 2017 Good Design Awards

The Good Design Awards, a comprehensive design promotion system organized by the Japan Institute of Design Promotion, were announced on October 4, with eight KOKUYO products receiving awards. Of these products, one received the Good Design - Long Life Design Award, given to excellent products that have been manufactured for many years and continue to be popular among users.


Products that received 2017 Good Design Awards

(1) DAYS OFFICE

(2) Working chair "cocotte"

(3) Fabric screen "stripel"

(4) Planner wall "RAYS"

(5) Planner wall "SHIFT"

(6) Laser pointer "Laser Pointer for PC" (long-life, pen type)

(7) True Ruler (recipient of the KOKUYO Design Award - 2014 Merit Award)


Product that received the 2017 Good Design - Long Life Design Award

(8) MP binder "Binder MP"

(1) DAYS OFFICE

(1) DAYS OFFICE

(2) Working chair cocotte

(2) Working chair "cocotte"

(3) Fabric screen stripel

(3) Fabric screen "stripel"

(4) Planner wall RAYS

(4) Planner wall "RAYS"

(5) Planner wall SHIFT

(5) Planner wall "SHIFT"

(6) Laser pointer Laser Pointer for PC (long-life, pen type)

(6) Laser pointer "Laser Pointer for PC" (long-life, pen type)

(7) True Ruler

(7) True Ruler

(8) MP binder Binder MP

(8) MP binder "Binder MP"

Duora

KOKUYO Receives the Prestigious German Design Award 2018

KOKUYO receives the German Design Award 2018, an internationally prestigious design award that is presented by the German Design Council, which was established in 1953 with support from the German Federal Parliament. The award is structured in four tiers: Gold, Winner, Special Mention, and Nominee. The Gold, Winner, and Special Mention Awards are given to excellent designs selected from nominated products. KOKUYO's "Duora" office chair received Special Mention, and the spatial design of an office/gallery at the new headquarters of CoorsTek Inc., which KOKUYO designed, received the Winner tier award.

"Duora" Office Chair

Office/Gallery of CoorsTek's new headquarters designed by KOKUYO

Office/Gallery of CoorsTek's new headquarters designed by KOKUYO

DAYS OFFICE Website Receives Fifth Web Grand Prix Award

At the Fifth Web Grand Prix, KOKUYO's DAYS OFFICE* website received the Grand Prix Award in the Corporate BtoB Site Award in the Corporate Grand Prix category.

The DAYS OFFICE website includes a simulator function that allows users to customize products. Customers can intuitively select furniture that they like, find the price on a real-time basis, and purchase the desired product on the electronic commerce site. The user-friendly simulator also allows BtoB users to print out detailed information, such as parts numbers and prices, in a proposal document format. The recent award was given in recognition of the high level of ease of use of the simulator function.

* This is a unique brand of furniture for configuring office space, born of the work style research expertise accumulated at KOKUYO. Placing DAYS OFFICE furniture pieces makes it possible for anyone to achieve a comfortable space that responds to the diversity of their employees, without the need for cumbersome interior construction work on items such as ceilings and floors.

KOKUYO Group Wins Japan Two Wood Design Awards 2017 on the First Application

Yui-no-Mori project website

Yui-no-Mori project website

Yui-no-Mori project website

Protocol counter, created using timber from forest thinning in the Yuri-no-Mori project

The Yui-no-Mori project* and the Protocol counters developed through its activities both won the Japan Wood Design Award 2017. The Japan Wood Design Award targets objects and actions related to "wood," and formally recognizes products and initiatives, etc. that are considered excellent from the three consumer viewpoints of enriching lives, making people healthy, and enhancing society. KOKUYO received two awards on its first attempt.

The Yui-no-Mori project won an award in the Communication field of the Social Design category. The project was recognized as an example of collaboration between a community and a corporation taking multi-faceted initiatives, encompassing everything from product and human resource development to the promotion of lumber use and education, thereby producing secondary benefits such as continuity and learning by participants.

* The Yui-no-Mori project was started in 2006 in Shimanto-cho, Kochi Prefecture, with the goals of regenerating a deteriorating planted forest and revitalizing the local community that protects it. As part of this project, KOKUYO is making office furniture using timber from forest thinning.

Assessments

The following table lists the assessments KOKUYO received from external organizations in FY2017:

12th Toyo Keizai CSR Ranking (Toyo Keizai Inc.) Overall ranking: 236th
17th Corporate Honesty and Transparency (Ethical and Social) Survey (IntegreX) Total score: 57th
SNAM Sustainability Index (SOMPO Risk Management & Health Care Inc.) Overall score: 227.5
Beech Tree Forest Survey (SOMPO Risk Management & Health Care Inc.) Overall ranking: A
CDP Climate Change C(Awareness)
CDP Forests B (Management)
21th Environmental Management Survey (Nikkei Inc.) Overall ranking: 67th