Environmental Conservation

Developing Environmentally-friendly Products and Services

The KOKUYO Group is working on new environmental technologies and green procurement in order to reduce the environmental load over the entire life cycle of its products.

  1. ▼ 2017 Activities
  2. ▼ FSC®-certified products
  3. ▼ Protocol counter
Goals Actual Achievements

2017 Activities

Continuing to Ensure that No Eco-Batsu Mark Tarnishes Our Catalog

The KOKUYO Group started using the Eco-Batsu mark for products in the 2008 General Catalog. This mark is used for group products that are not sufficiently environmentally friendly at any stage of their life cycle, including manufacturing, distribution, usage, and disposal. We tasked ourselves with removing the Eco-Batsu mark from all of our products in three years. This goal was reached in the 2011 General Catalog and no Eco-Batsu products have emerged since then. We strive to continue to ensure that no Eco-Batsu products can be found in the 2018 General Catalog. Our Eco-Batsu initiative was an opportunity for reviewing manufacturing processes and getting employees not directly involved with manufacturing to review their own approaches to work, office environments, and proposals made to clients. Since reaching our goal of zero Eco-Batsu marks, we have been pursuing the development of eco-friendly products that exceed customer expectations in accordance with the watchword: eco + creative.

Improving Verification

Even after achieving the goal of zero Eco-Batsu marks, we have been verifying conformance to standards more stringently. In particular, we audit the ratios of used paper and reprocessed resin at our subcontractors every year to ensure the reliability of our environmental indicators.

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Eco-Batsu mark

Eco-Batsu mark

Promoting the Management of Chemical Substances Included in Products

Checking for the presence of heavy metals using an X-ray fluorescence spectrometer

Checking for the presence of heavy metals using an X-ray fluorescence spectrometer

In recent years, regulations governing chemical substances including the RoHS Directive and REACH in Europe have been strengthened worldwide and demands for reports on the status of the use of a wide range of chemical substances have been received from the market. The KOKUYO Group recognizes that the non-use of substances regulated by law and the management and provision of information on the status of the use of substances for which there is a potentially negative impact on the environment and people are social obligations shared by all companies that provide products. At the same time, there has been a clear shift from a conventional hazard-based management approach that used to focus only on the hazardous nature inherent in chemical substances to a risk-based management approach based on the scientific method. In responding to these global changes, we first set about specifying a hazards-based list of substances in 2014 and in 2015. We then carried out research based on the substance list in sequence, starting from the highest-priority products. In 2017, based on information obtained from our research, we evaluated the toxicity of and human exposure to the contained substances, and created the Stationery Edition of the Guidelines for Managing Chemical Substances Included in Products.

FSC®-certified products

'Check-mark and tree' logo indicating responsible use of the planet's forest resources

KOKUYO has obtained FSC® and COC certification since 2003. The Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) is one of several third-party organizations operating an international forestry and woodlands certification program and aims to conserve the environment found in forests and woodlands appropriately and promote the management of forests and woodlands in a manner that is socially beneficial for local communities while also being economically sustainable. COC (short for "chain-of-custody") certification constitutes the certification of the management of the processes of processing and logistics. In the KOKUYO Group, KOKUYO, Kaunet and KOKUYO Product Shiga have obtained FSC® and COC certification and are selling copier paper, notebooks, and other FSC-certified products. In 2016, PEFC and COC certification was also obtained.
PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes) is an organization that mutually approves forest certification criteria created by each county or region. The KOKUYO Group will strive to increase certified products in order to use sustainable forest resources.

PPC color paper

PPC color paper

Reeds-based photocopier paper

Reeds-based photocopier paper

UU chair

UU chair

Protocol counter

The Protocol counter is a reception counter developed to also satisfy the need to use locally harvested lumber throughout Japan. The finish of the counter, designed by graf decorative mode no.3 design products inc., presents a clean and modern feel. Adopting the concept of universal design, the counter provides, for example, a groove for securing walking canes and a grip for wheelchair users at the edge of the countertop.

Winner of the Wood Design Award 2017

Winner of the Wood Design Award 2017

Walking cane holder provided at the edge of the countertop

Walking cane holder provided at the edge of the countertop

Smooth-textured grip at the edge of the countertop for wheelchair users

Smooth-textured grip at the edge of the countertop for wheelchair users

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Delivery example (City Office Building in Koka City, Shiga Prefecture)

Delivery example (City Office Building in Koka City, Shiga Prefecture)
Delivery example (City Office Building in Koka City, Shiga Prefecture)
Delivery example (City Office Building in Koka City, Shiga Prefecture)

Koka City, located in the southeastern part of Shiga Prefecture, is gifted with many forests and is also a crucial water catchment area and water quality conservation area for Lake Biwa.

Koka's new city office building, which was completed in March 2017, was built with a great deal of lumber harvested in Shiga Prefecture for its interior and furniture, and also acts as an initiator for promoting local forestry. KOKUYO received an order for the reception counter for the new Koka City Office building, and delivered a Protocol counter made with hinoki (Japanese Cyprus) grown in Shiga Prefecture. The Protocol counter, developed in order to use locally harvested lumber for the reception counter, uses universal design, which is kinder to seniors and wheelchair users. At the same time, it features an elegant design that highlights the attractiveness of local lumber, making the new office building, which has been made using a large amount of wood, a more attractive space.

As the national government's initiative to promote the use of lumber in public buildings has become more widely known, an increasing number of national and local municipality public buildings are using locally harvested lumber. Capitalizing on the expertise that it has developed over the years, the KOKUYO Group plans to continue manufacturing and providing products that utilize local lumber effectively, are more functional yet friendly to the environment, and are based on the concept of universal design that is easy to use for anyone.