Together with the Global Environment

Environmental Management

KOKUYO recognizes that environmental problems, including global warming and the reduction of forest resources, are pressing issues. We concentrate the wisdom of all employees and align our actions in order to develop solutions for these problems.

  1. ▼ The Group's Vision for the Environment
  2. ▼ 2030 CO2 Emission Reduction Target Formulated
  3. ▼ Medium-term Environmental Action Plan
  4. ▼ Environmental Management System
  5. ▼ Environmental Education and Awareness-raising Activities
  6. ▼ Independent Verification Report

The Group's Vision for the Environment

Building a sustainable society will require the creation of a recycling-oriented, low-carbon society that can coexist with nature. The KOKUYO Group Vision for the Environment consists of an environmental philosophy and an environmental policy with seven specific activities: the prevention of global warming; resource saving and recycling; procurement, development and supply of environmentally friendly products; biodiversity; legal compliance and preventing pollution; information disclosure and communication; and environmental management.

The Group's Vision for the Environment

2030 CO2 Emission Reduction Target Formulated

We have added Actus to our existing medium-term target, and formulated our 2030 target which includes all companies in Japan subject to consolidation.

CO2emission reduction target 2013
CO2emissions
2030
target
Scope
Reduce CO2 emissions in 2030 by 26% compared to 2013 30,702 tons of CO2 22,720 tons of CO2 Consolidated subsidiaries in Japan*1
+ KOKUYO K Heart Co., Ltd.
+ Heartland Co., Ltd.

*1 KOKUYO Co., Ltd.; KOKUYO Product Shiga Co., Ltd.; KOKUYO MVP Co., Ltd.; KOKUYO Logitem Co., Ltd.; KOKUYO Supply Logistics Co., Ltd.; KOKUYO Marketing Co., Ltd.; KOKUYO Engineering & Technology Co., Ltd.; Kaunet Co., Ltd.; Actus Co., Ltd.; KOKUYO Finance Co., Ltd.; KOKUYO & Partners Co., Ltd.; and LmD International Co., Ltd.

Medium-term Environmental Action Plan

Medium-term Environmental Action Plan (Fiscal 2020)
Environmental policy Measures Fiscal 2016
performance
Fiscal 2017
performance
Fiscal 2018
performance
Fiscal 2020
goals
Prevention of global warming Cut CO2 emissions
(vs. FY 1990)
Reduced by 9.6%
(in Japan)
Reduced by 9.3%
(in Japan)
Reduced by 12.7%
(in Japan)
Reduced by 30%
(in Japan)
Cut energy consumption
(vs. FY 2010)
*Average 1%
Reduced by 12.0%
(unit energy consumption)
Reduced by 12.7%
(unit energy consumption)
Reduced by 13.8%
(unit energy consumption)
Reduced by 10%
(unit energy consumption)
Resource saving and recycling Increase the rate of recycling in relation to the total volume of emissions
* incl. waste materials
(prime contractor)
94.5% 94.6% 95.5% 100%

Scope of medium-term target:
KOKUYO Co., Ltd.; KOKUYO Product Shiga Co., Ltd.; KOKUYO MVP Co., Ltd.; KOKUYO Logitem Co., Ltd.; KOKUYO Supply Logistics Co., Ltd.; KOKUYO Marketing Co., Ltd.; KOKUYO Engineering & Technology Co., Ltd.; Kaunet Co., Ltd.; Actus Co., Ltd.; KOKUYO Finance Co., Ltd.; KOKUYO & Partners Co., Ltd.; and LmD International Co., Ltd.; KOKUYO K Heart Co., Ltd.; and Heartland Co., Ltd.

* Calculations for Actus and Heartland will use the actual results for 2018 as the reference year as they were not included in the scope during the original year of reference.

Environmental Management System

In 2004, the scope of registrations for the environmental management system was enlarged to cover all major consolidated subsidiaries in Japan. This resulted in a multi-site certification system that encompasses planning, R&D, manufacturing, sales and services, and warehousing and shipping operations. The environmental management system is structured to reflect the level of the environmental impact while preserving consistency across the KOKUYO Group.
Companies and factories with a relatively large environmental impact are classified as individual units. Companies with a relatively small impact are classified as common units. In addition, the environmental management system reflects the unique aspects of the activities of each group company. This allows companies to perform environmental management that matches their operations, such as by establishing goals based on each company's business plan. While MELON, a database system for the management of environmental documents and records, was previously introduced, we enhanced the functionality of this system in July 2013 in an effort to expand the scope of target sites and improve the user-friendliness, efficiency, and accuracy of document management and browsing. In December 2016, we received and successfully completed an inspection based on migration to the 2015 version.

Environmental Management System

Environmental Education and Awareness-raising Activities

To heighten employees' awareness about environmental conservation, and acquire knowledge necessary for the achievement of environmental targets as well as responses and management methods for accidents and during emergencies, the KOKUYO Group has environment-related law briefings conducted by the ISO Promotion Secretariat as well as training to develop and improve the skills of internal auditors. In addition, respective divisions also conduct their own environmental education.

Type of Education/Training Number of participants
2016 2017 2018
General environmental education 2,549 2,075 2,152
Education related to the achievement of environmental targets as well as laws and 53 311 233
Training for the handling of accidents and 190 152 169
Internal auditors 48 30 21
Other 256 273 322
Total 3,096 2,841 2,897
Briefing on the handling of Act on Promoting Green Procurement and Clean Wood Act (Furniture Business Division)

Briefing on the handling of Act on Promoting Green Procurement and Clean Wood Act
(Furniture Business Division)

Internal auditor development training (ISO Promotion Secretariat)

Internal auditor development training
(ISO Promotion Secretariat)

Test on handling in an emergency (discharge) (KOKUYO MVP's Tottori Factory)

Test on handling in an emergency (discharge)
(KOKUYO MVP's Tottori Factory)

Factory Tours Conducted for the Public (KOKUYO Product Shiga)

Factory Tours Conducted for the Public (KOKUYO Product Shiga)
Factory Tours Conducted for the Public (KOKUYO Product Shiga)
Factory Tours Conducted for the Public (KOKUYO Product Shiga)

At KOKUYO Product Shiga, we have been conducting factory tours of our notebook production facilities since 2014 to further deepen communications with our customers. During these tours, visitors are shown our production facilities and environmentally friendly facilities, and there is a corner where they can experience for themselves our focus on quality. We also sell limited-edition products which can only be bought here as well as the ReEDEN series made using reed grass grown in Lake Biwa. Visitors pay a fee which goes toward our environmental conservation activities centered on Lake Biwa.

In 2018, tours were conducted 30 times with a total of 1,079 participants. The year 2019 marks the fifth year since the start of this initiative, and we hope to conduct the initiative to generate many links to our customers, through events and so on.

Independent Verification Report

Third-party verification by Bureau Veritas Japan was undertaken for the KOKUYO Group's environmental performance data to receive opinions about the data's accuracy, transparency, coherence, appropriateness, and completeness from an independent perspective.

Summary of Third-Party Inspection

Since 2018, environment load data and scope 3 emissions for 32 KOKUYO Group companies*1, to which Iwami Paper Industry Co., Ltd. had been added, have been subject to verification. On-site examinations relating to data measurement and management methods were also conducted at three sites in Japan (KOKUYO's Shibayama Plant, Kaunet's Head Office, and KOKUYO Supply Logistics' Metropolitan Area Integrated Distribution Center) and one site overseas (KOKUYO-IK (THAILAND) Co., Ltd.). This process resulted in a number of matters being pointed out: a total of 9 assessable points, 6 opportunities for amelioration, 32 requests for modifications, and 30 requests for clarification. The requests for modification and clarification were dealt with during the verification period.

For the verification of Scope 3 emissions, the need for clarifying the data collection scope in each category was cited as requiring improvement because the collection scope had been noted as "consolidated" or "consolidated and affiliate" depending on the category.

Based on these matters that were pointed out to us, we will endeavor to enhance the disclosure of information encompassing the entire supply chain and improve the precision of such information.

FY in which conducted 2016 2017 2018
Assessable points 9 9 9
Opportunities for amelioration 10 10 6
Requests for modifications 18 26 32
Requests for clarification 27 21 30
コクヨグループCSR報告書2017 第三者検証報告
Environmental performance data third-party verification (KOKUYO Shibayama Plant)

Environmental performance data
third-party verification
(KOKUYO Shibayama Plant)

Environmental performance data third-party verification (KOKUYO Shibayama Plant) (KOKUYO Supply Logistics Metropolitan Area IDC)

Environmental performance data
third-party verification
(KOKUYO Shibayama Plant)
(KOKUYO Supply Logistics Metropolitan Area IDC)

Environmental performance data third-party verification (KOKUYO Shibayama Plant) (KOKUYO Headquarters)

Environmental performance data
third-party verification
(KOKUYO Shibayama Plant)
(KOKUYO Headquarters)

*1 Organizational units covered

Consolidated Subsidiaries Other Subsidiaries and Affiliates
Japan KOKUYO Co., Ltd. KOKUYO K Heart Co., Ltd., Heartland Co., Ltd., IWAMI Paper Industry Co., Ltd., KOKUYO Hokkaido Sales Co., Ltd., KOKUYO Tohoku Sales Co., Ltd., KOKUYO Kitakanto Sales Co., Ltd., KOKUYO Tokai Sales Co., Ltd., KOKUYO Hokuriku-Niigata Sales Co., Ltd. , KOKUYO Sanyo-Shikoku Sales Co., Ltd.
KOKUYO Co., Ltd. KOKUYO Marketing Co., Ltd., KOKUYO Engineering & Technology Co., Ltd., KOKUYO Supply Logistics Co., Ltd., KOKUYO Logitem Co., Ltd., KOKUYO Product Shiga Co., Ltd., KOKUYO MVP Co., Ltd., LmD International Co., Ltd., Actus Co., Ltd., KOKUYO Finance Co., Ltd, KOKUYO & Partners Co., Ltd.
Overseas KOKUYO Vietnam Co., Ltd., KOKUYO Malaysia Sdn. Bhd., KOKUYO (Shanghai) Management Co., Ltd., KOKUYO Commerce (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., KOKUYO Furniture (China) Co., Ltd., KOKUYO Design Consultants (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., KOKUYO International Asia Co., Ltd., KOKUYO International (Malaysia) Sdn Hbd, KOKUYO Vietnam KOKUYO-IK(Thailand) Co., Ltd.