Environmental Conservation

Environmental Management and Third-Party Inspection

While recognizing that solutions to the problems of global warming, deforestation, and other issues affecting the global environment are urgently required, our entire workforce is committed to combining our collective wisdom in order to engage in actions designed to resolve these issues.

  1. ▼ Environmental Management
  2. ▼ Summary of Third-Party Inspection

Environmental Management

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. Based on this vision, all group companies have developed goals that reflect the characteristics of their business activities and are working on reducing their environmental impact.

The Group's Vision for the Environment

Medium- to Long-Term Environmental Action Plan

Medium- to Long-term Environmental Action Plan (Fiscal 2020)
Environmental policy Measures Fiscal 2015
Fiscal 2016
Fiscal 2017
Fiscal 2020
Prevention of global warming CO2 Cut CO2
(vs. FY 1990)
Reduced by 8.1%
(in Japan))
Reduced by 11.2%
(in Japan))
Reduced by 10.3%
(in Japan))
Reduced by 30%
(in Japan))
Cut energy
(vs. FY 2010)
*Average 1% reduction
per year in unit energy consumption
Reduced by 13.7%
(unit energy consumption)
Reduced by 16.4%
(unit energy consumption)
Reduced by 16.5%
(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
94.9% 94.5% 94.6% 100%

Migration to ISO 14001 2015

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

Results of Internal Audits and Third-Party Inspection

The KOKUYO Group performs internal audits in two stages: primary audits are conducted by operating companies and secondary audits are conducted primarily by the ISO Promotion Secretariat. Ensuring compliance with laws and regulations is the highest priority of these audits. Group audits also undergo ISO 14001 third-party inspection and the CSR Report is checked by a third party. For fiscal year 2017, primary audits were conducted between July 3 and 31, secondary audits were conducted between August 1 and 31, and third-party inspection was carried out between November 28 and December 1. Note that the third-party inspection in 2017 was regularly scheduled.

Internal audits
FY in
which conducted
2015 2016 2017
Sites subject to monitoring 72 65 70
・Primary audits 57 50 55
・Secondary audits 15 15 15
Matters cited 53 36 28
・Minor points of nonconformity 6 8 12
・Corrections 47 28 16
Third-party inspection (ISO14001)
FY in which conducted 2015
Sites subject to examination 29 24 21
Matters cited for improvement
・Minor points of nonconformity 0 0 0
31 21 16
Strong points 0 0 0
Good points 8 4 4

Summary of Third-Party Inspection

Environment load data and scope 3 emissions for 31 KOKUYO Group companies have been subject to verification at KOKUYO's head office. On-site examinations relating to data measurement and management methods have also been conducted at three sites in Japan (KOKUYO Product Shiga Co., Ltd., KOKUYO Furniture Business Division - Engineering Department (Shinagawa Office), and KOKUYO Logitem Co., Ltd. Kansai DC) and one site overseas (KOKUYO Camlin Ltd. Tarapur Factory).This process resulted in a number of matters being pointed out: a total of 9 assessable points, 10 opportunities for amelioration, 26 requests for modifications, and 21 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.

Summary of Third-Party Inspection
Summary of Third-Party Inspection
ISO14001 Third-party audit (KOKUYO workshop)

Third-party audit (KOKUYO workshop)

ISO14001 Third-party audit (KOKUYO Shibayama Plant)

Third-party audit (KOKUYO Shibayama Plant)

Environmental performance data third-party verification (KOKUYO Product Shiga)

Environmental performance data third-party verification (KOKUYO Product Shiga)