Focus Initiatives for 2019, No.2:
Safeguarding Biodiversity

Shinichi Saito KOKUYO Co., Ltd Senior Manager Environment Unit, General Affair

KOKUYO Seeks to Safeguard Forest Resources, which are Indispensable to its Business

If we divide the greenhouse gas emissions of KOKUYO’s entire supply chain into three—Scope 1 “Direct emissions from owned or controlled sources,” Scope 2 “Indirect emissions from the generation of purchased energy,” and Scope 3 “all indirect emissions not included in Scope 2”—then Scope 3, Category 1 “Purchased goods and services,” accounts for approximately 78 percent of our emissions. In other words, raw materials used for KOKUYO products (including container and packaging materials) have the greatest impact on the environment. Of these raw materials, more than 70 percent are sourced from forests—these include paper and wood-based materials—and demonstrate forest resources are indispensable to the business of the KOKUYO Group. For this reason, KOKUYO is proactively engaged in forest conservation activities. One of these activities is the Yui-no-Mori Project, which we launched in 2006.

* Refer to “Global Warming Preventive Measures” in CSR Data

Breakdown of Scope 3 Emissions

Breakdown of Scope 3 Emissions
Breakdown of Raw Materials Used by the KOKUYO Group
Breakdown of Raw Materials Used by the KOKUYO Group

Productizing Wood from Thinning, and Aiming to Balance our Business Activities with Forest Conservation

Total area covered by Yui-no-Mori, and total CO<sub>2</sub> absorbed

Total area covered by Yui-no-Mori, and total CO2 absorbed

Japan’s forests are poorly managed, and the resulting deterioration in forest functions has become a societal issue. As part of its forest conservation activities, in the 1990s KOKUYO began using recycled paper, FSC-certified paper, and wood produced by thinning in its products. In 2006, KOKUYO started thinning poorly managed forests, and, in order to effectively use the resulting wood, launched the Yui-no-Mori Project in Shimanto Town, Kochi Prefecture. Currently, the applicable area of Yui-no-Mori has grown to 5,425 hectares, and the total thinned forest has expanded to 1,789 hectares.
The Yui-no-Mori Project also helps to prevent global warming. The project has been awarded CO2 Absorption Certificates by Kochi Prefecture since 2007; it absorbed 6,689 tons of CO2 in FY2018, with the cumulative total from April 2006 to March 2019 now standing at 56,314 tons.

* Related information: Yui-no-Mori Project

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Thinning activities

Thinning activities

Contributing to Local Communities through our Lake Biwa Conservation Activities

KOKUYO Product Shiga Co., Ltd., which is responsible for producing KOKUYO’s core paper products, carries out its manufacturing activities near Lake Biwa, which supplies water to the 14.5 million people living in the Kinki region. In 2007, the company launched the ReEDEN Project to safeguard the precious Lake Biwa environment, and carries out business activities in collaboration with local communities.

Biwako Stationery

Biwako Stationery

Mowing the reeds

Mowing the reeds

Eliminating non-native fish

Eliminating non-native fish

The ReEDEN Project aims both to preserve and to utilize the reed beds that exist near Lake Biwa, and so raise awareness of how they are deteriorating. Reed beds play a vital role as habitats to a diverse range of wildlife; they also absorb CO2 and, as they grow, they help purify water by absorbing nitrogen and phosphorous.
Reeds were previously used for making reed screens, roofs, and other products. However, as lifestyles changed, reeds ceased to be used for such purposes; reed beds were no longer maintained and fell into a state of dilapidation.
As part of the ReEDEN Project, KOKUYO Product Shiga cuts down dead reeds in winter, then uses the reeds in the production of the ReEDEN Series—a series of products it develops and sells as a new way of using the reeds.

* Related information: ReEDEN Project

KOKUYO’s Biodiversity Conservation Activities are Widely Praised

Through the Yui-no-Mori and ReEDEN Projects, and other business activities, KOKUYO has contributed to the resolution of societal issues for more than 10 years.
In recognition of their outstanding results, the Yui-no-Mori Project received the Excellence Award at the Low Carbon Cup 2019, and the Minister of the Environment Prize in the Corporate Category of the 7th Ministry of the Environment’s Good Life Award, and the ReEDEN Project received the Judging Committee Special Prize at the Award for Companies Promoting Experience-based Learning Activities for Youth, and the Grand Prix at The Biodiversity Japan Award 2019.
Altogether, the Yui-no-Mori Project has received five awards in three consecutive years, while the ReEDEN Project has received 13 awards in five consecutive years.
Going forward, the KOKUYO Group will continue to promote activities aimed at realizing a sustainable society.

* Related information: Commendations and Recognition from External Parties

Grand Prix at The Biodiversity Japan Award 2019 (ReEDEN)

Grand Prix at The Biodiversity Japan Award 2019 (ReEDEN)

Award in the corporate category of the Minister of the Environment Prize at the 7th Ministry of Environment Good Life Award (Yui-no-Mori)

Award in the corporate category of the Minister of the Environment Prize at the 7th Ministry of Environment Good Life Award (Yui-no-Mori)

  ReEDEN Yui-no-Mori
2008 Special Recognition Prize in the Green Purchasing Award Online and catalog sales “Yui-no-Mori” series received commendation award at Japan Shop System Awards 2008
2009 Merit Award in the Eco Products Award  
2013 Certified by Kokocool Mother Lake Selection/td>  
2015 Grand Prize at the Kaueco Grand Prix  
Honorable mention in the company award for the fostering of environmentally-aware personnel
Reed calligraphy pen recognized as one of The Wonder 500TM collection of products
2016 Reed calligraphy pen awarded the Hanayaka Kansai Selection Prize  
2017 Biwako Template won the Japanese Stationery of the Year Award for Excellence in the Design Category Wood Design Award 2017
2018 Shiga Biodiversity Grand Prize Green Wave Award at the Biodiversity Action Award Japan 2018
Shiga Prefecture Low-Carbon Society Development Award
Japan Water Prize’s Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Award
2019 Judging Committee Special Award in the Award for Companies Promoting Experiential Activities for Youth Commendation Award at Low Carbon Challenge Cup 2019
Excellence Award at The Biodiversity Japan Award 2019 Award in the corporate category of the Minister of the Environment Prize at the 7th Ministry of Environment Good Life Award