The 5 Materiarities

KOKUYO The 5 Materialities - Our five most important issues

To accelerate efforts to address sustainability issues, we used a materiality assessment to identify material issues (the issues that matter most to our business and stakeholders).
Material Issue
2030 Challenge Goal

Improve wellbeing among employees and external stakeholders

  1. Pitch ideas for new ways of working
  2. Promote diversity, inclusion and innovation
Material Issue 1 Improve wellbeing
Innovation is created, leading to better well-being among diverse individuals and communities. >>
  • We are promoting personalized, authentic employee experiences by marketing life-based work (an approach that tailors work around people, rather than expecting people to tailor themselves around their jobs).
  • We are removing social barriers to encourage more people to engage actively in work and learning.
  • Challenge goals for flexible work options (flextime, empowering women): 27 challenge goals (three challenge goals per year × nine years)
  • At least 50% of new products (stock-keeping units) have incorporated inclusive design
Expand business fields through the Forest-type Model management model
Material Issue 2 Transition to a management system that creates social value
Organization-wide collaboration contributes positively to the environment and society, increasing organizational empathy and leading the way in addressing social issues. >>
  • Our new and existing businesses are addressing the problems society faces.
  • Our employees make the world a better place in many ways.
  • 100% of sales have balanced social value and economic value
  • 100% of employees are addressing social issues
Material Issue 3 Respond to the climate crisis
We are working with partners to achieve carbon emissions reductions targets based on the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTI). >>
Safeguard the planet as a place for work and life
Material Issue 4 Contribute toward a circular economy
Our collaboration with partners contributes toward carbon neutrality throughout our supply chains. >>
Material Issue 5 Contribute toward a Society That Coexists with Nature
We safeguard the planet by balancing business activities with natural capital. >>
  • We are working with partners to achieve carbon emissions reductions targets based on the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTI).
  • SBTI-based emissions reductions target met
  • Carbon sequestration: At least 6,000 tons of CO2 sequestered a year
  • Over 16% of the Japanese population participates in our programs for building a circular economy, creating positive behavioral changes in society.
  • We conduct numerous experiments for a circular economy, encouraging more companies to commit.
  • At least 80% of products sold by group (including overseas companies) support a transition to a circular economy
  • 100% of waste (office, construction services, inventory) recycled
  • 100% of suppliers endorse our circular-economy design principles
  • We now disclose our carbon footprint and actions to minimize it, encouraging an eco-friendly attitude in the market.
  • Carbon footprint of business activities visualized and carbon neutrality achieved
  • Forest conservation: Forests thinned at 150 hectares a year
  • Reedbed conservation: Reeds trimmed at 1.5 hectares a year