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Contribute toward a Circular Economy
Safeguard the Planet as a Place for Work and Life Contribute toward a Circular Economy
We want to use the planet’s limited resources efficiently in delivering value to customers. Accordingly, we’ve been working to recycle more of our waste and to develop ecologically sustainable products and services. As an organization that provides products that are as accessible to as many people as possible, we also aim to promote individuated zero-waste lifestyles. We’ll engage partners and customers in our efforts to help build a circular economy, one that recycles and reuses rather than wasting.
|Outcome||2030 Challenge Goal||2024 Commitment Goal|
|Our collaboration with partners and customers leads the way toward a zero-waste society by reducing, reusing, and recycling.||Over 16% of the Japanese population participates in our programs for building a circular economy, creating positive behavioral changes in society.||At least 80% of products sold by group (including overseas companies) support a transition to a circular economy||100% of products based on our circular-economy design principles|
|100% of waste (office, construction services, inventory) recycled|
|We conduct numerous experiments for a circular economy encouraging more companies to commit.||100% of suppliers endorse our circular-economy design principles||100% of key suppliers (some 400 companies) responding to supplier evaluation survey|
Results with Respect to the Goals in FY2021
Initiatives to Achieve the Goals
Material Issue Taskforce Activity
A taskforce was launched to lead efforts to achieve a commitment goal for FY2024: 100% of new products incorporate circular-economy design principles. We will start by forming a circular design policy. Going beyond recycling or upcycling materials, the policy will provide positive value to people who engage in the circularity agenda so that we get more people involved, creating more momentum and accelerating the transition to a circular economy.
Resource-saving and Recycling Measures
The volume of waste materials generated by the group’s 31 business offices*5 in 2021 was 21,933 tons with a recycling rate of 97.4%. Our construction sites generated 4,863 tons of waste materials with a recycling rate of 80.7%. Group-owned plants in Japan have maintained net-zero waste since 2009. However, Mie Plant produced some waste residues as a result of switching from thermal recycling to material recycling for particle boards in an effort to contribute to a circular economy. We will continue exploring effective circularity strategies in each sector (offices, construction services, inventory) and minimizing waste output with a view to achieving a 100% recycling rate.
*5: KOKUYO Co., Ltd., 20 consolidated subsidiaries, and 10 associate companies
Establishing Guidelines for Sustainable Procurement
We reformulated our procurement guidelines into sustainable procurement guidelines. For a sustainable planet and society, we communicate our belief in co-creation with empathy to our supply chain partners, work to build mutual trust with them, and continue working with them to fulfill our collective social responsibility to support development of society.
In FY2022, we conducted a fact-finding questionnaire survey among 400 critical suppliers as a first step to working together toward a circular economy.
Experimenting with Ideas for a Waste-free Society
We have begun a number of experiments in an effort to help build a waste free society.
KOKUYO MVP is testing a scheme to upcycle waste plastics produced during manufacturing as wood-plastic composite. It has also started reusing box binding strips used in packaging. In a collaborative collect-and-recycle scheme (called “beverage carton recycling service”),
Kaunet provides its own brand of box for collecting Ito En’s beverage cartons. The collected cartons are then recycled into toilet paper by Corelex Shinei.
Additionally, a team of volunteers known as “stnb.” holds workshops for generating ideas together with customers for how we can upscale our waste materials. By involving stakeholders and sharing ideas for effective uses of materials, we creative more opportunities inside and outside the company for learning about how to avoid waste.