Respect for the Environment
Ryohin Keikaku will endeavor to continuously improve the environmental management system and promote environmental management along with supply chain management.
Ryohin Keikaku has been aiming to solve social and global issues by bringing simplicity and beauty into daily life through its products and services. In our business activities, we will eliminate all waste in our company and throughout the supply chain; strive for effective utilization of resources, resource recycling, energy conservation, waste reduction, and prevention of environmental pollution; and build a sustainable business model.
Ryohin Keikaku adheres to its environmental policies in promoting environmentally responsible initiatives through the business activities of each Group company and department. The ESG Promotion Committee manages and facilitates various initiatives and receives reports on progress toward goals. For projects that require specialized knowledge, we collaborate with external specialized institutions in areas including testing, auditing and management. The chairperson of the Board of Directors leads the ESG Promotion Committee, which meets monthly with the participation of inside directors, executive officers and managers of related departments. The Compliance and Risk Management Committee examines and discusses various environmental risks for reporting to the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors discuss on the results of various initiatives, policies, progress towards goals, and activities at least twice a year.
Develop Products that Care for the Environment
MUJI was founded in 1980 based on the in-house development experience of Seiyu, Ltd. to provide good products at lower prices with the slogan of "Lower priced for a reason." The basis of our product development is to create products that are truly fundamental to day-to-day life without any unnecessary complexity. To achieve this, we take a second look at often neglected materials, streamline the production process, and simplify packaging to create simple, beautiful products that people will cherish for years.
Since the birth of MUJI, we have further developed this concept and proposed the idea of realizing a simple, pleasant life for people around the world by providing MUJI products and services designed with both consumers and producers in mind. We make three pledges in corporate management as a company that realizes a simple, pleasant life. Furthermore, we set and implement three priorities in product development and three standards in manufacturing, which are the basis of business management.
Through these initiatives, we are promoting climate change measures from the viewpoint of quality and function of products and CO2 emissions with consideration of the LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) for each material from the product development stage.
Organically grown coffee beans are roasted and blended in Japan. There are four flavors to choose from. Caffeine-free products are also available.
(*) Definition of organic: Cultivated on land that has not used pesticides, herbicides, chemical fertilizers, etc. for the past 3 years or more. Not using additives or processing aids even at the processing stage, including the roasting of beans.
Detergent Series Gentle on both the Skin and the Environment
MUJI launched five new detergent series in October 2019. These detergent series eliminate everything except the ingredients that are really necessary, being fragrance-free/color-free without using fluorescent brighteners or bleaches. Moreover, to minimize the burden on the skin, we have achieved both cleansing power and gentleness to hands so that skin is not washed more than necessary and extra detergent is not used. Since palm fruit cultivated in an environmentally friendly manner is used in the detergent without petroleum-derived surfactants, its wastewater is decomposed by microorganisms into inorganic substances such as water and carbon dioxide and is returned to nature, thereby reducing the environmental load; it is a detergent gentle to those who use it and what they wash.
Ryohin Keikaku started an initiative of using crickets as a food ingredient in collaboration with Tokushima University, a leading research organization in edible insects, with the hope that this will become a trigger for society to consider future food security and environmental problems due to the rapid increase in the global population. Tokushima University is sharing the research results of the practical application of edible crickets, and our company is sharing the product development process. This way, we are promoting the development of edible insects that are delicious to eat.
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) recommends edible insects as an alternative to livestock because of their high nutritional value and low environmental impact; crickets are attracting attention for their role as food.
Ryohin Keikaku Group's ISO14001 certification acquisition rate: none (as of the end of August 2023)
Environmental violation fines: none (FY 2023)