Quality and Environmental Policy
As a company that has contributed to people's health by harnessing nature's bounty, Kagome creates products based on the philosophy of "fields are the primary production plant," by putting efforts into developing safe and high quality raw materials, such as vegetable seeds and soil, as the foundation of our business. In order to continue benefitting from nature's bounty, we need to conduct sustainable agricultural management in a rich natural environment. To ensure our business activities will continue to thrive and grow into the future, it is essential to achieve both conservation of the environment and nature-derived manufacturing.
Given the shared philosophy and relevance in activities between quality (manufacturing) and environment, we have consolidated the previously separated Quality Policy and Environmental Policy, and established the Quality and Environmental Policy in October 2017. We are devoting the same enthusiasm we have put into our manufacturing into environmental conservation activities. Our management intent to achieve a sustainable society is integrated into the Quality and Environmental Policy.
- 1.We contribute to the longevity and good health of people, which is important to us by providing the flavor and health value of vegetables.
- 2.We grow safe agricultural raw materials consistently from seeds and fields by collaborating with our partners in Japan and abroad.
- 3.We protect water, soil and air that nurture vegetables, maintain agriculture that fosters rich nature for the future, and effectively use the benefits acquired.
- 4.We deliver safe, environmentally-friendly products by complying with laws, regulations and in-house standards and continuing to improve our systems and activities.
- 5.We apply customers' feedback to our corporate activities while communicating the reliability of our products and services.
Kagome Environmental Management Plan (FY2022 to FY2025)
Environmental Management Plan within the Second Mid-Term Management Plan (FY2022 to FY2025)
The environmental issues in recent years, such as impacts on the ecosystem due to global warming and marine pollution, have become urgent, global social issues.
At Kagome, we recognize environmental initiatives as our corporate social responsibility, and strive to observe laws and regulations and prevent environmental pollution attributed to our business activities. Moreover, we are implementing activities based on the Kagome Environmental Management Plan, which incorporates social issues that we can benefit, including environmental conservation and effective utilization of resources, in response to social needs.
■Kagome Environmental Management Plan (2022-2025)
|Classification||Theme||KPI* for 2025|
|1. Prevention of global warming||1) Execution of Kagome Group's medium- to long-term GHG reduction plan||·Reduction of Kagome Group's total GHG emissions to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050||Scope 1 and 2: 114 thousand tons or less|
|Scope 3: 1,230 thousand tons or less|
|·Installation of solar power generation systems||Install additional system in 1 plant|
|·Utilization of biomass energy||Utilize at 2 plants|
|·Promotion of CO2 reduction at suppliers and business partners||Reduce total emissions by 5.2% (compared to 2021)|
|·Reduction of CO2 emissions in logistics (per production volume) by 1% per year||Reduce intensity by 4% (compared to 2021)|
|2. Effective use of resources||1) Reduction of food waste loss from raw material procurement through to product distribution||·Reduction of waste of raw materials||50% reduction of raw material waste (compared to 2018 by 2030)|
|·Reduction of waste of products (including works in progress and commercial samples)||50% reduction of product waste (compared to 2018 by 2030)|
|2) Implementation of Kagome Policy on Plastic||·Reduction of new plastic usage derived from petroleum
·Promotion of shift to recycled materials or plant-based plastics enabling cyclic use of resources
|Eliminate use of straws made from petroleum-derived materials (by 2030)|
|Shift to at least 50% recycled materials or plant-based materials (by 2030)|
|3) Promotion of cyclic resources through waste recycling||·Continuation of zero emissions||Maintain zero emissions|
|·Reduction of food loss and waste and maintenance of recycling rate||Achieve at least 95% rate of food recycling|
|3. Water conservation||1) Reduction of water intake at domestic production bases||·Reduction of water intake (per production volume) by 1% per year||Reduce intensity by 4% (compared to 2021)|
|2) Water purification and promotion of cyclic use||·Observance of regional water discharge standards||Observe water discharge standards|
|3) Response to high risk locations (main suppliers)||·Survey of primary suppliers and countermeasures||Determine countermeasures for high risk suppliers|
|4. Sustainable agriculture||1)Promotion of sustainable agriculture in Japan and overseas||·Promotion of smart agri-business||Achieve increased yield and reduced use of irrigation water (low input/high output agriculture)|
|2) Promotion of sustainable raw material procurement (FSC and RSPO, etc.)||·Display of FSC certification logo on paper containers||100% display on all applicable products|
|3)Preservation of biodiversity through cultivation of vegetables||·Development of technologies that utilize natural pests to preserve biodiversity (farms in symbiosis with living organisms)||Achieve farms in symbiosis with living organisms and create guidebook containing technologies verified at certain farms|
|5. Improving mechanisms||1)Enhance all employees' environmental awareness and actions||·Establishment of environmental education system for all employees||Implement environmental training for each department|
|·Promotion of environmental events||Conduct activities companywide and at all business sites|
|2) Entrenchment and continuous improvement of the Kagome Environmental Management System (KEMS)||·Entrenchment and continuous improvement of KEMS (maintain ISO 14001 certification)||Achieve 1 or less secondary finding in outside screenings|
|6. Communication||1) Proactive communication to increase corporate value||·Information dissemination for enhancing reputation among institutional investors and consumers||Obtain A grade for climate change and water security from CDP|
*Other target years are indicated in the table.