Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Regarding Casio’s Environmental Activities.
Environmental Conservation Initiatives
What are Casio’s basic policies on environmental conservation?
In March 2012, Casio revised the Environmental Vision and Environmental Declaration it had implemented in 2009, and renamed them the Casio Environmental Vision 2050 and Casio Environmental Declaration 2020. These basic policies are now being implemented throughout the Casio Group.
What are some of the major milestones in Casio’s development of environmental policies and initiatives?
Casio formed the Casio Environmental Conservation Committee, chaired by an executive vice president.
Casio established the Casio Environmental Charter and Environmental Fundamental Policies, along with the Casio Voluntary Plan for the Environment, which set out specific policies on matters from material procurement to collection and recycling. This enabled the development of environmental conservation activities across the entire Casio Group.
Casio issued an environmental pamphlet (precursor of the Environmental Report).
Casio obtained its first ISO 14001 certification.
Casio issued the Environmental Report and established the Casio Environmental Action Plan (Clean & Green 21).
Casio established Green Procurement Standards.
Casio established the Casio Group Guidelines for Green Product Development and launched the Casio Green Products 30 (C.G.P.30) campaign.
Casio issued the Corporate Report 2006 (published annually thereafter).
Casio began development of Green Star Products, and issued the Casio Environmental Vision and Casio’s Environmental Declaration as well as the 16th Casio Environmental Action Plan including medium and long-term targets for greenhouse gas emissions reduction
Casio issued the sustainability report 2010, and established the biodiversity guidelines.
Initiated a study concerning the impact of paper procurement on biodiversity preservation
Established the “Paper Procurement Policy”
Since 1999, Casio has been disclosing all information on its environmental activities, including examples of environmental activities and environmental data, in its Environmental Report, which later became the CSR Report, the Corporate Report and the Sustainability Report.
Measures to Address Climate Change
What kind of initiatives does Casio have in place now, since the Kyoto Protocol expired at the end of 2012?
The CO2 reduction guidelines published by the Japanese government call for a 3.8% reduction by fiscal 2021 and an 80% reduction by fiscal 2051, both compared to fiscal 2006.
The Casio Group is actively working towards its worldwide CO2 reduction targets of a 30% reduction by fiscal 2021 and an 80% reduction by fiscal 2051, both compared to fiscal 2006.
In fiscal 2012, Casio temporarily achieved the 30% reduction target for fiscal 2021 but has hovered at a standstill around the 30% level since then. Going forward, Casio will formulate a more effective reduction plan and continue its activities to meet the targets for fiscal 2021 and fiscal 2051.
Environmental Action Plan
Does Casio have an environmental action plan? If so, please describe the details.
Casio complies with environmental laws and regulations in and outside Japan and has established the Casio Environmental Action Plan targets as its voluntary action plan to clarify its medium- and long-term numerical targets and the deadlines for implementation. Casio regularly reviews and revises the targets as appropriate.
Environmental Risk Prevention Measures
What kind of system does Casio have for managing environmental risk?
As part of risk management at facilities, each Casio site has established rules and procedures in order to minimize environmental risks. This is based on emergency preparedness and response, which is a requirement for ISO 14001 certification.
Casio conducts environmentally appropriate design assessments as part of its product risk management activities, and works painstakingly to confirm legal and regulatory compliance, verify usage of hazardous substances, adopt measures to conserve energy and resources, and ensure that environmental adaptations are made for the 3Rs (reuse, reduce, recycle).
Casio carries out unified risk management through a CSR Committee, addressing environmental and other risks.
What kind of initiatives does Casio have for making eco-products?
Casio has created its own environmental design standards based on its core technologies for making products that are compact, lightweight, slim, and energy-efficient. In fiscal 2002, the company began developing Green Products in all product categories. In fiscal 2010, it introduced Green Star Products featuring even higher environmental performance, and set a goal of making these products 50% of total sales by fiscal 2015.
In fiscal 2016, Casio achieved the target with a sales ratio of 52% for these products. In and beyond fiscal 2016, Casio has maintained the sales ratio goal of 50% and will strive to develop new products with even higher environmental performance than Green Star Products, starting in fiscal 2017.
Green (CSR) Procurement and Green Purchasing
What is the status of green (or CSR) procurement at Casio?
Casio has implemented its Green Procurement Standards to comply with various regulations concerning chemical substances contained in products. The standards apply to all parts and raw materials that are included in products manufactured by its production sites worldwide.
Casio also manages the levels of chemical substances in components and raw materials as legally required. The Green Procurement Standards are regularly updated to reflect the latest environmental laws and regulations, and the company continues to maintain a green parts procurement ratio of 100%.
Please tell us about the current status of green procurement and future plans.
In October 2002, Casio introduced a CATS e-P System to unify purchasing and give priority to the purchase of eco-products for indirect materials, such as office supplies and office equipment, at all group companies in Japan. The Environmental Action Plan set a target procurement rate of 75% for fiscal 2013, and actual performance came very close at 74.3%.
Based on these results, Casio has continued to strive to achieve this green procurement target rate of 75% as one of its maintenance and management goals.
Waste Reduction Measures
What is Casio doing to reduce waste emissions?
With a voluntary fiscal 2016 target of reducing waste emissions by 20% compared to fiscal 2011, the worldwide Casio Group achieved a reduction of 30% in fiscal 2013. However, there was an upward trend in fiscal 2015 and fiscal 2016.
Casio will analyze the causes of the increase in waste emissions and take the necessary action to reduce emissions.
What kind of recycling efforts are you carrying out?
Collection and recycling of printer toner and drum sets, ink ribbons for label printers, and leased units.
Casio started collection and recycling in 1999.
Collection and recycling of PCs and rechargeable batteries
With the enactment of Japan’s Act on the Promotion of Effective Utilization of Resources in April 2001, Casio set up a system for collection and recycling of PCs and rechargeable batteries.
- Business PCs
After being designated as a wide-area recycling-designated industrial waste processor in January 2002, Casio has been collecting and recycling business user PCs since February of that year.
- Consumer PCs
In October 2003, Casio began collection and recycling of consumer PCs through a collection system run jointly by Japan Post and the Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA).
- Rechargeable batteries
Casio collects rechargeable batteries replaced by its service centers, and sends them to recycling companies designated by the Japan Portable Rechargeable Battery Recycling Center (JBRC).
What kind of recycling efforts is Casio carrying out for small electronic devices?
Collection and recycling of used small electronic devices, including digital cameras
Casio has been collecting and recycling used small electronic devices since 1999.
Collection and recycling of PCs and rechargeable batteries
With regard to the recycling of rare metals contained in used small electronic devices such as cellular phones and digital cameras, Japan’s Act for Promoting Recycling of Used Small Electronic Devices came into effect on April 1, 2013 after a study group led by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Ministry of the Environment completed its work and collection trials were done by local governments.
Manufacturers are responsible for making their products easier to disassemble and are required to use recycled materials. Casio is conducting a review of its environmental design criteria while confirming industry association policy. As the Act applies to small devices, many Casio products will be affected, and Casio has been taking steps in partnership with the business sector. Casio cooperated in the production of the Recycling Design Guidelines for the Creation of Product Assessment Manuals by the Japan Business Machine and Information System Industries Association (JBMIA) in 2014. Casio’s approach to environmentally sound design standards are therefore incorporated into those guidelines.
What is Casio doing to protect biodiversity?
Based on the establishment of the Casio Group Biodiversity Guidelines in March 2011, Casio began specific activities related to the conservation of biodiversity.
These include the creation of a biodiversity e-learning program for employees, participation in the Consortium for Sustainable Paper Use, and enactment of the Casio Group Paper Procurement Policy in June 2015, to promote biodiversity preservation.
Casio has also supported the Dolphin & Whale Eco-Research Network project of the International Cetacean Education Research Center (ICERC) of Japan since 1994.
Disclosure of Environmental Information
Please tell us about environmental accounting at Casio.
In fiscal 2000, Casio established an Environmental Accounting Committee with members mainly from the Accounting Department and Environment Center, and has been compiling data based on the Environmental Accounting Guidelines of the Ministry of the Environment. Since fiscal 2002, Casio has continued to disclose this information in the Environmental Report, which became the Environmental Report, which became the Sustainability Report in fiscal 2011.
In recent years, corporate rating organizations have not only been examining financial reports as sources of corporate information disclosure, but have also been focusing attention on ESG reports covering issues of the environment, social responsibility, and governance. Casio will continue to disclose information on environmental accounting in its sustainability reports in the future.
Please tell us about your environmental PR activities.
Since 1999, Casio has been disclosing its environmental initiatives in environmental, CSR, corporate, and sustainability reports, as well as on its website.
Terms such as "environmentally friendly" often seem vague. Does Casio have standards for such terms?
In the Casio Green Star Plan for the Environment, the following rule was established: "Suitable expressions must be used for the company’s environmental initiatives and environmental features, according to the labeling standards of the Japanese Home Electric Appliances Fair Trade Conference, in order to avoid consumer misunderstanding."
In January 2008, the Japanese Ministry of the Environment issued its Guidelines for Environmental Representations (Eco-labeling) with the aim of providing environmental labeling information that is easy for consumers to understand. Based on this, Casio has prepared and is now implementing the Casio Environmental Labeling Guidelines.
Use of Clean (Renewable) Energies
Has Casio introduced any clean energies into its business?
- Since first launching the SL-801 solar-powered calculator in 1981, Casio has developed, manufactured, and sold numerous calculators, watches, and clocks powered by solar cells.
- As just one example of renewable energy use in Casio’s business facilities, the energy-saving building newly constructed for Casio Europe (Germany) in January 2009 features an air conditioning system that uses geothermal heat.