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”
Casio Computer Co., Ltd. (Hatsudai Headquarters, Hamura R&D Center, and Hachioji R&D Center) integrated its ISO 14001 environmental management system
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 is Casio doing to follow up on the Paris Agreement?
With respect to the reduction of greenhouse gases for the Casio Group as a whole, since the Group had already reached the point where it was clear that it would achieve its 2020 goal, which it had set as a medium-term target, Casio has now established a new medium-term goal, making changes to align it with the Japanese national goal. Casio has challenged itself with a more rigorous new goal, a reduction of 26% by fiscal 2031 compared to fiscal 2014.
Environmental Action Plan
Does Casio have an environmental action plan? If so, please describe the details.
After identifying material environmental issues, Casio established the Casio Environmental Action Targets to clarify its medium- and long-term numerical targets and the deadlines for implementation. The Group is carrying out a plan to achieve those targets using mechanisms based on an ISO 14001 environmental management system.
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).
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 1993, Casio began product assessment evaluations to encourage the systematization of eco-products. Under this system, new products were evaluated for their impact on the environment, and products that passed the standards were certified as Casio Green Products. Up until fiscal 2009, Casio worked toward an initial goal of having Casio Green Products account for 80% of sales. In fiscal 2009, the percentage was 84%, and the Group is determined to maintain that 80% level.
After meeting the target, since fiscal 2010 Casio has been promoting Casio Green Star Products, which are especially excellent Casio Green Products that have gone through even more rigorous and specific evaluations and that could create new trends that help to build a more sustainable world. Then, in fiscal 2017 Casio began offering Casio Super Green Star Products, which have even higher environmental performance, at the pinnacle of Casio’s product lineup.
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?
Casio’s production sites and main offices operate an ISO 14001 environmental management system and dispose of waste properly in accordance with local laws. In addition, since Casio had already minimized the generation of waste in recent years, Casio is now shifting from reducing the quantity of waste to qualitative measures focused on the recycling of resources.
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.
- 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 Casio Group Biodiversity Guidelines established in March 2011, Casio has launched the following specific activities related to the conservation of biodiversity:
- Establishment of a paper procurement policy;
- Participation in a paper consortium;
- Participation in the biodiversity working group of Japan’s 4 electrical and electronic industry associations; and
- Supporting environmental protection organizations.
For more details, visit the following link to the page on biodiversity.
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.