Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Regarding Casio’s Environmental Activities.
Environmental Conservation Initiatives
What are Casio’s basic policies on environmental conservation?
The entire Casio Group is working to fulfill the Casio Environmental Vision 2050, a long-term environmental management policy with a target year of 2050 that Casio established in 2012.
What are some of the major milestones in Casio’s development of environmental policies and initiatives?
- In 1991,
- Casio formed the Casio Environmental Conservation Committee, chaired by an executive vice president (at that time).
- In 1993,
- Casio established the Casio Environmental Charter and Environmental Fundamental Policies, along with the Casio Voluntary Plan for the Environment, which set out specific measures to take in areas from material procurement to collection and recycling. Today, these guide environmental conservation activities across the entire Casio Group.
- In 1994,
- Casio began releasing G-SHOCK dolphin and whale watches as environmental collaboration models.
- In 1995,
- Casio issued an environmental pamphlet (precursor of the Environmental Report).
- In 1997,
- Casio obtained its first ISO 14001 certification.
- In 1999,
- Casio issued the Environmental Report and established the Casio Environmental Action Plan (Clean & Green 21).
- In 2000,
- Casio established Green Procurement Standards.
- In 2001,
- Casio established the Casio Group Guidelines for Green Product Development and launched the Casio Green Products 30 (C.G.P.30) campaign.
- In 2006,
- Casio issued the Corporate Report 2006 (published annually thereafter).
- In 2009,
- Casio began certification 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.
- In 2010,
- Casio issued the Sustainability Report 2010.
- In 2011,
- Casio established the Casio Group Biodiversity Guidelines.
- In 2012,
- Casio revised its environmental vision and declaration to the Casio Environmental Vision 2050 and Casio Environmental Declaration 2020.
Casio also established the Casio Green Star Plan.
- In 2015,
- Casio established the “Casio Group Paper Procurement Policy.”
- In 2017,
- Casio Computer Co., Ltd. (Hatsudai Headquarters, Hamura R&D Center, and Hachioji R&D Center) integrated its ISO 14001 environmental management system. Casio also established a committee to promote initiatives on the environmental themes—among its material issues—of realizing a low carbon society, building a recycling society, and living in harmony with nature.
- Casio updated the medium- to long-term goals for greenhouse gas reduction.
- In 2018,
- Casio concluded a “Tokyo Waterworks: Corporate Forest (Naming Rights)” agreement with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s Bureau of Waterworks, and began Casio Forest activities.
- In 2019,
- Casio updated its environmental materiality themes by changing “Realizing a low-carbon society” to “Realizing a decarbonized society.”
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?
The objective of the Paris Agreement is to keep a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius. To achieve that goal, the agreement set out the target of net zero emissions of greenhouse gases by the second half of this century. To address this, the Japanese government established a medium-term goal, a reduction of 26% by fiscal 2031 compared to fiscal 2014.
In February 2017, Casio revised its own medium-term goal, making changes to align it with the Japanese national goal. The goal may need to be made even more ambitious in the future to realize a decarbonized society, and Casio will respond appropriately while keeping a close eye on trends in the international community.
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 production site and major office 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 is committed to the development of eco-products in terms of planning, design, and engineering, in order to minimize the environmental impact of its products. In 1993, Casio began product assessment evaluations to encourage the systematization of eco-products. Under this system, preliminary evaluations were made of new products for their impact on the environment, and products that passed the standards were certified as Casio Green Products.
In 2009, Casio began certifying Casio Green Star Products, which are products that received excellent evaluations. Then, in 2016, Casio began certifying Casio Super Green Star Products, which have even higher environmental performance.
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%.
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. Casio is strengthening both its initiatives to reduce the generation of waste and initiatives to increase its recycling rate.
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?
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?
Casio’s efforts to help preserve biodiversity began in 1994 with a G-SHOCK environmental collaboration product, the Dolphin and Whale Model.
Casio carries out activities based on its Biodiversity Guidelines, established in 2011. In 2015, focusing on indirect impacts in the supply chain, it established the Casio Group Paper Procurement Policy, under which it avoids purchasing paper products suspected of destroying forests with a high conservation value.
In 2017, Casio began shifting to certified paper for product catalogs in Japan and started conservation activities for rare plants and insects discovered in surveys of its business sites in Japan.
To enhance its support for nature conservation groups through collaboration models of watches, which began in 1994, in 2018 Casio launched employee participation in those groups’ activities as well as field activities such as Arakawa River Clean-aid and Casio Forest mainly powered by employee volunteers seeking to deepen understanding of social issues related to biodiversity.
For more details, visit the following link to the page on Living in Harmony with Nature.
Disclosure of Environmental Information
Please tell us about environmental accounting at Casio.
Since fiscal 2000, Casio 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.
Terms such as “environmentally friendly” often seem vague. Does Casio have standards for such terms?
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.
- Casio America has contracted with retail electricity providers for 100% green energy supply options.