Building a Recycling Society
Approach and Policy
Rapid economic growth brings with it problems such as the depletion of natural resources, the destruction of nature due to extraction of resources, and pressure on landfill sites for waste and pollution around them, accompanying the increase in resources consumed. In this situation, the 3Rs (Reduce and Reuse waste and Recycle resources) have become increasing important in order to utilize the world’s finite resources effectively. In recent years, moreover, the low effective utilization rate for waste plastic and environmental pollution caused by ocean plastic waste have become issues of global concern.
Recognizing this social background, Casio is moving ahead with various initiatives, including activities in its own business as well as activities that include suppliers and cover the entire product lifecycle.
│Importance for the Casio Group
Amid more widespread depletion of natural resources and the destruction of nature caused by the extraction of resources, investment in new natural resources for manufacturing products not only exacerbates the depletion of resources, but can also increase the impacts on the environment and ecosystem. These impacts may also lead to risks such as increases in the cost of raw materials.
The recycling rate of the waste produced by Casio’s business activities has reached more than 80% over the past few years. However, about 15 or 20% of waste is still disposed of in the environment without being recycled. This includes plastics and other waste which remain in the environment for long periods of time, and their impact on environmental pollution and ecosystems is a cause for concern.
The same concerns that apply to the waste produced by our own business activities apply to the disposal of products after use by customers. It can be said that proactive efforts to ensure recycling them into resources are required. For the Casio Group, which operates a broad range of consumer businesses, this is also important in terms of securing customer trust.
│Targets and Action Plan
Casio is working to build a recycling-oriented society both through product initiatives and initiatives in business activities.
In product initiatives, the company has set a target for expanding the number of Casio Green Star Products, a designation which indicates environmentally friendly product manufacturing through the various stages from development and design to use of the product by customers, to recycling after use.
In initiatives in business activities, Casio has set a target of zero emissions* of waste produced by its business activities. As part of its efforts to achieve zero emissions, Casio has set targets for reducing the amount of waste produced by its business activities and increasing the recycling rate of such waste. In addition, the Company has set a target for reducing water usage in business activities. Casio is also working on this issue by taking initiatives for voluntary collection and recycling of used products and components disposed of as a result of product use.
* Casio Group’s definition of zero emissions:
Landfill disposal rate = (final landfill disposal amount ÷ amount of waste generated) × 100 is 1% or less.
│Medium-Term targets and Performance
Evaluation ◎: All targets met, ○ : Most targets met, △ : Remaining issues outweigh results, × : No progress made
|Medium and long-term targets||FY2022 Target||FY2022 Performance||Evaluation||FY2023 Targets|
|Increase Casio Green Star product sales ratio to 90% by fiscal 2026||Maintain the Casio Green Star product sales ratio at 80% or more||Casio Green Star Product sales ratio: 76%||△*１||Raise the Casio Green Star product sales ratio at 80% or more|
Achieve zero emissions of waste at business sites by FY2031
* Casio Group’s definition of zero emissions:
Reduce the amount of waste generated by entire Casio Group (including valuable waste) by at least 2% compared to FY2020
Achieve a recycling rate for Casio Group site waste of at least 95%
Reduced waste generated by Casio Group (including valuable waste) by 28% compared to FY2020
Recycling rate for Casio Group: 96%
Reduce the amount of waste generated by entire Casio Group (including valuable waste) by at least 3% compared to FY2020
Achieve a recycling rate for Casio Group site waste of at least 96%
|Reduce water usage for Casio Group by at least 1% compared to FY2020||Reduced water usage for Casio Group by 43% compared to FY2020||○||Reduce water usage for Casio Group by at least 3% compared to FY2020|
*1 △ evaluation determined based on at least 80% achievement of the target figure.