Living in Harmony with Nature

Using Sustainable Paper

Nowadays, a variety of raw materials are used to make paper, but generally, the most widely available material is wood. Because wood used for paper raw materials is often grown in distant forests, the global environment can be negatively impacted before the users of the paper realize it is happening. This telecoupling, as it is called, is an issue that must be considered. Although some of the world’s production sites for raw materials practice eco-friendly sustainable forest management, in other cases high conservation value forests home to precious wildlife are being destroyed, and the rights of indigenous peoples are being violated.

Focusing on indirect impacts on biodiversity within the supply chain, Casio established a Paper Procurement Policy in June 2015. Based on this policy, Casio is especially committed to refraining from using paper products that come from paper manufacturers that are suspected of destruction of any forest with high conservation value or of involvement in raw material procurement that ignores the rights of indigenous peoples. Casio preferentially uses reliable paper from certified forests to help increase the use of socially sustainable paper.

Meanwhile, to address the COVID-19 pandemic, Casio has been reassessing work styles. With working from home and activity-based working (ABW) on the upswing, Casio has achieved an unprecedented decrease in the amount of office paper used. This has led to reevaluating measures based on the Paper Procurement Policy.

│Paper Procurement

To make sure that it does not use paper products that are especially problematic, Casio periodically confirms that its suppliers do not use paper products from paper manufacturers that have been identified as dubious based on an independent investigation conducted by an international NGO related to the protection of wildlife. If it turns out, based on the confirmation results, that a product comes from one of the papermakers in question, Casio switches to products from a different paper manufacturer. By continuing such confirmation and switching of paper products, Casio exercises its indirect influence on the supply chain in an effort to minimize its indirect negative effects on biodiversity.

Paper Procurement Policy

│Promoting Use of Certified Paper

Since fiscal 2017, Casio has established targets for the percentage of FSC®-certified paper used for product catalogues and has been working hard to increase the percentage used based on environmental management systems. However, a change has taken place in the way Casio products are purchased by users due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Along with this, product catalog needs have also greatly changed. Accordingly, Casio continues to reassess the medium- and long-term targets.

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