Social Trends and CSR Progress

Casio’s CSR activities have evolved with social trends over the years. This section reviews that history, showing the increasing importance of management focused on social responsibility.

1990s: Establishing Environmental Management

The 1990s was a decade of growing public criticism of corporate practices, with repeated corporate scandals in Japan. Compliance measures were advanced, including the establishment of codes of conduct by large companies. Also, the issue of global warming came to light, and global environmental problems became apparent. Against this backdrop, many Japanese companies shifted to environmental management.

Casio established its Environmental Conservation Committee in 1991 and began to pursue environmental management. In 1993, the Casio Environmental Charter was established. This led to environmental activities across the Casio Group relating to both products and production/business sites.

As a company with a global presence, Casio understands that it is vital to comply with international norms as well as the applicable laws and regulations in each country and region. In 1998, the Casio Code of Ethics was created to ensure that all officers and employees act based on high ethical standards and sound judgement.

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Social Trends

1990 Action Program to Arrest Global Warming established
1991 Act for Promoting the Utilization of Recycled Resources takes effect
Keidanren Global Environment Charter established
1993 Basic Environment Act takes effect
1994 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change takes effect
1996 ISO 14001 international environmental standard created
1997 Kyoto Protocol adopted by the third session of the Conference of the Parties (COP3)
1998 Act on Rationalizing Energy Use revised
Act on Promotion of Global Warming established

Casio Initiatives

1991 Casio Environmental Conservation Committee launched
1993 Casio Environmental Charter and Environmental Fundamental Policies established
1997 Environmental activities reported on the Casio website
ISO 14001 certification acquired by Aichi Casio and Yamagata Casio
1998 Casio Group Code of Conduct established
ISO 14001 certification acquired by Kofu Casio, Kochi Casio, Casio Korea, and Casio Electromex (Mexico)
1999 Green Procurement Guidelines established
Environmental Report first published
First exhibit at Eco-Products
ISO 14001 certification acquired by Casio Electronics

2000s: Shifting to CSR Management

In addition to environmental efforts, CSR themes including human rights, labor relations, society, and product liability began to be discussed in the 2000s. CSR reports also started coming out as part of stakeholder communication efforts. A growing number of companies established CSR offices and appointed officers in charge of CSR. These efforts took place in the context of management strategy, as an indispensable element for sustainable development of the company.

In 2003, Casio reviewed its corporate creed, “Creativity and Contribution,” in light of the times, and established the Charter of Creativity for Casio to set the course for CSR management. In 2004, Casio established its CSR Promotion Office and CSR Committee. In 2005, the Casio Group identified its key stakeholder segments and started issuing the CSR Report, which clearly described the Group's responsibilities to each segment.

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Social Trends

2000 United Nations Global Compact initiated
Sustainability Reporting Guidelines issued by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)
Containers and Packaging Recycling Act established
2001 Green Purchasing Act established
Act on the Promotion of Effective Utilization of Resources, the Waste Management and Public Cleansing Act, and the Basic Act on Establishing a Sound Material-Cycle Society established
2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development held in Johannesburg
Act concerning Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (PRTR Act) established
2003 WEEE and RoHS Directives take effect
2005 Kyoto Protocol takes effect
2006 JEITA issues Supply Chain CSR Deployment Guidebook

Casio Initiatives

2000 ISO 14001 certification acquired for production sites in Japan and four Casio Computer business sites
Environmental accounting introduced
Green Procurement Standards issued and business partner briefing sessions begin
2001 Casio Taiwan and Casio Software acquire ISO 14001 certification
2002 Casio Electronics (Shenzhen), Casio Electronics (Zhongshan), and Casio Techno headquarters acquire ISO 14001 certification
2003 The Charter of Creativity for Casio established
2004 CSR Promotion Office and CSR Committee launched
Environmental Report becomes Environmental Management Report
2005 Environmental Management Report becomes the CSR Report
RoHS compliance achieved for all products sold in Europe
2006 CSR Report and Corporate Profile combined to create Corporate Report
2009 Casio Environmental Charter becomes the Casio Environmental Vision, and the Basic Environmental Policy becomes the Casio Environmental Declaration

2010s: Integrating CSR into Management Strategy

In the 2010s, the attitude of external stakeholders toward companies has been changing dramatically. In particular, more companies are highlighting their own business activities based on how they address issues targeted under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted at the United Nations in 2015. Many investors have begun to look at corporate CSR activities as part of investment criteria, labeling them as environmental, social, and governance (ESG) information. As a result, companies are starting to actively promote CSR as part of their management strategies.

Casio has also worked to meet the expectations of society through participation in international frameworks such as the United Nations Global Compact and the ISO 26000 standards for social responsibility. In 2016, Casio established a process for identifying materiality in dialogue with various stakeholders and incorporating public expectations into its CSR management.

In 2018, Casio is looking at how it can help achieve the SDGs and has started to consider targets that can make a global contribution.

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Social Trends

2010 ISO 26000 standard created
2013 G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines released
International Integrated Reporting Framework announced by the IIRC
2014 Fifth Assessment Report released by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted at the UN
Japan’s Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) signs the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI)
ISO 14001 standard revised
Paris Agreement adopted
2016 GRI Standards released

Casio Initiatives

2010 Corporate Report becomes Sustainability Report
Joined the United Nations Global Compact
2011 Casio Group Biodiversity Guidelines established
2012 Analyzed current status for ISO 26000
CSR Communication Book issued
Replaced the Casio Environmental Vision with the Casio Environmental Vision 2050, and the Casio Environmental Declaration with the Casio Environmental Declaration 2020
2014 Casio Group Basic Policy on Respect for Human Rights established
Joined the Consortium for Sustainable Paper Use
2015 Casio Group Paper Procurement Policy established
CSR materiality studied
CSR Leader system established at Casio Computer
2016 Material issues identified
2017 CSR Leader system expanded to group companies in Japan