〔The Environment〕For the Global Environment
Protect the Global Environment by Saving Resource and Energy
Our Sustainability decisions are made by the Sustainability Committee based on a concept of the globally accepted environmental management standard “ISO14001,” and the Sustainability Promotion Committee together with its affiliated environmental working groups are promoting environmental activities.
Basic Environmental Policy
1.With consideration given to protecting biodiversity* and the environment, we are dedicated to saving resources and energy, promoting recycling and reducing waste.
We are actively working on resource saving, reuse of recycled materials, development of products made from materials easy to dispose, decreasing the waste amount, and sorted collection at every facility including factories and offices.
2.We consistently promote the use of raw materials with less environmental impact and the research and development of products also with less environmental impact.
We have established guidelines for reducing or banning the use of specific substances or raw materials to avoid environmental pollution in a thorough and responsible manner. Also we are actively promoting research and development of eco-friendly materials for new products as well as simpler and lighter packing materials.
3.We shall comply with environmental laws and regulations, and actively participate in social activities related to environment preservation.
We not only adhere to Packing Material Recycling Laws but also work to prevent environmental pollution by strengthening the internal regulations about the emission of industrial wastes. We are also actively supporting environment-improvement activities around our premises as well as global environment conservation businesses.
4.We establish and improve organizations to promote and implement environmental conservation activities on a continuing basis.
In 1997 we established the Global Environment Committee (then reorganized as the CSR Committee in April, 2013) to systematically accelerate environmental activities and involvement of internal departments while actively implementing environmental management system based on ISO14001.
※In 2019 the name of “CSR Committee” was changed to “Sustainability Committee”.
5.We seek to raise the awareness of employees regarding the environment through education, publicity and other programs on environmental conservation.
With our belief that everything we do as a business starts from our employees, we are promoting initiatives to raise environmental awareness among employees by information sharing through a range of media including in-house newsletters.
KOSÉ’s approach to biodiversity conservation
KOSÉ esteems the many benefits of biodiversity and regards environmental issues facing the world today as our own issues.We are continuously working on understanding the relationship between biodiversity and our business to mitigate the impact our business activities may give on the biodiversity. Furthermore we are promoting internal information sharing to improve employees’ environmental awareness as well as actively disseminating information to the public.※
We are working on “SAVE the BLUE” for preserving the biodiversity.
With the CSR Committee, the CSR Promotion Committee, and Environmental Working Groups under the Committee, we have established an enterprise-wide environmental management system in 2013. The system has been contributing to strengthen our initiatives for the global environmental conservation as a part of our business activities
Since 2014, we also have been accelerating our initiative to collect information about the environmental load from all organizations in the KOSÉ Group including overseas affiliates to understand the big picture of the environmental load by the KOSÉ Group as a whole.
*In 2019 the names of “CSR Committee” and “CSR Promotion Committee” were changed to “Sustainability Committee” and “Sustainability Promotion Committee” respectively.
The Environmental Management System – Organizational Structure
Response to Environmental Laws and Regulations
KOSÉ is diligently working on initiatives to decrease the environmental load as possible as we can to avoid the impact on the environmental pollution.
Compliance with environmental law
Environment conservation-related laws and regulations including the Basic Environmental Law, we are committed to comply with laws and regulations compliant with ISO14001 to strictly adhere to local codes and regional conventions. We specifically have implemented a unified “Environment Manual” that is common and shared between Manufacturing and Distribution Departments to empower each office, affiliate, and regional center to respond to situations on their own. We are also monitoring the regulatory environment in order to quickly and appropriately respond to any change in the future.
Response to Chemical Substances
Generally no harmful chemical is used in any cosmetic product even in the manufacturing process because cosmetic products directly contact with your skin. However, in very rare cases, some chemical substances regulated by laws or codes related to chemical handling such as PRTR Law (Law concerning Pollutant Release and Transfer Register), are used.
At KOSÉ we have a system in place that monitors and measures the amount of such chemical substances emitted into the environment. We are strictly adhering to every applicable law and regulation with the system, and reducing the use and emission of such chemical substances.