Environmental Management

Our basic view

Environmental management is our responsibility as we conduct business on this Earth. The YKK Group established the "Group Environmental Pledge" in 1994 to promote environmental activities in all areas of business operations.

YKK Group Environmental Pledge

It is recognized today as being a most important duty for all humankind that we preserve the abundantly endowed global environment and that we transfer it to the next generation in a sound condition.
Striving to be an Earth-friendly company, the YKK Group proclaims that it will address and promote "harmony with the environment" as the highest priority of its business activities.

YKK Group's Environmental Vision 2050

To achieve an even higher level of environmental management throughout the YKK Group, in April 2019, we formulated the "Group's Environmental Vision 2050", which sets the long-term direction of our environmental initiatives. We established key objectives in YKK AP's environmental policy for each of the 4 categories - "Responding to climate change", "Sustainable use of water", "Utilization of resources", and "Symbiosis with nature" to select and identify challenges and to reflect [them] in our environmental action plan, keeping in mind our future projections for 2050 and the vision we aim to achieve.

YKK Group's Environmental Vision 2050

Responding to climate change

The climate change that is occurring on a global scale has become a serious problem for all organisms living on Earth. Considering it our responsibility as a member of the society to take actions to mitigate this problem, the YKK Group is striving to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases, including CO2, and to adapt to climate change.

Sustainable use of water

While water is an essential resource for sustaining life and all types of industry, the amount and quality available vary widely depending on the country and region. For those of us who aim to have prosperous coexistence with the society, joining our communities in sustainably utilizing water resources is essential. Therefore, we are taking actions, such as cutting back the volume of water intake and reducing burden of waste water on the environment.

Utilization of resources

Since the YKK Group manufactures many products, including zippers and windows, various types of resources that constitute raw materials are essential to us. To ensure that we will be able to stably continue supplying our products well into the future, we are acting to maximize effective utilization of non-renewable resources and also taking initiatives to recycle the waste materials generated throughout the entire life cycle of our products.

Symbiosis with nature

Nature provides resources essential to an affluent lifestyle, such as a stable atmosphere, clean water, and supply of food, and places for recreation. To leave the possibility of an affluent lifestyle for the generations to come, we are engaged in activities to protect the natural environment and reduce our environmental impact.

Environmental Initiatives

YKK Group has established the "YKK Group Environmental Vision 2050," which maps out the long-term orientation of our environmental initiatives. Under this policy, YKK AP has established its vision for 2050 of "achieving zero environmental impact in our business activities throughout the entire product lifecycle."

In the Mid-term Environmental Policy for FY2021 to FY2024, we have set environmental targets for the entire value chain with the aim of contributing to the resolution of four environmental issues of "climate change," "resource recycling," "water," and "biodiversity," and are working to achieve them.

As for the structure for promoting these activities, the "YKK AP Environmental Policy Board Committee," chaired by the president, formulates and approves environmental policy and strategy from a management perspective. Under that policy, the "YKK AP Environment Committee" incorporates the environmental policy into the sales, research & development, manufacturing, management, and overseas divisions.

In addition, to confirm the state of progress in these environmental policies and in environmental compliance, we conduct annual internal environment audits. We have also acquired ISO 14001 certification for all locations in Japan and for eleven locations overseas, and are continually working to increase the level of environmental management.

YKK AP Environmental Management Policy (FY2021 to FY2024)

Creating environmental values at every stage of the life cycle: Toward a brighter future for nature and humanity

With the intention of making a better society and environment for the next generation, YKK AP will take on the challenge of creating new value and eliminating its environmental burden through technical innovation.

  • We will strive to contribute to resolving environmental issues throughout the value chain and reducing the environmental burden.
  • We will address issues pertaining to climate change, resource recycling, water, and biodiversity as environmental ones.
  • We will create new environmental value with an eye toward the future, on a foundation of diversity in our human resources.

Disclosure of information under the TCFD recommendations

YKK AP has endorsed the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) since FY2019. In relation to both climate-related risks and opportunities, we conduct scenario analysis of the impact on our business and finances and ensure that the results are reflected in our management strategies.

YKK AP has a Board of Directors as the decision-making and oversight body for important matters such as management policy, an Audit & Supervisory Board as the company's auditing organization, and an Operating Officer System to help the company drive the execution of operational and business tasks.

In particular, sustainability issues are addressed by the "ESG General Meeting," chaired by the president, which conducts cross-functional activities by formulating policies from a company-wide perspective and rolling them out to related divisions and domestic and overseas group companies.

The Environmental Policy Board Committee, which is chaired by the president and has jurisdiction over the environmental area within the ESG General Meeting, formulates and approves environmental policies and strategies, including those on climate change, from a management perspective, and monitors their progress. The "Environment Committee" rolls out these environmental policies and strategies to our manufacturing and sales sites in Japan and overseas, and confirms their implementation through mutual internal environment audits.
In line with TCFD recommendations, we are identifying and assessing the significant risks and opportunities that the issue of climate change poses to YKK AP.
Risk Management
Risks related to the business as a whole are assessed and reviewed annually, prioritized by "size of loss" and "frequency of occurrence," and each risk is managed by the relevant committee. Climate change-related risks (natural disasters, environmental regulations, etc.) are also identified as key risks and incorporated into the management process, with policies developed and monitored on a global basis by the Environment Committee and the Crisis Management Committee.
Indicators and Targets
In order to achieve carbon neutrality, we have set medium- and long-term goals certified by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) and formulated an environmental action plan to achieve them in conjunction with our mid-term business plan. Progress is disclosed in the Integrated Report and Environmental Report.

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