Environmental Management

Basic Concept

Through our business activities, the Morinaga Group promotes the creation of a sustainable circular economy.
We are also continually improving our environmental management system, implementing environmentally conscious initiatives in various aspects of our business activities.

Morinaga Group Environmental Policy

Through our business activities, the Morinaga Group promotes the creation of a sustainable circular economy.
We are also continually improving our environmental management system, implementing environmentally conscious initiatives in various aspects of our business activities.

1. Compliance with environment-related laws, ordinances, and regulations, etc.
We will comply with domestic and international environment-related laws, ordinances, and regulations, adhering to international standards and norms.
2. Reduction of environmental load in all product-related processes
From the product planning and development through to production, sales, and disposal, we will consider and strive to reduce environmental load in all product-related processes.
3. Reduction of CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions
We will implement carbon management through measures such as the promotion of energy-saving and visualization of energy consumption amounts, endeavoring to reduce CO₂ and other greenhouse gas emissions and prevent global warming.
4. Promotion of resource saving, waste reduction, and recycling
We will strive to use water resources, raw materials effectively, endeavoring to both reduce waste generation amounts and promote recycling.
5. Promotion of management and reduction of environmental pollutants
We will appropriately manage harmful chemicals and other environmental pollutants, striving to prevent and reduce pollution.
6. Biodiversity preservation and ecosystem protection
We will endeavor to deepen our understanding of biodiversity, maintain and preserve biodiversity, and protect ecosystems.

(Revised in May 2018)

Environmental Management System

The Morinaga Group plans, sets goals, and reviews important environmental policies at its CSR Committee, which is chaired by the President. The Environment Integration Office was established with members from the Production Supervising Division and the Corporate Communication Division to exchange information with the Factory Environment Management Committee and other organs, as well as to promote continuous improvements to our management system and to reduce the environmental load and increase productivity.
We have built an environmental management system centered on the ISO 14001 (international standard for environmental management system). In January 2018, the Morinaga Group Production Division obtained multiple site certification.
In FY2020/3, we received five inquiries and complaints from neighbors regarding odors, noise, etc. from our factories. We responded promptly to these issues and took remedial measures.

  • In July 1998, our Oyama Factory acquired the ISO 14001 certification for the first time in the Japanese confectionery industry.
  • Later, all factories and affiliated production companies acquired the accreditation in sequence.

Multi-site Organization Chart

Environmental goals and progress

Having set long-term goals for reducing CO2 and waste emissions, the Morinaga Group is working to contribute to the realization of a low-carbon society and the formation of a circular economy.

Environmental goals

Even after the achievement of our CO2 emission reduction goal in FY2015/3, we are continuously working on the emission reduction activities.
Our waste emission levels remained below set goals for the period from FY2010/3 through FY2012/3; however, since FY2013/3, the emissions have been on an upward trajectory, driving us to accelerate our efforts to achieve the goals again.
In addition, the Morinaga Group is continuing discussions towards the formulation of environmental targets for FY2031/3.

Realization of a Low-Carbon Society

Creating a Circular Economy

Acquired multi-site ISO 14001 certification

Previously, each production sites acquired the ISO 14001: 2004 certification individually. Simultaneously with the transfer to a new standard ISO 14001: 2015, the Morinaga Group Production Division including the Headquarters Environment Integration Office has obtained the multiple site certification on January 23, 2018, using the multiple-site method integrating multiple sites as one organization. For your information, Morinaga Snack Foods Co., Ltd., which discontinued its production in August 2019 and then was merged into Morinaga & Co., Ltd., was removed from the registration scope when we made revisions to the registration on January 23, 2020.

List of ISO 14001-accredited Facilities (As of April 2019)

Percentage of ISO 14001-accredited production sites