Creating a Circular Economy

Basic Concept

With the aim of creating a circular economy, Morinaga is promoting the reduction of waste emissions and recycling activities by setting specific goals.

Goal: Reduce waste emissions from our factories by 25% compared to the FY2006/3 level by the end of FY2021/3.

Initiatives to Reduce Waste Emissions

We are committed to reducing waste emissions by continuously undertaking productivity improvement activities and improving our mainstream work processes through, for example, the reduction of process losses.

Results in FY2020/3 (Factories)

Waste emissions from Morinaga’s four factories and five affiliated production companies were 9,556 tons, a reduction of 19.8% from the FY2006/3 level and 1.6% from the FY2019/3 level. The energy consumption rate per production unit decreased by 0.078 t/t or 1.5% year on year. Along with the results of our continuous productivity improvement activities, improvements in our mainstream work processes, such as the reduction of process losses, have produced an additional effect of reducing the generation of animal and plant residues. In 2019, the amount of wastes emitted from our overseas production bases was 616 tons. We will continue to strengthen our activities to reduce waste emissions.

Waste Emissions from Factories (Total amount)

Energy consumption rate per production unit (FY2020/3) -1.5%, Waste emissions from overseas production bases (2019) 616t

Promotion of Waste Recycling

Initiatives to improve recycling rates

All Morinaga Group factories are working on the improvement of recycling rates. In the aggregate, Morinaga’s four factories and five affiliated production companies recycled 99.97% of their emissions in FY2020/3. Going forward, we will continue to ensure an effective use of resources through proper waste classification and promote efforts to convert them into value-added materials.

Waste recycling rate

Initiatives to recycle food wastes

Morinaga’s food recycling rate for FY2020/3 was 75.4%, which was approximately 3.4 percentage points lower than the previous year. Our factories are endeavoring to reduce the generation of waste and to recycle the food wastes they generated by transforming them mainly to animal feed, fertilizer, and raw materials for methane fermentation. Due to their characteristics, our product wastes are not always suitable for recycling. However, in the future, we will continue to promote recycling by selecting food waste recyclers in a manner aligned with our products’ characteristics.

Food waste recycling rate 75.4%

Waste Classification and Management

Morinaga’s four factories and five affiliated production companies are working on the waste classification and management to ensure an effective use of resources.

Results in FY2020/3 (Morinaga’s four factories and five production affiliates)