With the aim of creating a circular economy, Morinaga is promoting the reduction of waste emissions and recycling activities by setting specific goals.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Morinaga’s four factories and five affiliated production companies are working on the waste classification and management to ensure an effective use of resources.
The Company considers its key tasks as a food manufacturer to be delivery of safe, reliable products to customers and procurement of sustainable raw materials that are not harmful to the global environment or society.
“I wish to provide delicious, highly nutritious Western confectionaries to the people of Japan.” Morinaga & Co., Ltd. was launched with this strong desire as expressed by Taichiro Morinaga, the company’s founder.
The Morinaga Group is aware of various social issues that it faces at every stage of its value chain (planning and development, procurement, production, distribution and sales, and consumption/disposal) and is promoting measures to resolve them.
Society as a whole is becoming increasingly health-conscious and there is a growing need to take proper nutrients in an easy and functional way. The Morinaga Group has been working on the development of wellness products that can help people lead a healthy and happy life.