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Environmental policy and environmental impact performance

The environmental policy of the POLA ORBIS Group

  1. We work to reduce our environmental impact throughout our products' life cycles.
  2. We work to continuously improve the environment and prevent pollution by setting environmental goals within the scope of technological and economic capabilities.
  3. We work to develop our products in an eco-friendly way to preserve and improve the earth's environment as well as to minimize the use of resources, the use of energy, and waste at our plants.
  4. We adhere to environment-related legislation, prefectural and municipal ordinances and agreements, and our own independent standards.
  5. We work to coexist with the local communities and society as well as to promote activities for preserving and improving the environment.

Our environment goals and performance

The POLA ORBIS Group is working to reduce CO2 use, water use, and waste looking ahead to 2029 (100th founding anniversary). With 2015 as the baseline, our goal is to reduce each by 26% from 2017 to 2029 (by basic sales unit). This was approved by the Group Managerial Meeting and is pursued by all Group companies. We will manage it by expanding the scope to include raw material procurement and logistics and also develop eco-friendly products. In 2017, our CO2 emissions were 15,578.3t, our total waste volume 1,624t, and our water use 222,651m3.

Our environment promotion system

Each company in the POLA ORBIS Group creates their own targets for reducing their environmental impact, coordinated by the Secretariat of the Group CSR Committee, in order to achieve the overall reduction goals and improve environment-related issues. These targets are discussed and monitored by the Group CSR Committee and results are reported to the Group Managerial Meeting.

(1) Caring for the Environment at Our Offices

Reducing Energy Use at All Group Companies

Poster at ORBIS

Poster at ORBIS

At the POLA ORBIS Group, each Group company is working to reduce their office energy use in line with our environmental policy. In 2016, the CO2 emissions for our offices in Japan were 4,374t.
Looking at the Group overall, at POLA, we are continuously trying to save power by employing energy-saving air conditioning, making sure to minimize power use at night and during holidays, and having all employees disconnect their computers over the weekends.
At ORBIS, we carry out the following power-saving activities: 1) the last one to go home turns off their team's lights, 2) everyone makes sure to turn their computer screen's power off (we distributed stickers to remind people to turn them off), 3) everyone makes sure to turn off the lights after using the conference rooms (there are posters saying "Don't forget to turn off the lights after use" by the conference room exits), 4) we have started using LED lighting, 5) we have introduced eco-friendly vending machines, and 6) we are cutting down on unnecessary lighting.
Moreover, we are not only reducing CO2, but are also trying to save paper resources by encouraging paperless meetings and black-and-white, double-sided printing as well as promoting waste sorting and recycling in the office.

ORBIS: CO2 Absorption through Periodic Thinning

ORBIS is involved in the restoration of a previously inhabited forest in Koshu, Yamanashi. We are developing the forest in collaboration with Koshu City and OISCA, and have named it the "Koshu City ORBIS Forest." In 2017, we conducted thinnings of about 5 hectares and developed the riverside, also including volunteer activities by our employees. As a result, the forest absorbed about 37.1t of CO2 in one year. Moreover, in order to have our customers know about the importance of forest restoration and thinning, we launched the Tree-Planting Building Blocks present campaign that uses timber from thinning. Through this, we could connect the project to promoting better understanding of our environmental activities.

(2) Caring for the Environment at Our Manufacturing Division


The products of the POLA ORBIS Group are manufactured primarily at the Fukuroi Plant of POLA CHEMICAL INDUSTRIES. The Fukuroi Plant obtained ISO14001 certification in 2000 and is engaged in environmental activities to reduce its environmental impact centering on the four targets of "global warming prevention," "resource recycling," "risk management," and "communication/education." The plant has no history of environmental law violations.

[The environmental impact of the Manufacturing Division at POLA CHEMICAL INDUSTRIES in 2017]

Environmental Goals and Performance for the Manufacturing Activities of POLA CHEMICAL INDUSTRIES

Priority tasksb2017 targets and target valuesb2017 performancebSelf-evaluation
Global warming prevention CO2 emissions: 4,845t of CO2 or less (1% decrease on the predicted value for this fiscal year) CO2 emissions: 4,710t of CO2; achievement rate: 103% ššš
Implementing energy-saving measures by updating and improving equipment


Reduced power use by updating the compressors


Updated the air conditioning and introduced LED lighting in the plant


Put in place measures to remind each section to turn off the lights and introduced a day for all employees to go home at the same time

Resource recycling Industrial waste: 560t or less (1% decrease on the mid-term target predicted values) Industrial waste: 601t; achievement rate: 93%; total waste: 1,044t
We failed to achieve the target due to more waste from products and packaging.
Promoting the reduction of waste and recycling Increased value rate (40% in 2016, 42% in 2017)
Risk management
Thorough management of chemical substances Thorough management using the latest version of SDS š
Thoroughly legitimate management Implemented risk assessments for and measures to reduce 167 chemical substances
Monitored waste water quality and processed waste as appropriate
Disaster countermeasures Carried out emergency drills (leak drill and prevention training were added later)
Reduced fire risk (inspected and cleaned power outlets, etc.)
Looked into options for a seismic retrofit of the Fukuroi Plant
Communication and education Active disclosure of information


Published community environment newspaper (once)


Held a meeting to exchange opinions with local community associations around the plant (May)
(In response to a request from the local community associations, we cleaned the river by the plant and weeded the footpath north of the plant grounds)



A cleaning walk on Mt. Hattasan with 69 participants (May)


Environment seminar for our employees (once)


Implemented training and level-up education for our internal environment auditors


Organized an environment award system
(We recognize those who contribute to environment activities and try to stimulate more)


Organized environment education for kids, a summer break plant learning experience


Helped manage the plants by the footpaths around the plant (provided mulch)

[About the self-evaluation] ššš: We saw results; šš: Almost there; š: More effort was needed

* Value rate = Sales value / total waste volume

Reducing CO2 Emissions from Manufacturing

The Manufacturing Division of POLA CHEMICAL INDUSTRIES created an Energy Committee in 2010 for overseeing energy management. Aligning with the national target of "reducing CO2 emissions by 50% by 2050," the goal is to "reduce CO2 emissions by 25% (2009 baseline)" for the entire Manufacturing Division by 2020. In 2017, CO2 emissions were 4,374t.

Introducing a Solar Power System that Harmonizes with the Environment



Both POLA CHEMICAL INDUSTRIES and Jurlique have started generating solar power. In 2016, they produced 130,432kWh, which amounts to 1.65% of the power used for product manufacturing.
Moreover, the Fukuroi Plant has actively worked to increase greenery since it started operations (awarded the Prime Minister's Award for Efforts to Promote Greening), carrying out manufacturing while thinking about how to harmonize with nature.

Promoting Industrial Waste Recycling

POLA CHEMICAL INDUSTRIES is working to recycle all industrial waste, achieving zero emissions in 2003 and continuously working to increase the value of and reduce the use of industrial waste. We are recycling the waste produced at the plant and utilizing it to make the company greener. In 2017, there was a greater need for processing waste in the form of products and packaging materials that had been piling up for a long time, so the total industrial waste volume increased by 106% on the previous year, but we increased the value rate by 103% on the previous year by adding value to industrial waste through consistent sorting and recovery.

Changes in waste and value rate (total for the Shizuoka and Fukuroi Plants)

(3) Caring for the Environment at Our Logistics Division

POLA: Reducing Our Environmental Impact by Combining Deliveries of Cosmetics and Body Fashion Items (reducing 200,000 cartons a year)

Combining body fashion items and cosmetics

Combining body fashion items and cosmetics

In the past, when making deliveries to shops across Japan, POLA would separate "cosmetics" and "body fashion items, food, etc.", sending them from two different logistics centers and having them arrive at different times, which affected both operative efficiency and the environment. As such, we started transferring and consolidating the shipment of "body fashion items, food, etc." to the Fukuroi Distribution Center, thereby combining them with cosmetics and improving efficiency when the shops received the orders. Moreover, we could reduce delivery times in some regions, thus enhancing our service level.
By gathering all shipments at one location, we could also reduce the number of cartons by about 200,000 a year, thus reducing our environmental impact (830 per day x 20 days a month x 12 months). Likewise, we could greatly reduce the number of delivery trucks.

ORBIS: Fewer Redeliveries

ORBIS is working to reduce the need for redeliveries, which is the principal cause of the social problem that is known as the "home delivery crisis." Since May 2017, we have increased the proportion of mail deliveries that can be made through mail slots, resulting in a potential reduction of redeliveries by about 20,000.