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Global

Environmental

initiatives

 

Significantly reduce the burden
on the global environmental
Okamura’s Carbon Neutral 2050 Declaration

 

The Okamura Group aims to become carbon neutral by 2050.

As an interim milestone, we have set a target to reduce CO2 emissions 50%, of 2020 levels by 2030.

 

To achieve carbon neutrality, we will further strengthen our existing activities and develop initiatives from a new perspective to contribute to the realization of a decarbonized society.

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Toward carbon neutrality in 2050

In 1997, we implemented our GREEN WAVE initiative, which now incorporates our goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. This initiative is now moving to the next stage! As the Okamura Group aims to become carbon neutral by 2050, we have set an interim milestone of reducing CO2 emissions 50%, compared with 2020 levels, by 2030. In order to accomplish this goal, we will further strengthen our activities and develop initiatives from a new perspective to contribute to the realization of a carbon-free society.

Our Sustainability Journey
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Awards
SDG

Nikkei SDGs Management Survey 

★4.0 rating

Sponsored by Nikkei Shimbun and covering 846 listed and major unlisted companies, Nikkei evaluates and commends those that are working to solve social, economic, and environmental issues through their business by linking SDGs to their management, thereby increasing their corporate value.

The rating was ★ 4.0 (with a deviation of more than 60 and less than 65). (Nov. 2021)

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Toyo Keizai CSR Company Ranking

CSR companies: 190th out of 1,614 ESG companies: 102nd out of 1,614

Toyo Keizai’s second Platinum Career Special Survey

44th out of 1,019

The CSR Company Ranking is Japan's largest ranking of companies with comprehensive CSR evaluations, based on both financial and non-financial data.

 

Started by Toyo Keizai in 2007, the survey includes responses from 1,600 firms, and the data is used by

various ESG evaluation organizations.

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The 24th Environmental Communication Awards

Award for Excellence

in Environmental Reporting

The Environmental Communication Awards are designed to promote environmental communication efforts by business enterprises and to improve the quality of their environmental reports. It recognizes excellent environmental reporting standards for multiple stakeholders in all media, including CSR reports, integrated reports, and environmental management reports. The purpose of the awards is to promote better environmental communication by business operators and to improve the quality of these efforts.

 

Our action
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GREEN WAVE Road to 2050

 

Since 1997

What is Okamura's GREEN WAVE?
 

Since 1997, the Okamura Group has been expanding our lineup of environmentally friendly products by establishing our own environmental standards for the products based on the concept of the "GREEN WAVE," in which the company itself creates a GREEN (environmentally friendly) wave and rides that wave.

 

With the aim of becoming carbon neutral, from 2021 we introduce Circular Design Thinking in product development and a carbon offset program to greatly enhance our GREEN WAVE initiatives.

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GREEN WAVE Product Criteria

Conserving Resources

Conserving Resources

Recycle

Recycle

Long Lasting

Long Lasting

Recycled Materials

Recycled Materials

Reuse

Reuse

Safety & Environment

Safety & Environment

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Energy Saving

Okamura has obtained certifications from external organizations through these GREEN WAVE initiatives.

 

- Indoor Advantage

- ISO 14001

- FSC®

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Circular Design

Circular Design

Okamura is thinking in terms of the circular economy. We aim to make more effective use of our limited resources and minimize waste throughout the product life cycle — from product planning and design to sales, maintenance, reuse, and recycling. As we consider the environment in our decision-making, we can contribute to the creation of a more sustainable society.

Circular design

Reduce waste

Cascade recycling

Depleted resources

Recycle

In house

reuse

Reuse for manufacturing

Reuse

Collecting, Sorting, Disassembling

Use

Sales

Manufacturing

Product

Planing

Design

Renewable resources

Procurement of raw materials

Reuse parts

Reuse products

(sell second hand)

We aim to help make society more sustainable by giving full consideration to the local environment

Recycle
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Recycle

Circular Design

Conserving Resources

Recycle

Recycle
Conserving Resources
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Materials from recycled plastic
 

We use fabric that contains recycled fibers made from used plastic bottles.

Approximately five recycled plastic bottles are used for our Plimode Chair Mid Back (with back cushion and plain fabric) and approximately 121 used plastic bottles are used for the Lives Panel, 1700H (felt, with holes).

Calculated according to the average weight of 500ml plastic bottles for soft drinks (from government statistics on PET bottle promotion, 2018).

Example product

Contessa II

Finora

Sylphy

Plimode

Spher

Circular design - Recycle
Marine plastic waste recycled fabric
 

Fabric is created from recycled thread, which has been made from marine plastic waste.

Example product

plimode
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Recycled fabric from waste fishing nets
 

This knitted fabric is created from nylon REAMIDE thread recycled from used fishing nets from Hokkaido, Japan, as well as thread from reused PET bottles.

Example product

curve-chair
Sphere Okamura sustainable chair
4--modal
Circular design - Recycle
Recycled resin
 

Waste plastic from old home appliances is recycled and used for the frames of our office chairs..

Example product

Contessa II

Finora

Sylphy

Plimode

Spher

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Renewable resources

Circular Design

Safety & Environment

Safety & Environment

Conserving Resources

Recycle

Recycle
Conserving Resources
Circular design - Renewable resources
Wood
 

Our 100% natural, reusable, and biodegradable wool is soft, durable, and functional.

Example product

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Circular design - Renewable resources
Domestic timber
 

Forests play an important role as carbon sinks. Using domestic lumber for furniture can help slow the rate of global warming by fixing CO2 emissions.

 

In addition, the proper cycle of forest harvesting, utilization, and planting will contribute to sustainable forestry and regional revitalization.

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Example product

curve-chair
office desk
Circular design - Renewable resources
A special powder coating using bamboo charcoal (Eco-Clean Coat)
 

Eco-Clean Coat is a powder coating that combines bamboo charcoal ceramics to absorb and break down harmful airborne substances and odors such as formaldehyde*.

It makes surfaces harder than typical paints and results in a matte finish that is resistantto scratches and stains.

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Example product

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Long Lasting

Circular design - Renewable resources
Linoleum
 

Linoleum is a decorative material made from natural raw materials such as linseed oil, rosin, wood powder, lime powder, and natural pigments. Its matte, warm and soft texture is fingerprint resistant and creates a calm and relaxing space. (It also has antibacterial and antiviral properties.)

Example product

4--modal
curve-chair
Circular design - Renewable resources
Biomass plastics
 

We use plant-derived biomass plastics made from sugarcane in our products. This helps to reduce the use of non-renewable resources derived from petroleum.

Example product

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In-house reuse

Circular Design

Conserving Resources
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Recycle

Conserving Resources

Circular design - In-house reuse
Reuse of resin waste
 

We collect waste resin from manufacturing at our in-house factory, make it into pellets again, and reuse it for resin-molded products..

Example product

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In-house reuse
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Procurement and sales

Circular Design

Conserving Resources

Energy Saving

Conserving Resources

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Reducing product weight
 

A minimal number of parts and lightweight design reduce the weight of products and CO2 emissions. This also contributes to the reduction of CO2 emissions during manufacturing and delivery

Example product

cynara supper light ergonomic chair
Procurement and sales
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Manufacturing

Circular Design

Conserving Resources

Energy Saving

Conserving Resources

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Circular design - Manufacturing
Digital print fabric
 

A minimal number of parts and lightweight design reduce the weight of products and CO2 emissions. This also contributes to the reduction of CO2 emissions during manufacturing and deliveryDigital printing is a production method that does not generate waste liquid, shortens the production process, eliminates waste, and is an environmentally friendly printing technology.

Example product

buong lam viec Drape
Circular design - Manufacturing
Low Formaldehyde Materials
 

For processed materials such as plywood, MDF, and particleboard, we set certain standards and select those with low formaldehyde emissions.

 

*Formaldehyde is a typical chemical substance that irritates human mucous membranes, causing irritated eyes and tears, runny nose, thirst, pain and coughing, and other symptoms of sick building syndrome. (Reference: Tokyo Metropolitan Government Bureau of Social Welfare and Public Health website)

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Example product

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Safety & Environment

Safety & Environment

Manufacturing
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Use

Circular Design

Long Lasting

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Safety & Environment

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Circular design - use
Alcohol-resistant PVC leather
 

Alcohol-resistant PVC leather is a material that can be disinfected by wiping with alcohol, etc., and is excellent in maintaining sanitary conditions.

 

* In addition to alcohol, sodium hypochlorite can   be used.

Example product

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Antibacterial and antiviral properties Melamine laminated panels
 

For processed materials such as plywood, MDF, and particleboard, we set certain standards and select those with low formaldehyde emissions.

 

*Formaldehyde is a typical chemical substance that irritates human mucous membranes, causing irritated eyes and tears, runny nose, thirst, pain and coughing, and other symptoms of sick building syndrome. (Reference: Tokyo Metropolitan Government Bureau of Social Welfare and Public Health website)

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Example product

Aption Free 2

Swift

Flaptor

Alt Piazza

Use
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Collecting / sorting /  disassembling

Circular Design

Long Lasting

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Safety & Environment

Safety & Environment

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Cleaning
 

To maintain a comfortable work environment, we clean chair fabrics with special techniques and machines. During the cleaning process, we use detergents that do not contain any hazardous chemicals, surfactants, or volatile chemicals.

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Energy Saving

Reuse
Recycle

Reuse

Recycled

Long Lasting

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Circular design - Collecting,sorting
Designed to be disassembled
 

Major plastic parts are labeled with their materials and designed to be recycled or disposed of separately. By designing products that can be disassembled into smaller pieces by material, we improve transportation efficiency and contribute to the reduction of CO₂ emissions.

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Example product

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Collecting / sorting /  disassembling

Circular Design

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Safety & Environment

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Cleaning
 

To maintain a comfortable work environment, we clean chair fabrics with special techniques and machines. During the cleaning process, we use detergents that do not contain any hazardous chemicals, surfactants, or volatile chemicals.

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Energy Saving

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Reuse

Recycled

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Designed to be disassembled
 

Major plastic parts are labeled with their materials and designed to be recycled or disposed of separately. By designing products that can be disassembled into smaller pieces by material, we improve transportation efficiency and contribute to the reduction of CO₂ emissions.

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Example product

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Reuse

Circular Design

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Replacing parts
 

Office furniture parts such as casters and storage dividers can be replaced. Replacing and repairing broken parts will prolong the life of your product.

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Reuse

Recycled

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Reusing products
 

We buy back-office furniture that is no longer needed — such as when offices relocate, or there are organizational changes — and we reuse the parts or sell the items second hand.

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Reuse

​Reuse
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Carbon Offset Program

Carbon Offset Program

We have launched a carbon offset scheme to allow us to help our customers make greener purchases.

We calculate the CO2 emissions emitted during the lifecycle of certain products and pass on a number of carbon offset credits equivalent to the CO2 emissions created by the product.

 

Customers contribute to CO2 gas reduction activities by purchasing

our products.

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Chair

65 kg

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Desk

246 kg

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Storage

194 kg

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Pod

503 kg

Environmentally friendly products
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Environmentally friendly products

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