Efforts at offices, logistics operations, and shops

The KOSÉ Group is actively involved in environmental conservation activities, beginning with our production departments but also extending to the marketing, sales, and administrative departments.

Environmentally Friendly Film for Backlit Cosmetics Corner Displays

Translucent film used for the SEKKISEI backlit display in the global products corner.

We changed the translucent film used for the backlit display at our global products corner from plastic film to LIMEX, a filler-dispersed composite material that contains more than 50% inorganic materials such as limestone. Because limestone is the main raw material in LIMEX, it can contribute to a reduction in the amount of plastic used. We are considering expanding the use of LIMEX for other such displays.

We are also striving to create environmentally friendly advertising materials such as using recyclable cardboard and FSC-certified paper*, at our point-of-sale stands.

*FSC certification: Confirms that the originating forests have been evaluated and certified as properly managed in terms of the environment and local communities.

Discontinued use of boxes for delivery of sample products

Use of a simple package instead of a box for transporting sample products

KOSÉ offers various kinds of sample products so that customers can try them out to see if a particular product is suitable for their skin or gives the expected feeling of use. In the past, to deliver samples to each store, we put a set of 20 or 50 sample products in one paper box along with cardboard bases on which product information is printed. In fiscal 2009, we replaced this paper box, which was used mainly for transportation purposes, with a plastic bag. This has helped reduce the amount of waste about one-fifth of the previous amount and the distribution quantity about one- third.

Reducing the environmental impact of company cars

At KOSÉ Group, sales persons use company cars to visit customer site. In order to reduce CO2 emissions from company cars, we are actively working to reduce the number of vehicles used and switch to vehicles with lower environmental impact, including hybrid vehicles, as well as to utilize car-sharing at our business sites and outside car sharing services.

Energy saving and waste separation activities in offices

Office lighting replaced with LEDs

Office lighting replaced with LEDs

In order to implement energy conservation activities in all offices, we are promoting company-wide efforts to control the air conditioning temperature, turn off lights in meeting rooms and kitchenette, when unattended, and shut down personal computer power when leaving the office or leaving work.
In addition, we are also promoting a company-wide approach to a paperless environment by automating various applications/approvals and expense reimbursements, as well as reducing the use of paper materials by bringing laptops to meetings and conferences.
In April 2020, the KOSÉ head office, which uses the largest amount of electricity among all offices, switched to electricity derived from renewable energy sources. This led to the reduction of CO2 emissions by approximately 480 tons per year.

At the head office, the rule is that employees who come to work in the morning turn on only the lights in the area they are in, and when they are not present, the lights are automatically turned off by installing motion sensors to save energy. Computers are set to go into sleep mode after ten minutes of inactivity. In FY2022, we switched from the conventional method of purchasing and managing office supplies by department to bulk purchasing and management in order to reduce storage space and waste of purchased items, and started a centralized utilization of office supplies by setting up a common space for office supplies. At this time, office supplies purchased in bulk have been standardized to Eco Mark certified products.

In addition, as part of the head office's waste reduction efforts since FY2023, we have been thoroughly sorting and disposing of unsoiled paper and plastic containers with Plastic Identification Code mark so that they can be reused as resources. Also, we place trash cans in the kitchenette, and rinse the lunch boxes and cups with Plastic Recycling mark with water before discarding them, thereby reducing the burden on waste collectors and helping to protect the global environment.

  • Waste separation in the office

    Waste separation in the office

  • Trash cans for waste separation at the kitchenette

    Trash cans for waste separation at the kitchenette

For the Global Environment