Kumon Group Environmental Philosophy
In order to solve global environmental problems, it is necessary to combine the knowledge of people from all around the world. The Kumon Group strives to develop individuals who will make a contribution to society. Accordingly, the Kumon Group believes that one of our core values is to fulfill our responsibilities and obligations in regard to solving global environmental problems.
The Kumon Group views the preservation of the global environment as an important challenge to be met as we carry out our daily business activities. We will incorporate this environment-friendly vision into our business planning and will work on a permanent basis to protect our precious planet and sustain its natural resources for current and future generations.
Kumon Group Environmental Policy
The Kumon Group will endeavor, throughout all our business activities, to conserve natural resources and to preserve the natural environment through the development of human resources.
The Kumon Group will strive to recognize how our business activities affect the environment. We will work to conserve energy and resources, as well as to carry out recycling, in order to reduce the amount of waste we produce. Our overriding aim is to prevent damage to the environment and to reduce pollution.
The Kumon Group will work together with associated parties and business partners in order to reduce the impact of our activities on the environment. At the same time, we will act positively to protect the environment by promoting activities aimed at forest regeneration.
The Kumon Group will operate in compliance with the applicable laws and regulations in all of the countries and regions in which we have business activities, and will permanently work to preserve the environment.
The Kumon Group will strive to make each and every Kumon Associate more aware of environmental issues through education and consciousness-raising activities. At the same time, as a responsible corporate citizen, we will make information related to the environment publicly available.
KAO Green Initiatives
At Kumon, what we care about most is each individual child, it is with this in mind that Kumon Asia & Oceania (“KAO”) has been making efforts to open Centers in new areas and in new countries so that more children could have the opportunity to study with the Kumon Method. And, for the same children we care, we view the preservation of the global environment an area we cannot afford to neglect.
Hence in all our business activities, KAO endeavor to reduce the usage of electricity and paper and thus the CO2 emissions, and encourage paper recycling so as to reduce the organizational impact on the natural resources. We have launched Environmental Management (“EM”) efforts to reduce non-essential printing, power management, recycling. We measure our efforts using the following indicators.
Annual Usage Statistics
The efforts to reduce electricity usage made by Kumon Asia & Oceania (“KAO”) member countries had paid off in FY2017. Total Electricity Usage registered a reduction and was 92% of previous year, despite more learning Centres and offices were in operation during the year. Still, KAO will continue to practice energy-saving practices such as turning off lights when not in use, installing energy saving light bulbs and using motion sensors where possible.
KAO members have always been conscientious in making efforts to reduce paper usage. Examples of the effort include printing documents in a page, changing to smaller fonts, printing multiple-pages into 2 pages on 1 sheet, duplex printing etc. Despite these efforts, paper usage went up from 4.90 million sheets to 4.67 million sheets.
Paper recycling is a major area where KAO countries are putting in efforts to save the environment. Awareness has been raised through recycle paper collection boxes in the office to constantly remind staff to recycle paper where possible. Signs and posters are placed by some office building management to remind everyone to reduce, reuse, and recycle. The result for FY was encouraging, recycled paper increased from 6.93 tons to 10.29 tons.
CO2 is the primary greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming and electricity usage is one of the main sources of CO2 emission. Efforts are being made to decrease CO2 emissions whenever possible. With efforts put in by everyone, CO2 emission was down by – 94.5%
Example of environmental efforts in KAO
Kumon India Education Private Ltd of KAO is practicing the save electricity activity in new Centers and offices by using the centralized air conditioners and LED lights.
Central air conditioning systems are energy efficient, less noisy and a much healthier option due to advanced and easy to replace air cleaning filter systems. The benefits of using LED lights are very energy efficiency, extended life of the bulb, cold temperature operation and durability.
The office also practicing on paperless concept at least try to cut down on printed material when is possible. The staff will either read on-screen and will only print out the documents when only is necessary. The staff will use duplex printing to saves resources and money. Producing paper requires numerous resources including water, trees, and energy. Using only half of the paper means that half of the resources are being used. According to the (EPA) Environmental Protection Agency, paper accounts for approximately 40% of the waste found in landfills. Reducing the amount of paper that is used would drastically decrease the amount of trash going into landfills.
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