Eco-friendliness in manufacturing

Mizuno understands that the conservation of global environment is one of the most important issues shared by humankind, and thus we are committed to helping to create a sustainable society. To this end, Mizuno has worked for more than 20 years commitments to facilitate the effective use of resources and reduce the environmental load, such as by cutting CO2 emissions and environmental pollutants. Mizuno has established the Mizuno Green Grade, its own criteria for the certification of eco-friendly products, in an effort to make all of its products eco-friendly. The company-wide promotion of eco-friendliness throughout the entire product lifecycle, from material procurement to production, transportation, sales, use, and finally disposal helps to conserve resources, preserve the environment, and reduce the environmental load.

Basic policy

Mizuno Environmental Policy

To promote realization of a “sustainable society,” Mizuno Corporation and Mizuno Group companies will actively contribute to the conservation of the global environment in all business activities and actions of all individuals under the slogan of “Presenting a sound and healthy sports scene to people and to mother earth,” based on a recognition that conservation of the global environment is one of the critical common challenges for all humankind.

  1. Prevention of environmental pollution
    1. We will reduce the impacts of chemicals on people, the environment and the ecosystem.
    2. We will endeavour to reduce and recycle waste.
  2. Sustainable use of resources
    1. We will endeavour to make effective use of limited resources.
  3. Mitigation of climate change
    1. We will endeavour to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  4. Coexistence with society
    1. We will endeavour to develop and offer products and services that take the environment into consideration.
    2. We will broaden communications with local communities.
    3. We will endeavour to preserve biodiversity.

To ensure realization of the above policies, we will set specific environmental objectives and targets so that systematic efforts can be made to achieve the targets.

1 April, 2016
Akito Mizuno
President
Mizuno Corporation

Mizuno has set up the Crew21 Committee*, which consists mainly of responsible persons from related divisions such as the environment manager, who also acts as the Senior Managing Director. The committee discusses important policies, measures, and agendas concerning environmental protection activities, sets policies for activities to conserve the global environment, and decides on specific activity plans. Mizuno has set up the Crew21 Committee*, which consists mainly of responsible persons from related divisions such as the environment manager, who also acts as the Senior Managing Director. The committee discusses important policies, measures, and agendas concerning environmental protection activities, sets policies for activities to conserve the global environment, and decides on specific activity plans.

History of the Crew21 Mizuno Global Environmental Conservation Project

For 25 years since the Crew21 project was launched in 1991, Mizuno has been undertaking activities to cut the environmental impact of manufacturing and conserve the global environment. Crew21 stands for Conservation of Resources and Environmental Wave21. It represents our resolution to dedicate ourselves to the conservation of natural resources and the environment as a member of the “crew” of Spacecraft Earth.


Sep. 1991 The Crew21 Mizuno Global Environmental Conservation Project was launched.
Jan. 1992 The Mizuno Global Environmental Charter and Slogan were formulated.
Apr. 1992 Mizuno commenced the introduction of foldable containers for the delivery of products.
Jan. 1993 The Yoro Factory (now Mizuno Technics Corporation) commenced the recycling and use of used organic solvent.
Feb. 1993 Mizunos directly-run retail stores began using simplified packaging.
Jun. 1994 Mizuno commenced the introduction of polypropylene boxes that could be used repeatedly for delivering goods.
Mar. 1995 Mizuno released outdoor wear made partially of recycled cotton.
Dec. 1996 Mizuno released sports shoes made of recycled artificial leather: five models overseas and one model in Japan.
Feb. 1997 Mizuno released walking shoes made partially of recycled rubber.
Jun. 1997 The Yoro Factory (now Mizuno Technics Corporation) became the first factory in the sporting goods industry to acquire ISO 14001 certification.
Oct. 1997 Mizuno formulated the Mizuno Ecolabel.
Feb. 1998 The recycling system was applied for the first time to the official staff uniforms for the Winter Olympic Games in Nagano.
Jul. 1998 Mizuno began disseminating the environmental management system (EMS) throughout the company.
Mar. 1999 The Mizuno Environmental Policy was formulated.
Feb. 2000 Mizuno released the Eco-Glove, an environmentally friendly glove for rubber-ball baseball.
Sep. 2000 Mizuno began publishing its Environmental Report. (It has published it once a year ever since.)
Nov. 2000 The Yoro Factory (now Mizuno Technics Corporation) was recognized by the Gifu Prefectural Government as an environmentally friendly office (E-Factory).
Feb. 2002 Mizuno had all its domestic offices ISO 14001 certified.
Apr. 2002 Mizuno Technics Corporation achieved zero emissions status.
Mar. 2003 All of Mizunos seven (at the time) manufacturing subsidiaries achieved zero emissions status.
May 2004 Shanghai Mizuno Corporation Ltd. acquired ISO 14001 and ISO 9001 certification at the same time.
May 2005 Mizuno Technics Corporation manufactured and sells wooden products made from materials unsuited for baseball bats.
Oct. 2005 Mizuno began participating in the Bat Forest cultivation project in the city of Takayama in Gifu Prefecture.
Jun. 2006 Mizuno took part in the CO2 Reduction / Light-Down Campaign organized by the Ministry of the Environment.
Nov. 2007 Mizuno implemented the campaign promoted by the Ministry of the Environment for the Declaration of Attempting to Reduce 1 kg of CO2 per Person per Day for all its employees.
Feb. 2008 Mizuno (Taiwan) Corporation acquired ISO 14001 certification.
Nov. 2008 Mizuno released running shoes produced with the use of a new material made from castor oil, called Pebax Rnew.
Nov. 2009 Mizuno Technics Corporation developed and released blades for wind power generators on the basis of the carbon-forming technologies utilized in manufacturing golf clubs.
Apr. 2010 The Mizuno Environmental Policy was revised.
Oct. 2010 The Mizuno Victory Clinic introduced a program of environmental awareness-raising activities.
Feb. 2011 Mizuno formulated the Mizuno Green Grade as the new standard for the recognition of environmentally friendly products.
Jul. 2011 Mizuno implemented power saving activities affecting production machinery in factories and companywide air conditioning and lighting in response to the power supply shortage in The Great East Japan Earthquake
Dec. 2011 Mizuno gained an understanding of the CO2 emissions from its global operations.
Jun. 2012 Mizuno implemented more careful power-saving activities for computers and office equipment under the slogan of power saving that could be done by every staff member.
Jun. 2013 Mizuno Technics Corporation began selling waste carbon.
Apr. 2014 Mizuno increased LED lighting as part of its action for energy conservation.
Feb. 2015 The Senoh Group also acquired ISO 14001 certification.
Dec. 2015 Mizuno won an excellence prize in the 17th Green Purchasing Award.
Apr. 2016 The Mizuno Environmental Policy was revised.
Long-term objective of environment was decided as "Decrease 30% of CO2 emission by 2030 comparing with 2013".

Highlight of annual performance in FY2016

  • Reduction of CO2 emission in Mizuno Group comparing with FY2015 : 4.9%
  • Percentage of sales of certified products of Mizuno Green Grade (Eco-friendly products) : 91.7%
  • Zero emission of industrial waste : Achieved in all factories of Mizuno Technics Corporation.