Product Safety and Quality (Policies and Systems)


Management policy

Mizuno Quality Policy

We have established the Mizuno Quality Policy based on our corporate philosophy. All employees comply with the Mizuno Quality Policy and strive to provide safe and superior products and services.

Mizuno Quality Policy

In order to gain the trust and satisfaction of customers, MIZUNO Corporation. and its group companies are committed to providing superior products and services, offering accurate information and humbly listening to customers’ comments and continuously promoting the following initiatives.

  1. We provide attractive, high-quality products and services that satisfy customers.
  2. We will strive to provide, maintain and improve products of safe and appropriate quality.
  3. We will provide accurate quality information in accordance with internal and external rules.
  4. We will humbly listen to customers’ comments and reflect them in improving the quality of our products and services.
  5. We will comply with relevant laws, regulations, and internal regulations, and respect social demands.
  6. We will review the quality assurance system regularly to ensure continuous improvement.

Important policies and initiatives relating to quality are discussed and decided at the quality assurance meeting, which is chaired by the officer in charge of quality assurance.
The quality assurance meeting is held regularly every six months. In the meeting, each department sets their quality targets and the initiatives to achieve these targets and works towards accomplishing them. Rules are established for conducting design reviews and inspections, which are implemented across all Mizuno products. The three product divisions that are responsible for production and manufacturing—the Global Footwear Product Division, the Global Apparel Product Division and the Global Equipment Product Division— and Mizuno Technics Corporation and Senoh Group, which are members of the Mizuno Group, hold quality control meetings on a regular basis in an effort to verify the quality control situation, discuss measures for preventing defects, and ensure that these measures are thoroughly implemented. To ensure good quality, the Quality Assurance Office organizes quality workshops so that all Mizuno employees can have numerous opportunities to take part in workshops. To ensure quality, the Quality Assurance Office organizes numerous quality workshops for all employees.

Sustainable Materials Procurement Policy

Our Integrated Value Creation Stories consist of three frameworks: "The strengths of Mizuno," "Mizuno’s business field," and "Social value provided by Mizuno." For "Social value provided by Mizuno." we have been striving to fulfill our CSR in order to respond to the expectations of our stakeholders. We will take on the challenge to contribute to sustainability and the SDGs through new business development that exceeds their expectations.
To this end, we have set the Sustainable Materials Procurement Policy as a concrete policy to address our materiality "Responsible procurement with due respect for human rights" and "Responsibility for the global environment through product lifecycle" identified together with "Responsibility for safe and high-quality products" and "Responsible business practices." We will formulate the guidelines for each material in the company and use them for our product manufacturing. Reviewing these guidelines if necessary, we will contribute to our manufacturing that helps to increase the social value provided by Mizuno.

Sustainable Materials Procurement Policy

We promote the use of sustainable materials, considering what impact materials used by us have on society and the environment.

●Sustainable materials we use

  • We will thoroughly control hazardous chemical substances that remain in products based on the Mizuno RSL (Restricted Substances List) to ensure that no hazardous substances remain in products.
  • For synthetic fibers in general, we will increase the ratio of recycled synthetic fibers and adopt processing methods that can reduce the amount of water used in the dyeing process.
  • For animal-derived materials, we do not use fur (real fur), and for natural leather, we use only rawhide that is a by-product of livestock and rawhide of exterminated noxious animals. We also do not use leather from endangered species or reptile leather. For feather filling for clothing and other items, we are working to use down and feather sourced from animals raised in an animal-friendly manner (e.g. We use materials procured from suppliers that are certified by RDS [Responsible Down Standard].
  • Our maple and white ash lumbers for bats are procured from North American producers who care about forest conservation.
  • We do not use so-called conflict minerals for metallic materials.
  • For tags used for clothing and other items, we use recycled paper or environmentally friendly materials.
  • All major shoe boxes are made from 100% recycled paper, and the printed portion of the logo is made with environmentally friendly water-based ink.

Management system

We have established the following four rules to manage a quality policy and ensure product quality in each process, from planning to sales.

Quality Assurance Regulations

As overall quality management of Mizuno Corporation and its group companies [*c]*, we have set compliance rules for ensuring product quality and safety, including the establishment of a quality policy and a quality system and the implementation of educational training on product quality.
* Mizuno Group companies in Japan (excluding the Senoh Group and Sharp Sangyo Co., Ltd.)

Design Development Regulations

With the aim of clarifying the work performed by the division in charge of design and development and carrying it out smoothly, we have established procedures for developing materials and parts, designing the structure and specifications of products, evaluating these materials and products, and checking their quality before shift to full-scale production.

Manufacture Control Regulations

The Manufacture Control Regulations have been established to ensure product quality by clarifying work procedures and control methods for maintaining product quality in the manufacturing process. These regulations apply to the manufacturing processes of all products handled by us and persons in charge of these processes. They state that the responsibility for controlling the in-house manufacturing process lies with the head of the product division in charge of producing and manufacturing the relevant products and that the responsibility for managing suppliers lies with the head of the division in charge of purchasing the relevant products.

Customer Service Regulations

We have clarified the procedures for selling to customers and responding to customer requests after sales and have established a system for determining the cause of requests and preventing their recurrence. We deal with customer requests promptly and reliably to gain customer satisfaction and trust, and work to increase and improve customer satisfaction.

Based on these regulations, each product division strives to ensure higher quality by establishing and enforcing its own rules and procedures for its products to respond to customer requests in more detail. We also conduct a regular maintenance of documents related to product quality and revise or withdraw them, or establish new documents as needed.

Flow of quality control and assurance from planning to sales

graph:Flow of quality control and assurance from planning to sales

Quality control system chart

graph:Quality control system chart