Twice a year since 2010 the Nissui Group has been carrying out the “Cleanup Campaign,” activities to clean up the areas surrounding the Group’s domestic business locations around the country. In the advance information given prior to the cleanup , the participants learn that litter could potentially flow into the rivers and reach the ocean and that this activity is not merely a cleanup exercise but a way to prevent litter from flowing into the ocean, and are made aware of the relationship between this activity and Nissui’s business.
In fiscal 2020, we decided not to carry out the Campaign on a Group-wide scale due in part to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic; nevertheless, 369 employees from 11 business sites in Japan participated and picked up a total of 395 kg of rubbish.
Nissui Group companies in outside Japan are also carrying out activities to clean up the areas surrounding its business locations.
Nissui (Thailand) Co., Ltd. (Thailand)
Salmones Antártica S.A. (Chile)
Since 2017, Nissui, with the cooperation of the NPO, The Arakawa River Clean-aid Forum, has been learning about the river environment, experiencing biodiversity and conducting cleanup activities to pick up litter. These activities have been incorporated into the seminar for new employees since fiscal 2018. In the classroom, the participants listen to a lecture on the social issues surrounding the problem of marine plastics based on the latest data and come face-to-face with the problem in the subsequent fieldwork conducted on the riverbed. It gives participants the opportunity to think about the tasks that could be done by each person close to home in order to solve this problem.
Number of participants
|Seminar for new employees||-||48||25||33|
|Other employees (including their families, etc.)||21||24||51||-|
On July 1, 2020, throughout Japan the system whereby customers must pay for plastic shopping bags (“cash register bags”) began. This development became an opportunity for us to again think about how we use plastic. To achieve a sustainable society, it is necessary to rethink the kinds of lifestyles we should lead in the future.
In the “Nissui Group Basic Policy Regarding the Problem of Plastics,” which was enacted by the Nissui Group in February 2020, we stated that we strive to consider these issues not just at the company level, but to have all employees think about them individually and take steps to address them beginning with familiar contexts in their everyday lives. As a first step towards addressing the problem of plastics, in September 2020 we distributed eco-bags with original designs to all Nissui employees.
Even eco-bags have an impact on the environment via CO2 and other factors from the time of their production to the time of their disposal. Yet to mitigate their impact on the global environment compared to disposable plastic cash register bags, it goes without saying that it is necessary to use the eco-bags not just once but over and over again.(Note) To encourage their repeated use, we carefully studied design approaches that would maximize easy-of-use.
One of the things that we hit upon was the fact that men use eco-bags less frequently than women. When we did internal research, we found that some of the reasons behind this trend were that men were reluctant to carry them around because the designs were “flashy” or “too cutesy,” or that they were troublesome to carry around because they were too large.
To address these points, we gave the Nissui original eco-bag the following features:
In addition, the inner pocket that you use when folding it up is printed with SDG logos and the Nissui CSR slogan "Let's learn now. Let's change the future. Sustainable World".
Simple, gender-free design
Convenient compact size
When folded, it is about the size of a name card holder and can be slipped into your pocket
(Note): Around 5 to 10 times for thin polyethylene (PE) eco-bags, around 10 to 20 times for thicker polypropylene eco-bags, and around 50 to 150 times with cotton bags. Source: “Single-use plastic bags and their alternatives: Recommendations from life cycle assessments,” UN Environment Programme.