Our environmental efforts started with the introduction of “ISO 14001 Environmental Management System,” which is an international standard.
Tackling a project with all Kowa Group companies in different industries and business categories acting as a multi-site, major organization, was a novel undertaking when it began in 2000. Inside the group, there are five other independently registered organizations and each of them is working based on its original environmental policy.
Kowa Company, Ltd. aims to manufacture environmentally-friendly products. Here, we introduce our initiative to diffuse the use of organic cotton.
Kowa has been working on its organic cotton project, which is aimed to blend fashion and ecology, since its launch in 2003 as a forerunner in the industry.
Instead of just pursuing efficiency, such as the progress of science and technology and significant improvement of production efficiency, we seek new values and aim to provide products that are gentle to both people and the earth.
That is a part of the “environmental measures” designed by Kowa Group, thinking of the earth and the future.
Organic cotton is cotton cultivated on a farm that has not used agricultural chemical pesticides and chemical fertilizers for three years or longer, and certified for compliance with international standards on organic agriculture. It also refers to textiles made of the cotton.
Currently, organic cotton is rarely cultivated, accounting for only about 0.5% of world cotton production. As cotton is not grown for food, large amounts of pesticides have been used in its cultivation. In the farmlands where chemical defoliants were once used, both the lands and people have suffered from heavy burdens.
Having handled cotton for more than a hundred years, we at Kowa hope to promote the health of the lands and the people working there, partly in gratitude for their services, through our initiatives on organic cotton.
In India, which is the world's largest cotton producer, many children are still used as child laborers and engaged in cotton field work using dangerous agricultural chemicals, without any access to education at the compulsory schooling level. The fact of such child labor has been reported at, for example, conferences of United Nations. Further, even in a village which has successfully eliminated child labor, local residents still suffer from the chemicals from neighboring cotton fields.
We are collaborating with NPOs working to solve child labor issues through “Peace India Cotton” project designed to facilitate a shift to organic cotton, so as to contribute to creation of environment where people can enjoy healthy and positive living.
Registration certificate for participation to organic agriculture activities
Kowa received, in 2003, an international organic cotton certification as the first brand in Japan. Since then, every process of our production has continuously been examined by international certifying agencies for compliance with their standards on organic products. The standards are not for quality inspections. Based on the history of production activities, the third-party certifying agencies visit work sites for various processes and evaluate them in terms of environmental and social aspects.
Firmly maintaining the framework that ensures us to be responsible not only for the quality of the products we manufacture but also for their background, we are committed to continuously providing our customers with reliable products.
Now we introduce Kowa Group "LED Project", which aims to diffuse environmentally-friendly LED lighting.
The history of light, which began with the use of fire, parallels the history of civilization; and so light can be said to be a symbol of civilization.
Light by fire was replaced with electric light with the invention of the incandescent light bulb, and its convenience significantly improved.
On the other hand, we human beings have always lived while facing against nature. We acquire resources from the natural world and use them, and continually impose a burden on the global environment. As such, environmental problems can also be said to be a symbol of civilization.
For Kowa Group, which thinks of light as a symbol of civilization, and considers environmental problems, the earth, and the future, one ecological solution is energy-saving and resources-saving LED, which is highly regarded as a source of environmentally-friendly light.
LED is a type of semiconductor that emits light when an electric current flows through it, and it is widely utilized as a lighting source which is conscious about energy saving and environment.
A major characteristic of LED is power saving. Depending on products and usage, electric consumption can be about one tenth compared with incandescent light bulbs, and about half compared with fluorescent lamps. It also produces little heat, so air conditioning energy can also be reduced.
Because LED is a semiconductor, it has a very long life. Smaller product size reduces materials. Unlike fluorescent lamps, LED does not contain harmful substances such as mercury. All these factors lead to saving of energy and earth resources, and it helps the environmental conservation.
We at Kowa Group promote the LED light business, aiming to help reduce the environmental load from customers’ homes, offices, factories, etc.
We aim to contribute to the protection of the global environment through the manufacturing and sales of household LED light “LUPINUS,” and LED lights for offices and stores.
In addition, Kowa Group has been actively adopting LED lighting at each business establishments, in offices and factories.
Popularization of the next-generation light LED – a reality of a future that's near, not remote – that is Kowa Group’s wish.
Introducing "Working on solar and wind power generation” by Kowa Company, Ltd., with a goal for the wider use of environmentally friendly renewable energy.
The preservation of the global environment is now a worldwide issue. We are tackling the huge challenge of passing on a healthy global environment to future generations.
To achieve this challenge we need to increase the world wide momentum of energy/resource-saving and effective use of renewable energy, both of which contribute to preventing global warming and establishing a recycling society.
The Kowa Group's environmental policy aims to maintain a harmonious balance between its business activities and global environmental preservation, "with an eye on the Earth and the future." A renewable energy business is one of the activities Kowa is using to achieve the goals of the policy.
Renewable energy means energy that can be continuously used without depletion, such as solar power, wind power, hydropower, geothermal power, or biomass.
Since global energy demand has been increasing against a backdrop of economic growth in newly emerging countries, it has become a significant issue to decrease CO2 emissions due to the increase in the use of fossil fuels, the goal to reduce CO2 helps to prevent global warming. In this situation, the effective use of renewable energy is closely related to the protection of Earth's environment. In recent years, especially in the field of power generation, there has been a great deal of concern to explore renewable resources.
In Japan, thanks to the support of the acquisition system of fixed prices for renewable energy, renewable energy use has become more positive, especially the use of solar power generation and wind power has become a top priority.
Japan is a country rich in technology but poor in natural resources and it must import most of its energy needs from other countries; for Japan it is extremely important to effectively use renewable energy. While all forms of energy are important, solar and wind power generation systems in particular are the most rational way to preserve the environment at the moment.
The Kowa Group engages in a business of environmental-friendly renewable energy power generation systems, while always considering our commitment to environmental preservation.
Through this business, our goal is to contribute to the establishment of a society that embraces global environmental preservation. With an emphasis on environmentally-friendly business processes we begin to spin a thread to pass on a beautiful Earth to future generations, forming a strong tie between people and the environment.
We are now confronted with global environmental issues in exchange for the dizzying pace of expansion and development of an industrial society. It is no exaggeration to say that such are one of the most important issues in the 21st century. The Kowa Group, which has its bases and markets at home and abroad as a conglomerate enterprise compounded by manufacturers and traders, has developed activities while being involved in the environment in various ways. That is why we act by always thinking what we can do for the global environment, as companies existing on this irreplaceable earth.
We have worked for environmental preservation activities on a group-wide basis, with the objective of establishing and implementing the environmental management system (EMS) according to ISO 14001.
The status quo of ISO 14001 certifications as of 11th March 2019 are as follows.
Ⅰ. Kowa Multi-Site Group (Following offices, divisions and affiliated companies) /
registration renewal 11th February 2019 / Japanese Standards Association
- ・Kowa Company, Ltd. Headquarter, Tokyo branch, Tokyo 2nd branch bldg., Osaka branch, Nagoya branch, Komaki factory, Chofu bldg., Tres Omotesando bldg., Kyocera Harajuku bldg., Sendai office, and Fukuoka office
- ・Kowabo Company, Ltd., Headquarter and Printing div.,
- ・Kowa Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.
- ・Following affiliated companies
Kowa Technical Service Co., Ltd., Kowa Reizo Co., Ltd., Meinan Mitsubishi Motors Co., Ltd., Stern Nagoya Minami Co., Ltd., Kowa Optical Products Co., Ltd., Kokan Techno Co., Ltd.
Ⅱ.Fuji Site (Fuji Factory, Fuji Research Laboratories) /
registration renewal March 26, 2019 / Japan Chemical Quality Assurance Ltd.
Ⅲ.Nagoya Site (Nagoya Factory) /
registration renewal January, 27, 2018 / Japan Chemical Quality Assurance Ltd.
Ⅳ.The site of Tokyo New Drug Research Laboratories /
registration renewal March 25, 2017 / Japan Chemical Quality Assurance Ltd.
Ⅴ.Mohka Site (Mohka Factory) /
registration renewal March 24, 2018 / Japan Chemical Quality Assurance Ltd.
Ⅵ.Nagoya Kanko Hotel Site /
registration renewal March 25, 2017 / Japanese Standards Association