*Business segments and activities are as of the fiscal year ended March 2018.
Toys and Hobby
In the Toys and Hobby Business, we have in place the CSR Committee system where the core company, BANDAI, maintains the secretariat, the executive Vice President and Representative Director of BANDAI serves as the chairman and related business departments and business companies participate as members. The secretariat leads the environmental activities, including the formulation of policies and promotion of sub-committees, as well as encourages the implementation of environmental activities based on respective targets set. At the CSR Committee, we report on the targets set at the beginning of the fiscal year at the quarterly regular meetings to share the progress and issues.
In FY2018.3, at the subcommittee meetings attended by representatives of companies in the Toys and Hobby Business, we promoted specific initiatives related to “environmentally friendly design”, “resource recycling”, “universal design” and “energy saving” as initiatives across all companies, including the introduction of such initiatives in the actual products.
Approach to Environmental Initiatives
Promoting Eco Medals for Environmentally Friendly Products
The “Eco Medals” certification system is an environmental initiative that was launched in February 2016. The certification applies to all products handled by our toys and hobby business, and products that meet the internal standards for environmental friendliness are certified as Eco Medal products.
Evaluations are made in three categories comprising the elements of a product – the product itself, the packaging, and the instruction manual, etc. By the end of March 2018, 74 products had been recognized to meet the standards and certified as Eco Medal products. We promote dissemination of this Eco Medal mark to consumers by attaching labels to product packages and displaying the mark on BANDAI’s website.
Reduction of Material & Recycling of Gashapon® (capsule-toy vending machines) Capsule Containers
In March 2013, BANDAI began using only one type of plastic, PP (polypropylene) for its Gashapon® capsule container instead of two types of plastic materials conventionally used and launched “MONO capsule”, which is approximately 60% lighter in weight than the previous capsule. Today, almost all capsules have been converted to MONO capsule (with the exception of products where the capsule is a product in itself).
While promoting activities to reduce the amount of plastic used, we began collecting on a trial basis empty capsules abandoned at stores and recycling them in FY2009.3. In the initial year of FY2010.3, we collected approximately 3.7 tons of empty capsules. In FY2018.3, we collected roughly 7.7 tons as a result of increasing the amount of collection at each collection site. The empty capsules collected are recycled into trays for shoe boxes, stakes for construction sheets, etc.
(Current Network Entertainment and Real Entertainment)
In January 2012, BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment formulated the “environmentally friendly design guidelines” for arcade game machines sold in Japan. These guidelines include four standards for chemical substance management, energy saving, designs that facilitate recycling, and resource conservation. Products that clear specific levels of these standards are certified as “Eco-Amusement” products (35 models as of March 31, 2018).
*Effective April 2018, the arcade game business was transferred to BANDAI NAMCO Amusement Inc.
Eco-Amusement certified products
Green Procurement Initiative
BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment is working to implement green procurement throughout the supply chain. Since cooperation with suppliers is essential in advancing green procurement, we provide information to and share information with suppliers through a website exclusively for suppliers.
Enhancing Environmental Awareness and Delivering Information
To enhance the environmental awareness of employees, BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment takes initiatives, such as regularly holding seminars about the environment and issuing various internal media.
In addition, BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment holds lectures in outside seminars and actively deliver various types of information to its business partners and general consumers.
In addition to participating in the Lights Down Campaign promoted by the Ministry of the Environment, BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment implements COOL BIZ in the summer months and WARM BIZ in the winter months. Further, BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment holds the “CO2CO2 Campaign” which encourages CO2 reduction to users of company cars. BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment also engages in activities to encourage drivers to apply “eco-driving” techniques, such as the use of soft acceleration and engine braking.
Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions at Facilities
We are moving forward with energy-saving measures for existing devices and equipment at our amusement facilities. For example, we have replaced halogen lamps and fluorescent lighting with LED lamps for use in some stores, crane game machines, large medal pusher game machines, single medal machines, etc., in an effort to decrease electricity consumption and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The amusement facilities have introduced newly developed LEDs for their machines with cooperation from manufacturers. LED’s long-life feature has led to decreasing the rate of lighting failure and reducing replacement costs while lower electricity consumption has also led to reducing electricity charges.
Visual and Music Production
(Current Visual and Music Production and IP Creation)
Environmental Consideration in Live Events
At BANDAI NAMCO Live Creative, we are aggressively utilizing LED lighting at live events and taking other steps to save energy. In addition, by reusing stage scenery, we are working to reduce the use of natural materials such as wood.
Visual and Music Production Business also makes an effort to sell reusable goods at live events. In addition to selling original eco bags at the event site, we sold battery-based pen lights that can be used repeatedly instead of disposable pen lights, which are used during live events.
Affiliated Business Companies
Eco Driving Activities
The eco-driving initiatives that BANDAI LOGIPAL and LOGIPAL EXPRESS has been implementing since FY2004.3 have become fully established, and we continue to maintain an 11.0% increase in average company-wide fuel efficiency compared to that when these initiatives were first introduced. When replacing vehicles, we convert to low-emission vehicles. The decision on which type of low-emission vehicle to introduce is made in consideration of the operation status at the newly assigned site and the infrastructure for operating the vehicles.
One of the 3-ton trucks that is used for deliveries around the outskirts of the Tokyo metropolitan area uses 100% biodiesel fuel made from waste cooking oil.
In addition, at sales offices with diesel tanks installed on the grounds, we introduced diesel with 5% biodiesel fuel from FY2014.3 and have continued the use also in FY2018.3.
Top Award Received at the “Eco-Driving Activity Contest”
LOGIPAL EXPRESS participated in the “FY2018.3 Eco-Driving Activity Contest” sponsored by the Foundation for Promoting Personal Mobility and Ecological Transportation and won the award in recognition for excellent eco driving.