Targets and Achievements
Eco Vision 2020 Environmental Targets
In 2013, we formulated the Eco Vision 2020 environmental targets in light of global environmental issues, our areas of involvement and activities, and the opinions of external stakeholders.
Under Eco Vision 2020, we have set and are working toward targets for 2020 in the categories of greenhouse gases (from energy use), water, waste, wastewater, procurement, biodiversity, and awareness and education in society.
Areas of Involvement and Our Activities
Eco Vision 2020 Targets and Achievements
Eco Vision 2020 is being implemented in three phases of three years each over the nine-year period from 2012 to 2020. Fiscal 2019 was the second year of Phase 3 (2018–2020).
Eco Vision 2020 Achievements and Targets
In 2020, its final year, we will continue working toward the achievement of the Eco Vision 2020’s targets while advancing preparations for the implementation of LION Eco Challenge 2050 from 2021.
LION Eco Challenge 2050 Long-Term Environmental Objectives
In 2019, the Lion Group established LION Eco Challenge 2050, a set of long-term environmental objectives, to contribute through its business activities to the accomplishment of worldwide goals related to addressing global-scale environmental problems, such as those identified by the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Aiming to realize a decarbonized, resource-circulating society, we are putting into practice initiatives aimed at solving issues related to decarbonization, plastics and water resources.
While striving for business growth, the Lion Group is working to contribute to global environmental sustainability, aiming to realize decarbonized, resource-circulating society by 2050.
- Through all of its businesses, the Lion Group will address the issues of decarbonization (climate change) and resource circulation (plastics, water resources) to contribute to the realization of a healthy future for people and the planet.
- By offering products and services based on an environment-conscious design, the Lion Group will reduce the environmental burden attributable to the household use stage of its products’ life cycles.
- The Lion Group will provide products that contribute naturally to environmental conservation without entailing user inconvenience or sacrifice and promote the formation of eco-friendly living habits by engaging in interactive communication with consumers.
Greenhouse Gas Reduction Target Verified by the SBT Initiative
In July 2020, Lion’s greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction target for 2030 was verified by the Science Based Targets (SBT) initiative*1 as being based on sound scientific grounds and aligned with the target of limiting global warming to well below 2°C.
The target verified was that of reducing total Scope 1, 2 and 3*2 GHG emissions 30% by 2030 (compared with 2018 levels).
*1The SBT initiative is a collaborative international initiative established in 2015 by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). The initiative assesses and verifies whether GHG reduction targets set by companies are properly science-based to help achieve the goal of the Paris Agreement of holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels.
*2Scope 1: Direct emissions from the use of fuel by the Company.
Scope 2: Indirect emissions from electricity and heat purchased and used by the Company.
Scope 3: Indirect emissions from the Company’s value chain
(excluding those covered by Scope 1 and Scope 2)
Making Daily Living Environmentally Friendly
Through innovation and coordination with diverse stakeholders, the Lion Group aims to provide consumers with products and services that “ReDesign” everyday habits and, through interactive communication, create effortless ways for consumers to be more environmentally friendly just by living comfortably. We hope to expand these endeavors from the individual lifestyle to the local community and global levels.
Aiming for a Decarbonized, Resource-Circulating Society
Global environmental issues, such as extreme weather caused by climate change, water resource shortages and marine plastic waste, are becoming increasingly dire. Our products play a part in consumers’ everyday lives, helping make them more comfortable and convenient. However, each stage of our business activities, from raw material procurement to production and distribution, creates environmental burden. The stages of product use in households and disposal afterward represent an especially large part of the environmental burden.
The LION Eco Challenge 2050 identifies priority issues from the perspective of the product life cycle. With the aims of realizing a decarbonized society and realizing a resource-circulating society, we are ambitiously working to solve issues related to decarbonization, plastics and water resources.
Realizing a Decarbonized Society
Climate change due to global warming is causing extreme weather around the world and greatly affecting all our lives. Lion’s products help make consumers’ lives more comfortable and convenient. However, each stage of our business activities, from raw material procurement to production and distribution, creates environmental burden. The stages of product use in households and disposal afterward represent an especially large part of the environmental burden.
Aiming for Innovation and Providing New Value to Consumers
The use of Lion’s super-concentrated liquid laundry detergents (such as TOP SUPER NANOX) by consumers as part of their daily lives helps them realize, clean, comfortable living while also contributing to the reduction of CO2 emissions, plastic use and water use. By expanding our lineup of products like this that make daily living environmentally friendly, we aim to achieve business growth while reducing the environmental burden.
Realizing a Resource-Circulating Society
Because Lion manufactures and sells plastic products, it has a significant responsibility regarding plastic-related problems. To help fulfill this responsibility, since 2015, we have been implementing an initiative to collect and recycle used toothbrushes in cooperation with TerraCycle Japan. Many municipal governments and schools across Japan have taken part in this initiative. Through the Toothbrush Recycling Program, as a leader in oral care, Lion is also promoting good oral care habits, aiming to help maintain and improve consumer health.
Toothbrush Recycling in Coordination with Municipal Garbage Collection
In April 2020, based on an agreement with Sumida-ku, Tokyo, where its headquarters is located, the Sumida-ku government set up toothbrush collection boxes at public facilities and schools and other educational facilities (in a total of 85 locations). As part of this initiative, in addition to collecting and recycling used toothbrushes, Lion is providing instruction on correct tooth brushing to children at non-profit children’s facilities in the area, helping spread and firmly establish healthy oral care habits.
Respond to the TCFD
The Lion Group’s businesses are only possible because of value derived from nature, such as the natural resources used as key raw materials in its products. As such, the impact of climate change on our business activities is significant, and we regard addressing climate change as an important task.
The Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), established by the Financial Stability Board (FSB), promotes corporate disclosure of information on climate-change related risks and opportunities as well as governance from an investor’s perspective.
In May 2019, Lion endorsed the recommendations of the TCFD. From October 2019 to January 2020, Lion, took part in a Ministry of the Environment program to evaluate the financial impact on its operations of climate-related risks and opportunities (scenario analyses).
The results of this analysis were published in the Ministry of the Environment’s The “Practical guide for Scenario Analysis in line with the TCFD recommendations 2nd edition” in March 2020.*
Going forward, we will leverage insights gleaned thus far while enhancing our scenario analyses, considering response measures and advancing disclosure based on the TCFD framework.
* Lion’s analysis results are on pp. 136-142.
In 2008, Lion became the first company in a manufacturing industry to be certified as a member of the Ministry of the Environment’s Eco-First Program. In 2019, we updated our Eco-First Commitment to reflect the LION Eco Challenge 2050 long-term environmental objectives.
Under the Eco-First Program, companies make a commitment to the Minister of the Environment regarding their global warming countermeasures, efforts to reduce waste and promote recycling, and other voluntary initiatives to conserve the environment. The Minister of the Environment then certifies that such companies are leaders in their industries in terms of implementing forward-looking, voluntary business activities in environmental areas.
Eco First Promotion Council
The Eco First Promotion Council is an organization established in December 2009 to reinforce coordination among environment-related governmental bodies and EcoFirst Program member companies, increase awareness of the program and further enhance initiatives to address environmental issues.
Since the council’s establishment, Lion has actively participated as a core member, serving as the chair company from fiscal 2012 to 2013 (Chairman: Lion President Itsuo Hama, current Lion Chairman). Lion currently serves as the vice-chair company.
Participation in External Organizations
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