Together with the Environment Reduce CO2 Emissions throughout Product Lifecycles

Sustainability Material Issue 1 Promoting Environmental Initiatives for a Sustainable Planet

Top-Priority Material Issues

Reduce CO2 emissions throughout business activities.

Reduce CO2 emissions throughout product lifecycles.

Indicators (2030) CO2 emissions throughout product lifecycles
⇒Down 30% compared with 2017 levels (Absolute quantity)
(2022 results)
Up 12% compared with 2017
Globally Common Measures to Implement by 2030
  • Reduce household CO2 emissions from product use through the provision of environmentally friendly products and services and the promotion of environmentally friendly habits.
  • Reduce CO2 emissions at the stage of procurement through supplier engagement and the purchase of raw materials that generate low CO2 emissions.

Achieve a CO2 emissions reduction effect in excess of Lion’s own emissions to help society become carbon negative.

promote the 3Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle) and renewable activities.

Reduce water usage throughout product lifecycles


Lion is taking on the challenge of resolving issues related to decarbonization by focusing not only on reducing CO2 emissions at its business sites but also on reducing CO2 emissions throughout the product lifecycles from raw material procurement to disposal by consumers, as part of its producer responsibility.

LION Eco Challenge 2050 and Targets and Indicators for 2030

  • Aim to reduce CO2 emissions throughout the lifecycles of its products by 30% from 2017 levels (absolute amount) by 2030
  • Aim to halve CO2 emissions throughout the lifecycles of its product by 2050

Greenhouse Gas Emissions throughout the Supply Chain

Lion Group recognizes that understanding greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions throughout the supply chain is important to realizing a decarbonized society. Accordingly, since 2013, we have calculated GHG emissions throughout the supply chain based on the GHG Protocol Scope 3 standard. In fiscal 2022, our Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions totaled 5.03 million t-CO2.

Going forward, we will continue to promote and develop products that help reduce emissions during product use, a stage that accounts for a large portion of product lifecycles GHG emissions. By doing so, we will work to reduce GHG emissions.

GHG Emissions throughout the Supply Chain (2022)


Scope 1 and 2 Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Domestic Operating Sites

(thousand tons)
2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Scope 1 22 21 19 21 21
Scope 2 53 50 48 52 52
Total 74 70 67 74 73
Carbon credits purchased 0 0 0 0 0

Scope 1 and 2 Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Overseas Operating Sites

(thousand tons)
2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Scope 1 54 50 54 64 56
Scope 2 45 43 42 22 36
Total 98 93 96 86 92
Carbon credits purchased 0 0 0 0 16

Included as a Supplier Engagement Leader under the CDP Supplier Engagement Rating for a Fourth Consecutive Year

The Lion Group was included for a fourth consecutive year as a Supplier Engagement Leader, a select list of the highest rated companies under the Supplier Engagement Rating (SER) of the CDP, an international non-profit organization that provides systems for environmental information disclosure.

The SER is based on the CDP climate change questionnaire items about governance, targets, value chain (scope 3) emissions and supplier engagement strategies. The rating covers companies that complete and return the CDP climate change questionnaire. The companies that receive the highest ratings for their actions and strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and manage climate risk in their supply chains are selected for inclusion in the list of Supplier Engagement Leaders. In 2022, 653 companies including Lion (131 Japanese companies) were selected as Supplier Engagement Leaders.

CDP Supplier Engagement Rating

Logistics Division Initiatives

Lion works to reduce CO2 emissions and energy consumption intensity through the following efforts.

  • Using larger transport trucks
  • Improving the transport loading rate
  • Expanding direct shipping from plants to shorten transport distances
  • Promoting modal shifts from trucking to transport by rail or ship

As a result of increased truck transport attributable mainly to urgent transport related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Lion’s overall modal shift rate in 2022 declined year on year. The modal shift rate for intra-company transport was 10.5% (compared with 11.2% in 2021).

Although modal shift rates decreased, by using larger transport trucks and improving logistics efficiency regarding such factors as loading ratios, annual CO2 emissions from logistics came to 21,700 tons, down 0.7% year on year. Energy consumption intensity decreased 5% compared with the previous year, for a five-year average annual increase of 0.2%, falling short of Lion’s target average annual reduction of 1% or more. We will continue efforts in these areas going forward.

Eco Rail Mark Certification

「The Eco Rail Mark system was created by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport to certify companies and products that use rail freight transport for a certain portion of product shipment. Because distribution processes are typically opaque to consumers, the Eco Rail Mark is a useful means for companies to indicate that they use or their products are shipped using environmentally friendly rail freight transport.

Lion’s Eco Rail Mark certification was renewed in 2021. The certified Lion products are listed in the Eco Rail Mark pamphlet published by the Railway Freight Association and introduced on the website of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.

The following six products are certified (as of October 2021).

  1. Ofuro no Look
  2. KireiKirei Medicated Foaming Hand Soap
  3. KireiKirei Medicated Liquid Hand Soap
  4. Between toothbrush
  6. Soflan Premium Deodorizer

Kao and Lion Conduct Joint Two-Way Transportation

In October 2020, Lion and Kao Corporation commenced regular joint two-way transportation between their respective operating sites. This initiative is expected to significantly reduce CO2 emissions.* At the same time, by making long-distance transport more efficient, the initiative is helping to reduce the burden on drivers. Going forward, by expanding joint logistics and improving labor conditions using relay transportation, we will work to improve logistics environments based on mutual understanding and cooperation with our trading partners and logistics contractors.

* 45% reduction in CO2 emissions (total for both companies, compared to previous transportation methods)

Logistics flow of regular joint two-way transportation with Kao Corporation

News Release: Kao and Lion Begin Collaboration on Smart Logistics Initiative Taking Part in the Strategic Innovation Promotion Program Being Led by the Cabinet Office [Japanese]

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Building a Logistics EDI

In the field of logistics data platforms, Lion is taking a leading role in solving logistics challenges facing the household consumer product industry. Lion collaborated with PLANET, INC., which operates a commercial logistics electronic data interchange (EDI), a logistics information infrastructure for the industry. Furthermore, Lion carried out demonstrations of the use of advanced shipping notices (ASNs) to digitize receipts and simplify inspections, and is rolling out the use of ASNs sent to wholesalers for individual delivery trucks.
We are also involved in activities to improve the efficiency and standardization of business processes at logistics sites, including the Study Group for Logistics Productivity in the Supply Chain sponsored by the Distribution Economics Institute of Japan, the membership of which comprises industry manufacturers and the logistics businesses responsible for their deliveries. We are leading the establishment of an industry-wide supply chain standard model, in cooperation with other manufacturers and logistics businesses. Through these initiatives, we aim to improve work environments, improve labor productivity and reduce environmental burden while building sustainable, resilient supply chains.

Aiming for inspection-free logistics using ASN


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