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Our Environmental Approach

Striving for the ideal of a global environment that supports lives of vibrancy.

‘Shiseido’ comes from a phrase in the Chinese classical text, I Ching: ‘Praise the virtues of the Earth, which nurtures new life and brings forth significant values.’ Respect for the planet, society and people has been embedded in our culture since our foundation in 1872. In everything we do — from development and procurement to production — we work to preserve the global environment that we all depend on. That is how we create sustainable value. In this chapter, we report on the strategic actions we have taken to contribute to the health of our planet.

Since 1992, when Shiseido Eco Policy, a set of the companyʼs principles on environmental considerations, was formulated, we have worked to preserve the global environment. Today, the inherited passion appears in “With Society and the Earth,”one of the Shiseido Code of Conduct and Ethics. Following this spirit, we praise and try to preserve the blessings of the Earth, and conduct business with a sincere commitment to peopleʼs desire to “live beautifully.” That is, we believe, our purpose.
We believe that conservation of biodiversity and sustainable use of water resources are important for “the preservation of the bounty of the Earth.” Regarding the former issue, we organized “the concept of Shiseidoʼs biodiversity” in 2010 as follows.

Our thoughts regarding "biodiversity”

Shiseido is grateful for the benefits of the Earth, the source of new values. Recognizing that the resources of the Earth are limited, we will use them wisely and fairly for the sake of future generations. Moreover, we will work proactively for the conservation of biodiversity to realize a sustainable society.

Our thoughts regarding "fresh water resources”

We will aim for sustainable water use with respect for the healthy water circulation and the water-related culture practices of the local community. First, we will create an understanding of the actual situation of our water use through the value chain of our business activities. Then, based on it, we will work towards minimizing the impacts on the water circulation and the local water-related culture.

Environmental Management

Implementation framework

At Shiseido, we are working to promote sustainability across the entire company, including our brands and regional businesses.
In 2020, we launched and held regular meetings of the Sustainability Committee, a dedicated forum to ensure timely management decisions and thorough recognition of this theme. The committee discusses Group-wide sustainability initiatives, decides on strategies, policies, and specific action plans, and monitors the progress of medium-to-long-term goals. It consists of a representative director and executive officers in charge of Corporate Strategy, R&D, Supply Network, Corporate Communications, Social Value Creation and our brands, with other corporate officers participating on an as-needed basis according to the matter at hand. In addition to the Sustainability Committee, other significant issues related to sustainability were also discussed with the Executive Committee, the Innovation Committee, and the Board of Directors, for a total of 12 meetings in 2020.
Particularly important matters are submitted to the Board of Directors for approval.

Promotional activities

The Shiseido Group's production sites introduced the ISO 14001 environmental management system for the first time in 1997. Our ten production sites worldwide have obtained ISO 14001 certification*. We place an Environmental Management Representative in each production site, set environmental policies and targets, promote environmental activities, confirm compliance with environmental regulations, properly manage chemical substances, educate employees on the environment, and conduct the PDCA cycle. By so doing, we improve the management system and reduce the environmental impact. The progress of these activities is validated through third-party audits.

  • * Except at our Nasu factory, which began operation in Dec 2019.

The Shiseido Group Environmental Management Status

Descriptions Targets 2019 results
Maintain and expand environmental management system Maintain ISO 14001 certification Continued ISO 14001 certification

Status of ISO14001 Certification

Production sites Date of certification
Shiseido Company, Limited

Shiseido Kuki Factory

Certificate of Registration [70.4KB]

October 27, 1997

Shiseido Kakegawa Factory

Certificate of Registration [69.6KB]

October 5, 1998

Shiseido Osaka Factory

Certificate of Registration [70.5KB]

March 24, 1999
Taiwan Shiseido Co., Ltd. Hsinchu Factory Certificate of Registration [110KB] August 31, 1999
Shiseido America, Inc.

East Windsor Factory

Certificate of Registration [274KB]

March 31, 2000
Shiseido International France S.A.S.

Unité de Gien

Unité du Val de Loire

Certificate of Registration [49KB]

August 8, 2000
February 8, 2002
Shiseido Liyuan Cosmetics Co., Ltd.

Certificate of Registration [198KB]

Certificate of Registration [198KB]

August 17, 2000
Shiseido Citic Cosmetics Co., Ltd. Certificate of Registration [715KB] November 9, 2004
Shiseido Vietnam Inc. Certificate of Registration [86KB] December 15, 2011

Cooperating companies

Production sites Date of certification
Shiseido Honeycake Industries Co., Ltd.* Certificate of Registration [227KB] September 29, 1999
  • * Although Shiseido Honeycake Industries Co., Ltd. is not a consolidated subsidiary it obtained certification in 1999 in line with Shiseido policies.