Respect for the Environment
Energy Efficiency Policy
Ryohin Keikaku, which considers a better relationship between people and nature, collaborates with business partners in the countries and regions where it operates businesses to promote energy conservation and to improve energy efficiency in its business activities while respecting the goal of reducing energy. Moreover, we not only sell products necessary for daily life but also promote the planning/development of products that focus on various issues currently arising in society, and we aim to mitigate the environmental burden by having customers use such products.
Initiatives (Our Company, Supply Chain, and Customers)
Initiatives of the Head Office Building
At the head office, we implement energy-saving measures, such as introducing energy-saving lighting and attaching heat shield sheets to the south windows. We will continuously make company-wide efforts to save energy.
Initiatives of Distribution Centers
The main energy used in distribution centers is electricity, which is used for product conveyors and air conditioning/lighting. Other ongoing measures are as follows.
1. Delivery and shipment from the warehouse without using slips
We carry out the delivery of almost all products and the shipment of products to directly managed stores from the warehouse without using slips.
2. Delivery by returnable containers
Returnable containers have been introduced for delivery to stores and are reused between stores and distribution centers.
3. Use of ships
We are working on reducing CO2 emissions by delivering products to stores in Hokkaido and Okinawa using ships.
4. Improvement of the loading rate for deliveries to stores and optimization of the number of deliveries
In addition to increasing the loading rate, we are working on optimizing the number of product supplies to all stores by establishing a standard for the quantity of products to be delivered and by reducing the number of deliveries from 5 days a week to 4 days a week for stores with a small amount of the total supply of products.
5. Shortening of travel distance by sending products directly from the manufacturing factories to customers
Polypropylene storage products and Beads Sofa, which are products that represent MUJI, can be delivered directly from manufacturing factories to customers, allowing shortening of the travel distance. This also reduces product damage during delivery.
6. Reuse of corrugated cardboard boxes used for supply to stores
We have introduced a system to collect some of the cardboard and used paper generated by our distribution centers and recycle it into cardboard for use in supplying our stores.
7. Reduction of transport distance by trucks from domestic distribution centers to stores
With the launch of the Hatoyama Distribution Center in 2014, the inventory base for apparel goods was transferred from Niigata Prefecture to Hatoyama-machi in Saitama Prefecture. We are working on shortening the domestic transport distance by trucks through the establishment of an inventory base in the Kanto region, where stores are concentrated.
8. Operation of global distribution/transit centers
In 2013, we set up a global distribution center in China, one of our production bases, and transferred our product inventory base from Niigata Prefecture to China. In 2014, we opened a global transit center in the ASEAN region, along with the transfer of the production bases to ASEAN. We are working on streamlining marine transport and domestic transport by consolidating products produced at multiple factories into the global distribution/transit centers to increase the loading rate of containers.
9. Installation of solar panels at the Hatoyama Distribution Center
The Hatoyama Distribution Center has 1,400 kWh solar panels on the roof. These solar panels can generate electricity equivalent to the annual power consumption of around 228 general households. We expect to reduce annual carbon dioxide emissions by around 494 tons, an effect equivalent to creating around 72 ha of a broadleaf forest.
Initiatives of Stores
With the exception of some stores, we try to have standard store employees leave the workplace within 30 minutes after the end of business hours. In addition, since the Great East Japan Earthquake, we have been working on saving energy by reducing the use of indirect lighting that does not directly affect business operations while promoting the introduction of energy-saving lighting.
Initiatives for Product Development
MUJI, which proposes the idea of a simple, pleasant life in various countries and regions around the world, does not only sell products needed for daily life but also focuses on a variety of issues that society is facing today. Above all, we believe that future food security and environmental problems due to the rapid increase in the global population are unavoidable issues.
Ryohin Keikaku started an initiative of using crickets as a food ingredient in collaboration with Tokushima University, a leading research organization in edible insects, with the hope that this will become a trigger for society to consider such issues. Tokushima University is sharing the research results of the practical application of edible crickets, and our company is sharing the product development process. This way, we are promoting the development of edible insects that are delicious to eat.
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) recommends edible insects as an alternative to livestock because of their high nutritional value and low environmental impact; crickets are attracting attention for their role as food.