Environmental Conservation Efforts

Environmental Initiatives for Supply Chains

With the potential to significantly affect the earth and corporate activities, climate change is both a risk and an opportunity to create new businesses for the Wacoal Group. In accordance with the belief that helping address environmental issues is fundamental to sound corporate development and to the realization of a sustainable society, in February 2020 Wacoal Corp. launched the Supply Chain Environmental Project, which will lower the overall environmental burden of the Company’s supply chains.
Until now, our environmental initiatives have focused on reducing the environmental burden of operating bases in Japan. Our supply-chain initiatives have been limited to measures for individual issues, such as modal shift promotion and brassiere recycling activities. The recently launched Supply Chain Environmental Project comprises three task forces, each of which is focused on the supply chain relevant to a specific goal, namely, the reduction of promotional materials, the reduction of waste, and the development of environment-friendly products and materials. The task forces are analyzing current situations, setting targets for improvement, and establishing action plans.
Further, with a view to helping realize a low-carbon society by reducing CO2 emissions, members of the aforementioned project are discussing plans to set targets and disclose progress in relation to two overriding goals: the reduction of CO2 emissions from the internal activities of operating bases and the reduction of CO2 emissions from product life cycles.

Solar Power Generation System

Wacoal Distribution Corp. has introduced a solar power generation system to promote corporate environmental activities and reduce power consumption. Power generation capacity is 499.95kw in the polycrystallized type by KYOCERA CORP., and a solar energy power generation system will satisfy about 31% of annual usage in the 2019 fiscal year, and will serve as the Shiga maximum scale as a production of electricity for enterprises.

Installation site: Roof of Wacoal Distribution's West Distribution Center

  • Roof of Wacoal Distribution's West Distribution Center(1-1 Chishiro-cho, Moriyama-shi, Shiga Prefecture, Japan)
  • The rooftop installation promises to heighten the efficiency of the insulation and air-conditioning of the operating base's fifth floor.

System Overview

  • Maximum instantaneous generation capacity: 499.95kw (208.4w per sheet × 2,399 sheets / 3,782m2)
  • The annual self-usage in the 2019 fiscal year: 429,950kwh (a)
  • Total annual power consumption: 1,371,339kwh (b)

In the power generation amount of the 2019 fiscal year, fulfilling the (a / b) 31.4% of the annual usage. Unused surplus power of the holiday was purchased by power companies.

Acquisitions of the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System Standard and the Kyoto Environmental Management System Standard (KES) Certifications

Companies with ISO 14001 environmental management system certification

Japan Wacoal Corp., Wacoal Service Co., Ltd., Unenana Cool Corp., Wacoal Distribution Corp., and Kyushu Wacoal Manufacturing Corp.
Overseas Guangdong Wacoal Inc. and Vietnam Wacoal Corp.
Companies with KES environmental management system Certification Niigata Wacoal Sewing Corp., Hokuriku Wacoal Sewing Corp., Torica Co., Ltd., and Lecien Corporation

Brassiere Recycling Activities

Questionnaires revealed that some customers find disposing of brassieres problematic. In response, Wacoal began collecting unneeded brassieres from customers in 2008. (In fiscal 2019, we collected unneeded brassieres from customers between December 1, 2018 and March 31, 2019.)
The collected brassieres and the sealed recycling bags containing them are processed into RPF (Refuse Paper & Plastic Fuel)

  FY2008(First campaign) FY2018 FY2019 FY2020 Cumulative total
Number of Stores 800 800 750
Number of Bags Collected 90,967 88,228 75,815
RPF Processed Weight 27,930 26,540 22,620
Number of Brassieres Collected* 30,000 279,300 265,400 226,200 2,467,200

*Numerical value converted at 1 unit = 100g, based on the total recovered weight