Sustainability Management


Message

Representative Director, Chief Executive Officer Kazuo Taki

In Order to Strengthen Management of Sustainability

 "Nothing stands before trust," "Prosperity lies in modesty," and "Customer before thyself," have always been the universal management philosophies of the Takihyo Group since its establishment in 1751. We have been developing our business for 271 years based on our corporate identity, "Our goal is to achieve a spiritually nourished society by creating an interesting company with great dreams."
 Today, sustainability is an issue that is being addressed worldwide.
 At the Takihyo Group, consideration for the environment and respect for human rights, which are important areas of sustainability, are necessary conditions for the development of our corporate activities, and are considered to be in line with our management philosophy and corporate identity.
 In the handling of fabrics and textile products, which is the core business of the Takihyo Group, there are many issues that need to be addressed, such as the management of the entire supply chain, which is long and complicated, both domestically and internationally, and the problem of mass disposal due to oversupply.
 In order to accurately respond to these issues, the Takihyo Group has formulated the Basic Sustainability Policy and will work together as a group to achieve both the realization of sustainable society and the enhancement of corporate value.

Takihyo Co., Ltd.
Representative Director, Chief Executive Officer
Kazuo Taki
Kazuo Taki


Sustainability Management Map

Sustainability Basic Policy

Sustainability Basic Policy

Management Philosophy and Corporate Identity

 Since its establishment in 1751, the Takihyo Group has developed its business over the past 271 years based on the universal management philosophies of "Nothing stands before trust," "Prosperity lies in modesty," and "Customer before thyself."
 In addition, based on our corporate identity: "Our goal is to achieve a spiritually nourished society by creating an interesting company with great dreams." , we have placed the following at the center of our management: to contribute to nature and culture, to give dreams and comfort to society, and to value each individual and make the most of their talents. We believe that these management philosophies and corporate identity will lead to the current promotion of CSR (corporate sochial responsibility) and sustainability management.*

* Sustainability management: Management aimed at improving sustainability of the business by giving consideration to the sustainability of the environment, society, and economy

Our Stance on Sustainability Management

 Under these circumstances, in order for the Takihyo Group to continue to develop and enhance its corporate value, there is a growing need to consider the impact on the global environment, including climate change, waste, and water resources, and to address social issues, including human rights, diversity, and the labor environment, in all aspects of our corporate activities. We also believe that the sustainable development of the Takihyo Group is required to contribute to the sustainability of society as a whole, i.e., to the realization of a sustainable society.
 Based on the above recognition, we have formulated the "Takihyo Group Sustainability Basic Policy" and will continue to make company-wide efforts to achieve sustainable management with the cooperation of our suppliers and customers, as well as with the understanding of all our stakeholders so that we will be highly evaluated by consumers and investors. We will make company-wide efforts to realize sustainability management."

Key Issues and Plans

 We will consider the characteristics of the textile industry and focus our activities on important issues such as: "Consideration of environmental impact and human rights issues in the long, complex and fragmented supply chain with high dependence on product imports”, "Development and provision of environmentally friendly products and improvement of the environment to obtain international certification", "Contributing to a recycling-based economy through product recycling** and upcycling*** products," "Proactively incorporating digital technology into business practices to reduce inefficient work, and promoting the transformation of employees' work styles through methods such as telecommuting and remote work."
 Furthermore, we will tackle these issues as a whole with the new Sustainability Committee under the CEO, establishing issues to be addressed, following up activity progress, and improving external communication with international organizations and NPOs. Through these and more, we will improve awareness and knowledge throughout the entire company and produce results.
 In order to tackle these issues throughout the company, we have established a new Sustainability Committee under the direct control of the president, which will raise awareness and knowledge throughout the company by setting issues to be addressed, following up on the status of initiatives, and strengthening communication with external organizations such as international organizations and NPOs.
 At the same time, we will form a Human Rights Policy, Procurement Policy (a revision of the current Takihyo CSR Procurement Guidelines), and Environmental Policy and Goals to address issues with high priority in the Sustainability Basic Policy.

** Recycling: The process of turning products that are no longer wanted into raw materials and using them to create new products.
For example, plastic bottles can be used as raw materials and turned into fibers and used for clothing.

*** Upcycling: The process of taking products that are no longer wanted and using their characteristics to create new products that have more value.
For example, denim can be cut apart and used as raw material to make it a sneaker upper or eco-friendly bag.

  • Human Rights Policy
  • Environmental Policy
  • Procurement Policy

Takihyo Group Human Rights Policy

Takihyo Group Human Rights Policy

 The Takihyo Group will work to educate all of its officers and employees on human rights, and to take appropriate actions and responses in all of its business activities.


Basic Approach to Human Rights

 The Takihyo Group will comply with laws concerning human rights and labor and the laws of the local communities and countries involved in its business activities, and will work to support and implement codes on human rights presented by the Japanese government and international organizations such as the United Nations.


Respect for Human Rights through Business Activities

 The Takihyo Group respects the diverse values, individuality, and privacy of individuals, and will not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, nationality, birthplace, gender, health condition, disability, differences in occupation or employment status, or any other reason.


Understanding and Dealing with Risks Related to Human Rights

 The Takihyo Group will bear in mind that when conducting its business activities, it may affect human rights, directly or indirectly, or in manners that can be apparent or latent, regardless of whether it is aware of them. Furthermore, in addition to understanding issues regarding human rights, it will work to prevent negative impacts on human rights throughout the entire procurement process (supply chain), including procurement of raw and secondary materials, spinning, weaving, knitting, dying, printing, sewing, distribution, shipping, and sales. In the event that a negative impact is revealed, the Group will take necessary and appropriate measures and examine the situation. By doing so, it will work toward building a responsible supply chain.

Takihyo Group Environmental Policy

Takihyo Group Environmental Policy


Principle

 The Takihyo Group recognizes that conserving the global environment is an important issue for all of mankind and will act while aiming to continuously improve the global environment in every aspect of its business activities.


Environmental Policy

 The core business of the Takihyo Group is the planning, development, production, and sales of textile products. The Group will continue to improve its environmental management system* and contribute to the protection of the environment based on the following:

(1)The Takihyo Group will evaluate the environmental impact of its business activities and the products it handles, set and implement targets for important items to the extent technically and economically feasible, verify the results, and continuously improve its environmental management system to enhance its environmental performance.
(2)The Takihyo Group will comply with domestic and international environmental laws and regulations in the development of its business activities.
(3)The Takihyo Group will contribute to environmental conservation by prioritizing the following throughout all stages of its business activities.
  1. 1.Development and supply of environmentally friendly products
  2. 2.Thorough recycling of resources
  3. 3.Improving the efficiency of the use of electric energy, etc.
(4)The Takihyo Group will conduct activities to educate and raise awareness of the environment among all executives and employees.

* Environmental management system: A framework for planning, verifying, and improving a business's initiatives to address risks on the environment caused by its business activities and opportunities provided by the environment


Environmental Goals

(1)Improve operational efficiency by reducing defects
The Takihyo Group will work to ensure that the entire supply chain is effective and more efficient by thoroughly exploring the causes of defects during planning, development, production, and sales, and reducing the rate of defects by taking appropriate and effective measures against the causes.
(2)Reduce waste and recycle resources
The Takihyo Group will contribute to the realization of a recycling-based economy by utilizing thermal recycling** and chemical recycling*** for defective products, as well as recycling and upcycling of unused textiles from factories and used products collected from clients and consumers.
(3)Maintain a comfortable and efficient working environment
The Takihyo Group will thoroughly promote appropriate time management and work to reduce overtime work and promote the use of paid vacations. It will also actively adopt digital technology to promote paperless work and telework. In addition, it will reduce office space and energy consumed by air conditioning and lighting.

** Thermal recycling: A method of reusing thermal energy that is produced when burning waste

*** Chemical recycling: A method of regenerating waste as raw material for synthetic fibers through thermal or chemical decomposition. It is used to recycle products that are mostly made of polyester

Takihyo Group Procurement Policy

Takihyo Group Procurement Policy

 The Takihyo Group will work to optimize its entire supply chain with the cooperation of its stakeholders involved in procurement by thoroughly respecting human rights, giving consideration to the environment, and complying with laws, etc., throughout the entire procurement process (supply chain), including arrangement of raw and secondary materials, spinning, weaving, knitting, dying, printing, sewing, and distribution.


Respect for Human Rights

 The Takihyo Group will respect human rights, comply with national and international laws, and work to follow and implement codes on human rights presented by the Japanese government and international organizations such as the United Nations, improve workplace safety, and maintain a healthy environment throughout the entire supply chain.


Consideration for the Environment

 The Takihyo Group will care for the environment, work to prevent the use of products containing hazardous substances prohibited by laws and regulations established by international organizations, and monitor management of emissions and waste throughout the entire supply chain.


Compliance with Laws and Regulations

 The Takihyo Group will work to eliminate abuse of power and anti-competitive practices, and will make strict efforts to prevent the leaking of confidential and personal information and to protect intellectual property rights throughout the entire supply chain. It will also work to ensure the safety of and improve the quality of its products, and to provide accurate product information.

Sustainability Projects
TAKIHYO Sustainability Project
-Waste is not waste until wasted.-


NO WASTE Project

NO WASTE Project
About the NO WASTE Project

 This project is a closed loop system built on the concept of "Don't waste anything." It collects unused textiles that are inevitably left over when making apparel products, and shreds them into fibers so they can be reborn as yarn, fabric, and products.

Case Studies

Shimamura Co., Ltd.
Shimamura Co., Ltd.
 As part of Shimamura's sustainability activities, we worked together to design products that used Reecotte, a sustainable material that was created in the NO WASTE Project scheme. These products were then sold at Fashion Center Shimamura stores nationwide and on Shimamura's online store.
Snow Peak Inc.
Snow Peak Inc.
 The Takihyo Group has partnered with Snow Peak for its new sustainable project, Upcycle Cotton Project. Born from the idea of "Recycling, not throwing away, clothing," the project organizes and sells denim and sweatpants series made from recycled cotton created from the NO WASTE Project.


THE NEW DENIM PROJECT®

THE NEW DENIM PROJECT®
About THE NEW DENIM PROJECT®

 THE NEW DENIM PROJECT® was launched by Central America Textiles, a spinning company in Central America Guatemala, in an effort to develop sustainable materials that minimize the burden on the planet. The project collects unused cloth that is left over in the denim-making process, used clothing imported from the United States that cannot be resold, and cotton that fall during the spinning process, and spins them all into textiles, giving them new life as various products. The cotton that fall during the spinning process are also used as fertilizer to grow organic coffee in coffee farms, creating a closed-loop production process. The Takihyo Group entered a distributor agreement in 2018 and has begun selling the products in Japan.

Case Studies

Converse Japan, Co., Ltd.
Converse Japan, Co., Ltd.
 Converse Japan has released the All Star The New Denim Project OX sneakers as part of Converse e.c.lab, its sustainable series of experimental products made from environmentally friendly materials. The upper is made with upcycled denim from THE NEW DENIM PROJECT®.
Link Theory Japan Co., Ltd.
Link Theory Japan Co., Ltd.
 JOICFP, an international NGO, is working with Link Theory Japan to sell their original charity tote bag as part of their brand, Theory. These bags are made using upcycled cotton from THE NEW DENIM PROJECT® and support JOICFP in their activities to promote the independence and health of women in the Republic of Zambia.


Bring Material™

 Bring Material™)
About the BRING Material™

 Takihyo Co., Ltd. is an OEM contractor as a BRING Material™ Authorized OEM partner that manufactures OEM products using BRING Material™.
 BRING Material™ is a generic term for sustainable materials such as recycled polyester resin, yarn, and articles made from yarn waste generated by spinning and spinning mills in the textile industry and discarded clothes collected from consumers.
 BRING™, in cooperation with various brands, collects used clothing and factory fibers that are no longer used but recycled into raw materials for BRING Material™.

Case Studies

Takashimaya Co., Ltd.
Takashimaya Co., Ltd.
 Takashimaya Co., Ltd. partnered with BRING™ and initiated “Depart de Loop”, a project to realize a sustainable, recycling-oriented society.  Takihyo provided the fabrics using our BRING Material™.
Can Co., Ltd.
Can Co., Ltd.
 Our BRING Material™ based products were selected for the 2021 Autumn Collection of Can Co., Ltd.’s brand “Lugnoncure”.


Social Action Program

Reconstruction Assistance to the Great East Japan Earthquake

 Takihyo encourages the GAMA ROCK FES (Shiogama, Miyagi) which supports disaster struck areas with art and food. Volunteers from our company hold events such as face painting to help convey the attractions of Shiogama to as many people as possible and to re-energize the town.

Reconstruction Assistance to the Great East Japan Earthquake

Happiness

 "Happiness" is a project that was launched to "make people happy through fashion". Activities include donations of our company’s products and holding workshops by our volunteers at orphanages, all aiming to make a contribution to the local community and to educate our employees for a spiritually rich society.

Happiness)

Wakakusa Project

 The Takihyo Group relates with Wakakusa Project and supports it as a volunteer. The Wakakusa Project supports young women and girls who have difficulties in life, and was started by the late novelist Jakucho Setouchi and Atsuko Muraki, former Vice-Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare.
 The Group continues to support the project while searching for the best way it can, by donating clothes with individually hand-written messages and holding workshops to enjoy fashion.

Wakakusa Project

Tweed Run

 Takihyo supports the Tweed Run, an event combining fashion that originated in England and bicycles. Participants ride bicycles wearing the dress code tweed, supporting Bishu in Aichi prefecture, a production region of wool and energizing the fashion industry. A "Takihyo Award" is given out to the best dresser who is presented with an original company product.

Tweed Run

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