Kumon Group Environmental Philosophy
In order to solve global environmental problems, it is necessary to combine the knowledge of people from all around the world. The Kumon Group strives to develop individuals who will make a contribution to society. Accordingly, the Kumon Group believes that one of our core values is to fulfill our responsibilities and obligations in regard to solving global environmental problems.
The Kumon Group views the preservation of the global environment as an important challenge to be met as we carry out our daily business activities. We will incorporate this environment-friendly vision into our business planning and will work on a permanent basis to protect our precious planet and sustain its natural resources for current and future generations.
Kumon Group Environmental Policy
The Kumon Group will endeavour, throughout all our business activities, to conserve natural resources and to preserve the natural environment through the development of human resources.
The Kumon Group will strive to recognise how our business activities affect the environment. We will work to conserve energy and resources, as well as to carry out recycling, in order to reduce the amount of waste we produce. Our overriding aim is to prevent damage to the environment and to reduce pollution.
The Kumon Group will work together with associated parties and business partners in order to reduce the impact of our activities on the environment. At the same time, we will act positively to protect the environment by promoting activities aimed at forest regeneration.
The Kumon Group will operate in compliance with the applicable laws and regulations in all of the countries and regions in which we have business activities, and will permanently work to preserve the environment.
The Kumon Group will strive to make each and every Kumon Associate more aware of environmental issues through education and consciousness-raising activities. At the same time, as a responsible corporate citizen, we will make information related to the environment publicly available.
KAO Green Initiatives
The Kumon Asia and Oceania (“KAO”) region continues to channel its efforts to develop sustainable practices in reducing the organisational impact on natural resources. While expansion efforts have allowed more children to learn through the Kumon Method, our Environmental Management (“EM”) efforts continued through a core focus of reducing non-essential printing, power management, recycling and on staff awareness of our environmental footprint.
Despite having to setup more learning Centres, open more branch offices, recruit more staff to serve the larger pool of students, KAO is still making efforts to reduce the usage of Electricity and Paper and thus the CO2 emissions. Paper Recycling quantity is highly encouraged through the placement of recycling boxes near printing areas.
Annual Usage Statistics
Every member country in Kumon Asia & Oceania (“KAO”) is making efforts to save electricity. In certain periods throughout the year, where changes in global climate patterns have results in warmer temperatures, more electricity is used on air-conditioning. In addition, opening hours were also extended in some Centres. Although there is an increase of 4%, we are continuing to practice energy-saving practices such as turning off lights when not in use, installing energy saving light bulbs and using motion sensors where possible.
KAO members have always been conscientious in making efforts to reduce paper usage. Examples of the effort include printing documents in a page, changing to smaller fonts, printing multiple-pages into 2 pages on 1 sheet etc. These efforts have shown a positive result with a 3% reduction in paper usage from a year ago.
Many KAO countries have actively promoted the use of recycled paper. Awareness has been raised through recycle paper collection boxes in the office to constantly remind staff to recycle paper where possible. Signs are placed by some office building management to remind everyone to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.
CO2 is the primary greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming and electricity usage is one of the main sources of CO2 emission. Efforts are being made to decrease CO2 emissions whenever possible.
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