The Earth Summit, held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, set an international agreement for nations to conserve the Earth’s environment and pursue sustainable development, which led to the United Nations defining Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015.
With Goal 15 calling for protection of biodiversity, the demand for companies to take eco-friendly actions and be socially responsible grows among the private sector today.
The SATO Group plays its part in this global initiative with its own actions to conserve biodiversity, involving itself in forest conservation and procuring eco-friendly materials.
One of our core products is labels, which are made of wood pulp. That is why we work to protect nature at a global scale in order to conserve biodiversity and restore the environment. Since March 2014, SATO has been participating in the Forest of Companies project that the Tokyo Development Foundation for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries promotes as part of its Pollenless Forestation Campaign.
We sponsor pockets of forest land in the Tokyo cities of Ome (since 2014) and Akiruno (since 2019), naming these sites “Forests of Ceaseless Creativity” and managing them in our action to reduce pollen and CO2, and protect the forest ecosystem and its water sources. SATO was certified a contributor to the Tokyo forestation program in October 2016.
We continue to take part in forestation programs to enhance environmental awareness in our employees.
A campaign to replace cedar and cypress plantations to a new variety of these trees that releases less pollen (1/100 of the existing variety). It aims to reduce airborne pollen that causes allergic reactions, while regenerating forests, stabilizing wood supply and revitalizing the forestry industry.
Handling of toxic substances
To prevent toxic substances from contaminating the ecosystem and corrupting biodiversity, we control all the chemical substances we use, while avoiding the use of materials/parts containing toxic substances in all our products and packaging by drafting a standard on environmental management that are in effect since 2005. This standard prohibits the use of toxic substances that are regulated in each country, and defines the indication of and procedures to controlling substances subject to control that we have our partners comply with as well.