History of Environmental Preservation Activities

Record of environmental preservation activities by Kikkoman Group

August, 1970

The Antipolution Committee was established.

December, 1972

The Environmental Management Department was established. (Measures Section and Investigation Section)

October, 1976

The Environment Analysis Center was established. (Certified Environmental Survey/Measurement Services)

April, 1992

The General Environment Protection Committee was established.

October, 1992

Kikkoman Group Environmental Principles was formulated and announced.

March, 1993

Voluntary Action Plan on Environmental Preservation (Voluntary Plan) was formulated.

May, 1997

Noda Plant (currently Noda Factory, Kikkoman Food Products Company) acquired ISO14001 certification.

November, 1998

Kikkoman Annual Environmental Report was disclosed.

August, 1999

The General Environmental Preservation Committee was established (reorganized into the General Environment Protection Committee).

February, 2000

Goals for greenhouse gas reduction and waste and byproduct recycling were determined and announced.

July, 2000

Environmental Accounting was disclosed in the Kikkoman Annual Environmental Report.

January, 2001

Participation in the United Nations Global Compact Initiative was announced.

July, 2001

Kikkoman Group Annual Environmental Report was published.

March, 2003

ISO14001 certifications for major factories abroad were acquired.

June, 2004

Kikkoman Group Annual Environmental Management Report was disclosed on the website.

June, 2005

Environmental Preservation Activities Case Book was published.

December, 2005

Participation in Eco Product Exhibition was started.

February, 2006

ISO14001 certifications for all major bases were acquired.

June, 2006

Kikkoman group Corporate Citizenship Report was published.

March, 2008

Kikkoman’s Guidelines for Containers and Packaging were determined and announced.

February, 2009

Caring for Climate was signed.

June, 2011

Kikkoman Group Batch ISO14001 Certification was acquired in Japan.

June, 2015

CEO Water Mandate in the UN Global Compact and Water Project were signed.

Record of Awards (since 1995)

1995

The 15th Kinoshita Prize (Grand Prix of the Package Industry)
<By the Japan Packaging Institute (JPI)>
To Kikkoman Corp. for developing the bag-in-box (BIB) octopost with resource-saving cardboard.

1997

Excellent Greening of a Factory Award
<By the Hokkaido Regional Office of the Ministry of International Trade and Industry>
To the Chitose Factory, Kikkoman Corp. as a model factory promoting greening.

1999

Award for Technological Research of JSBBA
<By the Japan Society for Bioscience, Biotechnology and Agrochemistry (JSBBA)>
To Kikkoman Corp. for developing a method of extracting high-purity polyphenol from grape seeds (the byproducts of wine production), and assessing its functionality.

1999

Waste Reduction Award Program (WRAP) Award
<By CalRecycle (California, US)>
To the California Factory, Kikkoman Foods Inc. (KFI) for its waste reducing and recycling efforts.
[The same award was also given in 2001-06 and 2008-11.]

2001

The 7th Architectural Culture Award of Chiba Prefecture
<By Chiba Prefecture>
To the Noda Head Office, Kikkoman Group for the functionality and cultural traits of its architecture, including energy efficiency by using the latest and more innovative technology, aiming to become an office with reduced environmental impact.

2001

Nikkei New Office Promotion Award
<By Nikkei Inc.>
To the Noda Head Office, Kikkoman Group for its energy-saving design and effective use of rainwater, in an effort to promote the creation of new, comfortable and functional offices.

2001

The 23rd Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Award (for the Food Industry sector of the Environmental Conservation Category)
<By the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Award>
To Kikkoman Corp. the Award for the Food Industry sector of the Environmental Conservation Category for its efforts that included sustaining and improving the environment through energy saving, waste reuse, its environmental management system, etc.

2002

The Examination Committee Encouragement Prize of the Environmental and Energy Saving Architecture Award
<By the Institute of Building Environment and Energy Conservation>
To the Noda Head Office, Kikkoman Group for its energy-saving design, lighting adopting louvers, effective indoor air-conditioning system, and use of rainwater.

2003

Special Award for Production under the Nikkei Advanced Business Operation Award
<By Nikkei Inc.>
To Kikkoman Foods Inc. (KFI) for its enhanced productivity, environmental measures, international competitiveness, and expansion of soy sauce consumption.

2003

The 4th Sustainable Architecture Award
<By the Japan Institute of Architects>
To the Noda Head Office, Kikkoman Group for its excellent ideas and outstanding techniques that will open up new horizons in the age of a global environment.

2004

2003 Award of the Director-General of the Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau
<By Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry>
To the R&D Division, Kikkoman Corp. for using soy sauce oil as fish feed, as an excellent example of a resource recycling technology system.

2004

2003 Award for Technological Research of JSBBA
<By the Japan Society for Bioscience, Biotechnology and Agrochemistry (JSBBA)>
To the R&D Division, Kikkoman Corp. for employing its applied technology of firefly luciferase to develop excellent products.

2004

2003 Excellent Corporation Award
<By the Sustainable Management Rating Institute>
To Kikkoman Corp. for its excellent practice of corporate social responsibility (CSR) management that serves as a model for other companies.

2004

Pollution Prevention (PPA) Award/Sacramento Sustainable Business (SSB) Award
<Sacramento County>
To the California Factory, Kikkoman Foods Inc. (KFI) for its efforts to save energy and water, prevent pollution, and reduce waste.
[PPA was also granted in 2005 and 2006; SSB was granted in 2007-09 and 2011.]

2004

The 23rd Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry Award for the Greening of a Factory
<By the Japan Greenery Research and Development Center>
To the Chitose Factory, Kikkoman Corp. (currently Hokkaido Kikkoman Company) for its efforts to maintain natural forests as places of comfort for local residents.

2007

Sacramento Environmental Commission (SEC) Award
<By the Sacramento Environmental Commission (environment conservation organization of Sacramento County, US>
To Kikkoman Foods Inc. for being a company actively working on environmental activity.
[The same award was also granted in 2009.]

2009

Food Packaging Award of the Japan Packaging Contest 2009
<By the Japan Packaging Institute (JPI)>
For newly adopted 750-ml and 500-ml PET bottles for Kikkoman soy sauce.

2010

Honored by the Singapore government
<By the Singapore government>
To Kikkoman (S) Pte. Ltd. (KSP) by the Singapore government for its contribution in promoting a clean and green Singapore, and presented a heritage tree called the “Rain Tree.”

2011

Special Award “Ten-year Award” of the Society of Heating, Air-conditioning and Sanitary Engineers of Japan (SHASE) (The 11th one)
<By the Society of Heating, Air-conditioning and Sanitary Engineers of Japan (SHASE)>
To the Noda Head Office, Kikkoman Group for its maintenance and enhanced management of high comfort and energy saving performance in the indoor environment.

2012

Green Leadership Award
<By the Business Journals (Trade paper)>
To Kikkoman Foods Inc. (KFI) for being a leading company for the future with its beautiful environment among those in Sacramento, California, US.

2013

EDEN Award (2013)
<By the Dutch government and other institutions>
To Kikkoman Foods Europe, B.V. (KFE) for its continuous contribution to the Water Resource Preservation Project at Lake Zuldlaardermeer, Groningen Province, the Netherlands.