What we are doing to protect the Earth’s environment for tomorrow
Approaches to preserving the environment are gaining serious attraction on a global scale. As an enterprise involved in manufacturing, the pursuit of business activities aimed at achieving harmony with the environment are a significant mission for us. We were certified in 2001 under ISO 14001, the international standard for environmental management systems. In addition to striving to reduce the burden imposed on the environment by our business activities, we are also cooperating with other manufacturers to provide an assortment of secondary materials made of recycled materials as well as biodegradable secondary materials, and encourage their sale and popularization.
The world faces many challenges, including climate change, economic disparity, poverty, and discrimination based on gender and disability.
In order for the international community to tackle these issues in common, it was adopted at the UN Summit, SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals).
From 17 goals and 169 targets to realize a sustainable world, Shimada Shoji has identified the issues to be addressed in our business activities based on the basic policy set in ISO14001 and will do our best to contribute to the realization of a sustainable world.
In November 2017, Shimada Shoji became a bluesign® system partner with bluesign technologies ag of Switzerland. The bluesign® system stipulates strict safety standards in the textile industry. Its purpose is to promote a robust textile industry with a reduced environmental impact. It involves cooperation among raw material suppliers, apparel manufacturers, and retailers. Shimada Shoji is working actively on the following matters:
Corporations are increasingly being called upon to conduct their business in an environmentally friendly manner. In March 2001, as part of Shimada Shoji’s efforts to be a responsible manufacturer, the company had its head office certified under the ISO 14001 environmental management standard. In cooperation with affiliates, business partners, and suppliers, Shimada Shoji has striven to develop and offer environmentally friendly products, save energy and resources, implement green procurement, reduce and separate waste, and protect the environment surrounding our sites and those of our partner factories.
Instead of discarding items after use, we reuse and recycle them. In addition, rather than using materials that will become waste, we use biodegradable materials. It is important to thoroughly understand the properties of products and materials and actively conduct recycling in a well-balanced manner—not only for the environment, but for ourselves. All of our employees are increasing their eco-awareness as our company strives to put people and the environment first. We think of it as a gift from Shimada Shoji to future generations.
Shimada Shoji (Hong Kong) Limited, an overseas affiliated company, has acquired GRS (Global Recycle Standard), which is an international environmental certification of recycling for functional auxiliary materials (pullers, cord stoppers, etc.).
GRS is an international accreditation standard established by Textile Exchange, a non-profit organization (NPO) in the United States that defines recycled inclusions, processing and distribution process management, social and environmental practices, and chemical regulations. Shimada Shoji (Hong Kong) Limited was certified in December 2020 as a distribution system with established traceability (history management) in consideration of society and the environment. We will expand sales of GRS-certified auxiliary materials using recycled polyester and actively promote product development throughout the group.