The Environment

Basic Approach

Manufacturing safe and reliable products while striving to reduce energy use and cut waste and helping to create a sustainable society.

Morinaga Milk products are made from nature’s rich bounty of agricultural products such as milk, coffee beans, tea leaves, and aloe. Protecting the environment and being thankful to nature for these gifts is essential to continued business.
To this end, it is absolutely necessary to address climate change, reduce food loss and industrial waste, and respond to the issue of plastic containers. Morinaga Milk will also communicate closely with business partners to contribute to the creation of a sustainable society, not only within the company but throughout the supply chain.
Currently, the Morinaga Milk head office, research institutes, plants under direct management, and production affiliates work under the ISO 14001 environmental management system in accordance with the following environmental policies.

Environmental Policy of the Morinaga Milk Group

Basic Philosophy

As a food company that aims to contribute to healthy and enjoyable lifestyles through offering unique products derived from advanced milk technology, the Morinaga Milk Group contributes to social sustainability by protecting the environment and preventing environmental pollution.

Basic Policy
  1. We set objectives for our activities for environmental protection and the prevention of environmental pollution throughout the total lifecycles of our activities, products, and services. By reviewing those goals on a regular basis, we continuously improve our environmental management system.
  2. We properly manage compliance with environmental laws and regulations and our environmental commitments.
  3. We assess and respond to not only the impact of our business activities to environment, but also the impact of the environment to our business activities.
  4. We address the following priority environmental management issues:
  5. This policy is disseminated to all employees and released to the public outside the company.

Est. October 1993
Rev. April 2019
Yohichi Ohnuki
President and Representative Director
Morinaga Milk Industry Co., Ltd.


ISO 14001 environmental management system

Morinaga Milk Sustainability Committee meetings, which are chaired by the president, are held twice a year for monitoring and reporting on the progress of KPIs. In addition, Morinaga Milk implements PDCA cycles, with the general managers of the relevant divisions responsible for “Priority Issue: The Environment” and the general managers of the relevant departments responsible for promoting KPIs.
Additionally, in accordance with the ISO 14001 environmental management system, a management system was created that extends to each site/office, with the president overseeing the system. Each March, a report is made to top management.

*Scope of environmental management system
See Sustainability Data Book 2020 P.32 PDF PDF


Morinaga Milk announced an ESG-focused management in its 2019 Business Plan for the Next Medium Term and established KPIs for the environment, which is one of seven priority issues.
Even before the announcement of the Business Plan for the Next Medium Term, however, Morinaga Milk had its own Medium-term Environmental Plan in place.
As Morinaga Milk moves forward with this policy, progress made in the Medium-term Environmental Plan will be disclosed to the public via the KPIs in the Business Plan for the Next Medium Term.

Direction of activities KPIs
Expand environmental activities, which had been centered on manufacturing divisions, to all consolidated companies and all divisions Offices with ISO 14001 certification: ensure that all offices of consolidated companies have earned this certification by 2030 (1)
Understand Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions for the entire Group by FY 2021
Reduce environmental impacts from manufacturing processes Reduce CO2 emissions intensity:
Reduce 8% compared to FY 2013 by FY 2021
Reduce 20% compared to FY 2013 by FY 2030
Reduce 80% compared to FY 2013 by FY 2050
Reduce of food waste generation intensity:
Reduce 30% compared to FY 2013 by FY 2021
Reduce industrial waste emissions intensity:
Reduce 33% compared to FY 2013 by FY 2021
Reduce landfill waste:
Reduce annual emissions to less than 300t by FY 2021
Eliminate completely by FY 2030
Reduce amount of water used:
Reduce annual water use by 9% compared to FY 2013 by FY 2021
Reduce environmental impacts in the overall supply chain Calculate 6 of 15 categories of Scope 3 emissions by FY 2021
Promote use of environment-friendly containers and packages Weight of plastic packaging covered by the Containers and Packaging Recycling Law:
down 10% compared to FY 2013 (2)

Progress on main KPIs (corresponding to number on the table):

  • (1) Number of certified sites: 30
  • One site certified in FY 2019: the Metropolitan Regional Office became the first sales site to receive certification
  • (2) 15.9% reduction since FY 2013

Plastic Packaging

Many Morinaga Milk Group products use plastic packaging, therefore environmental pollution, including marine pollution, from plastic packaging is an important societal issue. But because plastic packaging also contributes to extending the shelf life of products and improving convenience of use, it is vital to maximize function in a wise way while minimizing environmental pollution.
With this basic standpoint, Morinaga Milk has established its Eco-package Guide, which sets out design guidelines for environment-friendly containers and packages. This guide serves as the basis for implementing the 3Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle) from the product planning and development stage, and for the development and improvement of containers and packages that are safe and easy to use. The original 2005 guide was fully updated in 2018 and checks based on the Japan Standards Association’s JIS Z0130-2 (Optimization of the packaging system) are done for new product releases using the Containers and Packaging Environmental Confirmation Sheet.* In this way, Morinaga Milk can confirm whether appropriate environmental considerations are being given by looking at matters such as the role of each packaging component and whether there is leeway for further reductions.
Additionally, a Plastic Measures Subcommittee was created in FY 2018 under the Plastic Measures Subcommittee under the Sustainability Committee (formerly the CSR Committee). The subcommittee considers matters regarding reducing plastic container usage and adopting the use of biomass plastics.
As for cooperation with external parties, Morinaga Milk works with various industry groups and participates in the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry’s Clean Ocean Material Alliance (CLOMA) and the Ministry of the Environment‘s Plastics Smart Forum to more effectively tackle plastic waste issues.
Examples of how Morinaga Milk has improved containers and packages to be more environmentally friendly are provided on the company website; put forward as case studies by membership-based organizations such as the Japan Food Industry Association, the Japan Dairy Industry Association and the Japan Soft Drink Association; and provided as information to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries’ Plastic Resource Recycling Action Declaration, the Ministry of the Environment’s Plastics Smart, and Keidanren’s Contributing to the UN SDGs through Measures Addressing Plastic Waste Issues.
Under the new Business Plan for the Next Medium Term, the goal by 2021 is to reduce the weight of plastic containers and packaging subject to the Containers and Packaging Recycling Law by 10 percent over FY 2013 levels. In FY 2019, Morinaga Milk reduced its use of plastic in containers and packaging by 15.9%.

* Containers and Packaging Environmental Confirmation Sheet
When developing products, Morinaga Milk uses this confirmation sheet as a checklist for the environmentally conscious design of containers and packages. The checklist has 11 items such as “volume reduction at disposal” and “simplified packaging.” When an item is not checked off on the list, the reasons and issues for this become shared knowledge that can be used for the next round of development.

Sustainability Data Book 2020

See “Sustainability Data Book 2020” for details.