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Initiatives to Eliminate the Release of Hazardous Chemicals

Last Updated: 2014.01.16
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Fast Retailing's Response to Greenpeace's Jan. 14 Report (January 16th, 2014)

On January 14, 2014, Greenpeace International released a report titled "A Little Story About the Monsters In Your Closet". The document claims that products purchased as samples at UNIQLO stores in Japan and the Philippines were found to contain hazardous chemicals known as nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs). The levels detected are entirely safe, and we remain committed to the Greenpeace Detox Solution we announced January 9th, 2013, regarding entirely eliminating hazardous chemicals from the production process and the whole product lifecycle, in conjunction with Greenpeace.

The Hazardous Chemicals Screening Methodology (October 1st, 2013)

FR has disclosed the details on its hazardous chemicals screening methodology.

APEO Investigation Results (June 28th, 2013)

FR has disclosed its investigation results on alkylphenol ethoxylates (APEOs).

Fast Retailing Discloses its Restricted Substances List (April 30th, 2013)

Fast Retailing has made its restricted chemical substances list public. FR requires its partners to comply with its standards on restricted chemical substances and tests for hazardous substances in products and wastewater. If any concerns are found as the result of testing, the source of the substances will be identified and countermeasures immediately implemented.

Fast Retailing Announces Further Steps Following January Greenpeace Detox Solution Agreement (March 5th, 2013)

Following its commitments announced in January this year, Fast Retailing today announces its steps toward developing substitution case studies and the intrinsic hazards screening methodology.

Fast Retailing Commits to Greenpeace Detox Solution (January 9th, 2013)

Following its August 2011 announcement regarding the elimination of hazardous chemicals, Fast Retailing today announced a renewed set of commitments toward removing hazardous chemicals from its textile production process and the whole product lifecycle, in conjunction with Greenpeace.

Fast Retailing's Response to Greenpeace's Aug. 23 Report (August 24th, 2011)

On August 23, 2011, Greenpeace International released a report titled "Dirty Laundry 2: Hung Out to Dry - Unravelling the toxic trail from pipes to products." This document claims that products purchased as samples at UNIQLO stores in Moscow, Tokyo and Hong Kong were found to contain hazardous chemicals known as nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs).

Greenpeace's report notes that "the levels of NPEs detected in all articles are not known to constitute any direct health risk to the wearers of the clothing." We agree with Greenpeace's conclusion on this matter.

Fast Retailing, in accordance with the policy it announced on August 12, 2011, will continue to pursue initiatives to reduce and eliminate the release of hazardous chemicals.

View "Fast Retailing Initiatives to Reduce and Eliminate the Release of Hazardous Chemicals" ( released on August 12)

Initiatives to Reduce and Eliminate the Release of Hazardous Chemicals (August 12th, 2011)

The Fast Retailing Group coordinates and maintains control over its entire business process, from planning, development and manufacturing to the distribution and sale of clothing.

As a company that is involved in the production and sale of apparel, we strive to understand the environmental impact of our business operations, including the manufacturing process. We are working to preserve the natural environment in an effort to continually reduce the impact of our business. We are keenly aware of the importance of reducing and ultimately eliminating the release of hazardous chemicals into the natural environment. In line with the precautionary principle, we remain committed to actively working to eliminate the release of hazardous chemicals into the environment through the entire life cycle of our products.

Fast Retailing demands that its business partners strictly comply with the UNIQLO Global Quality and Safety Standards. We drew these standards from the strictest existing safety guidelines in the jurisdictions in which we do business, including the United States and the European Union. We have also established a Code of Conduct that includes rules related to environmental concerns. Since 2004, we have monitored the sewing factories that we have partnerships with based on this code.

For the production of materials, Fast Retailing created the Environmental Guidelines for Fabric Production in 2010, which we use to monitor our production partners' management of industrial waste, effluents and chemicals.

As part of our future efforts, we plan to do everything possible to reinforce our interdepartmental projects, collaborate with other companies in our industry, work with NGOs, and strengthen our control standards and auditing systems, including our monitoring practices. For Fast Retailing, cooperation across the entire apparel industry is key to addressing the issue of eliminating the release of hazardous chemicals. By working with stakeholders, we will take the lead in addressing these concerns, so we can help to reduce the impact that our industry has on the environment.

And finally, we will continue to regularly provide progress updates on all of our initiatives through our CSR Reports and other announcements.

 

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