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Introduction

Last Updated: 2017.05.30
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Introduction

We depend on nature to produce clothes of the highest quality. Respecting the natural environment is vital to our business success. In our journey to create a sustainable business that works in harmony with the natural world, we have committed to minimizing our environmental impact, eliminating waste, and continuously searching for ways to create more value from fewer resources.

Commitments

  • Measure and minimize environmental impacts in all processes across the supply chain.
  • Show leadership by collaborating with stakeholders, including industry groups and NGOs.
  • Communicate with customers through our store and product messaging and retail staff.

Material issues

  • Chemicals & toxics
  • Environmental management system
  • GHG emissions & climate change
  • Water use

An environmentally conscious business

The Fast Retailing Group has established an environmental policy to reduce the various impacts its business activities have on the natural environment and to actively address global environmental challenges. Fast Retailing sets clear targets to drive action. The first target was set for UNIQLO stores in Japan, which Fast Retailing operates directly. Beginning with a review of store designs and materials sourcing policies, Fast Retailing aims to reduce CO2 emissions per floor area 10% by the end of fiscal 2020 (compared to fiscal 2013).

Production accounts for one of the largest environmental impacts in the Fast Retailing Group supply chain. Fast Retailing measures this impact at major fabric mills. After joining the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) in September 2014, Fast Retailing reviewed its measuring program and is making improvements to promote more effective and efficient conservation efforts across the industry. We are also advancing a project to completely eliminate emissions of hazardous chemicals from the entire product lifecycle by January 2020.

As an SPA*, Fast Retailing is deeply involved in each process in its supply chain and will continue to work with partner factories and other stakeholders to reduce environmental impacts.

* The SPA (Specialty store retailer of Private label Apparel) business model incorporates the entire clothes-making process from procurement of materials, product planning, development and manufacture through distribution and retail to inventory management.

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