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Aiming to realize a society with “people and planet as one,” we will contribute to the health of the Earth by acting with due consideration to conserving the environment in all aspects of our corporate activities.

Environmental materiality

Basics efforts

Message from the chief officer

Since its founding in 1935, Yakult has been engaged in corporate activities that aim to contribute to the health and happiness of people around the world. Today, 40 million bottles of our dairy products are being consumed every day in 40 countries and regions around the world (fiscal 2020 results).

As a corporate group growing our business globally, we are truly happy to be able to contribute to the health of countless people throughout the world.

But at the same time, these activities have had significant impact on the environment. We needed to find ways to reduce the increasing burden our business growth has placed on the Earth. To date, the Yakult Group formulated the Yakult Basic Policy on the Environment in 1997, established and implemented environmental action plans, and has been promoting environmentally responsible business activities.

The impact of greater economic activity on the global environment, particularly on the issue of climate change, has been growing at an alarming rate in recent years. With such a pressing situation, countries and companies around the world have begun taking action.

Under these circumstances, we created the Yakult Group Environmental Vision to work toward achieving our goal of uniting people and planet as one. Our ideal vision for the future is set out in the Environmental Vision 2050, which details our plans for a value chain with zero environmental impact by aiming to achieve net-zero carbon emissions (in scopes 1, 2 and 3) by 2050.

To realize this vision, we have also established both Environmental Targets 2030 for medium-term milestones and Environmental Actions (2021-2024) for short-term milestones.

Of the six material themes identified by the Group, these lay out our targets on climate change, plastic containers and packaging, and water, and represent our plans to explore all possibilities, including collaboration with governments and other companies, to achieve these targets.

The entire Yakult Group will work as one to take on the challenge of improving sustainability with the aim of creating a society with people and planet as one.

Masao Imada
Director and Managing Executive Officer
Divisional General Manager
Management Support Division

For details, see “Environmental Activities Report” of the Yakult CSR Report