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2015 Activities and
Environmental Data

At the Kumon Group, we promote the assessment and reduction of the environmental burden resulting from our business activities, and promote forest preservation in accordance with our Environmental Policy.

In fiscal year 2015, we continued efforts to reduce electricity usage and paper usage, and to increase paper recycling at each Group company.

Consequently, the environmental data of the whole Kumon Group in 2015 shows that electricity usage was 106.3% of the previous year, while paper usage was 99.6% and paper recycling was 93.9%. Although we see an increase of 6.3% in electricity usage, we managed to reduce paper usage somewhat.

In addition, in order for anyone to be able to see the environmental data of the whole Kumon Group and of Group companies and offices anywhere at anytime, we implemented an environmental data management control system. Through the visualization of our environmental data, we promote efficient management and raise staff awareness of environmental issues.

  • *The reporting period is the fiscal year 2015 (April 1, 2015 – March 31, 2016), but the environmental data and activities also include data from outside this period.
  • *Regarding electricity usage, the following locations are not included in this report:
    KNA Region: North America Headquarters New York Tri-State Office, Manhattan Office, New Jersey/Pennsylvania Office, Washington, D. C. Office, Detroit Branch Office, Seattle Office (USA); Montreal Office, Vancouver Office (Canada)
    KAO Region: Bandung Office, Surabaya Office (Indonesia)
    KEA Region: Manchester Office, Bristol Office , Glasgow Office, Birmingham Office (UK),Dublin Branch (Ireland)

Electricity usage

The Kumon Group promotes the reduction of electricity usage to contribute to reduction of greenhouse gases and to prevent global warming.

We have promoted simple activities that we can implement in our everyday work, such as adjusting the temperature of air conditioning, turning off lights when areas are not in use, and putting PCs on power saving mode to save energy. Moreover, in Japan, we have also promoted energy saving, both in hardware and software, by implementing LED lighting and thorough control of air conditioning in the Kumon Kyoiku Kaikan (head office building).

Electricity usage rose in Japan by 10.6% in FY2015. This was due to the fact that Kumon Educational Japan was merged into Kumon Institute of Education and the amount of office space used in comparison with FY2014 increased. There was a 6.3% increase for the Kumon group as a whole.

We encourage all staff to redouble their efforts to save electricity.

  FY 2011 FY 2012 FY 2013 FY 2014 FY 2015
14,320 14,244 13,777 13,111 13,937
Y/Y(%) - 99.5 96.7 95.2 106.3

CO2 emissions

The majority of greenhouse gases emitted by the Kumon Group are generated by electricity usage. Therefore, the volume of our CO2 emissions is calculated based on our electricity usage.

Since the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, CO2 conversion coefficients are increasing in Japan due to the replacement of nuclear power generation with thermal power generation.

Through our efforts in reducing electricity usage, we have increased emissions by 7.4% compared with 2014 over the whole Kumon Group.

*The CO2 conversion coefficients used are the latest for each country as listed in CO2 Emissions from Fuel Combustion by the International Energy Agency (IEA). As the figures were disclosed only after our count, we retroactively corrected the data to the coefficients of the concerned fiscal year.

  FY 2011 FY 2012 FY 2013 FY 2014 FY 2015
CO2 emissions
7,176 7,565 7,305 6,910 7,420
Y/Y(%) - 105.4 96.6 94.6 107.4

Paper usage

As the Kumon Group uses a large amount of paper for worksheets, etc., we promote the reduction of paper usage to preserve forest resources.

We have promoted the computerization of documents, paperless meetings, double-sided printing, and optimization of the layout of documents.

Paper usage in Europe and Africa fell by 18.0% and was reduced by 0.4% for the Kumon group as a whole.

  • *We calculate paper purchase volume as paper usage volume.
  • *In FY 2012 paper usage amount was changed to be equal to the paper purchase amount for business locations in Japan. The graph therefore shows data for the three years from 2012.
  FY 2012 FY 2013 FY 2014 FY 2015
Paper usage
(millions of sheets)
67.9 69.7 71.2 70.9
Y/Y(%) - 102.7 102.1 99.6

Paper recycling

The Kumon Group promotes the collection and recycling of copy paper used at offices as much as possible.

Each RHQ places recycling boxes for collection and recycling of used copy paper.

In 2015, compared with 2014, paper recycling increased in North America and in South America.

Over the whole Kumon Group, there was an decrease of 6.1% compared with 2014. This was 1.6 times higher than the 2011 figure.

In the future we will further promote the recycling of used paper. We will strive to use FSC, PEFC, etc. environmentally friendly certified paper.

  FY 2011 FY 2012 FY 2013 FY 2014 FY 2015
Paper recycling(t) 460.7 618.1 758.4 766.9 720.4
Y/Y(%) - 134.2 122.7 101.1 93.9
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