ASICS RELEASES 2021 SUSTAINABILITY REPORT Reduced CO2 emissions by 28.0% (direct operations) and 19.7% (supply chains), thanks to increased use of recycled polyester
〔KOBE, Japan (June 15, 2022) 〕– ASICS Corporation, a true sports performance brand, today released its 2021 Sustainability Report, which summarizes the company’s progress towards mid- and long-term sustainability goals. Embedded in our VISION 2030 and medium-term plan, ASICS’ sustainability framework encompasses two main pillars – ‘People’ and ‘Planet’ – each driving sustainability actions in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations.
Key results for 2021 are a 28.0% reduction in CO2 emissions from our direct operations and a 19.7% reduction across our entire supply chain (compared to 2015 baselines) thanks to to an increase in the use of recycled polyester up to 30%.
Yasuhito Hirota, President, CEO & COO, Representative Director of ASICS, said, “As a large sporting goods company with a large workforce and global manufacturing, we recognize and take responsibility for our impacts. Sustainability is central to ASICS VISION 2030, which sets out the long-term goals of the business we aspire to be.
We invite you to read this report and explore our progress in 2021 as we continue our journey to net zero by 2050.”
・Consumers and communities
In a bid to uplift one million minds worldwide, ASICS launched the Mind Uplifter*1 on World Running Day, June 2, 2021. It is the world’s first live study on the impact of movement on the mind. We invited people to visit minduplifter.asics.com to capture their Mind Uplift.
In 2021, ASICS invested over $409,897 in community contributions and in-kind donations to worthy causes around the world. As part of this program, ASICS has partnered with Right To Play*2, an international organization that uses the transformative power of sport to educate and empower children facing adversity around the world.
*1 Spirit Breeder:
*2 Right to play:
In 2021, the percentage of female managers increased by 1.17% worldwide to reach 33.7%. ASICS is committed to achieving a female representation ratio in leadership and management positions of at least 35% globally by 2023.
・Our supply chains
To protect the employment, wages and health and safety of our suppliers’ workers during the Covid-19 pandemic, ASICS continued in 2021 to pursue responsible purchasing practices. Along with these activities, ASICS has promoted self-monitoring at partner factories to track the status of pandemic countermeasures.
To address forced labor and migrant worker issues, ASICS has reviewed the situation on the ground throughout our supply chain and continued to operate a grievance mechanism that provides workers with a channel to raise concerns. .
To promote transparency, ASICS continued to disclose the list of factories with the distribution of migrant workers.
ASICS recognizes more than ever that to enable a healthy mind in a healthy body, we need a healthy earth. We were honored to represent our industry in the COP26*3 Business Leaders group and called on our peers through the World Sporting Goods Industry Federation to do more to reduce their environmental impact so that together we can achieve global climate change goals.
*3 COP26 (Conference of Parties)
The annual United Nations climate conference attended by countries that are signatories to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
・Recycled Polyester Gains
We are progressing towards shifting 100% of the polyester we use from conventional to recycled polyester and have reached over 30% in 2021. Additionally, ASICS has increased the use of recycled polyester across all product categories consistently and wide. Overall, 90% of new running shoes included recycled materials. We’ve also incorporated textile waste into our products, including the GEL-NIMBUS LITE 3. Sportstyle shoes have incorporated waste recycled materials into unique ‘patchwork’ designs, and we’ve launched football boots made from sustainable materials. . Our Earth Day Pack, launched in April 2021, used approximately 5 tonnes of recycled textile waste across the entire collection.
Our circular economy efforts were showcased on the world stage during the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics. As part of the ASICS REBORN WEAR project, the official sportswear we produced for the Olympic team of Japan were made from recycled clothing donated by people across the country.
・Green procurement campaign, 100% renewable energy in Japan
ASICS has developed our new Green Sourcing Policy which we plan to roll out to our strategic footwear suppliers over time to prioritize purchasing footwear products from sustainable suppliers who meet the standard we have set for their performance. environmental, such as setting an ambitious climate target and planning for a renewable energy source. energy.
We significantly expanded the scope of our renewable electricity contract in Japan. Starting this year, all ASICS-owned offices in Japan – including ASICS Headquarters, Institute of Sports Science and ASICS Japan Corporation Headquarters – are now powered by 100% renewable electricity. We have also made progress in the supply of renewable electricity in Europe.
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The ASICS 2021 Sustainability Report is structured according to the GRI Standard’s sustainability reporting guidelines. The company’s separate GRI Index table will be published online in June 2022.