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Environmental Load Reduction in Our Offices

Initiatives for Achieving Environmental Goals

The Resona Group has obtained ISO14001 certification* for its environmental management system. Under this system, each year the Group sets environmental goals and works to meet those goals using a Plan, Do, Check, Act cycle.

  • *Sites with ISO 14001 certification: Resona Holdings Tokyo Head Office Building, Resona Group Osaka Head Office Building, Saitama Resona Bank Head Office Building, OBP Building.

Establishment of environmental management targets

Resona Bank, Saitama Resona Bank, and Kansai Mirai Bank appoint environmental promotion leaders at each department of their head offices. Departments at each of these companies have established their own targets on environmental conservation in the areas of new product development, customer engagement, and employee education, based on which they are implementing proactive initiatives.

Mid-term CO2 emissions reduction targets

By replacing elderly facilities with energy efficient facilities, we achieved a 28.7% reduction in fiscal 2019 from the fiscal 2013 level, surpassing our target. We will continue to curb CO2 emissions.

  • *Scope 1 and Scope 2 CO2 emissions of the Group's banks calculated following the standards of regular reporting per Japan's Energy Saving Act.
  • *CO2 emissions from the use of fuel by company-owned vehicles are calculated simply using annual average gasoline prices for Japan and emissions figures published as annual fuel costs.

Energy Conservation and Global Warming Prevention Activities

We are working to reduce our electricity usage by consolidating systems, raising operational efficiencies and implementing leave work early days using RPA, and introducing energy efficient LED lighting. We are also working to reduce our gasoline usage by switching company-owned vehicles to hybrid vehicles as well as introducing fuel cell vehicles and electric vehicles into our fleet.

Leave Work Early Day at All Branches

The third Wednesday of every month is designated "Resona Environment Day" and we call on employees to leave work early on this day. Announcements are made using the office P.A. system at the head office building of each Group company to encourage officers and employees to actively take part in this initiative.

Fostering Employee Awareness of Environmental Issues

The Resona Group holds SDGs training for all employees using e-learning and also video-based training on climate change, in order to raise employee awareness about social issues, including environmental issues.

With this strong awareness of each and every employee we are able to appeal the importance of the SDGs to our customers as well. We distribute copies of the brochure entitled "The SDGs for Beginners!" at all of our sales offices to provide an outline of the SDGs and convey the Resona Group's initiatives in a straightforward manner, including why environmental and social issues are important, as an initiative for educating a broad audience about social issues including climate change. In our corporate banking activities, we hold dialogue with our corporate customers using "The SDGs Greatly Impact Companies Too," which presents the impacts social and environmental issues have on companies and the risk of exclusion from supply chains.

Reduction of Paper Usage and Green Purchasing

Banks use vast quantities of paper as part of their business operations. The Resona Group continues to work on the digitization of documents with the reduction of paper usage as an important theme of focus.

In FY2019, we digitized the regulations for ordinary savings accounts, saving around 4.32 million sheets of A4 paper. Also, from FY2020 we switched the disclosure method of our Disclosure Magazine (Data Edition) to electronic means, which we expect will save around 2.27 million sheets of A4 paper annually.

From the perspective of our commitment to green purchasing, we promote the use of eco-friendly paper, including that made from thinned timber and forest certified paper for various brochures and posters. At the same time, we have switched to recycled paper and eco-friendly paper compliant with green purchasing methods for copier paper used for work purposes at divisions and branches, and adopt printer ink toner with carbon offsets.

In addition, we promote the use of eco-friendly materials for novelty goods that we hand out to customers. We have switched the plastic bags used to contain novelty items to biomass-derived materials and switched the Resonya Clear File Folder novelty item to a blend of more than 70% recycled materials.

Utilization of Green Electricity

Resona Holdings uses green electricity to power its shareholder meetings by using the green electricity certificate mechanism. Through this initiative, we seek to reduce environmental impacts associated with the shareholder meetings and also provide an opportunity to foster awareness about environmental issues among shareholders in attendance.