YKK Reports 20% Decrease in GHG Emissions

Press Release


YKK’s 2021 integrated report showcases progress toward achievement of climate neutrality by 2050.

YKK Corporation has released “This is YKK 2021,” an integrated report which highlights the company’s progress on medium-term management strategies, value creation aimed at long-term sustainable growth, and sustainability initiatives. The information is presented as a narrative woven around the YKK Philosophy of the “Cycle of Goodness” and management principles that have been passed down within the company since the days of its founder, Tadao Yoshida. In April 2021, YKK underwent global restructuring to better achieve the goals of its new Mid-term Business Policy, “Sustainable growth under the new normal.” “This is YKK 2021,” which reports both financial and non-financial information and the mid- and long-term aims of YKK's Fastening Business, is part of the company’s efforts under this new policy to further engage with stakeholders.

Detailed data about YKK’s progress on ESG goals has been published in a supplemental “Data Book.” The Data Book showcases YKK’s progress on the YKK Sustainability Vision 2050, the company’s roadmap for achieving climate neutrality by 2050. Targets were set for five themes – climate change, material resources, water resources, chemical management, and respect people. FY2020 achievements include:


Climate Change

  • 20% reduction in Scope 1, 2 GHG emissions (from a 2018 baseline)

  • 36% reduction in Scope 3 GHG emissions (from a 2018 baseline)

  • Greenhouse gas reduction target for FY2030 certified by SBTi as aligned with “1.5°C target”

Material Resources

  • 88% increase in sales of NATULON® series of recycled zippers (year-on-year)

  • Landfill waste reduced by 2,700 tons (year-on-year)

  • Production recycling increased to 82.3%

Water Resources

  • 18% reduction in total water intake by all manufacturing sites (year-on-year)

Chemical Management

  • Strengthened in-house standards and surveyed 792 suppliers on their compliance

  • Completed renewal of OEKO-TEX® certification for YKK® products at 40 companies

  • Expanded AcroPlating®, a new propriety plating technology for brass that eliminates the harmful chemicals used in traditional electroplating

About YKK

YKK solves the most complex fastening and attaching challenges. Since the company’s founding in Tokyo in 1934, YKK has continuously set industry standards for quality, innovation, and sustainability in the production of zippers, plastic hardware, hook and loop fasteners, webbing tapes, and snap and buttons. YKK’s “solutions-first” approach leverages its extensive product and machinery portfolio, engineering expertise, and integrated production, service, and supply chain solutions in 70+ countries/regions, leaving it well-positioned to support the growth of customers of all sizes and adapt to their evolving business needs. Guided by the “Cycle of Goodness ®” philosophy – no one prospers without rendering benefit to others – YKK aims to contribute to a sustainable society through its products and manufacturing operations and constantly seeks new ways to serve the changing needs of its customers while at the same time investing in its employees and giving back to its communities.


This press release was published in Yahoo! News December 1, 2021. YKK is a SPESA member.


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