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2020 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.

As basic environmental actions continuing on from FY2020 the Kumon Group made efforts to reduce its usage of electricity and paper and to increase the amount of paper put out for recycling.

In Japan, we are promoting workstyle creation as an initiative to realize diverse ways of working, value creation, and productivity improvement for all staff. As part of this initiative, we have been digitizing documents and improving work efficiency. This has led to a significant reduction in the amount of paper used. In addition, the increase in telework due to the spread of COVID-19 has also led to a reduction in electricity and paper consumption.

Kumon Group environmental data for FY2020 in comparison with FY2019 were: electricity usage = 82.7%, paper usage = 42.4%, and paper recycling = 90.3%.

As a countermeasure against COVID-19, we introduced online study and sent masks and disinfectant to Instructors and Centers in Japan and overseas in an effort to control the spread of infection.

The reporting period is the FY2020 (April 1, 2020 – March 31, 2021), 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:
Manhattan Office, Washington, D. C. Office, Detroit Branch Office, Seattle Office, Boston Office, Atlanta Office, Dallas Office, Houston Office, Metro Long Island
Montreal Office, Vancouver Office, Toronto Office
Warehouse (logistics)
KAO Indonesia:
Bandung Office, Surabaya Office
New Zealand:
New Zealand Office
Hong Kong China Headquarters
Glasgow Office
Dublin Branch

Electricity usage

The Kumon Group is promoting the reduction of the usage of electricity in order to reduce of production of greenhouse gases in order to slow global warming.

We engaged in many daily activities such as adjustment of air conditioning temperatures and turning out lights in areas that are not being used, setting of personal computers on energy saving mode, etc.

In fiscal year 2020, Kumon South America will reduce its electricity consumption by 44.2%, Kumon Europe and Africa by 30.4%, and Kumon Japan by 15.3% compared to fiscal year 2019 as a result of each Group company's proactive efforts to switch to LED lighting and upgrade air-conditioning equipment, as well as office reorganization in Japan.

The Kumon Group as a whole reduced electricity usage by 17.3%. We will continue to implement energy saving activities.

We will continue to promote energy saving activities.

Year 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Electricity usage
14,110 13,200 12,413 11,901 9,847
Y/Y(%) 101.5 93.5 94.0 95.9 82.7

CO2 emissions

The majority of greenhouse gases emitted by the Kumon Group are generated by electricity usage. Therefore, we work on the reduction of our CO2 emissions by promoting the reduction of our electricity usage.

Compared to fiscal year 2019, the Kumon Group as a whole was able to reduce CO2 emissions by 17.5% in fiscal year 2020, but the basic unit (CO2 emissions/sales) increased by 4.4%.

*The CO2 conversion coefficients used are the latest for each country as listed in “Emissions Factors 2020” 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.

Year 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
CO2 emissions
6,876 6,289 5,970 5,767 4,755
Y/Y(%) 101.5 91.5 94.9 96.6 82.5

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 been promoting the digitization of documents, paperless meetings, printing on both sides of paper, and compact usage of paper, etc. In addition, paperless operations have been advanced due to the increase in teleworking, digital reporting, and the digitization of FAXs etc.

Compared to fiscal year 2019, paper usage in fiscal year 2020 was reduced by 80.7% in Kumon South America, and by more than 50% in Kumon North America, Kumon Asia & Oceania, Kumon Europe and Africa, and Kumon Japan.

For the Kumon Group overall, paper usage was reduced by 57.6%, and the consumption rate (paper amount/sales) was reduced by 46.2%.

  • *Paper purchase volume calculated as paper usage volume
Year 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Paper usage
(millions of sheets)
69.2 63.9 51.9 41.6 17.7
Y/Y(%) 97.7 92.3 81.2 80.2 42.4

Paper recycling

Each Kumon Group company promotes recycling, by placing paper recycling boxes to collect used copy paper as much as possible.

Headquarters in Japan collects recyclable material on a regular basis and puts it out for recycling.

The amount of paper put out for recycling by the Kumon Group fell by 9.7% in FY2020as compared to FY2019.

Year 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Paper recycling(t) 968.9 1223.3 1030.6 937.1 846.1
Y/Y(%) 134.5 126.3 84.2 90.9 90.3
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