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YKK reports 18.2% decrease in GHG emissions

Published: December 10, 2022

‘This is YKK 2022’ integrated report showcase progress toward achievement of climate neutrality by 2050 

 YKK Corporation has released ‘This is YKK 2022,’ the company’s annual integrated report on medium-term management strategies, value creation aimed at long-term sustainable growth, and sustainability initiatives for YKK’s fastening business. The theme of this year’s report is ‘YKK’s Purpose’ as told through a message from the president of YKK Corporation, executive dialogs, and employee voices. ‘This is YKK 2022’ also includes the company’s progress during fiscal year 2021 under the five themes of the YKK Sustainability Vision 2050, the company’s roadmap for achieving climate neutrality by 2050. Highlights are as follows: 

Climate Change 

  • 18.2% reduction in Scope 1, 2 GHG emissions, 15.1% reduction in Scope 3 GHG emissions (from a FY2018 baseline) 
  • 11 plants worldwide operating on 100% renewable energy (increase of one plant, year-on-year) 

Material Resources 

  • Sustainable materials (such as recycled or plant-derived materials) used in zipper textiles increased to 13% (up 7 points year-on-year) 
  • Sustainable packaging usage increased to 3.3% (YKK JAPAN Company Kurobe Manufacturing Center completed the switchover of major interior packaging materials in July 2022) 
  • Landfill waste reduced by 272 tons year-on-year 
  • Waste resource conversion rate increased to 87% (up 3.7 points year-on-year) 

Water Resources 

  • 7.5% reduction in total water intake by all manufacturing sites (from a FY2018 baseline) 
  • Implemented wastewater management using voluntary control standards stricter than government regulations 

Chemical Management 

  • Revised YKK Restricted Substances List and completed audit of all 1,204 suppliers on their compliance 
  • Renewed OEKO-TEX® certification for YKK® fastening products 
  • Developed paints with reduced toluene and xylene for use on main products 
  • Expanded lineup of products produced with YKK’s new eco- friendly AcroPlating® technology, which eliminates 100% of cyanide, chromium, selenium, and other harmful substances. The volume of products made with this technology increased 75% for zippers and 48% for snaps and buttons (year-on-year). 

Respect for People 

  • Implemented YKK Global Criteria of Compliance self-checks at all applicable locations 
  • Confirmed that suppliers comply with basic trading principles in accordance with OECD guidelines. Regular status checks and evaluations conducted via CSR questionnaire audits. 

Detailed data about YKK’s progress on ESG goals and financial information is disclosed in a supplemental ‘Data Book.’ ‘This is YKK 2022’ and the ‘Data Book’ are available on the YKK Corporation website at

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