2. Initiatives to Reduce Waste

Initiatives to Reduce Waste

How to efficiently use limited resources is an important issue for the KADOKAWA Group. By improving conventional business processes, the Group will lead to a reduction in waste.

Effective Use of Paper Resources Through Optimization of Book Manufacturing and Distribution

The Group reduces the number of returned unpurchased books from bookstores by drafting optimal production plans based on  demand. The Group is also working to accurately understand demand such as through utilizing technology with the digitalization of orders from bookstores. This has led to a reduction of 3,394,000 book copies, which is 1,557.7 tons of paper in FY2020.

The Group will work towards reducing returned unpurchased books  and the effective use of paper resources through a wide range of measures, including starting an initiative to present incentives for bookstores in response to reductions in returns.

Reductions in Workload and Paper Resources in Editing

The Group introduced tablet devices in some of the editing departments, promoted improvements in rules with partner companies (printing companies), and made it possible to complete proofreading in the PDF format for comic magazines and some books. As a result, printing documents on paper to check in the proofreading process was reduced at the editing departments, leading to reductions in workload and draft paper. In FY2020, about 50,000 pieces of A3 size paper and 140,000 pieces of A4 paper were reduced for proofreading.

Shifting to a Paperless Office Through Digitalization of Paper Resources

The Group implemented a paper output optimization project and reduced paper used in printing and copying following improvements in office working styles starting in 2015. Assigned seating was changed to Open seating in the office in 2018 and digitalization of paper resources previously used was advanced. In 2019, the Group introduced digital payments and an electronic approval system. As a result, KADOKAWA reduced its annual paper output from 30 million sheets in FY2014 to 12 million sheets in FY2019 and down to 6 million sheets in FY2020, which also includes the impact of employees shifting to remote work in response to COVID-19.