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YKK is constantly pursuing the creation of a sustainable society through all our business undertakings. At the core of all our corporate activities is the philosophy of YKK founder Tadao Yoshida, the Cycle of Goodness®. The idea of the Cycle of Goodness® that ‘no one prospers without rendering benefit to others’ clearly expresses the YKK Group’s corporate spirit of continuing to prosper together with society, customers, related industries, and employees, and we consider it to be a concept that fosters sustainability. Under the Cycle of Goodness®, YKK will address the essence of sustainability through our business practices and products and will continue to tackle environmental challenges in order to remain a socially upstanding company.
YKK is constantly contributing to a sustainable society. The foundation of our corporate activities is the Cycle of Goodness® philosophy of YKK founder Tadao Yoshida. This philosophy clearly expresses YKK’s desire to prosper together with society, customers, related industries, and employees, and is a concept that is highly compatible with sustainability. The founder repeatedly conveyed the essence of this corporate philosophy to employees, speaking of it in various ways. It even continues to remain at the center of company activities to this day, more than 80 years later.
Business is like building a bridge
I don’t think that a business will prosper unless it is both profitable and also contributes to the world and is useful to human society. Nothing brings more happiness than when we can contribute to the local industry and the local economy, thereby enriching the lives of local people. YKK’s “bridges” that bring abundant civilization to developing countries and new affluence to developed countries will continue in the future.
— July 1965
Manufacturing like clear spring water
Like a wonderful fountain, it bubbles forth, rich and authentic. This 8is true abundance. The important thing is not to waste valuable resources. Then it will be a great product.
— January 1984
If we make use of our ingenuity, even our waste can be a great resource
The first thing we should do is think about how to better deal with waste from our own neighborhoods and implement those ideas together. If we continue digging for underground resources, cutting down trees, catching fish, and increasing oceans where fish can’t live as we are doing now, it will mean the destruction of humanity.
— January 1971
The strength of the forest is greater than the trees
Some trees are thick with experience and age, others are young and thin. There are tall trees and short trees. We work well together, not under the control of anyone, using our strengths and abilities according to our individuality.
— July 1970
In October 2020, we formulated the YKK Sustainability Vision 2050, which sets numerical targets for the Fastening Business from the 2019 YKK Group Environmental Vision 2050. As part of this, we have categorized our objectives under five themes: climate change, material resources, water resources, chemical management, and respect people, and are carrying out activities that will contribute to achievement of the 2030 SDGs as well as carbon neutrality by 2050.
carbon neutral by 2050
reduce water use & increase wastewater recycling
reduce chemical usage by new production methods
100% sustainable textile materials by 2030
ensure safe fair workplaces throughout our supply chain
Sustainability Journal: A Little Book about Creating Big Change
What does a little zipper have to do with saving our great, big planet? The answer is, a lot! As one of the world’s largest zipper manufacturers, YKK is protecting our environment by ramping up sustainability efforts across the entire company as well as by benefiting employees, communities and the thousands of apparel companies that use YKK fastening products. From offering products made with recycled ocean-bound plastic to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050 to supporting local schools, YKK believes that from small parts come big benefits. As you flip through this journal, enjoy these stories of hope and celebrate the positive change we can create together.
YKK Fastening Group CSR Committee
With this organizational structure, YKK can successfully respond to social trends and customer requests and collaborate with our company and suppliers to promote sustainable manufacturing. Furthermore, by disclosing information with transparency, we are able to maintain accountability and contribute to the advancement of our corporate values as well as those of our customers.