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KAO Environmental Reports 2020

KAO Green Initiatives

At Kumon, what we care about most is each individual child, it is with this in mind that Kumon Asia & Oceania (“KAO”) has been making efforts to open Centres in new areas and in new countries so that more children could have the opportunity to study with the Kumon Method. And, for the same children we care, we view the preservation of the global environment an area we cannot afford to neglect.

Hence in all our business activities, KAO endeavour to reduce the usage of Electricity and Paper and thus the CO2 emissions, and encourage Paper Recycling so as to reduce the organisational impact on the natural resources. We have launched Environmental Management (“EM”) efforts to reduce non-essential printing, power management, recycling. We measure our efforts using the following indicators.


Annual Usage Statistics


The efforts to reduce Electricity Usage made by Kumon Asia & Oceania (“KAO”) member countries had paid off in FY2019. Total electricity usage registered was reduced despite more Learning Centres and offices were in operation during the year. Still, KAO will continue to practice energy-saving practices such as turning off lights when not in use, installing energy saving light bulbs and using motion sensors where possible.

Electricity usage in 2018     1,754,757 kWh
Electricity usage in 2019     1,672,964 kWh


KAO members have always been conscientious in making efforts to reduce paper usage. Examples of the effort include printing documents in a page, changing to smaller fonts, printing multiple-pages into 2 pages on 1 sheet, duplex printing etc. In general, the paper usage went down from 4.67 million sheets to 4.23 million sheets.

Paper usage in 2018     4,671,208 sheets
Paper usage in 2019     4,229,597 sheets

Paper Recycling

Paper recycling is a major area where KAO countries are putting in efforts to save the environment. Awareness has been raised through recycle paper collection boxes in the office to constantly remind staff to recycle paper where possible. Signs and posters are placed by some office building management to remind everyone to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. The result for FY was encouraging, recycled paper increased from 21.48 kg to 22.58 kg.

In 2018     21,476 kg
In 2019     22,583 kg
CO2 Emission

CO2 is the primary greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming and electricity usage is one of the main sources of CO2 emission. Efforts are being made to decrease CO2 emissions whenever possible. With efforts put in by everyone, CO2 emission was down by 3.6%.

In 2018     1,128 t-CO2
In 2019     1,087 t-CO2


Example of environmental efforts in KAO

Kumon India Education Private Ltd of KAO embraces GO GREEN, SAVE GREEN through electronic recycling and going digital.



Through electronic waste recycle we save energy, reduce pollution, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save resources by extracting fewer raw materials from the earth.  It can be used to make new products.

Benefits of Electronic waste recycle

  1. Reduces consumption of fresh raw material by making raw material available for re-use
  2. Reduces amount of e-waste going to landfills
  3. Reduces consumption of energy by minimising product development lifecycle
  4. Reduces or stop pollution caused by informal processing of e-waste
  5. Eliminate contamination of land and water by avoiding exposure of hazardous substance present in e-waste

Going Digital – proposal form and leave application form

It saves unnecessary wastage of papers and time. Time spent filing, organising, and searching for paper documents is time that could be spent on more productive tasks. Digitised documents are stored in a central repository, which is basically a well-organized digital filing cabinet where all of your documents live. Going digital improves process efficiency, saving you money.