Environment management

more eco more smile

In April 2010, we defined our environmental vision as "more eco more smile," including our promises in four areas of activity. In line with this vision, we are working to expand the scope of our environmental efforts through our business activities, products, and services in order to contribute to the realization of a sustainable society.

More eco more smile: our environmental vision

All of us in the Recruit Group recognize that we are residents of an irreplaceable Earth. As such, all Group employees carry out their activities while giving full consideration to the environment. Our goal is to facilitate growth of this philosophy to create a world where as many people as possible can live with smiles on their faces. To this end, we work through our business activities, products, and services to extend the reach of our "eco smile" environmental preservation activities.

The four promises of our environmental vision

In strict compliance with environmental laws and regulations, we conduct activities in the following four areas to contribute to continuous improvements in the global environment.

  1. Eco-action through our business activities

    We actively strive to provide our customers and other stakeholders with information to enhance their environmental awareness via all of our business activities, products, and services. We also carry out quantitative measurements of our environmental preservation activities and the progress we make and report our findings publicly.

  2. Steps to prevent climate change

    We calculate our carbon dioxide output--not just the CO2 produced at our offices, but the emissions at all stages of our business activities' life cycle--and work together with our partners to reduce these emissions. By fiscal 2020, we aim to reduce overall emissions by 25% from fiscal 2008 levels.

  3. Recycling, pollution prevention, and biodiversity preservation

    We work to gauge every stage of the environmental impact of our offices and the entire life cycle of our business activities. Building on this knowledge, we actively work with our business partners to promote recycling, prevent environmental contamination, and preserve the world's biodiversity.

  4. Fostering employee eco-awareness and support for their actions

    We provide support so that all Recruit Group employees can enhance their awareness of the need to preserve the environment and give full consideration to the environment when taking action and making proposals during their daily lives and work activities.

Established April 1, 2010

Progress in our four promises

We report the progress of each project centered on the four promises in our environmental vision. The introduction of an environmental management system was an occasion for a more detailed breakdown of the specific actions in these efforts.

Environmental vision action plan Efforts Detailed activities
(1) Environmental activities through our services

Environmental activities through our services

  • Sharing of environmental information through feature articles and other means
  • Development of environmentally friendly products and services
  • Environmental preservation and other activities with client and customer participation
(2) Efforts to combat climate change

Companywide Efforts

Calculation and monitoring of carbon dioxide emissions and measures to reduce them

Activities in our print publications

Distribution efficiency and thorough management of the recycling rate for unsold/remaining publications

Activities in our net services

Data center integration
(3) Recycling, Pollution Prevention, and Biodiversity Preservation Efforts

Recycling & pollution prevention


  • Inscription of the recycling mark on all publications
  • Environmental efficiency indicators
  • Cooperation with suppliers in the papermaking and printing stages
  • Monitoring of environmental efficiency indicators
  • Participation in afforestation projects
(4) Fostering Employee Eco-awareness and Support for Their Actions

Promoting Ecological Awareness

  • Energy and resource savings in office activities
  • Energy and resource savings in setting up offices
  • Checks with compliance tests
  • Certification Test for Environmental Specialists

Certification as an eco-first company

On April 21, 2011, Recruit received certification as an Eco-First company for its leadership in environmental preservation in the information services industry. This certification comes under the Eco-First system established by Japan's Ministry of the Environment. As a company that provides a wide range of new value propositions and opportunities to society, we will continue to energetically make efforts to reduce the impact of our activities on the environment. At the same time, we will work through our business activities, products, and services to extend the reach of our "eco smile" initiatives to preserve the global environment.


More on Eco-First

The Eco-First System is a program to encourage companies to take efforts to be at the forefront of corporate environmental conservation in their industries. Companies express their commitment to environmental conservation efforts, such as measures against global warming or for reducing/recycling waste, to the Minister of the Environment, and certified companies are granted the use of the "Eco-First Mark."

ISO 14001 certification for our environmental management system

To make steady progress on the four promises in our environmental vision, we implemented an ISO 14001 environmental management system at the Tokyo headquarters of Recruit Co., Ltd. in March 2011. Together with annual internal audits, we undergo a review by external examiners to update our certification. The most recent update was in March 2014.

We strive to assess the environmental impact of our products and services throughout their life cycles as well as the impact of our business activities that produce these products and services. Based on a thorough understanding of this impact, we take the necessary steps to comply with environmental laws and regulations. We have also crafted a framework to promote these actions, drafted the Recruit Environmental Management Guidelines, set concrete goals in our four areas of activity and plans to achieve them, and created a system to carry out regular checks of our progress in these areas. We will continue pursuing these actions based on our environmental vision.

ISO 14001 certification in Japan

  • Recruit Holdings
  • Recruit Career
  • Recruit Jobs
  • Staff Service Holdings
  • Staff Service
  • Techno Service
  • Recruit Staffing
  • Recruit Management Solutions
  • Recruit Sumai Company
  • Recruit Marketing Partners
  • Recruit Lifestyle
  • Recruit Communications
  • Recruit Administration
  • Recruit Technologies

ISO 14001 certification internationally

  • Advantage Resourcing UK

Reducing environmental impacts from offices

Recruit Group began vigorously implementing ecological activities in company offices in fiscal 2009, with a focus on offices in Japan. Today we continue educational activities for the entire Recruit Group with the Group General Affairs Department taking a leading role. Examples include educational posters on elevator hall displays and restroom walls to show specific efforts being made in the Group. These posters use many illustrations for easy understanding. We also put notices asking employees to save energy and avoid wasteful use of paper in our in-house magazine, Suka 2. This magazine is used for employee education, such as on professional behavior, and to introduce company events.

At our main offices in Gran Tokyo South Tower, lights automatically go off at 8:00 pm, 10:00 pm, and 1:00 am to save energy. During the daytime, floors that receive good sunlight use this natural light for office lighting during hours when it is bright outside. We also conduct energy- and resource-saving activities across our locations nationwide, focusing on everything from conference rooms to copy machines.

Eco- and resource-friendly office design

The Recruit Group makes frequent organizational changes and personnel moves in response to changes in the external environment. These department and personnel transfers, movements, and layout changes require considerable electricity and other energy in addition to labor and money. To save in all these areas, we arrange sets of common furniture and fixtures in fixed arrangements, using these layouts so that it is only the people who need to move during organizational and personnel moves. This kind of office setup is in place at locations nationwide to reduce environmental impacts and increase office responsiveness to external change. At the same time, we actively promote green purchasing when purchasing office supplies, giving priority to products with the smallest environmental impact.

We also actively conduct activities to save resources in our regular office activities, including paperless meetings and reductions in office paper use within the company.

A paperless meeting.
Signs encouraging resource-saving practices.
A poster urging reduction in office paper use (Kansai office).

Raising awareness with compliance tests

An annual compliance test given to employees includes items related to the environment to check the knowledge and awareness of each person.


Certification test for environmental specialists

To promote knowledge acquisition regarding the environment and raise awareness among employees, we encourage them to take the Certification Test for Environmental Specialists sponsored by the Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry. We have also established a system to give congratulatory money gifts to employees who pass the test. So far a total of 291 employees have acquired this certification (as of June 2015).