The Nikken Foods Group promotes ongoing initiatives based on our corporate sustainability statement to help realize the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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The Nikken Foods business was established to utilize conventionally disregarded food by-products to create natural flavors. Our current corporate goal is to provide not only Japanese, but individuals worldwide, with opportunities to experience health and natural flavors through the 1,000+ products currently manufactured at our 3 global locations.
Nikken Foods seeks to contribute to global food needs through production of natural flavors used in retort-packaged foods (which have excellent shelf life), canned foods, and other processed foods, powdered beverages, and functional ingredients.
Nikken Foods participates in the World Food Programme (WFP), winner of the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize. We endorse the principles and activities of the WFP, the food assistance branch of the United Nations, which works to eradicate hunger.
GOOD HEALTH AND WELL-BEING
Nikken Foods is a Certified Health and Productivity Management Organization and maintains ongoing initiatives to promote the health of our employees.
Nikken Foods manages a JAS-certified organic farm on headquarter premises. We use the harvested seasonal organic vegetables in our employee cafeteria and offered for sale onsite, promoting the health of our employees and their families.
One of Nikken Foods’ certified dieticians works with in-house staff to plan cafeteria meals as well as manage every aspect from ingredient orders to preparation and serving. The healthy and delicious buffet-style meals help promote employee well-being.
In 2014, the Japanese Red Cross awarded Nikken Foods with the Golden Order of Merit in appreciation of the twice-annual blood drives sponsored by the company, and in 2020, Shizuoka Prefecture recognized Nikken Foods with a commendation from the governor. These initiatives supporting health and medical well-being are ongoing Nikken Foods activities.
Nikken Foods maintains a gymnasium and table tennis facilities which are freely available to, and popular with, employees as a means of refreshment and to benefit well-being.
Nikken Foods supports iPS cell research as a source of expedited novel treatments for patients suffering from intractable diseases or painful injuries.
Nikken Foods welcomes students from local elementary, junior high, and senior high schools, as well as pupils from special-needs schools and faculty for company tours, offers internships, and dispatches employees to teach integrated-learning classes at local elementary schools. These activities help us communicate the company’s role in the supply chain which sustains the food business and share the joy of dining and the value of food manufacturing to the regional children who represent the next generation.
Some 300 distance learning courses are made available to employees. Our Human Resource Educational System subsidizes half—or all—of the cost of many self-improvement courses, providing the foundation for employees to enhance their potential on a voluntary basis.
Nikken Foods supports the Top Gun Education System which seeks to unite local industry, government and academia in an effort to develop talented human resources with dreams and ambitions, preparing them to be active on the global stage.
Several times each year, Nikken Foods conducts food and nutrition education, bringing in employees and their families to enjoy harvesting vegetables from the organic farm on headquarter premises.
The Nikken Foods Corporate Statement on a Gender-Equal Society is registered with Shizuoka Prefecture, within which corporate headquarters is located.
CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION
Nikken Foods has installed systems to pump underground water and to purify water (private water supply) as part of the corporate Business Continuity Plan (BCP). These water initiatives are designed to afford manufacturing continuity during a disaster as well as to provide local residents with a secure water supply.
Nikken Foods seeks to protect ecosystems and biodiversity and maintains a verdant headquarter site inhabited by innumerable creatures, enriched by a stream of flowing spring water and a regulating pond.
AFFORDABLE AND CLEAN ENERGY
In 2013, Nikken Foods installed a cogeneration system (generator) on headquarter premises, resulting in a comparative 9.6% reduction in the corporate carbon footprint, with a further 1.2% comparative reduction in the corporate carbon footprint achieved following a switch to LED lighting in 2018. A newer cogeneration system is scheduled to begin operation in 2021, yielding further anticipated reductions in energy consumption.
The cogeneration system will afford business continuity during power outages occurring during disasters, but will also benefit regional residents, who will be able to recharge mobile devices onsite during power outages.
DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH
In 2018, Nikken Foods was identified as one of the Companies Driving Regional Growth by the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) in recognition of corporate potential as an influencer in the regional economy, and as a central player or future contender in the regional economic value chain.
INDUSTRY, INNOVATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE
In 2013, Nikken Foods incorporated a subcritical water extractor which extracts active ingredients under high temperature and high pressure. After developing this subcritical water technology for retrieving active ingredients as solvents, we began utilizing it to produce new products and applied for a patent.
An in-house ethics review committee was established in 2020 in order for Nikken Foods to begin clinical trials supporting its functional ingredient development business.
SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES
In addition to its compliance with laws and standards pertaining to noise and vibration, soot/smoke, smell, and sewage, Nikken Foods additionally conducts independent periodic monitoring to ensure that the environment surrounding corporate factories remains protected.
Ugari Cave Tumulus, dating back 1,300 to 1,700 years, are located and preserved on the premises of Nikken Foods corporate headquarters. They are a focal point for on-site strolls as well as for factory tours conducted for local students.
RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION & PRODUCTION
Tea leaves used in the manufacture of powdered beverages are fermented and repurposed as compost for the on-site organic garden. Recycling waste matter facilitates sustainable organic garden management.
The natural umami (“savoriness”) and dashi (broth) extracts are used in the manufacture of powdered and liquid flavors. Most of the raw materials used in our umami component extraction methods are processed through hot water extraction without use of chemicals, a manufacturing process reducing the environmental burden and yielding products with natural umami.
In 2011, Nikken Foods transitioned from Bunker A (heavy oil) to liquid natural gas (LNG) to reduce CO2 and support corporate BCP. An LNG tank was situated within our headquarter factory grounds, enabling a comparative 23.1% annual reduction in the corporate carbon footprint.
LIFE BELOW WATER
Every year, the headquarter factory discharges 170,000 cubic meters of water which is purified in an on-site activated slush process that decomposes organic matter using microbes. We also monitor river effluent to ensure adherence to agreed standards per our environmental partnership agreement with Fukuroi City focusing on prevention of air and water pollution.
LIFE ON LAND
Nikken Food’s longtime desire to create factory grounds “resembling a park” was finally realized, and, in 2017, the company was presented with the Chairperson’s Award from the Japan Greenery Research and Development Center. Trees, seasonal flowers, and natural beauty reflecting the four seasons can be enjoyed on the verdant premises. Nikken Foods also contributes to local employment through its utilization of the Silver Human Resources Centre for grounds maintenance.
PEACE, JUSTICE AND STRONG INSTITUTIONS
In 2021, Nikken Foods formulated a new corporate Human Rights Statement. As the Group proactively expands overseas, Nikken Foods strives to provide healthy and rewarding worksites, asserting corporate respect for the human rights of stakeholders at overseas sites and in all the regions in which it conducts business, while repudiating modern forms of slavery such as child labor and forced labor.
PARTNERSHIPS FOR THE GOALS
Nikken Foods organizes a regular clean-up day in the environs surrounding the headquarter factory as part of its community outreach.
The baseball grounds located on the corporate premises are made available to local youth sports teams and employees of Nikken Foods to contribute to health and QOL.
Nikken Foods collaborates with public universities and colleges in Shizuoka Prefecture to support innovation in new technology and product development through industry-academia partnership.
Nikken Foods shares compost from recycled tea leaves with local elementary students and farming families, and offers use of its parking lot during local school events.
Nikken Foods is an active member of the local chamber of commerce, and participates in —as well as volunteering to clean up following—firework and other festivals in Fukuroi City.