BANDAI SPIRITS の SDGs

To connect “Dreams, Fun and Inspiration” to the future To connect “Dreams, Fun and Inspiration” to the future

Taking responsibility as a company that provides “Dreams, Fun and Inspiration”,
BANDAI SPIRITS contributes to achievement of the SDGs by engaging in CSR activities.

The SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) are a collection of 17 global goals to be achieved by the year 2030, included in “The 2030 Agenda
for Sustainable Development” adopted by the United Nations.

On this page, we will introduce the main initiatives by BANDAI SPIRITS, taken in light of the SDGs, the global standards.

Main initiatives taken by BANDAI SPIRITS

Here are the 8 out of the 17 goals that we are making special efforts to achieve at BANDAI SPIRITS.

  • QUALITY EDUCATION
  • AFFORDABLE AND CLEAN ENERGY
  • DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH
  • INDUSTRY, INNOVATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE
  • REDUCED INEQUALITIES
  • RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION
  • LIFE BELOW WATER
  • LIFE ON LAND

Initiatives taken at the Bandai Hobby Center, the Plastic Model production base for BANDAI SPIRITS Initiatives taken at the Bandai Hobby Center, the Plastic Model production base for BANDAI SPIRITS

  • INDUSTRY, INNOVATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE

Development of sustainable, next-generation plastics Development of sustainable, next-generation plastics

We have developed KPS ([Kyouka] = reinforced, [PS] = polystyrene), a new plastic material boasting excellent strength and durability. Typically used in plastic models, KPS is tough yet flexible, and is paintable as well as recyclable. Before the development of KPS, scraps of ABS resin were separated from other materials, and disposed of as industrial waste. However, KPS can now be recycled together with other PS scraps from the factory. The amount of KPS used as an ingredient is increasing annually, and is expected to reach approximately 2,160 tons in fiscal 2030. Plastic models made from recycled plastic are available at the Bandai Hobby Center and THE GUNDAM BASE, under the name “ECOPLA”

BANDAI SPIRITS will continue to develop next-generation plastics.

“ECOPLA”, Gundam plastic models made with “KPS”, a new recyclable material is increasing annually, and is anticipated to reach approximately 2,160 tons in 2030.
  • KPS pellets KPS pellets
    KPS pellets
  • Runners made with KPS Runners made with KPS
    Runners made with KPS
  • The amount of KPS used as an ingredient zoom
    The amount of KPS used as an ingredient
  • AFFORDABLE AND CLEAN ENERGY
  • INDUSTRY, INNOVATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE

Multi-color molding machine that reduces the power consumption and amount of raw materials Multi-color molding machine that reduces the power consumption and amount of raw materials

Multi-color molding is a technology developed by BANDAI SPIRITS, which enables the molding of up to four different materials in up to four colors at the same time.

The multi-color molding machine has revolutionized plastic models, making it easy to assemble them for great results. It also contributes to reducing two major environmental impacts.

1.Reduced power consumption

Each of the latest model of electric multi-color molding machines requires 60% less power annually when compared to the first model.

2.Savings on material resources

Compared to when multi-color molding machines were not used, the consumption of material resources has been reduced by approximately 24 tons (in fiscal 2019).

Multi-color molding machine
Multi-color molding machine
  • Reduction of the outer runner by multi-color molding Reduction of the outer runner by multi-color molding
  • A plastic model runner produced using a multi-color molding machine
    A plastic model runner produced using a multi-color molding machine
  • RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION

Reduced excess runner materials through the pursuit of design ingenuity Reduced excess runner materials through the pursuit of design ingenuity

While still maintaining product quality, various efforts are being made to minimize the amount of plastic materials used for the “runner”; the frame surrounding the various parts that will be left after the plastic model is assembled.

In pursuit of design ingenuity, we are making efforts such as making the runner diameter as small as possible, and omitting the outer frame runner.

In fiscal 2019, we made the runner identification badge smaller to reduce the amount of raw materials, while enhancing its visibility through deeper mold engraving.

This improvement of identification badges has reduced the annual consumption of plastic by approximately 70 tons.

At the Bandai Hobby Center, we thoroughly analyze the plastic resin flows. Based on the analysis results, our expert craftsmen produced molds for improved runner designs.

runner
(Left) The runner of a product launched in 1980 (Right) The runner of a product launched in 2020
  • DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH

Meister System Meister System

We have introduced the Meister System at the Bandai Hobby Center, to ensure that future generations inherit the skills of our expert craftsmen who have valuable techniques for plastic model production.

The title of Meister is awarded to employees with undisputedly outstanding techniques who are eager to improve their own expert knowledge and skills, and are also willing to train and mentor their successors. This is to motivate the employees to improve together, as well as to offer our customers superior quality products.

  • Product Meister Toshiyuki Osuga
    Design and Development Team, PLASTIC MODEL KIT, BANDAI SPIRITS Co., Ltd.
    Product Meister Toshiyuki Osuga
  • QUALITY EDUCATION

Community-based educational activities Community-based educational activities

At the Bandai Hobby Center, we host factory tours mainly for children from local elementary, junior high, and high schools.

As well as the production process for plastic models, the visitors can also learn about the environmental initiatives we are taking to become a green factory.

In addition, as part of the “Hobby City Shizuoka” project which promotes creative education, we offer on-site classes at elementary schools in Shizuoka prefecture.

Our employees explain the processes involved in the planning, development and production of plastic models, and then assemble plastic models with the students, in order to familiarize them with the manufacturing at BANDAI SPIRITS, and thus increase their interest in local industries.

* While construction work is ongoing at the premises, factory tours at the Bandai Hobby Center are not currently available for safety reasons. Updated information is provided on the Bandai Hobby Center official website.

  • Bandai Hobby Center1
  • Bandai Hobby Center2
    Exhibition space within the Bandai Hobby Center
  • AFFORDABLE AND CLEAN ENERGY
  • LIFE BELOW WATER

Environmental resources management Environmental resources management

1.Equipped with solar panels that generate about 5% of power used in the factory

Large solar panels installed on the outer walls of the BANDAI HOBBY CENTER are capable of generating more than 56,000 kWh of solar energy annually. About 5% of power used in the factory is supplied by the solar panels.

At the Bandai Hobby Center, we also use LED lighting that consumes little electricity.

  • Equipped with large solar panels
    Equipped with large solar panels
Store and filter 2,000 tons of rainwater per year for toilet flushing

The stored rainwater and well water are filtered through purification equipment at the rainwater storage facility in the factory basement which boasts a storage capacity of two tons, and are then recycled for flushing toilets in the factory.

With this system, approximately 2,000 tons of water is being recycled annually.

  • Rainwater and well water recycling system1
  • Rainwater and well water recycling system2
    Rainwater and well water recycling system

Other initiatives taken by BANDAI SPIRITS Other initiatives taken by BANDAI SPIRITS

  • DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH
  • REDUCED INEQUALITIES

Improved working environment Improved working environment

[An employee-friendly working environment]

Various systems have been introduced to create a work environment where the employees can achieve a good work-life balance.

To enable employees to commit to parenting with peace of mind, we have adopted systems to allow flexible working styles, such as childcare leave, flextime, shorter working hours. We have also introduced maternity payment systems to support childbearing and parenting.

In addition to parenting, we have also introduced other support systems that allow employees to take leave, work shorter hours or flextime when necessary, due to family circumstances such as if they ever need to look after family members, for example.

[Factory audit]

At least once a year, all our final packing factories that produce BANDAI SPIRITS products, undergo audits. This includes the factories where production has been continuous, as well as the new ones that we are just starting business with.

These audits not only verify the manufacturing system (e.g. measures against product tampering) and compliance with laws and regulations, but also ensure that workers’ rights (e.g. equality in employment conditions, prohibition of forced labor and child labor) set by the international labor organizations of the country are protected. The workplace safety measures (e.g. fire equipment, emergency evacuation routes) are also inspected.

Through these efforts, we maintain a fair, safe and hygienic working environment at every BANDAI SPIRITS factory, in Japan and abroad.

  • Factory audit (inspection of fire equipment)
    Factory audit (inspection of fire equipment)
  • RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION
  • LIFE ON LAND

Package optimization efforts Package optimization efforts

[Reduction of paper packaging for figures]

Instruction manuals for some figures are printed directly on the packaging instead of the conventional way of printing on separate paper, resulting in reduced paper usage.

As another effort to reduce paper usage, we have started to print the background design for the figure directly inside the package, instead of on cardboard that has conventionally been used.

These efforts have led to a reduction of 2.4 tons of paper per year, compared to when the instruction manuals and the background designs were printed separately. (Anticipated in fiscal 2020)

  • The instruction manual printed on the package
    The instruction manual printed on the package
  • Products with the background design printed directly on the box without using any cardboard (right)
    Products with the background design printed directly on the box without using any cardboard (right)
[Reduced plastic packaging for figures]

We are reviewing the use of blister packaging, a cushioning material made of transparent plastic (PET), for the “Ichiban Kuji” figures, and making efforts to switch to cardboard cushioning.

  • The packaging specification has been renewed for the “Ichiban Kuji” figures, which are typically available at convenience stores.
    The packaging specification has been renewed for the “Ichiban Kuji” figures, which are typically available at convenience stores.
[Reduced use of disposable plastic containers]

Drinks in clear plastic water bottles are available at “GUNDAM Café”, the official Gundam café run by BANDAI SPIRITS.

This has led to a reduction of about 1.1 tons of plastic waste per year, compared to when disposable plastic containers were used.

  • Drinks in clear plastic water bottles are offered at the café
    Drinks in clear plastic water bottles are offered at the café

To connect “Dreams, Fun and Inspiration” to the future, BANDAI SPIRITS will continue to carry out CSR activities and contribute to achievement of the SDGs.

Revised on September 24, 2020