Sustainable Development GoalsHow X PLUS is tackling Sustainable Development Goals.
X PLUS has dedicated itself to tackling the SDGs established by the United Nations General Assembly. We are aiming to build a better future and comprehensively solve the issues faced by the world from three different angles.
- Social development issues such as poverty and hunger
- Economic growth issues such as the responsible consumption of energy and resources, improving the work environment and eliminating inequality
- Environmental issues such as those related to the global environment and climate change
X PLUS's Primary Focus
There are many issues that the world is facing and X PLUS is determined to take these issues head on. That is why we have chosen several major issues that we here at X PLUS feel we must work to help solve.
We are working on a variety of projects and regularly carrying out in-house seminars in order to tackle these major issues together.
|A Healthy Business Infrastructure (G)||Cultivate a honest and fair business culture (Corporate philosophy)
Human rights, health, effort and growth of employees (Corporate philosophy, reformed work style, gender and racial equality)
Increased production (Reformed work style, digitalization)
Following ethical business practices and compliance related policies
|Global Environment (E)||Environmental protection, reducing impact on the environment (materials, product development, reducing unnecessary waste)|
|Peace of mind, safety and reliably (S)||Ensuring the quality and safety of our products and managing them responsibly (improve quality and output
Hospitality towards our business partners, suppliers and colleagues (partnerships, corporate philosophy), efforts towards cooperative business
The Efforts of X PLUS
The Credo of X PLUS acts as its foundation and as a guide. It helps each employee of X PLUS make decisions that allow them to conduct themselves according to our corporate philosophy and ethically. All employees attend regular research seminars where they have an opportunity to discuss and reflect how they are growing as a member of X PLUS with the credo in mind.
Our growth and drive comes from our passion, expertise and way of thinking. In other words, can you make what you love your job?
Just twenty years ago, one single employee wished to turn his love of figurines into a business of bringing figurines to others. Several individuals with the same passion and ambition have come together at X PLUS and have grown this business to become one of X PLUS's main pillars.
Creating a comfortable work environment
Our multinational work force representing seven different countries plays an active role in promoting a culture that values principles such as gender quality, allowing for an environment where individuals have more job opportunities and chances to freely share their passions and demonstrate their abilities.
Employees are provided with options to work in a way that fits their circumstances such as taking paternal leave or even shortened work hours.
We offer various ways to work with us based on the circumstances of each and every individual, whether its teleworking or taking advantage of flex-time, we're aiming to create an environment that allows our employees to look forward to a brighter future.
Together with the aim of encouraging employees to proactively choose a work style that works best for them, X PLUS has adopted a "free desk" system for thirty years that encourages employees to sit where they feel they can work and communicate most effectively.
We've been able to automate tasks such as the collection of large amounts of data through the adoption of RPA technology. This allows us to leave the simple, repetitive tasks to software-based robots so that we can reduce overtime, work on more creative projects and increase production.
Sustainable material development using eco-friendly materials
|Organic Cotton||Cotton produced on the premise that its production follows a social model that focuses on reducing the impact caused by chemical products to health and the environment, considering the health and safety of workers, and bringing an end to child labor.|
|Jute||Good for Mother Nature, excellent breathability and durability. Jute is gaining a reputation as an eco-friendly material thanks to its ability to absorb large amounts of CO2 from the atmosphere during photosynthesis.|
|Recycled Cotton||Recycled cotton is thread that has been created by collecting, mechanically breaking down and re-spinning discarded scraps and defective materials from cotton mills and sewing factories. It's characterized by the fact it needs less water and CO2 since it has already been dyed thus eliminating the need to go through the dyeing process again.|
|Recycled Polyester||Polyester fiber which has been fabricated using plastic sourced from discarded items such as plastic bottles. An eco-friendly material that can reduce waste and the use of oil.|
|Vegetable Tanned Leather||Leather that has been tanned using tannins extracted from plants. Disposing of the water used is simple and it is also environmentally and people friendly since chemicals are not used during the tanning process.|
|Recycled Leather||A material created from leftover leather and scraps that have been collected, broken down and hardened with resin into a sheet. Not only can it reduce waste, it can be even more cost effective than natural leather.|
|Recycled Materials||Until now, we've been placing products at shopfronts that used hooks made from plastic materials but we have successfully developed special hooks that are made from recycled leather when making our products.|
|Bio-mass Packaging||In addition to the products themselves, we've also turned our attention to the packaging we place our products in and have started using bags made from PLA packaging which is biodegradable.|
OCS (Organic Content Standard)
The OCS certification covers the production, manufacturing, and management of products. We are able to accurately track the entire creation process (in the factory, processing plant, warehouse), from harvesting the materials to when the certified products have been made by using materials that have received an organic agriculture certification. This certification adheres to the regulations that cover organic production methods set forth by the ECC overseen by the EU and the NOP in the United States.
It is a standard in the industry that guarantees products are systematically managed to prevent contaminants or other materials from being introduced into the product and that all products contain the required level of organic fiber.
This certification covers two categories: OCS Blended which covers products which contain at least 5% organic fiber and OCS 100 covers products which are made up of at least 95% organic fiber.
GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard)
This is a standard meant for products made using organic fiber while keeping both the environment and our society in mind. The fiber products covered by this standard include the intermediate products such as yarns and fabrics all the way to clothing, accessories, home textiles, bed products and personal care products.
GOTS is a comprehensive standard that clearly lists certification requirements such as certified materials and their traceability, restrictions and limits regulations on chemicals used, separation and identification, environmental management, residue limits and social scale.
This certification has two types: Organic products which contains over 95% certified organic fiber and Made with Organic products that have been made from at least 70% certified organic fiber. The natural fibers, chemicals and compound fibers that make up 5% of an Organic product and 30% of a Made with Organic product are regulated as well.
GRS (Global recycled standard)
GRS is an international product standard with requirements that have been carefully decided by various third parties (certifying institutions) affiliated with manufacturing and distribution process management, social and environmental practices, chemical substance regulations.
GRS is composed of two types: post-consumer products which come from PET Bottles and have been processed and turned into yarn and pre-consumer products that are made from scraps produced during the manufacturing process.
In addition to the inspection (traceability) of the ingredients that make up the product (both the final product and intermediate ingredients), consideration of social responsibilities (work environment and ethics) and environmental responsibilities (wastewater management, energy consumption, etc.) , proper chemical substance management (disposal of treatment chemicals that include harmful compounds), societal issues such as such as work hours, the various types of harassment are also taken into consideration when a product is being considered for certification.
In order to tackle the issue of excessive packaging, we have eliminated parts of our packaging by rethinking the individual wrapping that was simply part of the product. We have made strides in reducing our plastic waste and amount of paper used by eliminating the plastic window on the package and coming up with a new package design that minimizes its size.
By using high-end design software, we can reproduce the finer details of fabrics such as how see-through it will be and can easily change the patterns and even the fabric. As a result, we've been able to reduce the need to create a sample two or three times down to just one time.
With the addition of 3D printers, we've been able to implement a "smart factory" for creating samples which has allowed us to greatly reduce the number of times a mold needs to be produced and the amount of time required in order to produce new samples.
We can anticipate that we will reduce the amount of CO2, paper, materials, water and energy used by decreasing the amount of times we need to make a product.
We're working to quickly respond to the concerns of the world and have worked to shift from a time where air shipping was the norm to avoiding air shipping on principle in order to reduce the amount of CO2 emissions generated by X PLUS.
We have been working to reduce our carbon footprint as well as the time and physical demands of business trips put on our employees through the early adoption of video conferencing, allowing us to carry out almost seamless communication with our partners and affiliates overseas.