In 2019, Asics achieved a 27.9 percent reduction in CO² emissions per pair of shoes during the manufacturing process as compared to 2015 baseline levels, exceeding the 10 percent target that the company had set for itself by 2020. This is the headline result in Asics’ 2019 Sustainability Report, which has just been released. This year marks the final year of Asics’ five-year strategic plan, but the company said it has already started setting new sustainability objectives toward 2030, in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). For example, Asics aims to switch 100 percent of the polyester used in its products to recycled polyester by 2030. In 2019, the company developed a recycled polyester roadmap for each product category and accelerated the use of recycled polyester in new products under development. From 2020, it expects to begin increasing the proportion of recycled polyester in the company products overall.
In July 2019, Asics launched a new packaging policy to reduce waste generated at the retail and consumer level. The policy sees the company commit to eliminating single-use plastic throughout the supply chain, and where plastic is necessary, by switching to eco-friendly substitutes. In line with this policy, Asics has also committed to changing the main material it uses for its shopping bags at all directly managed stores from plastic to paper by the end of 2020. In July 2020, the company plans to introduce a new, more sustainable shoebox that features water-based rather than oil-based ink.