LIXIL makes pioneering water and housing products that make better homes a reality for everyone, everywhere. A better home is made up of surprisingly simple things – showers and faucets to experience water in new ways; kitchens that unleash creativity; toilets that provide cleanliness and comfort; doors and windows that connect you with the world outside; interiors and exteriors that bring spaces to life; baths to escape in after a long day. Born in 2011 through a merger of five of Japan's most successful building materials and housing companies, we draw on our Japanese heritage to create world-leading technology and innovate to make high quality products that transform homes. Today, we're a global enterprise with approximately 55,000 employees in more than 150 countries worldwide, having expanded internationally by acquiring some of the most trusted names in our industry, including GROHE and American Standard. But the LIXIL difference isn't what we do or where we do it, it is how we do it. We combine meaningful design, an entrepreneurial spirit, a dedication to improving accessibility for all, and responsible business growth to make things that matter – to people, to communities, and to the world we live in.
LIXIL is made up of many individual brands, each in a different way, but all with the same purpose to make a better home a reality for everyone, everywhere. Our LIXIL brand portfolio includes Global Product brands such as INAX, GROHE and American Standard, Product Brands in Japan such as EXSIOR and Specialties such as COBRA and DXV.
We are proud that our products touch the lives of more than a billion people every day but believe we have the potential to do so much more.
Environmental mission and strategy (ESG)
With the desire to help people live in harmony with the Earth, we are committed to continuing our efforts to be environmentally sound in every aspect of our businesses activities.
Environmental Management System
We are strengthening group-wide management systems to reduce environmental risks that we seek to address in our Environmental Vision 2050 and expand the environmental benefits that we offer to society.
- Our Approach
In 2019, LIXIL updated its Environmental Vision to contribute to improving people’s comfort and lifestyles and a better future for our global environment. We will do this by reducing environmental impacts in all business processes from raw materials procurement through the end-of-life of products. Based on the 2050 vision, we aim to achieve net-zero carbon emissions and preserve water and natural resources in operations, housing and lifestyle solutions for future generations to become a leading company in environmental sustainability.
Realizing the Environmental Vision will require building an effective group-wide framework, which includes an environmental philosophy, code of conduct, and a management system. To lay the foundation for environmental target setting, monitoring, and information disclosure, we established and began implementing LIXIL Environmental Sustainability Principles and Performance Data Reporting Guidelines in 2016. By developing these frameworks and foundations, we are uniting the entire group of companies in reducing environmental risks and realizing the Environmental Vision.
Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
We have set out to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions from business processes, products, and services across our organization.
- Products & Services: Conserving Energy and Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
LIXIL aims to reduce CO2 emissions to net zero by 2050 and realize its Environmental Vision through the provision of environment-conscious products and services.
Over 90% of CO2 emissions generated during the lifecycle of LIXIL products and services occur during the product use stage. We are taking steps to reduce these emissions and mitigate climate change by improving home insulation to reduce heating and air conditioning demands, reducing the energy required to supply hot water, using renewable energy in product and service development, and utilizing IoT. We are also helping people adapt to climate change by providing solutions for disaster preparedness and indoor heatstroke prevention, for example.
As a leading company in water-related products, we create environmental value for water through water conservation, water circulation, and water purification technologies.
- Products & Services: Enhancing the Water-Saving and Water-Purification Features
In order to help realize a circular economy as set out in our Environmental Vision, we provide solutions for using water resources sustainably while also creating additional environmental value for water. We do this by encouraging the use of water purification technologies and products and services that reduce water consumption, such as water-saving toilets, water faucets, and smart water controllers.
We promote the company-wide sustainable use of raw materials across the entire lifecycle of our products, from procurement through production, end use, and product disposal.
- Products and Services: Saving and Recycling Resources
We promote circular manufacturing across the group as part of the drive to achieve our Environmental Vision. We do this by using recycled raw materials, designing for durability and reuse, making functional parts of existing products replaceable and upgradable, and expanding our offering of products as a service.
Management of Chemical Substances
LIXIL strives for appropriate management of chemical substances and reduction of substances of concern across all of its business processes.
- Our Approach
Since the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) agreed to aim to ensure “that chemicals are used and produced in ways that lead to the minimization of significant adverse effects on human health and the environment” by 2020, we have witnessed a strengthening in chemical management worldwide. Across all of its business processes, LIXIL has also been seeking to appropriately manage chemicals and reduce substances of concern that can negatively impact human health and environment, helping to resolve environmental pollution issues and improve people’s comfort and lifestyles.