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Use of Certified Products

Basic Concept

Responsible procurement takes into account environmental and social impacts of purchased products and services, and certification programs assist purchasers in making purchasing decisions. The JAL Group compares sustainability standards of certification programs, sets a benchmark using an internationally-recognized third-party certification that follows strict requirements for environmental, social and governance factors, and safety for food, and promotes the use of certified materials.

Using FSC®-certified products

In September 2018, we began using FSC®-certified*1 goods for cabin service goods on board and in lounges, driven by our sustainable paper procurement policy. We currently use FSC® certified paper cups, paper hand towels, menu cards, paper straws (JAL has never used plastic straws), inflight magazines such as SKYWARD, wooden toys for children and sanitary goods such as paper hand towels. Going forward, we aim to use FSC®-certified products in all cabin service items offered onboard.
(Note) These details are written with prior approval under FSC® promotional license (FSC® N003038).

*1 FSC®(Forest Stewardship Council®) certification : An international forest certification program established in 1994, amid global issues of deforestation and forest degradation and rising environmental awareness among citizens. Based on opinions of interest parties gathered worldwide, forests are inspected and certified against strict standards of FSC’s 10 Principles of Forest Stewardship and 70 criteria that balances environmental, social, and economic factors. These inspections are undertaken by independent organizations. FSC offers two main types of certification : Forest Management (FM) certification which certifies careful and long-term forest management and Chain of Custody (CoC) certification which certifies the processing, manufacturing and distribution process of forestry products. JAL requests business partners in the supply chain to seek FSC CoC certification.

Using ASIAGAP certified products

In December 2018, we began using ASIAGAP certified*1 frilly leaf lettuce sourced through JAL Agriport*2 in select inflight meals in Business Class and Economy Class, in accordance with our sustainable procurement policy for agricultural products.
The lettuce producer, ASIAGAP-certified Wagoen Farm, is one of the largest plant factories in Japan where light, water, and air are fully artificially controlled. Since vegetables are grown in a completely closed environment, there is no need to worry about pests or disease or to use of pesticides. Vegetables stay fresh longer and so JAL customers can enjoy their crispness. Further, there is less food waste by reducing waste during cooking.

In addition to strawberries produced by JAL Agriport, tomatoes cultivated at certified farms located near Narita are used in inflight meals aboard departure flights from Narita. We feel this contributes to building deeper connections with communities and promoting local production for local consumption. Going forward, we will continue to use a variety of certified vegetables in our menus.

*1 ASIAGAP certification : A global standard for farm management which is given to farms that conform to many standards for food safety and environmental protection such as pesticide and fertilizer management.
*2 JAL Agriport : An agricultural joint venture with Wago Co., Ltd. Located in Narita, Chiba Prefecture, it operates tourist farms and sells private brand products. In November 2019, a JAL Agriport farm in Narita acquired ASIAGAP certification (Registration No. : A120000098).
JAL Agriport website(Japanese)Open link in a new window

Using sustainably sourced marine products

In June 2019, we introduced marine products sourced through AEON Co., Ltd.to select inflight meals in Business Class, driven by our sustainable procurement policy for marine products (wild-caught products and aquaculture products).In fiscal year 2020, we will offer a variety of sustainably sourced MSC certified*1 and ASC certified*2 marine products in our menus.

JAL became the first airline to acquire MSC certification*1 and ASC certification*2 in March 2020. We established a traceability management procedure at catering companies to ensure the use of responsibly managed marine products and created an operating procedure to ensure compliance.

Inflight meal using MSC certified and ASIAGAP certified products

The use of certified ingredients is a motivating factor for fisheries to engage in sustainable fishing and contributes to preventing illegal and excessive fishing, impacts on ecosystems, and social issues such as forced labor and child labor. We will continue to use and provide diverse certified seafood as ingredients with the cooperation of Aeon Co., Ltd.

*1 MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) : Operates a certification program that certifies environmentally sustainable and socially responsible fisheries and marine catch of those certified fisheries.
*2 ASC (Aquaculture Stewardship Council) : Operates a certification program that certifies marine products farmed at environmentally and socially responsible aquaculture farms.

Other initiatives

Serving sustainably sourced coffee

JAL CAFÉ LINES is an inflight service that aspires to serve the best tasting coffee on board. JAL was the first airline to serve sustainably sourced coffee in 2011. Currently, Rainforest Alliance-certified*1 coffee beans are used in Economy Class on all JAL flights.
In December 2018, we began serving Doi Tung coffee created by the Mae Fah Luang Foundation and MI CAFETO Co., Ltd. on JAL`s Bangkok route. Doi Tung coffee was the outcome of a project in impoverished mountain areas of Thailand to covert poppy fields grown for opium production into coffee plantations. The coffee was developed collaboratively by the Me Fah Luang Foundation, which tackles poverty in Thailand, and MI CAFETO Co., Ltd., which provided local guidance on coffee cultivation technologies.

*1 Rainforest Alliance certification:Indicates that a farmer has been audited and assessed as meeting standards required for environmental, social and economic sustainability.

Healthy and environmental amenities

Relaxing wear is offered in First Class for ultimate relaxation during the flight. It is made from 100% GOTS-certified*2 organic cotton, which comes from healthy and environmentally-friendly fields and gives a soft and comfortable texture.

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*2 GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard):An International organic fiber standard for producing products from organically cultivated materials in an environmentally and socially responsible manner. Criteria include certified raw materials and their traceability, prohibitions and restrictions on the use of chemicals, separation and identification, environmental management, residual limits, and social norms (development of work conditions and work environment, prohibition of child labor and workers' rights).

Ensuring the safety of toys

As children may put toys in their mouth, all novelty toys for children have passed the Japan Safety Toy Standard (ST Standard) test*3 conducted by a third-party testing lab. The ST standard certifies that the toys have been tested to comply with the Japan Food Sanitation Law and are designed to prevent children from accidentally swallowing them.

*3 ST Standard: A standard for toy safety in which toys are tested for mechanical and physical properties, flammability and chemical properties by a third-party laboratory. Upon successfully passing the test, the ST Mark may be placed on the product. The toy industry recommends toys bearing the ST Mark as toys carefully made to ensure safety.

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