SDGs initiatives

The purpose of Our Group is to create a society that allows each and every person to reach their potential through fulfilling work.
We align our business activities with this purpose and contribute greatly to Sustainable Development Goal 8, "Decent Work and Economic Growth".

8:.DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH

Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.

Our operating companies have policies and objectives for non-financial matters and we strive to increase our business value while carrying out initiatives linked to these policies.
Apart from including them in medium-term business plans, the initiatives will be mentioned in the integrated report (to be published in winter 2021).

Our Group also contributes to the achievement of other SDGs through the following initiatives.

SDG Goal SDGs targets and Our Group's initiatives
10. REDUCED INEQUALITIES
  • 10.2By 2030, empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status.

[Persons with disabilities] Our domestic operating companies promote the social and economic inclusion of persons with disabilities by consistently meeting the legally stipulated ratio of employed persons with disabilities under the Revised Act for Promotion of Employment of Persons with Disabilities (2.3% as of July 2021). Additionally, we continue to provide sustained contributions to projects that improve the autonomy of persons with disabilities.

[Race] Our domestic operating companies hire employees of different nationalities regardless of race. As needed, we also provide Japanese lessons and support for living and working in Japan. We have a department dedicated to the legal management and support for visa-related issues. All employees, regardless of race, work under the same HR policies and performance evaluation systems. Our companies have seen many engineers with foreign nationalities receive awards for their contributions. At our international branches in China and England, etc., we also have many foreign hires in accordance with local governments and laws. By doing so, we help develop international human resources and promote their social and economic inclusion.

12. ENSURE SUSTAINABLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION PATTERNS

Our Group's business activities revolve around human resources, which means that we have a small impact on the consumption of natural resources and on the environment. We do not operate within specific supply chains but by consciously choosing our suppliers and partners, we sustainably contribute to efforts to reach environmental targets and the SDGs.

  • 12.2By 2030, achieve the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources.
  • 12.4By 2020, achieve the environmentally sound management of chemicals and all wastes throughout their life cycle, in accordance with agreed international frameworks, and significantly reduce their release to air, water and soil in order to minimize their adverse impacts on human health and the environment.
  • 12.5By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse.

The purchasing of paper and plastic items and the printing operations at the offices of our domestic operating companies are overseen by the Administrative Supervisory Department. The use of environmentally-friendly items are strongly encouraged.
For example, we help protect forests by ensuring that all the paper in our photocopy machines is FSC certified (*1). Used paper is collected from the offices of our domestic operating companies (5t of paper and cardboard boxes were collected in 2020). For information management purposes, shredding and processing of paper waste are conducted in-house. The pulp is then converted to recycled paper. This process is performed by our employees with disabilities. The recycled paper is then turned into name cards, calendars, and other promotional materials. By doing so, we reduce our waste and contribute to the efficient use of resources.
The latest updates on these initiatives are reported in the integrated report.

Plants help create a clean and comfortable office space. Our Group contributes to the environment and in encouraging the autonomy of persons with disabilities by promoting the creation and recycling of office greenery using artificial flowers.
Using artificial flowers is one way Our Group controls and minimizes its negative impacts on the environment. Although many artificial flowers are made from petrol-based materials, less energy is used for its production and less methane gas is released from its disposal compared to fresh flowers and live decorative plants. The artificial flowers can also be reused if maintained properly.

*Please refer to "Hiring Persons with Disabilities" and "Environmentally-friendly Initiatives" in the SDGs & ESG section for more details on the activities

Processing paper waste
Artificial flowers designed and created by employees with disabilities

*1 FSC Certification: FSC is an international certification system dedicated to promoting responsible management of the world's forests. Products made from FSC-certified forests have an FSC logo on them.

17. PARTNERSHIPS FOR THE GOALS

Our Group participates in activities supporting regional revitalization by opening stores at facilities managed under public-private partnership facilities in Takizawa City in Iwate Prefecture since the implementation of the Regional Revitalization Support Tax (corporate version of Hometown Tax) in 2019.
Our Group is also considering and promoting activities aligned with our purpose in other regions.

  • 17.17Encourage and promote effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships Data, monitoring and accountability.

Sustainable support in regional revitalization and HR development through our collaboration with Takizawa City in Iwate Prefecture to promote the SDGs

Left: Ryo Shuhama, Mayor of Takizawa City
Right: Einobu Yoshii, CEO and Representative Director of BeNEXT Technologies Inc.
(April 2021)

Our Group's IT engineer provides lectures on IT for students and beginners in Takizawa City, Iwate Prefecture (Public-private partnership)

During a website creation course under the HR development program
(Person in the red jacket is an IT engineer from Our Group)

*Please refer to "Regional Revitalization" in the SDGs & ESG section for more details on the activities