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.
Non-financial numerical targets are included in our medium-term business plans, and the details of these initiatives are reported in our integrated report.

In addition to working toward Goal 8, the Group also contributes to the achievement of other SDGs through the following initiatives.

SDG Goal SDG targets and our initiatives
10. Reduced Inequalities
10.2 By 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 mandated percentage of employed persons with disabilities under Japan's 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 various nationalities regardless of race. In addition to providing Japanese language lessons and support for living and working in Japan as needed, we also have a specialized department to handle 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 the UK, 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. Responsible Consumption and Production

As the Group's business activities focus on human resources, we believe that we have a small impact on the consumption of natural resources and on the environment. While we do not operate within specific supply chains, we consciously choose our suppliers and partners in order to drive our efforts to achieve environmental targets and contribute to the SDGs.

12.2 By 2030, achieve the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources.
12.4 By 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.
12.5 By 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 is overseen by the Administrative Supervisory Department. The use of environmentally friendly items is strongly encouraged.
For example, we help protect forests by ensuring that all the paper used 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 fiscal 2020). For information management purposes, shredding and processing of paper waste are conducted in-house. The pulp is then converted to recycled paper. This initiative is carried out by employees with disabilities at our special subsidiary, BeNEXT With, Inc. The recycled paper is then turned into name cards, calendars, and other promotional materials. By doing so, we reduce waste and contribute to the efficient use of resources.

Our special subsidiary, BeNEXT With, Inc., also contributes to the environment and encourages the autonomy of persons with disabilities by promoting the creation and recycling of office greenery using artificial flowers.
Although artificial flowers are generally made from petrol-based materials, less energy is actually used for their production and less methane gas is released from their disposal than is the case with fresh flowers and live decorative plants. In this sense, properly maintaining and reusing artificial flowers helps further reduce environmental impact.

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

*1 FSC Certification: FSC is an international system dedicated to promoting sustainable forest use and conservation through certification for responsible management of the world's forests.

17. Partnerships for the Goals

The group company BeNEXT Technologies Inc. has participated in activities supporting regional revitalization by opening a lab at facilities for collaboration between industry, academia and government in Takizawa City in Iwate Prefecture with the implementation of the Regional Revitalization Support Tax (the corporate version of the hometown tax donation system) in 2019.
The Group is also considering and promoting activities aligned with its purpose in other regions.

17.17 Encourage 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)

One of our IT engineers gives a lecture on IT for students and beginners in Takizawa City, Iwate Prefecture (public-private partnership)

Scene from a website production course that is part of the HR development program
(The person in the red jacket is one of our IT engineers)