Contributing to SDGs

The Nisshinbo Group has placed ESG at the heart of its corporate management guided by its basic philosophy as a public entity, passed down over many years, the Group will contribute to SDGs by focusing on our business in strategic fields.

Since the adoption the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the United Nations Summit of September 2015, various organizations, including governments, local governments, local governments, businesses and civil societies, have been accelerating their efforts to tackle SDGs.

The corporate philosophy of the Nisshinbo Group is "Change and Challenge! For the creation of the future of Earth and People." Since its inception, the Group has passed down through the generations its basic belief as a public entity that contributing to society is companies’ reason for being, and that contribution is the engine that drives their growth.

企業理念とテキスト

The Group was launched in 1907 as a manufacturer of spun cotton, contributing to the modernization and industrialization of the country. In the 1970s, Japan’s mainstay industry shifted from textiles to motor vehicles. Since that time, the Group has contributed to the development of the motor vehicle industry as a specialty supplier of frictional materials. From the 1990s onward, when environmental issues caused by global warming emerged as a common issue for humankind, the Group has continuously transformed its business portfolio, advocating a role for itself as an Environment and Energy Company Group. In 2019, we identified three strategic business areas: Mobility, Infrastructure & Safety, and Life & Healthcare. Through our seven existing businesses, we are focusing on solving these issues and realizing a super-smart society.

While continuing to contribute to society through our products and services, we have been proactively working through our business activities, guided by our Corporate Philosophy, to recognize and consider environmental impact, respect human rights and diversity, and ensure thorough compliance. Today, attention is increasingly focused on ESG management, which emphasizes the three key elements of the environment (E), society (S), and governance (G) as important factors in the long-term growth of companies. The Nisshinbo Group positioned this concept at the center of its corporate management even before the public focus on ESG began to grow.

Since the adoption the SDGs at the United Nations Summit, we have become aware of all the goals of SDGs. We are working to identify the core goals thought to be directly linked to our group's contribution to achieving SDGs.

Approaching the Nisshinbo Group's SDGs

The Nisshinbo Group's Corporate Philosophy is "Change and Challenge! For the creation of the future of Earth and People." Our aspirations dovetail closely with the SDGs. We will contribute to the achievement of the SDGs through our business, in our corporate activities as a whole and as an Environment and Energy Company group.

企業理念とテキスト

SDG goals that are intimately involved in the Group’s business

The Nisshinbo Group will contribute to the achievement of the SDGs, whose aims dovetail with its intended direction, in all processes in the value chain. The Group bears all of the SDGs in mind as it focuses on contributions to specific Goals. Through business strategies that encompass corporate activities as a whole as well as strategic business fields, we are identifying and pursuing core goals that we believe will directly contribute to the achievement of the SDGs.

Core SDG goals that contributed by all corporate activities
E
Environment
S
Society
G
Governance

Procurement of raw materials

  • Promotion of LCA activities to reduce emissions of chemical substances and waste and to develop products that contribute to a sustainable society
Life Cycle Assessment
  • Promotion of activities for chemical substance management
Chemical Substance Management
  • Formulation of CSR Procurement Guidelines and disseminate to suppliers. Furthermore, we use supplier questionnaires.
CSR Procurement Basic Policy
  • Formulation of Anti-Corruption Guide and using it for anti-bribery measures, including at the Group’s overseas companies.
Compliance

Manufacturing

  • Development of zero-emission (recycling rate of 99% or more) activities
  • Waste reduction activities with the goal of achieving a 95% recycling rate
Resource Conservation
  • Conducting water risk assessments for business sites and major supply chains. In addition, conducting water consumption surveys and management.
Water Resources
  • Respect diversity in all aspects, including human rights and employment, and promote work-family life balance.
  • Health and Safety Activities
Human Rights and Labor Practices
  • Promotion of health management through the Group Health Management Division Meeting
Health
  • Active participation by employees in environmental contribution activities and environmental beautification activities
Community Involvement and Development

Logistics

  • Promotion of efficient use of natural resources such as fuel by reducing transportation volume
Transport Volume

Sales

  • Increasing the ratio of products that contribute to a sustainable society
Environmental Activities
  • Promotion of reuse of packaging materials and reduction of usage.
Resource Conservation
  • Planned measures to achieve continuous promotion of measures to improve customer satisfaction
Consumer Issues
  • Operation of corporate ethics reporting system, early detection of legal violations, correction and prevention of recurrence
Corporate Ethics Reporting System
Core SDG goals contributed by business strategies, including strategic business field
Mobility Infrastructure & Safety Life & Healthcare
Core SDG goals that contributed by all corporate activities
E
Environment

Procurement of raw materials

  • Promotion of LCA activities to reduce emissions of chemical substances and waste and to develop products that contribute to a sustainable society
Life Cycle Assessment
  • Promotion of activities for chemical substance management
Chemical Substance Management

S
Society

  • Formulation of CSR Procurement Guidelines and disseminate to suppliers. Furthermore, we use supplier questionnaires.
CSR Procurement Basic Policy

G
Governance

  • Formulation of Anti-Corruption Guide and using it for anti-bribery measures, including at the Group’s overseas companies
Compliance

Manufacturing

E
Environment

  • Development of zero-emission (recycling rate of 99% or more) activities
  • Waste reduction activities with the goal of achieving a 95% recycling rate
Resource Conservation
  • Conducting water risk assessments for business sites and major supply chains. In addition, conducting water consumption surveys and management.
Water Resources

S
Society

  • Respect diversity in all aspects, including human rights and employment, and promote work-family life balance.
  • Health and Safety Activities
Human Rights and Labor Practices
  • Promotion of health management through the Group Health Management Division Meeting
Health
  • Active participation by employees in environmental contribution activities and environmental beautification activities
Community Involvement and Development

Logistics

E
Environment

  • Promotion of efficient use of natural resources such as fuel by reducing transportation volume
Transport Volume

Sales

E
Environment

  • Increasing the ratio of products that contribute to a sustainable society
Environmental Activities
  • Promotion of reuse of packaging materials and reduction of usage.
Resource Conservation

S
Society

  • Planned measures to achieve continuous promotion of measures to improve customer satisfaction
Consumer Issues

G
Governance

  • Operation of corporate ethics reporting system, early detection of legal violations, correction and prevention of recurrence
Corporate Ethics Reporting System
Core SDG goals contributed by business strategies, including strategic business fields

Mobility

Infrastructure & Safety

Life & Healthcare

Details of business strategies, including strategic business areas, can be found in the Integrated Report別ウィンドウ表示.

SDG goals and key activity targets contributed by our business activities

  • 3. Good Health and Well-Being

    Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.

  • 4. Quality Education

    Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

  • 5. Gender Equality

    Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

  • 6. Clean Water and Sanitation

    Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.

  • 7. Affordable and Clean Energy

    Energy is central to nearly every major challenge and opportunity.

  • 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth

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

  • 9. Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

    Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.

  • 12. Responsible consumption, production

    Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.

  • 13. Climate action

    Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

  • 16. Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

    Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.

  • 17. Partnerships for the goals

    Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.

矢印

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The Nisshinbo Group supports the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

For the SDGs and the Nisshinbo Group’s activities, please refer to “The Nisshinbo Group’s Contributions to the SDGs” in each Webpage of The Environment, Human Rights and Labor Practices, Fair Operating Practices, Consumer Issues, and Community Involvement and Development.
For more specific examples of initiatives, please refer to “Core goals and Targets and the activities of the Nisshinbo Group” in each Webpage.

SDG training sessions for executives

In August 2020, we invited outside lecturers to hold SDG seminars, on the theme of “aiming to realize a new co-creative society,” for the management of operating companies. The lecturers offered presentations on the reasons why SDG should be addressed to achieve a sustainable society.

SDG awareness-raising activities in the N+ Group Magazine

In N+, the Nisshinbo Group’s internal magazine, SDG-related articles are published in each issue. In a special feature, contributions by outside experts are published to illustrate the background to the SDGs, their objectives, worldwide conditions and an explanation of ESG investment, to explain and foster understanding of the importance of SDGs activities. Going forward, N+ will publish a series introducing activities designed to foster awareness that the various initiatives implemented by the Group companies have the same objectives and goals as the SDGs.

the N+ Group Magazine
the N+ Group Magazine

Activities to raise awareness of the SDGs through environmental news

The Nisshinbo Group publishes environmental news four times a year to disseminate environment-related information to the Group companies in Japan. By explaining the relationship between environmental activities conducted by the Group and the SDGs, the Nisshinbo Group is promoting activities to raise awareness of the SDGs.

environmental news
environmental news
環境ニュース

Certified as a four-star rating in the Nikkei's 2020 SDG Management Survey

The Nisshinbo Group pays close attention to the Nikkei SDG Management Survey, which ranks companies based on active engagement in "SDG management" leading to increased corporate value.

In the overall rankings of the 2020 Nikkei SDG Management Survey, which rates and evaluates companies on their ability simultaneously to improve corporate value and contribute to the SDGs, the Group was awarded a four-star rating (based on a standardized score of 60 or more out of 100).

The Nikkei SDG Management Survey consists of questions in four areas: SDG strategy/economic value, social value, environmental value, and governance. The survey defines SDG management as efforts to contribute to the SDGs through business activities in ways that lead to improved corporate value. The evaluation of companies draws on surveys of companies and publicly available data based on 17 evaluation indicators. This year, the second year of the survey, 731 companies participated in the survey, including companies listed on Japanese exchanges.

Nikkei’s 2020 SDG Management Survey
Nikkei’s 2020 SDG Management Survey