The following two officers are in charge of CSR activities:
Noriyuki Haketa, Director and Executive Managing Officer, supervises overall
CSR activities. He also takes charge of CSR activities in the Human Rights/
Labor Practices field.
Masahito Ikeda, Executive Officer, is in charge of CSR activities in fields other than the Human Rights/Labor Practices field.
Comments from the CSR officers
We hope to celebrate the 100th anniversary in 2020 as a chemical group company sought after by society as a result of the achievement of CSR-oriented business management and balanced implementation of CSR activities to protect corporate value and CSR activities to improve corporate value. Our goal is to become a company that all employees can enjoy working at and a global corporate group that values diversity. We are committed to promoting CSR activities with an emphasis on transparency and accountability.
CSR management system
The management system that promotes the CSR activities of the Nippon Soda Group is designed to “spiral up” the PDCA cycle1. Each worksite is required to develop a CSR improvement plan (Plan), implement the developed plan (Do), make quantitative evaluations of both the plan and its implementation (Check), and implement measures based on quantitative evaluation results (Act) in order to ensure continuous improvement.
CSR promotion system
Chaired by the President, the CSR Administration Meeting serves as a company-wide decision-making body to promote CSR activities, including RC. It sets annual targets to help the PDCA cycle “spiral up” and provides a management-level review of CSR activities. Held twice a year, the CSR Administration Meeting is attended by all directors, executive officers and worksite managers.
Basic principles of management
Nippon Soda places primary importance on sound and transparent business management in compliance with law. Its management philosophy is to contribute to social development through chemistry, to meet expectations from stakeholders, including shareholders, business partners, employees and local communities, and to promote environmentally conscious business practices and activities. Under this philosophy, Nippon Soda is committed to growing into a technology-oriented group that develops high value-added products by making best use of its proprietary technologies and expands its business internationally with a focus on chemistry. We also strive to enhance the Group’s revenue by developing our businesses with a focus on the chemicals industry in such areas as commercial distribution, logistics and engineering.
Basic concept of CSR
The Nippon Soda Group is working to improve its corporate value by creating new value through the power of chemistry and contributing to society through products as a chemical group. In this way, we strive to contribute to the enrichment of people’s lives, and to resolve the problems affecting our society and our global environment. To achieve this, we are advancing the following initiatives.
- CSR activities to protect corporate value
Pursuit of economic performance, and activities to ensure safety, environmental friendliness, quality assurance, etc.
- CSR activities to improve corporate value
Making contributions through our business toward resolving social issues so as to help achieve the development of a sustainable society
- Social activities
We are advancing our CSR activities with consideration for the interests of all of our different stakeholders, including shareholders, employees, business partners and local communities. Through these efforts, the Group seeks to play a significant role in realizing sustainable development of our society. At the same time, the Nippon Soda Group is continuing its own development as sought-after chemical group that meets 21st-century social needs by consistently offering creative and unique technologies and products that will contribute to the creation of an enriching society that is able to realize the dreams of the next generation.
Summary of the new medium-term business plan (FY 2018 - FY 2020)
The Nippon Soda Group has established a new mediumterm business plan (FY 2018 - FY 2020) setting out its new business goals. As the final stage of efforts for our long-term vision, “Chemigress to 100,” we are pushing forward with our growth strategies already deployed and advanced and are developing a strong corporate foundation toward further improving our corporate value beyond our 100th anniversary in 2020.
Value Creation of the Nippon Soda Group
As a chemical manufacturer developing and supplying safe, useful and environmentally friendly products, we continue to contribute to the development of a sustainable society by cultivating harmonious relationships with all of our stakeholders, including shareholders, employees, business partners and members of our local communities, and by providing society with new value.
The Nippon Soda Group’s stakeholders
The management philosophy of the Nippon Soda Group states that the Group shall meet expectations of stakeholders, including shareholders, business partners, employees and local communities, and promote environmentally conscious business practices and activities. The Group will continue in the future to fulfill its social responsibilities to stakeholders.
The Nippon Soda Group focuses its business mainly on four areas essential for the sound development of society: agriculture, medicine, the environment and information. It contributes to the development of society by providing a constant stream of new and useful products and businesses.
The Nippon Soda Group aims to assist in the development of a sustainable society through our business operations. Therefore, we have assessed our corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities based on two aspects: “CSR activities to protect the corporate value” and “CSR activities to improve the corporate value.” Through this assessment, we have identified the following four areas as medium- and long-term material issues: agriculture, health care, the environment and information.
Business and SDGs1 of the Nippon Soda Group
From September 25 to 27, 2015, during a milestone year for the United Nation’s development agendas, the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit was held at the UN headquarters in New York. The summit was attended by more than 150 heads of state of member nations and resulted in the adoption of the official document, Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This agenda includes declarations and goals, stated as action plans for the prosperity of people and the Earth. The newly established goals, which succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), are called Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and are comprised of 17 goals and 169 targets. As part of our efforts to conduct CSR activities to improve corporate value, the Nippon Soda Group states in its basic policies for CSR that, through its business, the company will make contributions toward resolving social issues so as to help achieve the development of a sustainable society. As such, the Nippon Soda Group is striving to contribute to meeting four of the goals included in the SDGs through the use of our products.
These are: Goal 2 (Zero Hunger), Goal 3 (Good Health and Well-being), Goal 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation), Goal 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), and Goal 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production). One company cannot tackle all of the SDGs alone, but if many different companies throughout the world do what they can toward resolving these issues, we believe that the combined efforts will result in the realization of a sustainable society.