he Kanematsu Group aims to take on social challenges based on a broad view of international society in order to create new markets and value. In this way we seek to contribute to the global environment, sustainable social development, and the growth of the Kanematsu Group. At the start of the future 135 medium-term vision in fiscal 2019, we sought to determine which issues the Kanematsu Group should focus on in its corporate activities, taking into account international targets and standards--such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)--as well as stakeholder expectations, Kanematsu's Corporate Principle, and importance to management. Through these efforts, we established five key issues (issues of high materiality).

Five Key Issues

Responding to changes in market characteristics and location and changes in customer needs

Meet the needs of people in many countries and regions by achieving the stable procurement and supply of goods and services to realize richer, comfortable living.

Mutual development with local communities

Ensure health and safety through our corporate and social contribution activities to achieve mutual growth and development with local communities.

Consideration of the global environment

Work to address environmental issues, including mitigating global warming and conserving biodiversity, through our corporate and social contribution activities.

Promoting respect for human rights, human resource development, and diversity

Respect human rights, build sustainable value chains, and contribute to employment in emerging counties in our global corporate activities. Maintain environments in which diverse human resources can exercise their individuality and abilities while promoting the development of every employee.

Enhancing governance

Increase management transparency, enhance appropriate oversight functions and systems, and promote sound corporate management to achieve sustained growth.

Toward achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a set of international development goals from 2016 to 2030 under the "2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development", which was adopted by the UN Sustainable Development Summit held in September 2015.
SDGs are comprised of 17 goals and 169 targets that realize a sustainable world and include eradicating poverty and famine, promoting the energy industry and technological innovation, and stemming climate change, which UN member countries endeavor to achieve.
The Kanematsu Group will promote efforts to achieve SDGs through corporate activities, partly based on Kanematsu's Code of Conduct.

Kanematsu's Code of Conduct

  • 01 Origin of corporate activities

    We became involved in corporate activities to serve our various stakeholders by providing socially valuable goods and services in accordance with the aim of our founder to realize a sustainable society.

  • 02 Fair transactions

    Our corporate activities are conducted in compliance with laws and ordinances in Japan and abroad, international rules and practices, and internal rules as well as with social common sense.

  • 03 Information management & disclosure

    Information is properly managed to protect personal information, customer information, and intellectual property and is disclosed in a timely and proper manner to establish mutual trust between Kanematsu and the community and maintain a high level of transparency.

  • 04 Respect for human rights

    We respect human rights and do not discriminate. Employee career development and capability development are actively supported. Diversity, personality, and character are respected so as to create a dynamic corporate culture.

  • 05 Consideration of the global environment

    We exercise sufficient consideration in our corporate activities to maintain a sound global environment for sustainable growth.

  • 06 Social contribution

    We are aware of the importance of our social responsibility as good corporate citizens, and proactively undertake social contribution activities. Employee activities to contribute to community development and to comfortable and safe living are supported.

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