In September 2015, the United Nations formally adopted the Sustainable Development Goals, or “SDGs.” Since this development, there has been growing interest in society concerning the drive to achieve the goals by the year 2030. In December 2019, Nikkei Inc. signed the SDG Media Compact, an agreement the United Nations has called on the world’s leading media organizations to ratify. We will continue to fulfill our social responsibilities by actively proposing solutions that fit the needs of companies and persons struggling with social issues. Our efforts to such ends will involve not only our news coverage but also an array of events and activities.
The Sustainable Development Goals are a group of global-scale targets that the international community has committed itself to work together to achieve. They were officially adopted at a UN Summit in September 2015, and it is the goal of the entire world, including the developed nations, to overcome the challenges they pose by 2030. The SDGs are rooted in the concept that “nobody should be left behind,” and they include 17 targets and 169 specific criteria to resolve global issues ranging from poverty and climate change to oceanic pollution.
To bolster media exposure of the SDGs and promote action aimed at their achievement, news organizations and other forms of media from across the globe are working together as signatories to the SDG Media Compact. According to the UN, more than 100 companies are participating worldwide. Collectively, they can deliver SDG-related content to an audience of more than 2 billion people in 160 nations.
In January 2021, as part of its SDG-related work, the Nikkei began running a major series of articles entitled “The Fourth Revolution: Carbon Zero.” The articles designate the dawn of a decarbonized society as the fourth in a series of human paradigm shifts, following the agricultural, industrial, and information revolutions. Attention is also being given to the question of how prepared corporations and governments are for this monumental change.
The “Nikkei Decarbonization Project (Carbon Zero)” was launched in April 2021, and the Nikkei Decarbonization Committee, chaired by Professor Yukari Takamura of The University of Tokyo Institute for Future Initigatives, was also established. This body meets regularly and is comprised of senior corporate executives and leaders in various organizations as well as expert voices, all committed to the achievement of a carbon-zero society by 2050. The committee examines model cases from Japan and other countries, conducts surveys on public perceptions of companies aiming to decarbonize, and presents awards to corporations, organizations, and individuals who are making notable and vigorous contributions to decarbonization efforts.
July 2018 saw the emergence of another Nikkei Group project, the Nikkei SDGs Forum. Together with the Nikkei and other Nikkei Group media members, the forum will serve as an engine for acceleration of networking among partner companies, local and national government bodies, educational and research institutions, and private organizations. In collaboration with Nikkei BP and the Financial Times, Nikkei Inc. holds the SDGs festival four times a year. Featuring the Nikkei SDGs Forum Symposium, the SDGs Festival is one of Japan’s largest and most significant SDG-related events.
In April 2020, Nikkei became a signatory to the Women’s Empowerment Principles, or WEPs, which are designed to proactively encourage the advancement of women. These principles were drafted by the United Nations Global Compact and UNIFEM (currently part of UN Women). The following month, the UN Women Japan Office founded the Japan Chapter of the Unstereotype Alliance, working together with the Japan Advertisers’ Alliance, or JAA.
In 2020, we initiated the Nikkei Women’s Empowerment Project, which takes gender equality and diversity issues into consideration from a managerial perspective, and then links the outcomes to the development of different companies, organizations, and even the Japanese economy as a whole. The Nikkei and Nikkei BP will together disseminate information through newspapers, internet media, and magazines based on the keyword “unstereotype.” Upcoming events such as the Gender Gap Conference are also being planned for the days ahead,
Over the past decade, women have accounted for about 30% to 40% of newly hired graduates each year at Nikkei.
In order to give more force to our drive to take on environmental issues, in November 2007, Nikkei Inc. set forth the Basic Environmental Principles and the Basic Environmental Guidelines, which included quantified targets for greenhouse gas reduction. This measure allowed us to become a leading company in terms of ecological considerations. The process of revising the Basic Environmental Guidelines began in 2017 and is still underway.
◇Basic Philosophy and Guidelines for the Environmental Statement
Protection of the global environment is the most important aspect of the sustainable development of human society, and it is vital to consider this matter with the utmost care. Recognizing that the issue is among our corporate social responsibilities, Nikkei Inc. is committed to reducing the environmental impacts of all our business activities. Taking full advantage of our media capabilities, we will be able to provide full requisite environmental information to all parties concerned. Working in an organization-wide manner, we will strive to harmonize economic and ecological concerns not just for our own benefit, but for that of the global community.
1. To reduce the ecological footprint of our business activities to the utmost possible extent, we will take appropriate conservation action and monitor its effectiveness continuously to improve our environmental management framework,
2. We will strive to realize a recycling-oriented society using sustainable measures to take on environmental issues including resource and energy conservation, recycling, and waste reduction,
3. We will always remain in strict compliance with environment-related laws and regulations that have a bearing on our business activities, and we will honor all required agreements.
4. We will use our print and online capabilities as well as our various events to keep the world informed of the importance of environmental conservation.
5. Our employees will all deepen their awareness of environmental matters, and we will nurture environmentally conscious personnel with the ability to motivate themselves for appropriate action.
6. Recognizing that our energy consumption is a core source of greenhouse gas emissions, we will reduce it by an average of one percent each year. Moreover, we will respect international covenants such as the Paris Agreement and work accordingly from a long-term perspective.
In October 2019, the Nikkei Group resolved to halve its waste plastic output by 2022 compared with 2018 levels. On track to beat expectations, in October 2020 it was able to revise the 2022 target upwards by 10%. The printing facilities stepped up collection of packaging bands and film used in delivery, and plastic waste fell from 53.1 tons in 2018 to 44.7 tons in 2020. Nikkei National Geographic, Nikkei BP, and Nikkei Science have all started to switch from plastic to paper envelopes for shipping magazines. Still further improvements may be possible if alternative materials can be employed, and we will take this possibility into account as we continue to aggressively reduce plastic waste.
Nikkei is also promoting paperless solutions. In the single year from April 2019 to March 2020, the Tokyo Head Office, the Osaka Head office, and five branch offices together reduced the number of paper copies by 25%, or roughly 5.8 million. With the rise of telecommuting, the number of copies being made is falling even further. Moreover, we plan to completely cease using stamps by digitizing internal procedures.
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