On Monday, February 5, 2018, Fujitsu Research Institute hosted a Special Conference at Keidanren Kaikan under the title of “Corporate Action in the Age of SDGs: Value Creation and Business Opportunities”.
Two years passed since the United Nations established the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in January 2016. The SDGs, which comprise 17 Goals and 169 Targets to be met by 2030, can be seen as a global “common language” when thinking about tackling social problems across a wide range of fields in all countries and areas party to the agreement. SDGs are not an obligation for corporations, but the international community’s expectations for companies as organizations with human resources, technology, and capital, are growing in terms of the effective implementation toward SDGs. Resolving the social issues laid out in the SDGs will lead to business opportunities – by 2030, it is anticipated that business opportunities will total 12 trillion USD worldwide and 5 trillion USD in Asia. On the other hand, corporate activities that adversely affect the achievement of SDGs are risk factors. In responding to ESG investment, as well as managing the supply chain, the importance of grasping impact on SDGs and disclosing information is increasing.
Interest in the roles corporations can play in achieving the SDGs is rising in Japan. The government also recognizes the importance of corporate contribution in SDG implementation guidelines, and support measures are under consideration. Also, in the Japan Business Federation’s (Keidanren) Charter of Corporate Behavior, which was revised in November 2017, business contribution to achieving SDGs was indicated. Domestic corporations, and in particular large ones, are beginning to take concrete action through trial and error, such as expressing awareness of the importance of SDGs, establishing policies and strategies, and linking with business initiatives. Questions remain as to whether it will be possible to maintain long-term corporate value creation and business opportunity acquisition through 2030, without ending as a transient “boom” in the intervening years.
At this conference, we will grasp the international trends of corporate management as related to SDGs, while seeking to clarify the current situation of efforts in Japan and identify potential issues, deepening discussion as to how Japanese companies will continuously utilize the perspective of SDGs to remain competitive, and specific methods and challenges for corporate management to maintain and strengthen capabilities.
We welcomed around 300 guests and participants at the conference, and the day’s events were a great success.
Below, please find information on conference speakers.
Speaker information is accurate as of the day of the conference.
The SDGs: a corporate framework for strategic risks and growth opportunities.
Presentation Download (1.88 MB )
Alejandro Litovsky, Chief Executive
Earth Security Group
SDGs & business strategy: Must-do in the age of transformation.
Presentation Download（Japanese） (875 KB)
Senior Adviser on CSR, SOMPO JAPAN NIPPONKOA INSURANCE INC.
Associate Professor, School of Business Administration, Meiji University
Current progress and challenges of corporate activities toward SDGs in Japan.
Presentation Download（Japanese） (1.67 MB )
Takafumi Ikuta, Senior Research Fellow
Economic Research Center, Fujitsu Research Institute
Under the title of “Corporate value creation and business opportunity from the viewpoint of SDGs," and with the active participation of panelists Julian Hill-Landolt, Minako Takaba, Kanako Fukuda, Sogo Fujisaki, and Alejandro Litovsky and Masao Seki, who also gave the keynote speeches, and moderation by Takafumi Ikuta, the panel discussion was a ba with wide-ranging and high-quality debate.
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