Sustainability Management in the Fujitsu Group
Policy, Promotion Scheme, and Review
The Fujitsu Group has always been seen by society as a trustworthy and responsible enterprise through its delivery of products and services. However, in the current era of VUCA（*1） we face major changes and the future is difficult to predict. It is therefore important that we, as a member of the global community, conduct business activities under the leadership of senior management that are aimed at resolving environmental, societal and economic problems and that will produce beneficial impacts for society. In April 2020, we established a Sustainability Management Committee that will drive a sustainability-focused management approach.
The objective of this committee is sustainability management that takes into account environmental, societal and economic impacts as well as stakeholder（*2） interests, ensuring that the company prospers in the long term as a responsible global enterprise. Specific initiatives will be in line with our values and our purpose, set out in the revised Fujitsu Way, and will include boosting our efforts in non-financial areas. These include respect for human rights, acceptance of diversity and equity, human resource development, maintenance of the global environment and contributing to the development of regional communities. Our goal is to achieve sustainable, long-term improvement in the value of the Fujitsu Group through corporate activities.
The committee is scheduled to meet every six months to check on the progress of our activities in non-financial areas and to confirm if we are on track to meet our targets. The committee will also discuss new activities and consider non-financial indicators, and then report to management council meetings and the Board of Directors with the results. The committee is chaired by the CEO, who will nominate executives with a perspective on sustainability management for appointment as committee members. (As of April 2022, the committee had 17 members, including the chair.) The first committee meeting was held in April 2020, followed by four more semiannual meetings – all conducted remotely. The meetings were characterized by lively discussions on topics such as the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, the accelerating global movement toward decarbonization, the ideal future shape of the Fujitsu Group, the mission of the committee, details of the non-financial indicators, an overview of Global Responsible Business activities and progress toward achieving the related targets.
- （*1）VUCA: Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity
- （*2）The Fujitsu Group’s stakeholders: The Fujitsu Group regards our people, customers, partners, community and shareholders as its stakeholders. Government authorities, NPOs, NGOs, and similar organizations are also particularly important stakeholders within this community.
To realize its Purpose, as defined in the Fujitsu Way, the Fujitsu Group must achieve sustainable growth. An essential prerequisite for this is the building and strengthening of trusted relationships with all stakeholders. With this in mind, in addition to the existing financial indicators, from FY 2020 we have added two non-financial indicators. These are the customer Net Promoter Score (NPS), which gauges the level of trust exhibited by customers, and employee engagement, which measures the degree of enthusiasm and commitment that employees have and their support of the organizational culture. The Fujitsu Group has identified Global Responsible Business as an important issue related to sustainability, and we believe that this initiative will engender heightened trust from our customers and our employees, with the outcome visible in these non-financial indicators. We will continue to promote a structure for the ongoing monitoring on a global basis of the data from these two non-financial indicators. The insights gained from this monitoring and analysis will then be reflected in a range of activities.
For details, please refer to pages 22-23 of the Fujitsu Group Integrated Report 2020 – Special Feature: “ Progress Toward Becoming a DX Company”, Management Indicators and Global Responsible Business (GRB).
Global Responsible Business
Since its CSR Promotion Committee established the Basic Strategy Working Group in 2010, the Fujitsu Group has identified Five Priority Issues in its Basic CSR Policy and has been promoting activities that address those priority issues. The working group conducted interviews with outside experts regarding the expectations and demands on Fujitsu, based on an awareness of global CSR standards and social issues.
However, recent years have seen a further ramping up of demand for initiatives aimed at building sustainable communities on a global scale, including the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the United Nations and the coming into effect of the COP 21 Paris Agreement. The Fujitsu Group has employed a materiality analysis in a Groupwide review of the priority issues to ensure that they reflect changes in its business over the past several years. The result was the establishment in FY2019 of a unified framework for the priority issues under the banner of Global Responsible Business (GRB).
- Reference : Materiality
Global Responsible Business
The GRB framework aims to foster the mindset and corporate culture necessary to realize the Fujitsu Way by engaging in specific activities that address our priority issues and to earn and maintain the social trust that is a prerequisite for global business activities. All Group employees must be constantly aware that their companies are part of society and aim to not only pursue profits but also reduce the negative impact of their business activities on sustainability issues while maximizing the positive.
To this end, we have specified long-term goals for each priority issue, with the end of fiscal 2022 set as the deadline for their achievement, and have been building an effective management system to attain the goals. In order to carry out higher-level activities globally while taking into account the differences between countries and regions in such areas as local laws and labor markets, we have set Groupwide targets for all employees. Employees based at our headquarters who are responsible for each of the priority issues led efforts in formulating these targets, while personnel in overseas regions with similar responsibilities also provided input in this regard. We will continue to work on specific measures toward achieving the goals.
In addition, the status of progress in the execution of the GRB is periodically checked by the Sustainability Management Committee, with announcements made in management direction reviews and through various communications methods. Detailed information on activities for each of the priority issues is included in the Global Responsible Business section of Fujitsu’s Sustainability web page.