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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.

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The Special Conference has ended. Our thanks to all the attendees and participants.

Conference Details

Date and Time Monday, February 5, 2018 13:30-17:00 (Doors open: 13:00)
Venue Keidanren Kaikan, 2nd floor, International Conference Hall
Address: 1-3-2 Otemachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo (Map)
Tel:03-6741-0222 (direct)
Organizer Fujitsu Research Institute / Supporter: Fujitsu Ltd.
Languages Simultaneous English / Japanese interpretation
Capacity 300
Entry fee Free


Please note parts of the program are subject to change.

13:30-13:35  Opening Remarks
Shigeaki Honjo
President and Representative Director, FRI
Keynote Lecture
アレハンドロ・リトフスキ(Alejandro Litovsky)氏(アース・セキュリティ・グループ)
“The SDGs as a new corporate framework for strategic risks and growth opportunities”

Alejandro Litovsky
Chief Executive, Earth Security Group
Keynote Lecture
“SDGs & business strategy: Must-do in the age of transformation”

Masao Seki
Associate Professor, School of Business Administration, Meiji University
Research Presentation
富士通総研 経済研究所 生田孝史
“Current progress and challenges of corporate activities toward SDGs in Japan”

Takafumi Ikuta
Senior Research Fellow, FRI
15:00-15:15 Intermission 
Panel Discussion 
"Corporate value creation and business opportunity from the viewpoint of SDGs."
鷹羽美奈子氏(MSCI ESGリサーチ)

Minako Takaba
MSCI ESG Research, Vice President

Kanako Fukuda
General Manager, CSR Dept. Sumitomo Chemical Company, Limited
藤崎壮吾氏(富士通株式会社 環境CSR本部)

Sogo Fujisaki
Vice President, CSR and Sustainable Development Strategy, FUJITSU LIMITED
ジュリアン・ヒル-ランドルト(Julian Hill-Landolt)氏(WBCSD)

Julian Hill-Landolt
Director, Sustainable Lifestyles, World Business Council for Sustainable Development
アレハンドロ・リトフスキ(Alejandro Litovsky)氏(アース・セキュリティ・グループ)

Alejandro Litovsky
Chief Executive, Earth Security Group

Masao Seki
Associate Professor, School of Business Administration, Meiji University
富士通総研 経済研究所 生田孝史

Takafumi Ikuta
Fujitsu Research Institute, Economic Research Center, Senior Research Fellow 
16:55-17:00  Closing Remarks
Executive Vice President and Member of the Board
President, Economic Research Center
Hajime Omura