ESG management

ESG management

Message from Director in Charge of ESG

Director, Executive Officer in charge of administration, Cyber Security, and General Manager of the Finance and Accounting Department  Tatsuo Sukekawa

Executive Officer, Corporate Division and General Manager
Shigenobu Maki

All members of the Sangetsu Group will work in earnest to realize and improve social value through business and social activities

The Sangetsu Group advocates efforts that contribute to realizing an “Inclusive,” “Sustainable,” and “Enjoyable” society as social values to realize in its Long-term Vision [DESIGN 2030], working to contribute to the realization of an inclusive, sustainable, and enjoyable society.
While measures are being taken to solve social issues around the world, various problems are becoming more serious with each passing day. The Sangetsu Group is earnestly working to resolve these social issues and to realize and enhance social value.
With regard to sustainability issues, we are making progress with specific measures, such as establishing a new wallcoverings production base and grouping logistics companies, in order to promote social responsibility in the supply chain.
Regarding the environment, in addition to Sangetsu’s non-consolidated carbon neutrality target for fiscal 2029, the Sangetsu Group’s GHG emissions (Scope 1 & 2) reduction target for fiscal 2029 was set at 55% (compared to fiscal 2021) after discussion by the Board of Directors. We are planning and implementing specific measures for energy conservation, energy creation, renewable energy, and offsetting to steadily reduce our emissions. With regard to sample books, an important sales promotion tool, we established a sample book recycling center at the Head Office in 2021 and are working to reduce environmental impact by collecting and material recycling used sample books. In the future, we will expand the scale of sample book recycling efforts and the areas where these efforts are carried out and promote the recycling of resources.
Regarding society, in order to accelerate “Diversity, Equity & Inclusion”, we are implementing a variety of measures within the company to promote the advancement of women, expand employment of people with disabilities, improve employee health, diverse work styles, and workplace environments. Outside of the Company, we have strengthened our support for the renovation of orphanages, which we have been conducting since 2014 in which employees from all over Japan, including Group companies, actively participated. In fiscal 2022, we provided renovation support for 55 orphanages. Although the aim of this initiative is to support children in orphanages, it has also provided employees with various insights as they deal directly with this social issue.
In addition to renovation support for orphanages, we will also provide continuous support for children in need, children in developing countries, and refugees.
In formulating the Sangetsu Group Corporate Philosophy, which is being revised at this time, 87 Group employees held deep, essential discussions about what social issues are and how they can contribute to solving them, and were able to clarify the roles and purpose of the Company as well as their own roles and purpose.
Each and every one of us will face social issues, raise awareness of social issues, and through our business and social activities, we will realize and improve the social value that the Sangetsu Group aims to achieve.

Sangetsu Group’s Basic CSR Policy

A company is a public entity acting within society that seeks to earn profit through sound business activities and offer returns to support vigorous development and society as a whole. With this understanding, the Sangetsu Group works to enrich living environments and contribute to society by providing products and services of value.
We will uphold the following five principles as it pursues its business activities regardless of location: demonstrating respect for basic human rights; complying with the letter and spirit of all laws, regulations and international rules; and taking action to realize sustainable development on its own initiative, guided by its social conscience.

1. To Remain a Trusted Company

We will enhance the brand value of the Sangetsu Group and earn customer satisfaction and trust by developing and providing creative, high-quality designs, for comfortable and rich living spaces, and products and services, with due consideration for safety and the protection of personal information and customer data.

2. To Fulfill our Corporate Social Responsibility

We will communicate with various constituencies in society, including customers, business partners, shareholders and investors, residents of local communities, and employees, and disclose corporate information in an appropriate and fair manner. Also, we will engage in activities that benefit society as an upstanding corporate citizen.
Furthermore, we will comply with laws, regulations and other rules, engage in fair, transparent and free competition, conduct business appropriately, and maintain sound and normal relations with political representatives and governments. At the same time, we will avoid any involvement with antisocial forces or groups that pose a threat to the order, safety or security of civil society.

3. To Provide a Lively Workplace for Employees

We will respect the diversity, personality and individuality of employees. Also, we will properly manage a personnel system that allows each employee to demonstrate their abilities and play a lead role in corporate management while securing a safe, healthy and pleasant working environment.

4. To Protect the Global Environment

We will be proactive and lead the way with the awareness that efforts to address global environmental issues constitute an essential element of the existence and activities of any company.

5. To Earn Society’s Trust and Support

Our top management will lead by example, fully aware of its responsibility to realize the spirit of this charter and ensure that it is thoroughly understood company-wide. It will also constantly monitor feedback from both inside and outside the company to establish an effective corporate system and ensure thorough compliance.
In the event of a violation of this charter, the executive manager will demonstrate personal responsibility in the eyes of the company and the public for taking the initiative in resolving issues and will endeavor to determine their cause and prevent recurrence. The executive manager will also fulfill the duties of promptly disclosing accurate information to the public and of accountability, clarifying the authority and responsibility with regard to the issue, while implementing rigorous measures including those related to the executive office.

CSR Management System

In order to fulfill our corporate social responsibility, in April 2016 Sangetsu established a new CSR Promotion Section, and in April 2017 a CSR Committee was established to oversee CSR activity across the entire Company, with the Company President acting as Committee Chairperson.
Effective from November 2021, the CSR Promotion Section and CSR Committee have been renamed as the ESG Promotion Section and ESG Committee for the purpose of making it clear that they serve as units engaged in overall ESG promotion.
Recognizing the need to respond appropriately to the various international guidelines relating to ESG, subcommittees
which undertake practical ESG management and implement measures aim at addressing social issues.