In recent years, the awareness of global environmental issues such as climate change and food insecurity have been raised worldwide.
In 2019 attention was called to the importance of how our business responds to social issues that can be directly or indirectly impacted by our research and development, manufacturing, and transactions with customers.
For more than 130 years, we have been harnessing the natural power of microorganisms and enzymes to develop original materials and offer unique products that can enrich our lives. Our sustainability measures are focused on achieving the two goals, protecting the global environment, which is the source of our business, and contributing to prosperous social development. As we continue to operate our business over the next 50 to 100 years, we believe that it is our social responsibility to initiate and engage in sustainable development, which is not only essential for business development, but to become an influential company aligned with customers’ trust and expectations.
Considering these issues, and to contribute to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we held workshops on SDGs and identified our materiality with the management, young, and mid-level employees in FY2019, in order to identify our priorities.
Currently, we are working on our next mid-term management plan starting in 2021 to develop a core framework for our growth strategy built upon the two closely connected aims of “improving our corporate value” and “contributing to a sustainable society”.
Our sustainability activities have just begun. We will continue to promote these measures with the goal of resolving social issues and will share our progress with stakeholders.