CSR Management

Basic approach

he Hodogaya Chemical Group identifies CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) as one of the policies of our mid-term management plan,“ HONKI 2020.”
Under this policy, we consider CSR as “a social responsibility that a company must fulfill through its business operations beyond the interest of the company with focus on its relationship with the various stakeholders including the local community, partner companies, shareholders, and employees.” All officers and employees are carrying out various activities under the three pillars of Corporate Governance, Responsible Care, and Stakeholder Communication.

Basic policy

Maintain and deepen the trust held in us by all stakeholders, and contribute to social development.

Key targets and plans of CSR activities

In formulating the key targets of our CSR activities, we used the seven core subjects addressed in ISO26000* as priority areas for our stakeholders and defined “How we want to be in 2020” and what we need to do in reference to the“ HONKI 2020.”
 Among them, we identified the key targets that are most important to the Company and developed an annual plan on which we base our actions.


At the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit held on September 25 – 27, 2015 at the UN Headquarters in New York, the “Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” was adopted. This Agenda is a plan of action for people, planet, and prosperity, and includes the Declaration and Goals. The Goals consist of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets which seek to build on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Hodogaya Chemical Group will support the initiatives to achieve these goals for sustainable development.

Key targets and plans of CSR activities

In formulating the key targets of our CSR activities, we used the seven core subjects addressed in ISO26000* as priority areas for our stakeholders and defined “How we want to be in 2020” and what we need to do in reference to the“ HONKI 2020.”
Among them, we identified the key targets that are most important to the Company and developed an annual plan on which we base our actions.

CONTENTS ISO26000
7 core subjects
How we want to be in 2020 Related SDGs
Mid-term Management Plan   Having achieved the mid-term plan, and making stable and continuous dividend payments
Governance
(G)
Organizational governance Having a good balance between “defensive governance” to avoid risks and “offensive governance” to obtain upside opportunities while maintaining growth
Compliance awareness is widespread, and the Group is capable of responding to the changing social norms
Departments having contact with partner companies have particularly strong compliance awareness
The CSR mindset is widespread, and the Group has achieved ESG management
Responsible
Care
(E)
Environment Efforts to reduce environmental impact are regarded by society
The Group contributes to society by having achieved reduction of intensity and total amounts of electricity usage and water usageる
Complying with laws and regulations on chemical substances, and appropriately managing chemical substances
Continuing to achieve accident-free, disaster-free operation, the Group is trusted by society
Consumer issues Continuing to supply safe, high-quality products, the Group is regarded by partner companies
Developing and propagating products that contribute to the environment and society, the Group is regarded by partner companies
Having improved“ customer-first” attitude, operational knowledge and skills within the account lines, the Group is regarded by partner companies
Stakeholder
Communication
(S)
Fair business practices Disclosing information in a timely and appropriate manner, and pursuing in-depth“ dialogues (engagements)” with shareholders and investors
Conducting procurements in accordance with the CSR Procurement Policy, taking into consideration the environment, human rights and labor practices of partner companies
Human rights Respect for human rights are in place, and no harassment exists
Labor practices Having promoted work-life balance, employees are successfully combining work and daily living (including child-raising and nursing care)
Employees are healthy and working actively
Due to promotion of diversity and a fair and equitable personnel system, the workplace is activated and global-minded talents are nurtured
Community involvement and development Having promoted social contribution activities in the offices, the Group is acknowledged and regarded in the community
The volunteer mindset has been improved and employees are actively participating in various volunteering activities

※ISO2600:An international standard published in 2010 which provides guidance on social responsibility to contribute to sustainable environmental and social development.

CONTENTS ISO26000
7 core subjects
Key targets FY2017 results FY2018 plans
Mid-term Management Plan   To achieve the mid-term management plan Implemented solutions to various issues based on the six policies Ensure implementing various policies
Governance
(G)
Organizational governance To improve corporate governance Formulated & released Corporate Governance Report in July Continue to abide by the Corporate Governance Code
To spread compliance mindsets Conducted compliance training sessions in Aug. 2017 and Feb. 2018 Conduct compliance training sessions
To increase knowledge on business compliance All management personnel took the Examination of Compliance Proficiency for Practical Business Increase the number of personnel passing the Examination of Compliance Proficiency for Practical Business
To cultivate CSR activities Continue the publication of Integrated Report Improve CSR mindset
Responsible
Care
(E)
Environment To promote reduction of environmental impact Obtained Eco Rail Mark certification Reduce emission of substances of concern
To promote energy-saving Installed energy-saving models for equipment upon renewal Promote installation of energy-saving equipment
To enhance the management of chemical substances Expanded the architecture of the chemical substance integrated management system to cover all group companies Enhance the voluntary management initiatives for chemical substances
To ensure security and disaster prevention Conducted education under the RC implementation plan at each plant according to plan Conduct facility maintenance education and safety education
Consumer issues To supply safe, high-quality products Environmentally-friendly products were released from manufacturers using our materials Strengthen our quality control system
To develop socially-beneficial products Undertook collaborative research for product development with universities Undertake collaborative research with universities and companies
To improve the service levels of employees dealing with partner companies Conducted education and training by job position and capacity according to plan Conduct education and training by job position and capacity
Stakeholder
Communication
(S)
Fair business practices To enhance information disclosure and promote“ dialogues” Published the first Integrated Report in Dec. 2017 Continue the publication of Integrated Report
To promote CSR throughout the supply chain Set forth the Procurement Policy and the Procurement Guidelines in March 2018 Instill our Procurement Policy in suppliers
Human rights To promote human rights enlightenment activities Conducted human rights education at compliance training sessions Continue to conduct human rights education
Labor practices To create a pleasant workplace Introduced the first Reemployment Applicants Registration System Promote work-life balance
To promote employee health management Continued to conduct mental health checkups Strengthen health maintenance and care system
To promote human resource development and vitalization programs Conducted various education programs according to plan Conduct various education programs
Community involvement and development To promote community contribution activities Leased out part of the plant site for free to a communal facility Conduct various contribution activities
To initiate and promote volunteering activities Conducted visiting chemistry classes at a nearby elementary school under the theme of nurturing children through chemistry Identify and conduct new volunteering activities appropriate for the Company

※ISO2600:An international standard published in 2010 which provides guidance on social responsibility to contribute to sustainable environmental and social development.