CSR – The Mitsubishi Electric Group and the SDGs
In 2015, the countries of the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Mitsubishi Electric Group views these SDGs as an important initiative sought by society.
As set forth in its management strategy, the Mitsubishi Electric Group aims to be a "global leading green company" that contributes to the creation of an affluent society where sustainability goes hand-in-hand with safety, security and comfort. This policy corresponds to what the SDGs aim to achieve.
In order to achieve the world’s common goals, the Mitsubishi Electric Group will continue to strengthen its management, promote company-wide awareness of the SDGs, and integrate the concept of the SDGs into its management strategy.
Initiatives for Contributing to the SDGs
To deepen understanding of the SDGs among all its employees, the Mitsubishi Electric Group is working to disseminate knowledge of how the SDGs came to be adopted and the details of each of the goals, in various ways.
For example, the CSR Committee, CSR Expert Committee, and CSR Business Promotion Committee are taking steps to explore how the Mitsubishi Electric Group as a whole could contribute to the SDGs, first by examining the initiatives of each company.
Additionally, in June 2017, Mr. Toshio Arima of Global Compact Network Japan was invited to give a CSR lecture for executive officers regarding the importance of the SDGs and methods for integrating the SDGs into management.
In these ways, the Mitsubishi Electric Group will continue to strengthen its management, promote company-wide awareness of the SDGs, and integrate the concept of the SDGs into its management strategy in order to achieve the world’s common goals.
CSR Lectures for Executive Officers
CSR lectures for executive officers were held to provide an opportunity to consider anew how the Mitsubishi Electric Group may contribute to society, based on an understanding of the global social issues of the SDGs. Guest speakers lectured on methods for integrating the SDGs into management and expectations of the Mitsubishi Electric Group, and provided perspectives that are expected to benefit specific initiatives in the future.
Main Achievements and Future Initiatives
Main achievements made during the 2016 – 2017 fiscal year in relation to the SDGs include a reference to the SDGs in the fiscal 2018 management strategy, the incorporation of the SDGs in the process of identifying CSR materialities and initiatives, a pledge of commitment to the SDGs in the CSR Report and other documents, and the distribution of clear file folders for promoting understanding of the SDGs.
By using these tools, the Mitsubishi Electric Group will integrate the SDGs into management, and make global efforts toward solving social issues.
The SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals)
The SDGs are a set of global goals that are to be achieved between 2016 and 2030. They were adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in September 2015 as a successor to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that were formulated in 2001, and are composed of 17 goals and 169 targets for achieving a sustainable world.
Two key principles of the SDGs are that they seek change in developed countries, including Japan, and that they pledge “no one will be left behind” in the implementation of their initiatives.
In Japan, the SDGs Promotion Headquarters has been established, chaired by the Prime Minister and composed of all ministers in the Cabinet Office, to formulate implementation guidelines and promote initiatives for the SDGs.