Considering requests from the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)*, social trends and the business environment, in fiscal 2016 the Mitsubishi Electric Group identified CSR materiality and targets / Key Performance Indicators (KPI) to fulfill the materiality towards realizing the further integration of CSR with management and the long-term advancement of CSR initiatives.
The Mitsubishi Electric Group upholds the Corporate Mission and Seven Guiding Principles as its basic CSR policies, and aims to be a global, leading green company that contributes to realizing a prosperous society while promoting initiatives to fulfill the four aspects of materiality through the supply chain.
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 agenda, the realization of which society seeks.
As set forth in the corporate strategy, the Mitsubishi Electric Group positions itself to become a "Global, Leading Green Company." As such, we contribute to the realization of a prosperous society that simultaneously achieves "sustainability" and "safety, security and comfort" as an embodiment of the Group’s corporate mission. This policy corresponds to what the globally shared goals of the SDGs aim to achieve.
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.
Through the Group’s diverse businesses and corporate activities related to the environment, society and governance (ESG), we believe we can make a contribution toward accomplishing the 17 globally shared goals of the SDGs.
However, to contribute further, we need to identify goals to which we are particularly well positioned to contribute. As a comprehensive electronics manufacturer, we can contribute significantly to Goal 7 "Affordable and clean energy," Goal 11 "Sustainable cities and communities," and Goal 13 "Climate action" are areas that correspond to our vision of becoming a global, leading green company. We will contribute even more to achieving the SDGs by creating value in these areas via technology synergies and business synergies and prioritizing the initiatives we advance.
In these ways, the Mitsubishi Electric Group will integrate the concept of the SDGs into its management strategy and continue to promote company-wide awareness of the SDGs.
The Mitsubishi Electric Group has specified CSR materiality and defined individual targets and KPI, and is pushing ahead with initiatives to achieve the targets. We will specify and revise our CSR materiality with a focus on how we can contribute to resolving social issues as a company, and seek to contribute to realizing the SDGs through the initiatives we apply to the CSR materiality.
Mitsubishi Electric’s CSR materiality and our thinking with regard to the SDGs
The Mitsubishi Electric Group, as a comprehensive electrical and electronic manufacturer, handles a wide range of technologies, products, and services, ranging from familiar home electronics products to satellites and projects on a national scale. As such, we believe that we can also make a contribution toward accomplishing the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
We are working to end poverty by creating employment through the global expansion of our business, and launching initiatives including the establishment of social infrastructure and philanthoropic activities.
We are contributing to solving food-related issues through measures including the provision of IT support for agriculture via ICT and positioning satellites, improving productivity in foodstuffs factories through FA, and supplying refrigeration and freezing technologies for food.
We contribute to improving health and well-being through transportation safety support systems that help to cut down traffic accidents, as well as through cutting-edge Air conditioning Systems that contribute to the advancement of treatment.
In addition to providing technological assistance to developing nations and supporting remote education through our communication and IT technologies, we are contributing to fostering the next generation and beyond through activities that contribute to society.
We are supporting the social empowerment of women through providing ICT services and supplying home appliances, and we are promoting the further advancement of women within the Group.
The Group has technology for treating and purifying water, and supplies technologies and systems whose purpose is to deliver safe water.
We are working to develop technologies and systems that will help produce a smart, energy-conserving, and energy-creating society — technologies, products, and services that we are endeavoring to make widely available.
Through our FA and AI technologies, we are working to contribute to increased productivity and the provision of desirable working environments throughout the Group.
The Group supports manufacturing through its factory automation business, and nurtures development in the industrial field through technological innovation.
In cooperation with our stakeholders, we are contributing to realizing discrimination-free societies that respect human rights.
We provide safety, security, and comfort to people's lives through our work in the disaster-prevention and infrastructure-development fields.
We are endeavoring to reduce the volume of resources used in manufacturing and to recycle spent products. Additionally, we are also pushing to reduce the volume of final waste disposed and to be environmentally friendly in our resource procurements.
We are working to identify a total valuation of our CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions in order to set our goals for reductions.
We develop and supply observation satellites that deliver information about ocean and forest conditions, and furthermore promote initiatives at our offices aimed at harmonizing their activities with the local environment.
Based on laws and international norms, we are working to improve both our supply chains and areas including human rights, labor, the environment and the prevention of corruption on a global scale.
We are contributing to the achievement of the SDGs through partnerships with entities including governments, universities, research institutes, companies, and NGOs, pushing ahead with open innovation and other initiatives.
The Mitsubishi Electric Group is conducting measures in a variety of forms to make our employees aware of the background to the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to entrench the individual goals themselves, in order to deepen understanding of the SDGs among each of them. Considering how the Mitsubishi Electric Group could contribute, the Group’s CSR committee, CSR expert committee and CSR business promotion group commenced reviews by devising potential responses by their own companies. In fiscal 2018, we decided on goals that we could implement on a priority basis.
In addition, in fiscal 2018, Ms. Kaoru Nemoto, Director of the United Nations Information Centre in Tokyo, participated in a dialogue between Mitsubishi Electric management and experts, and indicated potential expectations on the Group in relation to the SDGs.
With achievement of the goals we share globally as our objective, we will maintain our efforts to bolster management as we work to make everyone throughout the company fully cognizant of our SDGs and integrate the thinking behind them into our operations.
Lecture presentation for executives by Toshio Arima from Global Compact Network Japan
Lecture presentation regarding the SDGs for research and development divisions
Training of CSR personnel
Corporate Strategy 2018
Marketing Group, Center for Future Innovation, Industrial Design Center
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) encompass numerous issues that can and should be addressed using products and services that employ Mitsubishi Electric Group’s technologies.
Up to the present, I have conducted a variety of activities aimed at encouraging an understanding of the fact that the SDGs can function as the point of origin of business ideas. These include calling for participation in external workshops focusing on the SDGs, and organizing lecture presentations by experts.
In the future, my goal is to obtain an accurate grasp of trends in social change from a long-term perspective, and, by establishing concrete areas in which the Mitsubishi Electric Group should conduct R&D and advancing that R&D, to contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals that will improve the quality of life of the greatest number of people through business activities.