First in-house CSR/ESG workshop held! A chance for employees to discuss our long-term issues.
A First Attempt by SG Holdings
In February 2019, SG Holdings held its first CSR/ESG workshop for its employees. The workshop, the first of its kind by SG Holdings, offered a chance for employees to discuss what each of their own departments should do to enable the Group to coexist with society while managing the company for sustainable growth. Two workshops were held, at the Kyoto head office and at the Tokyo office, each attended by about 20 management-class employees who sat for lectures and spent two hours in discussions.
Learning About Evolving CSR Through Lectures
Hidenori Imazu, a member of the Program Committee of the Japan Forum of Business and Society, was invited to lecture on the history of CSR and on CRS and ESG today. According to Imazu, the nature of society's demands for corporations have changed significantly between the time the concept of CSR was first introduced to Japan in the early 2000s and the current era of expanded ESG investing. Topics have expanded beyond the environment and compliance to include human rights, governance and contribution to SDGs, and today, these efforts are required not only within one's own company, but across the entire supply chain. From this, the participants were able to learn more about how the work of their individual departments ties in to CSR.
What are departmental risks as seen through the workshops?
Following the lectures, attendees split up into groups by department for the workshops.
Since the February sessions were aimed at the administrative departments of SG Holdings, the workshops focused on the issue of long-term risk management. First, each department was asked to outline what they considered risks if the Group is to conduct a sustainable business. Those issues were then prioritized from both the viewpoint of society and of the company. This led to lively discussions as issues came up that tied directly to business, and as participants exchanged questions with those in other departments about how certain operations were being carried out.
The sessions were generally well received, with feedback from participants including, "Since what I knew about CSR was more than 10 years old, I gained a lot of new knowledge," "This gave me a chance to get away from my everyday work and think about the future of the company," and "There was a lot I thought I knew, but didn't, about how other departments operate." Meanwhile, many of the issues raised in the workshops were ones that should be addressed not just within individual departments, but across the company as a whole, making clear the need for stronger coordination across departments. We will continue to conduct these workshops, tying them in to promotion of CSR.