Materiality and Policies

Through the following steps, the Kurita Group identified seven material issues related to CSR and finalized as Kurita's CSR Policy, including what we should be like and the frame of mind that we should maintain firmly in 2030.

Identification of materiality

Step 1: Evaluation of materiality

By referring to the GRI standards, ISO 26000 (Guidance on social responsibility), "OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises: Recommendations for Responsible Business Conduct in a Global Context" by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), and Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs), a total of 30 themes on sustainability have been identified and the E&S committee of Kurita evaluated their materiality based on two axes of: 1) Degree of stakeholders' expectations for the Kurita Group and; 2) Greatness of the Kurita Group's impact on society.

Step 2: Basic themes and themes for growth opportunities

Based on the results of the evaluation in Step 1, we repeated discussions from the two perspectives of tasks that should be positioned as the base of management and business activities and growth opportunities for achieving our Corporate Philosophy and identified seven material issues. Further, we have set "what we should be like in 2030" or the "frame of mind" that we should maintain firmly, for each theme.

Step 3: Confirmation of adequacy

The E&S Committee and Executive Committee of Kurita confirmed the adequacy of the seven material issues, what we should be like in 2030, and the frame of mind that were identified in Step 2, and they were finalized as Kurita's CSR Policy by its Board of Directors.

CSR Policy

The Kurita Group has set the following as its CSR Policy with the target year being 2030.

Provide solutions to issues related to water and the environment, and fulfill responsibility for the future
Priority themes Initiatives toward 2030 Targets for 2022
  • 1.Provide highly safe services and products
Maintain social trust by developing and providing services and products reflecting considerations for safety, health, and the environment. (1) Proportion of themes falling into "Safety improvement" and "Response to legal changes" to product development themes: 15%
(2) Rate of participation in regular safety training related to "Products and services" among employees: 100%
  • 2.Conduct fair business activities
Maintain fair and transparent trade based on free competition. Maintain sound relationships with politics and administration. Rate of participation in compliance-related training among directors and employees: 100%
  • 3.Respect human rights
Support and respect international norms related to human rights and promote human rights initiatives by following the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights established by the United Nations. (1) Rate of participation in training related to human rights among directors and employees*1: 100%
(2) Severity rate*2: 0.005
  • 4.Solve issues related to water resources
Supply water at the optimum quality and quantity by securing as much water as necessary for the life of all people and the development of industry by applying technologies for saving, purifying, and reusing water. Water savings at customers*3 - Amount of tap water used in our business activities: 50,000,000 m3 *4
  • 5.Realize sustainable energy use
Optimize energy use in living and in industries, and introduce technologies for creating energy throughout society. CO2 emissions reduction at customers*3 - CO2 emissions from our business activities: 0*4
  • 6.Reduce waste
Introduce technologies for using waste as resources and technologies for controlling the amount of waste and aim to achieve zero waste. Waste reduction at customers *3 - Waste generated from our business activities: 100,000t*4
  • 7.Advance industrial production technologies
Make full use of big data on water to contribute to innovations in production efficiency and product quality in industries. Proportion of themes falling into "Contribution to improvement of production process" to product development themes: 35%
  • *1:One employee receives the training every three years.
  • *2:The subjects are divisions involved in site work and their business partners, and the rate was calculated by applying the formula, "Number of work days lost ÷ Total number of hours worked x 1,000."
  • *3:Amount of environmental impact that was reduced at customers' plants and offices by using products, technologies, or services from the Kurita Group
  • *4:We set values for "Reduction of environmental impact at customers - Environmental impact we generate" as our targets, aiming to have the reduction of environmental impact through our businesses offset and surpass the environmental impact of our business activities.

Basic themes

Themes for growth opportunities

  • 4.

    Solve issues related to water resources

    • What we should be like in 2030

      Supply water at the optimum quality and quantity by securing as much water as necessary for the life of all people and the development of industry by applying technologies for saving, purifying, and reusing water.

    • Related policies

      Kurita Group Environmental Policy, Kurita Group Procurement Policy

    • Activities

      Environmental Activities, selection of trade partners, requesting trade partners to fulfill their CSR

  • 5.

    Realize sustainable energy use

    • What we should be like in 2030

      Optimize energy use in living and in industries, and introduce technologies for creating energy throughout society.

    • Related policies

      Kurita Group Environmental Policy, Kurita Group Procurement Policy

    • Activities

      Environmental Activities, selection of trade partners, requesting trade partners to fulfill their CSR

  • 6.

    Reduce waste

    • What we should be like in 2030

      Introduce technologies for using waste as resources and technologies for controlling the amount of waste and aim to achieve zero waste.

    • Related policies

      Kurita Group Environmental Policy, Kurita Group Procurement Policy

    • Activities

      Environmental Activities, selection of trade partners, requesting trade partners to fulfill their CSR

  • 7.

    Advance industrial production technologies