Under the leadership of President Kadota, the Kurita Group has shifted away from traditional environment-centered activities to CSR activities which include social aspects. "The Environmental Report" was also changed to "the Social and Environmental Report". The stance of stressing the environment and society reflects the strong desire of top management, and these activities are expected to continue into the future.
The Kurita Group has traditionally undertaken quality environmental management and environmental information management and communication activities, and it is trying to also reinforce its management of societal issues, including human rights and contributions to society. At this time, the choice and breakdown of KPIs will be an important point. For that purpose, materiality analysis and dialogue with stakeholders will probably be effective.
The Kurita Group has undertaken a rapid global expansion over the past several years, and there has been a sudden increase in both overseas sales and overseas employees. It is important that the Group manage and communicate information not only on the environment but also on social issues, including that related to overseas. Therefore, it is vital that "Kurita CSR" activities take root in overseas group companies, just like they have in domestic group companies. To do so, international guidelines such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) should be used as reference.
Efforts will be made to promote both top-down and bottom-up activities, and it is hoped that this will develop in an interactive manner.