External Evaluations and Awards

Below is a summary of the external evaluations and awards that have recognized Benesse's efforts in various areas.

Environment-Related Awards & Achievements

  • Awarded top A evaluation in CDP’s 2020 climate change survey

    CDP 2020 climate change survey

    Benesse Holdings

    In the CDP’s climate change survey, we were selected in 2020 as an A List company, the highest evaluation for companies that conduct outstanding activities in greenhouse gas emission reduction, climate change mitigation measures, etc., for 3rd year in a row following our success in 2018.

  • Receiving the highest rank “A” in the CDP’s Suppliers Engagement Valuation

    CDP 2020 CDP Supplier Engagement Rating

    Benesse Holdings

    In the CDP’s Suppliers Engagement Valuation, we have continuously been ranked the highest (A). On this supplier engagement leader board, we are among the 396 high-ranking companies taking action for climate change.

  • Acquired Science Based Targets (SBT) Certification

    Science Based Targets

    Benesse Corporation

    Our greenhouse gas emission targets for 2030 and 2050 were certified by the SBT Initiative based on scientific evidence to “keep the global average temperature increase well below 2°C and below 1.5°C compared to pre-industrial levels ” under the Paris agreement. We have received SBT certification from the Initiative.

  • Acquired Environmental Management System (ISO 14001) certification

    Benesse Corporation

    In 2004, the company acquired ISO14001 certification as a company implementing Environmental Management Systems in accordance with ISO standards. Certification was renewed in the year ended March 2020.

  • Independently verified greenhouse gas emissions

    Benesse Corporation

    To ensure the reliability of our CO2 emission track record, our FY 2017 figures have been independently verified by the Japan Quality Assurance Organization.

Recognized efforts to provide a positive work environment for employees

  • Certified as a Certified Health & Productivity Management Organization Recognition Program (White 500)

    Benesse Holdings
    Benesse Corporation

    This is a system that recognizes companies that practice outstanding health management based on efforts that appropriately address local health issues, as well as initiatives to improve health promoted by Nippon Kenko Kaigi (Japan Health Council).
    Both companies were selected as "White 500" companies, which ranks the top 500 corporations among the 1801 corporations in the 2021 Certified Health & Productivity Management Organizations Recognition Program (Large Enterprise Category).

  • Certified as a Certified Health & Productivity Management Organization Recognition Program

    Tokyo Individualized Educational Institute

    Tokyo Individualized Educational Institute, INC. was selected in the 2021 Certified Health & Productivity Management Organizations Recognition Program (Large Enterprise Category).

  • Certified as a Certified Health & Productivity Management Organization Recognition Program

    Benesse Business Mate

    Benesse Business-mate, Inc. was selected in the 2021 Certified Health & Productivity Management Organizations Recognition Program (SMEs category).

  • Certified as an "Active Enterprise in Supporting Disabled Persons"

    Benesse Business Mate

    This certification is granted by the 'Japan Association of Employers of Persons with Disabilities' under commission of the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. As of April 1, 2020, 58 companies have been certified nationwide.

  • Obtained "Eruboshi ," the highest level of certification based on the Act on Promotion of Women's Participation and Advancement in the Workplace

    Benesse Corporation

    In April 2016, Benesse was granted "Grade 3," the highest grade attainable in the Act on Promotion of Women's Participation and Advancement in the Workplace certification system operated by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.

  • Received an "Award of Excellence" in the Large Enterprise Category with a "Corporate Award for Outstanding Efforts in Balancing Treatment and Work for Cancer Patients"

    Benesse Corporation

    The company received its first "Award of Excellence" in the Large Enterprise Category in 2017 with a "Corporate Award for Outstanding Efforts in Balancing Treatment and Work for Cancer Patients," a cancer response initiative implemented by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.

Corporate Governance-Related Awards & Achievements

  • Registered as a business approved to display the PrivacyMark symbol

    Benesse Corporation

    After being assessed by JIPDEC , in November 2016 Benesse was registered as a business approved to display the PrivacyMark symbol.
    (November 2, 2016: Initial registration)
    (November 1, 2022: Expiry date)

  • Obtained ISMS certification

    After ISO27001 (ISMS) certification was acquired by Benesse Corporation School Headquarters and Benesse BASE COM in May 2015, the same certification was also acquired by Benesse Holdings, Benesse Corporation (excluding some offices), and Benesse InfoShell in March 2016.
    (May 5, 2015: Initial registration)
    (May 5, 2024: Expiry date)

Other: SRI Index, etc.

  • Selected to the SOMPO Sustainability Index

    Benesse Holdings

    SOMPO Sustainability Index

    Selected for ten consecutive years as a stock that makes up the SOMPO Sustainability Index, which is independently managed by SOMPO Asset Management. This index is used in SOMPO Asset Management's sustainable investment.
    Sustainable investment is a responsible investment product for pension funds and institutional investors that SOMPO Asset Management started in August 2012. They invest in a wide range of companies with high ratings in ESGs (environmental, social, and corporate governance).

  • Rated as “Prime” in sustainability by Germany’s ISS-oekom.

    Benesse Holdings

    Corporate ESG Performance Prime

    Our company has been recognized as a leading "Prime" company in the ISS ESG Corporate Rating by the ISS ESG (the ESG investment solutions business of U.S.-based ISS, the world's leading voting advisory firm). The "Prime" certification signifies our company as a sustainability leader in the Education industry to which we belong.

  • Selected for the MSCI Japan ESG Select Leaders Index

    Benesse Holdings

    MSCI Japan ESG Select Leaders Index

    We have been selected for the MSCI Japan ESG Select Leaders Index.
    This index was developed by MSCI and includes only those companies that demonstrate the best performance in respect of environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria. It is one of the ESG investment indices used by the Japanese Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF).

    ※THE INCLUSION OF BENESSE HOLDINGS, INC. IN ANY MSCI INDEX, AND THE USE OF MSCI LOGOS, TRADEMARKS, SERVICE MARKS OR INDEX NAMES HEREIN, DO NOT CONSTITUTE A SPONSORSHIP, ENDORSEMENT OR PROMOTION OF BENESSE HOLDINGS, INC. BY MSCI OR ANY OF ITS AFFILIATES. THE MSCI INDEXES ARE THE EXCLUSIVE PROPERTY OF MSCI. MSCI AND THE MSCI INDEX NAMES AND LOGOS ARE TRADEMARKS OR SERVICE MARKS OF MSCI OR ITS AFFILIATES.
  • Selected for the MSCI Japan Empowering Women Index (WIN)

    Benesse Holdings

    MSCI Japan Empowering Women Index

    We have been selected for the MSCI Japan Empowering Women Index (WIN).
    This index, consisting of MSCI Japan IMT Top 500 members (the top 500 companies in market capitalization), includes companies with the best performance in gender diversity across all business sectors. It is one of the ESG investment indices used by the Japanese Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF).

    THE INCLUSION OF BENESSE HOLDINGS, INC. IN ANY MSCI INDEX, AND THE USE OF MSCI LOGOS, TRADEMARKS, SERVICE MARKS OR INDEX NAMES HEREIN, DO NOT CONSTITUTE A SPONSORSHIP, ENDORSEMENT OR PROMOTION OF BENESSE HOLDINGS, INC. BY MSCI OR ANY OF ITS AFFILIATES. THE MSCI INDEXES ARE THE EXCLUSIVE PROPERTY OF MSCI. MSCI AND THE MSCI INDEX NAMES AND LOGOS ARE TRADEMARKS OR SERVICE MARKS OF MSCI OR ITS AFFILIATES.
  • Selected for the FTSE4Good Index Series

    Benesse Holdings

    FTSE4Good

    We have been selected for inclusion in the FTSE4Good index.
    This index was created by FTSE Russell and is one of the ESG indices used by investors. Companies worldwide that meet relevant ESG criteria are included in the index.

  • Selected for the FTSE Blossom Japan Index

    Benesse Holdings

    FTSE Blossom Japan

    We have been selected for inclusion in the FTSE Blossom Japan Index.
    This index was created by FTSE Russell and includes Japanese firms that achieve the highest ESG performance. It is one of the ESG investment indices used by the Japanese Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF).

  • Selected for the S&P/JPX Carbon Efficient Index

    Benesse Holdings

    S&P/JPX  Carbon Efficient Index

    We have been selected for inclusion in the S&P/JPX Carbon Efficient Index.
    This is an environmental index, co-created by the Japan Exchange Group and S&P Dow Jones Indices. It is one of the ESG investment indices used by the Japanese Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF).
    This index, consisting of TOPIX members, reflects the environmental impact of its members by considering their carbon efficiency (carbon emissions relative to revenue) and publicly disclosed environmental information.

Benesse Holdings, Inc. has been listed for all ESG indices selected by the GPIF (Government Pension Investment Fund).

Website

  • Selected as an excellent company in the "Gomez ESG Site Ranking 2021"

    Benesse Holdings

    We have been selected as an excellent company in the "Gomez ESG Site Ranking 2021" conducted by BroadBand Security Inc.

    The purpose of this ranking is to evaluate the ease of use and completeness of information on websites (ESG websites) for listed companies to conduct public relations activities on the Internet for various stakeholders including shareholders and investors. The survey items are divided into the five categories of "website usability," "ESG common," "E (environment)," "S (society)," and "G (governance)," and are designed to incorporate the perspectives of not only shareholders and investors, who are the main users, but also a wide range of stakeholders.

For more information, including disclosure of information regarding awards, please visit the "Awards" section of our investor relations website.

Last updated : 2021/09/22