Benesse Holdings established the Sustainability・ESG Committee in September 2018 with the objective of strengthening action throughout the group to help develop a sustainable world.
Arrangements to promote sustainability
The Sustainability・ESG Committee was established in accordance with Benesse Holdings' internal Operating Company Management Regulations, which provide for the business management and support of consolidated companies.
The committee consists of full-time Directors of Benesse Holdings and is chaired by the company's Chairman, who also acts as the committee's final arbiter. It meets several times a year as necessary to discuss matters to enhance sustainability in the Benesse Group.Important matters and regular reports on activities are presented at meetings of Benesse Holdings' Board of Directors.
*As of March 2022
Details of activities
The Sustainability・ESG Committee will discuss the following.
Decisions on policies and major initiatives related to sustainability and ESGs
Establishment and promotion of initiative policies for internal and outside communication related to sustainability and ESGs
Notification of important matters related to sustainability and ESGs
In addition, if necessary, we have set up a forum for discussions by inviting outside experts on each theme.
・Climate Change Trends and Directions for Group Expansion
・Organizing social issues and how to proceed
Human rights study sessions for human rights staff from all group companies to exchange opinions with experts and knowledgeable persons and learn the latest information
Benesse's morning assembly on the company anniversary was held. We invited Professor Maeno Takashi of Keio University Graduate School to give a special lecture entitled “Introduction to Well-Being for the Age of ‘Living Well’” to all our employees.
Held Thirteenth meeting of the Sustainability・ESG Committee
・Increasing Value to Society
・ESG Progress Report and Human Rights Initiatives
Benesse Group employees participate in the e-Learning course "Sustainability Study 2021.” Approximately 4,000 employees from 28 group companies participated.
September ~ November 2021
Conducted human rights due diligence with respect to group companies. Expanded the number of group companies covered since last fiscal year.
Held twelfth meeting of the Sustainability・ESG Committee
・Sustainability and ESG - discussion for realizing the ideal as a medium-term plan
・Progress report on ESG assessment and consultation
・About a sustainability study
Nikkei Sustainability and ESG Conference attended by Tamotsu Adachi, Representative Director, Chairman, and CEO of Benesse Holdings *position as of March 2022
・Holding lectures on Benesse's Sustainability and discussions with Kouichi Sakai, publisher of Nikkei ESG
Held eleventh meeting of the Sustainability・ESG Committee
・About how to move forward with sustainability and ESGs this year
・Progress on ESG evaluation organization response
・Action plan for the Benesse Philosophy Project
Acquiring SBT Initiative Certification
Activities in FY 2020
Benesse Stakeholder Dialogue conducted
Tamotsu Adachi, Representative Director and Chairman and CEO of Benesse Holdings, and Kouichi Sakai, publisher of Nikkei ESG, talked about such themes as initiatives for human resources for the growth of Benesse from the perspectives of sustainability and ESG.
Held the tenth meeting of the Sustainability Committee
・Reported on human rights due diligence and future actions
・Evaluated the ESG strategy
・Reported the Benesse Sustainability Study 2020 results and future actions
・Reported philosophy project progress
Gained the highest selection rank “Leader board” in CDP supplier engagement evaluation
The sharing of materiality practice cases in the morning assembly meeting on company anniversary
The conduction of the Benesse Stakeholder Dialogue to hear opinions from outside experts
・Invited professor Akie Iriyama from Waseda Business School, who is well-known for “Ambidextrous business” and set “Innovation” as the main topic for a dialogue with the Benesse Holdings’ CEO Tamotsu Adachi
Being evaluated as the highest rating "A" in the CDP2020 survey "Climate Change" for the third consecutive year
August ~ November 2020
The conduction of human rights due diligence for the group companies
The implementation of “Benesse Sustainability Study 2020” e-Learning course for Benesse Group employees
・Approximately 4,000 people from 28 companies in the Benesse group participated
・Conveyed how corporate philosophy and sustainability are linked together. After that, through some example activities cases, the employees gained a more in-depth understanding of materiality. Furthermore, there were explanations to employees about the importance of sustainability in the new middle term business plan.
・The Sustainability Promotion Committee considered issues such as “which current actions should be further improved upon” and “which are new things that should be attempted.”
・Collected some materiality example activities cases that are currently in progress. There are approximately 3,600 cases being collected. We have planned to expand examples of materiality activities on the site.
Held ninth meeting of the Sustainability Committee
・The report of Benesse’s Sustainability Study for 2020
・The report on the progress of the philosophy project
・The consideration for approaching the ESG field (specifically focusing on S – society area) and human rights
The disclosure of example materiality activities cases on the sustainability site
Held eighth meeting of the Sustainability Committee
・Consideration for planning the philosophical project
・The review of materiality penetration and practicing enhancement plan
Held seventh meeting of the Sustainability Committee
・The report on the impact of the new Covid-19 epidemic on social changes and sustainability activities
・The consideration of materiality penetration and practicing enhancement plan
・The review of human rights activity plans
The enactment of human rights policies by the Benesse group
Activities in FY 2019
The Chairperson, Mr. Adachi, was a plenary speaker at Sustainable Brands 2020 YOKOHAMA, where companies, local government bodies, and organizations from Japan and abroad gathered
・Reported on progress of sustainability for the Group
・Introduced two examples of activities based on the Sustainability Vision
Held sixth meeting of the Sustainability Committee
・Details of the disclosure and identification of the Benesse Group's materiality
・Discussion on the Group's engagement with human rights
・Summary for the financial year and direction for next financial year
Held morning assembly on the anniversary of the company founding
・The Chairperson, Mr. Adachi, delivered a message to the employees on the group's materiality
・Employee presentation on case studies
Held External Seminar on Diversity
Planned as a corporate study meeting to learn how to make a friendly workplace to people of diverse backgrounds but primarily LGBT. HR and general affairs representatives from across the group participated.
Mika Yakushi (representative director, ReBit Authorized NPO)
Held second Sustainability Meetup
Miki Matheson (Education Committee Member, International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and Education Committee Member, International Olympic Committee (IOC))
Based on the Sustainability Vision, the Sustainability・ESG Committee will further discuss "employee communication," "stakeholder communication," "promotion of activities based on materiality," "strengthening ESG management integration," "promotion of understanding of SDGs, and activation of initiatives." We will promote it with.