Benesse Holdings established the Sustainability Promotion Committee in September 2018 with the objective of strengthening action throughout the group to help develop a sustainable world.
Arrangements to promote sustainability
At meetings of the Board of Directors of Benesse Holdings, sustainability and ESG [Environmental, Social and Governance] are considered important themes for discussion.
To promote sustainability and ESG initiatives throughout the Group, a Sustainability Promotion Committee has been in place since fiscal year 2018. The committee is chaired by the Head of the Sustainability Promotion Division and includes the CEO and other executive directors, presidents of major subsidiaries such as Benesse Corporation and Benesse Style Care, and heads of in-house companies. The committee discusses matters and drives initiatives related to significant challenges. It has been established based on the Business Company Management Regulations, which are the internal regulations governing the management and support of consolidated subsidiaries by Benesse Holdings. Matters discussed by the committee are regularly reported and deliberated upon in management meetings and meetings of the Board of Directors, ensuring proper supervision by the Board.
In fiscal year 2022, a dedicated organization was established directly under the oversight of the CEO, with an executive officer from Benesse Holdings serving specifically as its head.
Details of activities
The Sustainability Promotion 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.
A meeting was held between Mr. Jin Kobayashi, the President and CEO of Benesse Holdings, and Mr. Kouichi Sakai, the issuer of Nikkei ESG, to discuss Benesse Holdingsâ vision and transformation.
Human rights morning meeting
Held a human rights morning meeting to promote awareness of human rights among employees. It was jointly organized by the three corporate divisions and featured a lecture on the theme of business and human rights, which was given by Mr. Nobuaki Minato of Minato Comprehensive Law Office.
Held Sixteenth meeting of the Sustainability Promotion Committee
ă»Sustainability Study Reports
ă»Report on the Sustainability Study
ă»Human rights morning meeting planning
ă»Progress report on promoting womenâs empowerment and diversity
ă»Benesse Group Sustainability Policy and Philosophy
ă»Establishment and disclosure of non-financial KPIs
ă»Benesse Wellbeing Report
Benesse Group employees participate in the e-Learning course âSustainability Study 2022.â Over 4,500 employees from 28 group companies participated.
Diversity Day, an online program for the entire group
Mr. Kobayashi, President and Representative Director of Benesse Holdings, explained the significance of diversity initiatives. More than 3,000 employees participated in the meeting.
Conducted "Training on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity: Understanding LGBTQ and Creating a Comfortable Workplace" (August-September)
Establishment of an external consultation service where outside professional counselors provide consultation on sexuality, including gender identity and sexual orientation, in the workplace.
Held Fifteenth meeting of the Sustainability Promotion Committee
ă»Philosophy Subcommittee Activities and Future Plans
ă»Human Rights Assessment Report
ă»Promoting Group Diversity
ă»Clarification of social values
ă»First ESG Sustainability Briefing
Conducted a survey on Unconscious Bias
As one of the efforts to realize a workplace and society where people can support each other, a survey on "Unconscious Bias" (unconscious assumptions and prejudices) was conducted. More than 2,500 people from the group participated in the survey.
"Benesse Meet Up," a study group for Benesse Groupâs philosophy activities, begins.
Published the philosophy booklet "BATON" as a tool for group employees to understand the philosophy. Distributed to all Group employees.
Activities in FY 2021
Held Fourteenth meeting of the Sustainability and ESG Promotion Committee
ă»Climate Change Trends and Directions for Group Expansion
ă»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
Benesseâs morning assembly on the company anniversary was held. We invited Professor Maeno Takashi of Keio University Graduate School to give a special lecture entitled âIntroduction to Well-Being for the Age of âLiving Wellââ to all our employees.
Held Thirteenth meeting of the Sustainability and ESG Promotion Committee
ă»Increasing Value to Society
ă»ESG Progress Report and Human Rights Initiatives
Benesse Group employees participate in the e-Learning course âSustainability Study 2021.â 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 and ESG Promotion Committee
ă»Sustainability and ESG - discussion for realizing the ideal as a medium-term plan
ă»Progress report on ESG assessment and consultation
ă»About a sustainability study
Nikkei Sustainability and ESG Conference attended by Tamotsu Adachi, Representative Director, Chairman, and CEO of Benesse Holdings (at that time)
ă»Holding lectures on Benesseâs Sustainability and discussions with Kouichi Sakai, publisher of Nikkei ESG
Held eleventh meeting of the Sustainability and ESG Promotion Committee
ă»About how to move forward with sustainability and ESGs this year
ă»Progress on ESG evaluation organization response
ă»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 (at that time), 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
ă»Reported on human rights due diligence and future actions
ă»Evaluated the ESG strategy
ă»Reported the Benesse Sustainability Study 2020 results and future actions
ă»Reported philosophy project progress
Gained the highest selection rank âLeader boardâ 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
ă»Invited professor Akie Iriyama from Waseda Business School, who is well-known for âAmbidextrous businessâ and set âInnovationâ as the main topic for a dialogue with the Benesse Holdingsâ CEO Tamotsu Adachi (at that time)
Being evaluated as the highest rating âAâ in the CDP2020 survey âClimate Changeâ for the third consecutive year
August ~ November 2020
The conduction of human rights due diligence for the group companies
The implementation of âBenesse Sustainability Study 2020â e-Learning course for Benesse Group employees
ă»Approximately 4,000 people from 28 companies in the Benesse group participated
ă»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
ă»The Sustainability Promotion Committee considered issues such as âwhich current actions should be further improved uponâ and âwhich are new things that should be attemptedâ
ă»Collected some materiality example activities cases that are currently in progress. There are approximately 3,600 cases being collected.
Held ninth meeting of the Sustainability Committee
ă»The report of Benesseâs Sustainability Study for 2020
ă»The report on the progress of the philosophy project
ă»The consideration for approaching the ESG field (specifically focusing on S â society area) and human rights
Held eighth meeting of the Sustainability Committee
ă»Consideration for planning the philosophical project
ă»The review of materiality penetration and practicing enhancement plan
Held seventh meeting of the Sustainability Committee
ă»The report on the impact of the new Covid-19 epidemic on social changes and sustainability activities
ă»The consideration of materiality penetration and practicing enhancement plan
ă»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 (at that time), was a plenary speaker at Sustainable Brands 2020 YOKOHAMA, where companies, local government bodies, and organizations from Japan and abroad gathered
ă»Reported on progress of sustainability for the Group
ă»Introduced two examples of activities based on the Sustainability Vision
Held sixth meeting of the Sustainability Committee
ă»Details of the disclosure and identification of the Benesse Groupâs materiality
ă»Discussion on the Groupâs engagement with human rights
ă»Summary for the financial year and direction for next financial year
Held morning assembly on the anniversary of the company founding
ă»Delivered a message to the employees on the groupâs materiality
ă»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))
We have established the Risk and Compliance Committee to implement risk management and ensure compliance throughout the Group. The committee is chaired by the head of the management division responsible for risk management and compliance. Participants include the CEO, heads of the management departments, the presidents of Benesse Corporation and Benesse Style Care, and business representatives of these companies. The committee aggregates the results of various risk assessments in each Group company, including sustainability-related risks such as those with respect to human resources, information security, and business continuity planning, and develops and takes measures to address risks across the Group. The committee regularly reports the results to the Board of Directors and receives necessary instructions.