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
Held eighth meeting of the Sustainability Committee
・Consideration for planning the philosophical project
・The review of materiality penetration and practicing enhancement plan
The disclosure of example materiality activities cases on the sustainability 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 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.
August ~ November 2020
The conduction of human rights due diligence for the group companies
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
The sharing of materiality practice cases in the morning assembly meeting on company anniversary
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
Activities in FY 2019
Held fourth meeting of the Sustainability Committee
・Considered employee communication measures for FY 2019
・Discussed summary of the ESG evaluation, how to respond to issues, and opportunities for the Benesse Group.
Started the "Sustainability Study", e-Learning for Benesse Group employees
・With the email sent from the Chairperson, Mr. Adachi, approximately 3,000 people tackled the e-Learning over three months.
・Explained why Benesse engages in sustainability and SDGs with reference to the corporate philosophy, focusing on the employees' in-depth understanding.
・At the completion of the e-Learning, gathered answers in relation to the "What Benesse should be in 10 years time," which will be used for discussion for future materiality decisions.
Held first Sustainability Meetup in which we invited outside experts to help employees consider social problems
Hyungsik Lee (representative director, Learning for All NPO)
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 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 sixth meeting of the Sustainability Committee
・Details of the disclosure and identification of the Benesse Group's materiality
・Discussion on group's engagement with human rights
・Summary for the financial year and direction for next financial year
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
The Sustainability Committee will pursue further “communication with employees,” “communication with stakeholders,” “selection of materialities,” “integration and rationalization of ESG management,” and “promotion of understanding and stimulation of action on SDGs based on the Sustainability Vision.