Message from CSRO

Toward the Realization of a Sustainable Society

Toshiya Koyama
Executive Officer, Member of the Board
Chief Social Responsibility Officer

In recent years it seems as though not a day goes by when the word "sustainability" does not appear in newspapers and other media. I am always a little puzzled, however, because the word is often used without a subject. What exactly is it that must be sustained? Thinking about this question, I understand that the subject must be the society in which we live. So, what is the starting point of this social sustainability?

The origin of corporate social responsibility in Europe apparently was the issue of unemployment among young people in the 1990s. Since European society could not be sustained if the matter were left untouched, not only governments but companies also set about tackling the youth unemployment issue. Every person constitutes an essential asset for society. Therefore, since companies were handling social assets, they had to accept the accompanying responsibility. Companies educate and train people and then have them create value. Accordingly, I believe that human rights definitely lie at the root of social sustainability.

Besides human rights, our business would not survive without the sustainability of suppliers. In addition, in the supply of goods and services, it would be inexcusable if they were harmful to people. Furthermore, in the process from producing the goods and services that we supply to delivering them to the customer, the emission of much carbon dioxide would mean that we were cohorts in bringing about climate change.

In this way, to sustain society, steady efforts are necessary to solve multiple problems one by one. The Teijin Group intends to contribute to the sustainability of society by continuing to challenge issues around the clock in our effort to enhance the quality of life, which is our corporate philosophy.