Materiality and KPIs

We introduce the five material issues of the Teijin Group, and the key performance indicators (KPIs) and target values.

Materiality of the Teijin Group

Materiality is social issues that we prioritize in our actions to realize our long-term vision of being a company that supports the society of the future.
In the Medium-Term Management Plan 2020-2022, based on global social issues and the goals set forth in the SDGs, we have organized risks and opportunities that our company faces and identified five material issues to be addressed as management issues from fiscal 2020 onward.

Materiality and SDGs

Learn more about materiality here

Process of identifying materiality

The Teijin Group grasps a wide range of social issues and screens them by conducting a materiality analysis from the perspective of their degree of importance to the Teijin Group and degree of impact on stakeholders. The Chief Social Responsibility Officer then consults with external experts. The Teijin’s Group Management Committee finally identifies the materiality to the Teijin Group.

Process of identifying materiality

STEP1 Grasp and screen

Grasp the trends of a wide range of social issues including the SDGs, and digest them

STEP2 Analyze materiality

The digested social issues are analyzed and mapped two-dimensionally, with importance of the social issues to the Teijin Group in ascending order along the horizontal axis, and impact on stakeholders in ascending order along the vertical axis.

Analyze materiality
Method for determining impact on stakeholders (vertical axis)

Stakeholders are categorized into (1) shareholders and investors, (2) employees, (3) customers, (4) suppliers, and (5) local residents. The ascending order of degree of impact on stakeholders is determined by whether a social issue is of particular interest to each stakeholder category and then categorizes into high, medium and low.

Method for determining degree of importance to Teijin Group (horizontal axis)

Importance to the Teijin Group is determined from both the degree of impact on business (taking into account both the positive and negative aspects), and also the prospect and likelihood of the issues occurring.

Method for determining degree of importance to Teijin Group (horizontal axis)

STEP3 Select material issues

From the issues analyzed at STEP 2, we select those issues which have a particularly high importance to the Teijin Group and a high degree of impact on stakeholders.

STEP4 Dialogues with external experts

We conduct dialogues with external experts about the Teijin Group’s process of identifying Materiality and the selected issues.

Details of Implementation

We conducted dialogues about the Group’s process of identifying materiality and the selected issues in October 2019, and received inputs from external experts from a wide range of perspectives.

Connecting business fields with solutions helps improve corporate value
Hidemi Tomita
Lloyd’s Register Japan K.K.

When organizing its materiality with a focus on the SDGs, I believe Teijin can establish a greater sense of a narrative by showing how its three solutions, which are created as a result of its business activities, contribute to society. In addition, Teijin should be able to enhance its corporate value to an even greater extent by extending a particular material or business across multiple solutions. I also think it is important for each employee to gain an understanding on the kind of business opportunities that are created by responding to the SDGs.

Backcasting from the future with a view to the next 100 years is important
Ken Shibusawa
Founding Partner & Chairman of the Board,
Commons Asset Management, Inc.

From the viewpoint of a long-term investor, the purpose of a corporation’s efforts toward ESG and the SDGs is to achieve sustainable value creation over the long term. To that end, it is important to accumulate existing businesses and make commitments to the future and then think backwards on how to accomplish them. In addition to considering “what” actions it should undertake, Teijin should think about “why” they are pursuing a particular action. I therefore would like to see Teijin promote backcasting with a focus on the next 100 years. Going forward, the extent to which Teijin can ascertain changes in the business environment and consider aspects outside the perspective of its past successes will become increasingly more important.

Looking forward to long-term value creation related to climate change
Toshihiko Goto
Chief Executive Officer, Sustainability Forum Japan
Board Member, Global Compact Network Japan

From a short-term perspective too, Teijin deserves praise for supporting the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). I think the Company could benefit from adopting a more long-term perspective with its vision and strategies. I would like to see Teijin establish goals for 2030 through a backcasting approach that considers the kind of company Teijin aims to be by its 150-year anniversary. If Teijin’s management is able to indicate the direction toward which the Company is heading, I believe that knowledge of this path will spur various ideas from employees on how to reduce CO2 emissions and other matters. To survive as a company going forward, it is crucial to pursue efforts from the perspective of value creation related to climate change.

STEP5 Identify material issues

The Group Management Committee deliberates, checks, and identifies the Teijin Group’s Materiality. The current five material issues were identified at the Group Management Committee in December 2019.

KPIs & Targets

The KPIs for each material issue newly set by the Teijin Group are indicated below.
Change from the KPIs for CSR materiality identified in 2015 and new KPIs set at this time are indicated in the reference column.


1. Climate Change mitigation and adaptation
2. Achievement of a circular economy
3. Safety and security of people and local communities
4. Realization of healthy and comfortable living for people
5. Further strengthening of sustainable management base

Materiality KPIs Target Reference Sales ratio of the three solutions by FY2030 75% or more of total sales New
1 Avoided CO2*1 emissions*2 by FY2030 Avoided emissions > Total emissions New
1 Climate Change

20% reduction vs. FY2018

(total amount)
FY2050 Net Zero Emissions Update
2 Water (Freshwater Intake)

30% improvement vs. FY2018

(volume of freshwater intake per sales unit)
2 Landfill Waste FY2030

10% improvement vs. FY2018

(volume of landfill waste per sales unit)
3 Hazardous Substance FY2030

20% improvement vs. FY2018

(hazardous substance emissions per sales unit)
5 Diversity & Inclusion      
Diversity of Executives*3 No. of female executives FY2030 10+ Update
No. of non-Japanese executives FY2030 12+ Update
Women’s advancement key goals*4 Japan No. of managers (or higher) FY2030 300+ Update
No. of senior managers*5 FY2030 10 New
EU No. of global core talents*6 FY2030 10 New
China No. of senior managers*5 FY2030 12 New
ASEAN No. of senior managers*5 FY2030 8+ New
  1. *1Includes CO2, methane and nitrous oxide
  2. *2Calculation of effects for avoiding CO2 emissions in the downstream supply chain by using the Company’s products
  3. *3Total number of board members, auditors, group corporate officers
  4. *4Key goals are set based on the regional situations (Targets in China and ASEAN to be set in September 2020)
  5. *5Senior management including presidents of group companies
  6. *6Human resources of female senior managers selected and certified as executive candidates