Sustainability Sustainability

Materiality (Material Issues)

(Material Issues)

As a group, our aim is to work toward the world’s common targets, the SDGs, to contribute to the sustainable development of society, and to meet the expectations of all of our stakeholders.
As environmental and societal sustainability becomes ever more important, we have set six material issues to clarify how we can contribute to resolving the issues in order to achieve the SDGs. These were determined following a process that involved the identification of societal issues by internal working groups and outside experts, evaluations of these issues to judge importance, and then discussion and final decision by the Management Meeting and Board of Directors.In addition, as a “foundation to support business continuity,” we have defined five basic elements of corporate activities that are indispensable in addressing the material issues and must be constantly enhanced.To overcome these material issues by fiscal 2030, we have set ourselves key performance indicators (KPI) targets for each. Progress status, and future actions, are discussed by the Sustainability Committee, and then reported to the Board of Directors. We will also review both material issues and KPIs to follow changes in society.

Materiality and KPIs

Materiality KPI FY2030 Target SDGs

Ensure Access to Sanitation, Healthy Lives and Better Quality of Life

  • SDGsContribute to improvements in hygiene, health, and quality of life (QOL) by providing super absorbent polymers (materials used in disposable diapers and other sanitary products) and water-soluble polymers (used in products for lifestyle and medicine)

  • Net sales of QOL-related products
  • Production growth of super absorbent polymers (ratio to the sales in FY2022)
  • ¥140billion
  • 30%

Ensure Access to Affordable, Reliable and Sustainable Energy

  • Contribute to energy-savings by providing electronics gases and energy-related products(materials for lithium-ion batteries, etc.)

  • Net sales of energy-saving products
  • ¥30billion

Build Resilient Infrastructure and Foster Technology Innovation

  • Launch new products
  • Strengthen our R&D capabilities
  • Apply digital applications to raise productivity and bolster production technologies
  • Contribute to the formation of a recycling-oriented society

  • R&D expenses (ratio to net sales)
  • Net sales of new products
  • 2.0-2.5%
  • ¥40billion

Ensure Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns

  • Promotion of products that offer greater safety and peace of mind

  • Investment in making products that offer greater safety and peace of mind investments related to chemical product safety evaluations, applications, registrations, and manufacturing
  • ¥400million

Promote Gender Equality

  • Promote of female participation

  • Proportion of female managers
  • Uptake by Male Employees of Childcare Leave (Non-consolidated)
  • 17%
  • 100%

Achieve Carbon Neutrality

  • Reduce the amount of GHG emissions that we generate.
  • Work together with stakeholders in the value chain
  • Contribute to the realization of carbon neutrality through our technologies

  • GHG reduction rate (Scope 1,2)
  • 42%(Compared to FY2021)
    Non-consolidated: 46% Compared to FY2013

Foundations to Support Business Continuity

  • Legal & Ethical Compliance
  • Respect for human rights
  • Environmental Protection
  • Occupational Safety and Health & Disaster Prevention
  • Employee’s Health and Job Satisfaction

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