Determining Important Issues
The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), an international non-government organization (NGO) that develops and disseminates globally applicable “Sustainability Reporting Guidelines”, released the revised Version 4 of its GRI Guidelines (G4) in May of 2013. The content of G4 has shifted away from the “exhaustive disclosure of information” demanded previously. Instead, it demands the “disclosure of information that focuses on important issues (material aspects)”. By deeper involvement of management in CSR activities, this development aims to have business proactively possess opinions, and for the content of information reported in CSR reports to be fixed. Because GRI shall demand the preparation of G4 rather than G3 reports from 2016 onwards, Yokohama Rubber is advancing preparations in accordance with the following steps so as to prepare for G4 reporting.
With respect to the “important issues (materiality)” determined for this company, it is planned that such shall be reported upon both on the CSR Web.
Please see STEP4 for the response to important issues and GRI standards.
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I would like to draw attention to anti-corruption, in addition to those other important issues of human rights, diversity, equal pay, complaint processing systems, and the protection of customer’s privacy. There is no dedicated government ministry in Japan that covers anti-corruption matters, and other countries pay much more attention to the issue of anti-corruption than we do in Japan. The UN Global Compact even has an independent provision on the issue. With globalization advancing today anti-corruption has become an even more important issue, and companies need to have a clear policy on anti-corruption and response measures in place.
Member of the International Drafting Committee Mr. Kumagai is actively involved in domestic and international deliberations on ISO26000 through its involvement as member of various committees. He is also a member of the Japan Labor Law Association.
Ms. Kuroda is an expert in community involvement and development. She established a regional forum with farmers and other community members in Fukushima Prefecture that is broadening exchange with other parts of Asia.
Mr. Seki was involved in the creation of ISO26000 as a representative of Japanese business. He also participates in various discussions on the topic of sustainable development at various international conferences.
Mr. Takegahara lived in Frankfurt, Germany for a total of six years and is known as one of Japan’s foremost experts in environmental finance, having development the Development Bank of Japan’s environmental loan rating system.
-  Items in parentheses are GRI Standard items corresponding to materiality whose names have been changed in GRI Standard.
We will focus on specific items among these and establish them as KPI as we work towards ongoing improvements by implementing the PDCA cycle.
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|Global environment||We challenge to build a sustainable society in harmony with the environment, to protect our blue planet and human beings.||
|Customers||We supply safe and secure products through manufacturing focused on the heart and technology.||
|Local communities||We build a trusted identity as a contributing member of the global community by making contributions to the development and prosperity of local communities.||
|Employees||We value and develop our people, and create opportunities for people.||
|Shareholders and investors||We improve our company value by growing business opportunities.||
|Business partners and suppliers||We promote CSR activities throughout the value chain.||