External Evaluations and Initiatives
SoftBank has gained authentication from domestic and overseas organizations by promoting ESG initiatives,
and endorses ESG related initiatives.
DJSI World Index
SoftBank Corp. announced that for the first time it was selected as a component of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (“DJSI World”) in line with a modification made to inclusion criteria for 2022. DJSI World is part of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (“DJSI”), one of the leading global indices for Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) investing.
Furthermore, SoftBank achieved the highest score among the companies selected from Japan. And was also the only Japan-based company selected for the “Telecommunication Services” industry group.
DJSI Asia/Pacific Index
SoftBank Corp. have been selected for the second consecutive year as a component of the 2022 Dow Jones Sustainability Asia Pacific Index (DJSI Asia/Pacific Index), which comprises companies from the Asia-Pacific region.
In addition, SoftBank Corp. was selected as “The Sustainability Yearbook Member,” which is positioned as a superior global ESG company, in the Sustainability Awards announced in “The Sustainability Yearbook 2022,” which covers its constituent stocks. SoftBank Corp. was also selected as an “Industry Mover,” a special award that recognizes outstanding companies that deserve attention.
MSCI Japan ESG Select Leaders Index
SoftBank Corp. has been selected for inclusion in the MSCI Japan ESG Select Leaders Index, a leading environmental, social and governance (ESG) index that has been adopted as a benchmark for passive ESG
investing by Japan’s Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF), one of the world’s largest public pension funds.
Additionally, in the FY2023, we achieved the highest rating of ‘AAA’ for the first time.
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MSCI Japan Empowering Women Index (WIN)
SoftBank Corp. has been selected for inclusion in the MSCI Japan Empowering Women Index (WIN), which is made up of companies with excellent performance in gender diversity.
FTSE4Good Index Series
Since 2020, SoftBank Corp. has been selected for inclusion in the FTSE4Good Index Series, a world leading environmental, social and governance (ESG) index run by FTSE Russell.
FTSE Blossom Japan Index
Since 2020, SoftBank Corp. has been selected for inclusion in the FTSE Blossom Japan Index, an environmental, social and governance (ESG) index run by FTSE Russell designed to measure the performance of Japanese companies implementing outstanding ESG initiatives.
FTSE Blossom Japan
Sector Relative Index
Since 2022, SoftBank Corp. has been selected for inclusion in the FTSE Blossom Japan Sector Relative Index, an index that reflects the performance of Japanese companies that demonstrate strong environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices relative to their respective sectors.
SOMPO Sustainability Index
SoftBank Corp. has been selected for inclusion in the SOMPO Sustainability Index operated by SOMPO Asset Management Co., Ltd. This index is used for “SOMPO Sustainable Management,” an initiative for investing broadly in companies that SOMPO Asset Management Co., Ltd. evaluates highly in terms of environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance.
EcoVadis Silver Medal Certification
SoftBank Corp. received a Silver Medal rating in the EcoVadis 2021 sustainability questionnaire. Our eﬀorts received high ratings across all four themes: Environment, Labor & Human Rights, Ethics and Sustainable Procurement.
NIKKEI “SDGs Management” Survey 2022
SoftBank Corp. has received the maximum five stars for the second consecutive year in the NIKKEI SDGs Management Survey 2022, which evaluates companies’ overall SDGs management based on the four pillars of SDGs strategy/economic value, social value, environmental value and governance.
In 2021, SoftBank Corp. received the “Social Value Award,” one of three awards given based on the survey.
This award is given to the company that is recognized as making the most outstanding contributions to socially important values through its corporate activities, such as addressing social issues and diversity initiatives. The award was given in recognition of such initiatives as “Respect for human rights, including in the supply chain,” “Diversity within the company,” and “Support for students and schools at Corona Disaster”.
S&P/JPX Carbon Efficient Index
SoftBank Corp. has been selected for inclusion in the S&P/JPX Carbon Efficient Index, an index that determines the weighting of constituent stocks based on the disclosure of environmental information and the level of carbon efficiency (carbon emissions per unit of revenue).
CDP 2022 Climate Change
In recognition of its strategy and response to climate change, SoftBank Corp. received an “A-” rating from the CDP (headquarters: London, UK), an international non-proﬁt organization that conducts environmental assessments of major corporations and cities around the world.
In addition, the company was selected for the “LeaderBoard,” the highest rating, in recognition of its efforts to combat climate change throughout its supply chain, for the second consecutive year.
Verified by Science Based Targets Initiative
The targets of SoftBank Corp.’s Carbon-Neutral 2030 Declaration, aimed at achieving virtually zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, were verified by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) as being soundly science based targets.
Keidanren Initiative for Biodiversity
In addition to participating in the Keidanren Council on Nature Conservation, we endorse the aims of the “Declaration of Biodiversity by Keidanren” formulated by Keidanren, and in June 2023, we have endorsed the “Initiative based on the Declaration of Biodiversity by Keidanren”.
We have endorsed the principles of the Task Force on Nature-related Financial Disclosures(TNFD), and have joined the TNFD Forum in May 2022. We will actively promote information disclosure based on the disclosure framework.
Digital Transformation Stock 2023
In recognition of its eﬀorts to solve social issues through new businesses, SoftBank Corp. was the only company in the information and telecommunications industry to be selected for three consecutive years as a Digital Transformation Stock 2023 by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
SoftBank Corp. has been certified as an Eco-First Company by the Minister of the Environment for declaring that it will engage in “advanced, unique and industry-leading business activities” in the field of the environment, including measures against global warming, waste and recycling.