Message from the SDGs Promotion Officer
Promoting the SDGs
As a good corporate member of society, SoftBank regards contributing to the creation of a sustainable society as a vital management issue. We are working hard toward the attainment of the SDGs, whose goals are held in common worldwide. To respond to the concerns and expectations of a wide range of stakeholders, from communities to customers and business partners, we are building a framework for contributing to the SDGs through our corporate and business activities.
In addition to establishing the SDGs Promotion Committee as an advisory body to the Board of Directors, the Group has launched the SDGs Promotion Office, which functions to encourage in-house promotion of the SDGs within SoftBank Corp. and its Group companies. Junichi Miyakawa, President & CEO, serves as the Groupʼs Chief SDGs Promotion Officer, assuming the lead role in SDGs promotion, while I am responsible for promoting the SDGs Group-wide as the Executive Officer in Charge of SDGs Promotion.
Responding to climate change and other global environmental problems
The Company positions its response to global environmental issues as an item of materiality and an important theme. In April 2020 SoftBank announced that it endorsed the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure (TCFD). We are now moving forward with efforts based on the TCFD recommendations and is working hard to provide full and proactive disclosure. Also, the Company has announced the Declaration of Carbon-neutral 2030, which pledges SoftBank to reduce its emissions of greenhouse gases to effective zero by 2030. The Company is working to switch the electricity it uses to 100% effectively renewable energy. Moreover, leveraging to maximum advantage its strengths in cutting-edge technologies such as AI and IoT, the Company is striving to advance responses to climate change, promotion of a recycling-based society and the spread of natural-energy use.
Meeting societyʼs needs
In recent years, concern for respect for human rights in corporate activities has intensified. In 2020 the government of Japan formulated an action plan on “Business and Human Rights,” encouraging Japanese companies to redouble their efforts in this area. These developments testify that the importance attached to respect for human rights is constantly increasing. In accordance with international standards such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, SoftBank is focusing closely on respect for and response to human rights. Under the SoftBankʼs human rights policy, the Company calls on all stakeholders, from employees to customers, business partners and the supply chain, to prohibit discrimination and harassment, and creates processes for due diligence on human rights to respect the human rights of all stakeholders affected by our business activities. To achieve dynamic and supportive work environments, the Company is focusing on diversity and inclusion and is creating opportunities and environments for diverse personnel to apply their individuality and skills regardless of age, sex, nationality and able-bodied/disabled status.
In June 2021, SoftBank established the Advancement of Women Promotion Committee, appointing Junichi Miyakawa, President & CEO, as chair. Inviting various experts to serve as advisors, the Company launched a series of initiatives aimed at promoting womenʼs participation in the working world. The Company has set targets of doubling womenʼs representation in senior management from 7.1% in FY2021 to 15% in FY2030 and tripling it to 20% by FY2035. By fostering environments in which a diverse workforce of capable people can thrive and creating a dynamic and supportive organization, the Company aims to accelerate the growth of Group operations.
Smart & Fun! Workstyle Innovation
Applying its strengths in IT, in 2017 the Company launched the Smart & Fun! initiative. In this initiative for workplace innovation, the Company is building an environment in which it can use technology to put work-life balance into practice and invest in new approaches and personal growth. As an enterprise whose business domain consists of the latest technologies, SoftBank actively introduces working at home and other telework styles, promoting advanced workstyles that make the most efficient use of time. As the COVID-19 pandemic makes the advancement of telework a necessity worldwide, SoftBank has earned success as an early promoter of new workstyles using technology. Over 90% of SoftBank employees adopt telework, securing continuity of operations amid the pandemic. In January 2021, to achieve further innovation in workstyles, the Company moved its headquarters into new premises in the Takeshiba area, on the Tokyo waterfront. This move furnished Company employees with an office environment imbued with cutting-edge, AI-driven technology, to maximize employee performance. In combination with initiatives at WeWork locations and other satellite offices located throughout Japan, this action is further inspiring innovative and creative workstyles, liberating work from traditional bonds of place and time.
At SoftBank, we believe tenacious corporate governance is an indispensable requirement for achieving a sustainable society. SoftBank is building a sophisticated system of corporate governance, focusing on the Board of Directors and the Audit & Supervisory Board, and is reinforcing these bodiesʼ mutual monitoring functions. To ensure that all employees practice highly transparent governance and sound business activities, we require strict compliance with the SoftBank Code of Conduct and work hard to instill these values in employees through training and a wide variety of other efforts. In this way we endeavor to guarantee transparency in all our corporate activities and improve and strengthen corporate governance to earn the trust of all stakeholders.
All employees contribute to the SDGs
In each department, it is natural for people to wonder, as they execute their daily duties, “How does the work I'm doing now benefit society?” At such times, these materiality items and SDGs serve as a compass, guiding each individual employee. I believe it is vital that all employees share an awareness that, by contributing to the world through our business, they are contributing to the creation of a sustainable society.
I am convinced that that is the case when the work of all SoftBank employees is connected to the SDGs.
Executive Vice President,
CHRO & Executive Officer
in Charge of SDGs Promotion