Participation in Initiatives
United Nations Global Compact
J. Front Retailing Group (the “Group”) signed the United Nations Global Compact (the “UN Global Compact”) on October 17, 2018.
The Group has strived for many years to develop as a fair and reliable corporation by practicing the “customer-first principle” and “contribution to society” under the spirit of its corporate credos “Service before profit” and “Abjure all evil and practice all good.” Based on this belief, we set a vision “Create and Bring to Life ‘New Happiness’” and strive to make customers’ futures happy. To this end, we aim to realize sustainable management based on the places where we communicate with customers. Individual workers, workplaces, and the environments that support them all are very important to make our communication places fruitful.
Initiatives on human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption, which are advocated by the UN Global Compact, are essential to value these communication places and we greatly agree with its spirit.
By signing the UN Global Compact, we will comply with its ten principles and fulfill our responsibilities as a corporate citizen more than ever. At the same time, we will be committed to achieving SDGs.
《UN Global Compact》
The UN Global Compact is a voluntary initiative under which businesses and other organizations participate in a global framework to act as good members of society and realize sustainable growth by demonstrating responsible and creative leadership. Businesses are expected to comply with the ten principles in the four areas including “human rights,” “labor,” “environment” and “anti-corruption.”
<The Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact>
|Human rights||Businesses should:
1. support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and
2. make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.
3. uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;
4. uphold the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labor;
5. uphold the effective abolition of child labor; and
6. uphold the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.
7. support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;
8. undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and
9. encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.
10. work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.
For details of the UN Global Compact: UN Global Compact
The Group joined RE100 (Renewable Energy 100) in October 2020. RE100 is a global initiative that aims to source 100% renewable energy to power business operations. Going forward, we will make proactive efforts across the Group to achieve our SBTi-approved targets by expanding the use of renewable energy and other means.
Approved by the “Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi)”
The greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions reduction targets set by J. Front Retailing Group (the “Group”) were approved as science-based reduction targets by the international Science Based Targets*1 initiative (“SBTi”) in October 2019. The SBTi updated its target validation criteria so that the level of targets is classified under three categories*2. The Group’s targets were approved under the second strictest category of “well-below 2℃”-aligned targets.
The Group will take more proactive measures such as the expansion of the share of renewable energy and waste reduction to achieve the targets approved by the SBTi.
- 40% reduction of Scope 1*3 and 2*4 GHG emissions by 2030
- 40% reduction of Scope 3*5 GHG emissions by 2030
- (Both compared to FY2017)
*1 Established by a collaboration between four organizations including CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI) and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in 2015 for the purpose of promoting the achievement of science-based GHG emissions reduction targets to limit the temperature increase to below 2℃ compared to pre-industrial levels.
*2 In October 2019, the SBTi raised its target validation criteria from existing upper limit of temperature rise of “2℃” above pre-industrial levels to “well-below 2℃” or “1.5℃.” All existing SBTi-approved targets are classified under three categories: “1.5℃,” “well-below 2℃” or “2℃.”
*3 GHG emissions mainly from the company’s own fuel consumption
*4 GHG emissions mainly from the generation of energy purchased from other companies
*5 GHG emissions from the production, sales and consumption of products and value chain activities excluding Scope 1 and 2
Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD)
We support the final report released by the “Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD)” that was established by the Financial Stability Board (FSB) (TCFD recommendations), and at the same time, participated in the “TCFD Consortium” that was launched on May 27, 2019.
Going forward, we will engage in dialogue with other companies and financial institutions which support these recommendations by participating in the TCFD Consortium to effectively disclose information on how we address the risks and opportunities of climate change, what initiatives we implement to achieve the long-term CO2 reduction target, and so on.
Japan Climate Initiative
We participated as a full member on September 11, 2018. This initiative is a network of companies, local governments, NGOs, and other organizations that are actively implementing climate actions and agree to aim for decarbonization. By joining this network, we as a company will actively take climate actions to realize a decarbonized society together with companies, local governments, and NGOs taking climate actions. And the members of our specialized divisions will actively participate in seminars and study meetings and reflect the information obtained in our climate actions such as renewable energy measures.
Furthermore, on April 19, 2021, we announced our support for the “message calling on the Japanese government for an ambitious 2030 target to realize the Paris Agreement goal” released by Japan Climate Initiative (JCI). This message calls on the Japanese government to achieve "Japan's 2030 greenhouse gas reduction target of at least 45%" and to "expand the renewable power to 40-50% by 2030."
For details of the Japan Climate Initiative:
Japan Climate Initiative
Women’s Empowerment Principles
We signed the Principles and were approved on October 4, 2018. They are a set of principles of action developed through a partnership between the UN Global Compact and UN Women to actively address initiatives to help empower women. By signing these Principles, we actively implement initiatives for women and aim to create an environment where all women are empowered.
For details of the Women’s Empowerment Principles:
Keidanren’s Challenge Initiatives for 30% of Executives to be Women by 2030
In June, 2021, the Company expressed support for the Challenge Initiatives for 30% of Executives to be Women by 2030 by Japan Business Federation (“Keidanren”).
This initiative is intended to create a movement to achieve the target for 30% of executives to be women by 2030, which was set in “. The NEW Growth Strategy” announced by Keidanren in November 2020.
By supporting this initiative, we will make more effort than ever to promote diversity and inclusion.
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