Dr. Kato: It is my understanding that investors consider a company’s ESG rating an indicator of risk and SDGs an indicator of a company’s growth potential. ESG and SDGs have become the lingua franca in the communication between investors and companies, and between investors and their investor clients.
Mr. Hasegawa: While SDGs represent one clue to boosting corporate value, ESG is an important angle from the investor’s standpoint. Companies must deal thoroughly with both of these. Although both have the same purpose, they must be perceived in their proper context. It’s about more than just changing society through one’s business; it’s also about, for example, a company making manufacturing more eco-friendly, changing the way employees work, or using the profits and knowledge it has gained through business to give back to society in the form of tieups with government and / or academia. All of these contribute to various stakeholders in society and all lead to greater social value for a company. We hope to deal with both ESG and SDGs through these various angles.
Dr. Kato: Exactly. ESG is akin to the way of doing things; its focal points include improving governance, creating better hiring systems and work environments, and reducing industrial waste. On the other hand, I think SDGs represent a company’s direction; what it should do as a business, for example.
Mr. Hiroe: What we define as SCREEN Value—achieving growth in both social and economic value—is the reason for our existence. We want to conduct business by developing and innovating in order to provide customers with solutions through technologies, products, and services while imagining what kinds of social value we can create.
Through the cycle of business activities, we are building the mechanisms of our new medium-term management plan so that all employees can fully comprehend the model for giving back to society and our stakeholders.
I believe that ESG numerical targets and the philosophy of SDGs naturally link with this cycle of activities and in turn boost value for SCREEN Holdings. As the foundation for improving corporate value, we are refining our fundamental management philosophies.
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