Stakeholder Engagement (Major Topics in Fiscal 2014)

Stakeholder : SRI Experts

In May 2014, We invited Masaru Arai, SRI expert and Chair of the Japan Sustainable Investment Forum (JSIF), to sit down for a discussion on responsible investing with Masaki Hanawa, former Director and Managing Executive Officer of Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance, and a representative of Sompo Japan Nippponkoa Asset Management.
Arai explained global trends and the current state of responsible investing in Japan, and then expressed his expectations of the group. This was followed by an exchange of ideas on SRI efforts being carried out by the two companies.
New insights gained from this engagement are being used in a variety of initiatives, such as implementing the Japanese version of the Stewardship Code and financing and investing in projects in growth fields.

Stakeholder : SRI Experts

Stakeholder : ESG Experts

In September 2014, directors in charge of CSR at 12 group companies gathered for a dialogue with Junko Edahiro, ESG expert and President of the Institute for Studies in Happiness, Economy and Society. Edahiro shared examples of initiatives at companies with high sustainability performance and also expressed her expectations of the group. Group representatives then presented a program at Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance Services that trains employees to serve as volunteer "dementia supporters" among other initiatives.
Group companies are using the stimulating examples provided by Edahiro as a model for future initiatives.

  • Members of the public who have undergone specialized training in a nationwide program to better understand and extend support to people with dementia.

Stakeholder : CSR Rating Agencies

We also value communication with organizations that evaluate and rank companies on their CSR and ESG performance. Feedback from these agencies is used to improve group initiatives.

Dialogue meeting with Swiss asset management advisor RobecoSAM