Policy

Sompo Group has established following policies including the “Group Sustainability Vision" and the Group as a whole implements various initiatives to fulfill its corporate social responsibility.

We, the Sompo Group will positively engage our stakeholders in forward looking dialogue, respect international standards and codes of conduct, address environmental issues of climate change, biodiversity, and social issues of human rights and “diversity and inclusion" in the course of our business operations in a transparent, fair and open manner.
By constantly maintaining a long-term outlook, and by providing services and products that contribute to security, health, and wellbeing, we will strive as a solutions provider to promote the realization of a resilient and sustainable society.

Group Environmental Policy

We, the Sompo Group will contribute to developing a resilient, inclusive and sustainable society so that future generations can inherit our irreplaceable Earth, by addressing environmental issues in the course of our core business operations and working proactively to resolve environmental issues through active dialogue and engagement with stakeholders.

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  1. Providing products and services to make a more resilient society
    We will provide products and services that increase preparedness against the risk of natural catastrophes in order to contribute to adapting to climate change, building a low carbon society, conserving biodiversity and promoting stakeholders’ eco-consciousness.
  2. Promoting resource conservation through the entire value chain
    We will assess the environmental impact of our business including the emission of waste and comply with environmental laws and regulations. We will promote resources and energy conservation as well as recycling activities throughout the entire value chain by cooperating with various stakeholders.
  3. Raising awareness of environmental issues and corporate citizenship
    We will broadly promote environmental education and awareness of environmental conservation by providing environmental information with the unique aspect of a global group engaged in a wide range of business centering on insurance. Furthermore, we will proactively encourage our employees’ individual voluntary efforts as a global citizen to conserve the environment through involving in the local community. To enable continuous improvements, we will periodically review the above-mentioned activities to reflect our environmental objectives and targets.

Group Policy for Human Rights

We, the Sompo Group pledge to respect human rights of our all stakeholders in global markets including our group and all value chains. We will respect the international norms of behavior*, and simultaneously act with the highest ethical standards towards an inclusive, resilient, equitable and sustainable society. Based on the perspectives set out below, we will address the human rights impacts of our activities while communicating with our stakeholders, establish an effective company approach and act, and continuously improve our approach and information disclose. We respect human dignity as the foundation of universal human rights

  1. Respecting human rights of stakeholders
    We will respect human rights of all stakeholders associated with our global business activities, including customers and suppliers. We will avoid, prevent or mitigate indirect adverse impact on human rights of our stakeholders. Should there be any abuse of human rights, we will address it promptly and adequately.
  2. Respecting human rights of employees
    In all facets of labour practices, we will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnic origin, religion, creed, nationality, birthplace, social status, descent, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, sexual expression, pregnancy, marital status, age, disability or any other status. We, as a company, will take a global perspective, recognize individuality and diversity(Diversity and Inclusion), respect every employee‘s challenging spirit and speedy action, and ensure a dynamic working environment by maintaining and promoting every employee's health.
  3. Promotion of human rights in global markets
    We will comply with the laws and regulations of the countries and regions where our business operations and value chains are based. At the same time, we will conduct our business by taking into consideration the local culture and customs, as well as the environment and society in accordance with the expectations of stakeholders, and take into account local human rights issues. We will conduct the highly transparent business and contribute toward economic and social development and creation of social values of local communities.
  4. Expectations for suppliers and business partners
    Our requirement for suppliers, business partners and other stakeholders is to respect human rights based upon the international norms of behavior. In the event that we identify any adverse impacts of human rights, we will encourage them to take appropriate measures through engagement such as dialogue and consultation.
  5. Human rights due diligence
    We will continuously establish a system of human rights due diligence to identify and assess any actual or potential human rights risk in order to prevent or mitigate these adverse impacts on human rights Sompo Group may cause or contribute to.

    This policy does not necessarily replace local laws and regulations. We will actively engage in this policy while complying with local laws and regulations.
  • International norms of behavior refers to the guidelines on human rights including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, International Covenants on Human Rights(International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights), ILO International Labor Standards, The United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights known as "Ruggie Framework", Sustainable Development Goals, The United Nations Global Compact, Women's Empowerment Principles(WEPs), The OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and ISO26000.

Group Sustainable Procurement Policy

Sompo Holdings strives to maximize its beneficial impacts on the environment, society, and economy through procurement processes aligned with the following sustainability principles:

  1. Fair and equal transactions
    We will conduct fair and equal transactions with all suppliers by engaging in anti-corruption efforts and by giving full consideration to quality, delivery time, economic feasibility, and social issues such as the environment and human rights.
  2. Compliance with laws and regulations
    We will comply with all laws and related regulations in the countries and regions where we operate, and respect relevant social norms and their intent in our procurement practices. We will strictly manage the information obtained through our procurement activities.
  3. Consideration of global issues
    We will collaborate with suppliers and other stakeholders to integrate sustainability into our value chain to maximize our contribution to climate change adaptation and mitigation, biodiversity conservation, and a circular economy; to tackle human rights issues in the global market, such as poverty and unequal opportunities for workers; and to promote better work-life balance and diversity and inclusion.

Policy for ESG-related Underwriting, Investment and Loan

The SOMPO Group strives to make the world more resilient. We see sustainability as a long-term driver of value, and we rely on insights gained from SOMPO’s Purpose to guide our underwriting, investment, and business decision-making.
To ensure that each company in the Group fulfills its corporate social responsibility, we have established a Group Sustainability Vision and other policies, and based on these, we identify market opportunities, manage risk, and enhance our corporate value through community involvement, social responsibility, and diversity & inclusion.

The Group's ESG principles on underwriting, investments, and loans is as follows.

Advancing the Energy Transition

As the most significant challenge humankind faces, we believe the world – and the financial services sector – must take meaningful climate action today. Therefore, we commit to net zero emissions in our underwriting, investments, and operations by 2050.
We promote the transition through our insurance of and investments in renewable energy and other innovative green technologies.
We will not underwrite new insurance or make new investments in or loans for new or existing coal power plants or thermal coal mine projects (*1). We also will not underwrite new insurance or make new investments in or loans for oil and gas extraction projects in the oil sands or the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR).
We will not insure or make investments or loans to companies whose primary business is coal (*2), or oil and gas extraction projects in the ANWR, unless they establish a GHG reduction plan by January 2025 (*3) .

We have been a signatory to the United Nation’s Principles for Sustainable Insurance (PSI) and Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) for several years, and in order to more proactively realize the goals of the Paris Agreement, the Group has recently joined the Net Zero Insurance Alliance (NZIA), the Net Zero Asset Owner Alliance (NZAOA), and the Net Zero Asset Managers Initiative (NZAM).
We aim to support our customers on their sustainability journey, working with them to reduce their carbon footprint.

Advancing Social Equity

Under the Group Policy for Human Rights, the Group acts with a commitment to respecting the fundamental human rights of all stakeholders in the global marketplace.
With the aim of enabling each and every employee to maximize his or her strengths, we have positioned diversity and inclusion as an important management strategy for growth, and are working to build a system and corporate culture to realize this goal.
In addition, when underwriting insurance and making investments and loans, and when entering into new partnerships with each of our business partners (brokers, reinsurers, investment managers, lessees, vendors, etc.), we take into consideration our Group’s Sustainability related vision and policies.

Aspiring for Excellence in Governance

Based on the Group Sustainability Vision, the Group will make business decisions based on high ethical standards, respecting international codes of conduct and considering the interests of all stakeholders, including customers, employees, local communities, and shareholders.
In addition, we will proactively and fairly disclose transparent information to society regarding our progress toward achieving our goals, etc., in accordance with TCFD and other disclosure standards.

  1. We may carefully consider and respond to cases where there are innovative technologies such as Carbon Dioxide Capture, Utilization, and Storage (CCS, CCUS), carbon recycling, ammonia co-firing, or other innovative technologies in palace that are expected to reduce GHG emissions and contribute to the realization of the Paris Agreement.
  2. Defined as companies that derive at least 30% of their revenues from coal-fired power generation, thermal coal mines, or oil sands, or electric utilities companies that generate at least 30% of their energy from coal.
  3. We will not apply restrictions to insurance that supports the health and wellbeing of individuals, e.g. workers' compensation insurance.

Corporate Citizenship Policy (Sompo Japan Insurance)

Our company and its Group companies will make proactive contributions to society with the objective of resolving community and global social issues, while supporting individual employees’ voluntary efforts.

  1. Corporate citizenship activities
    We will work proactively to realize a sustainable society for future generations in collaboration with various stakeholders, including NGOs/NPOs, civil society organizations and government, by focusing on three areas: the environment, welfare and fine arts, in which we have accumulated expertise and achievements.
  2. Support for individual employees’ social contribution efforts
    We will support and encourage employees’ voluntary activities in contributing to society by developing human resources responsive to social issues.