Integrating the SDGs with Business

  • DATE / TIME:
    2019•07•03    14:00 - 17:00

    On 3 July 2019, the United Nations University (UNU) is organising the symposium “Integrating the SDGs with Business” to discuss how companies can strategically implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) initiatives. Please note that this event will be held in Japanese only.

    Social destabilisation caused by poverty, inequality, environmental degradation, and the like not only hinders sustainable development but is highly likely to have a serious negative impact on healthy corporate development. While many governments and organisations have been making efforts to help achieve the SDGs, more active and strategic participation from the private sector is needed.

    In October 2017, 20 companies gathered at the United Nations University headquarters in Tokyo to form the SDG Corporate Strategy Forum. Since its launch, members of the forum have held monthly dialogues with various key actors including governments, pension management organisations, business owners, and nongovernmental organisations.

    To introduce the outcomes of the forum and to support companies in proactively contributing to building a sustainable society based on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the forum has compiled a leaflet called “Integrating the SDGs with Business”. This document, along with case studies by participating companies, will be introduced at the symposium, followed by an expert panel discussion.


    Keynote Lecture 1
    “Recent Trends, and Introduction of the Leaflet ‘Integrating the SDGs with Business’”
    Taikan Oki (Senior Vice-Rector, United Nations University/Project Manager, SDG Corporate Strategy Forum)

    Keynote Lecture 2
    “Case Studies by Participating Companies of the SDG Corporate Strategy Forum (1)”
    Kashuku Hirao (Senior General Manager, Omron Corp.)

    Keynote Lecture 3
    “Case Studies by Participating Companies of the SDG Corporate Strategy Forum (2)”
    Mina Kanda (General Manager, Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corp.)

    Keynote Lecture 4
    “ESG Investment by GPIF (Government Pension Investment Fund)”
    Norihiro Takahashi (President, GPIF)

    Panel Discussion

    Norihiro Takahashi (above-mentioned)
    Kaori Kuroda (Executive Director, CSO Network Japan)
    Nobuhiro Yabe (Senior Managing Executive Officer, Marubeni Corp.)
    Ayano Senaha (Corporate Executive Officer, Recruit Holdings Co.)
    Hidenori Imazu (Corporate Communication Division Manager, Toppan Printing Co.)

    Taikan Oki (above-mentioned)

    “How to Utilise ‘Integrating the SDGs with Business’ and the SDG Corporate Strategy Forum Activities”
    Takatsugu Kitajima (Lawyer, TMI Associates/Secretary General, SDG Corporate Strategy Forum)

    Please note that this event will be held in Japanese only.

    The event is open to the public, but advance registration by noon of 2 July is required. For more information, or to register, please see the event announcement on the UNU Japanese website.