UNIPRES

Unipres's Sustainability

Top Message

We continue our action to fight climate change,aiming for carbon neutrality.

Unipres used to present its ESG initiatives in the report titled the “Unipres CSR Report.” Starting from this issue, the report is now called the “Unipres Sustainability Report.” This change reflects our further commitment to achieving business management geared toward higher levels of sustainability of our businesses and accelerating the processes needed for the achievement. To fulfill the commitment, we need to think more in terms of the sustainability of the environment, society, and the economy.
Our medium-term management plan for fiscal 2021 - fiscal 2023 specifies four key management priorities: 1. Leveraging and enhancing our production infrastructure across the globe; 2. Promoting technological development; 3. Becoming one of the most competitive companies in the industry; 4. Working toward sustainability.
Today, companies need to not only earn revenues, but launch initiatives to help solve problems in society, including the issues that the SDGs are meant to address. In February 2020, Unipres identified six material issues and set medium- to long-term goals to achieve by the end of fiscal 2030. We are currently moving ahead with the activities launched to reach these goals. Of the six material issues, “climate change countermeasures” is particularly important for Unipres as a company in the automobile industry. During the last year or two, major economies across the world, including Japan, have declared that they will achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. Hence, we acknowledge that developing a decarbonized society is an urgent priority.
Unipres has worked to reach higher levels of product and technological development for reduction in weight to contribute to electrification and better fuel economy, including the development of molding technologies for ultra-high-tensile materials and hot stamping. Our efforts are not limited to our products. We are currently exploring policies and goals to establish in order to help achieve carbon neutrality in our business activities and across our supply chain. We are certain that our initiatives will not only address issues facing society, but eventually provide us with more competitive advantages. To achieve sustainability management, it is essential for us to work with our stakeholders through business activities. We will continue to meet expectations by being aware of the interests of our stakeholders, carrying out dialogs, and deepening mutual understanding.

                        代表取締役 社長執行役員 浦西信哉
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Medium- and Long-term CSR Targets

In February 2020, we have set medium- and long-term targets to reach by fiscal 2030 so that the Unipres Group will achieve sustainable growth and help develop a sustainable society by providing solutions to global social issues that the SDGs address.
In the process of setting the medium- and long-term targets, we identified medium- and long-term materiality, drew up a basic framework of our initiatives to reach these targets (i.e., means for achieving the goals), and applied it to issues facing our departments.
We started applying the medium- and long-term materiality to our activities in fiscal 2020, and will keep revisiting it as necessary to adjust to social conditions and incorporate stakeholders’ opinions. The process for identifying medium- and long-term materiality is shown below.


■Medium- and Long-term Materiality



Step 1: Sift social issues to examine from the rest

We have selected 110 issues, taking account of not only the relevant guidelines (e.g., the GRI Standards, ISO 26001, and the SASB standards),
but ESG-related external assessments (e.g., the FTSE ESG and MSCI ESG Indexes), actions taken by competitors who serve as our benchmarks,
and new issues surrounding sustainability that the SDGs present.


Step 2: Sort through and classify the CSR issues

We classified the 110 issues selected in Step 1 into Categories E, S, and G, and sorted redundant issues to identify matters highly relevant to our business activities.

Step 3: Rate the importance (priority) of the CSR issues

We rated the 17 issues sifted from the rest in Step 2 from two axis: “importance for stakeholders” and “importance for Unipres.” Then we mapped the outcomes to the matrix to identify the “key CSR issues facing the Unipres Group (materiality).”
When rating importance, we took account of our medium- and long-term initiatives and policies along with trends in the industry, and tried to incorporate stakeholders’ various expectations wherever possible.

Step 4: Identify materiality

We identified the six most important matters as materiality (key issues) and had them reviewed by management at an Executive Committee meeting to officially define them as materiality.
We started applying this materiality to our activities in fiscal 2020. Relevant departments explored what initiatives to launch to reach the targets for these matters (i.e., means for achieving the goals) and applied to departmental issues (i.e., departmental policies).


    



■Initiatives to Reach the Medium- and Long-term Targets



Stakeholder Engagement

A wide variety of important stakeholders have an effect on the Unipres Group’s business activities. We will continue our efforts to communicate with stakeholders, build mutual understanding, and forge relationships of trust in order to maintain the growth of the Unipres Group and facilitate the sustainable development of society at large.


■The Unipres Group’s Stakeholders


■Methods of Interacting with Stakeholders


Customers

Sales/proposal activities, quality assurance activities, and joint research activities

Employees

Employee performance appraisals, educational program, awards program, informal gatherings between workers and management, internal whistle-blowing (via internal and external contact points), occupational safety and health measures, stress checks, Employee motivation survey, various counselling services, and inhouse newsletter/intranet

Suppliers

Procurement activities, suppliers’ meetings, Continuous Improvement (Kaizen) Training Workshops, and awards program

Shareholders and investors

Disclosure of information (via statutory disclosure, the Tokyo Stock Exchange’s timely disclosure, mass media, and external websites), annual shareholders’ meetings and shareholder receptions, business reports, financial results briefings for analysts and institutional investors (twice in FY2020), small meetings (6 times in FY2020), individual interviews (with 114 individuals in FY2020), company briefings for individual investors*, shareholder questionnaires, and IR Information E-mail Distribution Service

Local communities

Sponsorship: Supporting members of General Incorporated Association F.Marinos Sports Club, u-life 21, Mount Fuji Women’s Relay, Nissan Cup Oppama Championship*, Fuji Festival*, etc.
Donations: Foundation for Orphans from Automobile Accidents and More Trees
Plant tour*: for nearby elementary schools and employees’ family
Disclosure of information and response to inquiries via external websites
Participation in business associations (the Japan Auto Parts Industries Association, etc.)
* These program was cancelled in FY2020 due to the COVID-19.