CSO Message

As “The Gas Professionals,” Nippon Sanso Holdings group will aim to achieve sustainable growth and further increase its corporate value by providing innovative gas solutions to enhance human well-being and contribute to a more sustainable future.

As the world seeks solutions to global-scale environmental issues and a host of social issues, it is increasingly important for companies to play their part in contributing to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Furthermore, in addition to the financial aspects of business, it is also important for companies to sustainably develop their non-financial initiatives. In particular, promoting environmental, social, and governance (ESG) initiatives is now an essential priority.

With industrial gases as its business foundation, Nippon Sanso Holdings group has contributed to society and the environment through gas technology. With its transition to a holding company structure in October 2020, as a globally active corporate group, we restructured our code of conduct and other various policies, reorganizing our sustainability structure in 2021, establishing Group Sustainability Management Office, and having launched eight non-financial programs in conjunction with the announcement of our medium-term management plan in 2022 in order to further strengthen our response to sustainability from a broader perspective. In addition, we have expressed our support for the TCFD in 2019, signed the UN Global Compact in 2022, and participated in various initiatives. In terms of governance, we are working to ensure transparency and diversity on the board of directors by increasing the number of outside directors, and by 2022 there are 5 outside directors (including 2 female directors) out of 9 directors.

The sustainability of the global environment is an extremely important issue for our group, which makes use of the natural resource of air. We will further our efforts to improve the energy efficiency of our production facilities and expand the use of renewable energy, aiming to con-tribute to the realization of a carbon-neutral society. Furthermore, as a corporate group that handles industrial gases, our business is based on a commitment to providing customers with a secure, safe, and reliable supply of gases. In keeping with our motto, “Selling gas is selling safety,” we will strive to ensure safety in all aspects of our operations while contributing to healthy, safe, and secure activities in society.

Furthermore, our group has a range of outstanding basic technologies cultivated over many years. These include technologies for increasing combustion efficiency by raising oxygen concentration; technologies for using hydrogen and ammonia, which do not emit CO2; freezing and gas technologies that enable extended food preservation periods, reduced food loss, and increased aquaculture production; and contributions to the medical and health-care fields, such as iPS cell cryopreservation technology. Furthermore, in the Thermos business, we are helping to lower our environmental impact by reducing plastic usage through the promotion of personal bottles and realizing energy saving using advanced technologies for keeping contents hot or cold. We will also use the wide range of contact points with general consumers to propose abundant lifestyles by providing sustainable products. In addition, the industrial gases field still holds significant potential for innovation. Examples include contributions to advanced technologies such as semiconductor manufacturing, applications for stable isotopes in medical testing technology, and the advancement of metal 3D printing through the use of inert gas. Through our products and services that make use of these technologies, we will contribute to solutions for environmental and social issues.

As “The Gas Professionals,” our group will aim to achieve sustainable growth and further increase its corporate value by providing innovative gas solutions to enhance human well-being and contribute to a more sustainable future.

Takeshi Miki
Senior Executive officer of Group Sustainability Management Office and CSO
(Senior Managing Executive Officer, Executive General Manager of Technological Affairs Unit with responsibility for Safety, Quality assurance, Environment and Intellectual property, Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation as additional position)