ESG Materiality

With the aim of contributing to the realization of a sustainable society, Nippon Sanso Holdings works to ensure a solid grasp of its impact on the global environment, society, and people (the Company and its organizational structure) through all of its business processes, that is, across the entire value chain. To this end, we have defined the roles we are expected to play in addressing issues we have identified as being of material importance, which are grouped under four themes, including management issues.

External environment

  • Low-carbon society
  • Climate change
  • Technological innovation
  • Falling birthrate and aging population
  • International situation
Theme Materiality
(Material Issues)
Role of the Nippon Sanso Holdings Group Principal Initiatives Relevant SDGs

Management issues
  • Compliance
  • Corporate governance
  • Process safety
  • In adherence to high ethical standards, strive to conduct corporate activities in a fair, impartial, and sincere manner by promoting and maintaining compliance with relevant laws, regulations, international norms, and internal rules.
  • Reinforce corporate governance by improving management transparency and fairness, as well as by increasing management agility through efforts to enhance management oversight functions and accelerate decision-making.
  • Strengthen independent systems for ensuring process safety in line with our belief that selling gases is commensurate with selling safety.
  • Realize stable supply of industrial gases, thereby ensuring our ability to provide the gases our customers need when they are needed.
  • Reinforcement of systems based on Japan’s Corporate Governance Code
  • Initiatives to ensure safe and stable supplies
  • Continuous implementation of compliance training
  • SDGs 8
  • SDGs 9

Global environment
  • Efficient use of resources and energy
  • Climate change
  • Securing of clean water resources
  • Preservation of biodiversity
  • Introduce effective ASUs that help reduce electric power consumption and CO2 emissions.
  • Lower fuel consumption by tanker trucks to reduce related CO2 emissions.
  • Fortify framework for mitigating climate change through the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and other efforts.
  • Promote the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and the creation of opportunities to mitigate/adapt to climate change and expansion of business through the sale of vacuum-insulated bottles and cookware.
  • Promotion of environmental management
  • Initiatives to protect the global environment
  • SDGs 7
  • SDGs 12
  • SDGs 13

Society
  • Contribution to maintenance of physical health
  • Contribution to medical care
  • Response to food- and agriculture-related issues
  • Increase in consumer satisfaction
  • Contribution to upgrading and expanding social infrastructure
  • Response to smart societies
  • Contribute to health and medical care through the provision of products for the medical field.
  • Provide industrial gases and related equipment that contribute to the resolution of key issues by helping protect food resources and improve agricultural productivity.
  • Leverage the advantages of LP gas, including its low carbon footprint and disaster-resistant nature of its distribution system, to create business opportunities and expand business.
  • Contribute to the realization of comfortable and environment-friendly lifestyles through the sale of Thermos brand products.
  • Ensure that customers can use products and services with peace of mind by strengthening systems to ensure quality and safety across the entire product life cycle.
  • Development of products that contribute to solutions for environmental and social issues
  • Reinforcement of quality assurance and management systems
  • SDGs 3
  • SDGs 9

People (the Company and its organizational structure)
  • Respect for human rights
  • Occupational health and safety
  • Human resources development and training
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Product and service reliability
  • Promotion of measures to improve information security and privacy
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Contribution to communities
  • Promotion of sophisticated ICT use
  • Participation in initiatives and demonstration of leadership
  • Promotion of sustainability in the supply chain
  • Respect human rights in corporate activities and require that business partners do not violate human rights or engage in any form of discriminatory behavior (through such measures as the promotion of anti-harassment initiatives and the establishment of hotlines).
  • Promote health management in accordance with relevant national and regional laws and regulations, create a safe work environment, while at the same time maintaining and advancing the physical and mental health of employees.
  • Offer equal opportunities in hiring, placement, advancement, and skill development as well as seek to foster and develop human resources from a medium- and long-term perspective.
  • Actively seek to secure diverse human resources with diverse values without regard to considerations such as nationality, age, or religion and promote diversity and inclusion in corporate activities (e.g., promotion of active roles for women, hiring of non-Japanese, employment of people with disabilities, etc.).
  • Recognize the importance of and responsibilities associated with protecting information assets in corporate activities and ensure appropriate information management to prevent leaks of confidential information pertaining to customers, business partners, Nippon Sanso Holdings, and other parties.
  • Step up efforts to contribute to society through business activities and deepen understanding of communities while at the same time working continuously to respond to communities’ requests and expectations.
  • Earn stakeholders’ trust through respect and close dialogue and by reflecting their views in corporate activities, and work with stakeholders to realize a better society.
  • Thorough internal promotion of the “Policy on the Prevention and Eradication of Harassment in the Workplace”
  • Employee education and training
  • Maintenance and improvement of information security systems
  • Promotion of sophisticated ICT use
  • Dialogue with shareholders and investment analysts
  • Initiatives to ensure safe and stable supply
  • Creation of environments to promote innovation and diversity
  • Social contribution activities
  • Health management initiatives
  • Enhancement of information disclosure
  • SDGs 3
  • SDGs 8
  • SDGs 9
  • SDGs 12

ESG Materiality Identification Process

Based on the materiality matrix set out by the parent company, Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation, we have formulated the Nippon Sanso Holdings Group’s version, deciding on the importance of management issues based on their materiality. In the identification process, the suitability of the themes was discussed by the KAITEKI Promotion Committee,* which is an ancillary body of the Management Committee that promotes Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings’ vision, “Realizing KAITEKI.” Moreover, in accordance with the identification process detailed below, we are examining the revision of ESG materiality and KPIs for the next medium-term management plan.

*The discussion will be conducted within the sustainability strategy of the Global Strategy Review Committee, which was newly established on October 1, 2020 as part of a reorganization that was conducted on the same day in conjunction with the transition to a holding company structure. The following identification process is presented based on the results of initiatives taken under the corporate structure prior to September 2020.

ESG Materiality Identification Process

ESG Materiality Identification Process



Matrix of Key Initiatives

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