SDGs Initiatives

Asahi Holdings SDG Approach

In 2015, the United Nations adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to focus the efforts of the global community, including large corporations, to address a wide range of economic, social and environmental issues.

Sustainability Promotion System

The Asahi Holdings Group promotes sustainability-related initiatives by developing measures that focus on priority SDG-related goals, monitoring the achievement of set targets, and communicating these initiatives both internally and outside of the Group. These efforts are discussed and determined by the SDGs Promotion Committee, headed by the President, which steers the system.

Process for Determining Priority SDG-Related Goals Determination

Step 1. Start of SDG promotion
Established an SDG Promotion Team organized with the various departments to begin understanding and examining the SDGs
Step 2.Confirmed the relevance of each SDG to the business
Comprehensively checked the relevance of each of the 17 SDGs and 169 targets to the business areas of Asahi Holdings, and organized them based on both opportunity and risk
Step 3.Investigated and drafted the priority SDG-related goals and KPIs
After holding discussions with the head of each department on highly relevant items, the SDG Promotion Team created a proposal concerning the priority SDG-related goals and KPIs to be achieved by 2030.
Step 4.Determined priority SDG-related goals
The directors discussed the proposal, and adopted the priority SDG-related goals for the Asahi Holdings Group to tackle.

Priority SDG-related Goals

theme1
Expand precious metal recycling
theme4
Reduce CO2 emissions
theme2
Supplying precious metals in ways that are friendly to people, society, and the environment
theme5
Enhancement of work-life balance and diversity promotion
theme3
Expansion of proper industrial waste disposal
theme6
Encourage and support SDG activities

theme1

Expand precious metal recycling

Contributing to
the SDGs

SDGs

About one-fourth* of the world's gold supply comes from recycling. Recycled precious metals have minimal impact on the environment because they are not mined. They also help promote sustainability because they can be repeatedly reused. Recycling is an important way to ensure the stable supply of precious metals needed in many fields.
* From GFMS Gold Survey 2019

Goals FY2019 Result
To achieve total annunal recycling of 410 tons* of precious metals by FY2030 367 tons
To achieve effective reduction 1.465 million tons-CO2 1.031 million tons-CO2

*Total amount of gold, silver, platinum and palladium

Reference

theme2

Supplying precious metals in ways that are friendly to people, society, and the environment

Contributing to
the SDGs

SDGs

While precious metals are indispensable to many industries, various social issues have also arisen relating to mining, production, and distribution. Businesses that procure and supply precious metals must ensure they are not making these issues worse. The gold and silver produced by the Asahi Holdings Group are delivered in ways that are friendly to people, society, and the environment. We meet the responsible sourcing guidelines of the LBMA*1 and the strict standards for RJC certification. Going forward, we will continue to promote business activities and initiatives that consider ethical, social, and environmental concerns, while fulfilling our responsibilities by supplying precious metals.
*1 LBMA: London Bullion Market Association

theme3

Expansion of proper industrial waste disposal

Contributing to
the SDGs

SDGs

Due to the increased economic activities of mass production, mass consumption and mass disposal, a shortage of final waste disposal sites has become a social issue in Japan. In recent years, the problem of microplastics polluting the oceans and harming marine life has also become an international concern. This is often a result of the improper disposal of plastic materials, which end up in rivers and flow out to sea.
The Asahi Holdings Group disposes all wastes properly and aims to increase its total volume of properly handled industrial waste to 500,000 tons per year by fiscal 2030. We also plan to expand the detoxification and recycling of industrial waste, while helping to solve various social problems and promote a sustainable society.

Goals FY2019 Result
Proper disposal of 500,000 tons of industrial waste by 2030 358,000 tons

theme4

Reduce CO2 emissions

Contributing to
the SDGs

SDGs

Climate change is a serious issue. At Asahi Holdings, we are working to reduce CO2 emissions across the Group through energy conservation activities and switching to next-generation vehicles at Group sites. We aim to reduce emissions from use of such energy sources as electricity and gasoline by 26% by 2030.

Goals FY2019 Result
26% reduction from FY2015 level of CO2 emissions from electricity, gasoline,
and other energy sources by 2030
Compared to FY2015 9% reduction

Reference

theme5

Enhancement of work-life balance and diversity promotion

Contributing to
the SDGs

SDGs

While welcoming workplace diversity, the members of the Asahi Holdings Group respect each other's individuality. We are engaged in various initiatives with the aim of creating inclusive workplaces where all employees can demonstrate their abilities.

Goals FY2019 Result
Percentage of employees on staggered shifts: 100% by the end of FY 2020 98.3%
Usage rate of Holidays for Refreshment (three consecutive days or more): 100% by the end of FY2020 98.2%*1
Percentage of women in managerial positions to all woman employees: Equal to men by the end of FY2030 3.88%
(Percentage of men in managerial positions: 18.6%)
Percentage of employees with disabilities: At least 2.5%
by the end of FY2030 (legally required rate is 2.3%)*2
2.07%

*1 Figures for FY2019 represent acquisition rates for three or more consecutive days due to the revision of targets midway through the fiscal year.
*2 The statutory employment rate is set to be raised to 2.3% by April 2021.

theme6

Encourage and support SDG activities

Contributing to
the SDGs

SDGs

Employees, as upstanding citizens, are encouraged to help achieve the SDGs as in various ways, including support for individual and group volunteer activities.

Activity Results/Examples (since 2018)

Total of 76 cases/activities reported

Examples
  • Disaster volunteer
    (hiroshima,okayama,
    kumamoto,fukuoka,oita,saga)
  • Donations of kids' clothing, backpacks, etc.
  • CO2 reduction activities (no driving days, forest management), etc.
  • Manage local events
  • Participation in cleanup campaigns