Our Response to the SDGs

Replacing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) established in 2001, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the international goals aiming for a sustainable and better world by 2030 and was adopted at the United Nations Summit in September 2015 as part of the "2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development." They consist of 17 goals and 169 targets, and pledge to "leave no one behind" on the Earth.

SDGs in the eyes of the Z Holdings Group

The Z Holdings Group upholds “UDPATE THE WORLD Unleashing the infinite potential of all people, with the power of information technology” as its mission. Through this mission statement, the Group is determined to solve social issues using information technology to make people's lives more convenient and rich, and to create a society where everyone can play an active role and take on challenges. The realization of the society we are aiming for is precisely the solution to the many social issues targeted by the SDGs. Focusing on the areas that we have identified as our materiality, we will contribute to the realization of a sustainable society as outlined by the SDGs by solving the problems of the people and society while leveraging the strengths of our core business, IT and the Internet.

Key Issues (Materiality) for the Z Holdings Group and the Relationship with SDGs

We have defined our focus areas as “4 UPDATEs” while we outlined our materiality issues. We also considered how we can leverage our strengths to contribute to the fields of SDGs, and have selected the following as our seven targets: “5. Gender Equality,” “8. Decent Work and Economic Growth,” “9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure,” “11. Sustainable Cities and Communities,” “12. Responsible Consumption and Production,” “13. Climate Action,” and “17. Partnership for the Goals.”

Overall Picture of Our Four UPDATEs and Contribution to the SDGs

#01
Developing an IT Society

INDUSTRY, INNOVATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE

#02
Supporting Disaster Relief and Social Issues

SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND CUMMUNITIES

PARTNERSHIPS FOR THE GOALS

#03
Building a Society Where Everyone Can Play an Active Rose

GENDER EQUALITY

DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GRO

#04
Working toward a Sustainable Society

RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION

CLIMATE ACTION

Contribution to the SDGs

Please find our approach and initiatives in each of the SDGs that we have designated as our focus areas.

5 GENDER EQUALITY - SDGs

Supporting the diversity of our employees and providing work styles that meet the needs of various life stages

We have established systems that allow employees to work in ways that suit various stages of their lives, such as childcare, nursing care, and career review.
We will continue to implement projects that support working female employees and those that support balancing work and childcare, as well as establish systems that support employee diversity, aiming to create a society where employees can work vigorously and deliver maximum performance.

8 DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH - SDGs

Creating a society where employees can perform to their fullest

We aim to create a society in which people are respected and treated with dignity regardless of their situation, and in which each person can perform to the best of his or her ability. We have implemented a variety of measures such as holding opinion exchange meetings where the management responds to employees' opinions and questions, and a work system to support our para-athletes.

9 INDUSTRY, INNOVATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE - SDGs

Establishing a reliable information security and network to provide safe and secure services

The expansion and stable provision of IT and Internet infrastructure is essential for achieving the SDGs. Stable services and society will be built on the basis of complete protection of information security and data privacy. In addition to providing safe and secure services, we will continue to build the foundation of a society in which many people can use high-quality services through measures such as provision of information security technologies, establishment of rules, and IT literacy classes.

11 SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND CUMMUNITIES - SDGs

Keeping the use of information technology to prevent and mitigate disasters and to provide timely information when disaster strikes as our mission

As a company that leads the information technology society, we believe that it is our mission to contribute to disaster prevention and mitigation by providing information on various meteorological disasters that are expected to become more severe and frequent in the future, and to help control the spread of damage.
With the aim of providing residents with accurate and timely disaster information, we are in the process of concluding agreements with various local governments.

12 RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION - SDGs

Increasing the sustainability of our business and society through recycling and reuse

We believe that emissions from our business activities to solve social issues should not distort the balance of our society. We are committed to increasing the sustainability of our business and society by appropriately managing emissions from energy consumption, including CO2, and waste from the consumption of various resources, and through recycling and reuse.

13 CLIMATE ACTION - SDGs

Implementing initiatives to adapt to and mitigate climate change, to create a sustainable society

Climate change is considered to be one of the most significant impacts on human society today. We recognize that the role of the Internet media in providing information is particularly important in order to cope with weather disasters that are becoming more frequent and large-scale. Climate stability will eventually lead to social stability, which will lead to a sustainable society as stated in the SDGs. We will analyze the risks/opportunities of climate change and proactively implement initiatives from both the "adaptation" and "mitigation" aspects.

17 PARTNERSHIPS FOR THE GOALS - SDGs

Strengthening partnerships with NPOs and corporations to provide disaster relief and to solve social issues

Taking full advantage of our characteristics as an Internet platform operator, we will actively promote disaster relief and solutions to social issues in cooperation with external specialized organizations.
In addition to soliciting donations for projects to solve various social problems such as disaster reconstruction, poverty, and environmental issues, we also strengthen partnerships with NPOs and corporations to provide disaster relief so that we can quickly provide assistance to the affected areas in the event of a disaster.

Initiatives Undertaken by Each Z Holdings Group Company

ASKUL Corporation (“ASKUL”)

ASKUL will advance its initiatives toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted at United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015.

ZOZO, Inc. (“ZOZO”)

ZOZO has set forth the Sustainability Statement and four Key Actions.
In light of the four Key Actions, the company considers to which areas of the SDGs it can contribute and determines its targets.

Sponsorship of SDGs for School

We sponsor SDGs for School as part of our promotional initiatives and to raise the awareness of SDGs.