With the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the UN in 2015, and the entry into force of the Paris Agreement in 2016, the world has accelerated its push to solve social issues. We at the Nissui Group are engaged in global business, so we must tackle these goals and issues head-on.
To solve the three key issues (material areas) specified together with our Declaration on Action of CSR in 2016, our New Mid-Term Business Plan from 2018, MVIP + (Plus) 2020, sets out our aim of leveraging our unique technologies and utilizing marine resources in a sustainable way to help people be healthy around the world, and we are currently working to solve social issues through business.
Recently, a need has also arisen to shift to a sustainable, recycling-oriented society, as exemplified by plastic resource recycling becoming an issue on a global scale. For the Nissui Group, whose business is based on enjoying the bounty of the sea, the ocean is the foundation of our business, and in February 2019 we established a council to consider the marine environment and the use of plastics. Here we will be examining zero emissions of marine plastic waste and the 3Rs+R (reduce, reuse, and recycle + renewables) for plastic resources.
Solving social issues is not something that can be achieved by the Nissui Group alone. It is crucial to collaborate with NGOs, NPOs, governmental agencies of various countries, and companies inside and outside Japan. Through steps like participation in the Seafood Business for Ocean Stewardship (SeaBOS), we will deepen communication with various involved organizations and groups, ensure integration of issues into our business strategies, and disclose information to all our stakeholders, including data on our progress.
In February 2019, we were the first business in the fishery, agriculture and forestry industry to be chosen among the 2019 Health & Productivity Stock Selection. As a company where diverse human resources strive to solve social problems, we will continue to promote work style reform, and work hard so we can grow every day—from yesterday to today, from today to tomorrow, and from tomorrow to the day after tomorrow.
Representative Board Member,
President & CEO
Nippon Suisan Kaisha, Ltd.