Evolving as a Corporation that Creates Social Value
The Toppan Group strives to evolve as a corporation that creates social value towards the realization of a sustainable society. TOPPAN VISION 21 sets forth the basic concepts and direction for the ongoing growth of the Group in harmony with society and the global environment. The vision consists of a “Corporate Structure” and a set of “Business Fields.”
The Corporate Structure is made up of three elements: Toppan’s Corporate Philosophy, the Corporate Creed, and the Conduct Guidelines. The Corporate Philosophy specifies ideals and the most important values and concepts for the Group. The Corporate Creed expresses the standards to be kept foremost in mind when performing business operations. The Conduct Guidelines set out the basic concepts and behavioral norms for Toppan employees both as businesspeople and as members of society.
The Business Fields, meanwhile, are made up of two categories: “Markets & Customers” and “Technology & Expertise.” The former focuses on four key fields for growth: Healthcare & Life Sciences, Education & Cultural Exchange, Urban Space & Mobility, and Energy & Food Resources. The latter encompasses accumulated Toppan technology and expertise in five segments. Toppan is creating social value in these four growth fields by using the Group’s technology and expertise in the five segments to provide an array of products, services, and solutions developed through inclusive relationships with stakeholders.
Toppan’s Sustainability Activities
The Toppan Group undertakes sustainability activities in accordance with the principles of the United Nations Global Compact and the guidelines of the ISO 26000 Guidance on Social Responsibility, a globally recognized standard for organizations. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have also been incorporated into the Group’s sustainability activity targets. Toppan is committed to addressing the social issues targeted by the SDGs in order to promote the continual development of the Group as a creator of social value.
Japan joined with 192 other countries to adopt the SDGs at the UN Summit held in September 2015. The SDGs encompass 17 goals and 169 targets focused on social agendas for the international community to commit to achieving by 2030. Private-sector businesses around the world are expected to join policy initiatives to address the social agendas under the SDGs.
Since its foundation in 1900, Toppan has supported various client companies in their efforts to overcome challenges faced in business. The solutions Toppan offers to meet the ever-changing needs of markets and clients are based on specialist knowledge and expertise of every variety derived from printing over many decades. Toppan shapes the Group’s current Business Fields by applying printing technologies on all fronts.
In working with client companies as a partner to tackle the challenges they face, the Toppan Group gains opportunities to help solve global social issues through its core B2B business models. The areas targeted under the SDGs are the very issues Toppan should address as a corporation that has been striving to create social value through the Group’s business enterprises.
Toppan formulated and published The TOPPAN SDGs STATEMENT in November 2019 to declare the Group’s commitment to intensified initiatives for achieving the SDGs and actions to integrate those initiatives with management. According to this statement, Toppan has selected material issues on which to concentrate in the Group’s SDG-focused activities as an impetus for its further growth as a corporation that creates social value. For the realization of a sustainable society, Toppan will earnestly engage in initiatives to attain the goals set based on the assessment of materiality by no later than 2030, the international community’s target year for the attainment of the SDGs.
■ Mechanism for Promoting Sustainability Initiatives
Toppan has established a Sustainability Promotion Committee chaired by the President & Representative Director to drive the Group’s sustainability activities.
Working groups (WGs) are set under the committee to check the progress of sustainability activities and set out Toppan’s approach for promoting future activities. The committee deliberates the conclusions of the WGs and reports and makes relevant recommendations to the Board of Directors through the Management Committee. Based on the decisions of the Board of Directors on the directions of activities, the committee encourages the WGs to guide relevant departments across the Company in the planning and implementation of concrete measures.
Toppan also coordinates and shares information with Group companies to advance Group-wide sustainability initiatives. For intensified sustainability management, Toppan holds training sessions on sustainability for new employees every year and organizes annual Group-wide basic education programs for the employees of Toppan and the other main companies in the Group.