Report: Investigative Research Report Concerning the Desirable State of Efforts and Partnerships with International Organizations, the Government, and the Industrial World Aimed at Resolving Social Issues (Such As the SDGs) （CSR FORUM, JAPAN）
Since the holding of CSR Forum Japan in the fiscal year2004, Business Policy Forum, Japan has continued to assume a variety of perspectives in taking up themes related to companies’ efforts and progress toward CSR (corporate social responsibility), the state of Japanese companies within the global market, and the various tasks pertaining to CSR.
In “Investigative Research Concerning International CSR Strategies for Strengthening the Competitiveness of Japanese Companies,” the topic in the fiscal year 2015, we reported the difficulties Japanese companies face in connecting the social issues of developing nations to business opportunities in the process of promoting CSR in emerging nations. In particular, it has been discovered that identifying target social issues and selecting partners such as local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are common challenges for Japanese companies (refer to report from FY 2015).
On the other hand, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which were adopted as new international targets in 2015, are common global targets regarding social issues on a global level, including not only developing nations, but advanced nations as well. The achievement of these targets requires, on an international level, the proactive efforts of not only nations, but of companies as well.
Concerning company efforts toward such global social issues, there is naturally a limit for efforts developed by single companies. It is thought that in order to implement such efforts more effectively, partnerships between companies, international organizations, the government, NGOs, and so forth are necessary.
Based on such an awareness of the issues, at CSR Forum Japan in the fiscal year 2016, the decision was made to consider the desirable state of efforts and partnerships with international organizations, the government, and the industrial sector aimed at resolving social issues (such as the SDGs).
In this investigative research, first, analyses were carried out regarding the state of companies’ efforts toward social issues with a focus on the SDGs, as well as the state of partnerships based on the below items.
Reports at CSR Forum Japan regarding companies and related organizations
A questionnaire issued to Japanese and European companies, and
Meetings with advanced Japanese and European companies, as well as related organizations
Then, based on these analyses, an attempt was made to make recommendations regarding the desirable state of companies’ efforts toward social issues, as well as partnerships.