Adding a materiality (important CSR issue) for CSV management

Representative Director, Managing Corporate Officer, and General Manager in charge of CSR and Compliance Toshiyasu SaguchiRepresentative Director, Managing Corporate Officer, and General Manager in charge of CSR and Compliance Toshiyasu Saguchi
Representative Director and Senior Managing Executive Officer,
and General Manager in charge of CSR and Compliance
Toshiyasu Saguchi

Gunze established the "Gunze Group Environmental Charter" in 1997 and clarified the company's attitude toward the environmental issues both inside and outside the company. Based on the basic posture, Gunze Group has established the action plan that defines environmental issues and goals to be achieved and is actively engaged in environmental load reduction activities. Recently, the trend toward tightening regulations on disposable plastics is accelerating based on people's interests in a marine plastic problem and a serious garbage problem in emerging countries. And companies are required to handle the problem solving by the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) adopted by the United Nations in 2015. Gunze also recognized our social responsibility toward handling the marine plastic problem which is accelerating internationally as a business company that manufactures and sells film packaging materials and then we established "A Basic Policy towards a Circular System for Plastics" in December 2019.

And the challenges are needed in not only Plastic Department but also other departments including Apparel Department. They use plastic materials in packaging and other processes and have to reduce them. That is our entire Gunze Group issue. From now on, in order to contribute to the realization of a sustainable society as a whole company, Gunze newly established the "A Basic Policy towards a Circular System for Plastics" as Gunze's fifth materiality, the same as the 12th goal of the SDGs, "Responsible Consumption and Production". Focusing on this five materiality, Gunze is promoting activities to solve specific problems in each business area and contribute to the realization of a recycling-oriented society.

Gunze Group's Material CSR Challenges (Materiality)

Plastic Resource Circulation
Promoting a basic policy towards a recycling system for plastics Contribute to Resource Circulation Society for Plastics.
Good health and well-being
QOL improvement
(Contribution to health and wellness)
Help people in all age groups lead healthy lives with consistent wellbeing.
Industry, innovation and infrastructure
Creation of an environment with abundant greenery, with ongoing response to environmental issues Support construction of rock-solid infrastructure and inclusive, sustainable industry development, while driving innovation.
Decent work and economic growth
Improvement of workplace environment and workstyle reform Generate full and productive employment as well as motivating and rewarding work.
Sustainable cities and communities
Creation of a better regional community and society Maintain cities and living environments that are inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable.

The Gunze Group will focus on addressing five key social issues, and will work together with our customers to maintain a community rich in greenery and filled with smiling faces. By so doing, we will strive to create a better future in which all people can lead more active, enjoyable, and healthy lives.