en world Japan Global company ESG/SDGs promotion survey

en world Japan
Global company ESG/SDGs promotion survey
Promotion is led by management at foreign-affiliated companies, and by specialized departments at Japanese companies ・Future issues include “resources,” “specialized departments,” and “evaluation and goal setting methods.”

en world Japan Co., Ltd. (headquarters: Chuo-ku, Tokyo; President: Taeko Kim), one of Japan’s largest recruitment agencies specializing in global human resources, has launched the “Corporate ESG / SDGs promotion degree” was conducted.
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[Summary of survey results]
1. More than half of companies are participating in the SDGs, and the number one is “Let’s achieve gender equality”
2. Promotion is led by management in foreign-affiliated companies and by specialized departments in Japanese companies
3. ESG/SDGs promotion department, 1st place is “management”
4. 40% of companies have appointed ESG/SDGs professionals, and 20% intend to increase the number of specialized departments and positions 5. Issues in promotion are “resources”, “specialized departments”, and “evaluation and goal setting methods”
[Explanation of results]
en world Japan Executive Search Team Manager
Robert England
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According to our survey, more than half of the companies answered that they have SDGs-related initiatives. I think there will be more companies like this, and I hope they will. The executive search team at en world Japan has seen a steady increase in the number of sustainability-related job openings since 2019, especially for seniors.
As shown in the report, 40% of companies have already assigned ESG/SDGs specialists, and 20% of companies intend to increase the number of specialized departments and positions. Although the rise of CSOs (Chief Sustainability Officers) has yet to reach the heights of Europe and the United States, we are seeing more and more job openings for heads of departments specializing in sustainability.
It is no surprise that management will drive these changes. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s announcement of mandatory disclosure of ESG information has increased interest and
accountability in ESG in Japan, resulting in opportunities for new professional appointments, retraining, and internal transfers. Was born. There are also changes, such as higher salaries for these occupations.
In terms of resources, on the other hand, good candidates are emerging one after another, but ESG/sustainability-savvy talent is still in short supply, making it a highly competitive market. The 27th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP27 held in November) also attracted a lot of attention. In the aftermath, ESG/SDGs-related job openings in 2023 are expected to continue to show very interesting trends.
[Survey result details]
1. More than half of companies are participating in the SDGs, and the number one is “Let’s achieve gender equality”
When asked about “initiatives related to SDGs,” 57% of the respondents answered that they are currently making efforts. 【Figure 1】
In addition, when asked which of the 17 SDGs listed by the United Nations are being addressed by companies that answered that they have “initiatives related to SDGs,” 64% of the respondents answered “5. Let’s achieve gender equality.” And it became clear that it is the item that companies are most interested in. Overall, there was no big difference between foreign-affiliated companies and
Japanese-affiliated companies. There is a difference of more than 20 points for the two items “Let’s eliminate equality” (foreign companies: 48%, Japanese companies: 23%). 【Figure 2】
[Figure 1] Do you currently have any initiatives related to the SDGs in your company?
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[Fig. 2] We will ask companies that answered that they have
“initiatives related to SDGs”.
Which of the 17 SDGs (below) set by the United Nations are you working on? (Multiple answers allowed)
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2. Reasons for promoting ESG/SDGs “as part of sales activities” exceed “as part of CSR activities”
When we asked the companies that answered that they have “initiatives related to SDGs” about “plans related to ESG and SDGs,” 68% of the companies overall have plans for both medium-term and long-term, or either. I answered. Of these, there is a gap between
foreign-affiliated companies and Japanese-affiliated companies regarding “both medium- and long-term plans” (foreign-affiliated companies: 33%, Japanese-affiliated companies: 17%). Combined, foreign-affiliated companies were 11 points higher. [Fig.3]
Next, in the question about “Reason for promoting ESG and SDGs”, “Responsibilities and contributions to the environment, society and local communities” (78% overall) ranked first. On the other hand, “as part of sales activities directly related to business” (total: 59%) followed in second place, surpassing the fourth place “as part of CSR activities not directly related to business” (total: 49%). From this, it became clear that the promotion of ESG and SDGs is not just a CSR activity, but has a strong meaning as a sales activity related to the business itself. [Figure 4]
[Fig. 3] Does your company have medium- and long-term plans related to ESG and SDGs?
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[Figure 4] What is the reason for promoting ESG and SDGs for your company? (Multiple answers allowed)
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3. ESG/SDGs promotion department, 1st place is “management”
When asked about the “department in charge of promoting ESG and SDGs,” 47% of all respondents answered “management”, followed by “departments specializing in SDGs/ESG” (total: 37%), and “human resources and general affairs” (total: 37%). Overall: 26%) followed. The gap between foreign-affiliated companies and Japanese-affiliated companies has widened in many items, but in particular, there is a 22-point difference in “management planning” (foreign-affiliated companies: 8%, Japanese companies: 30%). and 9th place, and Japanese companies ranked 3rd, a contrasting result. [Fig.5]
[Figure 5] Which department is responsible for promoting ESG and SDGs? (Multiple answers allowed)
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4. 40% of companies have appointed ESG/SDGs professionals, and 20% intend to increase the number of specialized departments and positions Next, when asked if they had a position specializing in ESG/SDGs, 39% of both foreign and Japanese companies answered yes. [Fig.6] In response to the question, “Do you plan to establish or increase specialized departments or positions related to ESG/SDGs in the future?”, 21% of companies overall answered “yes” (foreign-affiliated companies: 27%, Japanese-affiliated companies: 17%). ,
foreign-affiliated companies outperformed by 10 points. [Fig.7] [Fig. 6] Do you have a position in your company that specializes in ESG and SDGs?
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[Fig. 7] Do you have any plans to establish or increase specialized departments and positions related to ESG and SDGs in the future? [Image 10

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Responses to “Other” for “Issues related to ESG/SDGs promotion” (partial excerpt)
・The issues and goals to be addressed are large, and the stakeholders are things, people, and governments outside the company, and cannot be completed within the company. (Foreign-affiliated
company/IT/Communication/Software)
・Promotion activities are entrusted to volunteers. (Foreign companies/services) ・The content is limited to small actions, and the plans and goals are not actually meaningful. (foreign-affiliated company/manufacturing industry)
・ There is no explanation to employees about the significance of the company’s promotion. (Japanese company/IT/Communication/Software)

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