Worldwide, the severity of climate change and other global environment issues is increasing. Japan is no exception. Weather abnormalities have caused many large natural disasters and have greatly impacted Japan. Companies cannot overlook the impact of climate change. Against this backdrop, we believe that climate change is an important issue we should address in our sustainability-oriented management, and that the risks and opportunities accompanying climate change will greatly impact our business strategies.
The Company expressed its support for the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) recommendations in 2022 and is involved in the TCFD consortium, a discussion forum for the companies and financial institutes supporting the recommendations.
Based on the TCFD recommendations, we will continue to disclose information about governance, strategies, risk management, metrics and targets regarding our actions to address climate change in pursuit of a sustainable society.
Recommended disclosure items based on TCFD recommendations
Being a "leading-edge service company" as stated in our management philosophy, we have a basic aim of helping establish a society that is more convenient, enriched and sustainable than it is now by leveraging our unique expertise, management resources and the experience of our employees and by contributing to the development of society and the resolution of problems in a way that only Credit Saison can through its usual business operations.
Taking action to address sustainability-related issues such as the consideration of climate change and other global environmental issues, respect for human rights, the health and working environment of employees, the fair and appropriate treatment of employees, fair and appropriate trade with suppliers and crisis management to handle natural disasters and other events is very important in our management of our business. These actions help mitigate risks and create revenue opportunities. Based on this understanding, the Sustainability Promotion Committee was established in August 2021 as an organization for discussing the direction of our activities to achieve our sustainability-related strategies and to respond to inquiries from the representative director. The Committee is chaired by the Representative, Executive President and COO.
The Committee pursues the establishment of a sustainable society by taking action to address climate change and promoting diversity, equity and inclusion, including the empowerment of women and other initiatives.
Being an advisory body to the Representative Directors regarding sustainability activities, our entire Group is strengthening its efforts to solve social and environmental issues through our business to realize a sustainable society. With the Representative, Executive President and COO serving as its chair, the Committee comprises globally minded male and female members who hail from within and outside the Company and are thus able to promote the exchange of various opinions.
The Committee has three working groups: the Climate Change Strategy Promotion WG,(*1) the DE&I (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion) Promotion WG and the Social Impact WG. Reporting to and receiving instructions from the Committee, the working groups periodically respond to questions from the Representative Director regarding the sustainability strategies and initiatives introduced throughout the Credit Saison Group, and report on these matters to the Board of Directors when necessary.(*2) Since September 2021, the Committee, the Climate Change Strategy Promotion WG and the DE&I Promotion WG have, in principle, met every month(*3) for discussion. The Social Impact WG was established in February 2023 and it engages in discussion as the other WGs do.
We predicted changes in the external environment and analyzed the impact of climate change on our operations in the future, in accordance with the TCFD framework and using a scenario analysis method.
It is important for us to pursue sustainable growth by mitigating climate change and adapting to it through our business activities. Based on this understanding, we believe that actions to address climate change are important in the management of our business. We identify and assess its impact on us by forecasting changes in the external environment and our operating environment accompanying the manifestation of climate-related risks and by identifying risk events. In the scenario analysis, we referenced multiple existing scenarios published by organizations such as the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
*Calculated based on FY2021 results
*Calculated based on non-consolidated results
The Risk Management Committee and Corporate Risk Management Dept. lead the efforts to mitigate risk and minimize the impact of risks should they occur. To this end, our employees regularly receive in-house training and endeavor to maintain our risk management system in accordance with the Risk Management Regulations, Regulations on Management of Risks of Losses and Crisis Management Regulations. Regarding the issues underlying the Credit Saison Group or governance-related matters accompanied by serious risks, the Group Strategic Management Department leads the supervision of the companies of the Credit Saison Group's execution of business and shares information with the supervisory divisions of the Credit Saison Group companies.
For climate change risks, the Sustainability Promotion Committee leads the formulation of policies and strategies for minimizing risks and seizing opportunities and structurally monitors related efforts. The Comprehensive Planning Office of the Corporate Planning Dept., the Public Relations Office and the Corporate Risk Management Dept., which collectively are the administrative body supporting the Sustainability Promotion Committee, lead the regular review of risks and opportunities relating to climate change.
The Climate Change Strategy WG met more than ten times to deepen its discussions in FY2022 while in September 2021 the Sustainability Promotion Committee began to meet once a month to advance the discussion of climate change (a report was submitted to the Board of Directors in December 2021 and June 2022).
*C4: Relevant activities have been included in other categories
*C8: Relevant activities have been included in Scopes 1 and 2
*C9,10,14: No relevant activity
*C15: We will consider calculating it in the future
*Targets set by referring to SBT (Science Based Targets)
*The initiatives based on the calculation of Scopes 1, 2 and 3 emissions and the TCFD disclosure framework have gained the cooperation of WasteBox Co., Ltd.
Sustainability of the Credit Saison Group
Policies and Basic Approach
Contributions to society
Empowering all employees
Initiatives to Strengthen Governance
Initiatives and external recognition