CSR Activities at Kuraray Group

For the purposes of meeting various codes and guidelines as social requirements related to our business activities diversify, since 2014, Kuraray Group has been identifying priority issues (materialities). Process of identification, material items (aspects) and future management are posted.

Identification of Materialities by Kuraray Group

STEP 1: Selection of items

Items (aspects) to be studied in terms of importance and priority were selected.Seventy items were selected, using GRI Sustainability Reporting Guidelines Version 4.0 (GRI <G4>), which is an international standard, as an indicator, coupled with requirements in ISO 26000 and Responsible Care (RC).

STEP 2: Prioritization

The selected 70 items were evaluated by translating the degree of impact on Kuraray Group in the processes of value chain into points. These processes are procurement (raw materials, equipment, and parts), development to production (waste emission), sales marketing and shipping, processing, consumption, and waste disposal (recycling) and other (relations to local communities and central and local governments). Among them, about 30 items that were ranked high priority were extracted.
At the same time, items for which outside stakeholders, financial research organizations, rating agencies and other entities are expecting Kuraray Group to take action were given priority.

STEP 3: Identification

The 18 material items were identified by taking Materiality items for stakeholders and Materiality items for Kuraray Group into considerations.Identifed items were validated by CSR Committee and reflected in the tasks and targets for related business activities.
An approach for material items will be made in future.Periodical reviews will be made to ensure appropriate selection and management of items meeting the changes of the times.

Materiality Map of Kuraray Group