CSR Material Issues

CSR Material Issues and Summary Table

We created a CSR Summary Table and set goals/visions for material issues. The department in charge of each item reports their action plan at the beginning of each fiscal year, and activity results at the end of each fiscal year to the CSR Committee, who then gives approval after deliberation. Here too, we use the PDCA cycle to continually improve our CSR efforts.
Click here for the Fiscal 2020 CSR Summary Table.

Process of Identifying Material Issues

In fiscal 2016, in order to maintain and improve our corporate value, Kureha created a system based on ISO 26000 to spread and integrate CSR initiatives company-wide. We identified the highest-priority material issues for Kureha out of all possible CSR initiatives that form the basis of corporate activities and created a summary table in order to use the PDCA cycle on these. The process for identifying material issues is as follows:

Step 1: Visualize CSR Initiatives

We visualized all of our CSR foundational initiatives according to the 7 core subjects and 36 issues of ISO 26000. We also listed the initiatives that society and stakeholders are likely to request or expect from us.

Step 2: Classify and Organize CSR Issues

Next, we organized these initiatives into 66 CSR issues. Then we examined their relationship to the value chain of our business activities and stakeholders affected for each of the issues.

Step 3: Evaluate the Priority of CSR Issues

We evaluated the importance (priority) of the 66 CSR issues from both a corporate and societal perspective. This evaluation was conducted by executives (directors, auditors, and executive officers) and the heads of each department that has focused on promoting CSR initiatives.

Step 4: Identify Kureha's CSR Material Issues

We identified the 20 most important material issues based on the priority evaluation. These material issues were ultimately approved by the CSR Committee.