External Evaluation and Support for Initiatives
FTSE4Good Index Series
We were selected for inclusion in the FTSE4Good Index Series created by global index provider FTSE Russell to measure the performance of outstanding companies in the fields of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues.
FTSE Blossom Japan Index
We were selected for inclusion in the FTSE Blossom Japan Index, an index composed of Japanese companies selected for their outstanding initiatives in the fields of environmental, social , and governance (ESG) issues. This index has been adopted as an ESG index by the Japanese Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF).
We were selected for the fifth consecutive year as a Certified Health and Productivity Management Outstanding Organization in the large enterprise category under a recognition program designed by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) in which the Nippon Kenko Kaigi recognizes enterprises that are engaged in efforts to address health issues or are particularly outstanding in the practice of health and productivity management for promoting health. In addition, we were selected as one of the "White 500" companies, under the program which recognizes the top 500 corporations among the Certified Health and Productivity Management Outstanding Organizations in the large enterprise category.
We have received Kurumin Certification from the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare since 2015, and acquired Platinum Kurumin Certification in March 2019. The Platinum Kurumin Certification system recognizes companies that are pursuing initiatives at an advanced level among companies that have received Kurumin Certification as childcare support companies.
We were awarded a gold rating, the highest on the PRIDE INDEX, for the sixth year in a row. The PRIDE INDEX, created by the voluntary organization "work with Pride," recognizes workplace initiatives for sexual minorities such as LGBT.
As a company that promotes the establishment of a work environment which accommodates both work and nursing care for family members, the prevention of voluntary resignation due to nursing care for family members, and support toward reinstating employment, we have received the symbol mark "Tomonin" set up by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.
In September 2022, we obtained Stage 3 (three-star) certification, the highest rank under the Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare's Eruboshi Certification scheme for the corporate promotion of women's active participation.
Under the scheme, companies that have formulated and submitted a general employer action plan based on the Act Concerning Promotion of Women's Career Activities, and are excellent in terms of promotion of women's active participation receive Eruboshi Certification.
Top Hundred Telework Pioneers
As a company with ample results, among all companies and organizations that have introduced or utilize teleworking, we were certified among the "Top Hundred Telework Pioneers" by the Ministry for Internal Affairs and Communications.
DX Certification Program
We have received certification as a "DX certified operator" under the DX Certification Program of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. The DX Certification Program recognizes business operators that make excellent efforts in accordance with government guidelines for the operation and management of information processing systems, which were formulated based on the Act Partially Amending the Act on Facilitation of Information Processing, which came into effect on May 15, 2020.
Sports Yell Company
The Japan Sports Agency certifies companies actively engaged in initiatives to implement sports for employee health promotion under the Sports Yell Company program. Japan Post Insurance was certified as a Sports Yell Company for 2022. We are engaged in initiatives such as "Radio-Taiso" to promote employee health.
Tokyo Sports Promotion Company
Each year, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government certifies companies and other organizations implementing outstanding initiatives to encourage employees to participate in sports and provide support in the sporting field as "Tokyo Sports Promotion Companies." Japan Post Insurance was certified as a Tokyo Sports Promotion Company for FY2021. We support health promotion for everyone through the popularization and promotion of "Radio-Taiso" and "Minna no Taiso."
Support for Initiatives
United Nations Global Compact
We signed the United Nations Global Compact as JAPAN POST INSURANCE Co., Ltd. in 2022 (and as Japan Post Group back in 2008). The United Nations Global Compact is the world's largest sustainability initiative for the United Nations and the private sector (companies and organizations) to join forces to build a healthy global society. We support the four areas of human rights, labor, environment, and anti-corruption and Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact, and will continue our efforts to achieve them.
Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs)
In 2022, we declared our support for the Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs).
The WEPs consist of seven international principles to promote women's economic empowerment to encourage vigorous corporate activity and growth through autonomous corporate initiatives, positioning gender equality and women's empowerment at the core of management.
We expressed support for the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) in April 2019.
We signed the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) in 2017.
The PRI is an action principle proposed by the United Nations in 2006, which consists of six principles, including the corporation of ESG issues into the investment decision-making process.
In 2022, we endorsed Advance, a stewardship initiative where institutional investors work together to take action on human rights and social issues.
* Japan Post Insurance is an Advance endorser and does not participate in any engagement activities in Advance.
In 2022, we signed the CDP, an international initiative that encourages disclosure of environment-related information and resolution of environmental issues, in our capacity as an institutional investor.
We joined Climate Action 100+ (CA100+) in 2022. It is an international investor-led initiative to ensure corporations take necessary action on climate change through collaborative engagement (dialogue with companies).
We joined the Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials (PCAF) in 2022. It is an international initiative to measure and disclose indirect greenhouse gas emissions through investment and loans by financial institutions.
Since 2021, we have been supporting and participating in efforts by the Japan Climate Initiative (JCI), a network committed to realizing a decarbonized society.
Japan Impact-driven Financing Initiative
We have signed the "Japan Impact-driven Financing Initiative" in 2021. It is an initiative to promote impact investment through cooperation and collaboration between diverse and multiple financial institutions that believe that the purpose of financial institutions is to actively address social and environmental issues, holistically understanding impact (environmental and social impact of the companies financial institutions are investing into).
We have participated in the Social Impact Management Initiative (SIMI), a collaborative effort of diverse stakeholders in Japan since 2021.
Japan Stewardship Initiative
In 2022, we joined the Japan Stewardship Initiative, which aims to facilitate the exchange of opinions on practical issues across the industry and support efficient information transmission to achieve more sophisticated and profound stewardship activities.
Support for COOL CHOICE
COOL CHOICE is a government-initiated national movement to encourage people to make wise choices in their daily lives, such as replacing products, using services, and choosing lifestyles that contribute to the creation of a decarbonized society, to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases such as CO2.
We support for COOL CHOICE and implement COOL BIZ between May and October to reduce air-conditioning use during summer in a bid to decrease electricity consumption.