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What is Shiseido’s Sustainability

Shiseido established “BEAUTY INNOVATIONS FOR A BETTER WORLD” as our corporate mission. We certainly aim for further business growth as a company, and at the same time, the genuine mission of Shiseido is to offer solutions to social problems and achieve a sustainable society, helping people find happiness through our mainstay beauty business.

Materiality issues

We gave consideration to a framework for creating social value as a beauty company and selected Shiseido Group’s materiality issues*1 as follows in 2019. Based on interviews and discussions with all of our stakeholders, we categorized issues from two perspectives: impact on society and the impact on the Company’s businesses. We then established order of priority*2 and selected 18 materiality issues. In addition, with our core focus on beauty, we redefined our definition of social value from the three perspectives of the environment, society, and culture.

The Shiseido Group’s Materiality Map (Revised in 2019)

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  • *1Materiality goals and progress
  • *2Materiality issue identification process: The Shiseido Group implemented the following process to identify materiality.
  • Step 1 Selection of social issues based on international norms: This process was commissioned to a third-party organization which selected candidates of social issues from GRI standards, SDGs, and SASB. Selected social issues were classified into 22 categories, including environmental measures and respect for human rights.
  • Step 2 Prioritizing from a stakeholder perspective: Evaluate the importance to society based on the issues considered important, based on sustainability evaluation organizations and communication with various stakeholders such as NGOs. Many people hold high expectations toward “Promotion of gender equality.”
  • Step 3 Prioritization for our business: Evaluate the importance to our business based on the Shiseido Group's corporate philosophy and business strategies.
  • Step 4 Identification of issues: Based on the results of discussions with departments/Corporate Officers related to each issue, identify 18 materiality issues under the supervision of the Chief Social Value Creation Officer and formulate them at the Executive Committee.
  • Step 5 Set goals for each issue: Set long-term goals for key issues and share them with relevant departments.

Social issues Shiseido addresses and corresponding numbers of SDGs

We will contribute to the achievement of SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) by addressing materiality issues.

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Promotion system

  • The Shiseido Group deliberates and determines issues related to social values in the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee will be chaired by the CEO (Corporate Executive Officer) and will be attended by management executives consisting of Corporate Officers from finance, legal, HR, social value creation, and supply networks. Important matters, in particular, are subject to the approval of the Board of Directors and the supervision of business execution.
  • Company-wide efforts to promote sustainability practices will be made across the board, including the brand/regional sales business and corporate divisions. In 2019, we nominated the Chief Social Value Creation Officer and established the Social Value Creation Division. The Social Value Creation Division reports to the Chief Social Value Creation Officer on progress and issues related to social values and receives supervision on sustainability management. Other activities of the Division include: (1) Define areas of activities that need particular focus, (2) Set company-wide goals and KPIs to be achieved, (3) Commit to the achievement internally and externally, (4) Monitor progress and support as necessary, and (5) Educate our stakeholders with a focus on our employees.

Approval and support for international norms

2019 We expressed our support for the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), which was established by the Financial Stability Board (FSB), and will commit to measures against climate change and promote disclosure of relevant information.
2010 We signed the Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs)(target_blank) (a joint initiative of UN Women and the UN Global Compact) and have been promoting initiatives to give opportunities to women so that they can play more active roles.
2008 We agreed to and signed the Caring for Climate, a climate change initiative in the United Nations Global Compact, in an effort to conserve the environment.
2004 We signed the United Nations Global Compact(target_blank) and support the ten principles in the four areas (Human rights, Labor, Environment, and Anti-corruption) together with all group companies. Please check Shiseido Modern Slavery Statement for the statement of support by the Chief Executive Officer.
UN Global Compact

UN Global Compact

Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs)

Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs)

Stakeholder Engagement

We actively engage ourselves in the following opportunities together with our stakeholders to reflect their expectations and opinions.

Stakeholders Major engagement opportunities Responses
  • Shiseido Consumer Communication Center
  • SNS(Social Networking Services)
FY2018: Approximately 150,000 opinions and inquiries were directed to the Communication Center, while 90,000 consumers provided feedback to Beauty Consultants at storefronts. Increasing points of contact with various consumers. We make efforts to enhance consumer support, focusing on the younger generation using SNS such as Twitter, Yahoo! Chiebukuro, and the chat feature of LINE.
  • Consulting/reporting desk for suppliers
  • Briefing session on purchasing activity policy
  • Awarding business partners who have contributed to the development of business
The Business Partner Hotline was opened in Japan to prepare the system for receiving opinions from suppliers and giving advice to them. Holding annual briefing sessions on purchasing activity policy in Japan and China with the aim of the wide dissemination of the procurement policy. Business partners who have contributed to the development of business were selected on the three aspects of quality, cost reduction and technical development and given the award.
Business Partners
  • Dialogue with owners of chain stores
We organized the Platinum Shop Convention in which top management directly expresses company policy and brand strategies to shop owners and employees who sell Shiseido cosmetics. FY2018: 472 shops (542 participants)
  • The Shiseido Group Engagement Survey
  • Points of contact for employee inquiries/Whistleblower system
  • Management councils/ Labor-management discussions
  • Training for all employees/Position-specific training
  • The Shiseido Group Engagement Survey is conducted every two years, targeting all Group employees as a structure for listening to employee opinions.
  • We have established the in-house Shiseido Consultation Office and Shiseido External Hotline receiving inquiries and reports covering a wide range of topics regarding the workplace, and the Compliance Committee Hotline specializing in reported cases. The above entities received and quickly resolved 241 inquiries in Japan in FY2018.
  • Holding labor-management talks on the themes of “working conditions and benefits package for employees” and “work style reform.”
  • Human rights enlightenment and corporate ethics training are conducted at all business locations of the Shiseido Group in Japan once a year.
Local Communities
  • Social contribution activities including environmental education by each corporation and business office
  • The Kakegawa Factory offers an environmental study session every year for elementary school students in cooperation with Kakegawa City, Shizuoka Prefecture. FY2017: 12 participants
  • Dialogue with stakeholders
  • UN Women
  • Support by the Shiseido Camellia Fund
  • Engaging in dialogue with human rights and environmental experts and received advice on how to advance due diligence regarding human rights, on 4 cases in FY2018.
  • Promoting gender equality in cooperation with UN Women.
  • Supporting 10 NPOs/NGOs in FY2018 by the Shiseido Camellia Fund (donations made by Shiseido Group employees).
  • General Meeting of Shareholders
  • Financial results
  • Briefing session for individual investors
  • Annual report
  • Shareholders’ meeting
  • Holding the general meeting of shareholders and disclosing information on the corporate information website. FY2018: 1,408 participants
  • Conducting the briefing of financial results, disclosing information on the corporate information website.
  • Conducting a briefing session for individual investors, distributing video.
  • Publishing the annual report.
  • Organizing a facility tour for shareholders. FY2018: 17 participants

Materiality Core Activities
Foundation for fulfilling CSR