Participation in Initiatives

Participation in the UN Global Compact

Japan Post Holdings joined the United Nations Global Compact in May 2008.
The UN Global Compact is the international framework advocated by then UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan at the World Economic Forum on January 31, 1999, that calls for affiliated companies to practice the Ten Principles in four areas of human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption, within their sphere of influence.
As of July 2015, more than 13,000 organizations (including approximately 8,300 companies) from about 160 countries are involved in this initiative. Each company aims to bring positive changes to the world by observing and implementing these principles while executing business.

The Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact

Human Rights

  1. 1.
    Principle 1: Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and
  2. 2.
    Principle 2: make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.

Labour

  1. 3.
    Principle 3: Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;
  2. 4.
    Principle 4: the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour;
  3. 5.
    Principle 5: the effective abolition of child labour; and
  4. 6.
    Principle 6: the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.

Environment

  1. 7.
    Principle 7: Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;
  2. 8.
    Principle 8: undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and
  3. 9.
    Principle 9: encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.

Anti-Corruption

  1. 10.
    Principle 10: Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.

Universal Postal Union (UPU) Initiatives for achieving sustainable development

The Universal Postal Union (UPU) stipulates member states and each designated operators (in Japan: Japan Post, Co., Ltd) to implement and promote strategies to achieve sustainable development at all levels of postal service operations, from environmental, social, to economic-related activities.
Indeed, Japan has contributed to the UPU initiatives, which, again, address environmental, social, and economic issues involved in the postal service business as an active member country.

Expression of Support for the TCFD Recommendations

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Japan Post Holdings, Japan Post Bank and Japan Post Insurance expressed support for recommendations by the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), which was established by the Financial Stability Board (FSB). In Japan Post Group Basic Sustainability Policy, the Group declares: "We shall strive to undertake business operations adopted the impact of climate change and actively promote business activities and environmental conservation activities that consider reducing the burden on the global environment." In addition, in Japan Post Group Medium-Term Management Plan JP Vision 2025, the Group has set the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions as one of our primary target. Other than that, the group promotes initiatives for helping to build a sustainable society, including investment in green bonds. Further, the Group has analyzed the impact of climate change on the business of each Japan Post Group company based on the TCFD recommendations.

Support for COOL CHOICE

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Japan Post Holdings, Japan Post, Japan Post Bank and Japan Post Insurance support COOL CHOICE.
COOL CHOICE is a national movement promoted by the Government of Japan (Ministry of the Environment) and aimed at achieving a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions such as CO2. COOL CHOICE encourages wise choices that help tackle global warming, such as products, services and lifestyles that contribute to building a low-carbon society.

Participation in the COOL CHOICE campaign

Japan Post has joined one of the COOL CHOICE campaigns supervised by the Japanese government including the Ministry of the Environment "Why Not Receive Your Baggage with One Delivery-Project for Working Together to Reduce Redelivery."
In this project, the Japanese government and corporations jointly promote initiatives to achieve a low-carbon society through consideration for climate change, working to reduce redeliveries by postal service companies and calling on all Japanese citizens who use postal services for their cooperation.
Japan Post provides users of its postal services with "e-Delivery Notice" and other services to notify them of delivery dates and times or absences through emails and social networking services.

Participation to the Package-Drop Service Conference

Japan Post has participated in the Package-Drop Service Conference supervised by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) and Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). The Conference was established to mitigate climate change by reducing redeliveries, cutting CO2 emissions, and resolving relevant issues, such as the shortage of delivery drivers and excessive working hours.CO2 In addition to pickups using means such as delivery boxes, Japan Post has been providing a "Delivery Service at Designated Spot" since March 2019, leaving parcels on doorsteps, in meter boxes or other designated places. An overview of its initiatives and their effects were introduced in Japan's Environment White Paper 2020 issued by the Ministry of the Environment.

Participation in the Chiho Sosei SDGs Kan-min-renkei Platform (public-private platform for pursuing regional revitalization and SDGs)

Japan Post Holdings, Japan Post and Japan Post Bank participate in the Chiho Sosei SDGs Kan-min-renkei Platform (public-private platform for pursuing regional revitalization and SDGs), an initiative of the Cabinet Office (Office for the Promotion of Regional Revitalization). Whilst building partnerships with various stakeholders, we will work on further promoting regional revitalization through initiatives to achieve the SDGs.

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