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Toppan Announces Business Action Targeting the Sustainable Development Goals

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“TOPPAN Business Action for SDGs” specifies areas of focus to enable “fulfilling, sustainable living.”

Tokyo – Toppan Printing (Toppan), a global leader in communication, security, packaging, décor materials, and electronics solutions, has announced “TOPPAN Business Action for SDGs,” a blueprint setting out areas of focus for its business to contribute to the achievement of the sustainable development goals (SDGs).

With the publication of the TOPPAN SDGs STATEMENT in November 2019, Toppan committed to integrate the SDGs into its management strategy and strengthen efforts focused on achieving the various targets. Based on the concept of helping to shape a society that enables “fulfilling, sustainable living,” Toppan classifies material issues to address through its operations under “Business Materiality.” Specifically, these material issues relate to three themes—“sustainable global environment,” “creation of safe, secure, enriched communities,” and “empowerment and fulfilment of body and mind.”

TOPPAN Business Action for SDGs has been devised to accelerate initiatives centered on Business Materiality. Discussions between representatives of senior management, business operations, and strategy divisions at Toppan’s Sustainability Promotion Committee, chaired by President & Representative Director Hideharu Maro, and at the related SDGs Promotion Working Group, have identified areas of focus for each of the three themes of Business Materiality. Nine areas have been selected by creating a vision for society in 2030 and backcasting with attention paid to areas in which Toppan can best take advantage of its technologies and expertise.

“Business Action for SDGs is an extension of Toppan’s ambition to be a company that creates social value for a sustainable society,” said Fumie Ikeda, General Manager of Sustainability Promotion at Toppan. “Contribution to the achievement of the SDGs is now being positioned as a basic strategy in our medium-term business plans. We will intensify our activities in each of the areas of focus and report progress as we work with stakeholders towards our goal of living that is sustainable and fulfilling for everyone.”

Environment: Sustainable global environment

1) Creating a circular economy
Prevent pollution and destruction due to waste by driving processes from sharing and recovery to upcycling based on the 3Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle), product life extension, and material development.

2) Decarbonizing
Contribute to reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and the mitigation of global warming by providing eco-friendly materials and schemes as well as solutions for energy saving and energy creation.

3) Expanding eco-friendly products and solutions
Expand Toppan’s development of mono-material GL FILM and other eco-friendly products and solutions and ensure contribution to the environment is visible and widely recognized by establishing certification programs.

Communities: Creation of safe, secure, enriched communities

1) Creating a safe society in which we can be ourselves
Leverage security system technologies to create environments that enable everyone to use their own data safely and provide personal data usage services that achieve both enhanced usability and privacy protection.

2) Contributing to enhanced quality of life for communities
Take advantage of nationwide network and digital technologies to provide residents with optimal region-specific services and contribute to sustaining provincial cities.

3) Showcasing and preserving culture
Combine experience in the fields of culture and education with cutting-edge technologies to develop solutions for preserving and passing down tangible and intangible culture and protecting the world’s diversity.

People: Empowerment and fulfillment of body and mind

1) Reducing food loss to help eliminate hunger
Reduce food loss throughout the value chain from primary industry sectors to consumers by combining functional packaging and digital transformation to extend shelf lives and optimize the balance of supply and demand.

2) Creating obstacle-free educational environments
Create a society in which anyone can learn anywhere and anytime by providing a global platform combining educational software and translation technologies.

3) Using innovative digital technologies to enhance health
Contribute to longer healthy lives for people throughout the world by facilitating access to healthcare information and services that transcends national or regional borders.

SDG-related Material Issues for Toppan

Toppan positions the SDGs as growth engines for accelerating its efforts to become a company that creates social value. Toppan has selected material issues to focus on from the 17 SDGs and classified them under the categories of Companywide Materiality and Business Materiality, with two themes in the former and three themes in the latter. By driving and combining efforts across the themes, Toppan aims to contribute to “fulfilling, sustainable living.”

Business Materiality

?Environment (sustainable global environment)
?Communities (creation of safe, secure, enriched communities)
?People (empowerment and fulfillment of the body and mind)

Companywide Materiality

?Environmentally friendly & sustainable production
?Employee health & job satisfaction

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