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Identify Materiality

UN Global Compact

In March 2015, we signed the United Nations Global Compact, which is a global framework for the international community to realize sustainable growth, and we are aiming to achieve the SDGs.
In December 2020, we identified 13 items of materiality that the Group should prioritize to address in response to the SDGs, and we are driving efforts to achieve the targets set for each materiality. Our initiatives toward materiality are outlined in a roadmap for realizing a “NAMERAKA Society,” and progress is regularly reviewed by the Sustainability Committee, which includes members from across the organization, and reported to the Board of Directors as appropriate. (For a roadmap for realizing a “NAMERAKA Society,” see here)
The identified materialities are also linked to the NTN corporate philosophy of “We shall contribute to international society through creating new technologies and developing new products.” By promoting materiality initiatives, we aim to realize a “NAMERAKA Society” through the Group’s sustainable growth and the creation of environmental and social value.

Identification process

STEP 1 Extraction of materiality candidates

  • Extract social issues with reference to the GRI Standard, which is an international framework in the field of sustainability.
  • Extract items that are candidates for materiality based on the direction of structural changes that have a major impact on the economy/environment/society and the company’s effort.

STEP 2 Evaluation and analysis of materiality candidates

  • Evaluate the 99 items extracted in STEP 1 on a three-point scale from the perspectives of “expectations from society” and “relevance to our business.”
  • Organize items with high evaluations as materiality proposals.

Evaluation and analysis of materiality candidates

STEP 3 Dialog with academics and experts

  • Collect suggestions and opinions from academics and experts in the field of CSR/sustainability, as well as Outside Directors regarding ideas about materiality identification and ESG strategies that should be focused on.

STEP 4 Validity assessment in overseas affiliated companies

  • Conduct a questionnaire survey targeting the presidents of our overseas affiliated companies and confirm that all overseas affiliated companies agree with the materiality proposals.

STEP 5 Identify materiality

  • The Board of Directors resolved 13 items of materiality.


Contribution to solving social issues toward the future we aim for

ESG issues Materiality Related SDGs
Environment Realize carbon neutrality Respond to climate change


Contribute to carbon-free society Realize a sustainable society using natural energy


Reduce energy loss


Social Contribute to prosperous lives Provide safety and comfort


Foundation to support ESG management

ESG issues Materiality Related SDGs
Environment Environmental protection Resource recycling and pollution prevention


Social Sustainable supply chain Improve the reliability of products and services (Quality assurance, stable supply)


Procurement activities with an emphasis on environment and society


Prosperous human development Promote safety and health


Respect for human rights


Human resource development


Promote diversity


Governance Thorough compliance
Strengthen governance