Kokusai Kogyo actively contributes toward the realization of our Group Mission: "Save the Earth, Make Communities Green." 2015 was a landmark year, where the United Nations renewed three international frameworks that relate closely to our Mission and our work. The concepts of disaster risk reduction and resilience building in the Sendai Framework, adopted in March, was mainstreamed into the Sustainable Development Goals, adopted in September, as necessary foundations towards sustainable development. The Paris Agreement at COP21 in December saw more than 190 countries agree to cooperate towards reducing global warming.
Working with international organizations
Kokusai Kogyo has been active in delivering private sector views and expertise into the international dialogue, even joining, in the case of the Sendai Framework, discussions at its formative stages. In return, we bring back a deeper understanding of global issues and trends, which we apply to our business activities. Sandra Wu Wen-Hsiu, our Chairperson and CEO, has taken a leading role in our work with the international community, and especially the following three organizations:
- UN Global Compact
- The UN Global Compact is the main UN the main United Nation initiative for engagement with the private sector and business
- UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)
- UNISDR strongly promotes disaster risk reduction and resilience through public private collaboration and private sector engagement
- World Economic Forum
- The World Economic Forum is committed to improving the state of the world and is an international organization for public-private cooperation
Additionally, Kokusai Kogyo assists developing countries implement these international frameworks through our international development consulting operations.
|Disaster Risk Reduction||
With UN Global Compact (UNGC)
The Global Compact was launched at UN Headquarters in New York on 26 July 2000, and aims to bring about sustainable growth through the responsible, innovative leadership of businesses and other organizations acting as good corporate citizens and voluntarily committing to a universal set of principles.
Kokusai Kogyo joined the Global Compact in 2013, and agreeing to meet fundamental responsibilities in its Four Areas and to adhere to its Ten Principles, and reporting on progress through our Creating Shared Value (CSV) report.
n 2015, Kokusai Kogyo became signatory to the Caring for Climate initiative, which is jointly convened by the UNGC, the secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
|Oct. 2015||Joined the Caring for Climate initiative, which endeavors to mobilize a critical mass of business leaders to implement and recommend climate change solutions and policies.
United Nations Private Sector Forum 2015: Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals, New York, USA.
Rapporteur for roundtable discussion on Peace and Stability reports on Kokusai Kogyo’s work supporting UNISDR’s private sector group towards resilience, and business commitments towards sustainable development
|May. 2014||Co-organizes new DRR Working Group within UNGC Network Japan|
|Sep. 2013||UNGC Leaders Summit, New York, USA. Meeting website
|Sep. 2013||Joined UN Global Compact|
With the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)
UNISDR has a mandate to serve as the focal point in the United Nations system for the coordination of disaster reduction, and leads the preparation of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, issues the Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction every two years, supports countries in monitoring risk trends and the implementation of the Sendai Framework, and leads global campaigns on disaster risk reduction.
Kokusai Kogyo joined UNISDR’s private sector advisory group and private sector partnership at its establishment in 2011. Kokusai Kogyo’s Chairperson and CEO Sandra Wu led these private sector groups as Chair in the two years (2013-2015) leading up to the Third UN World Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction, and contributed towards getting the private sector role in disaster risk reduction and resilience highlighted in the Sendai Framework. Since 2015, Sandra Wu leads UNISDR’s reorganized private sector alliance at the regional and local level, pursuing implementation of the Sendai Framework in the Asia-Pacific region and Japan.
|Mar. 2016||Co-sponsored and presented at ARISE Network Japan Launching Forum: Private sector contribution to SDGs through DRR and resilience (Tokyo, Japan)
|Nov. 2015||Chairperson and CEO Sandra Wu, Wen-Hsiu stepped down as Interim Co-Chair of ARISE: Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies, and became Board Member at the ARISE Annual General Meeting|
|Sep. 2015||Announced ARISE: Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies at the SDG Business Forum, to business leaders gathered for the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit (New York, USA)|
|Aug. 2015||UNISDR PSP is reorganized as UNISDR ARISE: Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies. Chairperson and CEO Sandra Wu, Wen-Hsiu becomes Co-Chair of the Interim Board.|
|Mar. 2015||The 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai (Sendai, Japan)
|Feb. 2015||Jointly hosted seminar with UNISDR Office in Japan, titled "Role of the Private Sector in Disaster Risk Reduction Toward the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction"
News-Japan’s private sector puts focus on resilience and risk-sensitivity as World Conference looms
Invited as Chair of UNISDR PSP and PSAG to serve as panelist in: Disaster Risk Management Public Seminar Series No.5 – The Role of the Private Sector in Building Resilience to Disasters
|Nov. 2014||Second Preparatory Committee meeting for the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (Geneva, Switzerland)
UN Member States negotiate on managing disasters and climate risks
Watch-Major Group Business and Industry: Statement made at the 2nd Preparatory Committee of the Third UN WCDRR
|Sep.-Oct. 2014||Open-Ended Informal Consultative Meetings by the Preparatory Committee for the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (Geneva, Switzerland)
Open-Ended Informal Consultative Meetings
|Jul. 2014||First Preparatory Committee meeting for the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (Geneva, Switzerland)
DRR for business and food security
Watch-Major Group Business and Industry: Statement made at the Preparatory Committee of the Third UN WCDRR
|Jul. 2014||UNISDR Private Sector Partnership/Private Sector Advisory Group (PSP/PSAG) Annual General Meeting (Paris, France)|
|Jun. 2014||Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management 2014 (6PPDRM) – Guest speaker from Kokusai Kogyo invited. (Suva, Fiji)
Pacific Platform opens with call for action
|Jun. 2014||6th Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction (Bangkok, Thailand)
Asia meets on Post-2015 DRR framework
|Nov. 2013||Top Leader Forum (Manila, Philippines)
CEOs: 'We have resilience tools, let's use them'
|Jul. 2013||Chairperson and CEO of Kokusai Kogyo Co., Ltd, Sandra Wu, Wen-Hsiu becomes Chair of Private Sector Advisory Group (PSAG). Her term will last from 2013 to 2015.|
|Jun. 2013||Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction Forum (Tokyo, Japan)
Developer unveils vision of cities as havens during disasters
GAR2013 Launch in Tokyo accompanied by: Private Sector Strengths Applied – Good Practices from Japan
|May. 2013||Fourth Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction
- Speaker in Plenary:
- Market Place – Introduced private sector's role in DRR in Japan with Sendai City and Tohoku University
- Private Sector Strengths Applied: Good Practices in Disaster Risk Reduction from Japan
- Business and Disaster Risk Reduction: Good Practices and Case Studies 2013 (P12-13)
|May. 2013||UNISDR Private Sector Partnership/Private Sector Advisory Group (PSP/PSAG) Annual General Meeting (Geneva, Switzerland)|
|Oct. 2012||Fifth Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction – Two guest speakers from Kokusai Kogyo invited. (Yogyakarta, Indonesia)
Overwhelming support in Asia for a new international agreement on disaster risk reduction
Represented UNISDR private sector advisory group. Contributed to the private sector statement on DRR being included in the Yogyakarta Declaration.
|Oct. 2012||The Asia-Pacific Disaster Report 2012
Kokusai Kogyo is a contributing author. Our Tagonishi Model Eco-Town is highlighted for its innovative approach to DRR. (See pg. 96)
|Sep. 2012||Presented at Top Leaders Forum: Building an Asia Private Partnership to Make Corporations Safer Against Disaster as representative of UNISDR Private Sector Advisory Group (PSAG)|
|Mar. 2012||UN’s website showcased Kokusai Kogyo’s vital role following March 2011 tsunami
Private sector's key emergency role in Japan
|Feb. 2012||PPP Days 2012 – sponsored by UNECE, Geneva, Switzerland
・Invited to lead special session: Japan and the role of PPPs in disaster risk reduction and post-disaster reconstruction
|Feb. 2012||Participated joint meeting of UNISDR Private Sector Advisory Group (PSP/PSAG) Annual General Meeting (Paris, France)|
|Sep. 2011||Joined UNISDR DRR-PSP (Disaster Risk Reduction Private Sector Partnership)|
|May. 2011||Panelist on Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction Forum: Revealing Risk, Redefining Development (Tokyo, Japan)|
|May. 2011||Third Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction
- Speaker in Plenary: Invest Today for Safer Tomorrow — Increased Investment in Local Action ( photo gallery )
- Round Table: Engaging the Private Sector
- Market Place – Introduced private sector's role in DRR in Japan and gave an update on Great East Japan Earthquake/Tsunami recovery efforts
|Apr. 2011||Joined Private Sector Advisory Group (UNISDR-PSAG)|
World Economic Forum
The World Economic Forum is an international organization that is committed to improving the state of the world through public-private cooperation, bringing together the world’s foremost CEOs, heads of state, ministers and policy-makers, experts and academics, and others with the aim of driving positive change. It is known for its annual meetings held in Davos.
Our Group became a member to the World Economic Forum in 2010, and Kokusai Kogyo became signatory to the Climate CEO Initiative in 2015, which is facilitated by the World Economic Forum and joined by CEOs from around the world.
|Dec. 2015||Joined L' Appel de Paris (Paris Pledge for Action), the non-state actors' pledge accompanying the Paris Agreement adopted at COP21
Blog article by Sandra Wu Wen-Hsiu: How can we prepare our cities for climate change?
|Nov. 2015||Joined 75 CEOs in second: Open Letter from Global CEOs to World Leaders Urging Concrete Climate Action
For first Open Letter (Apr. 2015) see https://medium.com/@ClimateCEOs
|Sep. 2015||SDG Business Forum, New York, USA.
PANEL 5: CEO Climate Business Leadership (Sandra Wu, Speaker)
|Apr. 2015||Joined 43 CEOs in: Open Letter from Global CEOs to World Leaders Urging Concrete Climate Action
|Jan. 2015||Davos conference (World Economic Forum Annual Meeting) 2015
Watch-New Business Context: Risky Business (Sandra Wu, speaker)
|Nov. 2014||World Economic Forum Summit on the Global Agenda 2014, Dubai.|
|Sep. 2014||World Economic Forum Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2014, Tianjin.
Women Leaders Breakfast: Innovative Leadership (Sandra Wu, discussion leader)
The Future of Urban Development Initiative: Learning from China and Moving Ahead (Sandra Wu, co-chair)
Business Model Innovation Session: Redesign your Business (Sandra Wu, panelist)
|May. 2014||World Economic Forum on East Asia 2014, Manila, Philippines. Rappoteur for: Energy and Infrastructure Private Meeting, Global Strategic Infrastructure: East Asia Context
Advancing the ASEAN Economic Community: Barriers to ASEAN Integration (Sandra Wu, discussion leader)
Connect on Technology: Eliminating the Blind Spots (Sandra Wu, panelist)
|Apr. 2014||China International Urbanization Forum & the Future of Urban Development, Shanghai.|
|Apr. 2014||World Economic Forum on Latin America 2014, Panama City, Panama.
Strategic Infrastructure: Latin American Context (Sandra Wu, table host)
The Future of Cities (Sandra Wu, discussion leader)
|Jan. 2014||Davos conference (World Economic Forum Annual Meeting) 2014
Panelist in session: Building Resilience to Natural Disasters (Sandra Wu, speaker)
Annual Meeting 2014 The Reshaping of the World: Consequences for Society, Politics and Business
|Nov. 2013||Summit on the Global Agenda 2013, Abu Dhabi|
|Sep. 2013||Unlocking Infrastructure Financing (Sandra Wu, panelist)
The Future of Emerging Trends in the Asian Real Estate Market (Sandra Wu, chair)
Infrastructure & Buildings: Optimizing the Future (Sandra Wu, chair)
Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2013
|Mar. 2013||China International Urbanization Forum 2013
Infrastructure & Urban Development Governors Meeting 2013
|Jan. 2013||Davos conference (World Economic Forum Annual Meeting) 2013
Watch-Forum Live Interview with Sandra Wu
|Sep. 2012||World Economic Forum Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2012, Tianjin, China|
|Jun. 2012||Future of Urban Development Initiative, admitted to Advisory Board|
|Jan. 2012||Davos conference (World Economic Forum Annual Meeting) 2012, participated as industry partner|
|Sep. 2011||Ideas Lab on Japan: Road to Recovery, Discussion Leader
Harnessing Innovative Technologies and Knowledge for Urban Development
WEF: Annual Meeting of New Champions 2011 – Watch-Highlights
|Jun. 2011||World Economic Forum on East Asia, Jakarta, Indonesia; Driving Asian Growth: Women at the Wheel, Panelist Unnatural Disasters: Addressing Complex and Interconnected Risk in East Asia through Public-Private Cooperation, panelist|
|Jan. 2011||Davos conference (World Economic Forum Annual Meeting) 2011
Emerging Opportunities for the Engineering and Construction Sector in the New Risk Landscape, Speaker, Davos, Switzerland
Watch-World Economic Forum: Annual Meeting 2011
|Oct. 2010||Global Growth Company, promoted to Industry Shaper|
|Oct. 2010||Elected Industry Partner, Infrastructure and Urban Development Group|
|Sep. 2010||World Economic Forum Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2010, Tianjin, China|
|Aug. 2010||Global Growth Company, Member|
|Earth Statement||Sep. 2015||Endorsed the Earth Statement by the Earth League, a climate petition aimed at the Paris climate conference (COP21).|
|World Entrepreneur Of The Year||Jun. 2013||Emerging markets: how today's entrepreneurs stay alive and thrive|
|Global China Business Meeting||Nov. 2012||Co-chair of Global China Business Meeting, Riga, Latvia
Global China Business Meeting 2012 Report
|Global Competitiveness Forum||Jan. 2011||5th Annual Global Competitive Forum 2011, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Watch-Shifts in the Energy Landscape, Sandra Wu
|As a group of development-minded professionals, Kokusai Kogyo has been helping developing countries – over 30 annually and 100+ since the 1960's – take their first steps in development work on their own.