HOMETowards sustainability

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Towards sustainability

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.

Sustainable Development
Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
Adopted September 2015
Target year 2030
Our approach Working with UN Global Compact to advance the SDGs
Disaster Risk Reduction
Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015–2030
Adopted March 2015
Target year 2030
Our approach Active participation in UNISDR’s private sector alliance
Climate Change
Paris Agreement
Adopted December 2015
Target year Temperature increase limited to 1.5℃ above pre-industrial levels at year 2100
Our approach Working with climate change initiatives within UN Global Compact and World Economic Forum

Our Activities

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.
http://caringforclimate.org/
Sep. 2015 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
http://www.leaderssummit2013.org/home
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)
News-http://www.unisdr.org/archive/48373
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)
  • ・Panelist on Working Session Earth Observation & High Technology to Reduce Risks
  • ・Panelist on High-Level Multi-Stakeholder Partnership Dialogue on Risk Sensitive Investment: Public-Private Partnership
  • ・DRR Champions Meeting
  • ・Study Tours (Green Community TAGONISHI)
  • ・Private Sector & Local Goverments Reception
  • ・Public Forums (Exhibitions and Symposia & Seminars)
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
Jan. 2015

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
(Tokyo, Japan)

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
Official Statements
- Speaker in Plenary:
- Sendai welcomes next World Conference on DRR
- 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.
http://www.preventionweb.net/files/29332_09privatesectorfinal.pdf
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
http://www.parispledgeforaction.org/whos-joined/
Blog article by Sandra Wu Wen-Hsiu: How can we prepare our cities for climate change?
https://agenda.weforum.org/2015/12/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
https://agenda.weforum.org/2015/11/open-letter-from-ceos-to-world-leaders-urging-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
https://medium.com/@ClimateCEOs
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

Other

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

International Development

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.
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