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 United Nations 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, as a company focused on providing geospatial information based solutions, we have been participating in the following global initiative as observers.

UN Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information. Management (UNCE-GGIM)
UN initiative setting the agenda for the use of global geospatial information in addressing key global challenges, such as sustainable development and disaster risk reduction

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).

Nov. 2016 Sandra Wu announced our company’s commitment to action and progress in fighting climate change at the Caring for Climate Business Forum at COP 22/CMP 12: High-Level Meeting on Climate Change. Also presented our activities at a side event of COP22, Adaptation for All: Networking and Involvement of Private Sector hosted by Japan’s Ministry of Environment (COP22, Marrakesh, Morocco)
Sep. 2016 Sandra Wu participated in United Nations Private Sector Forum 2016: Business and the 2030 Agenda: Securing the Way Forward; Leading the Way in the SDG Era: Connecting Global Business; The Future of Spaceship Earth: The SDGs – The Business Frontier; and spoke at High-level Roundtable on Innovative Partnerships during Climate Week NYC 2016 (New York, USA)
Aug. 2016 Became a Climate Adaptation Champion, whereby we will continue to report on our progress in meeting four new commitments in addition to our voluntary pledge to meet UN Global Compact fundamental responsibilities and commitments
Jun. 2016 Contributed to the UN Global Compact-Accenture Strategy CEO Study produced by UN Global Compact every three years
Click here to see the key insights of all the CEOs in the study, including Sandra Wu
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.

May 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction 2017 (Cancun, Mexico)
・Moderator for Private Sector Pre-meeting ‘Business for Resilience’
News-UN business group calls for resilience
・Speaker for Working Session ‘International Cooperation in Support of the Sendai Framework Implementation’
Watch-International Cooperation in Support of the Sendai Framework Implementation
・Presided over the 2017 Risk Award ceremony
News-Nepal nursing project wins Risk Award
・Speaker for Special Event on Women Leadership in Disaster Risk Reduction for Resilience
・Contributed to new ARISE publication Introducing ARISE Network Japan: How we work towards resilience
Mar. 2017 Co-sponsored and presented at ARISE Network Japan's public symposium: How businesses meet the challenge of extreme weather events
News-Japanese children and companies implement Sendai Framework
Nov. 2016 United Nations Forum, National Model United Nations
Sandra Wu participated in the panel discussion at the first National Model United Nations held in Japan (Kobe, Japan)
News-Risk in focus at model UN
Nov. 2016 Participated in Top Leaders Forum (Manila, Philippines)
News-Typhoon Haiyan memory spurs ARISE commitment
Nov. 2016 Participated in Asia Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) 2016 (New Delhi, India)
News-Indian businesses to launch DRR fund
Oct. 2016 ARISE Annual General Meeting
Sandra Wu presented on ARISE Network activities in Asia and Japan as the ARISE Board focal point for Asia (Washington DC, USA)
News-Business calls for resilient investments to curb disaster losses
Jun. 2016 ISDR Asia Partnership (IAP) meeting of 2016
Sandra Wu participated in the ISDR Asia Partnership (IAP) meeting of 2016 as the ARISE Board focal point for Asia and Chair of the PSAWG (Bangkok, Thailand)
Watch-IAP meeting to prepare for AMCDRR 2016 in India this November
May 2016 Presented and introduced ARISE and ARISE Network Japan at the Forum for Public-Private Partnership for Disaster Risk Reduction (Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia)
News-Mongolia launches public-private partnership for resilience
Apr. 2016 Sandra Wu joined UNISDR Asia Pacific's “Private Sector Advisory Working Group to support development of the ‘Asia Regional Plan for Implementation of the Sendai Framework’” (PSAWG) on invitation, and also became the Chair of PSAWG (Bangkok, Thailand)
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 Sandra Wu 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 (London, England)
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. Sandra Wu 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 Sandra Wu 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.

Jun. 2017 Joined over 100 companies in support of recommendations for effective disclosure of climate-related financial risks by the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD)
Apr. 2017 Joined CEOs from the Alliance of CEO Climate Leaders, convened by the World Economic Forum, in a call for mainstreaming disclosure of climate risks
Jan. 2017 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2017, Davos
Sandra Wu became Co-Chair of Infrastructure & Urban Development Industry Group
Panelist, Finance for Change
Sep. 2016 Participated in Climate Week NYC events as member of Climate CEO Initiative
Jun. 2016 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2016 (Summer Davos; Tianjin, China)
Panelist, Implementing the Climate Deal
Jun. 2016 World Economic Forum on ASEAN 2016 (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
May 2016 Invited onto Advisory Board of the Global Risks Report 2017
Jan. 2016 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2016, Davos
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: 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
Mar. 2015 Invited onto Advisory Board of the Global Risks Report 2016
Jan. 2015 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2015, Davos
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 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2014, Davos
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 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2013, Davos
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 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2012, Davos, 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 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2011, Davos
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

UN Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UNCE-GGIM)

GGIM is a United Nations initiative that aims to play a leading role in setting the agenda for the development of global geospatial information and to promote its use to address key global challenges, by providing a forum to liaise and coordinate among and between Member States and international organizations. From its beginnings as an informal consultative meeting with geospatial information experts in 2009, UNCE-GGIM was formally created in 2011.
Kokusai Kogyo has been participating in GGIM meetings as observer since the first High Level Forum on Global Geospatial Information Management in 2011.

Aug. 2017 Attended the Seventh Session of the United Nations Committee of Experts on GGIM as observers (New York, USA)
Aug. 2015 Attended the Fifth Session of the United Nations Committee of Experts on GGIM as observers (New York, USA)
Aug. 2014 Attended the Fourth Session of the United Nations Committee of Experts on GGIM, the Global Forum on the Integration of Statistical and Geospatial Information, and the 21st Meeting of the International Steering Committee for Global Mapping (ISCGM) as observers (New York, USA)
Jul. 2013 Attended the Fourth Session of the United Nations Committee of Experts on GGIM as observers (Cambridge, UK)
Feb. 2013 Attended the Second High Level Forum on Global Geospatial Information Management as observers (Doha, Qatar)
Aug. 2012 Attended the Second Session of the United Nations Committee of Experts on GGIM as observers (New York, USA)
Oct. 2011 Attended the First Meeting of the United Nations Committee of Experts on GGIM as observers (Seoul, South Korea)

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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