External Evaluation

Nikkei Environmental Management Survey: Top Rank for Eight Consecutive Years in Non-Manufacturing: Warehouse/ Real Estate/ Other Industry

The “Environmental Management Survey” – a survey that has been annually conducted by Nikkei Inc. since 1997, announces the rankings of companies that excel in their approach to environmental management based on the answers to a questionnaire provided by each company. In the non-manufacturing sector, in principle four themes are evaluated comprehensively: “Measures against global warming,” “Systems to promote environmental management,” “Resource recycling,” and “Measures against pollution/biodiversity.” Various initiatives carried out under these themes received high commendation altogether.

Measures against global warming

  • Commercialization of the natural ventilation and natural lighting system developed through joint research with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Construction of eco-friendly buildings
  • Retrofitting existing buildings to improve energy efficiency
  • Development of a green wall system particularly for thin walls
  • Promotion of an offsite Net Zero Energy Building (ZEB) scheme at the Hulic Head Office Building as an active investment in renewable energy

Systems to promote environmental management

  • Establishment of the Environmental Advisory Council

Resource recycling

  • Solid results in reduction of waste and water consumption at Hulic-owned buildings
  • “Hulic Guideline for Longer Life Service” to reduce waste generated during reconstruction work
  • Initiatives for long-life buildings that can be used for 100 years

Measures against pollution and for biodiversity

  • Approaches to Certification such as JHEP

Received the Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Award for the 25th Global Environment Award

We successfully produced a natural ventilation and natural lighting system in rental buildings in cities through three years of joint research and development with MIT, and introduced the system into our properties. The initiative was commended with the Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Award for the 25th Global Environment Award.
The Global Environment Award is a system to honor industry, aiming at “coexistence between industrial development and the global environment.” It was established in 1992 with special cooperation obtained from the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Japan. This system aims to encourage development of new technologies and new products, and environmental conservation activities and projects that contribute to global warming prevention and a resource-circulating society. It aims to improve the search for a 21st century corporate system, and to greatly improve awareness of global environmental conservation. Fujisankei Communications Group is its main sponsor, with support from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry; Ministry of the Environment; Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology; Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism; Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries; and the Japan Business Federation.

DBJ Green Building

DBJ Green Building Certification System is a program to comprehensively assess the building’s environmental performance, crime and fire prevention, user comfort and convenience, cooperation with stakeholders, etc. by The Development Bank of Japan Inc. Hulic obtained the highest certification of “5 Stars” for The Hulic Head Office Building and three buildings in the reconstruction projects including the Hulic Shinjuku Building, and one building was granted “4 Stars.”

Approaches to JHEP Certification

JHEP is a program to evaluate and certify activities that contribute to conservation and restoration of biodiversity, which was established and is operated by Ecosystem Conservation Society-Japan. Hulic carries out efforts to conserve and restore local vegetation as part of its reconstruction projects for company-owned properties from the standpoint of safeguarding biodiversity. Our approach to biodiversity and many projects have received the JHEP certification.

Achieved a “Green Star” rating by GRESB

Hulic obtained the highest “Green Star” assessment in the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) survey conducted in 2017.
GRESB is a benchmark which was founded in 2009 mainly by a group of major pension funds in Europe. This benchmark measures sustainability and performance of the real estate sector. Hulic received a high recognition for its progress in (i) combining business management and CSR such as by integrating CSR management and business performance targets, (ii) CSR management that defines material items for the environment and society as KPIs and manages the targets and results, and (iii) business operation with emphasis on dialogues with stakeholders such as customers, business partners and the local communities.

Included in FTSE4Good Index Series

For the FTSE4Good Index Series, the FTSE Group assesses a company’s initiatives for social responsibility. The socially responsible investing (SRI) indices are important indicators that display pools of investment options for investors. Hulic has continuously been included in the index series.

Selected for FTSE Blossom Japan Index

Hulic was selected for a constituent of the FTSE Blossom Japan Index in July 2017. Created by the global index company FTSE Russell, the FTSE Blossom Japan Index is designed as an industry neutral benchmark that reflects the performance of companies demonstrating strong environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices in Japan. FTSE Russell evaluations are based on performance in areas such as Corporate Governance, Health & Safety, Anti-Corruption and Climate Change. Businesses included in the FTSE Blossom Japan Index meet a variety of environmental, social and governance criteria.

Included in “MSCI Japan ESG Select Leaders Index” and “MSCI Japan Empowering Women Index (WIN)”

Hulic was approved for membership of the “MSCI Japan ESG Select Leaders Index” and the “MSCI Japan Empowering Women Index (WIN)” by MSCI Inc. in July 2017.
The MSCI Japan ESG Select Leaders Index is comprised of companies, chosen from among the largest 500 Japanese companies by market capitalization, which have high “Environmental,” “Social,” and “Governance” (hereinafter referred to as “ESG”) profiles compared to their sector peers, after excluding companies with the lowest ESG rating by MSCI and companies hit by serious scandals.
The MSCI Japan Empowering Women Index (WIN) is comprised of Japanese companies, chosen from among the largest 500 Japanese companies by market capitalization, with a high level of gender diversity in their workforces compared to sector peers classified by GICS(r).
Accordingly, Hulic has been continuously included in all three indices selected by the Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) for the purpose of investment based on a company’s ESG efforts: FTSE Blossom Japan Index, MSCI Japan ESG Select Leaders Index, and MSCI Japan Empowering Women Index.

Included in Morningstar Socially Responsible Investment Index

The Morningstar Socially Responsible Investment Index (MS-SRI) focuses on assessing and selecting companies by their work on corporate social responsibilities (i.e. social fairness, morality and environmental friendliness in processes of daily business activities), in addition to financial aspects by conventional securities and financial analysis. MS-SRI selects 150 companies assessed as having excellent social aspects, from among approximately 4000 listed companies in Japan.

Next Generation Certification Mark, “Kurumin,” Obtained

In regard to the support for development of the next generation, Hulic aims at a higher level than the legal standard and has established various systems. we are working to develop a work environment in which employees can take childcare leave more easily through systems such as providing economic support to employees who take the leave. In recognition of our efforts, Hulic has received certification as a “general business owner conforming to the standard” based on the Act on Advancement of Measures to Support Raising Next-Generation Children by the Tokyo Labor Bureau. This recognition also earned us the right to use the “Kurumin,” the next-generation accreditation logo in 2010 and 2013.

Recognized for Inclusion in Diversity Management Selection 100

Diversity Management Selection 100 is a commendation system run by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry since 2012, to recognize companies of various sizes and from different sectors for their proactive initiatives towards diversity management as a contributing factor behind the economic growth of Japan. By communicating best practices, this aims to broaden the fields that encourage diversity.
From the standpoint of empowering female employees and helping employees improve their professional skills, Hulic is working to transform our organizational structure, develop an employee-friendly work environment, and further enhance our benefit programs. We believe this achievement is the result of our collective efforts.

Selected as Nadeshiko Brand in Fiscal 2016

The Nadeshiko Brand aims to encourage investment in listed companies that excel in “Encouraging Female Empowerment,” and accelerate these companies’ initiatives, by introducing stocks that are attractive for investors who emphasize “medium and long term improvement in company value.” Hulic aims to be a company which encourages female empowerment, and its long-term plan “Hulic 10 Years from Now (2014-2023)” sets the target of a 20% female managers ratio in 2020. Hulic is also putting effort into diversity management that creates an environment where diverse human resources can take active roles in the workplace. In particular, we have endeavored to establish a top-class support system for nurturing the next generations (a childcare support system / onsite nursery facilities) to promote female employees to continue working even during times of childbirth and child-rearing. In appreciation of these initiatives, Hulic was selected as a Nadeshiko Brand in 2016 for the second consecutive year.

Corporate Certification for Eruboshi Based on the Act on Promotion of Women’s Participation and Advancement in the Workplace Obtained

As a result of the formulation of the Action Plan based on the Act on Promotion of Women’s Participation and Advancement in the Workplace, Hulic attained the highest rank in the “Eruboshi” certification presented by the Minister of Health, Labor and Welfare in 2016, in recognition of the Company as an outstanding company in the implementation of initiatives to promote female empowerment at the workplace. We have put effort into creating an environment where diverse human resources can perform (diversity management), especially into establishing a top-class system for nurturing the next generations (a childcare support system/ onsite childcare and nursery facilities), with the aim of ensuring that female employees will be able to continue playing an active role in the company after childbirth and while parenting.
Since we have been facilitating in creating a corporate culture where employees respect the diversity among them and can perform best, we were able to meet the criteria for the certification established by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare and obtain the highest rank certification.

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