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Initiatives for achieving SDGs

Through its business activities, Artner aims to help resolve social problems, thereby contributing to the realization of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the world.

What are Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?

In September 2015, all 193 Member States of the United Nations adopted a plan for achieving a better future for all — laying out a path over the next 15 years to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and protect our planet. At the heart of “Agenda 2030” are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which clearly define the world we want — applying to all nations and leaving no one behind.

Quote from the United Nations Global Compact

Quote from the United Nations Global Compact

Artner initiatives for achieving SDGs

Specific SDGs
Artner initiatives

Goal 1.
No Poverty

End poverty in all its forms everywhere

■ Support for Akai Hane Central Community Chest of Japan (donations)
We support Central Community Chest of Japan, an organization engaged in support and assistance for local social welfare issues around Japan (e.g., child poverty, hikikomori, elderly support, disabled support).
Selected fund recipient: NPO Toshima Children’s WAKUWAKU Network* (Representative: Chieko Kuribayashi)
* A nonprofit organization proving support for children in need (e.g., meals, free study support, and accommodation support for children).

Goal 2.
Zero Hunger

End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

■ Support for Japan Association for the World Food Program (donations)
Artner endorses and donates to support the activities of the United Nations World Food Programme (UNWFP), which delivers food support in 83 countries and school meal support in more than 30 countries around the world, to save children in poverty from starvation and to help children grow up in good health. UNWFP also works to promote school attendance and expand educational opportunities for children.

Goal 3.
Good Health and Well-being

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

■ Mental health care for employees
To support the mental and physical health of our employees, we provide them with mental health care from professional counselors, thereby helping in the prevention and early detection of mental health issues.

■ Providing personnel to support technical development of medical equipment
Artner engineers are actively engaged in the research, design, and development of medical equipment to support human health, such as PET systems, control boards for X-ray image processors, and assisted walking devices.

Goal 4.
Quality Education

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

■ Programming classes for elementary school students
We run computer programming classes led by Artner employees for children in grades four to six at local elementary schools. Like this, we provide opportunities for children to learn how to think like a programmer.

■ Helping employees to upgrade their skills through training and education
We strive to improve our education and training, for example by helping employees to upgrade their technical skills through skills development seminars, career support courses, and manager training.

■ New employee training to support career development
Under the concept of “mastering practical skills,” we support the career development of each and every engineer we employ, by conducting onboarding seminars for acquiring a wide range of skills, covering everything from the fundamentals to the finer points of practice.

■ Support for Japan Association for the World Food Program (donations)
Artner endorses and donates to support the activities of the United Nations World Food Programme (UNWFP), which delivers food support in 83 countries and school meal support in more than 30 countries around the world, to save children in poverty from starvation and to help children grow up in good health. UNWFP also works to promote school attendance and expand educational opportunities for children.

■ Support for Akai Hane Central Community Chest of Japan (donations)
We support Central Community Chest of Japan, an organization engaged in support and assistance for local social welfare issues around Japan (e.g., child poverty, hikikomori, elderly support, disabled support).
Selected fund recipient: NPO Toshima Children’s WAKUWAKU Network* (Representative: Chieko Kuribayashi)
* A nonprofit organization proving support for children in need (e.g., meals, free study support, and accommodation support for children).

Goal 5.
Gender Equality

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

■ Improving the employment environment to promote active participation of women
To help establish an employment environment that enables the active participation of women and permits employees to achieve a better work-life balance, Artner has formulated a General Employers Action Plan, based on the Act on Promotion of Women’s Participation and Advancement in the Workplace and the Act on Advancement of Measures to Support Raising Next-Generation Children. We also strive to increase the number of female executives and improve the rate of childcare and nursing leave utilization.

Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare: The Database on Promotion of Women’s Participation and Advancement in the Workplace

■ Diversity and LGBT initiatives
At Artner, we believe that promoting workplace diversity and giving all employees the opportunity to demonstrate their full potential lead to innovation and value creation. For this purpose, we strive to foster an inclusive company culture, through measures such as diversity training, LGBT study meetings, and activities to promote an understanding of gender equality by all employees.

Goal 6.
Clean Water and Sanitation

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

Goal 7.
Affordable and Clean Energy

Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

■ Personnel for technical development of eco cars
Artner engineers are actively engaged in the development of technology to support eco cars. For example, they develop eco car chargers and lithium-ion batteries, do R&D on next-generation fuel cells, design hybrid systems, and develop and evaluate braking control systems.

Goal 8.
Decent Work and Economic Growth

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

■ Establishing a diversity promotion office
In September 2011, Artner set up a Diversity Promotion Office (now Diversity Team), centered around people with disabilities. In addition to promoting the employment of people with disabilities, we also aim to create a workplace that enables all employees to feel fulfilled by their work.

■ Helping employees to upgrade their skills through training and education
We strive to improve our education and training, for example by helping employees to upgrade their technical skills through skills development seminars, career support courses, and manager training.

■ New employee training to support career development
Under the concept of “mastering practical skills,” we support the career development of each and every engineer we employ, by conducting onboarding seminars for acquiring a wide range of skills, covering everything from the fundamentals to the finer points of practice.

■ Support system for earning qualifications
Artner helps employees to keep their engineering skills up to date, by offering those that possess a recommended qualification a bonus payment, according to regulations, and through a support system for earning qualifications, under which all the expenses for earning an approved qualification are covered by the company.

Goal 9.
Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

Goal 10.
Reduced Inequalities

Reduce inequality within and among countries

■ Ensuring diversity and equal opportunity in employment
Artner ensures equal employment opportunity, regardless of gender or disability. It is also careful to ensure that nobody is deprived of the opportunity of an appointment or promotion for reasons of age, gender, nationality, or belief.

■ Active hiring of people with disabilities
Artner actively hires people with disabilities. In 2018 Artner was officially recognized by Osaka Prefecture for its outstanding company efforts in support of people with disabilities. (This award is part of the prefecture’s initiatives to actively support the employment of people with disabilities.)

■ Establishing a diversity promotion office
In September 2011, Artner set up a Diversity Promotion Office (now Diversity Team), centered around people with disabilities. In addition to promoting the employment of people with disabilities, we also aim to create a workplace that enables all employees to feel fulfilled by their work.

■ Diversity and LGBT initiatives
At Artner, we believe that promoting workplace diversity and giving all employees the opportunity to demonstrate their full potential lead to innovation and value creation. For this purpose, we strive to foster an inclusive company culture, through measures such as diversity training, LGBT study meetings, and activities to promote an understanding of gender equality by all employees.

Goal 11.
Sustainable Cities and Communities

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

■ Initiatives to clean public spaces
Four times a year, Artner organizes a cleanup of Esaka Park, located near its corporate Learning Center, inviting the participation of all its directors, managers, and employees.

Goal 12.
Responsible Consumption and Production

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Goal 13.
Climate Action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

■ Participating in the “Fun to Share” climate change campaign and providing
As an element of its CSR activities, Artner participates in the Ministry of the Environment’s “Fun to Share” climate change campaign. We are promoting initiatives to achieve a low-carbon society, e.g., through Cool Biz campaign efforts, reduction of paper utilization, and adoption of environment-friendly office supplies.

Goal 14.
Life Below Water

Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

Goal 15.
Life on Land

Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

Goal 16.
Peace and Justice Strong Institutions

Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

■ Elimination of anti-social forces and measures to combat organized crime groups
To fulfill the social responsibilities and protect the integrity of the company, we have established a system for blocking connections with antisocial forces, as detailed in the “Manual for Dealing with Antisocial Forces.”

Goal 17.
Partnerships for the Goals

Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

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