The SDGs and Realizing KAITEKI

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a set of development goals for international society as a whole to pursue from 2016 to 2030 that were adopted as part of a resolution titled “Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” at the UN Sustainable Development Summit in September 2015. The SDGs comprise 17 goals and 169 targets for realizing a sustainable world. Governments and civil society, as well as the private sector, including corporations, are expected to utilize their resources and coordinate to help achieve the SDGs. The roles global corporations, in particular, are expected to fulfill, given their businesses spanning multiple countries and significant influence, is growing.

In accordance with its vision of realizing KAITEKI, the sustainable well-being of people, society and our planet Earth, the Mitsubishi Chemical Group (MCG) adopted improving sustainability as one of its management axes in 2011. We aim to not only help solve environmental and social issues but contribute to the sustainable development of society and the planet. As such, we believe that many aspects of our vision of realizing KAITEKI parallel the SDGs.

Furthermore, Mitsubishi Chemical Group Corporation has laid out how the SDGs relate to its important management issues (materiality) and MOS (Management of Sustainability) Indices—which it uses as key performance indicators to enhance sustainability—and has linked these issues and indices with SDG efforts.

Mitsubishi Chemical’s Initiatives

As a member of the MCG Group, Mitsubishi Chemical (MCC) has made realizing KAITEKI its vision and declared that it will seek to address societal issues by creating new value and providing said value to customers as solutions, thereby sustainably growing in concert with society. As a result, many of our initiatives, including the products and services we provide, contribute to the realization of the SDGs.

The MCC Sustainability Report 2021 features the following five items, chosen as representative examples of MCC’s wide-ranging initiatives that contribute to realizing KAITEKI and the SDGs.

Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic: Social Contribution through Diverse Products and Technologies

Relevant SDG

SDG 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Building a Circular Economy with the Aim of Sustainable Growth

Relevant SDG

SDG 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

Plant-Derived, Biodegradable Plastic BioPBS™

Relevant SDG

SDG 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Structural Repair and Strengthening Carbon Fiber Fabric REPLARK™

Relevant SDG

SDG 11: Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Decentralized Water Treatment & Supply System

Relevant SDG

SDG 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all