Kawasaki's Approach to the SDGs

In 2015, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which are a set of 17 goals that we should achieve by 2030 including eradication of poverty, inequality and unfairness and response to climate change.
The SDGs are specific action plans which request businesses, governments and communities around the world to address the global agenda jointly in order to realize the prosperity of humankind and the earth. It is widely believed that the contribution by business enterprises to resolve of social issues through business activities is indispensable.

We believe our Group Mission—“Kawasaki, working as one for the good of the planet”—is extremely compatible with the SDGs. And as we strive to provide solutions to social issues through our business activities, we will most certainly contribute significantly to the achievement of the SDGs.

In fiscal 2017, in the process of identifying material issues the Kawasaki Group designated four ways of creating social value through its businesses as its greatest priorities over the long term. These are providing safe and secure, clean, comfortable movement of people and goods by land, sea, and air; creating clean energy; improving social infrastructure, especially in emerging countries; and responding to the needs of an aging society and shortage of labor through automation. At the same time, management identified the SDGs that the Group should contribute to and set non-financial targets to reach by 2030. Kawasaki will regularly disclose its progress toward these targets while working to maximize social value, achieve sustainable growth, and contribute to the realization of the SDGs.

Kawasaki Group’s Approach to the SDGs

Created Social Value Providing safe and secure,clean, comfortable movement of people and transportation of goods by land, sea and airCreating clean energyImproving social infrastructure, especially in emerging countriesResponding to needs of aging society and shortage of labor through automation
Responsible Division ・Ship & Offshore Structure Company
・Rolling Stock Company
・Aerospace Systems Company
・Motorcycle & Engine Company
・Corporate Technology Division
・Energy System & Plant Engineering Company
・Energy System & Plant Engineering Company
・Precision Machinery & Robot Company
・Precision Machinery & Robot Company
Applicable SDGs
The SDGs Common Throughout All Businesses

Kawasaki Group’s Approach to the SDGs(Contribution through business activities and its details)

Applicable SDGsTargetCreating Clean EnergyProviding safe and secure, clean, comfortable movement of people and transportation of goods by land, sea and airImproving social infrastructure, especially in emerging countriesResponding to needs of aging society and shortage of labor through automationKawasaki Group’s Effort
3.6 By 2020, halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents. We will endeavor to reduce motorcycle fatal accidents by providing motorcycles equipped with features that support rider operation, and we will contribute to traffic accident control worldwide through safety awareness programs, such as safe driving classes in Japan and overseas.
3.8 Achieve universal health coverage, including financial risk protection, access to quality essential health-care services and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all. In developed countries, where the graying of society is clearly evident, we will make it easier for citizens to access high-quality medical care through the development of medical robots, and we use robot technology to support prescription drug production, nursing and medical care and everyone in the field of healthcare who develops therapies and treatments that reduce the physical burden on patients. In addition, through focused production and sale of a helicopter, which is expected to be used in firefighting, disaster response, and ambulance services, we support operations of disaster response and lifesaving.
7.1 By 2030, ensure universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services. We will make it easier to access energy services by leveraging the potential of distributed power generation and developing and manufacturing LNG and LPG carriers.
7.2 By 2030, increase substantially the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix. We will develop CO2-free hydrogen production and transport/storage methods using renewable energy and contribute to effective utilization of renewable energy.
7.3 By 2030, double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency. We will contribute to enhanced energy efficiency worldwide by developing and manufacturing low fuel consumption and low environmental impact ships, rolling stock, aircraft, jet engines, motorcycles, gas turbines, gas engines, boilers and other products.
7.a By 2030, enhance international cooperation to facilitate access to clean energy research and technology, including renewable energy, energy efficiency and advanced and cleaner fossil-fuel technology, and promote investment in energy infrastructure and clean energy technology. We aim to commercialize CO2-free hydrogen energy under an international partnership.
8.2 Achieve higher levels of economic productivity through diversification, technological upgrading and innovation, including through a focus on high-value added and labour-intensive sectors. By developing and manufacturing robots that collaborate with humans in work operations and making them intelligent, we will create solutions to the shortages of labor, especially in developed countries, and facilitate robotization in high-value added sectors. This will support worldwide economic growth.
8.4 Improve progressively, through 2030, global resource efficiency in consumption and production and endeavour to decouple economic growth from environmental degradation, in accordance with the 10-year framework of programmes on sustainable consumption and production, with developed countries taking the lead. We will seek to balance economic growth and environmental protection by providing high-efficiency power generation systems and energy-saving, highly resource-efficient equipment.
9.1 Develop quality, reliable, sustainable and resilient infrastructure, including regional and transborder infrastructure, to support economic development and human well-being, with a focus on affordable and equitable access for all. We will contribute to sustainable, resilient infrastructure improvements by developing and manufacturing ships, rolling stock, aircraft, jet engines, motorcycles, hydraulic machinery and devices, industrial robots, tunnel boring machines and other products.
9.4 By 2030, upgrade infrastructure and retrofit industries to make them sustainable, with increased resource-use efficiency and greater adoption of clean and environmentally sound technologies and industrial processes, with all countries taking action in accordance with their respective capabilities. We will pursue sustainability through enhanced high-efficiency technologies and low environmental impact technologies, and we will strive to sharpen our technological capabilities in the industrial sector through R&D and innovation.
9.5 Enhance scientific research, upgrade the technological capabilities of industrial sectors in all countries, in particular developing countries, including, by 2030, encouraging innovation and substantially increasing the number of research and development workers per 1 million people and public and private research and development spending.
11.2 By 2030, provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all, improving road safety, notably by expanding public transport, with special attention to the needs of those in vulnerable situations, women, children, persons with disabilities and older persons. We will contribute to greater convenience in railway systems for use by a wide range of people by developing and manufacturing safe and highly user-friendly rolling stock.
11.6 By 2030, reduce the adverse per capita environmental impact of cities, including by paying special attention to air quality and municipal and other waste management. We will contribute to environmental protection in cities through delivery of energy-saving waste incinerators, water treatment facilities, desulfurization/denitrification devices and other systems.
12.2 By 2030, achieve the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources. We will develop and produce high-efficiency power generation systems and products with due consideration to efficient use of natural resources.
12.4 By 2020, achieve the environmentally sound management of chemicals and all wastes throughout their life cycle, in accordance with agreed international frameworks, and significantly reduce their release to air, water and soil in order to minimize their adverse impacts on human health and the environment. We will strive for zero waste and zero release of harmful chemical substances from business activities under the waste-free and harm-free concepts described in Kawasaki Global Environmental Vision 2050. We will thoroughly enforce measures to conserve and recycle water resources and develop business with respect for biodiversity.
12.5 By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse.
- Goal 13
Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.
We will strive for zero emissions of CO2 from business activities under the CO2-free concept described in Kawasaki Global Environmental Vision 2050, and we will provide products and services that significantly reduce the release of CO2.
17.7 Promote the development, transfer, dissemination and diffusion of environmentally sound technologies to developing countries on favourable terms, including on concessional and preferential terms, as mutually agreed. We will work extensively with society, through corporate partnerships, open innovation and industry-academic collaboration, in the search for business-driven solutions to global social issues. In addition, we will encourage transfer and dissemination of the technologies produced through this approach to developing countries.
17.17 Encourage and promote effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships.

Approach to the SDGs through Philanthropy Activities

Applicable SDGsTargetKawasaki’s Approach
4.1 By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and effective learning outcomes. ・Handcraft and experiment course for elementary and junior high school students
・Operation of Kawasaki Good Times World
・Operation of Kawasaki Robostage
・Participation in education events and programs
15.2 By 2020, promote the implementation of sustainable management of all types of forests, halt deforestation, restore degraded forests and substantially increase afforestation and reforestation globally. ・Reforestation(in Hyogo and Kochi)
17.17 Encourage and promote effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships. ・Operation of Kawasaki Good Times World
・Official Sponsor for Vissel KOBE(a J. League Division 1 soccer club)
・Support of “Hien”exhibiton at Kakamigahara Air and Space Museum
・Support of community sports activity (ex.hockey)
・Participation in or sponsorship for local events
・Kawasaki Good Times Foundation


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