Editorial Policy

1. Editing Concept

Where JSR aims to go

Under the corporate mission of “Materials Innovation - We create value through materials to enrich society, people and the environment,” the JSR Group aims to build and maintain good relations with all of our stakeholders and become a trusted and indispensable corporate citizen. To this end, the Group will contribute to the realization of a sustainable global environment and society by creating value through its corporate activity and based on this corporate mission.

From CSR to sustainability

At the General Meeting of Shareholders held in June 2020, JSR decided to evolve to its traditional “corporate social responsibility” (CSR) activities into activities that contribute to all stakeholders with value created through corporate activity. Such activities are now referred to as “sustainability” activities. Accordingly, the department responsible for these activities, the CSR Department, was also renamed the Sustainability Promotion Department. JSR's first female director was assigned to head the newly named department as its assigned officer. In this Sustainability Report, sustainable approaches are comprehensively described, with all stakeholders as the target audience.

About the report

In continuation of the previous year, we edited the report while being impacted by the spread of COVID-19. At the same time, the new medium-term management policy was announced in March 2021, putting the digital solutions business and life sciences business in the spotlight. In May 2021, it was announced that the elastomers business would be transferred outside of the company. FY2021 became a year of business transformation for sustainable growth. In this report, we endeavored to communicate JSR’s initiatives in FY2020, the period that we targeted in the report, to stakeholders in an easily understandable manner based on conventional boundaries.
The report contains a message from the officer in charge of sustainability promotion as well as an account of materiality (priority issues) arranged in terms of ESG (environment, social, governance) to assist the reader in comprehending JSR's sustainability as a whole. We also present related numerical data in the ESG Data section. Please note that we will not publish a Highlight Version.

2. Positioning of this Report

The “JSR Group Sustainability 2020” provides comprehensive coverage of non-financial information.

Positioning of this Report

Please access Report Archive for past websites and publications.

Please visit the JSR website for details on products and services, financial information, etc.

3. Referenced Guidelines

  • United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
  • Environmental Accounting Guidelines 2005 / Environmental Reporting Guidelines 2012, Ministry of the Environment
  • Environmental Accounting Guidelines for Chemical Companies, Japan Chemical Industry Association (JCIA)
  • Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards

4. Target Period and Fiscal Year

  • April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021
    Please note that some sections include activities conducted during periods that are other than that provided above.
    FY: Fiscal Year means the year starting April 1st.

5. Operations Covered

The entire report

JSR Group: 66 companies

Head Office, Yokkaichi Plant, Chiba Plant, Kashima Plant, Yokkaichi Research Center, Tsukuba Research Laboratories, JSR-Keio University Medical and Chemical Innovation Center, Nagoya Branch, Taiwan Branch
Group Companies:
24 domestic Group companies, 41 overseas Group companies
(Current as of March 31, 2020)

RC data (environment, safety, health)

JSR Group: 20 companies

Head Office, Yokkaichi Plant, Chiba Plant, Kashima Plant, Yokkaichi Research Laboratories, Tsukuba Research Laboratories, Nagoya Branch
Group Companies:
8 domestic Group companies, 11 overseas Group companies*
(Current as of March 31, 2021)

* For information about Group companies that collected RC data, see “ESG Data: JSR Group Companies.

“JSR” and “JSR Group” are classified as follows:

JSR Group: JSR and Group companies
JSR: JSR Corporation

6. Notes concerning Notations

Definitions of business activity, management foundation, and corporate activity

Definitions of business activity, management foundation, and corporate activity

About numerical data

For both absolute values and percentages, numerical values that fall below the shown number of digits are rounded off.
For this reason, the sums of individual numbers may differ from the sum values provided.

7. Independent Review

The JSR Group undergoes independent reviews from the Responsible Care Verification Center of the Japan Chemical Industry Association. Additionally, the entire report is approved by the Sustainability Promotion Committee before publication.
Scope of review: All notations in the “JSR Group Sustainability Report 2020” pertaining to the environment and industrial safety/accident prevention (including ESG Data)

8. Publication Information

Date of publication:
October 2021
Next scheduled issue:
October 2022
(Previous issue:
October 2020)