ESG Scores, Awards and Recognitions
Recruit Holdings is committed to making a positive impact on society and the planet through corporate activities that allow us to prosper together with all of our stakeholders. We have set environmental, social and governance commitments to achieve by 2030, and disclosed our progress and initiatives. ESG scores are evaluated based on such disclosures.
Recruit Holdings recognizes that ESG scores, and indices or awards that are evaluated based on the results of the scores are an important and valuable tool to help us better communicate such initiatives and engage with both internal and external stakeholders, including the capital market. At Recruit Holdings, ESG scores are thoroughly reviewed. The results are referenced and utilized for its continued efforts in improving its corporate activities, with the goal of increasing long-term corporate value and creating a positive and sustainable impact on society and the planet so that all may prosper together.
Below is a partial list of awards and recognition of which Recruit Holdings has received for its ESG and sustainability efforts and achievements.
Inclusion in ESG Indices
Recruit Holdings is selected for prestigious ESG indices
Recruit Holdings is proud to be a constituent of prestigious ESG indices around the world.
FTSE4Good Index Series*1
Developed by FTSE, a U.K. financial research company. The index is composed of companies with excellent ESG performance.
Dow Jones Sustainability Asia Pacific Index (DJSI Asia Pacific)
DJSI is one of the global ESG indices developed by S&P Dow Jones and RobecoSAM. Recruit Holdings has been selected for Dow Jones Sustainability Asia Pacific Index.
The iSTOXX MUTB Japan Platinum Career 150 Index
Developed by Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation and STOXX, an index provider affiliated with Deutsche Borse. The index is composed of 150 Japanese companies that actively take initiatives for employee career development.
*1 FTSE Russell (the trading name of FTSE International Limited and Frank Russell Company) confirms that Recruit Holdings Co., Ltd has been independently assessed according to the FTSE4Good criteria, and has satisfied the requirements to become a constituent of the FTSE4Good Index Series. Created by the global index provider FTSE Russell, the FTSE4Good Index Series is designed to measure the performance of companies demonstrating strong Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) practices. The FTSE4Good indices are used by a wide variety of market participants to create and assess responsible investment funds and other products.
Recruit Holdings is selected for all six ESG indices used by GPIF
Recruit Holdings is listed in all six ESG indices for Japanese equities adopted by the Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) of Japan.
MSCI Japan ESG Select Leaders Index*2
Developed by MSCI, a U.S. financial research company. The index consists of 242 companies*5 in the MSCI Japan IMI Top 500 Index selected for their high ESG rating.
MSCI Japan Empowering Women Index (WIN)*2
Developed by MSCI, the index consists of 379 companies*5 in the MSCI Japan IMI Top 500 Index selected for their high percentages of female managers and women hired.
*2 MSCI ESG Indices: THE INCLUSION OF Recruit Holdings Co., Ltd. IN ANY MSCI INDEX, AND THE USE OF MSCI LOGOS, TRADEMARKS, SERVICE MARKS OR INDEX NAMES HEREIN, DO NOT CONSTITUTE A SPONSORSHIP, ENDORSEMENT OR PROMOTION OF Recruit Holdings Co., Ltd. BY MSCI OR ANY OF ITS AFFILIATES. THE MSCI INDEXES ARE THE EXCLUSIVE PROPERTY OF MSCI. MSCI AND THE MSCI INDEX NAMES AND LOGOS ARE TRADEMARKS OR SERVICE MARKS OF MSCI OR ITS AFFILIATES.
FTSE Blossom Japan Index*3
Developed by FTSE Russell, a U.K. financial research company. The index is composed of around 200 companies*5 with highly-evaluated ESG risk and performance, with industry-neutral*4 approach to minimize industry bias.
FTSE Blossom Japan Sector Relative Index*3
Developed by FTSE Russell, a U.K. financial research company. The index is composed of around 500 companies*5 with highly-evaluated ESG risk and performance, with sector-neutral*4 approach to minimize sector bias.
*3 FTSE Russell (the trading name of FTSE International Limited and Frank Russell Company) confirms that Recruit Holdings Co., Ltd has been independently assessed according to the criteria of each index, and has satisfied the requirements to become a constituent of FTSE Blossom Japan Index and FTSE Blossom Japan Sector Relative Index. Created by the global index and data provider FTSE Russell, the FTSE Blossom Japan Index is designed to measure the performance of companies demonstrating strong Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) practices. The FTSE Blossom Japan Index and the FTSE Blossom Japan Sector Relative Index are used by a wide variety of market participants to create and assess responsible investment funds and other products.
*4 Industries and sectors are based on Industry Classification Benchmark (ICB). The largest classifications are industries, and sectors are subdivisions to it.
S&P/JPX Carbon Efficient Index
Developed by S&P, a U.S. financial research company, and the Japan Exchange Group. The Index is composed of more than 1,000 companies*5 with highly-evaluated environmental disclosure and carbon efficiency in the Tokyo Stock Price Index (TOPIX).
Morningstar Japan ex-REIT Gender Diversity Tilt Index (GenDi J)*4
The index is developed by Morningstar. It is composed of 930 companies*5 on the basis of Equileap’s evaluation of initiatives for gender and diversity.
*4 Morningstar, Inc., and/or one of its affiliated companies (individually and collectively, "Morningstar") has authorized Recruit Holdings Co., Ltd. to use of the Morningstar Japan ex-REIT Gender Diversity Tilt Logo ("Logo") to reflect the fact that, for the designated ranking year, Recruit Holdings Co., Ltd. ranks in the top quintile of companies comprising the Morningstar® Japan ex-REIT Gender Diversity Tilt Index℠("Index") on the issue of gender diversity in the workplace. Morningstar is making the Logo available for use by Recruit Holdings Co., Ltd. for informational purposes. Recruit Holdings Co., Ltd. use of the Logo should not be construed as an endorsement by Morningstar of Recruit Holdings Co., Ltd. or as a recommendation, offer or solicitation to purchase, sell or underwrite any security associated with Recruit Holdings Co., Ltd. The Index is designed to reflect gender diversity in the workplace in Japan, but Morningstar does not guarantee the accuracy, completeness or timeliness of the Index or any data included in it. Morningstar makes no express or implied warranties regarding the Index or the Logo, and expressly disclaim all warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose or use with respect to the Index, any data included in it or the Logo. Without limiting any of the foregoing, in no event shall Morningstar or any of its third party content providers have any liability for any damages (whether direct or indirect), arising from any party's use or reliance on the Index or the Logo, even if Morningstar is notified of the possibility of such damages. The Morningstar name, Index name and the Logo are the trademarks or services marks of Morningstar, Inc. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.
*5 As of June 2023.
ESG Awards and Recognitions
Below are some of the awards Recruit Holdings and its subsidiaries have received in recognition of their efforts toward creating positive impact on society and the planet.
Recognized as Sustainalytics ESG Regional Top Rated company
Sustainalytics, a Morningstar Company, is a leading ESG research, ratings and data firm. Recruit Holdings has been identified as a top regional ESG performer out of more than 4,000 global companies.
Selected for the “Supplier Engagement Leaderboard” in CDP 2022 Climate Change Assessment
The CDP*6 Supplier Engagement Rating evaluates corporate engagement with supply chain partners to address climate change issues, and in FY2022, the top 8% of global companies that responded to the CDP questionnaire were selected.
Won FT Innovative Lawyers Asia-pacific Award for 2023 in the category of “In-house: Innovation in Commercial & Strategic Advice”
Won First Place in the 2023 Award for Excellence in Corporate Disclosure Selected by Securities Analysts Association of Japan
The Securities Analysts Association of Japan (SAAJ) annually selects and awards companies with excellent disclosure practices to recognize and promote fair and high-quality corporate disclosure. We are pleased to announce that we were selected as the first-place winner in the advertising, media, and entertainment industry.
According to the Association, we were highly commended in the categories for "Management's Approach to IR", as a result of the participation of our director in charge in financial results briefings and ESG events, as well as for "ESG-related", as a result of holding ESG Fireside Chat regularly, in addition to enhancing the disclosure of ESG data through the publication of reports.
Selected as "Outstanding Integrated Report" by GPIF’s Japanese equity managers
The Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) of Japan asked external asset managers entrusted with Japanese equity investment to each nominate up to 10 excellent integrated reports. Multiple external asset managers selected Recruit Holdings’ company profile, “Recruit Group Profile: Inside Out 2022” as their choice of "Outstanding Integrated Reports."
Please refer to the company profile here.
Recruit Group Profile: Inside Out 2022
Awards and Recognitions of our Group Companies
*6 CDP is a British charity-controlled non-governmental organization (NGO) established in 2000. It owns one of the world's largest environmental databases, working with over 746 investors with over 130 trillion US dollars in assets to disclose the environmental impact of companies.
*7 The above content is put together based on the latest information available to Recruit Holdings as of September 2023.
What is an ESG Score?
ESG scores measure a company’s performance in managing environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks and opportunities such as climate change, diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), human rights and social impact. ESG scores are calculated by rating agencies or index providers. ESG scores are usually expressed in numerical scores or letter ratings.
Why is an ESG score important?
ESG scores show a company’s competitive advantage as well as shed light on the areas a company needs improvement in its efforts. ESG scores are used by investment professionals as a part of their assessment on companies’ potential risks and growth.