Sustainability

Climate Action

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Commitment and Target to Reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions              

Recruit Group aims to achieve carbon neutrality in GHG emissions*¹ through our business activities by FY2021, and achieve carbon neutrality in GHG emissions*¹ through our business activities and its entire value chain by FY2030*²

In an effort to serve as responsible corporate citizens, the Company has committed to focus on reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to address climate change. Our target is as follows;

  • The Company’s target is to achieve carbon neutrality in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by FY2021 through its business activities*¹.

  • The Company’s target is to achieve carbon neutrality in GHG emissions by FY2030 through its business activities and its entire value chain*¹.

*1 GHG emissions through business activities are the sum of direct emissions from the use of fuels in the owned or controlled sources ("Scope 1") and indirect emissions from the use of purchased electricity, heat, or steam in the owned or controlled sources ("Scope 2"). GHG emissions through the value chain are indirect emissions other than Scope 1 and 2, occurring in the value chain. Carbon neutrality includes reducing the GHG emissions as well as offsetting residual emissions.

*2 Declared at May 17, 2021

Target and Progress to Reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions

Please refer to "Climate ChangeTo an external site" in the ESG Data Book for details on Recruit Group's target and progress to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

The ESG Data Book describes the calculation method, scope of calculation, amount of GHG emissions, and our activities to reduce them.

Initiatives at Offices

To help reduce GHG emissions toward a green recovery, one of the Recruit Group's key operational bases, the Recruit Ginza 8 Building (Chuo-ku, Tokyo; commonly known as "G8") switched its power plan from conventional fossil fuel-generated electricity to 100% renewables, such as solar- and biomass-generated electricity in August 2020. The plan is classed as 100% renewable, and is based on Renewable Energy Attribute Certificates.*¹ These consist primarily of non-FIT renewable power sources and Green Energy Certificates, in addition to J-credits (derived from renewable energy) and Non-fossil Fuel Energy Certificates with Tracking Information. In effect, this power plan has net-zero greenhouse gas emissions.

A portion of the revenue from Renewable Energy Attribute Certificates, and primarily that generated through the sale of Green Energy Certificates, is used to manage and maintain green power generation facilities, helping to encourage the use of renewable energy.

*1 Renewable Energy Attribute Certificates represent electricity generated and delivered to the grid from a renewable source. They comply with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol which establishes global standards to measure and manage emissions. Certificates permitted for RE100 reporting in Japan are Green Energy Certificates, J-credits (derived from renewable energy), and Non-fossil Fuel Energy Certificates with tracking information.

Initiatives Regarding Online Services

IT technology is a core element of all of the Recruit Group's businesses. We have sought to consolidate our data centers and IT equipment, and use environmentally friendly data centers. Further efforts to reduce the environmental impact of our online services includes investing in the very latest IT and network equipment, through which we have reduced the amount of equipment and lowered our power consumption. This way, we have been striving to reduce total GHG emissions from our online service operation.

Initiatives Regarding Online Services

Initiatives Regarding Information Magazine Services

The Recruit Group publishes a wide range of magazines with an extensive nationwide readership in Japan through our businesses in the Matching & Solutions SBU; in 2017, this was more than 100 million copies. While we continue to ensure that our free magazines are readily available in railway stations and shops throughout Japan and our paid magazines at bookstores and kiosks across the country, we make every effort to run our print-media business with a strong focus on addressing climate change.
We continually take steps to minimize the impact of our environmental footprint, from the production stage through to distribution. Measures we have taken include reducing the thickness of the paper while maintaining a quality texture and avoiding show-through. Additionally, we ensure that all offcuts inevitably produced from the bookbinding process are carefully collected and recycled.
Once printed and bound, the publications make their way to magazine racks across Japan. Our goal is to ensure that we also keep our carbon footprint as low as possible at the distribution stage. First of all, we manage our own fleet of haulage vehicles, allowing us to take full control of our magazine’s supply chain. By optimizing delivery frequency and freight consignment efficiency, we have reduced the number of trucks on the road.
Furthermore, we utilize cutting-edge technology and AI to accurately calculate the exact number of copies that match the demand of each magazine rack at any location—what is known as the “takeaway ratio.” This helps us ensure every magazine gets into the hands of every person who wants one and thereby minimizes leftover publications. Our contracted paper recyclers collect any surplus magazines that didn’t reach readers and deliver them to paper manufacturers, where they are recycled into cardboard and other paper products.

Climate related risks and opportunities

We have identified climate related risks and opportunities for our businesses.

Short term

Market risks: Non-availability or increased cost of raw materials

Use more IT tools to reduce paper consumption.

Acute physical risks: Increased severity of extreme weather events

We put in place a BCP (Business Continuity Planning) to prepare against natural disasters.

  • We provide regular safety confirmation drills and lectures on initial disaster response to ensure employee safety.

  • We have emergency stockpiles in place at all premises. Also, stocks are kept in external warehouses to allow delivery of relief supplies to affected areas in the event of a disaster.

  • We have a web-based system in place that shows real-time information on affected areas and damage statuses.

Before signing a lease agreement, we check the property according to our evaluation criteria, including compliance with the new seismic standard, to prepare against earthquakes.

Reputation risks: Increased stakeholder concern or negative stakeholder feedback

We set reduction targets of achieving carbon neutrality in GHG emissions through our business activities by FY2021, and carbon neutrality in GHG emissions through our business activities and its entire value chain by FY2030.

Medium to long term

Technology risks: Unsuccessful investment in new technologies

We have an internal carbon price in place and calculate the shadow price of GHG emissions before making an investment decision for procurement of data center equipment.

Strategic & legal risks: Enhanced emissions-reporting obligations

We disclose our GHG emissions with improved data coverage.

Strategic & legal risks: Increased pricing of GHG emissions

We implement various measures to continuously reduce GHG emissions

Reputation risks: Increased stakeholder concern or negative stakeholder feedback

We set reduction targets of achieving carbon neutrality in GHG emissions through our business activities and its entire value chain by FY2030.