Initiatives aimed at achieving SDGs, Sustainable Social Development and Environmental Conservation

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted at the United Nations Summit held in September 2015. Based on these goals, all countries are working together to end poverty, tackle inequality and take action to halt climate change by 2030. These goals mean that we need to promote economic growth and improve on a broad range of needs in society, including education, health, social protections and employment opportunities, while simultaneously taking steps to deal with climate change and protect the environment.

We at Kyushu Financial Group are striving to tackle these issues as a part of our CSR drive to help achieve sustainable development in the region, as well as increase the value of companies and collaborate to create new kinds of value.

Kyushu Financial Group Management Philosophy

  • We provide optimal and ideal comprehensive financial services that customers can trust and which meet their expectations.
  • We grow side-by-side with the region and take a proactive stance in helping build a vibrant regional society.
  • We continue to nurture rich creativity and create a free and vigorous organizational culture, endeavoring to work towards a better future.

Kyushu Financial Group’s Initiatives and SDGs

Field Details Related SDGs
Regional revitalization

In order to support the long-term growth of customers and the region and achieve the goal set out in our Group Management Philosophy of “building a vibrant regional society,” we go beyond our main line of business providing financial services to help promote the region’s industries in a variety of ways.

[Main initiatives]

  • Provision of a one-stop-shop for highly comprehensive financial services through collaboration between banks and securities companies.
  • Initiatives to create and develop local industries utilizing collaboration with external partners, funds, etc.
  • Establishment of corporate bodies aimed at promoting tourism and industry, and development of measures to promote the region.
  • Investment in corporate bodies for expanding customers’ markets. Also, staging of business gatherings and implementation of information matching initiatives.
  • Provision of training programs for local business managers through related think-tanks, staging of business contests, and support for start-ups through collaboration between industry, government and academia and the establishment of funds.
  • Expansion of financial services through mobile devices and Internet environments, and initiatives to improve customer convenience through mobile banking and ATM vehicles.

[Consistency with the Japanese government’s Priority Areas and Policies] *

  1. Achievement of Good Health and Longevity
  2. Creating Growth Market, Revitalization of Rural Areas, and Promoting Technological Innovation
  3. Sustainable and Resilient Land Use, Promoting Quality Infrastructure

The Japanese government set up 8 Priority Areas and Policies. For more details, please see the following section.

Local contributions

We fulfill our responsibilities as a company rooted in the region through a range of activities designed to help conserve our region’s outstanding culture and history, and hand them down to future generations.

[Main initiatives]

  • A range of initiatives aimed at helping Kumamoto recover from the earthquakes of 2016, including support through donations, sales of financial products that include a donation, establishment of reconstruction support sites, and volunteer activities by employees.
  • Initiatives to nurture the next generation and improve financial literacy, such as by holding money classes for kids, accepting student interns, staging the Economics Koshien Quiz Tournament, providing financial products that support education, and holding sports lessons for kids.
  • Initiatives to conserve regional culture and arts through Kagin Cultural Foundation, Higo Water and Greenery Protection Fund Charitable Foundation and Higo no Satoyama Gallery.
  • Initiatives as a member of the local community, including participation in local events and clean-up activities, as well as volunteering for sporting events. In addition, development of a “volunteer leave system” for allowing employees to engage in their own independent local contribution and environment conservation activities.

[Consistency with the Japanese government’s Priority Areas and Policies]

  1. Empowerment of All People
  2. Creating Growth Market, Revitalization of Rural Areas, and Promoting Technological Innovation
  3. Conservation of Environment, including Biodiversity, Forests and Oceans
  4. Achieving Peaceful, Safe and Secure Societies
Tackling environmental issues through our financial services

We are working to conserve the environment through our business activities in a bid to protect our region’s rich natural environments and ensure that they can be enjoyed for generations to come.

[Main initiatives]

  • Promotion of environmentally-rated financing systems and financing services to support customers’ environment-oriented efforts.
  • Proactive stance toward renewable energy projects.
  • Credit screenings that take into account the steps clients have been taking to conserve the environment.
  • Provision of eco-friendly fixed deposits and investment trusts.
  • Funding and joint establishment of solar, wind, biomass and geothermal power plants, and investment in the Kagoshima Renewable Energy Fund.

[Consistency with the Japanese government’s Priority Areas and Policies]

  1. Sustainable and Resilient Land Use, Promoting Quality Infrastructure
  2. Energy Conservation, Renewable Energy, Climate Change Countermeasures, and Sound Material-Cycle Society
  3. Conservation of Environment, including Biodiversity, Forests and Oceans
Other initiatives to tackle environmental issues

We are making efforts to conserve the environment through a range of social contribution activities outside the financial services industry.

[Main initiatives]

  • Introduction of eco-friendly bank buildings (utilization of natural light, heat insulation/cooling through double skin structures, utilization of rainwater, creation of rooftop gardens), solar power generators, porous asphalt, and LED lighting.
  • Recycling of used paper and introduction of eco-friendly vehicles (EV, PHV, cars using biodiesel fuel and electric motorcycles).
  • Conservation of greenery and groundwater through afforestation activities and the regeneration of rice paddies.
  • Conclusion of the Kagoshima Environment Partners Agreement.
  • Environmental conservation activities through the Higo Water and Greenery Protection Fund Charitable Foundation.

[Consistency with the Japanese government’s Priority Areas and Policies]

  1. Sustainable and Resilient Land Use, Promoting Quality Infrastructure
  2. Energy Conservation, Renewable Energy, Climate Change Countermeasures, and Sound Material-Cycle Society
  3. Conservation of Environment, including Biodiversity, Forests and Oceans
Reinforcing organizational capabilities

We have built up a customer-oriented corporate culture through the training of executives and staff, based on sound governance systems and robust risk management that apply to all members of our Group. Also, we are reinforcing our organizational capabilities by making our workplaces more worker-friendly, as well as taking steps to ensure that employees can strike a good work-life balance and helping female employees to reach their full potential.

[Main initiatives]

  • Merging and consolidating functions at headquarters within the Group, and organizational streamlining/reinforcement by promoting the consolidation of group companies.
  • Generating management resources by streamlining organizational structures, as well as reinforcing operations and improving productivity by reallocating the generated resources.
  • Improved profits and risk management stance through the construction of a risk appetite framework on a Group basis.
  • Construction of a consistent human resources training stance, covering from new employees to managers. In addition, implementation of human resource development programs through personnel exchanges within the Group and utilization of external organizations.
  • Thorough measures to help female employees reach their full potential, such as by increasing the number of female managers and executives, establishing in-house daycare centers, developing improved systems for parental leave/reduced working hours, and setting up designated departments to handle these matters.

[Consistency with the Japanese government’s Priority Areas and Policies]

  1. Empowerment of All People
  2. Strengthening the Means and Frameworks of the Implementation of the SDGs

Japanese Government's 8 Priority Areas and Policies for SDGs

The items highlighted in orange signify the main initiatives being taken by our Group.

  1. Empowerment of All People

    Realization of Dynamic Engagement of All Citizens / Promotion of Women’s Role in Society / Measures against Child Poverty / Assistance to People with disabilities for Social Participation and Self-reliance / Promotion of Quality Education
  2. Achievement of Good Health and Longevity

    Measures against Antimicrobial Resistance / Enhancing Developing Countries’ Health Sector and Improving Their Public Health and Measures against Infectious Diseases / Tackling the Issues Associated with Aging Populations in Asia
  3. Creating Growth Market, Revitalization of Rural Areas, and Promoting Technological Innovation

    Creating Markets with Potentials / Revitalizing Villages around Seas, Mountains, and Farmlands / Improving Productivity / Science and Technology Innovation / Sustainable City
  4. Sustainable and Resilient Land Use, Promoting Quality Infrastructure

    Creating Resilient Land and Promoting Disaster Risk Reduction / Water Resource Development and Measures on Water Circulation / Promoting Quality Infrastructure Investment
  5. Energy Conservation, Renewable Energy, Climate Change Countermeasures, and Sound Material-Cycle Society

    Introduction and Promotion of Renewable Energy / Measures against Climate Change / Establishing Recycling-based Society
  6. Conservation of Environment, including Biodiversity, Forests and Oceans

    Measures against Environmental Pollution / Biodiversity Conservation / Sustainable Use of Forest, the Oceans, and Land Resources
  7. Achieving Peaceful, Safe and Secure Societies

    Tackling Organized Crime, Human Trafficking, and Child Abuse / Peacebuilding and Assistance for Reconstruction / Promotion of the Rule of Law
  8. Strengthening the Means and Frameworks of the Implementation of the SDGs

    Multi-Stakeholder Partnership / Mainstreaming SDGs in International Cooperation / Assisting Developing Countries to implement SDGs

Related Links

PAGE TOP