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The EU-Japan Working Group on Corporate Social Responsibility Held

On November 25 and 26, 2015, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) held meetings of the EU-Japan Working Group on Corporate Social Responsibility jointly with the Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW), and the participants held discussions on cooperation between Japan and the EU in the field of CSR.

1. Outline of the results

<November 25, 2015 >
In addition to METI and DG GROW, representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) and the Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization (IDE-JETRO) participated in a session between governments. The participants held discussions on the CSR policies of both Japan and the EU.
Representatives of METI gave presentations on its policies for realizing sustainable corporate value creation by incorporating social challenges into the core of the management challenges to further optimize investment chains. Also, representatives of IDE-JETRO introduced their research project on business and human rights.
Representatives of DG GROW explained matters such as the implementation status of public consultations on A Renewed EU Strategy 2011-14 for Corporate Social Responsibility, efforts regarding business and human rights, and directives as regards disclosure of non-financial and diversity information by certain large undertakings and groups.
Both Japan and the EU confirmed that they would share their policy values concerning the necessity of balancing a long-term increase in corporate value and responsible business conduct and respect for the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, so as to further deepen cooperation in the future.

<November 26, 2015: CSR Forum Japan and business session>
Private organizations and companies in addition to METI and DG GROW participated in the CSR Forum Japan Special Session and a business session, and the participants held discussions on partnerships between the businesses in Japan and the EU.
At the CSR Forum Japan Special Session, representatives of companies in both Japan and the EU gave presentations on their CSR strategies from the perspective of responsible supply chains. They held active discussions on efforts including engagement with all stakeholders including SMEs in supply chains and the dissemination of CSR within each company.
Also, representatives of the Business Policy Forum, Japan, which is the secretariat of the CSR Forum Japan, introduced matters such as the activities that the CSR Forum Japan had been conducting and the achievements that the Forum had made up to October 26, 2015. They confirmed the significance of continuing to share examples of good practices regarding CSR between Japan and the EU.

At the business session, the Japan Business Council in Europe (JBCE), the European Business Network for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR Europe), Keidanren (Japan Business Federation), the Global Compact Network Japan, and some companies that were representative of companies in Japan and the EU participated, and the participants gave presentations on the efforts made by each entity.
The participants pointed out the necessity of political incentives and collaboration across the boundaries between industries for reforming companies’ CSR activities. Also, they agreed upon the necessity of enhancing their common interpretations and awareness of global issues by continuously holding dialogues between the business world in Japan and that in the EU.

2. The EU-Japan Working Group on Corporate Social Responsibility

While the globalization of business activities has been advancing, it has become indispensable to establish cooperative relationships on a global scale and to improve mutual understanding. Being aware of such issues, Japan and the EU agreed upon the establishment of the EU-Japan Working Group on Corporate Social Responsibility at the 16th EU-Japan Industrial Policy Dialogue, held in January 2013, and officially inaugurated this Working Group in October 2013.
The first meeting of the Working Group was held in Brussels in July 2014, and the participants exchanged opinions on the CSR policies of both Japan and the EU as well as holding discussions on measures such as the development of an international framework of CSR policies. This time, the second meeting was held in Tokyo, and this was the first time that a meeting of the Working Group was held in Tokyo.

(Reference 1): Japan-EU Industrial Policy Dialogue
In January 1993, then-MITI (currently METI) Minister Mori and then-European Commission Vice President Bangemann agreed on the inauguration of Japan-EU dialogues to discuss bilateral cooperation and other issues in the industrial field. Since the first dialogue was held in Brussels in 1993, a series of dialogues have been held alternately in Japan and Europe.

(Reference 2): CSR Forum Japan
The CSR Forum Japan is a business initiative advocating corporate social responsibility founded in 2004 with METI support. Consisting of highly motivated, leading multinational corporations, the forum is regarded as one of the most outstanding networks in Japan. The forum annually conducts a variety of studies and has been establishing productive affiliations with relevant national and international organizations since being established. The secretariat of the CSR Forum Japan is the Business Policy Forum, Japan.

Release date

December 25, 2015

Division in charge

Industrial Finance Division, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau

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