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Fourth EU-Japan Working Group on Corporate Social Responsibility Held

On November 7, 2017, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW) jointly held the EU-Japan Working Group on Corporate Social Responsibility (EU-Japan CSR WG) in Tokyo and discussed EU-Japan cooperation in the field of corporate social responsibility (CSR).

1. Outline of the meeting

The government session in the morning brought together METI and DG GROW officials, and representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Justice of Japan and those of the Delegation of the European Union to Japan. They made presentations and held discussions concerning the following subjects.

Subjects of presentations on the Japanese side

  • Guidance for Collaborative Value Creation (Sustainable Investment)
  • National Action Plan (Business and Human Rights)
  • New Technical Intern Training Program
  • SDGs Implementation
  • Enhancing Health and Productivity Management

Subjects of presentations on the EU side

  • SDGs-recent developments in EU
  • Actions to support SMEs in engaging on CSR principles
  • Business and Human Rights

The open session in the afternoon brought together METI and DG GROW officials, and representatives of the Institute of Developing Economies of the Japan External Trade Organization (IDE-JETRO), the Global Compact Network Japan, the Council for Better Corporate Citizenship (CBCC), the Business Policy Forum, Japan, the Japan Business Council in Europe (JBCE), the CSR Europe, and the Delegation of the European Union to Japan. They made presentations and held discussions concerning the following subjects.

  • Sustainable Investment
  • Business and Human Rights
  • SDGs
  • Briefing of the 2nd Japan-Europe CSR Business Dialogue Meeting held on November 6, 2017

Japan and the EU confirmed that both sides  share their policy values through discussions and will further deepen cooperation. METI will release details of the discussions on its website at a later date.

2. Outline of the EU-Japan CSR Working Group

As the globalization of business activities has been advancing, establishing international cooperation relationships and enhancing mutual understanding between countries are indispensable in conducting CSR policies. Bearing this in mind, Japan and the EU agreed on the establishment of the EU-Japan CSR Working Group at the 16th Japan-EU Industrial Policy Dialogue in January 2013, and both sides officially inaugurated the working group in October 2013.

Past meetings are as follows:
First meeting: July 2014 (Brussels)
Second meeting: November 2015 (Tokyo)
Third meeting: November 2016 (Brussels)
Fourth meeting: November 2017 (Tokyo)

Reference: 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.

Release date

November 8, 2017

Division in Charge

Corporate Accounting, Disclosure and CSR Policy Office, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau

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