United Nations Global Compact

Participation in the United Nations Global Compact

The United Nations Global Compact (GC) is a voluntary, global initiative for companies committed to exercising creative leadership for maintaining responsible business practices and sustainability. The GC asks participating businesses to accept, support, and practice 10 universally accepted principles outlined in the areas of human rights, labor, the environment, and anti-corruption.
The Kirin Group announced its participation in the GC in September 2005, and has since been working to align its employee relationships and its business operations ranging from procurement and R&D to manufacturing and marketing with these principles. In promoting specific activities, the Group will implement a PDCA cycle, with reference to the GC’s 10 principles and to the sustainable development goals (SDGs), which were ratified in September 2015.
Moreover, Kirin Group employees participate in working groups, which are organized by theme in the Global Compact Network Japan, and discuss common issues with representatives of other member companies.

The Kirin Group signed the GC and carries out its social responsibility through its corporate activities worldwide.
Based on the GC’s 10 principles in the areas of human rights, labor, the environment, and anti-corruption, we have determined key themes, and we are advancing initiatives targeting the realization of sustainability for society and companies.
All Group companies conducting business anywhere in the world are required to address these themes in a manner appropriate to the characteristics of each region. Moving forward, everyone at the Kirin Group will work together on issues shared President & CEO of Kirin Holdings around the world, including those covered by the GC’s 10 principles.

Representative Director of the Board & Chief Executive Officer
Kirin Holdings Company. Limited
Yoshinori Isozaki

Kirin Holdings Company, Limited endorsed the Statement from Business Leaders for Renewed Global Cooperation (Statement) put forth by the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) on September 11.

Speaker at the Global Compact Network Japan Symposium (Nov 2022).

Yoshinori Isozaki, President and CEO of Kirin Holdings, spoke at the GCNJ Symposium 2022 - Building Sustainable Companies and Societies - held by the Global Compact Network Japan (GCNJ) on 21 November 2022, together with Konica Minolta, representing Japanese companies that practice advanced sustainability management.
Paul Polman, Vice-Chair of the UN Global Compact Board and former CEO of Unilever, who has promoted the SDGs, was invited to the event to exchange opinions on the importance of corporate transformations and management approaches towards building sustainable companies and societies.

  • Yoshinori Isozaki, President and CEO of Kirin Holdings Company, Limited

  • Speakers on the day: from left in the upper row, Mr.Toshio Arima (Representative Director of GCNJ), Ms.Sandra Wu, Wen-Hsiu (Director of GCNJ/Chairman of Kokusai Kogyo/UNGC Board Member), from left in the lower row, Mr.Isozaki, Mr.Paul Polman, Mr.Shoei Yamana (Director, Executive Chairman and Executive Officer Konica Minolta, Inc.)

Main contents of the symposium

  • Short presentations on sustainable management practices
  • Panel discussion on management practices to achieve a sustainable society
  • Affiliations (contents) and titles are correct at the time of publication.