SDGs

Message from President

Transformation of Society

Our society is on the way to transitioning to a new stage. A global collection of goals called “SDGs” (Sustainable Development Goals) was set up and adopted by the United Nations in 2015 with the aim of addressing major issues that humanity at large is facing, such as environmental destruction, increasing wealth disparity and growing economic conflict, and achieving a better and more sustainable future for all.
These SDGs are even appearing more frequently in newspapers and on TV in these days. while these goals had mainly been used as catchphrases by the government, investors and large companies in the past, I feel that these goals are now starting to become more prevalent in our day-to-day lives. Whereas the economy had been the key priority in line with growth of capitalism, our society has now reached a turning point where there is greater focus on developing a sustainable society overall while also achieving economic growth.
Achieving the targets set out by these SDGs will be no easy feat. However, further economic growth combined with movements aimed at creating a better global society will lead to innovations that will help to resolve a range of problems in the future. Society as we know it today may become significantly different by 2030, the year in which these targets are meant to be accomplished.

Our Direction to Achieve SDGs

We newly established Corporate Sustainability Dept. in April 2021 to ensure that we remain on the same track as such trends occurring throughout society. The task of this department is to identify issues that need to be addressed by the target year of 2030 and beyond, and work on resolving social problems.
One of the specific issues is carbon neutrality, namely achieving zero CO2 emissions in a practical sense. The necessity of cutting back on emissions of CO2 and other greenhouse gases that cause global warming has been raised long before these SDGs were developed. While a broad range of modes of transportation are in use nowadays, we have contributed to logistics with low environmental impact, as marine transportation by domestic vessels, which forms our main line of business, is known for less CO2 emissions per unit of weight compared to that of land transportation.
Yet the concept of modal shift – switching from transportation modes with a high environmental impact to those with a low environmental impact – has been turning to a new direction to reduce ship CO2 emissions even further, despite ships being considered as a relatively environmentally friendly form of transportation. Throughout the industry, efforts have been made to develop new types of ships that use LNG as fuel. Research and development also began on new types of fuel with lower CO2 emissions and ships that are compatible with them.
Aa a company that currently operates seven domestic vessels, we are also planning fleet upgrades to achieve a balance between economic rationality and lower environmental impact.

For a Sustainable Society

The objectives of the SDGs are not merely to resolve environmental problems. Ensuring that our employees find it rewarding to focus on their duties and live a fulfilling life is a responsibility that the company bears, and is related to the global objectives of the SDGs. And it goes without saying that the CSR activities conducted so far should remain a responsibility of our company.
FUJITRANS will continue efforts to help build a better society, and focus on being an essential player for all stakeholders.


FUJITRANS CORPORATION
President


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