We compiled a list of 27 candidates for material topics based on a wide-ranging review of our corporate philosophy, the Generation 4 Global Reporting Initiative Guidelines (G4 Guidelines), the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and disclosure requirements set out by institutions that use socially responsibility investing (SRI) strategies.
The CTC Group's Materiality(material topics)
Our Approach to Sustainability
Today’s society faces many difficult issues such as the increased severity of natural disasters due to climate changes, poverty and starvation, increased social inequality, conflicts among nations, and decreasing birthrate and aging population.
In order to solve these issues, in 2015 the United Nations adopted SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals), or development goals for 2030 that are sustainable and aim for a better world.
On the other hand, IT (Information Technology) has grown rapidly since the latter half of the 20th century, and has contributed to solving social challenges. However, this IT has also caused inequality in the people who have the opportunity to benefit from it, and those who don’t. There are also concerns on the future of AI (Artificial Intelligence).
The CTC Group will take on these challenges seriously, and contribute to the realization of a sustainable society.
Solve social issues through IT
Materiality that is directly linked to realization of the CTC Group Philosophy; aims to "change the future for the Global Good;" describes the core of our businesses; and sets forth how we should engage in IT
Relentless pursuit of advanced technology
To accurately grasp the changes in social needs and to continue at a high level to discover advanced technologies and provide them in an optimal form, which is the value that the CTC Group has been cherishing.
Promote business co-creation with various partners
To form a community with customers, partners, and other stakeholders around the company, and to create business that leads to (social) value together, aiming for co-existence and co-prosperity.
Provide safe and secure IT services
To contribute to the realization of a resilient society by supporting safe and secure lifestyles with IT that is kind and easy to use for all people.
Cultivate human capital to support the future
Materiality that underpins efforts to realize the CTC Group Philosophy and sets forth the Group's approach to personnel, the most important type of capital both for the CTC Group and society
Develop various professionals
Refers to an important concept related to human resources belonging to the CTC group.
To develop human resources who can accomplish high quality work in a wider and more open field.
Foster a culture of mutual respect and growth
Refers to an importance concept related to organizations where CTC Group people gather.
Foster a culture of mutual growth based on respect for human rights and individuality.
Contribute to education of human capital that creates the future
Indicates contributing to society in the form of human resource education, not just within the CTC group.
To contribute to society by passing on the technologies and expertise that the CTC Group has acquired over the years so that human resources for the future can benefit from them.
Implement responsible corporate activities
Materiality that is the foundation of all of our activities and sets out a commitment to corporate activities that fulfill the roles expected of us as a company and as a member of society,while ensuring that our employees appropriately perform their professional and society roles
Strengthen effective governance
To maximize corporate value, we will work to strengthen meaningful governance, as well as to enhance the transparency and fairness of management.
Contribute to address climate change
In order to pass on a sustainable global environment to future generations, we will not only reduce our own environmental impact, but also contribute to climate change through the provision of products and IT services.
Practice responsible behavior by each individual
It is a promise that each employee, as a member of society, will act with integrity based on high ethical standards.
At the same time, as a company we will engage in dialogue with employees on the nature of social responsibility.
The CTC Group's materiality - material topic assessment process
By absorbing information such as international guidelines on sustainability, key social challenges viewed as important issues by CSR assessment organizations, etc., and the opinions of its stakeholders, the CTC Group has identified material topics to forcus on its CSR activites.
Step 1: Compiled and organized material issues to be considered
Step 2: Surveyed stakeholders
We carried out a survey of our stakeholders, asking them to evaluate the importance of each of the 27 material topic candidates.
Step 3: Conducted dialogue with experts
Based on the results of the stakeholder survey, we carried out a dialogue with experts to narrow down the material topics the CTC Group should tackle. We then evaluated and organized their proposals and suggestions from both a qualitative and quantitative perspective.
Step 4: Created a Materiality Map for review by management executives
Based on the survey results and analysis in steps 1 through 3, we created a Materiality Map visualizing the impact of each of the 27 material topic candidates on our business and stakeholders using concrete figures. As the final step in the verification process, we asked CTC's management executives to review the material topics.
Step 5: Identified materiality
We extracted materiality - the areas that the CTC Group should address as a matter of priority in terms of the impact on its business and stakeholders. The extracted materiality is defined as the CTC's Group materiality, which reflects our corporate philosophy in more straightforward terms.