NTT Group has worked to resolve issues in society and has contributed to the achievement of a sustainable society through products and services that utilize ICT. In recent years, however, global-scale societal issues have become mor severe, making Group-wide initiatives to resolve these all the more important.
In response, NTT Group announced in September 2016 its endorsement of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Our Group companies have identified the correlations between their businesses and the 17 goals of the SDGs, and are making efforts toward their achievement.
As an example, every year we hold the NTT Group CSR Conference to instill awareness of CSR in employees. There we identify correlations with the 17 goals of the SDGs, while Group companies share cases in which they have resolved societal issues through business activities, as superior CSR initiatives. Through this, we instill in employees a recognition that daily business activities and CSR are one and the same. In addition, we revised the training content to be based on SDGs, and are enhancing Group employees' awareness of the subject through e-learning.
We hope to continue building our momentum toward achieving the SDGs through a variety of initiatives. We will do our best to do so not only through the use of our own products and services, but also through collaboration with partners on technologies and knowledge.
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
The goals were incorporated into the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by the leaders of over 150 UN member nations at the UN Sustainable Development Summit in September 2015, and came into effect in January 2016. They comprise 17 goals and 169 targets based on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). To realize sustainable development, each member country should aim to achieve various goals by 2030, including eradicating poverty and hunger, responding to energy and climate issues, and pursuing a peaceful society.
Over the past ten years, NTT Group’s overseas sales have grown approximately ten-fold, with the internationalization of operations proceeding quickly. Here, we introduce the thoughts of NTT Group employees from around the world about what we can do, and what they do and with what thoughts, as we head toward contributing to solving social issues on a global-scale.