External Evaluation

We describe the results of evaluations from various stakeholders regarding the GS Yuasa Group's CSR activities.

Inclusion in ESG Investment Constituents

ESG investment means an investment made by selecting companies who consider Environment, Social and Governance. Corporate value in terms of investment is evaluated based not only on financial information (a company's business performance and managerial conditions, etc.) but also non-financial information (a reduction in emissions of greenhouse gases, management of chemical substances, response to human rights issues, employees' work-life balance, compliance, and independence of outside directors, etc.).

MSCI Japan ESG Select Leaders Index

This index was developed by Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI). For the index, companies with high ESG evaluation in each category of business have been selected. This is the index adopted by the ESG investment managed by the Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF), an entity managing pension reserve funds in Japan.

The Company has been selected for this index by acquiring “A” rating (seven investment ratings: AAA, AA, A, BBB, BB, B and CCC). (As of March 2021)

FTSE4Good Index Series

The Company has been selected for inclusion in global representative ESG investment indices developed by FTSE Russell, a subsidiary of the London Stock Exchange. The FTSE4Good Index series is a series of stock market indices made up of corporations that satisfy global criteria for ESG management and performance. (As of June 2020)

FTSE Blossom Japan Index

The Company has been selected by FTSE Russell, a subsidiary of the London Stock Exchange, for inclusion in the FTSE Blossom Japan Index, a stock market index made up of Japanese corporations with outstanding ESG practices. This index was adopted for ESG investment management by the Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF), which manages and invests pension funds in Japan. (As of June 2020)

CSR Rating

Toyo Keizai CSR Ranking

CSR survey conducted by Toyo Keizai Inc. with the aim to find "a company that is trusted by society."

The Company has acquired the following ratings for each initiative (five ratings: AAA, AA, A, B and C). (As of November 2020)

Utilization of human resourcesEnvironmentCorporate governanceSociability
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EcoVadis Business Sustainability Ratings

EcoVadis operates a joint platform to evaluate sustainability of suppliers, and evaluates suppliers based on CSR-related standards considering response to environmental issues, labor practices, respect for human rights, fair trade and Responsible Procurement.

The Company has received the "silver rank" certification level (Four ranks: Platinum, gold, silver and bronze).(As of September 2020)

Evaluation, Certification, Award, Etc. Regarding CSR Activities

DBJ Employees' Health Management Rated

Under the health management rating loan system conducted by the Development Bank of Japan Inc. (DBJ), companies that conduct excellent initiatives for their employees' health have been evaluated/selected, and the terms and conditions of loan are set up according to the evaluation.

The Company received the highest rank "particularly excellent in terms of initiatives for employees' health" in 2018.

"Company with Excellent Health Management 2021"

"Company with Excellent Health Management" means a system under which the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and The Nippon Kenko Kaigi jointly confer companies that carry out particularly excellent health management, based on activities to deal with local health issues and initiatives for health improvement promoted by The Nippon Kenko Kaigi. The Company has been selected as a certified company of this system.

Platinum Kurumin

Platinum Kurumin is a certification program under which the Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare recognizes companies that offer high levels of childcare support. GS Yuasa was selected as a certified company under this program.

CDP

CDP is a London-based international non-profit organization that collects, analyzes, and publicly releases information on the environmental strategies of leading companies around the world in response to the needs of institutional investors. GS Yuasa is classified in the B rank for climate change programs that require information disclosure on greenhouse gas emissions, risks and opportunities arising from climate change, and other topics (assessments are based on an eight-step scale: A, A-, B, B-, C, C-, D, D-).

Third-Party Assurance

Greenhouse gas emissions

The Company requested third-party verification in order to secure the credibility of our greenhouse gas emission data that is disclosed on the CSR web content, and received the results of verification, saying "there is no item indicating that it has not reported material points about the GS Yuasa Group's greenhouse gas emissions (Scopes 1 and 2) in FY 2020".

Statement on third-party verification by SGS Japan Inc. (FY2020)

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