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 “AA” rating (seven investment ratings: AAA, AA, A, BBB, BB, B and C).

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).

Utilization of human resources Environment Corporate governance Sociability

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 (three ranks: gold, silver and bronze).

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 2018" (White 500)

“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. GS Yuasa International Ltd. has been selected as a certified company of this system.

Kurumin Mark

The Company has been certified as a company that supports child care in accordance with the Act on Advancement of Measures to Support Raising Next-Generation Children, which aims to support sound and health development of children who will lead the next generation. Thus, the Company has obtained the Kurumin Mark and we can utilize it as a certified company.

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 2017".