Study meetings to apply the SDGs concept to the company’s business
When you’re trying to learn about sustainable development goals (SDGs), experiencing them through collaborative games or events is probably more engaging than digging into a book alone. An event on SDGs was held at the exchange facility “Nagoya Innovators Garage” in Nagoya on August 26.
The event was sponsored by JTEKT Corporation, a member of the Toyota Group, which manufactures bearings for rotary and reciprocating motion, steering systems for automobiles, and machine tools for metal processing.
Eighty people, including students and various industry members, attended the lecture which was given by Nana Takamatsu, a lecturer at Shoukasonjuku who promotes social reform by utilizing laughter. Ms. Takamatsu began by introducing the current global situation of child labor, human trafficking, and poverty that she had witnessed while traveling overseas. She then explained how understanding SDGs is essential to solving these problems.
During the event, a card game was also held through which participants could learn about SDGs, in addition to lively exchanges of opinions between different industries. Overall, the participants thoroughly enjoyed learning more about SDGs.
JTEKT hosted this event because they believe that working with SDGs not only is socially significant, but also enhances corporate strength and creates new businesses. Many of the company’s products are used in the automobile industry and have a significant impact on the global environment, so incorporating SDGs was crucial.
Under the slogan “All for One Earth”, the company is currently developing products that contribute to energy conservation, such as higher performance bearings, the introduction of renewable energy in its plants, and water recycling. All of this is part of its efforts to manufacture products with less environmental impact. In the future, we will not only focus on this particular initiative, but also hold similar events regularly in order to increase the number of people working together on SDGs.