Environment Conservation Initiatives
In addition to direct activities such as the reduction in energy consumption and paper and waste discharge, we are promoting such initiatives taking advantage of our position as a securities company, including by offering society an opportunity to investing in companies that take pro-environmental approach to business so as to support such companies to implement their environment initiatives.
Handling environment-conscious products
We actively offer opportunities to invest in companies that take a pro-environmental business approach through sales of financial products. In 1999, we started handling the Nikko Eco Fund, the first SRI (Social Responsibility Investment) fund in Japan to introduce a stance of environment conservation. Since then, we have increased our lineup of environment-related investment trusts. In February 2010, we commenced handling of the SMBC Nikko World Bank Bond Fund. This fund is the world’s first fund developed in cooperation with the World Bank to invest in World Bank green bonds. A portion of the profits from this fund are donated to UNICEF and the Japanese Red Cross. We collectively refer to bonds designed to contribute to environment protection as green bonds. We aim to contribute to global environment conservation by limiting the use of funds raised by green bonds to loans related to environmental preservation and conservation.
*Green bonds in which this fund invests are a type of bonds issued by the World Bank.
ISO14001 Environmental Management Systems
To promote environment conservation initiatives effectively and efficiently, we set up environmental management systems and acquired ISO14001* certification in April 2001, becoming the first Japanese company in the securities industry. We have acquired ISO14001 certification for the Tokyo Dia Building to strengthen our initiatives.
*ISO 14001 is an international standard for a system which helps corporations ascertain the environmental impact of their business operations and assist them in making continual improvement in their environmental management through the Plan-Do-Check-Act methodology.