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Finding Local Solutions to Local Challenges: Contributing to Communities the Otsuka Group Way
Finding Local Solutions to Local Challenges: Contributing to Communities the Otsuka Group Way

1 year ago - Pinpoint specific local issues. Promote sustainable local development. Pave the way for caring and productive corporate growth. That’s how Japan’s Otsuka group of companies seeks to shape its role as an essential company for society.

Marine Transport Vessel Collects Oceanographic Data from Japanese Coast to Advance Research
Marine Transport Vessel Collects Oceanographic Data from Japanese Coast to Advance Research

1 year ago - Today, we are witnessing unusual weather patterns and natural disasters all over the world. Traditional state and corporate barriers must be transcended if we are to combat the universal issue of climate change.

Japan’s Fair-Trade Towns: Applying Fair-Trade Principles at the Societal Level
Japan’s Fair-Trade Towns: Applying Fair-Trade Principles at the Societal Level

1 year ago - The international Fair-Trade Town movement encourages authorities, corporates, retail outlets and community groups to promote fair trade and spread understanding of fair-trade concepts across its sphere of influence. Over 1,800 towns have been recognized worldwide. Japan may well lag other countries in the movement, but it does have three registered fair-trade cities — Kumamoto, Nagoya and Zushi — and has added its own, sixth requirement to the five core standards for fair-trade town status outlined by Fair Trade Towns International.

Fast Retailing Applies Unique SPA Business Model to Help Forge Brighter Future in Bangladesh
Fast Retailing Applies Unique SPA Business Model to Help Forge Brighter Future in Bangladesh

2 years ago - Bangladesh is no longer one of the world’s poorest nations. Today, this emerging nation is steadily growing as one of the world’s leading apparel manufacturers. However, the country’s economic structure remains fragile due to its heavy dependence on textile exports and overseas remittances from emigrant workers, and the country’s manufacturing base and infrastructure require urgent improvement.

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How Tanita Is Using Measurement Expertise to Change Human Eating Habits
How Tanita Is Using Measurement Expertise to Change Human Eating Habits

2 years ago - Modern global nutritional problems derive from food excess as well as food shortage. Traditionally a first-world problem, obesity is now spreading to developing countries. Individual countries and companies are responding to the Sustainable Development Goal to improve nutrition. One unique employee cafeteria has sparked a huge movement to improve nutrition in Japan.

Successful Sustainable Development: Maintaining the Right Distance Between Companies, Communities
Successful Sustainable Development: Maintaining the Right Distance Between Companies, Communities

2 years ago - The third Setouchi International Art Festival is currently taking place across 12 islands and two coastal ports in the Seto Naikai, or Inland Sea of Japan. The Sea boasts over 700 islands in total. The islands, which never underwent rapid industrial modernization, have maintained their original backdrop of lively Japanese culture, tradition and rusticity. But the legacy of that harsh era remains, with many islands grappling with unauthorized dumping of industrial waste, environmental pollution, and rapid depopulation. The festival, which aims to revitalize the islands through modern art, has proved a successful joint effort by companies and the local community.

How Ajinomoto Is Working with Stakeholders to Create Sustainable Social Impacts
How Ajinomoto Is Working with Stakeholders to Create Sustainable Social Impacts

2 years ago - In 1908, Dr. Kikunae Ikeda changed the culinary world forever when he discovered umami as the fifth basic taste (along with sweet, salty, sour and bitter). Aspiring to foster healthy lifestyles and “create good, affordable seasonings and turn simple but nutritious fare into delicacies,” Ikeda invented a method for producing seasoning with glutamate as a key component. The following year, his friend, chemical and pharmaceutical businessman Saburosuke Suzuki II, launched a business venture to begin selling AJI-NO-MOTO®, the world's first umami seasoning, and the Ajinomoto Group was born.

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