SDGs Initiatives

We contribute to achieving the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) through our business activities in a broad range of markets associated with ocean, land, and air transport.

About SDGs


The SDGs were adopted at the United Nations General Assembly in 2015 and carry forward the achievements of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) implemented from 2001 to 2015. The SDGs are a blueprint to address economic, social, and environmental issues such as poverty, inequality, education, and climate change in all countries and regions, including those that are developed and developing. Seventeen goals have been formulated with the target of achieving them by 2030 through the cooperation of companies, governments, and local communities.

We are aiming to enhance our handling of materiality and striving to develop a sustainable society and environment so that we can contribute to the achievement of the SDGs by 2030.

SDGs especially relevant to our business activities

Six goals that are relevant to the Group's activities.

The SDGs require innovations from the private sector and can lead to new business opportunities. In order to contribute to achieving the SDGs through our business activities, we set targets for six of the 17 goals that were particularly relevant to our business in fiscal 2017. To identify these goals, we conducted interviews with not only management but also young employees who have been with the company for 10 years or less. We will promote our activities related to these six goals to achieve the SDGs.

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NYK's Initiatives Introduced at UN's #Global Goals Week
- Promoting Sustainable Development Goals -

In a speech at the U.N., NYK was the only Japanese company mentioned to be promoting the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs. NYK does this by encouraging creative solutions through innovation and business model changes to positively address issues that challenge our society.
The speech was made by Remi Eriksen, group president and CEO of DNV GL, a classification society based in Norway, as part of #Global Goals Week at the U.N. headquarters in New York during the 71st session of the U.N. General Assembly that was held from September 13, 2016.

The NYK initiatives mentioned included the following:

  1. 1Contribution to "Decent Work and Economic Growth" by building a maritime academy in the Philippines and allowing for the transfer of a professional skill to the people of a developing country.
  2. 2A reduction of emissions and an improvement in operation safety through the use of the eco-friendly navigation support systems incorporated in the concept ship NYK Super Eco-Ship 2030 in addition to cooperation between crew members and onshore personnel for the use of Big Data and the IoT.
  3. 3In accordance with the Japanese government's aim to increase exports of agricultural, forest, and fishery products to ¥1 trillion by 2020, which is twice the level of 2012, the NYK Group's proactive technology development of controlled atmosphere (CA) containers will make the transport of agriculture from Japan to developing countries feasible.
"Future of Spaceship Earth"

<Speech for the achievement of SDGs>
DNV GL has published a report titled "Future of Spaceship Earth," which examines the likelihood of achieving the 17 SDGs by 2030 and private sector solutions for achieving these goals. For each SDG, the report highlights a company pioneering progress toward the goal.

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<NYK's Initiatives>
NYK's initiatives can be found in the "NYK SPARK BOOK," a handbook for creative solutions that accompanied the 2016 NYK Report.

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A message from the CEO of DNV GL, an international shipping classification society
-The NYK Group's technical development is providing solutions and creating value in many ways.-

Remi Eriksen
CEO and President

DNV GL believes digitalization in shipping will offer great benefits in safer, more efficient and greener operations as well as enhanced value creation. DNV GL sees NYK in the forefront of these developments. The collaboration between NYK and DNV GL on sensor data and data ingestion has proven effective and valuable and we believe it will benefit the whole maritime industry in its further development.
There is a strong business case for NYK's broad engagement with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In particular, driving down transport costs and raising logistics efficiencies benefits NYK while improving market access for developing countries, and lowering emissions. DNV GL was honored to feature NYK's many SDG-aligned initiatives in the report The Future of Spaceship Earth (In November 2017).

(as of July. 2017)

NYK Holds Workshop on Fair Trade and SDGs

In November 2017, NYK and three other companies* jointly held a workshop at DNP Plaza in Tokyo on the theme of fair trade and the UN's sustainable development goals (SDGs) with the support of Fairtrade Label Japan, a non-profit organization.

Fair trade plays a significant role in the achievement of eight of the 17 SDGs. In addition, compliance with the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games sustainable sourcing code is being encouraged of all stakeholders in the games.

About 50 people interested in fair trade, including employees from companies that sponsored the event, took part and learned about regional disparity through a simulation game about international trade. In addition, the companies introduced their initiatives for fair trade product consumption in their offices and encouraged the participants to expand their cooperation for the achievement of SDGs. NYK has offered Fairtrade certified coffee and tea at its head office in Tokyo since 2015.

  • *Dai Nippon Printing Co. Ltd., NTT DATA Corporation, and Konica Minolta Japan Inc., all of which encourage their employees to consume fair trade products.
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