Sustainability Management

The mission of the Yamaha Group is to continue pursuing its corporate philosophy, which is to utilize our held assets, various resources, unique expertise, and sensibilities gained from our devotion to sound and music to create excitement and cultural inspiration together with people around the world. To put this philosophy into practice, Yamaha is working to understand the impact of our business activities on the environment and society and pursue dialogue with stakeholders, while solving challenges toward the creation of a sustainable society.

As of fiscal 2014, the Yamaha Group has been executing sustainability management by applying the principles of ISO 26000 Guidance on Social Responsibility. We are also organizing activities and initiatives in accordance with the core subjects of ISO 26000, and managing the promotion and progress of sustainability activities.

The Yamaha Group has established the Sustainability priorities, focused on the medium-to-long-term, based on the impact of our business activities on the environment and society, as well as stakeholders’ expectations and societal demands. In establishing our key themes, the Yamaha Group made sure that we listened to the voices of our customers, the local communities in which we work, NPOs and NGOs, our employees, and others, grasped important topics in ESG evaluation, and held hearings with external experts. From this, we then devised the themes necessary for further promotion and discussed them at the executive level on the basis of medium- and long-term management strategies before determining the themes.
We are making efforts to manage progress and promotion by monitoring the status and action plan of each theme activity and conducting yearly reviews in the Management Council which is overseen by the president.

[ image ] ヤマハCSR取り組み模式図
Progress of Sustainability Priorities
Sustainability priorities Major initiatives Progress Future issues and activity targets Major related SDGs
Development of products and services with a focus on social/environmental issues Response to societal issues
Universal Design
  • Establishment of consortium to promote Universal Design in sound (Omotenashi guide)
Educational Solutions
  • Development and release of various educational material, such as for choruses or alto recorders, for the Smart Education System (SES)
Health/Safety Solutions
  • Developed in-vehicle communication modules for emergency call systems
Universal Design
  • Support consortium members/promote standardization of technology
  • Determine standards and construct framework to promote Universal Design in Yamaha products
Educational Solutions
  • Consider comprehensive solutions for next generation music education
Health/Safety Solutions
  • Begin supplying in-vehicle communications modules to market and expand suppliers
[ image ] GOOD HEALTH AND WELL-BEING
[ image ] QUALITY EDUCATION
[ image ] REDUCED INEQUALITIES
[ image ] SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES
Response to environmental issues
  • 16 Yamaha Eco products (320 total models) certified as environmentally friendly products
  • Development and construction of production system for thermoelectric power generation module which can utilize waste heat
  • Certify 40 Yamaha eco products a year as environmentally friendly products
  • Conduct tests to release thermoelectric power generation module on the market
[ image ] AFFORDABLE AND CLEAN ENERGY
[ image ] RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION
[ image ] CLIMATE ACTION
Development of regional community-based business and social contribution activities Spread instrumental music education to schools
  • Introduction to 124,000 students in 933 schools in Russia and three countries in southeast Asia (School Project)
  • Introduction to 3,300 students in 33 schools in five countries in Africa and the Middle East
  • Introduce to 240,000 students in 1,350 schools in five countries, including Russia and southeast Asia
  • Introduce to 7,000 students in 60 schools in eight countries in Africa and southeast Asia
[ image ] QUALITY EDUCATION
Support for youth development orchestra/band
  • Held instrument maintenance seminars for users; systemized and launched training program for repair technicians of wind, string, and percussion instruments in Latin America (AMIGO Project)
  • Expand the number of countries and organizations in Latin America (AMIGO Project)
[ image ] QUALITY EDUCATION
[ image ] DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH
[ image ] RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION
Community support
  • Promotion of community building through music (Oto-Machi)
  • Strengthen promotion of Oto-Machi project
[ image ] SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES
Lowering of greenhouse gas emissions Construction of system to calculate greenhouse gas emissions across entire value chain
  • Calculation and disclosure of Scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions
  • Verification greenhouse gas emissions by third party
[ image ] AFFORDABLE AND CLEAN ENERGY
[ image ] CLIMATE ACTION
Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions during business activities
  • Consideration of establishing medium-to-long-term reduction targets based on scientific knowledge(Science Based Targets:SBT)
  • Establish SBTs and emission reduction plan
Sustainable procurement of timber Avoid use of illegally lumbered timber; promote use of verified timber
  • Establishment of due diligence procedures to avoid using illegally lumbered timber
  • Confirmation of legality of timber (including on-site visits)
  • Promote and brush up on due diligence procedures
  • Confirm 100% legality in tree logging based on in-house standards
[ image ] RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION
[ image ] LIFE ON LAND
Procure timber with awareness of cycle-based forest conservation
  • Completion of surveys to produce high-quality timber in Tanzania; beginning of tree-planting pilot project (African Blackwood)
  • Based on survey results, begin expansion of tree nursery activities and launch procurement of planted trees (African Blackwood)
Systematic initiatives for the respect of human rights Develop system/structure
  • Establishment of Yamaha Group Human Rights Policy in January, 2018
  • Promotion of human rights due diligence (establishment of management items)
  • Promote training and awareness raising based on human rights policy
  • Promote human rights due diligence (monitoring of management items)
[ image ] DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH
[ image ] REDUCED INEQUALITIES
Supply chain management
  • Request and execution for 79 supplier companies to execute self-assessment at beginning of transactions
  • Improve effectiveness by strengthening supplier assessment system
  • Promote training and raise awareness for suppliers and supplier supervisors
Promotion of diversity and human resources development Global human resources management
  • Determine and test Group standards grading and development system
  • Promote human resources management based on Group standards grading and development system
[ image ] GENDER EQUALITY
[ image ] DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH
[ image ] REDUCED INEQUALITIES
Promotion of the active role of female workers, response to diverse workstyles
  • Expansion of work-life balance support system, execution of work- style improvement trials, began female manager development program
  • Increase ratio of female managers, end of March 2018, 14.3% at Yamaha Group
  • Promote the utilization of work-life balance support system, grasping expansion needs. Share information and identify issues as a result of the work-style improvement trials. Promote the female manager development program across Group.
  • Increase ratio of female managers to 17% at Yamaha Group

The Yamaha Group intends to contribute to the attainment of the “Sustainable Development Goals” (SDGs) through our business.
The Yamaha Group aims to contribute to Goal 4, “Quality Education,” through our initiatives to spread music, which were listed in Sustainability priorities. We also aim to contribute to Goal 12, “Responsible Consumption and Production,” and Goal 15, “Life on Land,” by procuring sustainable sources for timber procurement. As such, the Yamaha Group intends to develop products and services with an awareness of the goals and targets of each SDGs, as well as improve business processes.
In FY2018, the Yamaha Group used the intranet, Group newsletters, posters, and internal seminars to connect SDGs with the role of each personnel member, leading to a deeper understanding of SDGs. The Yamaha Group is engaged in discussions at the management level to further increase contributions to SDGs in the next medium-term management plan in order to both connect themes and businesses related to sustainability to the objectives and targets of SDGs as well as achieve the corporate vision of “Becoming an Indispensable, Brilliantly Individual Company.”

[ image ] Sustainable Development Goals : SDGs

The Yamaha Group aims to ensure sustainability throughout each aspect of its business operations and in all levels of the work force, from managers to new recruits. In order to make that possible, we engage in educational and awareness-raising activities by sharing sustainability information via our website and Intranet, as well as through training and seminars for all employees.

Fiscal 2018 Results
Item Target Content Number of participants
Basic training New recruits, etc. Introduction to sustainability, explanation of Yamaha Group Sustainability Policy and measures, etc. 59
E-learning Domestic Group employees Confirmation of degree of understanding of the “Yamaha CSR Report” 1,370
Intranet Domestic Group employees Explanation of key sustainability themes, introduction of best practices at Yamaha and other companies, etc. -
[ image ] Education at new recruit training
Education at new recruit training

With a commitment to cooperating and forming ties with the global society as we work toward building a sustainable society, Yamaha signed the Global Compact in June 2011, and is working to adhere to the 10 Principles. Additionally, as a member of the Global Compact Network Japan, we are also actively participating in subcommittees.*

* FY2018 subcommittee participation: Environmental Management, Reporting, Kansai, Human Rights Due Diligence, Human Rights Education, Disaster Prevent/Mitigation, SRI/ESG.