External Evaluation of Our ESG Initiatives

External Evaluation of Our ESG Initiatives

Corporate evaluation of ESG investment

ESG investment refers to investment that selects investment targets not only in terms of finance but also in consideration of ESG (environment, society, governance) factors that are non-financial information. Numerous ESG investment evaluations have been conducted at home and abroad.
The Company continues to be selected as a constituent of all ESG indices for Japanese Equities adopted by the Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF).

<Status of Inclusion in the ESG Index>

Dow Jones Sustainability Asia Pacific Index

We are selected to the Dow Jones Sustainability Asia Pacific Index, a globally famous ESG index, since 2017. The Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) are provided by S&P Dow Jones Indices (U.S.A.). It assesses the companies based on various economic, environmental and social criteria in terms of long-term sustainability.

 

FTSE4Good Index Series

We are selected as a member company of the FTSE4Good Index Series since 2003.
FTSE4Good Index is created by FTSE Russell (UK), a leading global index provider, and organized by companies that meet global standards concerning the environment, society, and governance based.

FTSE Blossom Japan Index

We are selected as a member company of the FTSE Blossom Japan Index since 2017.
The index for Japanese equities is created by FTSE Russell (UK) and organized by companies that meet diverse standards concerning the environment, society, and governance based on ESG evaluation.

FTSE Blossom Japan Sector Relative Index

We are selected as a member company of the FTSE Blossom Japan Sector Relative Index since 2022.
The index for Japanese equities created by FTSE Russell (UK), is designed to measure the performance of Japanese companies that demonstrate strong ESG practices. The index is constructed so that sector weights align with the Japanese equity market.

MSCI JAPAN ESG SELECT LEADERS INDEX

We are selected as a member company of the MSCI JAPAN ESG SELECT LEADERS INDEX since 2017.
The index for Japanese equities is created by MSCI (U.S.A.) and composed of companies with high ESG ratings from each industry.

MSCI JAPAN EMPOWERING WOMEN INDEX

We are selected as a member company of the MSCI JAPAN EMPOWERING WOMEN INDEX. The index for Japanese equities is created by MSCI (U.S.A.) and designed by companies with excellent gender diversity in each industry.

S&P/JPX Carbon Efficient Index

We have been selected as a member company of the S&P/JPX Carbon Efficient Index since 2018. An ESG index jointly developed by S & P Dow Jones Indices and Japan Exchange Group (JPX). For the constituent stocks of Tokyo Stock Price Index (TOPIX), the inclusion ratio in the index will be determined in consideration of the disclosure status of environmental information and carbon efficiency (carbon emissions per unit of revenue).

SOMPO Sustainability Index

We are selected as a member company of the SOMPO Sustainability Index.
The index for Japanese equities is created by SOMPO Asset Management Co., Ltd. and composed of companies with outstanding ESG-related initiatives. We have been adopted for the third consecutive year since 2020.

*The inclusion of NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD. in any MSCI index, and the use of MSCI logos, trademarks, service marks or index names herein, do not constitute a sponsorship, endorsement or promotion of NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD. by MSCI or any of its affiliates. The MSCI indexes are the exclusive property of MSCI. MSCI and the MSCI index names and logos are trademarks or service marks of MSCI or its affiliates.

<Evaluation of Major External Surveys>

CDP

CDP is an evaluation for the environmental activities of the world’s leading companies and these results are disclosed to institutional investors. We had responded to climate change and water security fields and received the following ratings;

  2019 2020 2021
Climate Change B A- B
Water Security B- B B

MSCI ESG Ratings

MSCI ESG Rating is provided by MSCI (USA). It’s designed to measure a company’s resilience to long-term industry material ESG risks. How well ESG risk is managed compared to other companies in the same industry is evaluated on a 7-point scale (leader: AAA, AA, average: A, BBB, BB, laggard: B, CCC). We received an AA rating in 2022.

2020 2021 2022
A A AA

NIKKEI SDGs Management Survey

The survey has been sponsored by Nikkei Inc. since 2019. It targets listed companies and leading unlisted companies nationwide, and evaluates the company's "SDGs management" on a five-star scale from the four pillars of "SDGs strategy / economic value," "social value," "environmental value," and " governance."
We have been received 4 stars for the second consecutive years since 2020.

2019 2020 2021

NIKKEI Smart Work Management Survey

The survey has been sponsored by Nikkei Inc. since 2017. It targets listed companies and leading unlisted companies nationwide, and evaluated by adding a management base such as corporate governance to “Smart Work Management” that is defined from the three elements of "Realization of diverse and flexible working styles," "System to create new businesses," and "Ability to develop markets" for maximize the performance of the organization.
We have been received 4 stars for the second consecutive years since 2020.

2019 2020 2021
 

Toyo Keizai CSR Survey

The survey has been sponsored by Toyo Keizai Inc. since 2005, and it evaluates companies from the four perspectives of "human resources utilization," "environment," "corporate governance + sociality," and "finance" related to CSR.
In 2022, it was implemented for 1,631 companies, it was implemented for 1,631 companies, and our company was ranked 133rd.

2020 2021 2022
150th 146th 133rd

Major Award and Certification

The following are the main awards and certification received by our Group for our CSR-related initiatives.

In Fiscal 2021

Recipient Award Organizer
NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD. Received Bronze Class in overall category and in glass and ceramics products of the “SUSTAINA ESG AWARDS 2021”
SUSTAINA
NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD. Certified as a Silver Rating, of “PRIDE Index 2021”
work with Pride
NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD. Received the Excellence award, of the “22th Telework Promotion Awards” Japan Telework Association
NGK SPARK PLUGS (INDIA) PVT. LTD. Selected as one of the Top 25 Safest Workplaces in India at the KelpHR Posh Awards® 2021
*Posh: Prevention of Sexual Harassment at Workplace
KelpHR
NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD. Certified as “Nagoya City Childcare Support Company Certification” and received the Excellence award
Nagoya City
NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD. Certified as “SPORTS YELL COMPANY” for 2022
JAPAN SPORTS AGENCY
NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD. Received the “Aichi Family Friendly Company Award” Aichi Prefecture
NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD. Selected as “2022 the Health & Productivity Stock Selection”
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Tokyo Stock Exchange
NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD. Certified as Health & Productivity Management Outstanding Organizations Recognition Program for 2022 (White500)
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and Nippon Kenko Kaigi (Japan Health Conference)
NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD. Selected as one of the Nadeshiko Brands
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Tokyo Stock Exchange

In Fiscal 2020

Recipient Award Organizer
NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD. Certified as “Kurumin”
Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD. Certified as “Zero-Emission challenging company”
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)
NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD. Received Silver class in glass and ceramics products industries of the “SUSTAINA ESG AWARDS 2020”
SUSTAINA
NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD. Certified as “Work-Life Balance Promotion Company”
Nagoya City
NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD. Received ”IkuMen/IkuBoss Enterprize Award, Aichi Prefecture Family Friendly Company Award” of the 2nd year of Reiwa
Aichi Prefecture
NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD. Certified as Health & Productivity Management Outstanding Organizations Recognition Program for 2021
Nippon Kenko Kaigi (Japan Health Conference) and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)
NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD. Certified as “SPORTS YELL COMPANY” for 2021
JAPAN SPORTS AGENCY

In Fiscal 2019

Recipient Award Organizer
NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD. Received “Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare commendation”, the 55th National Blood Donation Promotion Campaign Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD. Received Bronze Class in overall category and Silver Class in glass and ceramics products industries of the “SUSTAINA ESG AWARD 2019”
SUSTAINA
NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD. Certified as Health & Productivity Management Outstanding Organizations Recognition Program for 2020 (White500)
Nippon Kenko Kaigi (Japan Health Conference) and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)
NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD. Certified as “SPORTS YELL COMPANY” for 2020
JAPAN SPORTS AGENCY

In Fiscal 2018

Recipient Award Organizer
NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD. Selected as one of the Nadeshiko Brands
METI and the Tokyo Stock Exchange
NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD. Certified as Health & Productivity Management Outstanding Organizations Recognition Program for 2019 (White500)
Nippon Kenko Kaigi (Japan Health Conference) and the Ministry of Economy,
Trade and Industry (METI)
NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD. Certified as “Aichi Health Management Promotion Company”
Aichi Prefecture
NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD. Received the Excellence Award of “Internet IR Award”
Internet IR 優秀賞2018 大和インベスター・リレーションズ
Daiwa Investor Relations Co. Ltd.
NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD. Received Bronze Class in overall category and Silver Class in glass and ceramics products industries of the “SUSTAINA ESG AWARD 2018”
SUSTAINA
NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD. Achieved the highest Rank of DBJ's Health Management Rating System
Development Bank of Japan Inc.

In Fiscal 2017

Recipient Award Organizer
NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD. Received Blue-chip company of "Aichi women shine Company"
Aichi Prefecture
NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD. Certified as Health & Productivity Management Outstanding Organizations Recognition Program for 2018 (White500)
Nippon Kenko Kaigi (Japan Health Conference) and the Ministry of Economy,
Trade and Industry (METI)
NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD. Selected as Bronze Class company, RobecoSAM Sustainability Award 2017
RobecoSAM

In Fiscal 2016

Recipient Award Organizer
NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD. Certified as “Eruboshi”
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)
NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD. Received the Corporate Environmental Achievement Award (CEAA) 2016 The American Ceramic Society
(AcerS)
NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD. Received 2017 Aichi Environmental Award Aichi Prefecture
NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD. Certified as Health & Productivity Management Outstanding Organizations Recognition Program for 2017 (White500) Nippon Kenko Kaigi (Japan Health Conference) and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)
NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD. Selected as New Diversity Management Selection 100 METI
NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD. Selected as Semi-Nadeshiko Brands METI and the Tokyo Stock Exchange

In Fiscal 2015

Recipient Award Organizer
NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD. Received Incentive Award, Empowerment Grand Prix for Activities by Women Japan Productivity Center
Working Women's Empowerment Forum
NGK SPARK PLUGS (U.S.A.), INC. (WEST VIRGINIA FACTORY) Received Five-Diamond Employer Award West Virginia Chamber of Commerce

In Fiscal 2014

Recipient Award Organizer
NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD. Selected as one of the Top 100 Global Innovators Thomson Reuters
NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD. Received FY2014 Excellence Award, Nagoya City Accreditation and Commendation System for Companies that Promote Increased Roles for Women Nagoya City
NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD. Miyanojo Plant Received Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Award, 33rd National Convention for the Promotion of Factory Greening Japan Greenery Research and Development Center

In Fiscal 2013

Recipient Award Organizer
NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD. Selected as one of the Top 100 Global Innovators Thomson Reuters

In Fiscal 2010

Recipient Award Organizer
NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD. Received the Incentive Prize at the 14th Environmental Communication Awards Ministry of the Environment, etc.
NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD. Selected as one of the Top 100 Companies in Japan The Nippon Foundation
NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD.