Unicharm Joins "Japan Business Coalition for a Global Plastic Treaty" Led by WWF
Unicharm Corporation (CEO & President, Mr. Takahisa Takahara) joins the Japan Business Coalition for a Global Plastic Treaty, with the secretariat managed by World Wide Fund for Nature Japan (hereinafter as WWF Japan).
Background on our participation in the "Japan Business Coalition for a Global Plastic Treaty"
Our company's purpose is to contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and address environmental issues and social challenges through our business activities. As part of this commitment, we have set "plastic issues" as a key theme in our "Environmental Goals 2030" announced in 2020 and have been strengthening our efforts throughout the entire group.
Taking into consideration the alignment of our activities with these initiatives, we have been collaborating with WWF Japan, including participating in the "Plastic Circular Challenge 2025" held on June 1, 2022. Our participation in the "Japan Business Coalition for a Global Plastic Treaty" is based on this background.
About "Japan Business Coalition for a Global Plastic Treaty"
At the resumed session of the Fifth United Nations Environment Assembly in March 2022, “Toward a Legally Binding International Commitment to End Plastic Pollution” was adopted by consensus of 175 countries. As a result, the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on Plastic Pollution (INC) was established, and the 3rd intergovernmental negotiating meeting (INC-3) for the development of an international treaty on plastic pollution will be held in Nairobi, Kenya, from November 13 to 19, 2023.
In light of this background, the Japan Business Coalition for a Global Plastic Treaty, with WWF as the secretariat, has been established as a new framework for companies committed to solving plastic pollution to call on the Japanese government to conclude an international convention.
The Japan Business Coalition for a Global Plastic Treaty has pledged the following initiatives in response to the plastic issue:
1. Reduction of plastic production and consumption through a circular economy approach
2. Circularity of all plastic products
3. Prevention and collection of plastic leakage
WWF is a global environmental conservation organization established in Switzerland in 1961. To build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, WWF is currently promoting environment projects in more than 100 countries to protect rare wildlife species, preserve natural environments such as forests and oceans, promote sustainable use of natural resources, and prevent global warming, among many other things.
Unicharm Kyo-sei Life Vision 2030 https://www2.unicharm.co.jp/english/csr/kyoseilifevision/index.html
Unicharm Sustainability site https://www.unicharm.co.jp/en/csr-eco.html
Unicharm Corporation, ESG Division, Public Relations Office