We introduce our sustainable management practices.
Efforts towards Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are international goals aimed at creating a sustainable and better world by 2030, as outlined in the “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” adopted unanimously by all member countries at the United Nations Summit in September 2015. Consisting of 17 goals and 169 targets, they include traditional goals such as eliminating extreme poverty and hunger, as well as addressing challenges faced by advanced countries, such as gender equality, creating fulfilling employment environments, reevaluating production and consumption, promoting clean energy, responding to climate change, and building safe communities. DAIDO TRANS-PLANET is committed to contributing to the realization of the SDGs through our business activities.
Our Sustainability Basic Policy
Mission in our corporate philosophy states that , “As a ‘Portal Company’ in the international logistics industry, we are committed to providing safe, reliable, and courteous services to earn the satisfaction and trust of our customers while actively contributing to the future of logistics and society. We will continue to be a company that all employees and their families can be proud of who are involved in pursuing this mission.”
Policy (management approach) shows the basic stance toward management for each stakeholder, and Core value (behavioral standard) shows the standards of behavior and values in daily work. We consider these three points of mission, policy, and value as our corporate philosophy. Through business activities based on our corporate philosophy, we aim to continue responding to the changing needs of customers and society and contribute to the realization of a sustainable global environment and society by creating value.
1.Respect for Human Rights
We support and respect international norms related to human rights, and we do not tolerate any violations of human rights, such as discrimination or harassment based on race, nationality, ethnicity, religion, creed, gender, age, physical or mental disabilities, social status, or sexual orientation in our business activities.
2. Creating a Safe and Secure Workplace Environment
We strive to create and maintain a workplace environment where each employee can work in a healthy, safe, and secure manner, including ensuring psychological safety. We manage working hours with consideration for work-life balance. We foster a lively corporate culture with good communication where employees can feel a sense of fulfillment in their work.
3.Diversity & Inclusion
Recognizing and utilizing the diversity of our workforce and promoting a culture of inclusion is an important action guideline for us. We will create systems that allow each employee to excel in their own way and abilities. Transfers and promotions will be made based on fair and impartial standards without discrimination.
4.Conservation of the Earth’s Environment
As a logistics company, we promote eco-driving, introduce low-emission and fuel-efficient vehicles, engage in energy-saving activities in offices, warehouses, etc., and switch to LED lighting, to contribute to realizing a decarbonized society and promoting resource circulation.
As a company involved in the social infrastructure of logistics, we prioritize human life in the event of unforeseen circumstances such as natural disasters, infectious diseases, and accidents, and make every effort to ensure the continuity and early resumption of business to connect our customers and society’s supply chains, fulfilling our mission as essential workers. To achieve this, we create an effective BCP (Business Continuity Plan), disseminate it thoroughly within the company, and review it regularly.
１：Human Capital Management
We recognize that human capital is the most important asset, and we strive to manage the company in a way that maximizes the value of our employees.
The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry defines human capital management as follows: “Managing human resources as ‘capital’ and maximizing their value to contribute to the medium- to long-term enhancement of corporate value.”
In management, financial resources, information, and other resources are necessary, and human resources have also been seen as one of these management resources. However, in human capital management, it is important to view human resources not as just a resource, but as “capital” or an initial investment. Human resources are positioned as the most important driver for contributing to the improvement of a company’s value.
The idea of valuing human resources as a key driver for enhancing corporate value is not a new concept, and many Japanese companies have traditionally embraced a management style that places importance on people. However, since the collapse of the bubble economy in the 1990s, there has been an excessive tilt towards shareholder capitalism, resulting in somewhat dry management practices towards people, and ultimately leading to a decline in the international competitiveness of Japanese companies. On the other hand, significant changes have occurred in the environment surrounding companies and individuals, such as the rapid transformation of industrial structures, aging populations, the arrival of the era of 100-year lifespans, and changing career aspirations of individuals. Furthermore, with the current trend in advanced countries towards stakeholder capitalism from shareholder capitalism, in conjunction with SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals), there is a renewed recognition that “people” are the primary driving force behind sustainable corporate value enhancement and economic growth. These are the background factors that underlie the concept of “human capital management”.
Our company has always placed the highest importance on human capital, and has worked to bring out its value. We will continue to maintain this attitude and further strengthen our efforts.
We introduce our efforts in human capital management.
“Engagement” refers to the relationship where an individual and an organization are interconnected in their growth directions and can contribute to each other, as defined in HR terms. It is about whether the values of the company and its employees are aligned and whether there is a trust relationship. International comparative surveys have also been conducted, but unfortunately, Japan’s engagement score is significantly lower than other countries, and there are many cases where the relationship between individuals and companies is not one in which they can contribute to each other. Improving engagement enhances employee satisfaction and productivity, leading to an increase in corporate value. Our company positions improving engagement as an important management indicator and conducts an “engagement survey” for all office staff every year, measuring work engagement and organizational health from various perspectives. The survey results are disclosed to all employees, and executive officers hold meetings to discuss the issues and take measures for improvement, implementing the PDCA cycle. The goal is to create an environment where people in all positions can actively participate in their work and feel valued.
Initiatives for Health Management
For employees to fully utilize their abilities and individuality, it is important that they are healthy both physically and mentally. While health management used to be seen as an individual’s responsibility, it is now the responsibility of the company to create an environment where employees can work in a healthy manner. Our company is committed to supporting the maintenance and improvement of employee health, and promoting a comfortable and easy-to-work environment. We have implemented various initiatives, and these efforts have been recognized by the “Yokohama Health Management Certification” system, certified with a “Class AA” grade-up from our previous “Class A” certification.
Workplace Certification System for a Comfortable Working Environment (White Management Certification)
“Workplace Certification System for a Comfortable Working Environment” is a certification system established by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism in August 2020. It aims to promote employment by allowing job seekers aiming to become drivers to understand the workplace environment in advance through the visualization of the efforts of each business operator in the transportation industry. The system includes multiple criteria such as compliance with laws and regulations, working hours and holidays, consideration for health, safety and stability. Our company received a one-star certification on the first application, and we will continue to strive for improvement from various angles to ensure that our employees can work with peace of mind, aiming for a two-star certification in the future.
Prevention of harassment
The term “harassment” is often translated as “bullying” or “behavior that annoys or upsets someone,” but it broadly refers to “human rights violations.” It is the act of causing discomfort, pain, or disadvantage to another person through speech or behavior, thereby violating their dignity. Harassment takes many forms, ranging from those related to workplace relationships to those related to gender. Our company has a clear policy of not tolerating any form of harassment.
We have established a consultation desk in the general affairs department to respond to a wide range of inquiries and to identify the presence of harassment in the workplace through internal surveys, among other measures. We have established a system that can respond quickly and appropriately if any problems are identified. In addition, we conduct training to raise awareness of harassment prevention for all employees.
Flexible working style
As the workforce’s needs diversify due to the decreasing working-age population caused by a declining birthrate and aging society, as well as the need to balance work and child or elderly care, companies are expected to implement flexible measures to accommodate a variety of work styles that suit employees’ lifestyles. This approach is thought to contribute to securing excellent personnel and improving productivity. Our company has introduced initiatives that enable flexible work styles, such as telecommuting, a paid time off system based on hourly increments, shortened working hours, utilizing elderly workers with experience and achievements, creating a workplace environment and system that is conducive to childbirth and child-rearing, and creating a system that allows employees to balance their work and caregiving responsibilities.
Human resources system
The human resources system is primarily designed to efficiently manage human resources and labor affairs, systematizing and organizing personnel-related matters such as employee treatment and work style. However, its more important purpose is to enhance the abilities and motivation of employees through the system, thus producing high-value-added customer satisfaction, improving company performance, and achieving sustained growth. Our company’s human resources system is based on the concept of “fair results-based management” and aims to cultivate and secure highly engaged talent.
Training and Development
Upskilling (learning/re-learning) is being called for as an essential measure, but regardless of the era, it is a fundamental attitude of business people to strive for self-improvement and continuously improve their skills for their personal growth and contribution to the organization. As for what and how much one should learn, the company supports its employees. We want our employees to acquire the necessary skills for their desired direction without being swayed by buzzwords, by developing their fundamental strength as business people. At our company, we offer a variety of educational and training programs tailored to individual career plans, such as company-wide training for engagement improvement and mindset enhancement, external training on international logistics and general business skills, and various online courses.
Many surveys have concluded that there is a correlation between transparency and engagement. Transparency is also linked to psychological safety. Everyone wants to work in a candid and open workplace. Asymmetric information reduces the quality and quantity of communication, leading to decreased productivity. Although our company is not publicly traded, we disclose financial and management information, such as financial results and annual plans, to all employees (office employees). Our behavior standards advocate for transparency, stating that “important information, including mistakes and failures, should be open and shared to enhance problem-solving capabilities.” We prioritize and practice the importance of information transparency.
2：Approach to Environment
DAIDO TRANS-PLANET aims to be a company that considers the global environment and is trusted by society.
Environmental issues, centered on addressing climate change, are urgent and common challenges for all humanity living on Earth. As the global trend toward carbon neutrality accelerates, Japan declared in 2020 its goal to achieve carbon neutrality and a decarbonized society by 2050. As the transition to a decarbonized society rapidly advances, reducing emissions is becoming an important effort for companies. As a company responsible for providing social infrastructure through logistics, we own freight trucks and warehouses, and we recognize that efforts toward achieving a decarbonized society are our responsibility. We aim to actively address environmental issues more than ever before and become a trusted corporate citizen by being a good corporate citizen.
Our Basic Policy on the Environment
We will comply with environmental laws, regulations, agreements, and other requirements, and strive to reduce environmental impact and prevent pollution.
As a logistics company, we will enhance low environmental impact hardware such as vehicles and facilities, and always strive to consider the environment in our business operations, such as proper waste disposal, appropriate vehicle maintenance, and eco-driving.
We will promote environmental awareness among all employees and provide education and outreach to enable each employee to participate in environmental conservation activities as a responsible corporate citizen.
Some examples of specific actions:
１．Obtaining Green Management Certification
Our company has obtained the Green Management Certification from the Ecological and Mobility Foundation, which is the certification agency, at all of our business locations, and we are actively promoting efforts to address environmental issues.
２．LED lighting at Daikoku Center
Our in-house bonded warehouse at Daikoku Center has all of its lighting converted to LED, contributing to the reduction of environmental impact. Additionally, we plan to gradually change facilities such as temperature-controlled warehouses to energy-efficient types.
３．Reduction of vehicle emissions
We are committed to reducing vehicle emissions through the introduction of low-pollution trucks and electric forklifts, as well as the implementation of eco-driving practices using digital tachographs.
４．Effective use of resources
As a logistics company, we are working to reduce and properly dispose of waste, as well as promote recycling, contributing to the formation of a circular society.
５．Environmental efforts in daily operations
We are promoting company-wide 3S and 4R activities, and all employees are working with a high awareness of environmental issues. 3S: Sorting, Simplifying, and Sanitizing 4R: Refuse (Don’t use what you don’t need), Reduce (Don’t generate waste), Reuse (Use repeatedly), Recycle (Circulate resources).
Green Management Certification
What is “Green Management Certification”?
Green Management Certification is a certification system for transportation companies that are implementing environmental conservation initiatives. The Ecological and Mobility Foundation serves as the reviewing agency and conducts evaluations and certifications for companies that are implementing a certain level of environmental measures based on the Green Management Promotion Manual. Through this certification, the environmental improvement efforts of certified companies can be objectively demonstrated. We have obtained Green Management Certification at all of our business locations and are actively promoting initiatives to address global environmental issues.
How to obtain Green Management Certification
The truck division is evaluated based on the following assessment items:
① Establishment of systems and framework for environmental preservation
② Implementation of eco-driving
③ Introduction of low-emission vehicles
④ Inspection and maintenance of vehicles
⑤ Reduction of waste and promotion of appropriate disposal and recycling of scrapped vehicles
⑥ Environmental conservation in the management department (office)
If all six items are evaluated as appropriate, the company can obtain the Green Management Certification.
3：Approach to Safety
DAIDO TRANS-PLANET places the utmost priority on safety and accident prevention.
Our company’s mission in our corporate philosophy states that “We provide reliable and courteous services to our customers with the motto of safety, reliability, and carefulness, and contribute to the future of logistics and society.” To achieve this, as a logistics company entrusted with our customers’ precious cargo, the focus on safety should be the top priority. Only by ensuring safety, can we sustainably provide high-quality logistics services to our customers and society. Ensuring safety is the foundation of a logistics company’s existence. At our company, we strive for zero accidents and work together as one to engage in various safety activities.
Our Basic policy on safety.
Top management recognizes that ensuring safety is the foundation of management and takes a leading role in ensuring safety.
Each employee becomes a stakeholder, recognizes the significance and importance of ensuring safety, complies with laws and regulations and rules, and makes efforts to ensure safety.
We establish goals and plans for ensuring safety, execute them, ensure the cycle of check and improvement, and work towards improving safety with everyone’s participation.
Some examples of specific actions
１．Acquisition of G-Mark
Our company has been certified with the “G-Mark” for safety excellence in all transportation departments. The G-Mark system evaluates efforts in traffic safety measures and certifies facilities that meet certain standards.
２．Conducting Safety Meetings
We conduct monthly internal meetings to promote awareness of the importance of safety and to improve driving skills, with the goal of preventing accidents from happening. We share information on safety-related incidents and near misses, exchange opinions between operation managers and driving staff, and conduct other safety-related activities.
３．Participation in Training Sessions
We actively participate in external training sessions hosted by the trucking association to provide safety education and skill upgrades to our drivers. We also regularly conduct easy driving diagnosis with access checkers as part of accident prevention measures, and implement out-of-office maintenance training sessions by various truck manufacturers.
To provide our drivers with a safer and more comfortable environment, we are replacing our vehicles with the latest models and improving safety equipment, such as equipping digital tachographs with drive recorders to cover for human error.
５．Improvement of Working Conditions for Drivers
Providing a work environment where driving employees can work with peace of mind is directly related to ensuring daily safety. We strictly comply with labor laws and regulations regarding working hours, and avoid excessive overtime. We also ensure that paid leave is taken.
※The “Standards for the Improvement of Working Hours of Automotive Drivers and Others” (Standards for Improvement Notice) has been established by the Ministry of Labor to improve the working hours of truck drivers
About G mark
What is G mark?
The G Mark system is a certification system for “Excellent Safety Companies (G Mark)” promoted by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. It serves as a guideline for selecting safe trucking companies. The accident rate of G Mark certified companies is less than half that of non-certified companies. Transport companies that have been awarded the G Mark are allowed to display the “Excellent Safety Company” sticker (=G Mark sticker) on their vehicles as evidence that they have received official recognition as a safe and excellent business.
How to Obtain G-Mark Certification
To obtain G-Mark certification, you must undergo an evaluation by the appropriate business execution institution (All Japan Truck Association) located in each prefecture. The evaluation is based on the following three items, and if you score a total of 80 points or more and obtain the required scores for each evaluation item, you will be certified as passing the evaluation:
①Compliance with safety regulations (40 points): Proper labor management, management of documents, operation and vehicle management, etc.
②Accident and violation history (40 points): Serious accidents, violations, and administrative penalties
③Proactive measures for safety (20 points): Voluntary education leading to safe operation, implementation of safety measures meetings, etc.
Support for Safe Driving with “Drive Recorder x Digital Tachograph”
All vehicles are equipped with cloud service-compatible drive recorders and digital tachographs.
The system allows real-time monitoring of vehicle location and operation status from the office, and alerts for sudden braking or steering can be immediately detected, leading to accident prevention. In addition, based on the recorded operation data, each driver’s driving characteristics and habits are analyzed, and individual instruction and education for safe driving are provided to improve driving quality.
In case of an accident, the footage from the drive recorder is used to determine the cause of the accident and is utilized for safety education and prevention of similar accidents in the future.
In the warehouse department, where we receive and move valuable cargo from our customers, we are implementing various measures to ensure safety and quality, in order to prevent accidents and incorrect shipments.
Measures for improving safety and quality in the warehouse department include:
Basic operation confirmation (thorough use of pointing and calling) during morning meetings before work starts.
Thorough implementation of 3S (Tidying, Organizing, Cleaning) in the warehouse.
Regular meetings to share information on near-miss incidents and discuss improvement measures.
Participation in safety education organized by external organizations.
Promotion of a comfortable workplace environment through one-on-one interviews with employees.
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