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ACTIVITIES

Collaborative research with private companies

In realizing contributions that leads to a sustainable medium to long-term management, utilization of “private governance” structures, such as authentication for standardization, can be useful. Looking at individual research themes, such as mid to long-term management through the SDGs, assessment and creation of projects that contribute to ESG investment, development of social impact rating index, etc., we aim to conduct studies based on valid academic foundation and examine strategies in correspondence with the SDGs.

Ryohin Keikaku Co. Ltd: Creating strategic model for attaining the SDGs towards “A Pleasant Kind of Society 感じの良い社会” (2018 FY -)
Analysis and evaluation of the Ryohin Keikaku products through the SDGs

Kokusai Kogyo Co. Ltd./ ESRI Japan Co. Ltd.: Development of the SDG indicators in Japan and visualization of the indicators (2018 FY -)
To support activities by local municipalities in Japan in implementing the SDGs by visualizing their progresses with utilizing the “SDG indicators” and to examine the concrete methodologies for visualizing with localized SDG indicators in Japan.

TREE Inc.: Development of implementation Model Utilizing Financial Assessment Framework Tool (2018 FY -)
In cooperation with the xSDG consortium sectoral group on “financial assessment platform”.

Collaborative research with local governments

There are many keys and pointers for realizing regional revitalization, scattered all over the 17 goals stated in the SDGs. We aim to establish new indexes to evaluate local governments through the SDGs, in order to create local value.

Shizuoka City: Joint research on development of targets and indicators for Shizuoka City’s five priority plans (2018 FY -)
Creation of SDGs indicators for the city's five priority initiatives.

Toyooka City: Local research (analysis and practices towards a sustainable regional building) (2018 FY -)
Analysis and actual practices for how people can continue to maintain a livable environment in the fast depopulating Takahashi District of Toyooka City

Toyooka City: Emprical study on public local policies: With a particular attention to the Issues on Gender Equality in Tokyooka City (focus on the gender challenges in Toyooka City) (2018FY)
Research study on the “gender equality” in Toyooka City from the perspective of the SDGs.

xSDG Consortium

The “xSDG Consortium” was set up in June 2018 to forge good practices in achieving the SDGs based on the collaborations and the efforts among stakeholders such as businesses, local governments as well as academic researchers. Its members aim to share its vision for the future as well as to further deepen the collaborations among researchers and our partnering stakeholders such as businesses and local municipalities, in creating advanced cases and good practices in Japan for attaining the SDGs, which hopefully can be shared to the world.
* At the xSDG consortium, our collaborating members who share the same vision and values are called as “Vision Sharing Partner (VSP)”.  

Aim

To create good practices for actions towards achieving the SDGs, and further create a intellectual foundation.

Activities

1) Emerging of ideas through consortium meetings

Through holding “Consortium meetings” which function as the overall meetings of the consortium, we provide useful information and knowledge through invitation of experts based on different themes each meeting, sharing of latest policy trends from relevant government officials, and create a base for sharing of ideas, holding of workshops, and various opportunities to examine the ways and the future of what and how SDGs based actions should be; and following the results of such meetings, create sectoral groups responding to various challenges that need to be addressed. Also, we will be sharing and exchanging information on the international and national SDGs trends and efforts towards implementation, creation of indexes, policy trends, etc.

2) Bringing ideas to action through each sectoral group

Through in-depth discussions and examinations of individual agendas through sectoral groups, we will be able to create much broader and cross-industrial standards and goals, which can then be taken to action through public-private partnerships.

Sectoral groups currently in action
Sectoral group on financial assessment platform (2018FY - ): the sectoral group is working on creating standards for what is the “right” action in terms of SDGs in evaluating company profile or finances

Sectoral group on the plastic waste problem (2018FY - ): the sectoral group aims to develop recommendations on the ways of utilizing plastic and plastic wastes based on the SDGs

Sectoral group on authentication (2018FY - ): the sectoral group will sort out the relationships between the SDGs and attestation systems, and analyze which SDGs targets they contribute to most

* VSP-S (S members) and VSP-D (D members), VSP-LG (local government members) are invited to propose enactment for sectoral groups, and to participate in any of the sectoral groups. VSP-G (G members) and VSP-SME (small to medium sized business members) are welcome to attend one sectoral group

3) Creation of collaboration between businesses and local governments, and government agencies with NGO/NPOs

Through the participation of businesses and local governments to consortium meetings and sectoral groups, and of government agencies and NGO/NPOs as observers, we will be able to implement the implementation through partnership (Goal 17)
Envisaged partnerships
- Work together with the Cabinet office for promotion of regional revitalization’s “SDGs public-private cooperation platform for regional revitalization”, and do an in-depth study on the underlying challenges that comes after the public-private matching process, and create projects that are based on actual reality
- Input outcomes to the Asia and the Pacific partnership guideline (established by UNESCAP and UNU-IAS GSD project, managed by Norichika Kanie)

4) Hold consortium consultancy sessions

We provide advice for taking steps towards concrete action
* For VSP-S (S members) and VSP-D (D members)

5) Convene symposiums, etc.

* For VSP-S (S members)

6) Hold annual reporting meetings

7) Create and release annual reports

8) Publish the “SDGs white book”

9) Outreach of information through various other media: i.e. through the Asahi Shimbun future media 2030, etc.

And in addition to the above, we will also look at the possibilities of collaboration with students, through, for example establishment of endowed chairs (requires separate application), collaboration with on-going lectures, etc.
*Below are attained during the overall research period

Outcomes

  • ・Holding of annual reporting meetings (reporting of project activities and outcomes, etc., by VSP-S (S members), VSP-D (D members), VSP-D (D members) and VSP-LG (local governments) participants)
  • ・Publishing of annual reports (mainly co-written by xSDG members, VSP-S (S members), VSP-D (D members) and VSP-LG (LG members))
  • ・Publishing of the “SDGs white book” (mainly co-written by xSDG members, VSP-S (S members), VSP-D (D members) and VSP-LG (LG members))
  •   - Send out information on “the SDGs now”, mainly through information on good practices
  •   - “publications corrected to SDGs” in works now (Cooperation with Impress R&D Co. Ltd
  • ・Outcomes by sectoral groups
  •   - SDGs guidelines for various fields
  •   - SDGs authentication guidelines
  •   - Targets for various fields, etc.
  • ・Host an open event by xSDG Lab and xSDG consortium at the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development; HLPF) in New York (scheduled in 2019)
  • ・Hold symposiums, etc. (by VSP-S (S members))

  • *Below are attained during the overall research period

Research period

Phase one: June 2018 – March 2021
2019 FY: April 2019 – March 2020
2018 FY: June 2018 – March 2019

Research activity for 2019 FY (TBC)

  • ・Consortium meetings (to be held in Tokyo, 3 times a year)
  • ・Annual reporting meeting (to be held in Tokyo, once a year)
  • ・Issuing of the annual report
  • ・Hold consortiums and consultation meetings
  • ・Activities by each sectoral groups
  • ・Provision of a digital platform (including; participation in members only mailing lists; information sharing through newsletters and other electronic platforms; etc.)
  • ・Participation in the SFC Open Research Forum, and other external events (including symposiums, etc.)

Activity program for 2018 FY

Intended members

  • ・Businesses and other organizations who wish to think of how to produce SDGs good practices in cooperation with Keio Research Institute at SFC
  • ・Local governments who wish to think of how to produce SDGs good practices in cooperation with Keio Research Institute at SFC

Vision sharing partner (members system)

At the xSDG consortium, we refer to our collaborating members who share the same vision and values as “Vision Sharing Partner (VSP)” (members).
This consortium is a part of the collaboration research scheme (annual membership charges required) by the SFC research consortium. For further details, please contact the secretariat

Vision Sharing Partner for 2019 FY (as of 15 April 2019, including those TBC)

VSP-S (S members)

  • ESRI Japan Co Ltd.
  • Kokusai Kougyou Co Ltd.
  • TREE Inc.
  • Japan Airlines Co Ltd.
  • Ryohin Keikaku Co Ltd.
  • Shizuoka City
  • Toyooka City
  • Rakuten Inc.


VSP-D (D members)

  • ANA Holdings Inc.
  • Impress R&D
  • Daiwa Securities Group Inc.
  • Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp


VSP-G (G members)

  • Amano Enzyme Co Ltd.
  • NTT Data Institute of Management Consulting, Inc.
  • Great Works Tokyo
  • KOBAYASHI & CO.,LTD.
  • Sumitomo Chemical Co Ltd.
  • NEC Corporation
  • Mizkan Holdings Co Ltd.


VSP-LG (Local government members)

  • Kanagawa Pref.
  • Kamakura City

Vision Sharing Partner for 2018 FY

SFC Member

  • Norichika Kanie
     Professor, Graduate School of Media and Governance
     Laboratory representative leader
  • Keisuke Uehara
     Associate Professor, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies
     ICT and the SDGs
  • Fumitoshi Kato
     Professor, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies
     Local revitalization and SDGs
  • Mitsuru Kawamoto
     Project Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Media and Governance
     Business and the SDGs
  • Hiroko Kuniya
     Project Professor, Graduate School of Media and Governance
     Implementation of the SDGs, Science communicator on the Laboratory’s research results、Information dissemination
  • Shinya Sakuma
     Project Professor, Graduate School of Media and Governance
     Local municipalities and the SDGs
  • Hiroya Tanaka
     Executive Director of Keio Research Institute at SFC Professor, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies
     Digital fabrication and the SDGs
  • Kosumo Takagi
     Project Research Associate, Graduate School of Media and Governance
     Local municipalities and the SDGs
  • Masatoshi Tamamura
     Professor, Faculty of Policy Management
     Local revitalization and the SDGs
  • Yoshihide Terada
     Project Research Associate, Graduate School of Media and Governance
     Business and the SDGs
  • Jun Murai
     Professor, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies, Dean, Graduate School of Media and Governance
     IoT and the SDGs
  • Hitoshi Yoshizaki
     Associate Professor, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies
     Indicators and the SDGs


  • Mari Kosaka
    Senior Project Researcher, Keio Research Institute at SFC

Advisor

  • Masahiro Kawatei
    Global Compact Network Japan, Leader, SDG Taskforce

2019 FY First xSDG consortium meeting (members only)

Date: 2019/06/28 15:00-18:00
Place: Keio University Mita Campus, East Research Building 6F G-Lab

2019 FY Second xSDG consortium meeting (members only)

Date: 2019/10/29 15:00-18:00
Place: Keio University Mita Campus, East Research Building 6F G-Lab

2019 FY Third xSDG consortium meeting (members only)

Date: 2020/01/28 15:00-18:00
Place: Keio University Mita Campus East Research Building 6F G-Lab

2019 FY Annual meeting

Date: 2020/02/26 All day
Place: Keio University Mita Campus

(Please note these may be subject to change)

Activity Program for 2018 FY

Sectoral Group

Through in-depth discussions and examinations of individual agendas through sectoral group, we will be able to create much broader and cross-industrial standards and goals, which can then be taken to action through public-private partnerships.

Sectoral group on financial assessment platform (2018FY - )

The sectoral group is studying on developing the standards to judge what the “right” action is in terms of SDGs in evaluating company profiles or finances

Sectoral group on the plastic waste problem (2018FY - )

The sectoral group aims to develop the policy proposal on the ways of utilizing plastics and plastic wastes based on the SDGs

Sectoral group on certifications(2018FY)

The sectoral group will analyze the relationships between the SDGs and certification systems as well as to which SDG target they contribute the most

Endowed chairs and collaboration with students at SFC

Establishment of endowed chairs as part of the SFC curriculum course. Following the sponsor’s requests, an SFC academic will create a syllabus and give the lectures accordingly. The endowed chair can be named in accordance to the sponsor’s name. In addition to the above, we can also consider other collaboration and educational programs for the students.