The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted at the 2015 UN General Assembly as a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for us all. These 17 goals and 169 targets to be achieved by 2030 are designed to create a future that strikes a balance between economic success, social equality, and environmental protection.
There is a growing interest in the SDGs in Japan, and many member companies of DMO Tokyo Marunouchi are working to promote the importance of sustainability as part of responsible business activity. We interviewed each of our members to learn more about their unique initiatives to support the global SDG effort.
Layering innovation over tradition
Taking on the challenge of food sustainability
Imperial Hotel, Tokyo began life as Japan's guest house for visiting dignitaries more than 130 years ago. When they celebrated their 130th anniversary in 2020, they chose “More Imperial than ever,” as their commemorative slogan to express the way they are constantly evolving on a foundation of tradition to lead the industry in food sustainability and environmental response. To find out more about their unique initiatives, we talked to innovators in both the restaurant department, which welcomes many customers through their doors on a daily basis, and the corporate sales department catering to MICE needs.
Striving to balance luxury and sustainability
Acquiring the first EarthCheck Certification in Japan
The Peninsula Hotels has designated sustainable luxury as the CSR theme and The Peninsula Tokyo, the hotel in Japan, has continued to work toward sustainable hotel operations since opening in 2007. It was the first in Japan’s tourism industry to acquire Gold Certification from EarthCheck, an environmental management certification group. We spoke with Junjiro Yamashita, Director of Corporate Affairs, about various progressive initiatives.
Sourcing electricity solely from renewable energy sources
Leading the district to create a sustainable environment
Tekko Building is a landmark in Tokyo’s Marunouchi district that has developed hand-in-hand with the community over a period of more than 70 years. In January 2021, they switched their entire electricity supply to energy sourced from renewable resources. We talked about sustainability initiatives with the two staff members responsible for implementing the SDGs at Tekko Building Co., Ltd., which runs the Tekko Executive Lounge & Conference Rooms, and the general manager of Oakwood Premier Tokyo, which operates the serviced apartments within the building.