Top Commitment



Support for the UNGC

The LIXIL Group has been a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) initiative since July 2013.

The LIXIL Group will support and implement the 10 Principles of the UNGC in the areas of human rights, labor, the environment and anti-corruption. We are also taking action towards accomplishing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) established by the UN, with a target date of 2030.

The 10 Principles

Human Rights

Principle 1:   Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and

Principle 2:   make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.


Principle 3:   Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;

Principle 4:   the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour;

Principle 5:   the effective abolition of child labour; and

Principle 6:   the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.


Principle 7:   Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;

Principle 8:   undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and

Principle 9:   encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.


Principle 10: Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.

Message from the Corporate Responsibility (CR) Committee Chairperson

Hwa Jin Song Montesano Every person on the planet dreams of a better home, and LIXIL’s higher purpose is to help them achieve that dream – whether it is by renovating their kitchen in Tokyo or by installing their first toilet in Nairobi. Our Corporate Responsibility (CR) agenda is core to LIXIL’s greater purpose as a company, and in FYE2018 we reached new heights, both in terms of progress against our commitments as well as global recognition from customers, business partners, government stakeholders, and employees about the positive contributions we are making to society.

Significant progress was made with regard to our three strategic pillars. As part of our efforts to improve Global Sanitation & Hygiene, we further bolstered resources and expertise with the integration of the fast-growing SATO social business and the Social Sanitation Initiatives organization. The new integrated unit is now led by Junichi Goto, who has established strong business processes and a clear operating rhythm that encourages faster decision-making, improved communication flows, and better collaboration. This new organization will not only enable SATO Toilet Systems to flourish as it expands into new markets such as Kenya and Rwanda but will also support acceleration of new product development such as the Portable Toilet System, a toilet specifically designed for households in urban informal settlements.

In addition to expanding our social business, we continue to advocate for greater dialogue on tackling the challenges of sanitation and hygiene, too. LIXIL provided key remarks at a Toilet Board Coalition-hosted round table about the “Sanitation Economy” at the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in January 2018.

Regarding Water Conservation & Environmental Sustainability, the Science Based Targets initiative validated our greenhouse gas reduction targets in FYE2018. Additionally, one of our Japanese window products, RE-PLUS, was recognized by the Minister of Environment for its energy-saving benefits as well as how simple it is to add onto an existing window, making it easy for our customers to be environmentally friendly.

On the topic of Diversity & Inclusion, a cross-functional group of experts within LIXIL from R&D, product engineering, product design, marketing, and sales finalized LIXIL’s new “Universal Design” strategy. To ensure good governance, a senior-level committee was formed to ensure proper and timely implementation of this initiative and its commitments.

Since the new CR strategy was implemented in FYE2016, LIXIL’s activities have begun to receive external recognition, and even win some global awards. For the first time, LIXIL was included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Asia/Pacific Index, FTSE4Good, and MSCI Japan Empowering Women listings in FYE2018. LIXIL joins the ranks of global firms operating with strong sustainability agendas. LIXIL also won a number of top prizes for its work to elevate awareness and dialogue around the global challenges of sanitation and hygiene: the SABRE Award for Best Global Campaign, the GOLD STANDARD Award from Public Affairs Asia, and a Japan Bronze Award from the Public Relations Society of Japan. While this recognition is indeed rewarding, the fuel that drives our efforts is the growing pride among employees who realize that, for LIXIL, it’s not just what we do, but how we do it that matters. And this growing pride was confirmed in our latest employee engagement survey, or Heartbeat, which found that employees felt very positively about our CR activities.

FYE2018 is focused on driving scale through strategic partnerships. To contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), such as effectively reaching the key populations lacking access to safe sanitation, we must scale our efforts, and partnerships designed around shared goals become a critical enabler to achieving them. We look forward to sharing more details about these partnerships in the coming months, as well as our broader efforts to deliver on our CR commitments.

Jin Song Montesano
Executive Officer and Senior Managing Director,
Public Affairs, Investor Relations, External Affairs,
and Corporate Responsibility,
LIXIL Group Corporation