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Service Provider Reporting Framework 2017

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Research/process level

RDP 02. Sources for research and/or rating

02.1. Indicate the types of sources you use for research and/or ratings of companies. Tick all that apply.

02.2. Additional information. [OPTIONAL]

RDP 03. Stakeholder input

03.1. Describe how you actively include inputs and information, wherever possible, from relevant stakeholders or interested parties, in the research process or in reaching assessment conclusions.

          Our web platform “SUSTAINES” receives reviews regarding sociality of Japanese companies from their stakeholders. These reviews are incorporated into our sustainability score.

03.2. Additional information. [OPTIONAL]

RDP 04. ESG factors in research methodology

04.1. Indicate whether your research/rating methodology incorporates ESG factors.

04.2. If yes, describe how ESG factors are incorporated into your research/rating methodology.

          Our method of evaluation for ESG/sustainability is as remarked below:

1. Scoring using 70 evaluation items for the company's approach to ESG/sustainability issue.
2. Reviewing by company's stakeholders.
3. Presence or absence of corporate's scandals in the previous 3 years. 

With weighting these 3 points, we have been evaluating sustainability of companies.

04.4. Additional information. [OPTIONAL]

RDP 05. Material ESG issues in research and/or rating

05.1. Describe how you ensure that your research and/or ratings capture material ESG issues.

          When evaluating, we have been checking if a company has formulated material ESG issues by examining the information disclosed by the company. We consider the design of ESG materiality a quite important issue for the evaluation of ESG/sustainability.

RDP 06. Up-to-date assessment and ratings

06.1. Describe how you ensure your assessment of companies is up-to-date and that new information is incorporated or new assessments are conducted at reasonable intervals.

          We have been checking daily and automatically the websites of target companies and updating the data on our system if needed. Additionally, we have been reflecting the information from public sources and regulatory sources to our web platform.

RDP 07. Balanced research and assessment

07.1. Indicate how you ensure a balanced approach to your research methodology and assessing/rating of companies. Tick all that apply and explain your approach to each option.

Type of indicators

Explain your approach

          Our evaluation puts weight on the management of PDCA cycle in numerous other efforts of target companies for CSR/ESG.

07.2. Additional information. [OPTIONAL]

RDP 08. Consistency and comparability

08.1. Describe how you ensure that your criteria and methodology are consistent and applied equally to comparable subjects of research.

          We evaluate all companies equally with around 70 evaluation items regardless of their industry sector or size of business. We think that the data indicated by a common scale would be useful for users to compare multiple companies using the evaluation results.

RDP 09. Emerging ESG issues and trends

09.1. Indicate whether you identify and prioritise ESG issues and emerging trends.

09.2. Describe how you incorporate the identified ESG issues and trends in your product offerings and business activities.

          We develop and operate the web-based platform "SUSTAINES" and we believe the website would become valuable platform for companies facing the ESG issues and encouraging their activities for sustainability.

Any company can register and publish its activities for ESG, besides communicate with its stakeholders on this platform.

Through this product, we aim at increasing the number of companies which deal with ESG issue, additionally we aspire to realize diffusion and establishment of ESG investment.

09.3. Additional information

RDP 10. Client use of outputs

10.1. Describe how research and data provision outputs are used by clients.

          Using information of non-financial and sustainability score we provide, our clients can analyze their competitors, grasp their position in the industry and set up their performance indicators.