MSCI Japan Empowering Women Index (WIN)
As of June 2017, JFE Holdings has been included in the MSCI Japan Empowering Women Index operated by U.S.- based MSCI. To be included, a company must be selected for the MSCI Japan IMI Top 500 brands for its environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance and then ranked in the top half of its industry based on a multilateral genderdiversity score. The Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) for Japan, one of the world’s largest pension funds, has selected this index as a benchmark for its ESG investment strategy.
SNAM Sustainability Index
JFE Holdings has been chosen as a constituent of the SNAM Sustainability Index, which was launched by Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Asset Management (SNAM) in August 2012. The index, which encompasses companies with highly evaluated ESG ratings, contributes to investor asset formation by evaluating corporate value from a long-term perspective.
DBJ Environmentally Rated Loan Program
The DBJ Environmentally Rated Loan Program utilizes a screening (rating) system developed by DBJ to evaluate environmental management and then assign a corresponding interest rate from three levels. This was the world’s first loan program to incorporate environmental ratings in its financing menus. In March 2016, JFE Holdings was rated as a top-ranking company that pursues excellent and advanced environmental initiatives resulting in outstanding environmental-management performance, based on which the company secured a loan under the program.
Caterpillar Quality Assurance Certification
Receiving the Gold certification plaque
In February 2017, JFE Steel West Japan Work (Kurashiki District) and JFE Shoji were named as Gold Level SQEP suppliers for the Supplier Quality Excellence Process, a quality certification of the U.S.-based construction equipment manufacturer Caterpillar Inc. The program ranks suppliers for compliance with ISO 9001 standards and Caterpillar’s own specifications and certifies the top firms as Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze. Only a few companies in Japan have received Gold Level certification, and JFE Steel is the world’s first blast furnace company to be certified.
Competitive IT Strategy Company Stock Selection
As of June 2017, JFE Holdings was selected for inclusion in the Competitive IT Strategy Company Stock Selection for the third consecutive year by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Tokyo Stock Exchange. The program, which recognizes companies that actively implement competitive IT, deepens investor understanding of the strategic utilization of IT to boost medium- to long-term corporate value and competitiveness.
JFE’s Utilization of IT
Innovative Maintenance of Steel Production Facilities
The steel industry’s use of huge equipment requires sophisticated production-management and operational technologies as well as outstanding maintenance of such facilities. When JFE Steel renovated its maintenance management system in FY2015, it adopted IT, sensing, AI and other advanced technologies for on-site equipment inspection and abnormality prediction. Through such efforts, the company is establishing a highly precise and innovative equipment-management cycle to ensure equipment safety and boost operating rates and efficiency.
Safe, Stable Operation of Waste Power-generation Facilities
JFE Engineering utilizes of AI technologies to achieve optimal operational, automation and labor-saving performance at its waste power-generation facilities. To maintain the efficient, safe and stable operation of its facilities in the long term, operations are supported with remote monitoring systems and big-data analysis. Going forward, the company will continue to optimize operations by fortifying its AI capabilities with information about operational and maintenance techniques, operator expertise and other supportive data.