Contribution to the SDGs

Basic ideas and policies

The Resonac Group is committed to contributing to solving social issues, with a focus on the SDGs, through its business activities. We have positioned the focus of our corporate activities as contributing to SDGs 12 and 17 as a Co-creative Chemical Company that seeks to create a recycling-oriented society. Goals that we contribute to through businesses and products are in the upper part of the semicircle, with goals that we contribute to through our business foundation in the base. Going beyond areas where we already contribute through our businesses, we are looking ahead with the aim to contributing to the creation of a future that we seek to realize through the power of chemistry.

Selection criteria and processes for SDGs Contribution Products/Services

In order to visualize how individual businesses and products currently contribute to the SDGs, we select "SDGs contribution products/services" based on our own criteria. In addition, for some products, we consider what we should do to further contribute in the future and disclose them as SDGs contribution stories for the future.
We started by charting the situation of products/services on two axes—one for the link between the goals or targets of the products/services and the SDGs, and the other for the social sphere of influence—and defined a region for SDGs Contribution Products/Services. We deliberated and examined these at the Sustainability Promotion Committee and approved them at the Management Committee.


A chart was created setting criteria and defining a region for SDGs Contribution Products/Services (see below)..


Model contribution plans up to 2030 were created for three target products/services (Plastic chemical recycling, graphite electrode and regenerative medicine) in consideration of the value chain.

SDGs Contribution Products/Services (As of July 2021)

Products/services Point Challenge toward 2030 Main target
Plastic chemical recycling
  • Raise chemical recycling rate of plastic resources: Raise Japan’s chemical recycling rate from the current 3% to 17%
  • Reduce ocean plastic pollution
  • Address types of plastics that are hard to recycle to improve the recycling rate
  • Provide stable production process technologies developed through years of commercial operations to operators inside and outside of Japan
Graphite electrode
  • Reduce CO2 emissions related to steel production
  • Build a sustainable, recycling-oriented society: Raise the world’s electric furnace-made steel rate from the current 30% to 35%
  • Upgrade electric furnace operation processes to reduce CO2 emissions related to steel production
  • Ensure stable supply of high-quality graphite electrodes from six: carbon neutral plants across the world
  • Aim to go beyond carbon neutral and become carbon negative at Omachi Plant (power consumption hydropower output)
  • Provide AI-enabled technical support to upgraded electric furnace operation processes to lower electrode consumption rate
High-purity gasses for semiconductor processing Promotion of sustainable industrialization Further increase the purity of the gases to help expand the data storage capacity of semiconductor memory for higher energy efficiency, thereby contributing to the spread of tablet terminals 9.4
Hard disk media Promotion of sustainable industrialization Expand the data storage capacity of hard disk drives to contribute to the spread use of data infrastructure 4.3、9.4
VGCF: conductive additive for cathode/anode of LIB Increase energy efficiency (with regard to materials used in lithium-ion batteries) Contribute to higher performance for greater energy efficiency by making combined use of internally available battery materials 7.3、13.2
SPALF: aluminum laminated film Increase energy efficiency (with regard to materials used in lithium-ion batteries) Make combined use of the SPALF aluminum laminate film and heat exchanger technology to supply light and compact battery cooling systems, thereby contributing to the creation of a low-carbon society 7.3、13.2
Contract development and manufacturing organization for regenerative medical products Promote regenerative medicine to provide treatment for diseases, such as cancer and hereditary disorders, that are difficult to treat with conventional approaches As a partner of pharmaceutical companies, provide contract manufacturing services for regenerative medicine from production bases in Japan, the US and Europe, ensuring a high level of quality. In doing so, contribute to the promotion and development of regenerative medicine and work to support the health. 3.4、3.8

Information and Communication related products for 5G, AI, and autonomous driving:

  • CMP slurries
  • Printed wiring board materials
  • Solder resist
  • Die-bonding materials
  • Epoxi molding compounds
  • Anisotropic conductive films (ACFs)
Contribute to the development of AI and next-generation communication technologies (5G, etc.) for the provision of new services and industrial processes based on the use of voluminous data as well as to the safety of automobiles, better mobile services and the spread use of communication and traffic infrastructure Contribute to the development and faster application of practical technologies by making use of Showa Denko’s own materials technologies to promote ICT-based logistics management and smart grid systems for more efficient use of resources, solutions for environmental problems, and higher traffic safety in society 3.6、9.4
Molded plastic rear door modules Increase energy efficiency (by reducing the weight of automobiles) Reduce the weight of automobiles for higher fuel efficiency and lower CO2 emissions in the use stage, thereby contributing to the prevention of global warming 6.4、7.3、9.4
Copper-free friction materials Ensure the soundness of people’s lives (by preventing the use of hazardous chemical substances and pollution of the air, water and soil) Prevent the pollution of rivers, lakes, marshes and oceans by trace amounts of copper dust generated due to abrasion caused by braking, thereby helping to prevent health damage caused by water pollution 3.9、12.4
Anode materials for xEV Increase energy efficiency (by providing xEV batteries) Develop, manufacture and sell battery materials that can contribute to the spread use of xEVs, thereby contributing to higher energy efficiency, curbing air pollution and solving other global social issues 7.3、9.4

Contribution story example