NextGen ESG Japan 2023 Annual Report – Foreword

We need more than net positive businesses; we need a net positive movement. At SDG Impact Japan, we believe there is a way to achieve practical and actionable change, across businesses large and small. NextGen ESG Japan fund invests in listed midsize companies in Japan. The fund is a focused, long-term oriented impact fund with […]

Through the Gender Lens: A Closer Look at Japan’s Equality Landscape

As the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals bring gender disparities into sharp focus, Japan grapples with its traditional norms while showing hints of positive shifts. Here, we explore the root causes behind gender inequality, the role of government and how investors can bring about positive change. Progress on the Sustainable Development Goals: The gender snapshot 2023 […]

Bridging the Climate Finance Gap

Exploring the innovative role of Japan’s Joint Crediting Mechanism in climate finance and empowering sustainable initiatives in developing nations. Our planet is facing an unprecedented challenge: the accelerating impacts of climate change. Extreme weather events are no longer rare occurrences but frequent reminders of a warming Earth. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has […]

The True Power of ESG

Sasja Beslik examines the progress of ESG over the past five years, highlighting the power of ESG in driving transparency and accountability to drive positive change. Over the past half-decade since ESG emerged as a concept, it has evolved through various guises. Initially known as socially responsible investment or responsible investments, it has more latterly […]

NextGen ESG Trends Japan 2023

A Glimpse into the Future of Sustainable Business Sasja Beslik, Chief Investment Strategy Officer, explores ESG trends in Japan The world of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) in Japan is evolving. This analysis by Sasja Beslik, Chief Investment Strategy Officer, provides insight into the shifting landscape of ESG trends in Japan and an insightful compass […]

ESG in Japan: Challenges and opportunities

Unearthing the potential and challenges for Japanese companies Japanese companies have long been known for their long-termism, and for adopting purpose-driven missions that consider stakeholders’ benefits in their business activities. The country is home to more than 40 percent of the world’s companies with over a hundred-year-old history[1]. And the government continues to increasingly promote […]

Wataru Baba
Managing Partner

Senior Fellow, Climate and Sustainability at Panasonic Group since 2022, where he accelerated the company’s growth through an integrated strategy for creating positive impact on climate change and established Sustainability Committee, chaired by the Group CEO. Board Member of Japan Professional Football League (J.League) and Independent Director for a civic technology nonprofit, Code for Japan, and a web3 startup, Financie, Inc