The world’s first atomic bombing took place in Hiroshima, claiming many lives and leaving the city in ruins. Since then, through the efforts of many people, Hiroshima has been rebuilt as a city of peace. As such, Hiroshima Prefecture believes it has a mission to contribute to the building of international peace and has drawn up the “Hiroshima for Global Peace” Plan. In addition, in 2018, Hiroshima Prefecture was selected as one of the “SDGs Future Cities,” and we are promoting various initiatives to achieve international peace through the SDGs.
As part of this initiative, we have been showcasing SDGs initiatives by companies and organizations in the prefecture since fiscal year 2018, hoping to promote university students’ understanding of SDGs business, develop talent, build up expertise and case studies regarding SDGs business in the prefecture, and communicate them to the rest of Japan and the wider world. This year, we have presented new initiatives from 33 companies, bringing the total number of initiatives we have featured in the past four years to 99.
Each year, this project is produced with the cooperation of university students in the prefecture. Although, as in the previous year, the COVID-19 pandemic had an impact on the project’s activities, the students worked diligently while taking measures to prevent infection.
This year’s report, the project’s fourth, includes articles by the companies and organizations themselves in addition to those by the student reporters, presenting the initiatives from more diversified perspectives.
Through these efforts, we hope to attract the interest of a variety of stakeholders in Hiroshima Prefecture, the rest of Japan, and worldwide, to contribute to the stability and development of the global economy, and to meet the SDGs, thereby helping to achieve international peace.
Finally, I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to everyone involved, including the companies, organizations, and students for their participation, and the Ministry of the Environment’s Environmental Partnership Office Chugoku and Chugoku Region ESD Activity Support Center for their ongoing support.
The Governor of Hiroshima Prefecture: YUZAKI Hidehiko