Metaps SDGs Declaration
The Metaps Group considers the SDGs to be important goals that will drive the world forward. Through the Metaps Group's businesses, we will contribute to the realization of a society in which everyone around the world can continue to create genuine value through the freeing of individuals and the enabling of companies to both pursue economic value and solve social problems at the same time.
Initiatives Through Business Activities
- Objective 8)
- Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth in tandem with full, productive, and rewarding employment for all people.
Based on the concept of building a bridge between freelancers and those who want to make use of freelance work, we launched "re:shine", a two-way matching service between companies and freelancers or sub-contractors. re:shine allows for the freedom of freelance work with the credibility, stability, and security of a full-time employee, offered as a "Freelance Permanent Employee" system. We believe that this system contributes to achieving a high level of economic productivity while protecting workers' rights and promoting a safe, secure working environment.
- Objective 9)
- Build a strong and resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive, sustainable industralization, and foster innovation
We are constantly developing a variety of new businesses and services as we follow our mission to "change the future of money and economy" through technology. At our subsidiary Metaps Payment, we have made significant advances in payment processing services in the context of the Fintech movement, offering new services such as CRIA, a payroll prepayment service, as well as Kaihipay, which are highly convenient services that meet the needs of our customers without being confined to existing financial frameworks. These advancements are expected to expand access to financial services, value chains, and market integration in developing countries in the future. Additionally, Metaps Alpha has developed a new form of trading through harnessing the power of blockchain technology to create a platform for buying and selling digital items, and Metaps One has been developing a data feed service that efficiently displays product information on eCommerce sites, optimizing data with technology and delivering meaningful information to businesses and users.
Initiatives to Support Business Activities
- Objective 3)
- Ensure healthy living and promote the well-being of all people at all ages
- Objective 5)
- Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
- Objective 8)
- Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth in tandem with full, productive, and rewarding employment for all people
- Objective 10)
- Reduce inequalities within and between countries
Our personnel system is based on the premise of fair recruitment and promotion without regard to nationality, race or gender. We have adopted a flexible work schedule that allows employees to work shorter hours and telework during life stages such as childbirth, childcare, and nursing care. With the exception of some positions, we also allow for business casual wear throughout the year. We believe that through support and offerings such as these are linked to ensuring a healthy lifestyle for our employees, promoting their well-being while reducing inequalities, and leading to a sense of job satisfaction and a lifestyle that is in harmony with nature.
Future Action Plan
We will further refine our personnel system with the aim of constructing one where all people can enjoy a rewarding work experience, not only through the system of new graduate recruitment but also through year-round potential recruitment activities. We will continue to promote flexibility through the hiring of not only full-time employees but also part-time, outsourced, and side-job employees; in addition to the ability to transition from full-time to outsourced or outsourced to full-time, and the reinstatement of retired employees. In addition to promoting women and foreign nationals to executive and managerial positions, our aim is for 100% of all employees taking maternity and childcare leave to return to work. With respect to our office setting we aim to transition to a more open plan environment where anyone can work from anywhere, fostering real communication across open spaces over simply staying at a singular office desk, and we will consider opening satellite offices. Additionally, in consideration for the environment and as a countermeasure against the novel coronavirus, we have already announced that we will switch to an electronic signature service for the sealing and signing of contracts with our suppliers; and as part of our digital remoteness, telework, and BCP, we are going entirely paperless.
- Objective 16)
- Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, providing access to justice for all and building effective, responsible and inclusive institutions at all levels.
We believe that improving management efficiency and enhancing management soundness, transparency, and compliance will increase corporate value over the long term and lead to a return of profits to our shareholders and many other stakeholders. In order to enhance this management soundness, transparency, and compliance, we have established an organizational structure capable of staying up to date with all changes in the managerial environment in a timely manner, regarding quick and flexible reponsiveness with upmost importance, while continuing to work on the improvement of corporate governance.
We have also established an internal reporting system in which our legal counsel, full-time Audit and Risk Management Committee members, and the General Manager of the Internal Audit Department serve as the contact point for reporting risks. In addition, we have established a system in which we can seek advice from outside experts such as corporate attorneys, auditing firms, tax accountants, and social insurance and labor consultants, as well as from any other relevant authorities, as necessary, if an important, high-level risk that requires advanced judgment is discovered. In order to strengthen the risk management system within the Metaps Group we have formulated Risk Management Regulations, and risk assessment and response within the Group is promoted by the Risk Management Committee consisting of people in charge of legal affairs and internal control and with the Administrative Division acting as the secretariat.
Elimination of Anti-Social Forces
We recognize that any relationship with anti-social forces could lead to a violation of laws and regulations, and reject any transactions with such forces in an effort to prevent damage from such entities. In order to eliminate anti-social forces, we have established a ""Manual for the Exclusion of Anti-Social Forces"" in addition to prohibiting any form of contact with these forces. New business partners, shareholders, executives, and employees are, as a rule, investigated through a private investigation agency to determine whether or not they have any relationship with anti-social forces. At the start of a transaction, all contracts are required to include a guarantee that there is no relationship with anti-social forces, and a clause to exclude organized crime groups in the event of an association with such forces. In addition, we pay attention to our existing business partners and other connections, as we believe is normally necessary, as well as carry out investigations and confirmations to a certain extent. We have a system in place to promptly terminate a business relationship with an existing business partner if it is discovered or suspected to be an anti-social force. We regularly participate in external workshops and seminars, and have established a system of cooperation with the police, attorneys, and other external specialist organizations to collect information on a daily basis and to deal with emergencies. In addition, we regularly conduct compliance training for our officers and all employees in order to maintain our system of eliminating anti-social forces.