Special Topics~ Fourth Sumitomo Riko Student Essay Award How to create a business in the age of SDGs - What kind of enterprise will be most admired in the future?

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We launched the Sumitomo Riko Student Essay Award competition in 2015 as a project to support the young people who will become the leaders of tomorrow, a new social contribution activity to mark the change of the company name to Sumitomo Riko.
We hope this award will provide an opportunity for students throughout Japan to think about, and deepen their understanding of, the issues facing society and what development of a sustainable society entails, thus encouraging the contestants to broaden their horizons and achieve personal growth.
The essay theme for the fourth competition was "How to create a business in the age of SDGs — What kind of enterprise will be most admired in the future?" In their essays, the contestants discussed their ideas about enterprises that will take the lead in creating new value while contributing to achievement of the SDGs.
The number of essays we received from university students and graduate school students in Japan and overseas, vocational school students, and from international students in Japan was 50 for the first competition, 106 for the second competition, 152 for the third competition, and 108 essays for the fourth competition. Six award-winning essays, consisting of a first-prize winner, a second-prize winner, three superior-award winners, and a special-recognition-award winner, were determined through screening by experts such as Ms. Mariko Kawaguchi (Chief Researcher, Research Division, Daiwa Institute of Research Ltd.) who chaired the screening committee, and voting by Sumitomo Riko employees. At the commendation ceremony, the winners received certificates of commendation, supplementary prizes, and commemorative goods.
Moreover, members of the Youth Research Institute, which is a voluntary group consisting of award winners of the past three competitions, made a presentation on their research on inculcation of CSR at B2B companies similar to Sumitomo Riko and proposed activities that they think it would be desirable for Sumitomo Riko to undertake.
Furthermore, "Laugh and Learn SDGs," an experience-based program for learning about SDGs, was held hosted by Ms. Nana Takamatsu who is a comedian and a journalist. A SDGs card game and a workshop followed a lecture on SDGs. Using familiar social issues as topics, the participants learned about 17 SDGs in a fun way.
Inspired by the essays and the proposals, we are also considering what kind of enterprise will be most admired in the future, and taking action so that the Sumitomo Riko Group can achieve sustainable growth together with society. Sumitomo Riko intends to continue hosting this Student Essay Award as a project to support the young people who will become the leaders of tomorrow and promoting initiatives to establish a sustainable society.

Award winners
Award winners
Presentation by Youth Research Institute
Presentation by Youth Research Institute
SDGs card game
SDGs card game
Lecture by Ms. Nana Takamatsu
Lecture by Ms. Nana Takamatsu

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