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ESG Investment and Financing

Related Key Priorities in Sustainability

Contribute to shaping a sustainable society through asset management

We are actively investing in and financing ESG bonds, etc. that contribute to building a good Japanese society and solving environmental problems from the perspective of our harmonious coexistence with local communities, society as a whole, and the environment. We are also aiming to participate in the stable growth of the Japanese economy and Japanese companies.

We are working to enhance our initiatives regarding ESG investment and financing in line with the worldwide trend of various entities promoting efforts aimed at the realization of a sustainable society, such as the Paris Agreement and SDGs*.
We signed the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (hereinafter “PRI*”) in March 2017, and formulated our “Policy on ESG Investment and Financing”. In our Medium-Term Management Plan (2017-2020), we have set up quantitative targets of JPY 700 billion and implemented inter-Group collaborations regarding ESG investment and financing. We are working to further enhance our initiatives.

*SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) are international goals adopted by the UN General Assembly in September 2015, consisting of 17 targets shared by the world for sustainable development and 169 targets.

*PRI is a set of principles aiming to realize a sustainable society by proposing that institutional investors incorporate environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) issues in their investment decisions.

As an institutional investor, we will continue to contribute to the realization of a sustainable society by continuing to financially support climate change and the achievement of the various goals listed in the SDGs.

Main initiatives for ESG Investment and Financing in the New Mid-Term Management Plan (Fiscal 2017-2020)

Quantitative Target JPY 700 billion of investment into ESG bonds, etc.
Stewardship Activities Continue dialogues with investee companies
Cooperation with Affiliates ESG investment cooperating with NAM and overseas subsidiaries
Case Studies Study advanced investment methods through investment in funds, etc.

ESG Investment and Financing Policy

Given its social responsibilities as a life insurance company, Nippon Life will coexist with the environment, communities and society, and achieve stable growth with companies and the global economy, managing its assets with consideration to ESG issues according to asset characteristics.

  • 1.Nippon Life will strive to consider ESG issues in its investment process based on its asset characteristics, such as confirming whether the use of proceeds of the ESG related bonds and financing will help to resolve environmental or social issues, and considering environmental and social perspectives on real estate investments.
  • 2.Nippon Life will conduct constructive dialogues with the investee companies regarding ESG issues as needed and appropriately conduct stewardship activities as well as requesting disclosure of non-financial information including ESG issues where necessary.
    Furthermore, as a bond investor, Nippon Life will also conduct dialogues with investee companies about ESG issues where necessary.
  • 3.Nippon Life will make efforts to enhance and share its investment process through sharing ESG investment and financing expertise with its subsidiaries and information exchange with other PRI signatory companies, and industry groups, as well as studying advanced case of ESG investment and financing.
  • 4.Nippon Life will contribute to stimulating activity in the ESG investment and financing market by publicly disclosing the status of its ESG investment and financing and proactively communicating opinions related to ESG investment and financing through participation in international conferences and so on.

Major ESG Investment and Financing Methods

Under our ESG Investment and Financing Policy, we utilize various ESG investment and financing methods.

<ESG Investment and Financing by Nippon Life Insurance>

【Theme of Investments and Financing】

As an institutional investor, we will provide financial support in order to achieve the various goals listed in the SDGs. Specifically, in our Mid-Term Management Plan (2017-2020) we have set up a quantitative target of JPY 700 billion for investment and financing ESG bonds, etc.

<Progress status of our quantitative target>

April 2017 - September 2019
ESG Investment and Financing Approximately JPY 581.0 billion


We consider a company's non-financial information such as ESG information in the process of deciding investments and financing of equities, bonds and loans.


Through equity investment, we will contribute to the development of companies by conducting constructive dialogue with investee companies in the form of stewardship activities. In addition, as an institutional investor who makes long-term investments, we aim to grow our profits through improving corporate value. Looking ahead, we will promote dialogue activities that have ESG as the main theme from the viewpoint of more than ever supporting sustainable corporate growth.
Through bond investment, in addition to dialogue activities on the theme of ESG issues, we will also encourage issuers to issue ESG bonds, etc. in order to create investment opportunities.

【Negative Screening】

In light of the mission and public nature of the life insurance business, we prohibit investing in and financing companies that manufacture Cluster Munitions, Biological Weapons, Antipersonnel Landmines, and Chemical Weapons.
In addition, there has been rapidly growing international interest in climate change in response to initiatives such as the SDGs and Paris Agreement adopted by the United Nations. With this in mind, we have embraced a policy, in principle, not to engage in new investment and financing in coal-fired power generation projects that have a large impact on climate change.


〇Environmentally-Friendly Real Estate Investment
We conduct environmentally-friendly real estate investment by, for example, actively introducing highly energy-efficient equipment when constructing new buildings and updating facilities. Furthermore, we acquire third-party certifications, such as BELS*, as part of efforts to visualize the energy-saving performance of buildings.

*Based on the guidelines summarized by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism and abbreviated as Building an Energy-efficient Labeling System, third-party organizations objectively evaluate and display the energy consumption data related to buildings such as offices.

〇CSR Loans
We support CSR loans by offering preferential interest rates for loans to individuals and companies that are engaging in activities that take into consideration the global environment, and for loans to corporate customers that are actively engaged in providing child-rearing support.

Nippon Life Insurance Group Initiatives

<Nippon Life Signs The United Nations Principles For Responsible Investment>

We signed PRI in 2017 to realize a sustainable society. We acquired the highest assessment grade, A+, in the four modules of Strategy and Governance, Listed Equity - Incorporation, Listed Equity - Active Ownership and Property in the annual PRI assessment targeting 2018 activities.

<Adoption of the Equator Principles>

We first adopted the Equator Principles, which are international guidelines that take consideration for the environment and society in terms of project financing and other issues, as an Asian insurance company in April 2019. In accordance with adoption of these principles, we are undertaking monitoring of compliance after carrying out loans, along with assessments on environmental and social impact in decision-making processes for project financing.

<Agreement with the Recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure (TCFD)>

We agreed with the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) established by the Financial Stability Board (FSB).

<Collaboration between Nissay Asset Management and overseas asset management services>

We are investing in funds for which Nissay Asset Management collaborates with overseas asset management services of our Group in managing them. Through this initiative, we will share our know-how about ESG investment and financing with Group companies, and share and improve operational processes. Moreover, as a Nippon Life Group we will contribute to the realization of a sustainable society.

【Examples of Investments】

・Nippon Life Announces Investment in a Global Equity Investment Fund(February 2017)
・Nippon Life Announces Investment in the Global SDGs Equity Investment Fund (June 2018)
・Nippon Life Announces Investment in the SDGs European Corporate Bond Investment Fund (March and September, 2019)

Major ESG Financing and Investment Examples


Financing of Offshore Windfarm Project in AUSTRALIA

We provided financing for an onshore windfarm project in the Australia. This project will contribute to the widespread adoption of renewable energy in Australia.

(December, 2018)

Source: Hallett 4 Pty Limited

Financing of Offshore Windfarm Project in U.K.

We provided financing for an offshore windfarm project in the U.K. This project will contribute to the widespread adoption of renewable energy in the U.K.

(December, 2018)

Source: Firebolt RB Holdings Limited

Investment in Tokyo Green Bonds

The funds raised are used to develop smart energy cities, to develop cities that are comfortably cool and clean, and to adapt to the effects of climate change.

(October, 2017 and October, 2018)

Source: The Tokyo Metropolitan Government

Investment in SRI Bond Issued by Landwirtschaftliche RENTENBANK

The funds raised are used to make finance loans that help promote renewable energy such as wind power and solar power in Germany.

(September, 2017)

Source: gettyimages

Investment in Domestic Renewable Energy Fund

We invest in domestic large-scale photovoltaic power generation business through investment in domestic renewable energy fund which GE EFS Energy Japan affiliated with General Electric Company owns.

(June, 2017)

Source: Pacifico Energy

Wind Power Project Financing

This financing was used for a wind power generation project in Kawazu Town, Kamo District, Shizuoka Prefecture being advanced by Eurus Energy Kawazu Corporation, a special purpose company wholly owned by Eurus Energy Holdings Corporation.

(March, 2016)

Source: Eurus Energy
Holdings Co., Ltd.

Investment in Green Bonds Issued by the City of Paris and Transport for London.

The funds have been used for environmentally conscious projects such as the Green Project promoted by the City of Paris (involving the introduction of energy-efficient trams and other matters), introduction of solar power generation systems on London Transportation Bureau station buildings and introduction of hybrid buses and electric buses.

(July, 2014 and April, 2015)

From: London Transit
Annual Report
2013/14 pp. 68-69

Environmentally Considerate Real Estate Investment

Nippon Life actively installs facilities for limiting CO2 emissions when new buildings are constructed or building facilities are upgraded. In fiscal 2014, NIPPON LIFE MARUNOUCHI GARDEN TOWER received DBJ Green Building Certification “Five Stars*” as a real estate property with high environmental and social awareness. In fiscal 2015, the building acquired LEED-CS Certification*“Gold”.

(Fiscal 2014, Fiscal 2015)

CSR Loan

We provide interest rate incentives to support individuals and corporate customers undertaking environmentally considerate initiatives.

*DBJ Green Building Certification “Five Stars” is a certification system for real estate showing consideration for the environment and society and carried out by the Development Bank of Japan and Japan Real Estate Institute. “Five Stars” is the highest rank in the five stages of certification.

*“LEED-CS Certification” refers to the Core & Shell Division of Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED), one of the most popular environmental indicators in the world. LEED is sponsored by the U.S. Green Building Council, and tenant buildings are under this category.


Investment in Overseas Strategic Venture Fund

The funds raised are used to make investments in FinTech (Insurance, Asset Management, Wealth Management, Investment Infrastructure, etc.) and “Insurance + α” (Childcare, Care of the Elderly, Healthcare, etc.)

(April, 2018)

Investment in Overseas Farmland Investment Fund

The funds raised are being used to contribute to resolving the social issue of “Food Security” by achieving the stable supply of food, the stabilization of farmers’ incomes, and environmentally-friendly farmland operations.

(April, 2018)

Source: Hancock Natural Resource Group, affiliated to Manulife Asset Management Group

Financing of Desalination Project in Australia

This financing was used to provide a drought control measure in Australia, which has experienced a number of severe droughts in its history.

(October, 2017)

Source: AquaSure Pty Ltd.

Investment in Social Bond Issued by the International Financing Corporation

The funds raised are used to support low-income people in developing countries who cannot fully access the necessities and services of daily life. In addition, the funds are used to provide support to women-owned enterprises in emerging markets.

(July, 2017)

Financing to PPP Project to Develop Healthcare Campus in Turkey

This financing was used for the largest hospital complex in the country where the number of beds is insufficient.

(July, 2017)

Source: Renaissance Group

Investment in a Healthcare Bond Issued by BPCE S.A.

The funds raised are used to provide financial services for regional medical institutions, health facilities and social accommodation, as well as to support residential medical care and nursing care activities in France.

(July, 2017)

Investment in Theme-type Bonds Issued by the African Development Bank

The funds financed by this bond are used for such projects as improving access to drinking water and public health for people in Africa.

(December, 2016)

Investment in Social Bonds Issued by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

The funds raised are used to projects that contribute to resolving social issues in developing countries (reducing poverty, sustainable economic growth, etc.)

(September, 2016)


Investment in a Woman Bond Issued by the Banco del Estado de Chile

The funds raised are used to support programs for women’s empowerment and offer loans to female entrepreneurs.

(August, 2016)

CSR Loan

We provide interest rate incentives to support small and medium-sized business customers who are actively engaged in childcare support.

*The logo attached to the above case symbolizes our belief in the main goal of contributing to SDGs through investment and financing.

<Corporate Governance>

Initiatives Related to Japan’s Stewardship Code
In undertaking stewardship activities, Nippon Life engages in dialogues with investee companies on a variety of topics including management plans, business strategy, shareholders returns policy, and corporate governance.