On 6th November, under the framework of the EU-Japan Working Group on CSR, Japan Business Council in Europe (JBCE) co-organised the 2nd EU-Japan CSR Business Dialogue with CSR Europe, Business Policy Forum, Japan (BPF) and Council for Better Corporate Citizenship (CBCC) in Tokyo. The dialogue brought together around 90 people both from European and Japanese business and officials (DG GROW and METI).

The main theme of the dialogue was “Exploring the possible areas of collaboration between Japanese and European companies to achieve SDGs”. The  discussion was very active and both European and Japanese business proactively shared their experiences, good practices and challenges related to SDGs.  It was often pointed out by participants that the continuation of this kind of platform is essential for further collaboration between Japanese and European companies.

The outcome of the Business Dialogue was shared at the policy dialogue session held the next day.

JBCE believes that dialogue is a powerful tool to advance mutual trust among companies, policy makers, and stakeholders, and supports the realization of maximizing positive impacts and minimizing the negative impacts. JBCE is ready to contribute actively to the  continuous dialogue between EU and Japan on the topic of CSR and SDGs. The 3rd EU Japan CSR Business Dialogue will be held in Brussels next year.