Business Alliance with Edge International

IMPACTLAKE has entered into a strategic business alliance agreement with Edge International, Inc. (Location: Minato-ku, Tokyo; President: Yoshitaka Aso), Japanese Leading IR support firm, to strengthen corporate transformation (CX) support for client companies.

As an IR support company with a top-class track record in the industry, Edge International, Inc. has been helping client companies build a corporate value enhancement story that appeals to their uniqueness and future potential through the production of integrated reports. With the spread of integrated reports and the development of a framework for ESG information disclosure, the information disclosed by companies has been expanded, and dialogue with investors and other stakeholders has become more fulfilling. At the same time, it will become increasingly important to explain more logically how the information is related to the uniqueness and future potential of the company. In addition, a logical growth story and quality content drawn from information collected extensively while working with the client company will become a powerful tool to support corporate reform not only in the area of information disclosure, but also in terms of human resources, organization, and business.

Through this strategic business alliance, the two firms will further improve the quality of corporate communications by making the growth stories of existing and new clients more logical and actionable. Furthermore, we aim to realize sustainable and competitive management of Japanese companies by combining “verbalization and storytelling” with “impact management support”.

IMPACTLAKE will continue various initiatives and collaborations in the field to promote the simultaneous achievement of social value creation and sustainable growth for companies, contributing to the realization of a sustainable society.

About Edge International 
Headquater:Minato-ku, Tokyo 
President:Yoshitaka Aso 

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Publish the Paper on Impact Management on Japanese Journal with Nomura Asset Management

IMPACTLAKE has conducted joint research on the evolution of impact accounting and the use of logic models in business strategy with Nomura Asset Management (Location: Koto-ku, Tokyo; CEO and President: Hiroyasu Koike; hereinafter “Nomura Asset Management”) and Professor Yumiko Miwa (School of Commerce, Meiji University). The results of this joint research have been published in the monthly journal “Gekkan Shihon Shijou”(Japanese) by the Capital Markets Research Institute.

As businesses aim for sustainability, Impact Management—advanced ESG—is becoming more vital. Our joint research simplifies Impact Management, using Impact-Weighted Accounts to quantify impact universally. This method includes a logic model for visualizing corporate ripple effects and articulating business strategies. By adopting this integrated approach, we highlight the practical importance of Impact Management for companies and investors.

The research suggests practical ways for Impact Management and includes specific analyses for individual companies. The results highlight challenges like the need for broader use to enhance disclosure and reduce burdens. However, it also shows that the methodology is currently useful.

IMPACTLAKE will continue various initiatives and collaborations in the field to promote the simultaneous achievement of social value creation and sustainable growth for companies, contributing to the realization of a sustainable society.



An Integrated Model of Logic Model and Impact Accounting in Sustainable Company Management

Authors (in no particular order and titles omitted)

Authors (in no particular order and titles omitted)

Reona Sekino (Chief Executive Officer, IMPACTLAKE Co. Ltd.)
Toshiyuki Imamura (Head of Responsible Investment Dept. Nomura Asset Management Co., Ltd.)
Yumiko Miwa (Professor, School of Commerce, Meiji University)

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Impact Path in integrated Logic Models
  3. Impact Measurement ~Example of Specific Companies~
  4. Discussion

Bibliographic Information

Published on Gekkan Shihon Shijou (Capital Market Research Institute)

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Business Alliance with HRGL in the Area of Sustainability

IMPACTLAKE is pleased to announce that we have entered into a strategic business alliance agreement with HR Governance Leaders K.K. (President & CEO: Shigeru Uchigasaki, hereinafter “HRGL”). With this agreement, IMPACTLAKE and HRGL will begin consulting services for client companies, conducting research on impact creation, and collaborating to help Japanese companies create innovation and achieve sustainable management through impact creation.

Partnership Background

As a trusted ” primary care doctor” for CEOs, HRGL has been helping many companies to create sustainable growth stories. In its Mid-term Vision 2030, HRGL states that the value it seeks to realize is “to maximize the true corporate value of Japanese leading companies. Behind this is a strong desire to “contribute to the enhancement of true value, which includes not only market capitalization, but also future financial value and social impact.

Based on this strategic business alliance with HRGL, IMPACTLAKE will provide consulting services in the area of impact management to existing and new clients, and accelerate research and spreading awareness about impact creation, aiming to create innovation and realize sustainable management through impact creation for Japanese companies.

IMPACTLAKE will continue to promote impact management support (visualization of impact) and the creation of new impact-based markets (valorization of impact) through IMPACTLAKE™, with the aim of creating social value and sustainable growth for companies.

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IMPACTLAKE, in collaboration with Real Tech Holdings, Support Eco-Pork’s Publication of Impact Report

IMPACTLAKE Co. Ltd. (Location: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Representative Director: Reona Sekino), in partnership with Real Tech Holdings Co., Ltd. (Location: Sumida-ku, Tokyo, Representatives: Yukihiro Maru, Akihiko Nagata), has supported the creation and publication of impact report for Eco-Pork Co., Ltd. (Location: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Representative Director: Takashi Kambayashi).

Details of this support

This support is part of the collaboration announced in November 2023, aimed at enhancing and sophisticating support for impact startups. Since summer 2023, IMPACTLAKE and Real Tech Holdings have been providing practical support including impact measurement and management (IMM) to Eco-Pork, a pig farming tech startup whose vision is to “bridging meat culture to the next generation” and a portfolio company of the Real Tech Fund, a VC managed by Real Tech Holdings.

As a result of Eco-Pork’s business promotion and our support including the establishment of an IMM system and flow, and the construction and quantification of a logic model using the impact management tool “impactlake™,” Eco-Pork was selected for “J-Startup Impact,” a program operated by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) in October 2023.

Outcome: Eco-Pork Impact Report

As one of the external outcomes of the practical support, we support the preparation and publication of Eco-Pork’s Impact Report.

The main contents of this report are as follows:

  • The importance of social issues related to Eco-Pork’s business
    • The report includes a forecast of a so-called “protein crisis” that could occur as early as 2027, when there will be an imbalance between supply and demand for the protein that sustains the human diet, as well as research on the social issues facing livestock production, especially pig farming.
  • Eco-Pork’s Solutions
    • Among Eco-Pork’s total solutions for pig farmers, this section describes the logic model and trial calculations for productivity improvement using “Porker,” the core pig farming management support system.
  • Impact Story, Quantification of Impact Creation, and IMM policy
    • The domestic market share of “Porker” is approximately 11% (as of January 2024).
    • The farmers who have implemented Porker have improved productivity by an average of 7% in the first year.
    • According to our calculations, the improved performance of Porker has resulted in the shipment of 134,000 more pigs per year, and the increased production has resulted in the distribution of 10,000 tons of pork carcass meat in Japan.
    • This means that the sales of pig farmers who have implemented Porker have increased by 5.37 billion yen per year, or an average of 67 million yen per farmer per year.

This report is available on the Real tech Holdings and Eco-Pork websites.

Eco-Pork Impact Report (PDF)

Future Initiatives

IMPACTLAKE and Real Tech Holdings will continue to enhance support through ongoing impact measurement and management using the impactlake™ platform, aiming for Eco-Pork’s impact IPO, among other strategic initiatives.

In addition, we will further strengthen our collaboration to realize impact measurement and management flows and systems for investees in the Real Tech Fund No.4 established in November 2023 and other funds under Real Tech Holdings’ management.

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IMPACTLAKE and Real Tech Holdings Partner to Boost Support for Impact Startups

IMPACTLAKE Co., Ltd. (Location: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; Representative Director: Reona Sekino) and Real Tech Holdings Co., Ltd. (Location: Sumida-ku, Tokyo; Representatives: Yukihiro Maru, Akihiko Nagata) are pleased to announce the commencement of a collaboration aimed at further strengthening and advancing impact investment.

Partnership Background

In the midst of the irreversible trend of impact investing, Real Tech Holdings has been at the forefront. Since 2021, the company pioneered Japan’s first impact investment fund in the deep tech sector, dedicating efforts to maximize the economic and societal value of numerous startups.

IMPACTLAKE, supporting impact management for institutional investors’ decisions, and Real Tech Holdings have started collaborating to enhance support for impact startups. We aim to strengthen and advance assistance for these startups even further.

Details of the Partnership

By combining Real Tech Holdings’ track record and expertise in the deep tech impact investment field with IMPACTLAKE’s practical impact management tools and their application methods, we aim to strengthen support for impact startups.

This involves setting up structures and processes in startups to manage impact, organizing and measuring their strengths tied to impact, and helping with external communication to investors, like crafting equity stories.

Practical assistance, including impact measurement and management (IMM), has already begun for some of the Real Tech Fund’s portfolio companies. In addition, their impact report will be published as an external outcome in early 2024.

Through this collaboration, we will establish and evolve an impact-based corporate valuation framework and maximize the economic and social value of the recipients of our support, thereby creating impact-IPOs from the portfolio companies of the Real Tech Fund and promoting initiatives that will contribute to the revitalization of the overall market and the establishment of standards.

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