The Frontier Network (TFN) is a group of leading Japanese corporations working innovatively on sustainability strategy.

About The Frontier Network

The Frontier Network (TFN) is a network of leading Japanese corporations focused on the global sustainability agenda and proactive sustainable value creation.

Challenges to sustainability are increasingly impacting businesses, and it is now essential that sustainability and ESG be embedded as an integral part of corporate management. Since its founding in 2003, TFN has been following the changing landscape of related environmental and social constraints and has been proactively engaged in sustainable value creation.
TFN provides its member companies with a series of monthly workshops, lectures, and other types of sessions through which to engage in continuous, active knowledge development. By gathering the most current information and facilitating discussions and knowledge exchanges, TFN guides its member companies to the frontier of the latest perspectives on sustainability-related issues.
As part of its activities, TFN also organizes an annual “Global Study Tour,” providing members with a chance to exchange views with leading experts, companies, research institutions, government organizations, and NGOs from around the world and explore the “Why’s” behind the latest global trends.

Our Activities

We carry out a range of activities to lead Japanese companies in the exploration of the frontiers of sustainability and ESG management.

Three main objectives of our activities:

  1. To analyze our changing world and hold direct dialogues with key global experts
  2. To share ideas and hold in-depth discussions with companies representing diverse industries
  3. To support the sustainability and ESG strategy planning of our member companies

TFN Members

  • AGC
  • Asahi
  • 中外製薬
  • いすゞ自動車株式会社
  • KAO
  • NTTドコモ
  • パナソニック株式会社
  • SGホールディングス株式会社
  • 竹中工務店
  • TDK


Managed by:

E-Square Inc.

A consulting firm supporting the creation of a more sustainable society through the provision of corporate sustainability and ESG management advisory services.

Welcome to TFN
末吉 竹二郎

Takejiro Sueyoshi

Special Advisor to UNEP-FI, Representative of Japan Climate Initiative, Chairperson of WWF Japan. Japan’s leading expert in business and climate change.


Theme for FY2024:

Corporate Management and a Changing Society

Today, conflicts between nations are intensifying as geopolitical risks continue to increase.
At the same time, the Planetary Boundaries framework indicates that we are beginning to affect the natural environment in a way that surpasses the limits of the Earth's ability to sustain human life.

The need for a change to sustainable business practices from the traditional economic system and business models has long been recognized, yet the situation is only becoming more serious. In light of this, the EU’s proposed Ecodesign for Sustainable Products Regulation (ESPR) sets out requirements for companies to facilitate the transition to a circular economy.

Meanwhile, voices of nationalism are rising in some countries. In the United States, an anti-ESG movement is also being led by some members of the Republican Party. In order to transform socio-economic systems, inclusive principles such as that of a ‘just transition’ are important to give people a better vision for the future. Businesses are also expected to play a role in the transition to, and realization of, a more sustainable and just society.

Messages from Experts

Messages from the world's leading experts who provide critical insights for TFN.

  • Michael Braungart

    Professor, Leuphana University Lüneburg; Founder, Environmental Protection and Encouragement Agency (EPEA)

  • John Elkington

    Founder & Chief Pollinator, Volans

  • Mark Gough

    CEO, Capitals Coalition

  • Ashok Khosla

    Chairman, Development Alternatives Group

  • John Morrison

    Chief Executive, Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB)

  • Sally Uren

    CEO, Forum for the Future

  • Andrew Winston

    Founder, Winston Eco-Strategies



If you have any questions about The Frontier Network, please send us a message from the inquiry form below.

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