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Measures Addressing International Norms

Participation in the United Nations Global Compact

The United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) calls for businesses to work toward achieving sustainable growth by exercising responsible and creative leadership, and encouraging corporate initiatives to support this. Sojitz has endorsed this Compact first joined the UNGC in April 2009. We have since worked to put its Ten Principles into practice.

The United Nations Global Compact

The United Nations Global Compact was advocated by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan at the World Economic Forum in Davos on January 31, 1999. The companies that signed the UN Global Compact agree with the 10 CSR principles and continually work to promote them.

The United Nations Global Compact's Ten Principles
Human Rights
Principle 1 : Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and
Principle 2 : make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.
Labour
Principle 3 : Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;
Principle 4 : the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour;
Principle 5 : the effective abolition of child labour; and
Principle 6 : the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.
Environment
Principle 7 : Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;
Principle 8 : undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and
Principle 9 : encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.
Anti-Corruption
Principle 10 : Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.

Participation in Working groups

Sojitz is a member of the Supply Chain Working group, the Environmental Management Working group, Kansai Working group, ESG Working group, WEPs Working group and Reporting Study Working group of the Global Compact Network Japan, an organization which consists of UNGC member companies. Working group members from a wide range of industries discuss case studies and their own examples and carry out measures to address issues based on experience. We incorporate the knowledge and information we gain through working group activities into the Sojitz Group’s CSR initiatives.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) call for the resolution of 17 worldwide priority social issues by 2030. Under the leadership of the United Nations, the goals were adopted in 2015 by 193 member nations. Given the medium-to-long-term expectations stakeholders have for the resolution of these issues, the Sojitz Group’s Key Sustainability Issues (Materiality) were established with reference to the SDGs.


SDGs


TCFD(Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure)

In August 2018, Sojitz declared its endorsement of the final recommendations of the TCFD (Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures).

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TCFD

 

International Standards and Certifications

Quality management systems
ISO9001
Eight percent of Sojitz Group companies have acquired ISO9001 certification, the international standard for quality management (as of June 1st, 2019).
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Environmental Management
ISO14001
Sojitz and other Group companies have acquired ISO 14001 certification, the international standard for environmental management, and are using environmental management systems (EMS) based on this standard.
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Anti-bribery management system
ISO37001
In November 2019, Sojitz became the first Japanese company to obtain ISO 37001 certification (anti-bribery management system). Established in October 2016, ISO 37001 is attracting international attention as the new global standard that represents the best practices for companies to manage bribery.
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Anticorruption Measures
TRACE
International
Certification
Sojitz and necessary Sojitz Group companies are members of TRACE International, an international anticorruption certification body.
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Forest Certification
FSC
Sojitz and necessary Sojitz Group companies have acquired certification from the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council), an NGO that certifies sustainable forest management, and are utilizing sustainable forest resource procurement practices.
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Palm Oil Certification
RSPO
In February of 2014, Sojitz joined the RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) with the objective of promoting sustainable palm oil production and usage out of consideration for the environment as well as for the equitable treatment of laborers and small-scale farms.

Sojitz also acquired the RSPO's SG and MB certifications in 2018.

SG:Segregation—providing certified palm oil shipped from multiple certified plantations to manufacturers without mixing it with uncertified oil.
MB:Mass Balance—monitoring certified palm oil producers (certified plantations) and volumes throughout the distribution process.
Marine Products(Fisheries)Certification
MSC
Sojitz and Dalian Global Food Corporation have acquired the MSC's CoC Standard.

MSC:The Marine Stewardship Council. An international non-profit organization that seeks the expansion of sustainable and appropriate fishery management practices in order to preserve marine resources for future generations, through its certification system and labeling program.

CoC:Chain of Custody. A certification recognizing proper controls of certified fishery products and the elimination of products from non-certified fisheries, ensuring traceability of certified fishery products throughout the entirety of the production, processing, and distribution process.
Marine Products(Fishery Seedling)Certification
SCSA
Sojitz Tuna Farm Takashima has acquired SCSA certification, ensuring traceability of all the tuna shipped by the subsidiary as entirely artificially-cultured tuna.

SCSA:The Seedlings Council for Sustainable Aquaculture, a Japanese NPO, grants this certification to producers and cultivators of sustainable seedlings (juvenile fish) who use artificial seeds as seedlings for aquaculture.

ISO26000

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