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|
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.|
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.
Sojitz is a member of Sedex, an online system where
we register our corporate information which meets international standards,
covering labor, health and safety, the environment, and business ethics,
as we strive to build socially responsible supply chains.
Sedex is an information sharing platform run by Sedex Information Exchange Limited, an NPO with headquarters in London, which conducts an internationally standardized survey of suppliers around the world on the environment, society, and human rights. Through an online system, members are able to share answers to these surveys and the results of audits. While reducing the burden on both suppliers and contractors through use of this system, the company is striving for the implementation of ethical and responsible business practices in supply chains on a global level.