Sojitz Corporation


Stakeholder Relations

Sojitz Group Stakeholders

The Sojitz Group is engaged in various kinds of activities all over the world. Those activities are made possible by relationships with many stakeholders.
What we value most is building trust with everyone, through business activities reflecting our awareness of stakeholders' views.

Sojitz Group Stakeholders

Stakeholder Dialogues

We hold periodic stakeholder dialogues as part of our goal to incorporate the perspectives of stakeholders with a variety of management styles.

◆February 2022

February 2022

Hikaru Hiranuma (Senior Fellow at The Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research; Member of the Sub-Committee on Energy Supply Issues, Science Council of Japan within the Cabinet Office, Committee on Supporting Reconstruction after the Great East Japan Earthquake)
Tetsuo Kitagawa (Representative Director at ESG Disclosure Study Group, Emeritus Professor of Aoyama Gakuin University)
Hiroki Sampei (Principal at Astonering Advisor LLC)

Topics of discussion: “Decarbonization measures in anticipation of 2030 and best disclosure practices for non-financial information in the future”


Outside experts were invited to share their in-depth knowledge of the trends in decarbonization and information disclosure through a discussion of the technological innovation and business opportunities related to decarbonization as well as the best practices for information disclosure based on the various standards announced in Japan and overseas.


◆February 2021

* In light of current circumstances, Sojitz held the stakeholder dialogue event with rigorous measures to prevent the spread of infection and made the event accessible online in addition to in-person attendance.

February 2021

From left to right:
Toshihiko Fujii (Visiting professor at Tama Graduate School of Business)
Masako Konishi (Deputy Director of Conservation, Climate and Energy at WWF Japan)
Hiroki Sampei (Head of Engagement at Fidelity International)

Theme: “Looking Ahead to 2050: Trends in Decarbonization and Social Reforms Predicted for the Coming Decade”


* Attendees from Sojitz: Members of the Sustainability Committee (Committee Chair: CEO) and three outside directors.

We invited experts on environmental and international policies and standards and ESG investment trends to discuss the accelerating transition towards a decarbonized society. A wide range of topics were covered during the dialogue, including changes in stakeholders’ awareness, external trends such as governmental policies on energy and carbon, and the role and expectations of Sojitz as a general trading company amid constant social change.


◆February 2020

February 2020

Hiroshi Komiyama (Chairman of Mitsubishi Research Institute, Inc. and Chairman of Platinum Society Network)
Akitsugu Era (Managing Director of BlackRock Japan Co., Ltd.)
Toshihide Arimura (Professor at Waseda University’s School of Political Science and Economics)

Theme: “External Trends Related to Decarbonization”

* Attendees from Sojitz: Members of the Sustainability Committee (Committee Chair: CEO), and two Outside Directors

Under the theme of Decarbonization, we invited experts in environmental and international standards trends to discuss changes in the thinking of stakeholders, external trends in energy- and carbon-related policies, and Sojitz's concrete medium- to long-term plans and how we should set related targets and policies.


◆February 2019

February 2019

Masako Konishi (WW Japan Expert Director (Conservation & Energy))
Saul Takahashi (Former Business and Human Rights Resource Centre Japan Representative)
Akitsugu Era (BlackRock Japan Col., Ltd. Director)

Theme: “Sojitz's Sustainability Initiatives”

* Attendees from Sojitz: Members of the Sustainability Committee (Committee Chair: CEO)

We invited experts in the environmental, social, and governance-related fields to exchange opinions on climate change and human rights, which are the themes of Sojitz Group’s Sustainability Challenge.

Through these dialogues, we have received a variety of opinions and points to note that will help improve our sustainable company management and company value, including the necessity of understanding continuous social trends and ensuring the objectivity of our sustainability, and, based on this, the importance of commitment and disclosure from top management.


◆February 2018

February 2018

Takejiro Sueyoshi (Special Advisor to the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative)
Tsuyoshi Mizuguchi (Professor at the Takasaki City University of Economics)
Keiichi Ushijima (EY Japan Climate Change and Sustainability Services Principal)

Theme: “Sustainable Business Management”

* Attendees from Sojitz: Five members of senior management, including the president

Under the theme of Sustainable Business Management, we invited experts on international standards and trends in the environment and human rights fields to discuss and exchange opinions on business management going forward, and key sustainability issues and sustainability goals to undertake.


◆Dialogues between the CSR Committee and stakeholders
January 2014 Muramoto Masaaki, Executive Officer at Nestlé Japan Ltd.
“Creating Shared Value (CSV) of Nestlé worldwide”
July 2012 Masahiko Kon, a board member at Sumitomo 3M Limited,
“Using CSR Management to Address Change:
Instilling Personnel with the Corporate Statement.”

* Titles are current as of the time the dialogue took place.

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