With heightened worldwide interest in social and environmental issues,
stakeholders have strong expectations for businesses to address such
Companies must address these issues, not only to satisfy stakeholders, but to create sustainable business.
Sojitz is working to increase sustainability by meeting the expectations of our many stakeholders and maximizing “two types of value”—that is, “value for Sojitz” and “value for society.”
Sojitz has defined several “CSR Focus Areas” in which we concentrate our efforts to create “two types of value.”
CSR Focus Areas
|Sojitz respects the human rights of people involved in its businesses.
This applies not only to Sojitz employees, but also to everyone affected by its businesses throughout its supply chains.
Should there be any instances of child labor or forced labor, we will rectify them.
|Sojitz strives to preserve the environment and create businesses that are both highly competitive and environmentally friendly by pursuing environmental sustainability in its businesses.
We work to minimize our environmental burden with initiatives that include preventing climate change, reducing CO2 emissions and preserving biodiversity.
|Sojitz pursues the development, supply, and use of sustainable resources.
We strive to conserve resources, propose suitable energy mixes and provide a stable supply of resources.
* Includes energy, mineral, food, water, forest, marine and other resources
|Sojitz promotes businesses that grow together with local communities.
We work to reduce environmental and social burden on local communities through our businesses.
Through ongoing communication with local communities, we strive to achieve business sustainability, address local problems and support children’s education.
|The greatest business asset is a diverse workforce.
We strive to build a positive work environment, to establish systems for hiring, evaluating and training employees, and to promote diversity in the workplace through active involvement of human resources with diverse values.
|Sojitz strives for corporate governance and transparency by strategically linking Group activities, including compliance and efforts to achieve medium-to-longterm business sustainability.|
Process for Outlining New Focus Areas
Defining Our Focus Areas
STEP1 Outlined Sojitz’s Approach to CSR
In defining our CSR Focus Areas, we first reviewed the Sojitz Group Statement, Management Policy, “Two Types of Value”, etc. and looked at international standards (The Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact, SDGs, GRI, etc.) as well as stakeholders (guest experts, NGOs, credit rating agencies, international organizations).
More information about our corporate philosophy
STEP2 Discussed “CSR initiatives of each business division: Medium-to-long-term vision”
Each Business Division summarized their thoughts on how they would implement the approach outlined in Step 1, as well as their vision for their departments, with each vision based on raising competitiveness from a medium- to long-term perspective.
STEP3 Outlined Group-wide CSR Focus Areas
We selected the six CSR Focus Areas based on the approach to CSR outlined in Step 1 and the medium- to long-term vision for each department collected through internal discussion in Step 2.
In the future, we plan to establish a set of “Company-wide CSR Goals”
for the six CSR Focus Areas, to function as a concrete action plan
for the company at large. By working on these goals together as a
company, we hope to further integrate CSR into our business activities.
CSR Initiatives to Date and Upcoming Schedule