Focus Areas

With heightened worldwide interest in social and environmental issues, stakeholders have strong expectations for businesses to address such issues.
The Sojitz Group has revised its CSR focus areas in order to continue creating “two types of value.” This process comprised outlining and clarifying which initiatives can be more readily put into practice.

Process for Outlining New Focus Areas

Process for Outlining New Focus Areas

Defining Our Focus Areas

STEP1 Outlined Sojitz’s Approach to CSR

In revising 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

Response to international standards

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 following 6 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.

Themes Contents
Human Rights: Respect the human rights of people involved in our businesses 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.
Environment: Contribute to the global environment through our businesses 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.
Resources: Develop, supply and use sustainable resources* 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
Local Communities: Develop and grow together with local communities 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.
Human Resources: Promote opportunities for diverse human resources and workplace diversity 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.
Governance :Emphasize effectiveness and transparency Sojitz strives for corporate governance and transparency by strategically linking Group activities, including compliance and efforts to achieve medium-to-longterm business sustainability.

Future plan

In FY2015, we revised our CSR Focus Areas based around discussion held by the CSR Committee and Business Divisions. These Focus Areas will continue to be of particular concern to stakeholders going forward, and we will continue to exchange opinions with industry experts and other external sources. Additionally, we will continue to reflect social expectations and current conditions for these Focus Areas which have such impact on Sojitz’s growth, and keep working to honor our commitment to these areas, including giving them due consideration when setting company targets.

CSR through Business Activities

Preventing Climate change/Reducing CO2 emissions

Develop and grow together with local communities