Key sustainability Issues (Materiality)

With heightened worldwide interest in social and environmental issues, stakeholders have strong expectations for businesses to address such issues.

It is also important to address these issues from the perspective of making businesses more sustainable.

In order to meet the various expectations of its stakeholders, Sojitz has selected Key Sustainability Issues (materiality) as focus areas for creating and maximizing its “two types of value.”

Key sustainability Issues (Materiality)

* The “CSR Focus Areas” established in June 2016 have been revised to “Key Sustainability Issues” as of April 2018.

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.

Formulation Process

Process for Outlining New Focus Areas

Formulating the Key Sustainability Issues

STEP1: Organization of Sojitz’s approach to CSR (sustainability)

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

Response to international standards

STEP2: Discussion of the CSR (sustainability) initiatives of Sojitz’s business divisions and medium-to long-term objectives

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: Establishment of key company-wide CSR (sustainability) issues

Based on the first two steps in the process, we established 6 key issues in different fields.

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