Sojitz Corporation


Sustainability Goals under the Medium-term Management Plan 2020

For the "Promotion of Sustainability Management" as set forth in the Medium-term Management Plan 2020, Sojitz will strive to further incorporate the perspective of sustainability* in management and more deeply merge its businesses with solutions to environmental and social issues.
(*Maximize the "Two types of Value," "Key Sustainability Issues")

As one approach, we have set "sustainability goals" for each Key Sustainability Issue (materiality) to achieve within the period of the Medium-term Management Plan 2020, Each goal is set to strategically increase sustainability through the promotion of various businesses and initiatives.

Overview of Sojitz Group Promotion of Sustainability

In establishing Key Sustainability Issues (materiality), we determined sustainability issues to prioritize by analyzing the operating environment, including the Paris Agreement and SDGs; as well as the internal environment, by considering trading company businesses and the unique characteristics of Sojitz; in order to bring to light "risks" and "opportunities" for Sojitz. Furthermore, we brought in an outside expert and held Stakeholder Dialogue(※), including objective analysis of the validity of these analyses. After also considering the importance to stakeholders, we then defined Key Sustainability Issues and set concrete measures for sustainability goals. (※Described at the bottom of the page)

In working to achieve sustainability goals, each division along with corporate departments creates an annual action plan, and the president, as chairman of the Sustainability Committee, monitors the progress towards these goals. Furthermore, we disclose the results of each initiative annually to our stakeholders.

Key Sustainability Issues Sustainability
Business Area Planned Approach
(low-carbon, decarbonization)
Qualitatively grasp CO2 emissions from business activities Company-wide We will regularly and consistently conduct surveys of direct CO" emissions from Sojitz Group business activities, and consider setting improvement goals for each sector.
We will conduct an analysis of the volume and impact of CO2 emissions of Sojitz Group, including its value chain, based on a objective climate change scenario.
Promote low-carbon businesses focused on decarbonization Renewable energy We will undertake the widespread use and expansion of renewable energy through development and business operation of solar power and wind power generation business, and sales of related facilities and equipment. We will also strive for investment in new renewable energy fields.
Natural gas/LNG In addition to development and business operation of natural gas and LNG generation business, which have relatively low CO2 emissions levels compared to fossil fuels, through investment in midstream businesses such as LNG port construction and sales of related facilities and equipment, we will strive for a full-fledged energy base focused on realizing a low-carbon society.
EV-related We will contribute to promoting the widespread use of EV cars which do not emit CO2, through providing manufacutinrg equipment and raw materials, and by establishing new, related businesses.
Contribute to creating a recycling society Recycling Sojitz is expanding the recycling business related to the wide range of products it handles, such as the reuse and sale of used parts from retired aircrafts, in order to promote reduction in CO2 emissions by doubling the lifecycle of products.
Low-carbon materials By expanding sales of plant-based raw materials, which offset CO2 emissions resulting from combustion of the final product, we will contribute to the shift away from fossil fuel based raw materials and to the reduction of CO2.
Human Rights
Promote human rights and due diligence Company-wide We will analyze examples of manifest environmental and human rights risks worldwide, provided by the NGO“Business and Human Rights Resource Center,” to determine which of our business areas are high risk. We will then conduct risk assessments for 100% of group companies and suppliers in these business areas.
Resources Produce and supply resources at risk of depletion in the future Food resources We are contributing to securing food resources with a focus on future population growth, principally in the feed production and sales business, which require stable production and quality minantenance, and feed plant construction business.
Water resources Focused on developing countries with an expected increase in demand for water resources, we will strive to establish and expand businesses that provide a stable supply of domestic water.
Marine product resources Making use of the expertise acquired through the marine products business, we will take on the challenge of "whole cultivation," raising adult fish from artificially bred juvenile fish.
Forestry resources Strive for 100% traceability of the wood we handle by FY2020, and in the future, we will aim to ensure that 100% of the wood we handle is produced through suitable, environmentally/socially-conscious forest management.
Local Communities Promote businesses that grow together with developing countries Transportation and transport infrastructure In the management business for our consigned airport, we will strive for smooth facility operations and an increase in the satisfaction of airport users.
We will aim for a modal shift connected to reduction of CO2 in the railroad construction business focused on developing countries and railcar maintenance business, as well as the promotion of economic growth in local communities.
Medical infrastructure We will aim for the sound execution of hospital management in Turkey, and in the future, the development of businesses in other countries calling for an improvement in medical infrastructure.
Urban infrastructure Through the establishment of infrastructure forming the foundation for corporate business activities, such as our industrial park development and management business in developing countries, we will promote the overseas expansion of corporations and the deveopment of local economies and industries in our countries of business.
Promote businesses that connect to solving problems in developed countries Initiatives that solve social problems We will aim to establish and expand businesses that will solve the respective environmental and social problems in Japan and those of developed countries.
Conduct social contribution activities in developing countries
In line with the fundamental perspective on social contribution,(※) we will reassess our existing activities in Japan and abroad, and strive to establish new activities.

(※)Social Contributions:Basic Approach
Human Resources Develop future senior managers Company-wide We will properly choose candidates and create a system to plan the development of these employees. In addition to the standard group training for GMs and SMs, we will put into place and continually hold a training for selected employees to develop the strategical thinking abilities required to become a senior manager. In addition, we will implement a rotational system to enable employees to acquire experience in business management and decision making.
Develop management-level employees Regardless of age, we will provide opportunities and experiences to employees with strong desire and abilities, striving for the rapid development of the next generation of management-level employees.
Develop employees that continue to take on challenges We will continuously operate a goal management system that promotes taking on challenges, and conduct appraisals that properly evaluate these challenges. We will monitor the developmental progress of employees and organizations in taking on challenges, putting to use the 360° evaluation given to a portion of management employees and the results of the employee awareness survey,
Acquire and promote the role of diverse human resources We will promote diversity management that puts to use the unique traits of each employee in the organization, including work reforms to enable a diverse range of employees to be healthy in mind and body and to exercise their full potential. Furthermore, we will continue to ensure a work environment conducive to these goals.
Increase productivity We will continue to implement work reforms and diversity management, striving for an increase in efficiency of each employee and organization, and as laid out in the five guiding principles, take on new challenges and increase our speed and momentum.

Stakeholder Dialogue (Held in February 2018)

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.

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)

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