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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.

 

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
Goal
Business Area Planned Approach
Environment 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.

Progress Towards Reaching Our Sustainability Goals

Major Progress in FY2019

Environment
Goal: Qualitatively grasp CO2 emissions from our business activities
・Management has held dialogues with business divisions and experts to deepen discussions concerning societal changes (external factors) caused by carbon dioxide reduction and decarbonization trends, as well as risks and opportunities for Sojitz.
   ⇒ Sojitz’s stakeholder dialogues

・Sojitz has conducted scenario analysis in our coal interests business. As a result, we have announced a policy of reducing the assets of our thermal coal interests to half or less by 2030.
   ⇒ Sojitz’s scenario analysis

Goal: Promote low-carbon businesses focused on decarbonization
・In the area of renewable energy, Sojitz has joined one of Taiwan’s largest offshore wind power projects, and we are making good progress with our domestic and overseas solar power businesses.
   ⇒ Information about the Taiwan offshore wind power project

・We are accepting orders for battery assembly equipment and charge-discharge inspection equipment for the development of new Nickel-Metal Hydride (NiMH) batteries.

Goal: Contribute to creating a recycling society
・We have exceeded our planned sales quantities in our sugarcane-derived green polyethylene business.
・In our aircraft part-out business, we have made good progress in both new procurement and parts sales.

Human Rights
Goal: Establish systems for enacting Group sustainability
・As part of the implementation of our wood procurement policy, we maintain 100% traceability for all wood products included in the targeted survey.
   ⇒ Initiatives based on the wood procurement policy

Local Communities
Goal: Promote businesses that grow together with developing countries
・We have made steady progress on various projects, including Palau International Airport, which began operations under the management of a Sojitz joint venture company.
   ⇒ News releases regarding Palau International Airport

・Sojitz acquired the sales agent license for four industrial parks being developed by a major Thai conglomerate.
   ⇒ News releases regarding the industrial park agent license

Other General Goals
・Overall, we have confirmed that we are making good progress overall.
・We will continue working to achieve the goals set out in Medium-Term Management Plan 2020 before the close of the plan.

Major Progress in FY2018

Establishing Monitoring Systems
・We have adopted the ISO14001 environmental management framework, and have put systems in place to monitor the progress of all our sustainability goals, including those not related to the environment.
   ⇒ Click here to learn about Sojitz's environmental management systems

Environment (low-carbon, decarbonization)
・We have analyzed societal changes (external trends) brought about by the shift towards carbon reduction and decarbonization, as well as their effects on our businesses.
・We have conducted scenario analysis of our electric power generation businesses.
・We have announced our support for the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).
   ⇒ Click here to learn about our scenario analysis and our support for TCFD

Human Rights
・For the year ended March 31, 2019, we revised our priorities for conducting risk assessments in order to reduce human rights (and environmental) risks in a more systematic way.
・We have created a database of examples of manifest environmental and human rights risks worldwide and made it available on our company intranet, enabling employees to search for examples relevant to each business sector, in an effort to raise risk awareness where business is conducted.

Based on the above monitoring systems, we have confirmed that we are making good progress.

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