Responsibility to Our Clients
In striving to fulfill our responsibility to our clients, here we will introduce the goals, initiatives, and systems which Sojitz has put in place for conducting responsible advertising and marketing.
1） Access to foods with higher nutritional value
＝ Examples of Research Development and Sales ＝
2. Reduce triglycerides
3. Make the rise in blood-sugar levels after eating more gradual
Inulin is one of the naturally occurring polysaccharides that are present widely in plants like burdock, chicory, and Jerusalem artichoke. Inulin has long been used in Europe as a nutrient supplement for the diabetic. Its widespread practical applications include dairy products (yogurt, milk drinks, cheese, cream), fat spread (margarine), western cakes (chocolate, cakes, cookies, crackers, gummies), Japanese cakes, chilled cakes, cereals, bread, prepared mixes, drinks, and meat and vegetables. Beyond its physical improvement properties, inulin is also receiving attention as a dietary fiber and for its physiologically useful features such as proliferation of bifidobacteria, with high expectations for its use as a food and in a wide range of other fields.
Through sales of water-soluble dietary fiber inulin Fuji FF, Sojitz is working to solve health and nutrition related issues, including obesity, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and malnutrition.
Sojitz’s approach for maintaining food safety and security
In order to handle increased consumer concern for food
safety, and to manage increasing food logistics risks resulting from
the acceleration of globalization, in April 2008 Sojitz became the first
general trading company to establish a Quality Assurance Office(*1)
in its Foods Division. We continue to undertake effective initiatives
to maintain the safety and security of food.
*1 The Quality Assurance Office is currently in charge of quality assurance for food product businesses within the Foods & Agriculture Business Division and Retail & Lifestyle Business Division. We also undertake these same quality assurance initiatives for processed food products planned and developed by Sojitz Group companies.
For example, we have set up a registration system for suppliers requiring food safety certification in accordance with HACCP*, an internationally-recognized approach which will become legally required within the next few years in Japan. We conduct factory audits, production floor visits, food labeling verification of products for which Sojitz is responsible, as well as centralized management of information relating to consumer complaints.
Furthermore, as China is still a major global supplier of food, we established the Quality Assurance Office's China Branch Office in May 2008. We have full-time quality assurance staff to continually conduct factory audits and production floor visits within the country and provide information to factories.
For sales staff that work directly with our clients, we hold meetings to share information on food safety, conduct e-Learning courses, and hand out food safety handbooks. Going beyond food labeling laws and regulations, we educate employees on points to take note of for responsible food labeling, as well as basic knowledge for managing quality and sanitation.
Sojitz Group will continue to provide a stable supply of safety-assured foods.
1） Taking part in the RSPO
In the year ending March 31st, 2014, Sojitz joined the RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) which works to promote the use of sustainable palm oil, with consideration for the impact on the environment and fair relationships with workers and small-scale farms.
2） Participation in consortiums and initiatives on food safety
The Quality Assurance Office, which supports the Foods & Agriculture Business Division and Retail & Lifestyle Business Division, strives to ensure the safety and reliability of foods and food products handled by Sojitz, including processed foods. In order to maintain and improve its quality assurance functions, the Office is affiliated with the following external organizations to gather and exchange information.
These activities led to the ASIF receiving permission from the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare in September 1992 to become an incorporated association. ASIF received authorization to become a public interest corporation on April 1st, 2011.
ASIF is involved in a wide variety of activities to support food vendors in fulfilling the social responsibility of “delivering safe and secure imported foods.”
URL: http://www.asif.or.jp/ (Japanese only)
URL： http://www.japan-group.or.jp/fs/association/ (Japanese only)
URL： http://www.tokyo-syokken.gr.jp/ (Japanese only)