CSR Action Plans and Targets

Marubeni’s CSR Action Plans and Targets

Based on our stakeholders’ expectations and concerns, and Marubeni’s impact on the environment and society, we have specified and addressed the high material issues (“material issues”) for our company. To give a clearer explanation of our approach to our stakeholders, we have set up the “CSR Action Plans and Targets” for each Business/Corporate Staff Group, and have presented the related “material issues.”

Division CSR Issues (Social Issues, Environmental Issues) Performance up to FY2015 Action Plan and Targets for FY2016
Grain Division Providing stable supply for unevenly distributed food (meeting demands of Japan and other countries) Made good use of the group’s grain network owned by Marubeni, such as the pickup functions of Gavilon Agriculture Investment, Inc. and Columbia Grain, Inc., and the export shipping facilities of Terlogs Terminal Maritimo Ltda. and Pacificor, LLC, to export grain to Japan and other countries around the world, and contributed to providing a stable supply of food. Marubeni will continue to increase the trading volume and develop its global markets, while also cultivating new production areas and strengthening procurement.
[Related “Material Issues”]
Developing business that solves social and environmental issues
Grain Division, Food Products Division Reduction of food waste Through continuous activities for improvement based on Division rules and the guide book on food safety, Marubeni worked to reduce food waste while also promoting food recycling. Marubeni will continue its activities in improving food safety, and also promote food waste reduction and recycling.
[Related “Material Issues”]
Protecting the global environment
Food Products Division Production and sales of safe and secure animal products Marubeni operates the broiler business in Japan with strict production management, providing safe and secure chicken meat to mass retailers, restaurants, and livestock product manufacturers. Marubeni will work to promote the existing business, while also seeking to develop new markets.
[Related “Material Issues”]
Developing business that solves social and environmental issues
Food Products Division Promoting eco-friendly business By selling MSC certified products, Marubeni promoted environment-friendly products (Certified products accounted for 3.5% of total marine products handled in 2015). Marubeni will promote the sales of MSC and other fishing industry certified products, and contribute to a sustainable fishery.
[Related “Material Issues”]
Strengthening supply chain competitiveness
Food Products Division, Lifestyle Division Supply Chain Management To ensure the compliance of “Basic Supply Chain CSR Policy” such as human rights and work environments at our suppliers, Marubeni-related personnel conducted hearings on site. Marubeni will continue the surveys to check human rights and working conditions at the suppliers, and urge for improvements when needed.
[Related “Material Issues”]
Promoting supply chain management
Lifestyle Division Waste reduction Marubeni thoroughly manages the quality of imported products at the subsidiary companies, and keeps the occurrence of defective products at minimum. Marubeni will continue to minimize defective products by a thorough quality management, and also consider their use as valuable resource.
[Related “Material Issues”]
Protecting the global environment
Lifestyle Division Creating a recycling society/Promoting the 3Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle) The subsidiary Marubeni Mates Ltd. conducts company uniform rentals and sales. Marubeni contributed to creating a recycling-oriented society by promoting the 3Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle) to major companies in Japan that use many kinds of uniforms. By especially expanding rental trades at the subsidiary Marubeni Mates, Marubeni will realize the 3Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle) and contribute to creating a recycling-oriented society.
[Related “Material Issues”]
Developing business that solves social and environmental issues
ICT, Logistics & Healthcare Division Improving transportation efficiency Based on experience, past performance, data, and research, Marubeni offered consistent solutions from logistic design to operation, and contributed to providing a more efficient transportation by building a logistic strategy making operational reforms for the clients. Marubeni will further promote the existing business, while also developing new markets.
[Related “Material Issues”]
Developing business that solves social and environmental issues
ICT, Logistics & Healthcare Division Improving medical technology in emerging countries Marubeni established the Healthcare and Medical Business Dept. in April 2015, and seeks to create business in the healthcare and medical field. Marubeni will work to create business in the healthcare and medical field, such as promoting Japanese medical technologies abroad.
[Related “Material Issues”]
Developing business that solves social and environmental issues
Insurance, Finance & Real Estate Business Division Preventing soil contamination When purchasing land, Marubeni conducted surveys on land history based on the soil contamination survey policy, and checked whether there was contamination. If contamination was found, soil improvement measures were taken. Also, the Division held training on the Soil Contamination Countermeasures Act. When newly purchasing land, Marubeni will take appropriate measures according to the soil contamination survey policy and the Soil Contamination Countermeasures Act.
[Related “Material Issues”]
Protecting the global environment
Insurance, Finance & Real Estate Business Division Promoting eco-friendly business Energy-saving features (double glazing, water-saving toilets, LED use for communal areas, etc.) were adopted for condominiums to be sold in Japan, and the sales of environment-friendly housing was promoted. Marubeni will actively promote energy-saving features for future projects.
[Related “Material Issues”]
Developing business that solves social and environmental issues
Division CSR Issues (Social Issues, Environmental Issues) Performance up to FY2015 Action Plan and Targets for FY2016
Helena Business Division Improving food productivity Helena Chemical Company conducted service operations under the AGRIntelligence brand in the precision farming area, which utilize IT technology. Through Helena’s new technology, Marubeni offered attentive service in response to the needs of the farmers, and contributed to increasing productivity. Marubeni will continue to work on Helena’s existing business in the U.S., and make use of the knowhow and experience earned through Helena to seek for new projects outside the U.S.
[Related “Material Issues”]
Developing business that solves social and environmental issues
Chemical Products Division Appropriate management of hazardous chemicals By utilizing the ISO 14001 environmental management system, Marubeni gained information on domestic and international chemical regulations and took appropriate measures, while also sharing information with subsidiaries through audit and information investigation. Marubeni will stay informed of domestic and international chemical regulations, and take appropriate responses, while also sharing the information with the subsidiary companies for a complete control.
[Related “Material Issues”]
Protecting the global environment
Chemical Products Division Contributing to the global warming issue By selling and promoting environment-friendly functional fertilizers, Marubeni contributed to greatly decreasing the amount of chemical fertilizers used, and helped to reduce greenhouse gas (nitrous oxide) emissions. Marubeni will continue to promote the sales and new shipment of functional fertilizers, and contribute to reducing greenhouse gases.
[Related “Material Issues”]
Protecting the global environment
Chemical Products Division Promoting renewable energy In addition to trading of raw materials and parts for solar cell module, Marubeni also sold materials for storage battery electrodes made by EnerG2 Technologies of the U.S. in the Asian market, and promoted sales of residential photovoltaic generation systems. With the current trading of raw materials and parts for solar cell module as the foundation, Marubeni will work to develop new businesses in photovoltaic generation and contribute to promoting renewable energy.
[Related “Material Issues”]
Developing business that solves social and environmental issues
Forest Products Division Waste reduction/effective use of resources Through its subsidiaries, the Marubeni Group conducted waste paper recycling. Waste paper from the group and partner companies are collected through Marubeni Paper Recycle Co., Ltd., and made into recycled paper products at Marubeni Group paper manufacturers such as Koa Kogyo Co., Ltd. and Fukuyama Paper Co, Ltd. to be reused. Marubeni will continue its existing business, while also seeking to develop new business partners.
[Related “Material Issues”]
Protecting the global environment
Forest Products Division Maintaining the various functions of forests such as global environmental conservation, biodiversity preservation, and soil conservation. Marubeni began the afforestation project in the 1990s, and currently manages 220,000 ha of land for afforestation for four projects in three countries. Marubeni will continue to work on the proper management of the projects, and carry out a sustainable forest management.
[Related “Material Issues”]
Developing business that solves social and environmental issues
Forest Products Division Promoting eco-friendly business Marubeni sold FSC and PEFC certified products, and promoted widespread use of environment-friendly products. Marubeni will promote the sales of FSC, PEFC, and other forestry certified products, and continue to conduct environment-conscious forestry business.
[Related “Material Issues”]
Strengthening supply chain competitiveness
Division CSR Issues (Social Issues, Environmental Issues) Performance up to FY2015 Action Plan and Targets for FY2016
Energy Division-I Stable supply of Energy Marubeni participated in LNG projects around the world including Qatar, Equatorial Guinea, Peru, and Papua New Guinea. Through the safe operation of existing projects, Marubeni responded to the increasing global demand for LNG. Marubeni will ensure the smooth operation of existing projects while also seeking participation in new projects and trades.
[Related “Material Issues”]
Developing business that solves social and environmental issues
Energy Division-I Promoting renewable energy In March 2014, Marubeni started commercial operation of Japan’s largest capacity (82 MW) mega-solar power plant in Oita City. The plant generated 99.73 million kWh of power, amounting to an annual reduction of 50,000 tons of carbon dioxide (FY2014). For FY2016, Marubeni aims for an annual power generation of 93.8 million MWh, with the annual reduction of 47,000 tons of carbon dioxide.
[Related “Material Issues”]
Developing business that solves social and environmental issues
Metals & Mineral Resources Division Concern for the environment in resource development As part of the participation in metal resources development projects, Marubeni monitored the maintenance and management methods of the major partners, and whether the approvals, licenses, and laws were being complied with. In the existing metal resources development projects, management through monitoring will be ensured, while also urging major partners to take action when needed.
[Related “Material Issues”]
Protecting the global environment
Metals & Mineral Resources Division Stable supply of metal resources From mine development, smelting, primary processing, secondary and later processing, transportation and sales, to recycling, Marubeni was involved in a wide range of development and trading in metal resources, and contributed to providing a stable supply. Marubeni will contribute to the stable supply of metal resources by a thorough operation management in the participating development projects and trading.
[Related “Material Issues”]
Developing business that solves social and environmental issues
Division CSR Issues (Social Issues, Environmental Issues) Performance up to FY2015 Action Plan and Targets for FY2016
Power Projects Division Promoting renewable energy Marubeni is developing and investing in renewable energy (wind, solar, small hydropower, geothermal, biomass) projects in Japan and overseas. In Japan, Marubeni newly participated in mega-solar projects in Hokkaido’s Tomakomai City, Miyagi Prefecture’s Iwanuma City, and Shizuoka Prefecture’s Koyama Town. Marubeni also succeeded in participating in the small hydropower plant project in Shimogo Town, Fukushima Prefecture. Commercial operation has begun at all plants. Outside Japan, Marubeni participated in the off-shore wind power projects in the U.K. and the photovoltaic power generation project in Chile. While ensuring proper operation of the existing projects, Marubeni also seeks to develop new projects. Also, in the domestic Power Producer & Supplier (PPS) projects, Marubeni plans to sell electricity, including that generated by renewable energy, and contribute to promoting renewable energy.
[Related “Material Issues”]
Developing business that solves social and environmental issues
Power Projects Division Promoting renewable energy / Preserving biodiversity / Utilizing unused natural resources In Japan, Marubeni began operation of a small hydropower plant in 2006. This is power generation with a small environmental burden that uses regional water resources. Mibugawa Power Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Marubeni, operates 15 power plants in Nagano, Yamanashi, Fukushima, and Hiroshima Prefectures. Through safe and stable operation of the existing power plants, Marubeni will contribute to developing the regional economy.
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“Material Issues”]
  • Developing business that solves social and environmental issues
  • Contributing toward community development and strengthening our operating base
Power Projects Division Building the social infrastructure for the basis of living/Improving and stabilizing the living standards of the local community Marubeni is active in Power Project Businesses through IPP, EPC and other related activities all over the world. It can contribute to the local community with building the social infrastructure. As for IPP businesses which provides the local community with electric power, Marubeni currently owns a net capacity of 10,273 MW (as of end of March 2016) overseas. Marubeni will continue to provide clients with their services as per their own commitments and seek the opportunity of the project developments.
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“Material Issues”]
  • Developing business that solves social and environmental issues
  • Contributing toward community development and strengthening our operating base
Energy & Environment Infrastructure Division Building the social infrastructure for the basis of daily life / Contribution for improving and stabilizing the daily life standards of the social community by providing the water solutions Marubeni has been establishing a well-balanced water asset portfolio in Americas, China, Asia, Europe and Australia, which covers wide range of water business including investment in water & wastewater BOT, BOO projects and consessions, EPC, O&M, etc. Marubeni will work on the improvement as well as the stable management of existing assets & projects, while also seeking to develop new projects and opportunities.
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“Material Issues”]
  • Developing business that solves social and environmental issues
  • Contributing toward social community development and strengthening our business operating base
Plant Division Building the industry infrastructure closely tied to the local community / Promoting the local industry and creating jobs Marubeni promotes EPC projects for railway systems and industrial plants such as sugar, pulp & paper, and textile in Southeast Asia, Southwest Asia, South and Central America, Middle East, and Africa. For the Thai metropolitan railway project currently under way, Marubeni conducts the maintenance service as well as EPC of the railway system. Marubeni will diligently work on existing projects, and continue to promote export package business that combines EPC with services such as operation & maintenance for various plants and transportation systems.
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“Material Issues”]
  • Developing business that solves social and environmental issues
  • Contributing toward community development and strengthening our operating base
Division CSR Issues (Social Issues, Environmental Issues) Performance up to FY2015 Action Plan and Targets for FY2016
Aerospace & Ship Division Responding to the environmental burden caused by transportation/Preserving biodiversity Marubeni sells ballast water clarification facilities for ships, and also provides energy-saving ships, conducting businesses for reducing the environmental burden caused by transportation. Marubeni will appropriately work on existing projects, while also seeking to develop new projects.
[Related “Material Issues”]
Developing business that solves social and environmental issues
Aerospace & Ship Division Providing energy with low environmental burden Marubeni will promote the LNG ownership and operation business, and contribute to providing energy with low environmental burden. Marubeni will appropriately work on existing projects, while also seeking to develop new projects.
[Related “Material Issues”]
Developing business that solves social and environmental issues
Automotive & Leasing Division Responding to the global transportation network and logistics Through exports of automobiles and motorcycles, intermediary trades, import agency business, and sales finance business etc., Marubeni provided means of transportation and services to meet increasing demand, mainly in the emerging countries. Marubeni will appropriately work on existing projects, while also seeking to develop new projects.
[Related “Material Issues”]
Developing business that solves social and environmental issues
Construction & Industrial Machinery Division Promoting renewable energy Marubeni conducted trading of solar cell manufacturing equipment and parts, sales of solar panels and systems, photovoltaic system installation business, and solar power generation business. Marubeni was appointed as the business operator for the mega-solar project in Miyagi Prefecture’s Iwanuma City, and began commercial operations in April 2015. Marubeni will appropriately work on existing projects, while also seeking to develop new projects.
[Related “Material Issues”]
Developing business that solves social and environmental issues
Dept. CSR Issues (Social Issues, Environmental Issues) Performance up to FY2015 Action Plan and Targets for FY2016
Corporate Planning & Strategy Dept. Strengthening corporate governance In announcing the Corporate Governance Code, Marubeni responded to all five guiding principles, 30 principles, and 38 supplementary principles, and presented the Corporate Governance Report to the Tokyo Stock Exchange. The Nomination Committee and the Governance and Remuneration Committee have been established as advisory organizations of the Board of Directors. The majority of the members for both committees are independent executives. The Nomination Committee discusses the appointment of directors/audit & supervisory board members, and provides reports to the Board of Directors. The Governance and Remuneration Committee deliberates on the policies for determining compensation and the appropriateness of the compensation levels, and provides reports to the Board of Directors. The committee also conducts evaluations and reviews on the Board of Directors overall, such as its constitution and operation, and provides reports to the Board of Directors.
[Related “Material Issues”]
Strengthening corporate governance
Audit Dept., Legal Dept. Enhancement of the company's internal control The Internal Control Committee which was directly under the President was set up in April 2008 to further strengthen internal control. Marubeni has promoted compliance with the “internal reporting system” related to the financial reporting defined by the Financial Instruments and Exchange Act, and compliance with the “system for ensuring proper activities of a company” defined by the Companies Act. Marubeni has established its internal control system for its whole group by making directions or managements against its subsidiaries by relevant departments inculding the business departments having the responsiblity for its subsidiaries. While continuing to comply with various laws on internal control, mainly through the Internal Control Committee, evaluation on the effectiveness of the internal control on financial reporting will be carried out, and if any flaws or significant defects are found, the necessary improvements will be made. Also, from FY 2016, the company-wide promotion function (bureau) related to the operation and maintenance of internal control will be transferred from the Risk Management Dept. to the Audit Dept. to establish an efficient system. As for the subsidiaries, Marubeni continues to monitor its internal control operational status, and review its internal control system so that it establishes a more effective system depending on the situation.
[Related “Material Issues”]
Strengthening internal controls
Compliance Control Dept. Prevention of fraud and legal violation Under the Compliance Committee directly overseen by the President, the Compliance Control Dept., a department dedicated to compliance, has been set up. The department has made action plans etc. for the Compliance Committee according to the plan–do–check–act (PDCA) cycle, reviewed and implemented action plans for Business Groups, branches, and offices (including overseas bases), published the 12th edition of the Marubeni Group Compliance Manual and collected written statements of adherence to the manual, while also enhancing the compliance system and programs centered on anti-bribery measures. Under the Compliance Committee, the Compliance Control Dept. will act as the administrative bureau and continue to enhance and improve the compliance system.
[Related “Material Issues”]
Strengthening compliance
Human Resources Dept., Corporate Communications Dept. Respect for human rights in the company and the supply chain Based on the spirit of Marubeni Corporate Principles and the Marubeni Group Compliance Manual, Marubeni supports the The UN Global Compact's 10 Principles. Marubeni conducted internal training, selected officers for the Promotion of Fair Recruitment and Human Rights Awareness, and held Human Rights and Discrimination Issues Committee meetings. Marubeni also requests the understanding and cooperation of its business partners in the observance of the “Basic Supply Chain CSR Policy” guidelines in which respect for human rights is included. Marubeni will continue to implement, and update as needed, the measures for respecting human rights in the company, while also continuing to request the understanding and cooperation of the business partners for respect for human rights in the supply chain.
[Related “Material Issues”]
Respect for human rights
Human Resources Dept. Marubeni’s human resources strategy Marubeni promoted its three-pronged HR approach on experience, assessment and incentives, as well as training. Overseas experience is now mandatory, and the overseas training system has been reviewed to promote overseas and on-site experience for young managerial staff. Training by groups is emphasized to implement training matched to the on-site needs. Based on the Marubeni Group HR strategy of the Mid-Term Management Plan “GC2018” (FY2016-FY2018), Marubeni will promote recruitment and development of strong personnel capable of succeeding in the global competition. Marubeni will also focus on further promoting diversity in the Marubeni Group.
[Related “Material Issues”]
Promoting human resources development
Information Strategy Dept. Waste reduction Employees (managerial staff) will be supplied with tablet devices and encouraged to use them to promote streamlined workflow and reduce conference material printouts. Marubeni will actively adopt effective IT tools and services in the future to promote paperless and streamlined workflow.
[Related “Material Issues”]
Protecting the global environment
Regional Coordination & Administration Dept. International Contribution and Exchange Marubeni has established scholarship funds in seven countries in ASEAN and Brazil, and operates them in accordance with the educational situation in each country (fund total for seven countries US$ 3.53 million). Donations have also been given to support disaster-stricken regions. Other activities include acceptance of overseas interns and a donation of a total of US$ 6 million over a five-year period to Qatar University. Marubeni will carry on the current approaches centered on continuous contributions through overseas scholarship funds in regions where the company operates businesses.
[Related “Material Issues”]
Promoting social contribution activities
General Affairs Dept. Improving the energy efficiency in the office, energy saving Set up target figures (FY2020) for saving energy and resources and reducing waste in the Tokyo Head Office and the Osaka Branch. Introduction of high-efficiency facilities. Disclosure of results from the latest fiscal year. Based on the assumption that the Tokyo Head Office building will be reconstructed, plans will be made for office relocation to an Comprehensive Assessment System for Built Environment Efficiency (CASBEE) S-rank new building.
[Related “Material Issues”]
Protecting the global environment
General Affairs Dept., Corporate Communications Dept. Social contribution measures The social welfare corporation Marubeni Foundation has granted JPY 100 million annually to social welfare facilities and organizations (as of 2015, total ¥4.1 billion donated to 2,361 cases). Activities include selling of baked goods at the Tokyo Head Office by the grant recipient organization, the “TABLE FOR TWO” program at the Tokyo Head Office staff cafeteria, ecocap collection, postcards/used stamps collection, and clothing donations. In addition to continuing grants to social welfare facilities and organizations as well as holding various activities through the Marubeni Foundation, Marubeni will collect information toward new approaches.
[Related “Material Issues”]
Promoting social contribution activities
General Affairs Dept. Contributions to the local community / promotion of volunteer activities / conservation of the local environment Through cooperation with NGOs and NPOs, plan and manage employee volunteer activities such as volunteers for the Great East Japan Earthquake reconstruction assistance and conservation of the environment. By continuing the activities of the existing volunteers, raise employee awareness of social contribution. Also, collect information with consideration for new activities.
[Related “Material Issues”]
Promoting social contribution activities
General Affairs Dept., Corporate Communications Dept. Support for art, culture, and education Conducted maintenance and loans to exhibitions of the Marubeni Collection (approximately 600 paintings, 400 historical costumes, and 600 costume designs), valuable cultural properties owned by the Marubeni Group. Marubeni also accepted students in Japan for company tours. Continue to maintain and loan the Marubeni Collection, and accept students from Japan for company tours, to contribute to the development of art, culture, and education.
[Related “Material Issues”]
Promoting social contribution activities
Corporate Accounting Dept. Comply with accounting rules and strengthen tax compliance To comply with accounting rules, we regularly update internal rules, policies and regulations, and explain them to all the officers, employees, and group companies. As for tax compliance, the proper filing of tax returns has been part of our compliance requirements in the Marubeni Group Compliance Manual. In addition, we are focusing on keeping our officers and employees updated on the latest information regarding OECD's BEPS Action Plans so we can respond in a manner that is appropriate for a global company. We will maintain the internal system to comply with accounting rules. As for the strengthening of tax compliance, we will continue to maintain our internal system to ensure the proper filing of tax returns. In addition, we will strengthen our tax management framework so we can respond appropriately to the changes in regulations and tax treaties resulting from OECD's BEPS Action Plans.
[Related “Material Issues”]
Improving corporate governance

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