There are “CSR promotion representatives” assigned in corporate staff group departments and each business group represented on the CSR & Environment Committee in order to strengthen the CSR activities at the group level. Together with the CSR & Environment Committee, the CSR promotion representatives play an important role in conveying the importance of the CSR activities of the Marubeni Group within the organization.
A CSR Roundtable is also held, mainly involving the CSR promotion representatives, to reaffirm the basic approach to the Marubeni Group CSR, and to share information on the latest trends outside the company. In the Roundtable held in September 2016, the focus was on risk management in the supply chain, with lively discussion and exchange of information on human rights, information disclosure, and international collaboration, as well as the growing demand for CSR procurement.
On December 1, 2016, we invited Mr. Keiichi Ushijima of EY Japan, an expert on climate change and sustainability, to speak at a seminar we held regarding human rights risks in the Marubeni Group’s business. CSR promotion representatives as well as members from various business groups and corporate staff departments attended the seminar held at the Tokyo head office. In addition to the latest trends related to human rights risks in business, Mr. Ushijima talked about numerous examples of incidents that have arisen in various parts of the world, and how companies have responded. The seminar was a great opportunity to raise awareness amongst employees regarding the relationship between business and human rights. Some of the feedback from participants after the seminar stated that they obtained a renewed recognition of the importance of human rights-related risk management. Participants indicated that going forward, they plan to continue to closely examine the human rights risks within Marubeni and our supply chain, given its importance to Group corporate sustainability.
On February 17, 2016, the Marubeni CSR & Environment Committee members participated in a Lecture and Discussion Session with a CSR Expert held at the Tokyo Head Ofﬁce.
In the year ended March 31, 2016, Mr. George Iguchi, Head of Corporate Governance, General Manager of Equity Investment Department, Nissay Asset Management Corporation, who has extensive knowledge about ESG Investment and CSR, delivered a lecture entitled “ESG Investment Trends and the Meaning of CSR”. After the lecture, Mr. Iguchi responded to questions and then participated in a lively discussion about the present state of ESG Investment and disclosure of ESG performance, among other topics.
The lecture and discussion session served to provide a good opportunity for participants to learn about CSR and think about Marubeni’s CSR efforts going forward.