The Marubeni Group believes that sustained growth is a realistic goal which can be achieved. To do this, we must first remain true to the spirit of the Company Creed of “Fairness, Innovation, and Harmony.” In addition, all employees must possess a firm awareness of CSR within their corporate activities. Finally, we must strive to practice sound management that helps to create a society capable of coexisting with the environment.
Based on our stakeholders’ expectations and concerns, and the Marubeni Group’s impact on the environment and society, we have identified the following sustainability issues as having high materiality in line with two themes. We aim to address these material issues.
Under the first theme of “responsibility” we have identified and are addressing such material issues as strengthening corporate governance, strengthening internal controls, strengthening compliance, respect for human rights, promoting human resources development, promoting supply chain management, and promoting social contribution activities.
In recent years, we have received increased interest from our stakeholders on human rights and labor issues, such as child labor and forced labor. In light of this trend, at Marubeni we revised our Basic Supply Chain CSR Policy, and we will seek the understanding and cooperation of our clients as we actively promote our CSR activities, including those across the entire Marubeni Group supply chain.
Looking at our social contribution activities, we continue to run programs such as providing scholarship funds for young people in emerging economies, making donations for areas struck by natural disasters, and encouraging employees to volunteer in local cleanup efforts.
The Marubeni Foundation, a social welfare corporation established by Marubeni in 1974, celebrated its 40th anniversary in September 2014. Through this foundation, we provide 100 million yen to social welfare facilities across Japan each year. Over the past 40 years, 4 billion yen has been provided to a total of 2,297 social welfare facilities. The foundation is currently the most widely recognized of all of the Marubeni Group’s social contribution activities.
Under the second theme of “sustainable growth” we have identified such material issues as developing business that solves social and environmental issues, and contributing toward community development.
In particular, we will expand our businesses that benefit people around the world. These include businesses for promoting renewable energy efforts, developing and providing a stable supply of mineral resources, maintaining and operating water and sewage systems and seawater desalination facilities, promoting the planting of trees, and providing a stable supply of quality grain. Through these efforts, we aim to contribute to the sustained development of society.
Marubeni will continue to promote CSR activities and remain a trusted partner of our stakeholders by seriously committing ourselves to addressing these two themes.
Managing Executive Officer,
Member of the Board
Chairman of CSR & Environment Committee