Activities on Social Issues Associated with the Supply Chain

Risks to Human Rights in the Supply Chain

Following the enforcement of the Modern Slavery Act in the U.K. in October 2015, Marubeni Europe plc, some Group companies in England, and the Marubeni Head Office, which has a certain level of control over these companies’ businesses, each issued a statement by the end of September 2017.

FY2016 Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement here
FY2015 Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement here

The U.K. Modern Slavery Act applies to companies that operate within the U.K., with annual turnover of £36 million or more worldwide. In order to confirm that there are no abuses of human rights, such as slavery or human trafficking, within the company or its supply chain, companies are required to implement measures step-by-step, and to issue a statement within the next fiscal year.

In addition to this, in the supply chain CSR surveys, Marubeni is investigating the status of supplier efforts related to risks to human rights, such as forced labor and child labor. While promoting the discovery of risks to human rights, we are also working on measures to prevent the spread and expansion of such risks. In the supply chain CSR surveys conducted since February 2011, we survey the status of human rights risks at our suppliers through questionnaires and on-site assessment. No cases of violation of human rights or labor standards have been found in these surveys.

Activities for Food Safety

Marubeni trades various food-related merchandise from around the world, including feed grain, fresh food, and processed food. To ensure the safety and reliability of the food we handle, we continue our activities that involve Marubeni Group companies and our business partners.

Our specific actions include joining the Association for the Safety of Imported Food, Japan Food Hygiene Association to stay abreast of the industry trend. For the technical aspects, we have resident staff from external agencies specializing in food hygiene, quality control, and food inspection, so our business groups can seek advice. Especially for the safety of the farm products and processed food we import, we collect information and check the safety ourselves, as well as having external specialists inspect the local business partners depending on the characteristics and risks of the product. Through these actions, we spread the awareness of food safety to our overseas business partners, which leads to improving the safety measures in our supply chain.

Additionally, to ensure the education and sharing of information, we hold in-house training twice a year for all newly-assigned employees, as well as group compliance liaison conferences for our group companies on a quarterly basis. We also pick up issues that are of high concern to consumers, such as ensuring imported food safety, and hold workshops once a year. For FY 2016, we invited an expert and held a workshop on the Food Labeling Act. By encouraging Marubeni Group companies and our business partners to also participate in the workshops, we aim to enhance the awareness on food safety.

Sustainable Production and Consumption

Taking account of the impacts caused by Marubeni Group’s business activities, the whole supply chain cooperates with many stakeholders to preserve biodiversity and maintain sustainable production and consumption.
One such example is the support for WWF Japan, the international environmental organization. Businesswise, Marubeni participates in the certification systems for forest products, marine products, vegetable oil, etc. and handles certified products that consider biodiversity.

Contribution to Sustainable Fishing

Pacific bluefin tuna stock, playing a key role as one of the top predators in the Pacific Ocean marine ecosystem, contributes to employment and economy in Pacific coastal countries including Japan. However, it remains near the historic low and the sustainability of the stock in the future is a concern.
Responding to this situation, Marubeni Corporation announces to release a joint statement, "PACIFIC BLUEFIN TUNA CONSERVATION PLEDGE" in November 2016 with five Japanese companies involved in distribution of marine products. This pledge is published on a voluntary basis through WWF Japan’s leadership.
Marubeni have promoted the sales of MSC and other fishing industry certified products, and contributed to a sustainable fishery. Participating in this joint statement, Marubeni will work on the management of sustainable fishery resources.

Click here to view the “PACIFIC BLUEFIN TUNA CONSERVATION PLEDGE” web site. 
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Support for "Sustainable Seafood Week 2017"

With increasing concern that seafood is being depleted from seas around the world, efforts are being made to shift toward sustainable use of marine resources. The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Japan Office, Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) Japan, and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Japan hold the Sustainable Seafood Week (SSW) 2017 to further spread the awareness of sustainable seafood across Japan in October. The annual campaign started in 2014 and this time is the fourth year.
Sustainable Seafood refers to food made from fish caught by methods that prevent depletion of marine resources or farmed responsibly, and do not have adverse effects on the biological system, to preserve the valuable marine resources into the future. Marubeni has been promoting the handling of MSC certified products, which are guaranteed as natural marine products caught with consideration of marine resources and the environment. Marubeni supports the activities of the Sustainable Seafood Week that aim to spread the practice of sustainable seafood.

Click here to view the "Sustainable Seafood Week 2017" web site. 
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Environmental Assessment of Development Projects and Financing/Investment

Before launching a development project or financing or investing in a new business, Marubeni assesses the project's conformity with environmental laws and the levels of possible adverse impact on the environment in the event of an accident or some other emergency using the “Environmental Evaluation Sheet.” The complete evaluation sheet is used as part of making the final decision on whether or not the project should be implemented.
Follow-up evaluation is also conducted for projects considered to have potential environmental risks as a result of the initial assessment. Follow-up is continued until all concerns have been dispelled. In the year ended March 31, 2017, we assessed 73 projects with environmental risks, including projects for natural resources and energy development, food production and transportation, real estate development and others.

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Promoting Environmental Consideration at Marubeni Group Companies

In an effort to reduce the environmental impact of our overall business operations, Marubeni Group companies are encouraged to support and join environmental conservation activities, which are designed in line with the Marubeni Group Environmental Policy. We also monitor their ISO 14001 status, emergency response measures, and environmental management systems.
In addition, Marubeni Group companies are asked to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements and develop contingency plans for emergencies.

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