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 2016.
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.
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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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, 2016, we assessed 83 projects with environmental risks, including projects for natural resources and energy development, food production and transportation, real estate development and others.
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.