Mitsubishi Corporation

Philosophy and Principles

For Mitsubishi Corporation, The Three Corporate Principles have constituted our corporate philosophy since our foundation.

The Three Corporate Principles espouse the cultivation of a business that contributes to the future of the world and humanity. They compel us to conduct business with fairness and integrity at all times, while seeking to balance social and environmental needs.

Our policies including the "Corporate Standards of Conduct", the "Environmental Charter" and the "Social Charter" were formulated in accordance with the Three Corporate Principles. Striving to raise corporate value as a global business enterprise, MC aims to contribute to the continual advancement of society.

The Three Corporate Principles

The Three Corporate Principles are the foundation of the vision and strategy for our commitment to corporate social responsibility.

The Three Corporate Principles

Corporate Responsibility to Society"Shoki Hoko"

Strive to enrich society, both materially and spiritually, while contributing towards the preservation of the global environment.

Integrity and Fairness"shoji Komei"

Maintain principles of transparency and openness, conducting business with integrity and fairness.

Global Understanding Through Business"Ritsugyo Boeki"

Expand business, based on an all-encompassing global perspective.

(The modern day interpretation of the Three Corporate Principles, as agreed on at the Mitsubishi Kinyokai meeting of the companies that constitute the so-called Mitsubishi group in January 2001.)

Environmental Charter

At Mitsubishi Corporation we consider the Earth itself to be our most important stakeholder and are continually working towards the realization of a sustainable society through our business activities.

  • We will strive to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by continually implementing new efficiency measures and embracing new technologies.
  • We will promote the sustainable use of natural resources including energy, minerals, food stocks and water throughout our global business operations.
  • We recognize the critical importance of what ecosystems can provide and are committed to protecting ecosystems and mitigating any potential impacts on biodiversity.
  • We will strive to create and enhance environmental benefits by undertaking conservation activities and reducing our environmental footprint.
  • We will continue to actively engage and work with our various stakeholders openly and transparently and disclose information on the environmental impacts of our business operations in an appropriate and timely manner.
  • We will conduct all of our activities in compliance with environmental laws while adhering to international rules and social standards.

July 2010

Social Charter

Mitsubishi Corporation strives to achieve sustainable societal value though our business operations by contributing towards lasting solutions to the wide spectrum of sustainability challenges facing today's global society.

  • We will work to address local societal challenges in the regions and communities in which we operate, contributing to lasting and sustainable development through our business activities.
  • We will continue our wide-ranging philanthropic commitments while regularly adapting our approach in line with ever-evolving societal needs and challenges.
  • We will fully respect human rights and indigenous peoples' rights. We will also fully respect fundamental labor rights and endeavor to ensure the provision of safe and healthy working environments.
  • We will not engage in corruption of any kind and will take appropriate preventative measures to safeguard against such practices.
  • We will continue to actively engage and work with our various stakeholders openly and transparently and disclose information on the social impacts of our business operations in an appropriate and timely manner.

April 2014

Participation in the United Nations Global Compact

Mitsubishi Corporation joined the UN Global Compact in 2010, declaring our commitment to the following ten universal principles in four fields: human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption. Guided also by the spirit of the Three Corporate Principles, we are promoting initiatives in each of these four areas.

United Nations Global Compact

The Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact

Human rights
  • Principle 1Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and
  • Principle 2make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.
  • Principle 3Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;
  • Principle 4the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labor;
  • Principle 5the effective abolition of child labor; and
  • Principle 6the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.
  • Principle 7Businesses are asked to support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;
  • Principle 8undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and
  • Principle 9encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.
  • Principle 10Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.