Corporate Social Responsibility

Mitsubishi International Corporation (MIC) conducts business in accordance with the three Corporate Principles established by its parent, Mitsubishi Corporation: corporate responsibility to society, integrity and fairness, and Global Understanding Through Business.

Rooted in these principles, we rely on the PDFCorporate Standards of Conduct (PDF:14KB), which mandate six points to be considered in our daily business activities, and the PDFCode of Business Conduct (PDF:5.46MB), which states eleven basic principles that each employee must follow.

Environmental Initiatives

Mitsubishi Corporation (MC) recognizes that an enterprise with global reach cannot continue to exist without consideration for its environmental performance. Therefore, MC strives to preserve the global environment and pursues sustainable development through all aspects of its business activities. MC's Environmental Charter, enacted in 1996 and recently updated in July 2010, applies to Mitsubishi Corporation and all domestic and overseas subsidiaries, including Mitsubishi International Corporation and articulates Guidelines for Corporate Action. MIC is also bound by policies that pertain to specific environmental issues such as our forestry and marine policies.

In September, 2005, for instance, joint venture Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries Inc., which manages 13.6 million acres in northeastern Alberta, Canada, was awarded certification by the SmartWood program of the Rainforest Alliance, an accredited certifier of the Forest Stewardship Council, in recognition of the company's demonstrated environmentally responsible, socially beneficial and economically viable forest management practices. Alberta-Pacific's forest represents the largest Forest Stewardship Council-certified forest in the world, and is the first in Alberta and in the boreal forest of western Canada to be certified by the Council.

MC, together with MIC, is continually looking for ways to help curb global climate change. For example, MC has participated in the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) by releasing carbon emissions data to the world's largest institutional investors. Details can be found on Open in new windowCDP's website.

MIC's corporate responsibility to society is visible through the activities of the Mitsubishi Corporation Foundation for the Americas, which was founded in 1992 to support environmental protection and sustainability, human rights and poverty alleviation.

Human Rights

In addition to environmental stewardship, MC also believes that respect for human rights is a vital element of its corporate social responsibility. The Mitsubishi Corporate Code of Conduct stipulates clearly that the company will "respect human rights; will not engage in discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, creed, religion, or any other grounds; will not tolerate sexual harassment; will foster a proper understanding and awareness of the issue of human rights; will respect the cultures, customs, and language of other countries and regions; and will promote and maintain harmony with the international and local communities in which it operates." Moreover, MC is committed to all international conventions on human rights, including the Open in new windowUniversal Declaration of Human Rights, Open in new windowILO Core Labor Standards, and the Voluntary Principles of Security and Human Rights.

Sustainability Report and Stakeholder Engagement

Part of our responsibility to society is to be transparent about the impact of our business activities on the earth. Please read about our CSR activities in more detail by visiting MC's latest Open in new windowSustainability Report. MIC is committed to continuing engagement with our stakeholders so that we can further examine our sustainability footprint. It is important to note that MC's Sustainability Report was prepared with reference to the Open in new windowGlobal Reporting Initiative Guidelines.

Policy Statements

PDFForestry Policy (PDF:143KB)

Mitsubishi Corporation's (MC) forestry policy applies to MC and all domestic and overseas subsidiaries, including Mitsubishi International Corporation. While MC has no timber harvesting operations in tropical forests, it does have a large boreal forest operation and some temperate forest plantation investment. Mitsubishi Corporation's most significant forestry investment, Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries (Al-Pac), epitomizes the practice of environmentally sustainable management, as evidenced by its recent Forest Stewardship Council Certification.

PDFDolphin Safe Tuna Policy (PDF:180KB)

Mitsubishi International Corporation has adopted a dolphin-safe corporate policy to help eliminate the injury and death of dolphins and whales when fishing for tuna. We are committed to purchasing and distributing tuna only from packers/suppliers that have a dolphin-safe corporate policy confirmed by Earth Island Institute.

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