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  • North America
  • Latin America &
    the Caribbean
  • Europe
  • Africa
  • Middle East
  • Central Asia
  • East Asia
  • Asia & Oceania

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Key Sustainability Issues (Materiality) Themes of Key Importance for MC's Sustainable Growth

Approach to Identifying Our Key Sustainability Issues

Responding to global sustainability issues, including meeting or exceeding the rising expectations of our stakeholders, has an increasing impact on MC's longterm growth year by year. In recognition of this fact, we have stepped up our efforts to simultaneously generate economic value, societal value, and environmental value by pursuing businesses that generate value for societies as part of the vision set forth in Midterm Corporate Strategy 2018. We have identifi ed key issues for MC's sustainable growth as mileposts to help us realize the simultaneous generation of these three kinds of value in a proactive, integrated manner based on the nature of our business as a sogo shosha.

Overview of the Identification Process

  • Step1Creating a list of potential themes

    Based on external guidelines including the ISO International Standards and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)*1, MC compiled a comprehensive longlist of potential themes that the entire company should take into account in order to achieve long-term, sustainable growth.

  • Step2Gauging the importance of each theme based on internal and external perspectives

    We assigned a weighting to each theme identified in Step 1 based on the potential scale of impact in terms of both opportunities and risks that will influence MC's sustainable growth. The perspectives of MC's groups and business groups (horizontal axis) as well as those of our external stakeholders*2 (vertical axis) were gathered. We then compiled a shortlist of themes that we determined to be highly material from both perspectives.

  • Discussion with members of the CSR & Environmental Affairs Advisory Committee

    Step3Determining the Key Sustainability Issues

    We reexamined the themes identified as most important in Step 2 while incorporating the views of our external stakeholders, including those of our CSR & Environmental Affairs Advisory Committee. Then, after careful consideration by the Board of Directors, the Key Sustainability Issues were finalized.

*1:The Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 set out by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015

*2:Various stakeholders including institutional investors, NGOs and outside experts

We identified seven key sustainability issues with the goal of simultaneously generating the three kinds of value which are essential for MC to achieve sustainable growth. Through initiatives that address each of these themes, MC will strive to create businesses that generate value for societies.

Key Sustainability Issues (Materiality)

  • Transitioning to a Low-carbon Society
  • Procuring and Supplying in a Sustainable Manner
  • Tackling Evolving Regional Issues
  • Addressing the Needs of Society through Business Innovation
  • Conserving the Natural Environment
  • Growing Together with Local Communities
  • Fostering Our Employees' Maximum Potential
  • Issues

    Overview

    Initiative examplesInitiative
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    • Issues

    • Transitioning to a Low-carbon Society

    • Overview

    • In anticipation of the impact that climate change is expected to have on the Company’s business activities, MC is working to address these potential impacts, while at the same time actively pursuing businesses that facilitate the transition to a low-carbon society and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

    • Initiative example

    • Offshore wind power project in the Netherlands

    • We constructed and operate an offshore wind farm with Eneco in the Netherlands. Since starting operation in 2015, the project's 43 turbines have supplied clean electricity to 150,000 households in the country, contributing to the transition to a low-carbon society.

    • Addressing Climate Change

      Please see the link below for details.

      Addressing Climate Change (Updated Sep. 20, 2017)(PDF:94KB)
      Response to CDP Climate Change

      MC has responded to the CDP Climate Change questionnaire since 2003. Please see the link below for MC's response to CDP Climate Change 2017.

      CDP Climate Change 2017 Response (Updated Sep. 20, 2017)(PDF:445KB)
    • Issues

    • Procuring and Supplying in a Sustainable Manner

    • Overview

    • MC will ensure the stable, sustainable procurement and supply of resources, raw materials and other inputs in line with the needs of each country around the world. In addition, we will consider environmental and social factors throughout our supply chains.

    • Initiative example

    • The Donggi-Senoro LNG project in Indonesia contributes to a stable supply of natural gas

    • This LNG project is being operated exclusively by Asian companies without the involvement of major resource companies. As the largest shareholder in this project, MC contributes to the stable supply of energy in Japan as well as throughout East Asia.

    • Issues

    • Tackling Evolving Regional Issues

    • Overview

    • MC will continue to take appropriate steps to address geopolitical risk while at the same time contributing solutions through its business for issues faced by each country and region, thereby supporting the development of economies and societies.

    • Initiative example

    • The Thilawa industrial park development project contributes to economic development in Myanmar

    • MC is helping to create local employment and facilitate the growth of industrial infrastructure in Myanmar by developing this industrial park in Thilawa, located on the outskirts of Yangon. The site opened in September 2015 as the result of the efforts of partners in both Japan and Myanmar, and it is making steady progress.

    • Issues

    • Addressing the Needs of Society through Business Innovation

    • Overview

    • MC will stay on the pulse of major industrial shifts brought about by technological advances, while continually creating innovative businesses that contribute to solutions for social issues.

    • Initiative example

    • Collaborating with Tata to pursue IT businesses

    • Leveraging partnerships between companies including Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and our overseas facilities such as our branch offi ce in Silicon Valley, MC gathers information about new technologies and business models. We are also developing businesses in industrial sectors where the adoption of digital technologies is having a major impact.

    • Issues

    • Conserving the Natural Environment

    • Overview

    • Recognizing the Earth as our largest stakeholder, MC works to ensure the continuity of its business by preserving biodiversity, reducing its environmental impact and conserving the natural environment.

    • Initiative example

    • The Tropical Forest Regeneration Experimental Project is conducted in 4 countries.

    • In 1990, we launched this experimental project in Malaysia with the goal of rapidly regenerating degraded rainforests. Today, the trees planted at the outset are more than 20 meters tall, and we have expanded this project to Brazil, Kenya and Indonesia.


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    • Issues

    • Growing Together with Local Communities

    • Overview

    • MC will contribute to regional development through its business and corporate philanthropy initiatives, and the Company will aim to grow together with the regions and communities where it operates.

    • Initiative example

    • Supporting technical education at a center for plastic molding and fabrication training

    • Expanding employment opportunities for young workers is a key issue in Saudi Arabia. MC collaborates with several companies representing local industrial organizations as well as partners such as the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation and the Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources to support operations at a center for plastic molding and fabrication training.

    • Issues

    • Fostering Our Employees' Maximum Potential

    • Overview

    • MC will work to develop human resources with advanced management capabilities who will become the driving force behind corporate value creation by developing career opportunities and workplaces where the members of its diverse workforce are able to grow as they share values in a spirit of mutual learning.

    • Initiative example

    • Jason Stevens, the newly appointed President & CEO of Mitsubishi International Corporation

    • MC takes a comprehensive, global approach to human resources and career development. Through phased training programs and experience through overseas assignments, our employees worldwide are able develop professionally and contribute to the Company.


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