Our Way to SustainabilityMarubeni Materiality


Basic Approach

In accordance with the spirit of the Company Creed of “Fairness , Innovation , and Harmony ,” the Marubeni Group is proudly committed to social and economic development and safeguarding the global environment by conducting fair and upright corporate activities. In order for the Marubeni Group to fulfill its responsibilities as a member of society, it is essential for each Group employee to perform their work activities with a strong awareness of sustainability for the global environment and society. By diligently addressing Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) issues, and working to achieve sound management that co-exists in harmony with the environment and society, we believe we can be recognized by society as an even better corporate citizen, and achieve sustainable growth. The Marubeni Group aims to earn the trust of all stakeholders  as a corporate group with high ethical standards.

The sustainability of the global environment and society that is the goal of the Marubeni Group cannot be achieved only through the thoughts and actions of the group employees. It is crucial to always be receptive to the opinions of stakeholders and to devise measures together, as well as implementing them. Marubeni is building the foundations for a sustainable corporate group by earning the trust of our various stakeholders and working to fulfill expectations and deliver benefits.

The initiatives at Marubeni addressing Environmental, Social and Governance issues  are being implemented based on the policies outlined below, including the Company Creed. There is also careful attention paid to international regulations and guidelines to clarify the important issues, and to verify the directions of our activities.

Participation in International Initiatives

Participation in the UN Global Compact

In December 2012 Marubeni declared its support for the UN Global Compact. The compact was proposed in 1999 by then UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, and formally launched in the following year. Participating corporations seek to support and practice 10 principles relating to the areas of human rights, labor, environment, and anti-corruption. Marubeni is working to realize the ideals of the UN Global Compact by supporting these 10 principles.

The UN Global Compact’s 10 Principles

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

Marubeni Corporation engages in activities as a Corporate Member of the Global Compact Network Japan (GCNJ), the local network of United Nations Global Compact in Japan.
Working Groups, which are organized by theme, are held mainly by the network members of Global Compact Network Japan (GCNJ). Marubeni takes part in the following Working Groups.

In the year ended March 31, 2015 Committee of Supply Chains
Committee of Creating Shared Value
Committee of ISO26000
In the year ended March 31, 2016 Committee of Human Rights Due Diligence
Committee of Environmental Management
Committee of Creating Shared Value
Committee of Stakeholder Engagement
Committee of Supply Chains
Committee of Anti-Corruption
In the year ending March 31, 2017 Committee of Human Rights Due Diligence
Committee of Environmental Management
Committee of SRI/ESG
Committee of SDGs
Committee of Anti-Corruption

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

SDGs are shared goals of the international community, with the aim of achieving sustainable development socially, economically and environmentally.

In 2015 the UN adopted an agenda of 17 goals, with 169 targets to be achieved by 2030. The Marubeni Group refers to these to evaluate the status of the social problem-solving activities from a mid-to long-term perspective, including disclosing the connections between the Action Plans and Targets of the various business groups and the SDG targets.

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Identification and review process of material issues for sustainability

Based on our stakeholders’ expectations and concerns, and Marubeni’s impact on the environment and society, we identify and address issues that have high materiality in line with the following two themes.

  1. The Marubeni Group fulfills its responsibility toward the environmental and social impact of its businesses.
  2. The Marubeni Group solves social and environmental issues while strengthening its competitiveness, leading to sustainable growth.

The Sustainability Action Plan and Targets is created to clarify the relationships between the material issues for sustainability and the planning and targets of each business group; and, progress reports are issued periodically.

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We believe that the material issues for sustainability must be constantly reviewed as the society and environment surrounding the company continue to change.
Specifically, we perform regular reviews through dialogs with stakeholders and checks of the expectations from society, as well as constantly analyzing the impact on the company.

  • Material issues for sustainability
    Material issues for sustainability
  • Identification and Review Process
    Identification and Review Process

Implementation System

Marubeni has established the Sustainability Management Committee as a system to share and promote activities aimed at sustainability for the environment and society.

The Sustainability Management Committee was formed in April 2018 from a reorganization of the previous CSR & Environment Committee in order to strengthen sustainability initiatives. The Sustainability Management Committee is under the direct control of the President, and convenes several times per year, as needed. The company’s basic policies and measures for sustainability including identification and periodic review of the material issues with consideration of the ESG perspectives, climate change and the transition to low-carbon society, measures on conservation of biodiversity, as well as human rights in business and risk management in the supply chain are discussed, and reports are made to the Board of Directors. In addition, there are three committee members who are external directors or outside auditors, who act as advisors and provide an external point of view. The Sustainability Management Committee is directed by the President and CEO, and the Board of Directors provides oversight by receiving regular reports on the important issues that are discussed by the committee. The environmental management system functions that were the responsibility of the former CSR & Environment Committee, including the management reviews based on the requirements of the ISO 14001 standards, have been transferred to an Environment Committee, established under the Sustainability Management Committee.