SocialPolicies and Initiatives Considering Environment and Society

Policy on Environmental and Social Initiatives in the Real Estate Business

The Marubeni Group’s business activities contribute to solving environmental and social issues with the aim of providing people with comfortable places to live.
For the environment, in design, construction and property management, we not only apply existing environmental measures, but also take steps to improve energy efficiency and energy-saving performance in materials procurement as well as our various facilities and systems. In this way, we are helping to realize a low-carbon society and curb global warming.
For society, in every aspect of design, construction, and property management, we build relationships with tenants, the region, and communities, working together with them to tackle social issues. In urban redevelopment projects, we cooperate with stakeholders to create neighborhoods that contribute to the local community as a whole, thereby contributing to sustainable regional development.

Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) Signed by Asset Management Company

Japan REIT Advisors Co., Ltd. (JRA), a Marubeni Group company in the real estate asset management business, has been conducting the investment management for United Urban Investment Corporation (UUR). In November 2018, JRA signed the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), and became a PRI signatory.

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News Release: Japan REIT Advisors Co., Ltd. Recognized as a Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) Signatory

As a comprehensive J-REIT, UUR aims to reduce various risks and secure mid to long-term stable earnings by making real estate investments spanning diverse uses and locations that are not limited by purpose or area. URR is also working to improve sustainability through environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations for sound management that can coexist with society and the natural environment. When considering real estate investments, JRA carefully examines the impact on the environment (asbestos, soil contamination, etc.), tenants (antisocial forces, work environment, etc.), and neighborhood (relationship with the community, traffic volume as a result of the relevant properties, etc.), in addition to the profitability. JRA has earned third-party environmental performance evaluations such as CASBEE (Comprehensive Assessment System for Built Environment Efficiency) through analyses not just at the time of acquisition, but also for efforts to improve the environmental performance after acquisition as well. As a result of these initiatives, as of 2019, JRA has earned the Green Star (the highest award) for five consecutive years in the survey for the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB), the annual benchmark that assesses sustainability practices in the real estate sector.

UUR and JRA will continue to make further efforts to achieve asset management that considers ESG in the future.

Click here to view the “United Urban Investment Corporation” web site.

Click here to view the policies and specific approaches regarding environment, Initiatives for external ESG recognition

Click here to view the “Japan REIT Advisors Co., Ltd.” web site.

Policy on Mine Closures

The Marubeni Group understands the importance of reducing the impact on the environment and surrounding communities when closing down mines. We use a local business entity to communicate with local communities and other stakeholders from the project planning stage, formulate a mine closure plan, conduct an environmental impact assessment, obtain environment-related authorizations from regulatory agencies, carry out various types of monitoring necessary for maintaining those authorizations, and strive to minimize the social and environmental impact when the mine is decommissioned. We also start the necessary rehabilitation before mine closure to lessen the environmental impact after the mine closes.

Initiatives for Cellulose Nanofiber (CNF)

In 2017, Marubeni established a CNF Business Incubation Section responsible for product development and market cultivation using CNF materials. We have already begun the supply of CNF materials for sports products and audio equipment, and are also working to cultivate the market for this new, environmentally friendly material.