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.

Click here for details on PRI
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.

Initiatives for Cellulose Nanofiber (CNF)

In 2017, Marubeni established a CNF Business Incubation Section to cultivate markets, to develop and sell products using CNF materials together with our partner, Chuetsu Pulp & Paper Co., Ltd.*
CNF is a processed wood fiber (pulp) that is micro-refined to a nanometer (a nanometer is one billionth of a meter) in size, which has more than five times the strength of steel while weighing only one-fifth as much as steel. Although the material is made from plants, a renewable resource, CNF has a variety of potential to be used in such as automobiles, home electric appliances, cosmetics, and we have already supplied it for audio devices and sports equipment like table tennis rackets.
In August 2020, we have begun to sell a composite resin with enhanced strength impact using CNF. It is expected that the product will be put to practical use in the automotive industry and various other industrial fields.
We will continue to develop and supply new eco-friendly materials to the market.

Chuetsu Pulp & Paper Co., Ltd  http://www.chuetsu-pulp.co.jp/ (Japanese Only)

Initiatives for Environmentally Friendly Procurement of Raw Materials for Textiles

Marubeni has partnered with an Indian textile company to supply organic cotton yarn to domestic and foreign weaving, knitting, and sewing factories.
This textile company selects farms and ginning (the post-harvest process for separating the cotton seeds from the fibers) factories with GOTS certification, and purchases raw cotton from them. Because the company itself also has GOTS certification, the organic cotton Marubeni handles is 100% traceable.

Performance data
  FY2018
Organic cotton handling volume (tonnes) 1,150
Proportion to overall cotton traded 3.7%
Traceability 100%
GOTS certification 100%

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.