SocialPolicies and Initiatives Considering Environment and Society

Food-related Business

Marubeni Group Meat (Beef) Supply Initiatives

The Marubeni Group is committed to procuring beef with an emphasis on ensuring food safety to meet the increasing demand for high quality beef in countries around the world.

For imported beef, we select suppliers from beef producing areas around the world, including North America, Australia, and South America, on the precondition that they handle beef that can be traced not only in terms of quality, production processes, and hygiene management, but also to the farms from which the live cattle are shipped.

The Group' s two major beef-related businesses are Rangers Valley Cattle Station Pty, Ltd ("Rangers Valley"), a feedlot in Australia, and Creekstone Farms Premium Beef LLC ("Creekstone"), a beef processing business in the United States. The two companies produce, process, and sell premium beef with high quality considering sustainability.

  • Creekstone
  • Rangers Valley
  • Rangers Valley (Aerial photo)

Our Policy

The Marubeni Group is committed to maintaining food safety, and to expanding the sale of high-quality, sustainable premium beef, as outlined in the policy below:

1. Ensuring Traceability

     The Marubeni Group’s beef-related businesses ensure traceability of beef to the herd at farms and/or feedlots. We also aim to secure traceability of imported beef to the herd at farms and/or feedlots.

2. Initiatives to Reduce Environmental Impact

     The Group's beef-related businesses regularly assess the impact of their operations on the environment and aim to reduce their environmental footprint.

3. Animal Welfare and Food Safety Initiatives

     During the production of our beef products, in addition to ensuring food safety, we engage in business operations that give consideration to animal welfare.

  • Black Angus cattle (Photo: Creekstone)
  • Black Angus cattle (Photo: Rangers Valley)

Initiative Example

1. Initiatives to Ensure Traceability

In the procurement of Group's beef-related business, we have ensured traceability for each living cattle to the shipping farms at Rangers Valley, and to the feedlots at Creekstone, as detailed below. For imported beef that we purchase, we are also aiming to establish traceability to the shipping farms and/or feedlots. The number of cattle shipped and the traceability rate for each beef-related group’s business are as follows:

Head of Cattle Shipped and Traceability
  2018 2019 2020
Rangers Valley 58,859 54,147 55,330
Creekstone 297,075 338,782 447,573
Rangers Valley: For each living cattle to the shipping farms
Creekstone: To the feedlots
100% 100% 100%

Beef (grain-fed) Supply Chain

Beef (grain-fed) Supply Chain

The Australian feedlot operator Rangers Valley ensures the traceability of its cattle based on the National Livestock Identification System*1. All animals are given electronic radio frequency identification (RFID) tags for tracking birth dates and breeding history. In addition, the company has built a close relationship with more than 400 breeding and rearing farms, and procures live cattle after ascertaining genetic information and birth records. Rangers Valley ensures the supply of beef with a focus on food safety through individual controls and traceability.

1 Australia’s system for identification and traceability of livestock.

2. Initiatives to Reduce Environmental Impact

<Initiatives at Rangers Valley>
Rangers Valley uses life cycle assessment (LCA) to check the impact of their business on the environment. Additionally, the company aims to increase animal size efficiently by voluntarily reviewing feed formulation and feeding/fattening methods. Rangers Valley continually strives to reduce the environmental impact of its feedlot operations.

<Initiatives at Creekstone>
Creekstone is working to reduce the volume of water it consumes by, for example, reusing wastewater from its plant to use as cleaning water for live cattle holding pens.

Through both businesses, we will continue our efforts to reduce our environmental impact.

3. Other Initiatives Related to Animal Welfare and Food Safety

<Initiatives at Rangers Valley>
Rangers Valley is committed to raising healthy cattle to guarantee food safety. In particular, the company blends plant-derived feed ingredients that it procures in-house for each stage of fattening and fattens the cattle without the use of growth hormones. The company also places an emphasis on ensuring the safety of feed ingredients by requiring feed ingredient suppliers to submit a Commodity Vendor Declaration.

<Initiatives at Creekstone>
To meet market needs, Creekstone has established a USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) certification program to provide “Creekstone Farms Natural Black Angus Beef,” raised without the use of growth hormones, antibiotics, or animal-derived feed. The Creekstone Farms Natural Black Angus Beef program obtained the “Certified Humane” certification from the HFAC (Humane Farm Animal Care*2) organization, a third-party certification body, since September 2015.

Creekstone's live cattle holding facility is an indoor facility—a rarity in the U.S.—that was designed to reduce stress on live cattle based on the opinions of Dr. Temple Grandin, a leading expert on animal welfare in the U.S. The facility is designed to avoid cattle being exposed to direct sunlight and maintains a constant temperature inside the facility, its exterior walls helping to maintain an environment with less external stress on the animals.

Creekstone conducts a series of animal welfare e-learning training courses designed specifically for animal handlers by Intertek Alchemy and the North American Meat Institute, for all employees who may handle live cattle to raise awareness of the importance of animal welfare.

2 Humane Farm Animal Care: A non-profit organization established to promote and administer the “Certified Humane® Raised & Handled” certification and labeling program for meat, dairy, eggs and poultry raised in accordance with U.S. animal welfare standards.

To see more initiatives and to purchase our premium beef of Creekstone and Rangers Valley, please click the link below.
Rangers Valley

Adaptation to Climate Change in Feed Material Procurement

Climate change has significant impact on the procurement of raw materials for the feed mixtures for livestock and fisheries, and Marubeni acknowledges that adaptation to climate change is a priority issue in our risk management.
If the ways of agriculture and fishery change along with climate change, it may also reduce the production of the farm and marine products that are the protein sources of formula feed, or affect the formula ratio, quality, and other aspects.
Marubeni monitors climate patterns, temperature, and other factors by product and region to mitigate climate change risks, while also considering the potential influences of climate change as part of our management strategy.
Additionally, as part of our countermeasures for climate change risks, we are actively working on research and innovations in developing substitutes for animal protein material derived from fish and livestock.

Textiles-related Business: Initiatives to Procure Textile Raw Materials in Consideration of the Environment

Enhancing the handling of environmentally friendly fiber materials

In recent years, sustainability has become a trend in the global fashion market, and awareness of this trend, in both producers and consumers, has been increasing.
As such, Marubeni is expanding and enhancing its handling of environmentally friendly textile raw materials as one of its initiatives to contribute to sustainability.
Marubeni will continue to stably procure and supply GOTS-certified organic cotton from India and will also encourage its suppliers to switch to organic cotton in order to grow our business further.
In addition, by the end of FY2021, Marubeni is planning to start supplying polyester raw materials and cellulose fiber raw materials recycled from cotton and polyester products by utilizing the textile recycling technology of Circ LLC, a United States-based company in which Marubeni invested in 2019. By combining this initiative with Marubeni's global network, Marubeni will not only supply recycled fiber raw materials, but also aim to establish a global circular supply chain in the Americas, Europe, and Asia―a market with great future potential.

Please click here for more details on the initiatives of Circ LLC.

Procurement of organic cotton

Marubeni has partnered with an Indian textile company to supply organic cotton yarn to domestic and foreign weaving and knitting 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 FY2019 FY2020
Organic cotton handling volume (tonnes) 1,150 2,787 1,162
Proportion to overall cotton traded 3.7% 11% 10%
Traceability 100% 100% 100%
GOTS certification 100% 100% 100%

Forestry-related Business

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.*3
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.

3Chuetsu Pulp & Paper Co., Ltd (Japanese Only)

Initiatives for Reducing Environmental Impact (Koa Kogyo)

As a resource conservation measure, Marubeni’s consolidated subsidiary Koa Kogyo Co., Ltd. is working to reduce the amount of water resources it uses in the production process.

Since large quantities of water are needed in papermaking operations, Koa Kogyo secures the necessary water from both industrial and well water sources and recycles water in the manufacturing process. In waste water, strict water quality standards are met by using activated sludge tanks to reduce chemical oxygen demand (COD) and biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) and by purifying water.

Koa Kogyo is also working to reduce waste volume. By pulping waste paper using a high-consistency pulper, Koa Kogyo can recycle paper that was previously incinerated because it could not be processed. Furthermore, all combustible garbage is disposed of utilizing high-temperature incinerators, and the thermal energy is recovered and used for thermal recycling. Because it processes waste at high temperatures of 900–1,000°C, this incinerator emits virtually no toxic dioxins and meets environmental standards for NOx, SOx and CO2 emissions.

In addition, Koa Kogyo collects waste paper and office waste to be recycled and reused as paperboard. By doing so, the company has established a closed recycling system with customers and is reducing the burden on the environment.

Click here to view Koa Kogyo’s environmental initiatives (Japanese only)

Initiatives for Environmentally Friendly Pulp Manufacturing

To reduce its impact on the environment, the pulp mill of our subsidiary in Indonesia employs elemental chlorine-free (ECF) bleaching pulp manufacturing process.

See here to learn more about our ECF initiatives

Real Estate-related Business

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. UUR 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 2020, JRA has earned the Green Star (the highest award) for six 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.

Other Environmentally and Socially Conscious Policies and Initiatives

Initiatives for the Sequestration, Capture, and Storage of Carbon Dioxide

Marubeni is an investor in Japan CCS Co., Ltd., which was established in May 2008, in response to the Japanese government’s call for the development of CCS*4 technologies as a countermeasure to global warming. It was founded by major private-sector firms with expertise in CCS-related fields joining forces to meet the new demands. As a private-sector corporation that brings together and integrates CCS technologies, the company conducts surveys on how to commercialize technologies for the separation, capture, transport, and geological storage of CO2, as well as R&D and testing in these fields.

4CCS is an acronym for Carbon Capture and Storage and refers to the capture and storage of carbon dioxide (CO2). Specifically, it involves technologies for capturing CO2 emitted by factories, power plants and the like before it is released into the atmosphere, transporting it to underground geological strata suited to storing it, and storing it in a stable manner over long periods of time.

Large-Scale CCS Demonstration Project

Marubeni is working on a project to verify the establishment of an international supply chain to liquify hydrogen produced with unused lignite (i.e. “brown coal”) from Victoria, Australia, and transport it to Japan. For the future commercialization of liquified hydrogen made with this technology, it will be necessary to use CCS technologies to capture, and store the CO2 generated in the hydrogen production process. In part because of this, Marubeni regularly visits the Tomakomai CCS Demonstration Project Center, which is a facility in the city of Tomakomai, Hokkaido, operated by Japan CCS Co., Ltd., to observe the work done there. The demonstration project has been running for nine years, from FY2012 to FY2020, and is slated to store a cumulative total of 300,000 tons of carbon dioxide underground.

Japan CCS Co., Ltd.

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.