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CSR at the ICT, General Products & Realty Company
CSR at this Division Company
Raising environmental awareness and contributing to the development of prosperous communities and societies
Through the provision of environmentally friendly products and services as well as products and solutions that help realize more prosperous societies by responding to regional and social needs, we will contribute to advancing the development of regional communities and the international society as a whole while also supporting safe and affluent lifestyles.
Tomofumi YoshidaPresident,ICT, General Products & Realty Company
CSR Action Plans
Key points of our FY2012 action plans
As part of our environmentally friendly business efforts, we will trade internationally certified forest products and promote the development of solar power generation systems and other highly functional, environmentally friendly housing and social infrastructure. At the same time, we will step up our supply chain management efforts. In addition, we will utilize information technologies to develop creative energy management solutions businesses, smart infrastructure businesses, retail finance businesses in Asia and Europe, and other businesses that contribute to the realization of prosperous societies by addressing social needs.
Major CSR Initiatives
Development of Energy and Smart IT Infrastructure Business Utilizing IT
Under the brand ecoFORTE, ITOCHU is developing energy and smart infrastructure business utilizing IT. Drawing on IT, we are providing integrated solutions for measurement and control of energy consumption in air conditioning and lighting equipment. For example, we are participating in the Akita City Smart City Integrated Information Management Platform Project in “Akita Smart City Project.” We are also providing management and control solutions for outdoor street lighting. Under the Ministry of the Environment's “2011 Challenge 25 Regional Development Project,” we introduced these solutions in Tsukuba City in cooperation with Iwasaki Electric Co., Ltd., and Panasonic Corporation. Moving forward, we will continue to implement initiatives in the area of energy and smart IT infrastructure utilizing IT.
Contributions to local communities in overseas distribution business
The Logistics Services Department conducts logistics operations throughout Asia. In China, where we have a network of around 95 locations that cover the entire nation, our operations are led mainly by Itochu Logistics (China) Co., Ltd. and Ting Tong Logistics Co., Ltd., in what is the leading Japanese distribution network. By utilizing this network, we have extended our reach into the country's interior and are able to deliver consumer goods to all corners of China. In this way and others, we are expanding business opportunities for ITOCHU Corporation itself as well as customers and contributing to local communities from the standpoint of distribution. We have also begun expanding distribution networks in India and Indonesia.
Karawang Industrial Park aims for harmony with Indonesian society
Karawang Industrial Park (KIIC, development area 1,177ha), which ITOCHU has invested in and operated from 1992, is working jointly with tenant companies to aggressively conduct CSR activities with an aim of co-existence and co-prosperity with neighboring communities. In addition to direct support such as supplying baby food to infants in neighboring villages and providing scholarships to junior and senior high school students, an agricultural park has been established within the industrial park with the cooperation of Bogor Agricultural University, with programs conducted to instruct local farmers in the cultivation of high-value-added vegetables and catfish farming, as well as environmental improvement. In addition, more than 10,000 seedlings that are grown in the agricultural park's nursery and planted in the grounds of the industrial park or in neighboring villages, and support is also provided for local healthcare facilities. Furthermore, by providing business opportunities, such as for production of the work clothes of the tenant companies, we are working to contribute to the development of local small-scale businesses and to operate the industrial park with close ties to neighboring communities.
CSR Initiatives by Major Group Companies
Contributing to environmental conservation just by living
Adoption of “Green Power” generated with natural energy
ITOCHU Property Development, Ltd.
Green Power is electric power generated using natural energy such as wind power, hydraulic power, and biomass (biological resources), which is available to companies, etc. for use as one of their voluntary environmental measures. Under the system of Green Power, the environmental added value of power generated using natural energy is traded in the form of the "Certificate of Green Power," and companies and organizations that hold this certificate are recognized as having improved the environment based on the amount of power described on the certificate and thus as having contributed to the promotion of natural energy.
ITOCHU Property Development, Ltd. purchases 1,000,000 kWh/ year of Green Power (equivalent to reduction of CO2 by 370 tons per year*1) from Japan Natural Energy Co., Ltd. The company allocates the purchased Green Power (amount for the first year) to power consumed in the communal areas of the condominiums it sells*2. This means that residents of the condominiums can contribute to reducing CO2 emissions.
- *1 Calculated using Tokyo Electric Power Company's emissions factor after adjustment for fiscal 2010, which is of 0.000374t-CO2/kWh.
- *2 In principle, the introduction of Green Energy to newly offered condominiums is undertaken only in projects operated solely by ITOCHU Property Development, Ltd., which is subject to change in future.
Promoting Protection of Water Resources and Resource Recycling
ITC Green & Water Corp.
ITC Green & Water Corp. has been working for some 30 years to develop and improve technologies for cleaning organic effluent such as livestock wastewater. The company has leveraged its expertise in wastewater treatment to create a new business with a system for improving substratum and water quality in dam reservoirs and ports that have become polluted due to oxygen depletion. The company also operates an environmental solutions business that contributes to resource recycling with its integrated treatment system, from wastewater treatment to making effective use of sludge. One example is an initiative to compact organic sludge, which had conventionally been treated as waste, and compost or convert it into fuel.