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Stakeholder Dialogue 2010
|May 20, 2010|
On May 20, the fifth stakeholders dialogue meeting was held at the Tokyo headquarters. We invited four distinguished panel members to discuss “CSR and ITOCHU's Role in the Development of Emerging Countries” with ITOCHU management.
Key Opinions from Participants
- Ms. Kawaguchi
- Solar power, which is distributed renewable energy, is suited for emerging countries. The key to success is the way how it will be embedded into the social system. I hope that trading companies will utilize their core competencies in advocating for total systems development rather than in supplying individual power units.
- Toshihito Tamba
- Trading companies should develop businesses by using their capabilities to propose total packages and by promoting individual businesses that contribute to the region while also generating earnings.
- Dr. Hiroyuki Kawashima
- Concern about global food shortages is a groundless fear. The problem is inappropriate agricultural policies that keep production stagnant and poor distribution practices.
- Yoshihisa Aoki
- Regarding food, we are seeing increasing disparities and gaps between supply and demand in different regions. We would like to build a new framework in emerging nations by integrating production and distribution to resolve food shortages and meet food needs.
- Mr. Ka Ryu
- The capacity of the earth is finite. We have to seriously consider the socio-economics of how to foster community well-being even without economic growth, especially in light of growth in China and India.
- Satoshi Kikuchi
- Paper consumption per person in 2008 was 59 kilograms in China and 9 kilograms in India in comparison with 242 kilograms in Japan, the latent demand for paper pulp in emerging nations is large.
- Prof. Haruhiko Ando
- The role of trading companies has been to fill in any tangible and physical gaps; however, bridging invisible and intangible matters is becoming more important now. Please endeavor to make real value creation building quite new business models and paradigms.
- Yoshio Akamatsu
- Economic continuity and stability are crucial. We must envision a globalized economy made of equal partners seeing eye to eye.
For the detailed discussions in the dialogue, please refer to the pages of Stakeholder Dialogue in CSR Report 2010