The Textile Company consists of three divisions—the Apparel Division, the Brand Marketing Division 1, and the Brand Marketing Division 2—and develops businesses in a wide range of fields from raw materials to finished products, and from fashion to non-fiber materials. We are proud to be the leading Japanese general trading company in the textile field.
Sustainability Action Plans
Prior to FY2017, we cooperated fully with the Japan Fair Trade Commissionon its series of investigations into sales of corporate uniforms. However, thecommission issued the Company a cease-and-desist order citing infringementof Japan's Antimonopoly Act on certain projects. We take the situation quite seriously and will consistently apply the preventive measures* we formulated based on internal investigation results and external advisors' opinions to secure and solidify compliance with alllaws and ordinances, including the Antimonopoly Act.
- These measures include: (1) Adjusting our internal rules related to compliance with the Antimonopoly Act, (2) Promoting voluntary reporting of violations, and (3)Strengthening and enhancing education on compliance with the Antimonopoly Act
ESG related activities
Strengthen Branding of Natural and Environment-Friendly Materials
We've differentiated ourselves from competitors in our original raw materials business by branding, commercializing, and proposing natural materials like Peruvian Pima, Hamilton Lambs Wool, and One Cotton.
As the transitional momentum toward sustainable materials in the global apparel market increases, we will strive to upgrade and expand our original materials and develop environment-friendly materials in the near future.
Hunting World's Activities to Support Borneo
Hunting World is a luxury brand handled by ITOCHU Corporation. Since its creation in 1965, its logo has depicted a tuskless baby elephant. Besides symbolizing freedom and rebirth, this logo expresses the issue of protection of endangered species, and underscores the love and respect for nature felt by the brand's founder. To realize its dream of coexistence with nature, Hunting World Japan Co., Ltd., an ITOCHU Group company that sells the products of the brand in Japan, has been supporting activities for conservation of biodiversity by the NPO Borneo Conservation Trust (BCT) since 2008. The company designs and sells charity goods, and donates 1% of the proceeds from these sales. The donation is used for various conservation activities by the BCT. The fall of 2011 saw the birth of the first site of the Hunting World Kyosei no Mori (Symbiotic Forest of Hunting World) in four acres of land within the Green Corridor Plan* zone in Sabah, Malaysia, using the financial aid provided up to that point. In addition, an additional 1.5 hectares of land was purchased as the second site in February 2016. The financial aid was also used for establishing the Borneo Elephant Sanctuary, the first facility in the Wildlife Rescue Center project promoted by BCT Japan, which is supporting BCT.
* Green Corridor Plan: An initiative for conservation of biodiversity, by buying back land, separating forest preserves and protected forests in order to create a corridor for wild animals to move between those forests.