Environmental Activities Policies

ITOCHU Corporation positions global warming and other environmental problems as one of the top priority issues in its management policy. In addition, to fulfill our corporate philosophy "Committed to the Global Good," we have established the ITOCHU Group Environmental Policy. Now, we advance our corporate management and activities on a global scale under this policy, not only to contribute to the prosperity of the present generation, but also from the view point of what we can create to pass on to the next generation, while keeping a strong awareness of global environmental problems.

The ITOCHU Group Environmental Policy

From April 2018, we adopted the Basic Policy on Promotion of Sustainability as a new policy based on the spirit of Sampo Yoshi, by integrating and consolidating Environmental Policy and Basic Policy for CSR Promotion.

More details on the Basic Policy on Promotion of Sustainability are available here.

ITOCHU Corporation's Stance on the Environment

ITOCHU Corporation is active in Japan and internationally, offering a wide range of products and services, developing resources, and investing in businesses. Our activities are closely related to global environment problems.
We believe that a company cannot grow sustainably without awareness of these problems. In 1990, we created a Global Environment Department, and in April 1993, we documented our environmental activity guidelines in the ITOCHU's Activity Guidelines on the Environment (the predecessor of our Environmental Policy). In 1997, these guidelines were revised to the "ITOCHU Corporation Environmental Policy" and we have subsequently revised this policy several times, in order to keep up with changing demands over time and reflect them in the Policy's expression. We also made the following two revisions in May 2010.

  1. We changed the name from the "ITOCHU Corporation's Environmental Policy" to "The ITOCHU Group Environmental Policy," in order to express clearly that our commitment to environmental issues is shared throughout the ITOCHU Group, rather than just by ITOCHU Corporation.
  2. We revised the Activity Guidelines in our current Environmental Policy, in order to make it clear that our commitment goes a step beyond conserving ecosystems, to conserving biodiversity as well. The expression was thus changed from "conserve ecosystems" to "conserve ecosystems and biodiversity."