The United Nations Global Compact

Involvement in the United Nations Global Compact


In April 2009, ITOCHU Corporation joined the United Nations Global Compact, a global initiative to achieve sustainable growth for the international community. ITOCHU will fulfill our corporate mission of "Sampo-yoshi" in accordance with the United Nations Global Compact's 10 principles covering human rights, labor, the environment and anti-corruption.

The Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact

Human Rights
  • Principle 1 Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and
  • Principle 2 make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.
  • Principle 3 Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;
  • Principle 4 the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour;
  • Principle 5 the effective abolition of child labour; and
  • Principle 6 the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.
  • Principle 7 Businesses are asked to support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;
  • Principle 8 undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and
  • Principle 9 encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.
  • Principle 10 Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.

Work with Global Compact Network Japan

ITOCHU Corporation is the corporate director of Global Compact Network Japan (GCNJ), the local network for the United Nations Global Compact in Japan. Our proactive participation in this work also includes sending employees to provide assistance with their activities.
The GCNJ learns from other companies' practices and academics, and also consists of subcommittees for deliberations and exchanging ideas on specific topics concerning approaches and initiatives for sustainability. In FYE 2020, ITOCHU participated in the following subcommittees.

  • ESG Subcommittee
  • Environmental Management Subcommittee
  • Supply Chain Subcommittee

Other Sources of Reference

When advancing sustainability, we refer to the following kinds of international guidelines and principles, such as the Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations in September 2015.

  • United Nations Global Compact (participant)
  • GRI Guidelines
  • UN Declaration of Human Rights
  • International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC)
  • UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
  • Keidanren: Charter of Corporate Behavior
  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)*
  • Japan Foreign Trade Council: "Shosha's Corporate Environmental Code of Conduct," "Supply Chain CSR Action Guidelines"
  • Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
  • CDP
  • Basic Principles on the Use of Force and Firearms by Law Enforcement Officials
  • OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises
  • ISO 26000
  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Following the 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the SDGs set goals for sustainable development by 2030. The 17 goals address issues such as poverty, starvation, energy, climate change and social equality.