Participation in Initiatives

We participate in the following initiatives to promote sustainability.

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 2021, ITOCHU participated in the following subcommittees.

  • ESG Subcommittee
  • Environmental Management Subcommittee
  • SDGs Subcommittee
  • Human Rights Due Diligence (HRDD) Subcommittee
  • Reporting Research Subcommittee

TCFD Consortium

Please refer here for details of our activities.

CDP (Climate Change)

Please refer here for details of our activities.

RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil)

Please refer here for details of our activities.

GPSNR (Global Platform for Sustainable Natural Rubber)

Please refer here for details of our activities.

Climate Change Campaign "COOL CHOICE" led by Ministry of the Environment

Please refer here for details of our activities.

KEIDANREN (Japan Business Federation)

  • Global Environment Subcommittee of the Committee on Environment and Safety
  • Working Group on Global Warming Countermeasures, Committee on Environment and Safety
  • Committee on Responsible Business Conduct &
    SDGs Promotion
  • 1% (One Percent) Club
  • Keidanren Nature Conservation Fund /
    Keidanren Committee on Nature Conservation
  • Council for Better Corporate Citizenship (CBCC)

Japan Foreign Trade Council (JFTC)

  • Global Environment Committee
  • Social Contribution & ABIC Committee
  • Sustainability & CSR Study Committee

CSR Europe (Corporate Member)

ESG Disclosure Study Group