The United Nations Global Compact

ITOCHU's Participation in the United Nations Global Compact


In April 2009, ITOCHU Corporation joined the United Nations Global Compact, a global initiative to achieve sustainable growth of the international Community. In the compliance of the Global Compact's ten principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, ITOCHU is striving to fulfill its corporate mission of "Committed to the Global Good."

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.

Contribution to Activities of the Global Compact Network Japan

ITOCHU Corporation actively engages in activities as a Board Member of the Global Compact Network Japan (GCNJ), the local network of United Nations Global Compact in Japan.
The GCNJ organizes the Working Groups by issues related CSR where member companies are able to learn from other companies' best practices and academic experts and to have discussions and exchange opinions regarding CSR initiatives.
In FY2018, ITOCHU took part in following Working Groups.

  • the Committee of Human Rights Due Diligence
  • the Committee of SRI/ESG
  • the Committee of SDGs
  • the Committee of Reporting Research
  • the Committee of Inclusive/Social Business