Policy & Basic Approach

The ITOCHU Group Sustainability Policy

ITOCHU Group, conducting business globally under the spirit of "Sampo-yoshi", the management philosophy of merchants in the Ohmi province of Japan (present-day Shiga Prefecture) which is our Corporate Mission, considers that addressing global environmental and social issues is one of the top priority issues in its management policy. We contribute to the realization of a sustainable society based on The ITOCHU Group Code of Ethical Conduct, in order to achieve the goals of The ITOCHU Group Corporate Guideline of Conduct, "I am One with Infinite Missions."

(1) Identification of material issues and promotion of businesses that address the social issues

As a member of the international community, we will identify and assess material issues where we can create the most social and environmental value for that can enhance the sustainable growth of both society and our business.

(2) Establishment of mutual trust with society

We will take necessary measures to ensure that we disclose accurate and clear information and maintain a communicative relationship with our stakeholders. In doing so, we aim to be receptive and responsive to the expectations and demands of society.

(3) Strengthening supply chain and business investment management to lead to sustainable use of natural resources with respect for human rights and consideration for the environment

While engaging in business activities, we respect the legal systems of each country and international rules, and strive to prevent the occurrence of environmental pollution and/or human rights and labor issues that threaten our lives. In addition, we give due consideration to the mitigation of and adaption to climate change, the preservation of the global environment, such as through the conservation of biodiversity and ecosystems, and human rights issues.
We endeavor to understand how natural resources are utilized (such as air, water, land, food, minerals, fossil fuels, animals, and plants) and what consideration is given to human rights and labor issues, both in the businesses where we invest and in the supply chains related to the products we handle. We request our business partners to understand and implement our concept of sustainability, and aim to build a sustainable value chain.

(4) Education and awareness of employees to promote sustainability

We believe that the promotion of sustainability starts with each and every employee. Therefore, we will take necessary measures to educate our employees on the material sustainability issues we have identified and nurture a sustainability mindset among the workforce. Every employee is expected to adhere to this policy by executing respective action plans drafted in alignment to this policy.

April 2020
Fumihiko Kobayashi
Member of the Board
Executive Vice President
Chief Administrative Officer

Reference Guidelines and Principles for Promoting Sustainability

In promoting sustainability, we refer to international guidelines and principles such as The Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations in September 2015. The guidelines and principles we refer to are listed below.

  • The Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact
  • GRI Standards (2016)(2018)
  • International Integrated Reporting Framework(IIRC)
  • ISO 26000 (Social Responsibility)
  • TCFD Recommendations
  • Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)
  • UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)*
  • United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP)
  • Basic Principles on the Use of Force and Firearms by Law Enforcement Officials
  • OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises
  • The Environmental Reporting Guidelines (2012)(2018) issued by the Ministry of the Environment
  • Keidanren: Charter of Corporate Behavior
  • Japan Foreign Trade Council: Shosha's Corporate Environmental Code of Conduct, Supply Chain CSR Action Guidelines
  • 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.