Policy & Basic Approach

The Basic Policy on Promotion of Sustainability sets the direction for ITOCHU Corporation's efforts to further sustainability. It is written in the spirit of our core philosophy, Sampo Yoshi. Meanwhile, we adopted an ESG mindset in organizing and integrating the Basic Policies for CSR Promotion and the Environmental Activities Policies.

The ITOCHU Group Basic Policy on Promotion of Sustainability

[Ⅰ]Basic Philosophy

ITOCHU Group, conducting business globally under the spirit of Sampo Yoshi, the management philosophy of merchants in the province of Ohmi, 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 Conduct, in order to achieve the goals of The ITOCHU Group Corporate Philosophy, "Committed to the Global Good."

[Ⅱ]Action Guidelines

In keeping with the basic philosophy presented above, the ITOCHU Group sets out the following action guidelines to promote its sustainability.

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

As a member of the international community, we seek to identify critical sustainability issues whose resolution will lead to the sustainable growth of society as well as our businesses, and aim to enhance corporate value through our operations.

(2) Establishment of mutual trust with society

We continue to address society's expectations and requests by increasing the disclosure of information and facilitating two-way dialogues with stakeholders. By pursuing these initiatives, we aim to become a trusted Group.

(3) Strengthening of natural resources, with consideration for the environment and respect for human rights

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

Since promoting sustainability rests in the hands of individual employees, we conduct employee training and awareness activities to deepen their awareness about solving social issues.
Along with other conditions to which we have agreed, all employees observe domestic and foreign laws and regulations. They also follow this policy when executing action plans for their respective units. With this approach, ITOCHU aims to contribute to society through its business.

April 2018
Masahiro Okafuji
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer