Social Contribution Activities Action Plans

We have identified five "Basic Activity Guidelines on Social Contribution" in order to promote sustainable society, together with the local and international communities. Focusing on the 3 major areas, we promote social contribution activities based on the PDCA cycle. These activities also contribute to the achievement of SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals), which were established by the UN in 2015.

CSR Issues/Societal Issues FYE 2020 action plans FYE 2020 results FYE 2021 action plans SDGs
Promotion of domestic and overseas social contribution programs aimed at cultivating future generations
[Basic Activity Guidelines 1 Growth of Future Generations]
  1. Provide children who will lead future generations with opportunities to experience the work of a general trading company through operation of the General Trading Company Pavilion that reopened in April in KidZania Tokyo.
  2. Promote new projects aimed at cultivating future generations in Japan and overseas. Continue to promote assistance of children's libraries and electronic books projects through the ITOCHU Foundation.
  1. Provided children who will lead future generations with opportunities to experience the work of a general trading company through the operation of the General Trading Company Pavilion that reopened in April in KidZania Tokyo.
  2. Through the ITOCHU Foundation, we subsidized the development of children's book collections (approx. 23 million yen) and the development of an e-book library (approx. 18 million yen).
  3. We supported a campaign to read the popular Japanese picture book Mottainai Grandma together with ITOCHU India Pvt. Through the spread of educational Japanese picture books, we cultivated environmental conservation awareness among Indian children and contributed to an improvement in the environmental and sanitation problems that are becoming more serious in India.
  1. Provide children who will lead future generations with opportunities to experience the work of a general trading company through operation of the General Trading Company Pavilion in KidZania Tokyo.
  2. Promote projects aimed at cultivating future generations in Japan and overseas. Continue to promote assistance of children's libraries and electronic books projects through the ITOCHU Foundation
  3. Provide support given to sites promptly for the future generations who will be greatly affected by the novel coronavirus.
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Implementation and follow-up on social contribution programs aimed at environmental conservation
[Basic Activity Guidelines 2 Environmental Conservation]
  1. Promote the Project for Protecting Green Turtles, An Endangered Species.
  2. Continue supporting the project to reintroduce manatees into the wild of the new concept Field Museum ecosystem conservation program in the tropical forests of the Amazon.
  1. We launched the Project for Protecting Green Turtles, an Endangered Species in FYE 2019. We gave green turtle conservation tours participated in by employees and their families for the second time on Chichijima in the Ogasawara Archipelago again in FYE 2020. The aim of this was also to foster the environmental conservation awareness of our employees. Since FYE 2017, we have continued to support a survey monitoring the number of green turtle spawns and a post-hatching survey conducted by the Ogasawara Marine Center of the Everlasting Nature certified NPO that is working on marine conservation in the Asian region. The survey results suggest that the number of green turtles in Ogasawara is continuing to increase.
  2. We continued to support a project to reintroduce manatees into the wild of the new concept Field Museum ecosystem conservation program in the tropical forests of the Amazon. After capture and rearing, 28 manatees were released into a semi-captive lake. Furthermore, 27 manatees were released into the Amazon River. (Numbers are cumulative.) This project provided more than 870 local residents with learning opportunities. In particular, it encouraged local fishermen to understand the importance of manatee conservation and got them to participate in this project.
  1. Promote the Project for Protecting Green Turtles, an Endangered Species.
  2. Promote other environmental conservation projects.
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Facility management and awareness-raising activities aimed at regional contributions
[Basic Activity Guidelines 3 Community Contribution]
  1. Continue to plan and operate exhibitions in ITOCHU AOYAMA ART SQUARE.
  2. Continue activities to support disaster-affected areas. Support Takata no Yume and continue to promote the development of agriculture in disaster-affected areas.
  1. We held exhibitions with awareness of spreading SDGs under the theme of "social contribution through art" to help solve various social issues. We held an exhibition introducing the "Sampo-yoshi" (good for the buyer, good for the seller and good for society) approach known as the view of commerce of Chubei Itoh I, the founder of ITOCHU, and the approximately 160 years of history of ITOCHU in FYE 2020. Approximately 210,000 people have visited this exhibition since it opened.
  2. Our employees participated in the rice planting and rice harvesting ceremonies for Rikuzentakata's Takata no Yume brand rice. In addition, we continued to support sales and held PR events for this brand of rice.
  1. Continue to plan and operate exhibitions in ITOCHU AOYAMA ART SQUARE.
  2. Continue to provide support to our home/foundation area and disaster-affected areas.
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Social contributions by categories

(Unit: JPY, Mil)

Cash Contributions 108
Time: employee volunteering during paid working hours 1
In-kind giving : product or services donations, projects/partnership or similar 29
Management overheads 33
Total 171

Basic Activity Guidelines on Social Contribution

1.Growth of Future Generations 2.Environmental Conservation 3.Community Contribution

SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals)

  • Goal 1.End poverty in all its forms everywhere
  • Goal 2.End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
  • Goal 3.Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
  • Goal 4.Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
  • Goal 5.Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
  • Goal 6.Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
  • Goal 7.Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
  • Goal 8.Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
  • Goal 9.Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
  • Goal 10.Reduce inequality within and among countries
  • Goal 11.Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
  • Goal 12.Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
  • Goal 13.Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
  • Goal 14.Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
  • Goal 15.Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
  • Goal 16.Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
  • Goal 17.Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development