The ITOCHU Group Basic Activity Guidelines on Social Contribution

ITOCHU’s corporate philosophy of “Sampo-yoshi” is said to have originated with economic activities being allowed as good for society because Ohmi merchants contributed to the local economy in the places they visited in addition to being good for the seller and good for the buyer. Based on “Sampo-yoshi” the ITOCHU Group is aiming for mutual development in cooperation with regional society and communities. We are doing this by contributing to regional economic development with our business activities and engaging in social contribution activities in the areas in which we do business and other places around the world.

We have determined the following three areas (growth of future generations, environmental conservation and community contribution) as key fields in social contribution activities in line with our corporate philosophy and material sustainability issues.

  1. Growth of Future Generations

    We shall conduct activities to support the sound development of youth as tomorrow’s leaders mainly in the areas in which we do business and work for the emergence of fulfilling and vibrant communities.
  2. Environmental Conservation

    We shall vigorously pursue activities of environmental conservation and contribute to sustainable social advancement.
  3. Community Contribution

    As a good corporate citizen, we shall promote community development, construct favorable relationships, and enter into dialogue and discussions in the areas in which we do business.

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

Established in August 1993
Revised in April 2022

Relationship Between the Key Fields of Social Contribution Activities and Business

We have established enhancing contribution and efforts for the SDGs as one of the basic policies in our Brand-new Deal 2023 medium-term management plan that we started in 2021. We have positioned it as one of our main strategies.
We give below the relationship between our sustainability strategy of material sustainability issues incorporating environmental, social and governance (ESG) perspectives and enhancing contribution and efforts for the SDGs in our business strategy and the key fields of our social contribution activities.

Key Fields Enhancing Contribution and Efforts for the SDGs
Response to Material Sustainability Issues
Growth of Future Generations Main SDGs Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all Click here for related activities
Material Issue Contribute to Healthier and More Affluent Lifestyles
Environmental Conservation Main SDGs 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 Click here for related activities
Material Issue Address Climate Change (Contribute to a Decarbonized Society)
Community Contribution Main SDGs Goal 17: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development Click here for related activities
Material Issue Respect and Consider Human Rights