Sustainable Value Creation through Capital Accumulation

The ITOCHU Group conducts its business through both trade and business investment. In the course of its history over 160 years, we have steadily accumulated internal capital such as human capital and business know-how.

Meanwhile, we believe that trust and creditworthiness are extremely important for achieving enhancement of interaction between internal and external capital. By always remaining cautious of trust and creditworthiness in our management practice, we aim to realize increases in economic and social value, and to continuously expand our corporate value.

Importance and Monitoring Indicators of Each Capital

Internal Capital
External Capital

Relationship between the Corporate Mission of “Sampo-yoshi” and Increase in Corporate Value

On April 1, 2020, we changed our Group corporate mission to “Sampo-yoshi.” Through our business as a general trading company, we earn the trust and creditworthiness from various stakeholders in the spirit of “Sampo-yoshi.” We will leverage these to strengthen a cycle of value creation.

Our policy is to promote business activities with an awareness of our external capital, which are clients, partners, natural resources, and society, and to promote internalization of these external capital. This results in interaction between our external capital and our existing internal capital, which will enable us to realize even more sustainable creation of corporate value.

Trust and  Creditworthiness “Sampo-yoshi”

Examples of Measures for Strengthening Trust and Creditworthiness

  • Revision of corporate mission to “Sampo-yoshi”

Examples of Measures for Strengthening Human and Organizational Capital

  • Revision of the corporate mission, establishment of the Guideline of Conduct
  • Morning-Focused Working System and working from home system
  • Health management (ITOCHU Health Charter, Support Measures for Balancing Cancer Care and Work)
  • Business support leveraging abilities of administrative divisions (high level expertise)
  • (→ Human Resource Strategy)

Examples of Measures for Strengthening Business Know-How

  • Initiatives to transform business models that utilize ITOCHU’s comprehensive strength
  • Establishment of The 8th Company, development of business from a “market-oriented perspective”
  • Acquisition of new knowledge through venture investments, etc., and incorporation into ITOCHU’s business models

Examples of Measures for Strengthening Business Portfolio

  • Pursuit of highly efficiency management through execution of rigorously selected strategic investments and continuous asset replacement
  • Thorough refinement of existing businesses by enacting our business fundamentals: “earn, cut, prevent.”
  • Announcement and implementation of ITOCHU’s Policy on the Governance of its Listed Subsidiaries, etc.

    (→ITOCHU's Policy on the Governance of its Listed Subsidiaries)[PDF]

Examples of Measures for Strengthening Client and Partner Assets

  • Selection and securing of good partners
  • Use of cutting-edge technologies and services and business model transformation
  • Consideration for Environment, Health and Safety (EHS)
  • Building of safe and secure supply chains

Examples of Measures for Strengthening Natural Resources and Relationships with Society