Our goal is to achieve sustainability
for our company in harmony
with the Earth and human society.

Our goal from the perspective of corporate social responsibility (CSR) is to achieve sustainability for our company in harmony with the Earth and human society through our business activities. A company cannot achieve sustainable development without sustainability in relation to the Earth and human society. If a company is not sustainable, it cannot fulfill its corporate social responsibility. Yoi-shigoto (good work) is work that generates true profit by producing value for the society, including societal and environmental sustainability. That true profit in turn becomes the foundation for sustainable business, allowing the company to achieve development and growth while continuously fulfilling its corporate social responsibility.

Supply Chain CSR Initiatives

As a member of the Mitsui & Co. Group, Mitsui Bussan I-Fashion is determined to respond to the trust and expectations of all stakeholders, including shareholders, business partners, employees, consumers, and local communities, by working in good faith to overcome various issues in supply chains. Today there is an increasingly strong expectation that companies will establish appropriate supply structures based on the application of CSR principles not only to their own activities, but across entire supply chains. We have responded to this environment by adopting the Sustainable Supply Chain Policy (see below) as one of our management policies, and by working to ensure that all concerned understand and support that policy.

Sustainable Supply Chain Policy

1. Mitsui Bussan I-Fashion Ltd. will strive to contribute to the creation of a sustainable society by understanding and solving issues associated with the supply chains of our businesses, consistent with the wishes of our stakeholders.

2. Mitsui Bussan I-Fashion Ltd. will require its business associates, including suppliers, to understand and implement the following principles, and will strive to create sustainable supply chains in cooperation with them:

Respect for International Standards
To ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations of relevant countries, fair transactions in accordance with international rules and practice, and corruption prevention.
Respect for Human Rights
To strive not to infringe on human rights in our business activities, nor to contribute to human rights infringements by others through our business relationships, including supply chains.
  1. ・Forced Labor
    Not to tolerate forced labor or any forms of modern slavery, including bonded labor or human trafficking.
  2. ・Child Labor
    Not to tolerate child labor and to comply with the minimum working age stipulated by the law. Not to hire individuals that are under the age of 18 for roles requiring hazardous work.
  3. ・Discrimination
    To prohibit any form of discrimination in employment.
  4. ・Harassment and Inhumane Treatment
    Not to tolerate any form of harassment, irrespective of whether it is physical or mental harassment.
  5. ・Freedom of Association and Right to Collective Bargaining
    To respect the rights of employees to associate freely and bargain collectively in our labor-management relations.
  6. ・Working Hours and Wages
    To properly manage employees’ working hours, holidays, leaves of absence, and wages in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.
  7. ・Occupational Health and Safety
    To secure the health and safety of employees in the work environment.
  8. ・Community impact
    To conduct human rights impact assessments, covering issues such as prevention of pollution and water stress, for prevention of adverse impacts on the safety and health of local communities. To implement necessary measures in line with international standards to avoid risks and mitigate negative impacts.
Reduction of Environmental Burden
To reduce the burden on the environment through the efficient utilization of resources, energy, and water, as well as the thorough reduction, reuse, and recycling of waste, including harmful substances, and its proper disposal. To give the utmost consideration to the environment to the extent technologically and economically feasible by exercising an appropriate degree of influence and evaluating the impact on the environment, not only in the prevention of pollution, but also on such issues as climate change and the conservation of biological diversity.
Safety and Security of Products and Services
To ensure safety and security of products and services.
Information Disclosure
To properly disclose information related to the above principles in a timely manner.

3. Where it is identified that in violation of this policy, our business activities have caused adverse human rights impact or contributed to it through its business transactions including its supply chains, Mitsui Bussan I-Fashion Ltd. will work to remediate such impacts through appropriate processes.

Sustainable Development Goals
SDGs

17 GOALS TO TRANSFORM OUR WORLD

In order to clarify our stance on addressing important CSR issues as a specialized trading company within the Mitsui & Co. group, we recognize global risks, such as climate change, environmental issues, poverty, and human rights issues, based on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 associated targets, and we have adopted an approach to addressing social challenges and defined materiality aimed at the sustainable enhancement of corporate value.

The process of defining materiality

1. Understanding the SDGs

To understand the process of defining materiality, an SDGs seminar was conducted for the CEO and other management executives by outside specialists (*).

2. Identification and analysis of issues

Opinions and proposals were elicited from all business divisions based on the themes of “minimizing business risks” and “creating business opportunities”.

3. Evaluation and definition of issues

The issues were summarized by the Sustainability Promotion Secretariat and four key issues (materiality) were defined following discussion by the management, which also took account of the opinions of outside experts.

4. Publication and communication of the issues

The key issues (materiality) defined in Step 3 were announced both inside and outside the company and posted on the company’s website.

Outside specialists (* The Global Alliance for Sustainable Supply Chain)

Outside specialists (* The Global Alliance for Sustainable Supply Chain)The SDGs Seminar conducted by the Global Alliance for Sustainable Supply Chain.

The management define key issues (materiality).

The management define key issues (materiality).

Mitsui Bussan I-Fashion’s Materiality

Based on the steps proposed in the SDGs Compass, we have defined key issues (materiality) in the company’s supply chain management with the aim of addressing social challenges and realizing the sustainable enhancement of corporate value.

Materiality Theme Responding to SDGs
Respect for human rights within the value chain
  • Respect for human rights in all companies involved in the value chain
  • Strengthening of measures to monitor factories in the supply chain, efforts to eradicate forced labor, child labor, and other human rights violations
  • Efforts to ensure respect for the human rights of foreign workers
8.
The connecting role of a trading company
  • Supporting all companies involved in the value chain across countries and regions in meeting the SDGs
  • Taking the lead in developing, manufacturing and distributing environmentally friendly materials and products
17.
Water security and environmental protection
  • Efforts to eradicate the use of harmful dyes and to purify factory effluents
  • Adoption of dyeing methods that achieve a 99% reduction in water usage
6.
Promotion of reuse and recycling
  • Efforts to reduce the use of fluorine-based water repellents
  • Reducing the mass disposal of hazardous material
  • Development of recyclable materials and sustainable materials
12.

Expert comment

Takeshi Shimotaya

Interest in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is currently increasing in Japan, and mapping in relation to the SDGs is taking place.

At Mitsui Bussan I-Fashion, the CEO and the management team are leading the way in furthering the understanding of why the company must address the SDGs and sustainability. At the same time, they are seeking the opinion of employees in all the business divisions concerning the risks facing the company as well as the business opportunities, and they are analyzing the relevant information and defining the company’s materiality.

What is even more important here is how action is taken to address the issues relating to SDGs, and at Mitsui Bussan I-Fashion, the current focus is on determining the themes to be addressed and considering the action to be taken. To contribute to the SDGs it is necessary to have a new action plan for achieving the goals, and considering how to actually go about that task is a commendable approach.

The next steps are to prepare a more detailed action plan for each of the issues to be addressed, to set target years for achieving these goals, and to clarify where responsibilities lie, and I very much expect the company to move ahead as one to realize these goals.

PROFILE

Takeshi Shimotaya
Representative Director, Global Alliance for Sustainable Supply Chain.
WEB : http://g-assc.org/