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:
To ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations of relevant countries, fair transactions in accordance with international rules and practice, and corruption prevention.
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.
- ・Forced Labor
Not to tolerate forced labor or any forms of modern slavery, including bonded labor or human trafficking.
- ・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.
To prohibit any form of discrimination in employment.
- ・Harassment and Inhumane Treatment
Not to tolerate any form of harassment, irrespective of whether it is physical or mental harassment.
- ・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.
- ・Working Hours and Wages
To properly manage employees’ working hours, holidays, leaves of absence, and wages in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.
- ・Occupational Health and Safety
To secure the health and safety of employees in the work environment.
- ・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.
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.
To ensure safety and security of products and services.
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
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)
The SDGs Seminar conducted by the Global Alliance for Sustainable Supply Chain.
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||
|The connecting role of a trading company||
|Water security and environmental protection||
|Promotion of reuse and recycling||
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.
Representative Director, Global Alliance for Sustainable Supply Chain.
WEB ： http://g-assc.org/