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Editorial Policy

Mitsui & Co. believes companies can only be sustainable if the societies they operate in are sustainable, and unsustainable companies cannot fulfill their social responsibilities.

In recent years, there has been growing interest in the United Nations' “Sustainable Development Goals” (SDGs) and in “Environmental, Social, and Governance” (ESG) investing. Under these circumstances, we consider it important to send a clearer message about Mitsui's unchanging commitment to the creation of new value for society through our business activities and our continual pursuit of the mutual sustainability of society and our company. Accordingly, we have replaced the word “CSR” used in the context of Mitsui's activities with “sustainability”.*

As an annual report for communicating detailed ESG information, the PDF version of our “Sustainability Report 2017” emphasizes comprehensiveness and continuity in regard to our approach to materiality, and reports on activities undertaken in accordance with Mitsui's Materiality (“materiality”) At the same time, in “Strategic Focus” and in “Activities for FY Ended March 2017”, the report gives clear examples of how we are generating new value that provides solutions to societal issues.

On our website, we focus on ensuring convenient browsability and searchability of information related to sustainability, and we have posted our list of policies, guidelines, and data, as well as a GRI guidelines comparison chart. Our website also provides details of our social contribution activities to complement the information contained in the PDF version of the “Sustainability Report 2017”.

* No changes have been made to Basic CSR Policy, Supply Chain CSR Policy, names of employee-awareness raising tools, and other related materials.

A Cautionary Note on Forward-looking Statements

This Sustainability Report contains statements (including figures) regarding Mitsui & Co., Ltd. (“Mitsui”, “Mitsui & Co.”, “Company”)'s corporate strategies, objectives and views of future developments that are forward-looking in nature and are not simply reiterations of historical facts. These statements are presented to inform stakeholders of the views of Mitsui's management, but should not be relied on solely in making investment and other decisions. You should be aware that a number of important risk factors could lead to outcomes that differ materially from those presented in such forward-looking statements. These include, but are not limited to: (i) changes in economic conditions that may lead to unforeseen developments in markets for products handled by Mitsui, (ii) fluctuations in currency exchange rates that may cause unexpected deterioration in the value of transactions, (iii) adverse political developments that may create unavoidable delays or postponement of transactions and projects, (iv) changes in laws, regulations or policies in any of the countries where Mitsui conducts its operations that may affect Mitsui's ability to fulfill its commitments, and (v) significant changes in the competitive environment. In the course of its operations, Mitsui adopts measures to control these and other types of risks, but this does not constitute a guarantee that such measures will be effective.

Scope of Coverage in the Sustainability Report: Mitsui and major consolidated subsidiaries and associated companies. The scope of coverage for numerical data is provided individually in appended notes.
Period Covered: Mainly the fiscal year from April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017, but also including some information about policies and activities for the fiscal year ending March 2018.
Independent Practitioner's Assurance The "star" logo indicates that the sustainability information concerned has been given limited assurance, for the purpose of increasing its reliability, by Deloitte Tohmatsu Sustainability Co., Ltd. in its independent practitioner's assurance report.
Publication Date: September 2017 (Previous publication date: August 2016; next publication scheduled for August 2018)
Reference Guidelines
  • GRI G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines, 2013
    GRI Guidelines Comparison Chart
  • Environmental Accounting Guidelines (2005 version) established by the Ministry of the Environment of Japan
  • ISO 26000 (Guidance on Social Responsibility)

List of Sustainability Report 2017 and Website (Sustainability) Contents

Responding to the high level of interest among stakeholders, including investors, environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) consulting firms, etc., the Sustainability Report 2017 contains detailed, ongoing reports on Mitsui & Co. policies, systems, achievements and results of major initiatives, etc.

Reflecting the wide range of stakeholders who need to use the site, the Mitsui & Co. website presents not only summaries of achievements and results of major initiatives outlined in the Sustainability Report 2017, but also detailed information about our human resources cultivation and corporate social responsibility activities, along with a Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines comparison chart.

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Category Sustainability Report 2017 Website (Sustainability)
Editorial Policy Editorial Policy Editorial Policy
Company Company -
Message from Our CEO Message from Our CEO Message from Our CEO
Sustainability at Mitsui & Co. Value Creation in Pursuit of Social Sustainability Mitsui & Co.'s Value Creation
Interactive Communication with Mitsui & Co.'s Stakeholders Interactive Communication with Mitsui & Co.'s Stakeholders
Participation in Initiatives Participation in Initiatives
Mitsui & Co.'s Materiality Identification and Review for Materiality Mitsui & Co.'s Materiality
Mitsui & Co.'s approach Mitsui & Co.'s Materiality
SDGs and Mitsui & Co.'s Initiative by Materiality Mitsui & Co.'s Materiality
Activity Reports by Materiality Activity Reports by Materiality Activity Reports by Materiality
Protection of the Global Environment Protection of the Global Environment Protection of the Global Environment (Strategic Focus, Activities for FY Ended March 2017, Message from Mitsui's Environmental Officer, Environmental Policy)
Message from Mitsui's Environmental Officer Protection of the Global Environment (Message from Mitsui's Environmental Officer)
Enhancement of Environment Management System -
Initiatives toward Environmental Value Creation -
Initiatives to Reduce Environmental Load, including Curbing Global Warming(With Environmental Data) -
Initiatives for Preserving Biodiversity Mitsui's Forests
Addressing Environmental Issues through Contribution to Society Social Contribution Activities “Environment”
Respect for Human Rights Respect for Human Rights Respect for Human Rights (Strategic Focus, Activities for FY Ended March 2017)
Support for International Standards -
Promotion of Management for Human Rights -
Enhancement of Local Industrial Bases & Quality of Life Enhancement of Local Industrial Bases & Quality of Life Enhancement of Local Industrial Bases & Quality of Life (Strategic Focus, Activities for FY Ended March 2017)
Development of the Social Infrastructure Business Areas
Provision of Safe, Reliable Products and Services -
Participation and Development in Communities Social Contribution Activities “International Exchange” “Education
Contribution to Developing People with an International Mindset -
Stable Supply of Resources & Materials Stable Supply of Resources & Materials Stable Supply of Resources & Materials (Strategic Focus, Activities for FY Ended March 2017)
Resource Development, and the Securing and Stable Supply of Materials and Food Business Areas
Promotion of Supply Chain Management -
Corporate Governance & Human Resources Corporate Governance & Human Resources Corporate Governance & Human Resources (Strategic Focus, Activities for FY Ended March 2017)
Corporate Governance & Internal Controls Corporate Governance & Internal Controls
Reinforcement of Sustainability Governance Reinforcement of Sustainability Governance
Compliance & Risk Management Compliance & Risk Management
Human Resources to Translate into Assets Human Resources to Translate into Assets
Human Resources Development Human Resources Development
Promoting Diversity Management Promoting Diversity Management
Occupational Health, Safety and Work Environment Initiatives Occupational Health, Safety and Work Environment Initiatives
Data of Personnel Affairs Data of Personnel Affairs
Evaluation by Society Evaluation by Society Evaluation by Society
Independent Practitioner's AssuranceReport Independent Practitioner's AssuranceReport -
- GRI Guidelines Comparison Chart
- List of Policies, Guidelines and Data