Mitsui & Co. (Australia) Ltd.


Social Contributions

Social Contributions

Mitsui develops and participates in community programs in Australia focussed on education, international exchange, disaster relief, and grass-roots community engagement.

Mitsui Educational Foundation

Mitsui Educational Foundation

Since 1971, the Mitsui Educational Foundation has sponsored more than 350 Australian university students to participate in a three-week study tour of Japan, to promote mutual understanding between the two countries.

Find out more about the Mitsui Education Foundation, including the application process.

Mitsui Immersion Programs to support the Government’s New Colombo Plan

Launched in 2014, the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan (NCP) offers Australian undergraduates new opportunities for scholarships and grants for study in the Indo Pacific region including Japan. Mitsui & Co. Australia decided to make a further contribution to the education of young Australians by becoming one of the first private sector companies to offer learning opportunities for NCP students.  

Each year, we host 14 students at our head office in Tokyo on a two-week immersion program under the Mobility and Scholarship Scheme. The program is designed to provide an opportunity to learn about Mitsui's history, corporate philosophy and strategy, business and investment activities as well as Japanese industry and technology through site visits, bilateral relationship between Australia and Japan through a visit to Australian Embassy. During the program, they are also given projects to work on and asked to present the results to an audience including senior Mitsui staff and guests from government organisations.

Find out more about New Colombo Plan, including the application process.  

Supporting the University of Western Australia

In 2008, Mitsui & Co. Australia and group company Mitsui Iron Ore Development donated $150,000 to the University of Western Australia (UWA) Business School. This helped fund the construction of a new building and also  ongoing research programs and scholarships grants. Every year, Mitsui & Co. Australia hosts a Boardroom Luncheon with a group of students from UWA Business School at our Perth office. We provide an overview of our business activities and facilitate Q&As and free discussions over lunch in our boardroom. The luncheon is also attended by the executives from group companies such as Mitsui Iron Ore Corporation, Mitsui Iron Ore Development, Mitsui E&P Australia, Shark Bay Salt and Plum Grove.

Supporting regional communities in Queensland

Since 2008, our group company Mitsui Coal Holdings (MCH) has sponsored a qualified Japanese teacher to teach in local schools and community groups in Central Queensland, which includes language, history and cultural activities.  MCH also provides two scholarships for high-school students to take part in AFS Australia’s intercultural programs in Japan. Every year MCH and its employees host Japanese cultural activities at the Moura Coal and Country Festival in Central Queensland. MCH donates all money raised to Blue Care, Moura Youth Centre and Moura Historical Society, all local not-for-profit organisation that provides community worthwhile and vital services in Moura.

Helping local communities recover from disaster

Mitsui & Co. Australia regularly donates to appeals in Australia and New Zealand to help communities affected by natural disasters. In 2011, Mitsui & Co. Australia and Mitsui & Co. New Zealand donated NZ$100,000 to the Red Cross New Zealand Earthquake Appeal. In the same year, Mitsui Coal Holdings donated A$100,000 to the Premier's Disaster Relief Appeal to help victims of the Queensland Floods. In 2009, Mitsui & Co. Australia donated A$100,000 to the Red Cross Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund.

Encouraging volunteer activities

To encourage our employees to contribute to the community, we provide two days of volunteer leave each year. Together with other Mitsui & Co. group companies Australia-wide, we also organise team volunteering twice a year – on National Tree Day and Clean-Up Australia Day. Mitsui & Co. New Zealand also volunteers to help the Motutapu Restoration Trust plant trees in their effort to reintroduce some of New Zealand’s native species to the Island. The Native bush and wildlife was destroyed around 600 years ago by an eruption on the neighbouring volcanic island of Rangitoto and the Trust has been working hard to help the island recover.