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Activity Report 2018

Protection of the Global Environment

We rigorously comply with environment-related laws, regulations, and treaties. We strive to prevent environmental pollution and curb greenhouse gas emissions, to adapt to climate change, and to maintain biodiversity. We are alert to environmental impacts and work to mitigate those impacts. We use our integrated strengths and work in cooperation with our partners to achieve rational, long-term industrial solutions to environmental problems. We systematically provide grants, through the Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund, for university research and NPO/NGO activities that contribute to the solution of environmental problems, efficient resource utilization, protection of ecosystems, and harmonious coexistence between ecosystems and human beings.

Activities for FY 2017 to Contribute to SDGs

We explain the themes set out under Mitsui & Co.’s Materiality, and how we have linked these to the SDGs to focus our efforts on tackling the SDGs’ 17 goals and 169 targets. We also introduce some of the specific activities we implemented during the fiscal year ended March 2018.

Business Area

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    Metals
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    Machinery & Infrastructure
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    Chemicals
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    Energy
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    Lifestyle
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    Innovation & Corporate Development
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    Corporate & Others

[Theme] Environmental Management

Initiatives by Mitsui & Co.

We promote sustainable procurement by actively obtaining certifications, including FSC® certification for forests and ASC certification for fisheries. In addition, we promote environmentally conscious business activities, and hold seminars on a regular basis for raising the environmental awareness of our officers and employees, as well as training relating to environmental laws and regulations.

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Related SDGs (Target Numbers) Business Area Activities for FY 2017
  • RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION
    Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns (12.2,12.8)
  • CLIMATE ACTION
    Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts (13.3)
  • LIFE BELOW WATER
    Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development (14.7)
 
Lifestyle
  • Achievement of ASC certification for two salmon farming sites through investment and participation in Salmones Multiexport S.A. (Chile). (12.2, 14.7)
 
Corporate & Others
  • Maintenance of FSC® and SGEC certifications for 74 forests owned by Mitsui across Japan (approx. 44,000 ha) and continuation of responsible management and handling of forest resources. (12.2)
  • Achievement of “Good Point” assessment in independent ISO14001 inspection of environment management in the Head Office for the optimization of air conditioning operation in conjunction with the introduction of a staggered work hour system as part of Mitsui’s Work Style Innovation. (12.8)
  • Continuation of the efficient and effective integrated operation of business activities and environmental management in accordance with ISO 14001:2015. (13.3)
  • Implementation of climate change risk control methods, such as carbon pricing impact estimation, during deliberation on proposed projects. (13.3)
  • Implementation of environmental law seminars (2 seminars, approx. 130 attendees), environmental seminars relating to industrial waste (2 seminars, approx. 100 attendees), and a Mitsui Environment Month lecture (approx. 540 attendees) for officers and employees of Mitsui and its affiliated companies. (13.3)

[Theme] Initiatives toward Environmental Value Creation

Initiatives by Mitsui & Co.

We develop environment-related business, having incorporated our contribution to providing industrial solutions to environmental issues in the Environmental Policy Action Guidelines. In the renewable energy field, we promote and strengthen related business and aim at increasing the proportion of renewable energy (including hydroelectric power) in the equity portion of our total power generating capacity to 30% by 2030. We are also promoting a wide range of initiatives for increasing the popularity of smart cities, modal shift, EV and other new energy efficient vehicles.

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Related SDGs (Target Numbers) Business Area Activities for FY 2017
  • AFFORDABLE AND CLEAN ENERGY
    Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all (7.2, 7.3, 7.a)
  • SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES
    Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable (11.6)
  • RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION
    Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns (12.2, 12.4, 12.5)
 
Metals
  • Global supply of automotive parts with excellent environmental performance through investment and participation in Gestamp Automoción, S.A. (Spain) (7.3)
  • Making investments to explore new applications for copper and to improve the efficiency of mine operations through a venture fund which was jointly established among Corporacion Nacional del Cobre de Chile (CODELCO) and Corporacion de Fomento de la Produccion (CORFO), etc. We have made investments in technology for improving fish farming efficiency that features copper-made fish farming cage, as well as recycling technology for waste tire from mine sites. (12.2, 12.4, 12.5)
 
Machinery & Infrastructure
  • Operation of renewable energy IPP business (in 8 countries; Mitsui’s share: 1.5 GW) (7.2)
  • Expansion of distributed solar power generation capacity and promotion of next-generation energy management services featuring storage batteries (U.S. and other countries). (7.2)
  • Promotion of energy-efficient smart city project (Malaysia). (7.3, 11.6)
  • Sale/ownership and operation of eco-ships that are highly energy-efficient. (7.3)
  • Contribution to the reduction of CO2 emissions through investment and participation in EV battery pack manufacturing business (France) and EV bus manufacturing business (Portugal). (7.3, 12.4)
  • Assistance in the development of fuel cost-efficient aircraft and engines. (7.a)
  • Promotion of modal shift through rolling stock leasing. (11.6, 12.4)
  • Ordering of new ocean-going methanol carrier powered by clean-burning methanol fuel that can drastically reduce SOx and NOx emissions. (12.4)
  • Promotion of the reuse of used cars by improving transparency in the increasingly complex used car market through the introduction of a used car auction system that allows individuals to sell cars. (12.5)
 
Chemicals
  • Promotion of a green chemicals business in the field of oleochemicals that utilizes natural oils and fats. (12.4)
 
Energy
  • Investment and participation in a wood biomass power plant that utilizes an FIT (feed-in tariff) system for renewable energy and timber from forest thinning in Mitsui’s forests. (7.2)
  • Promotion of geological surveys, drilling and development for the launching of geothermal power business through Mitsui Oil Exploration Co. (Japan). (7.2, 7.a)
  • Investment and strategic engagement in new business that is developing next-generation fuel and chemicals from off gases that use microbial fermentation technologies, and development of new business for reducing greenhouse gases (U.S.). (7.a.)
  • Launched the world’s first hydrogen supply chain project which will produce hydrogen and establish a transportation value chain for the resource as a promising next–generation clean energy asset. (12.2, 12.4)
  • Commencement of repair work on production facilities with the aim of reducing flare gas during the production of LNG through investment and participation in Flare Reduction Project (Qatar). (12.4)
 
Lifestyle
  • Provision of operational maintenance services for solar and biomass power generation facilities by Mitsui & Co. Foresight. (7.2)
  • Development of, construction work relating to, and retail sales of renewable energy sources and other electric power sources by SymEnergy. In addition, provision of energy saving solutions. (7.2, 7.3)
 
Innovation & Corporate Development
  • Stable supply of energy through solar power generation monitoring services (196 sites), cloud–based energy-saving management services (564 sites), and other services (Japan). (7.2, 7.3)
  • Formation and sale of solar power infrastructure funds through Mitsui & Co. Alternative Investments. (7.2)
  • Investment in renewable energy projects through the Emerging Markets Infrastructure Fund. (7.2)
  • Formation of an investment limited partnership that invests in renewable energy power generation projects across Japan through JA Mitsui Leasing. (7.2)
  • Improvement of energy efficiency through visualization of data from office buildings, factories, and other facilities, (U.S.), and utilizing IoT solutions such as online remote management and preventive maintenance of air conditioning systems, resulting in a reduction of power consumption by over 20% comparing with conventional operation (Japan). (7.3)
  • Contribution to global warming prevention through the optimization of fertilizer amounts on farmlands, leading to the reduction of N2O emissions (Canada, U.S., Brazil, etc.). (12.4)
  • Promotion of a sharing economy through mobile marketplace app business intended for smartphones (Japan, U.S., and U.K.). (12.5)
  • Implementation of a trial operation with the aim of reducing food waste loss through the launch of digital transformation initiatives at retail stores (Japan). (12.5)
  • Implementation of a trial operation for increasing the popularity of meal kits with the aim of reducing food waste loss in households (Japan). (12.5)

[Theme] Initiatives to Reduce Environmental Load, Including Curbing Global Warming

Initiatives by Mitsui & Co.

With a target of reducing energy consumption at Mitsui and its domestic subsidiaries by an average of 1% or more per year, we are implementing measures to improve energy utilization efficiency to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In addition, we are also working to meet a target of achieving a recycling rate of 85% or more by 2020 and promoting the control, reuse, and recycling of waste materials.

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Related SDGs (Target Numbers) Business Area Activities for FY 2017
  • CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION
    Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all (6.4)
  • AFFORDABLE AND CLEAN ENERGY
    Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all (7.2, 7.3)
  • RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION
    Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns (12.4, 12.5)
 
Lifestyle
  • Installation of solar power generation by Prifood at its Hosoya plant, where the company commenced the utilization of the generated power for a portion of the electricity used by the plant. (7.2)
  • Reduction of environmental load by MicroBiopharm Japan led by its potential investment to integrate its manufacturing process for an active pharmaceutical ingredient for anti-cancer drug. (7.3)
  • Conversion to a new treatment method for the waste plastics produced by Mitsui Bussan I-Fashion to utilize such plastic waste for RPF (Refuse Paper & Plastic Fuel) processing as an alternative to fossil fuel, in a shift away from the previous residue processing method (which mixes waste plastics into cement) as a measure to reduce CO2 and to prevent global warming. (7.3, 12.4)
  • Commercialization of chicken manure by Prifoods as a fertilizer and snow-melting agent (in carbon form), and the effective utilization of tea leaf residues as a compost ingredient by Mitsui Norin. (12.5)
  • Sale of recycled feed made from food manufacturing by-products and other raw materials, resulting in the effective utilization of previously unused resources which can contribute to the improvement of the feed self-sufficiency ratio. (12.5)
  • Bussan Building (Minato-ku, Nishishinbashi) uses outer wall insulation technology and two-layered insulated glass, and is equipped with a building and energy management system (BEMS). By using this control system for air conditioning, lighting, and other equipment to visualize the energy consumption amount, we are improving energy saving efficiency. (7.3)
 
Corporate & Others
  • Ongoing Implementation of surveys of water use by subsidiaries in key countries and other locations. (6.4)
  • With a target of reducing energy consumption rate by an average of 1% or more per year, we are implementing measures to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by improving energy utilization efficiency. Our new building project, including Mitsui’s new Head Office, which is under construction, is designed to achieve high energy-utilization efficiency by , for example, effectively utilizing waste heat from cogeneration systems to generate heat source water for the district’s heating and cooling facilities. (7.3)
  • Global-group promotion of GHG emission reducing measures by affiliated companies implemented in proper priorities based on output levels, with intensive management and monitoring of year–on–year changes for companies that have high GHG emissions (overseas affiliated companies). (7.3)
  • With a target of achieving a recycling rate of 85% or more by 2020 in our office activities, we are implementing activities that can contribute to the reduction of environmental load, such as rigorous efforts to control, reuse, and recycle waste materials. (12.5)

[Theme] Initiatives for Preserving Biodiversity

Initiatives by Mitsui & Co.

We have obtained FSC® and other certifications for all our company-owned forests, “Mitsui’s forests”, to drive our biodiversity-friendly papermaking resources business and food business using farming methods that encourage biodiversity. In addition, Mitsui has obtained FSC® and SGEC certifications for all of its 74 company-owned forestlands (approx. 44,000 hectares). We have designated our company-owned forests, “Mitsui’s forests”, into different management zones. Ten percent of all Mitsui’s forests are designated as “biodiversity conservation forests” and are maintained and managed accordingly.

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Related SDGs (Target Numbers) Business Area Activities for FY 2017
  • LIFE ON LAND
    Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss (15.2, 15.4)
 
Energy
  • Launched a project that aims to prevent forest degradation and deforestation, and promote forest conservation activities through utilization of the Joint Crediting Mechanism, a Japanese government program that contributes to emissions reduction and addresses climate change. (Cambodia). (15.2)
 
Lifestyle
  • Maintenance of FSC®/CoC certification (Mitsui’s Life Essentials Business Div., Forest Resources Marketing Dept.: FSC® C104107; Mitsui Bussan Woodchip Oceania Pty. Ltd.: FSC® C107463) and PEFC/CoC certification, to promote responsible management and handling of forest resources. (15.2)
  • Maintenance of FSC®/CoC certification (by Mitsui Bussan Packaging: FSC® C009939) to ensure that the supply chain of certified paper promotes responsible forest resources management. (15.2)
  • Support by Toho Bussan for the production and sales of rice grown using farming methods that encourage biodiversity (Japan). (15.4)
 
Corporate & Others
  • Mitsui has FSC® certification and SGEC for all Mitsui’s Forests based on proper management and maintenance. Mitsui's Forests’ carbon stocks and flows are approximately 560,000 tons per year (Mitsui’s estimate based on "IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories" Tier 1 method). (15.2)

[Theme] Addressing Environmental Issues through Contribution to Society

Initiatives by Mitsui & Co.

We operate the Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund to support and encourage donations, university research and NPO/NGO activities targeted toward solving environmental problems.

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Related SDGs (Target Numbers) Business Area Activities for FY 2017
  • PARTNERSHIPS FOR THE GOALS
    Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development (17.16, 17.17)
 
Metals
  • Donations by Mitsui Iron Ore Development to volunteer organizations which are engaged in environmental restoration relating to fauna and flora, and soil (Australia). (17.16)
 
Corporate & Others
  • Provision of grants through the Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund for university research and NPO/NGO activities that contribute to the solution of environmental issues (16 grants totaling ¥117 million), and employee participation in the activities of grant recipients (10 projects, approx. 180 participants). (17.16, 17.17)
  • Implementation of school–visits which utilize Mitsui’s forests (designed for elementary school students; 5 visits, approx. 330 participants) and forest experience programs (designed for elementary school children and their parents, and employees and their families); (7 programs, approx. 250 participants). (17.17)
  • Supply of a portion of the cedar wood (SGEC certified wood) used in the main roof and eaves of the New National Stadium in Tokyo from Mitsui’s forests. (17.17)

Environmental Policy

Guiding Principles

  1. Mitsui & Co. believes that one of its most important management themes involves providing a positive response to environmental issues on a global group basis, in order to contribute to the creation of a future where the dreams of the inhabitants of our irreplaceable Earth can be fulfilled.
  2. Mitsui & Co. will make every possible effort towards realizing a “sustainable development” which is aimed at creating a harmony between the economy and the environment on a global group basis.

In view of the above principles, and in accordance with the Action Guidelines shown below, Mitsui & Co. will design, periodically evaluate, and continually improve an adequate risk management system, including response to matters such as global warming, nature conservation with consideration given to biological diversity, and the prevention of pollution, which will cover the wide range of activities that it undertakes on a global scale. At the same time, we will strive to ensure the development and dissemination of earth–friendly technologies and further reinforce our responsibility with respect to the environment on a global group basis.

Action Guidelines

1. Compliance with relevant environmental laws and regulations

We will comply with various relevant environmental laws and regulations, as well as all agreements signed by the company for promoting business activities.

2. Efficient utilization of resources and energy

We will strive to reduce the burden on the environment within each of our workplaces and in our business activities through the efficient utilization of resources and energy*, as well as the reduction, reuse, and recycling of waste and its proper disposal.

* This includes improvements in efficiency and reduction of the use of such resources and energy.

3. Environmental care for products and services offered, as well as existing and new businesses

We will give the utmost consideration to the environment to the extent technologically and economically feasible by exercising an appropriate degree of influence in enlisting the understanding and support of involved business partners, as well as evaluating the impact that we have on the environment, not only in the prevention of pollution, but on such issues as global warming and the conservation of biological diversity as well.

4. Contribution to providing industrial solutions to environmental issues

We will engage in business activities with the goal of providing rational and permanent industrial solutions, and contribute to the realization of “sustainable development” by exploiting our individual abilities and the collective strengths of our organization in cooperation with our global partners.

Additional Guidelines

  • Reduction in power consumption by at least 1% per year
  • Contribution through Improvements in the Efficiency of Water Resource Use (We will reduce environmental burdens not only by reducing the use of water resources in our business activities, improving the efficiency of use, and maximizing reuse and recycling, but also by developing business initiatives, such as hydroelectric generation projects.)

Policy on mine closure and treatment of tailings

We take proper procedures for mine closure and tailings treatment in line with operating and closure plans to minimize impacts on the environment and society, while promoting development to the surrounding local communities. Mine closure plans are formulated and implemented while assessing environmental impacts from the initial stages of feasibility study and during the operational period.

Mine Closure Initiatives

Our mining activities undertake business plans which include future mine closures reviewed by authorities and relevant experts, to develop surrounding communities and to alleviate any burden to the environment.
Robe River Iron Associates has developed mine closure plans including rehabilitation initiatives to comply with local regulations and to minimize impact to the surrounding communities, both socially and environmentally.

Environmental Management System

Environmental Management System

To facilitate effective environmental management, Mitsui has established the Environmental Management System on a global group basis. We have appointed an executive officer (Representative Director, Executive Vice President) who is responsible for overall environmental management, while the General Manager of the Corporate Sustainability Division supervises the operation of the Environmental Management system, including response to climate related risks including climate change. Under the oversight of the Board, other organizations, such as business units, each have their own environmental management structures established by the divisional/departmental general managers. We set company-wide targets, and are continually improving our environmental and societal risk management framework by means of periodic reviews, including the Sustainability Committee meetings.

Environmental Management System

Management of Environmental and Social Risks and Response to Opportunities in Business

Mitsui is expanding its business globally in six business areas: metals, machinery and infrastructure, chemicals, energy, lifestyle, and innovation and corporate development. In conducting business in each of these areas, we categorize our activities into "new business phase" and "existing business phase", and have put in place company-wide mechanisms for, in each phase of business activities, thoroughly managing environmental and social risks and ensuring that the utmost consideration is given to the environment and society. As for the environmental and social risks, such as climate related risks including climate change, we have been discussing our policies and countermeasures at the Sustainability Committee, reporting them to the Corporate Management Committee and the Board of Directors, and steadily implementing them.
Furthermore, in accordance with the SDG targets, we identify programs that are closely related to our business (such as climate change, biodiversity protection programs) as "opportunities", and introduced an internal subsidy system for such programs in the fiscal year ended March 2017. Mitsui is seeking to build a sustainable society by simultaneously resolving environmental and societal issues and enhancing business value.

Environmental Management New business

Specially designated business management systems and Environmental & Societal Advisory Committee

New business projects are subject to internal screening during the new business phase. If necessary, we convene meetings of the Sustainability Committee and the Environmental & Societal Advisory Committee. Directors make final decisions about ringi approval after receiving reports and proposals from these committees about whether or not a project should be promoted, or how it can be improved. Members of the Environmental & Societal Advisory Committee are selected mainly from among external experts with knowledge of a wide range of fields, such as climate change, environmental restoration, water, air, and soil contamination, environmental policy (including environmental assessment), and stakeholder activities. Committee members also include attorneys and people with experience of government administration.

Use of environmental, social and governance (ESG) due diligence checklists

New business investment projects that will have a significant impact on the environment are investigated by experts. Before implementing these surveys, we first identify environmental and social risks and create environmental, social and governance (ESG) due diligence checklists for each project. These lists, which are compiled with reference to international standards in relation to environmental and societal consideration, help to focus areas covered by expert surveys. They are shared within the company and used to ensure that ESG perspectives are taken into account in relation to not only pollution prevention but also analysis of risk factors in connection with climate change, ecosystems, indigenous peoples, and water stress. For risk assessment in water-stressed areas, we use the portal site "Aqueduct" of the World Resource Institute (WRI) to monitor water risks, not only for new business but also our existing business. Specifically, in promoting our hydropower generation business in the Middle East, we implemented water stress risk analysis with the aim of reducing them.

Environmental Management for Existing Business

In order to properly monitor and manage various environmental and social risks related to existing business operations, we urge our affiliated companies that are engaged in activities that could cause significant environmental impacts to establish environmental management systems based on the international environmental management standard, ISO14001, or on international guidelines relating to consideration for environmental and social factors. We encourage subsidiaries to establish their own autonomous environment management systems, while maintaining structures to achieve continual improvement by monitoring and reviewing preventive measures based on reports on environmental accidents and other problems.

Responding to Stakeholders

We are identifying business-related risks and opportunities through dialogue with NPOs, NGOs, academia, and government agencies, and considering how we could respond. In the fiscal year ended March 2018, we decided to support a REDD+ project with an international NGO in Cambodia, as well as red tide countermeasures led by JICA through industry-government-academia collaboration between Japan and Chile. We are taking on the challenge of solving problems through transdisciplinary cooperation*, actively promoting initiatives that will lead to business sustainability.

* Initiatives spanning multiple fields across different sectors, such as industry, government, academia, and private sector.

Management of subsidiaries

We select domestic and overseas subsidiaries that need to acquire ISO14001 certification based on comprehensive assessments that take into account such factors as the type of industry, environmental and ecosystem impacts, and input from stakeholders. We urge these companies to introduce environmental management systems based on ISO14001, or on international guidelines, and we help them to build robust management systems.
As of the end of March 2018, out of the 36 target companies, 30 subsidiaries have acquired ISO14001 (the rate of acquisition is 83.3%) and 6 companies have introduced environmental management systems in line with the international guidelines.

Response to environmental accidents

During the fiscal year ended March 2018, there were no environment-related incidents at Mitsui and its subsidiaries. We employ various measures to prevent recurrences of environmental accidents, including the use of collections of case studies to raise employee awareness. Any accident is promptly reported to the relevant units, and comprehensive steps are taken to prevent recurrence, beginning with the identification of the true cause of the accident and an assessment to determine appropriate corrective and preventive measures.

Acquisition of Environment-related Certification

Mitsui promotes sustainable procurement in partnership with suppliers throughout the world. We work actively to achieve environment-related certification in Japan and overseas, including FSC® certification for forests, and ASC and MSC certification for fisheries, recognizing the importance of natural capital. We also develop procurement mechanisms that take into account the need to address global warming and conserve biodiversity.

Company-owned forests "Mitsui’s Forests" (Japan)


Mitsui's Forests

Palm Oil Import Business

Mitsui and our investee, Wangsa Mujur Sdn. Bhd. (Malaysia) have acquired certification from the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO),*3 a nonprofit organization that promotes the production and use of sustainable palm oil. The RSPO stipulates the legal, economic, environmental, and social conditions required for sustainable palm oil production in 8 principles and 43 criteria, and both Mitsui and Wangsa Mujur operate in accordance with its policy.For the fiscal year ended March 2018, RSPO-certified palm oil accounted for 2.8% of palm oil handled by Mitsui, and we aim to increase the ratio of such sustainable palm oil we procure to 100% by 2023.

Handling volume of RSPO-certified palm oil and its ratio to total handling volume

  FY 2017
Handling volume of certified palm oil 14,500t
Total handling volume of produced/used/processed palm oil 520,000t
Ratio 2.8%

*3 RSPO certification aims to advance the production, procurement, and use of sustainable palm oil and lessen the impact and load on the environment of producing countries and neighboring communities.

Salmon Farming Business

Mitsui is a shareholder and participant in the business operations of Salmones Multiexport S.A., (Chile) a major salmon farming, processing, and sales company in Chile. This company has obtained certification as a sustainable aquaculture business under the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) system*4, which focuses on the five key areas of environmental conservation, social responsibility, animal welfare, food safety, and traceability. Salmones Multiexport also achieved Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification*5 for two of its sites in 2017, and is now preparing to obtain certification for additional locations.

Handling volume of ASC-certified salmon and its ratio to total handling volume

  FY2017
Handling volume of ASC/BAP-certified salmon 6,170/42,924t
Total handling volume of fish and seafood produced/used/processed 75,597t
Ratio 8%/57%

*4 This certification system is planned and administered by the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA), a US-based NGO dedicated to the establishment and spread of responsible aquaculture. The system certifies each component of the aquaculture value chain including hatchery, feed mill, farm, and processing plant. The program, which is represented by the BAP eco-label, is supported by numerous retailers and commercial food suppliers, especially in North America.
*5 The aim of the ASC certification system is to ensure that markets and consumers are supplied with responsibly produced aquaculture products, by certifying aquaculture businesses that show consideration for local communities and do not impose a major load on the environment. Qualifying products are instantly recognizable thanks to the use of eco-labels.

Food Importation and Sales

Our subsidiary, Mitsui Foods, Inc. (MFI) (U.S.), imports and sells canned tuna certified under the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) system*6, the aim of which is to ensure the sustainable supply of seafood over the long-term future. MFI has also obtained MSC certification as an individual company, thanks to its careful management at the distribution stage. For the total amount of fishery product sales in FY2017, products that have acquired ASC/MSC certification accounted for 8.2%, while products with BAP certification accounted for 57%.

*6 The aim of this system is to ensure the sustainable utilization of marine resources. Certification is limited to marine products that are harvested appropriately in terms of catch size, timing, methods, etc., and that are processed and distributed appropriately. The MSC label (Marine Ecolabel, MSC Ecolabel) indicates that products have been produced responsibly from the perspective of marine resources and the ocean environment.

Biodiversity Conservation Activities in Cooperation with Government Authorities and NPOs/NGOs

Conserving the Prey Lang Forest in Cambodia (REDD+*)

Prey Lang, located in the northeast of Cambodia along the west bank of the Mekong River, is the largest tropical lowland evergreen forest in Indochina. It is inhabited by many wild animals, including endangered species, and is also an important source of water for Cambodia. However, illegal logging, along with reclamation of land for farming by local communities, has resulted in progressive deforestation, loss of wildlife habitats, and an increase in greenhouse gas emissions that would normally be concentrated in the forests.
In partnership with Conservation International, an international NGO, Mitsui has been using the REDD+ mechanism established under the Paris Agreement in cooperation with the Cambodian Ministry of Environment to reinforce forest patrols to prevent illegal logging in the Prey Lang Forest. Moreover, Mitsui has been engaging in dialogue with local communities to provide alternative sources of livelihood that do not rely on logging, aiming to contribute to forest and biodiversity conservation.

* REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation, and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries): A scheme which provides economic incentives such as carbon credits through the mitigation of deforestation and degradation of forests in developing countries.


More detailed information can be found in our Sustainability Report.

Sustainability Report 2018

P.20–38 "Protection of the Global Environment" (PDF 1.22MB)

  • Activities for FY 2017 to Contribute to SDGs
  • Environmental Management
  • Initiatives toward Environmental Value Creation
  • Initiatives to Reduce Environmental Load, Including Curbing Global Warming (with Environmental Data)
  • Initiatives for Preserving Biodiversity
  • Addressing Environmental Issues through Contribution to Society