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Corporate Governance & Human Resources

We work with suppliers, users, and business partners in Japan and overseas to engage in resource development, production, product distribution, processing, and recycling initiatives in various parts of the world. We also strive to build optimized supply chains through the improvement of infrastructure and logistics, including the development of railroad transportation and port facilities. At the same time, we work to identify sustainability priorities and achieve comprehensive improvements and solutions across the supply chain as a whole.

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.

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[Theme] Corporate Governance & Internal Controls

Initiatives by Mitsui & Co.

We are continually enhancing our corporate governance framework and developing and improving our internal controls on a global group basis, in order to make Mitsui a company that is trusted by society. In particular, we are striving to further increase transparency and promote an active dialogue with our stakeholders.

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Related SDGs (Target Numbers) Business Area Activities for FY 2017
  • PEACE, JUSTICE AND STRONG INSTITUTIONS
    Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels (16.6)
 
Corporate & Others
  • Explanation of Initiatives relating to corporate governance and human resources, which are part of the key initiatives under Mitsui’s medium-term management plan, as an integral part of communication with investors. (16.6)
  • A panel discussion held on the Investors’ Day amongst corporate officers with regard to the enhancement of corporate governance and human resources. (16.6)
  • Implementation of highly transparent disclosure of information and disciplined employee conduct related to internal controls on a global basis. (16.6)
  • Advancement in the further diversification of the Board of Directors and the greater effectiveness of the Board in response to the adoption of the Corporate Governance Code. (16.6)

[Theme] Reinforcement of Sustainability Governance

Initiatives by Mitsui & Co.

We established the Sustainability Committee in order to pursue the possibility of mutual sustainable growth of society and the company by generating new value to society through business activities. At the same time, to manage risks in a comprehensive manner from both quantitative and qualitative perspectives, we have designated business domains that have qualitative risks relating to the natural environment, society, and corporate governance as Specially Designated Business, and we endeavor to develop such businesses with due caution under our Specially Designated Business Management System.

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Related SDGs (Target Numbers) Business Area Activities for FY 2017
  • GOOD HEALTH AND WELL-BEING
    Ensure healthy lives and promote well–being for all at all ages (3.d)
  • CLIMATE ACTION
    Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts (13.3)
  • PEACE, JUSTICE AND STRONG INSTITUTIONS
    Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels (16.7)
 
Corporate & Others
  • Based on the Specially Designated Business Management System, investments opportunities were examined with potential-risk analysis relating to the environment, society, and governance, and several measures were implemented to extend the understanding of such System at each business field. (3.d, 13.3, 16.7)
  • The Sustainability Committee submitted proposals to the Corporate Management Committee on sustainability-related management policies and business activities (understanding of business-related risks and opportunities). (13.3)

[Theme] Compliance & Risk Management

Initiatives by Mitsui & Co.

Our sound reputation is the foundation of our business. We recognize that it is only through compliance that we can maintain that reputation and gain even more trust from our customers. To that end, we are working to heighten awareness among all employees of the importance of upholding high ethical standards and are accordingly striving to build a global compliance framework.

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Related SDGs (Target Numbers) Business Area Activities for FY 2017
  • PEACE, JUSTICE AND STRONG INSTITUTIONS
    Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels (16.5)
 
Corporate & Others
  • Implementation of compliance tests (e-learning) for persons who have not yet completed this process. (16.5)
  • Collection of a commitment to comply with the Business Conduct Guidelines for Employees and Officers and the Standards for Discipline of the Employment Regulations from all applicable employees and officers. (16.5)
  • Implementation of Compliance Review Week activities, including the dissemination of messages by the President and CCO, and others, as well as seminars and panel discussions. (16.5)
  • Implementation of Compliance Awareness Survey (for domestic employees and officers). Formulation and implementation of compliance activities based on the results of the survey. (16.5)
  • Distribution of the “Compliance Handbook” to domestic affiliated companies and the implementation of e-learning regarding said handbook. (16.5)
  • Promotion of compliance-related activities at overseas trading subsidiaries and affiliated companies in line with initiatives by Mitsui’s Tokyo Headquarters. (16.5)
  • Convening of domestic affiliated company CCO meetings and visits made individually to key affiliated companies to provide advice on the establishment and operation of compliance systems. (16.5)
  • Publication of internal alerts regarding compliance (via intranet, meetings, etc.), and sharing information through reporting lines on actual disciplinary cases. (16.5)
  • Introduction of a global group hotline which handles reports on a global basis concerning possible violations of the anti-bribery law and antitrust law. (16.5)

[Theme] Human Resources to Translate into Assets

Initiatives by Mitsui & Co.

Mitsui has long maintained its belief that “human resources are our greatest asset,” and embraced values and philosophy such as “Focus on Human Resources,” “Openmindedness” and “Challenge and Innovation.” We place importance on such values and philosophy, while striving to become a company where all employees are motivated to work with vitality.

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Related SDGs (Target Numbers) Business Area Activities for FY 2017
  • QUALITY EDUCATION
    Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all (4.4, 4.7)
  • DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH
    Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all (8.5)
 
Lifestyle
  • MVV discussions held by MicroBiopharm Japan at its head office and all plants for the purpose of making its management philosophy take root internally (approx. 300 participants). (4.7)
 
Corporate & Others
  • Strengthening of career education and training in order to increase employees’ understanding of the nature of the business of a general trading company (approx. 130 sessions). (4.4, 4.7)
  • Continued implementation of various programs designed to strengthen global human resources development (approx. 1,120 participants in total). (4.4, 4.7)
  • Implementation of training programs to group companies, as well as regular human resources information sharing meetings for group companies, with the aim of strengthening global group management (2 meetings, 113 participants from 69 companies). (4.4, 4.7)
  • Changes to existing performance assessment systems to ensure that the efforts made by those employees who took on new challenges or produced results by thinking outside of the box with a strong will and vitality are fairly reflected in their assessments. (8.5)

[Theme] Appropriate Appointment and Allocation of Personnel

Initiatives by Mitsui & Co.

We are striving to create an environment in which our human resources, who are the most important asset of the Mitsui & Co. group, are able to grow through a variety of experiences, and deepen personal interactions between employees on many levels to gain even better experiences, and create a cycle of opportunity regeneration.

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Related SDGs (Target Numbers) Business Area Activities for FY 2017
  • QUALITY EDUCATION
    Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all (4.4)
  • DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH
    Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all (8.3, 8.5)
  • REDUCED INEQUALITIES
    Reduce inequality within and among countries (10.2)
 
Corporate & Others
  • Establishment of a new In-house Entrepreneurship program wherein an individual employee provides a capital contribution to a company which is to be newly incorporated, and, as a shareholder, creates and develops new business (two employees). (4.4, 8.3, 8.5)
  • Ongoing implementation of “Karugamo Works,” a project which enables employees, either individually or as a team, to come up with new business ideas and then commercialize them. (5 projects). (4.4, 8.3, 8.5)
  • Dispatch of young employees to programs where they are can grow through interactions with actual customers of domestic offices and branches (4 employees). (4.4, 8.5)
  • Continued implementation of the “bulletin board system,” which allows employees to be transferred to the divisions/departments of their choice so that they can make use of their own experiences and specialist skills (approx. 20 employees). (4.4, 8.5)
  • Continued implementation of swift and flexible reallocation of Human Resources to target business sectors with a high growth potential. “Growth Drive Shift” initiatives were implemented during FY March 2018 aimed at the streamlining of the administrative units and the reinforcement of business frontlines, resulting in the transfer of administrative unit employees to frontline business units and affiliated companies (approx. 70 employees). (8.3)
  • Continued implementation of the training program designed to send Non-Headquarter hired employees to Japan (21 employees) and a greater number of locally hired employees promoted to managerial positions (64 employees). (10.2)

[Theme] Promoting Diversity Management

Initiatives by Mitsui & Co.

We carry out diversity management initiatives to enhance our corporate competitiveness by fully mobilizing our employees from a wide variety of backgrounds in terms of nationality, gender, values, and other attributes. In order to continue evolving our diversity management initiatives, we review our traditional work styles from the perspectives of productivity and efficiency, and promote “Work Style Innovation” by implementing new measures as necessary. In addition, we implement measures for human resources development, environment creation, and awareness raising in order to build a corporate climate and culture that can realize diversity and inclusion, which means accepting and respecting diversity.

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Related SDGs (Target Numbers) Business Area Activities for FY 2017
  • QUALITY EDUCATION
    Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all (4.5, 4.7)
  • GENDER EQUALITY
    Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls (5.5, 5.b, 5.c)
  • DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH
    Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all (8.5)
  • REDUCED INEQUALITIES
    Reduce inequality within and among countries (10.2)
 
Corporate & Others
  • Implementation of measures for the realization of diversity and inclusion. (4.5, 4.7, 5.5, 5.c, 8.5, 10.2)
    • Diversity training for managers held (at the Head Office and domestic branches and offices) (9 sessions; 216 participants).
    • Support for female employees to take more active roles through training held for female Business Staff members (at the Head Office and domestic branches and offices) (3 sessions; 43 participants), and the sending of female management-level employees to external training sessions.
    • Designation of a Nadeshiko Brand company in FY March 2018, as was the case in FY March 2015 and FY March 2016.
    • Creation of an LGBT handbook and the holding of seminars (held at the Head Office and domestic branches and offices all at once; 137 participants) for the purpose of gaining a proper understanding of LGBT; sending out of a message from the chairperson of the Diversity Promotion Committee with the aim of realizing diversity and inclusion.
    • Implementation of a “Career Design Seminar” aimed at revitalizing senior human resources (11 times, 247 participants).
    • Seminar held concerning the employment of people with disabilities (held at the Head Office and domestic branches and offices; 1 time, 48 participants from 34 domestic affiliated companies)
  • Implementation of initiatives for the promotion of Work Style Innovation. (5.b, 8.5)
    • Introduction of an individual-based staggered work hour scheme.
    • Implementation of an employee opinion survey on work styles (third time).
    • Implementation of “Mitsui & Co. Teleworking (including working from home)” on a trial basis (approx. 600 employee participants).
    • Implementation of a trial to study the employee dress code from an efficiency point of view (approx. 2,800 employee participants).
    • Renewal of the dedicated work-style innovation site on the intranet (for the sharing of successful examples within the company).
  • Implementation of measures to balance work and child care/family care in order to support employees’ work life management. (8.5)
    • Commencement of the concurrent use of the staggered working hours scheme and shortened working hours scheme, subsidize part of the costs of childcare and extended childcare costs for employees who return to work early from childcare leave, in order to support employees who wish to come back to work earlier from childcare leave, or to start working full time again earlier.
    • Seminars held regularly (at the Head Office) on childbirth and childcare systems (two seminars; 9 male employees and 20 female participants); continued disbursement of a subsidy to partially cover the cost of babysitting, the disbursement of a subsidy to partially cover the cost of housekeeping services for the purpose of childcare, and other childcare support enhancing measures.
    • Seminars held (at the Head Office and domestic branches and offices) on family care (two seminars; 70 participants); enhancement of family care support measures, including the disbursement of a subsidy to partially cover the cost of housekeeping services for the purpose of family care.
    • Introduction of Special Support Leave to assist those employees who have family members with disabilities that require special care and assistance.

[Theme] Occupational Health, Safety and Work Environment Initiatives

Initiatives by Mitsui & Co.

We implement measures to ensure a work environment wherein our employees can exercise their abilities to the utmost and can continue to work in safety and good health.

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Related SDGs (Target Numbers) Business Area Activities for FY 2017
  • GOOD HEALTH AND WELL-BEING
    Ensure healthy lives and promote well–being for all at all ages (3.3, 3.5, 3.d)
 
Corporate & Others
  • Training held for the purpose of preventing contagious diseases, such as tuberculosis, malaria, AIDS, and Dengue fever (24 sessions; 314 participants). (3.3)
  • Promotion of Health Management leading to employee productivity improvements through the maintenance and enhancement of employee health by implementing employee stress level checks, as well as various seminars and training activities (on overseas health management, mental health, and drinking) (a total of 28 sessions; 600 participants in total), and Health Promotion Committee meetings held on a regular basis (4 meetings in total). (3.5, 3.d)

Governance

This page describes our corporate governance and here you can find related reports and internal rule.

Human Resources to Translate into Assets

We regard our employees as one of our most important stakeholders. Our human resources are Mitsui & Co.’s most important asset.

With the aim of training people capable of global group management who can contribute to society, we have developed a variety of human resources development programs and provide systems which our employees can grow through opportunities for diverse experiences. We also promote diversity management to create workplaces where employees with a diverse range of backgrounds can reach to their potential to the full, and implement measures to ensure a work environment where our employees can work in safety and good health.


More detailed information can be found in our Sustainability Report.

Sustainability Report 2018

P.61–90 “Corporate Governance & Human Resources” (PDF 1.30MB)

  • Activities for FY 2017 to Contribute to SDGs
  • Reinforcement of Sustainability Governance
  • Compliance & Risk Management
  • Human Resources to Translate into Assets
  • Human Resources Development
  • Appropriate Appointment and Allocation of Personnel
  • Promoting Diversity Management
  • Occupational Health, Safety and Work Environment Initiatives
  • Data of Personnel Affairs