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Activity Report 2018

Enhancement of Local Industrial Bases & Quality of Life

Through our business activities, we engage in developing the infrastructure needed for growth and prosperity in countries and regions all around the world, including electric power, transportation and communications. We also strive to improve basic services, such as healthcare and care for the aged, to create new value, envisaging a future in the next-generation business domains that embody innovation, and to develop local industries and create employment.

We also contribute to developing human resources with global perspectives and improving the educational environment through the hosting of endowed lecture programs at universities and through a variety of education funds and scholarships.

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] Development of the Social Infrastructure

Initiatives by Mitsui & Co.

As a company engaging in business operations in various countries and regions worldwide, we continue to make contributions to the enhancement of quality of life through projects for developing infrastructure, in particular electric power, logistics, railroads, healthcare, and communications.

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Related SDGs (Target Numbers) Business Area Activities for FY 2017
  • NO POVERTY
    End poverty in all its forms everywhere(1.a)
  • CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION
    Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all (6.2)
  • INDUSTRY, INNOVATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE
    Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation(9.1, 9.2, 9.4, 9.c)
  • SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES
    Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable (11.1, 11.2, 11.3)
 
Machinery & Infrastructur
  • Promotion of port container terminal operations (Indonesia), international cargo terminal operations at Haneda Airport (Japan), co-generation business (Thailand, Brazil), and other infrastructure business around the world. (9.1)
  • Contribution to the creation of a better quality of life by expanding transportation choices through car sharing (Singapore). (9.1)
  • Provision of stable transportation by helping railway companies to improve their operational efficiency through rolling stock leasing (U.S., Europe, Russia, and Brazil). (9.1)
  • Transportation cost reduction for grains, fertilizers, steel products, etc. through general freight transportation services (Brazil). (9.1)
  • Promotion of safe and reliable passenger transportation services by developing, improving and increasing the efficiency of urban transportation infrastructure networks in the passenger railway business. (9.1)
  • Achievement of remarkable logistic improvements through the construction of dedicated freight corridors (India). (9.1)
  • Establishment of the Group Management Framework Dept. as an organization providing services across the automobile related business segments. Reinforcement of the governance system for the entire Mitsui & Co. automobile group subsidiaries and contribution to the realization of a sustainable automobile industry by developing management personnel succession plans for Mitsui & Co. automobile group subsidiaries, and developing and hiring of human resources from a medium- to long-term point of view. (9.2)
  • Promotion of natural gas distribution business (Mexico, Brazil) and power generation business using gas-fired power generation and renewable energy sources (20 countries) in various countries. (9.4)
  • Participation in mini-grid business to distribute electricity to residents in remote areas, thereby making contributions to the enhancement of their quality of life (India). (9.4)
  • Contribution to the realization of a longer product lifespan for cars by increasing the transparency of auto body repair and maintenance operations of general auto body shops through the development and sales of operating systems for these shops (India). (9.4)
  • Providing assistance in the introduction of safe and fuel cost-efficient aircraft through the leasing of aircraft. (9.4)
 
Chemicals
  • Contribution to the enhancement of people’s quality of life and economic development in Africa by bringing about a positive spiral of “food and agriculture” and infrastructure business through the investment in ETC Group. (1.a)
  • Promotion of tank terminal business at world-renowned distribution collection sites that serve as a basic distribution infrastructure for the petrochemicals industry (U.S. and Belgium). (9.1)
 
Lifestyle
  • Under the OH-1 Plan (provisional name), the buildings have been designed based on usage by a wide range of people from the planning stage. It includes additional functions to wheelchair accessible toilets and elevators in consideration of people with disabilities. (6.2, 11.1, 11.3)
  • Through the senior living business by MBK Senior Living LLC, provision of facilities in which the elderly and disabled can live safely with confidence, thereby contributing to the improvement of living infrastructure for an aging society. (11.1, 11.3)
  • Promotion of an urban redevelopment project through Mitsui & Co. Real Estate Ltd. that contributes to the improvement of urban functions through the creation of harmonious streetscapes, the enhancement of local disaster-preparedness, the stimulation of community and business activities, and the installation of facilities that will help to enhance community (Japan). (11.3)
 
Innovation & Corporate Development
  • Offering of new lifestyles through TV shopping business (Japan, India, China), meal kit business (Russia), and IT-based one-stop renovation service business (Japan). (9.1, 9.c)
  • Expansion of communications services in developing countries and providing assistance in the strengthening and expansion of related services through participation in a major telecommunications business (Cambodia). (9.c)
 
Corporate & Others
  • Promotion of new mobility services that utilize autonomous driving technology, such as the supply of autonomous shuttle buses through a collaboration with SB Drive (Japan). (11.2)

[Theme] Provision of Safe, Reliable Products and Services

Initiatives by Mitsui & Co.

In Asia, where serious issues exist such as a rapidly aging population and a sharp increase in lifestyle-related diseases, in addition to ensuring safety and peace of mind, we are working to develop the “Healthcare Ecosystem,” a next-generation healthcare infrastructure which is designed to enhance the quality and efficiency of healthcare by using hospitals as a core platform and connecting specialized healthcare, medicine, information, and services to that platform. In addition, against the backdrop of the increasing importance of water resources on a global scale, highly efficient water infrastructure developed through utilization of private sector funds and advanced technology has great social significance. We are working on such projects in Mexico.

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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 (3.8, 3.d)
  • CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION
    Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all (6.1)
 
Metals
  • Donations by Mitsui Iron Ore Development to cancer patient support organizations, and emergency and traveling medical care service organizations via air transport (Australia). (3.d)
 
Machinery & Infrastructure
  • Participation in five major water treatment projects as a water infrastructure project (Mexico). (6.1)
 
Lifestyle
  • Contribution to the improvement of the quality and safety of healthcare through equity participation in MIMS, which provides the latest and accurate healthcare and drug information to approx. 2.3 million healthcare professionals (15 different regions in Asia and Oceania, such as Australia, China, Singapore, and Malaysia). (3.8)
  • Donation by Delta Companies to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, which is world-renowned in the field of pediatric orthopedics, through the raising of funds through company events, etc. (amount of donation in 2017: $144,000). (3.8)
  • Promotion of pharmaceutical development that contributes to enhancement of patients’ quality of life through investment and participation in NovaQuest. (3.8)
  • Strengthening of traceability by utilizing a food safety control database in order to ensure a thorough safety management system for foods and food products. (3.d)
  • Enhancement of knowledge relating to food safety and enforcement of the raising of awareness for food safety through committee meetings and seminars for employees (12 meetings and 12 seminars). (3.d)
  • Holding of free seminars, through investment in DaVita Care, for chronic kidney disease patients and their families on how to prevent the disease from becoming more severe (Malaysia). (3.d)
  • Training provided by AIM Services for its employees on the prevention of food poisoning in hot meal programs for schools (training targets: approx. 1,500 locations). (3.d)
 
Innovation & Corporate Development
  • By providing services for medical institutions such as for remote image interpretation (approx. 200,000 images per year), and web booking/result reporting system for medical checkup service contributing to the improve the efficiency of medical care and the realization of healthy-longevity society through the dissemination of preventive medical service (Japan). (3.d)
 
Corporate & Others
  • Provision of various options for accessing healthcare services and preparation of a trial-run for an online medical treatment system with the aim of increasing opportunities to receive better healthcare. (3.8)
  • Investigation, discovery, and formation of trading business, and investment and loan projects that involve particle-beam radiation therapy for cancer treatment in Japan and other countries. (3.d)
  • Contribution to patients’ quality of life through assistance in the development of various regenerative healthcare related technologies. (3.d)

[Theme] Investments in Local Communities

Initiatives by Mitsui & Co.

Mitsui contributes to local communities both in connection with its business strategies and from a perspective of social contribution. In addition to initiatives that are aimed at realizing local production for local consumption and community revitalization, we promote business investments and development, as well as community investments for local job creation.

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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 (4.2, 4.5, 4.7, 4.a)
  • SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES
    Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable (11.a)
  • PARTNERSHIPS FOR THE GOALS
    Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development (17.16, 17.17)
 
Machinery & Infrastructure
  • Promotion of participation in local communities, cultural exchanges, and the enhancement of the value of surrounding areas through the development of train stations and nearby commercial complexes outside Japan (Taiwan). (11.a)
 
Energy
  • Conclusion of a Sponsorship Agreement for Social Development Programme with Qatar to support the renovation of facilities and the continuation of research that will contribute to food security (Qatar). (17.17)
  • Monetary donations provided in response to the flood damage in Southern Thailand. (17.17)
 
Lifestyle
  • Promotion of the Sendai Umino-Mori Aquarium operations with partner companies (approx. 1,182,200 visitors between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017). (4.7)
  • Sponsoring of the national patisserie championship for elementary school students in Japan with Mitsui Sugar, providing assistance in food education for children. (4.7)
  • Support for community revitalization by holding the Mitsui Foods Food Show for the exhibition and sales of products from different regions throughout Japan (Japan). (17.16)
  • Building of a relationship between Mitsui, MBF, and SymEnergy to complement each other as strategic partners who work together to offer value in distributed energy systems, including a “local production for local consumption” model for electricity. (17.16)
  • Creation of additional local jobs (for both mid-career recruits and new graduates) by MicroBiopharm Japan under its ongoing agreement with local governments with regard to new capital investments, and contribution to community education and training, such as the acceptance of interns into factories from local specialized vocational high schools. (17.17)
 
Innovation & Corporate Development
  • Support for developing reliable and safe childcare environments via the promotion of the communication app “Kids Note” service business for childcare facilities, such as kindergartens, and guardians (used by approx. 120 facilities and 9,000 households throughout Japan). (4.a)
 
Corporate & Others
  • Disbursement of scholarships for Brazilian students as part of the activities to support Brazilians living in Japan (453 students in 26 schools), implementation of extracurricular programs for Brazilian schools (6 programs, approx. 200 participants), hosting of the Conference for a Future of the Children (21meetings, approx. 900 participants), and financial support for related NPOs (14 organizations). (4.2)
  • Support for a project to establish 11 pre-school education facilities in Colombia through the Mitsui Global Volunteer Program (4,217 participants, donations totaling ¥4,217,000). (4.2)
  • Continuation of support for human resources development of junior and senior high school students as part of our initiative for recovery of the region affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake, including a “Visiting Lecture Project” that features people who were profiled in the TV program “Textbook for Our Future” as lecturers for the Project (at 4 schools in Iwate Prefecture) and “English Conversation Class Project” at the “Collaborative School” run by NPO Katariba, in Onagawa, Miyagi Prefecture, with 920 participants in total. (4.5)
  • Collaboration with excellent local companies and research institutions to export agricultural and fishery products, and provide support for the development of food freshness preservation technologies to help increase their competitive edge within Japan. (17.16)

[Theme] Contribution to Developing People with an International Mindset

Initiatives by Mitsui & Co.

We strive to build better mutual understanding between Mitsui and the young people who will lead the next generation in various countries where Mitsui operates its businesses by providing Mitsui-endowed lecture programs at universities and training programs in Japan, and disbursing scholarships. In addition, we engage in activities to allow these young people to broaden their horizons and knowledge as next-generation global leaders, and to build various networks.

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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, 4.b)
  • PARTNERSHIPS FOR THE GOALS
    Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development (17.16, 17.17)
 
Metals
  • Support for local communities and mine employees through a scholarship program and Japanese language program, etc., implemented by Mitsui Coal Holdings/Mitsui Iron Ore Corp. (Australia). (4.5)
  • Support for education programs, activities to introduce Japanese language education and Japanese culture, and other such activities through Mitsui Bussan do Brasil Foundation (Brazil). (4.7)
  • Implementation of a science education program at elementary schools near an iron ore development project owned by Mitsui Iron Ore Development (Australia). (4.b)
  • Continuation of personnel exchange training program with Vale (290 participants since 2003; 7 trainees sent to Vale, and 8 trainees accepted from Vale in the fiscal year ended March 2018). (17.16)
  • Continuation of personnel exchange training program with China Baowu Steel Group Corporation (BAOWU) (153 accepted from BAOWU, and 546 trainees sent to BAOWU since 1992; 13 accepted from BAOWU, and 20 sent to BAOWU in the fiscal year ended March 2018) (China). (17.17)
 
Energy
  • Continued participation in scholarship program run by Takatuf Oman to support Omani students in studying abroad (Oman). (4.b)
  • Disbursement of scholarships to enable students from the University of Lurio to study in Japan (Mozambique). (4.b)
 
Corporate & Others
  • Disbursement of scholarships to 453 students in 26 Brazilian schools in Japan. (4.5)
  • Support for short-term training programs in Japan for university students from Australia and Russia, and high school and university students from Myanmar (40 trainees). (4.7)
  • Implementation of SASUGAKU (Education for Sustainability) , which aims to develop children’s “power to create a sustainable future” at SASUGAKU Academy and Mitsui’s forests (71 participants in total). (4.7)
  • Provision of scholarships and accommodation for overseas students in Japan through the Mitsui Bussan Trade Promotion Foundation (10 participants). (4.b)
  • Support for Indonesian students in Japan through the Mitsui-Bussan Scholarship Program for Indonesia (12 participants). (4.b)
  • Implementation of the Young Professional Leadership Program for Japanese and U.S. professionals through participation in the TOMODACHI Initiative arranged by the U.S. government and other organizations (20 participants in total from Japan and the U.S.). (17.17)
  • Continued implementation of Mitsui-endowed lecture programs at Peking University, Fudan University, University of Warsaw, and University of Sao Paulo (10 times). (17.17)

Development of the Social Infrastructure / Provision of Safe, Reliable Products and Services

Initiatives Through Business

Mitsui & Co. continues to contribute to the enhancement of people's quality of life through its business activities in such areas as electric power, water treatment, water supply and sewerage systems, logistics, railroads, healthcare, and communications, by developing infrastructure that is essential for the growth and advancement of countries around the world and local communities.
In the area of electric power and renewable energy, while we engage in power generation and gas distribution, we recognize the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions as a material issue and are reinforcing our environmental business, such as solar photovoltaic and solar thermal power projects, wind power projects, and biomass related plant projects.
There is a growing need for improvements in convenience and safety, against the backdrop of growing population, rising living standards, and changing lifestyles. Mitsui is responding to that need by developing and operating sewage and water supply systems and wastewater treatment facilities, and by engaging in urban development projects, such as the development of logistics and industrial facilities, especially seaport and airport projects, and smart city development projects, to respond to changing societal needs.
In the Mobility domain, with regard to ship business, Mitsui is focusing on vessel ownership and operation and the LNG carrier business, to adapt to tighter environmental regulations and growth and change in maritime cargo traffic. As for railroads, which form a major artery for land transportation, we export freight cars and related facilities and undertake rail transportation infrastructure projects using Japanese institutional finance. Other business activities in this area include rail leasing, the general freight business, and passenger transportation.
Mitsui is also providing senior living in response to the issue of aging societies throughout the world, as well as basic services, including medical care and nursing care to treat various diseases for which patterns have been changing. In the Asia region, we are working to help build next-generation healthcare infrastructure "healthcare ecosystems" that will make a positive contribution to society by improving both the quality and efficiency of healthcare provision, by taking hospitals as the core platform and flexibly integrating related activities including specialist medical care provision, pharmaceuticals manufacturing, medical information systems, healthcare services, etc.
We are also providing solutions across the entire value chain, from drug development to manufacturing and distribution of drugs, and helping the pharmaceutical industry to develop and manufacture the drugs needed by society, including developing countries, while also actively carrying out licensing activities. Furthermore, we have developed manufacturing and sales business for high-quality pharmaceuticals needed by society, particularly in Russia via JSC R-Pharm, which is the country's largest pharmaceuticals company, and in China through Shenzhen Main Luck Pharmaceuticals Inc. We are seeking to improve access to medical treatment and fill in the gaps between supply and demand in the medical field in developing countries. In addition, we are working to improve access to medical treatment in developing countries by ensuring fair price-setting in accordance with each country's pharmaceuticals price-setting system.
Mitsui also promotes the utilization of ICT in such areas as high-speed communications, electronic settlements and other communications and service platform businesses, especially in emerging countries, aiming for the enhancement of quality of life and social infrastructure. At the same time, in our effort to build new social systems, we strive to create new business, including medical healthcare services, agriculture, and energy management.


More detailed information can be found in our Sustainability Report.

Sustainability Report 2018

P.48–57 “Enhancement of Local Industrial Bases & Quality of Life” (PDF 1.33MB)

  • Activities for FY 2017 to Contribute to SDGs
  • Development of the Social Infrastructure / Provision of Safe, Reliable Products and Services
  • Participation and Development in Communities
  • Contribution to Developing People with an International Mindset