Social Contribution Activities
Human Resources Development
We provide a variety of learning opportunities to develop talents leading to new value creation.
Mitsui SASUGAKU Academy
Mitsui's SASUGAKU Academy is a learning program aimed at developing people's ability to create sustainable futures. The program is designed to nurture students' ability to see the issues facing the earth as their own responsibility, to think of ideas for creating sustainable futures, and to collaborate with others to implement these ideas. Mitsui's corporate mission is to "Build brighter futures, everywhere" and we believe it is important to work with the next generation of youth to create sustainable futures, which is why we launched this program in 2014. In 2020 we produced online teaching materials, and in 2021 we offered the SASUGAKU Academy using those online teaching materials at one elementary, junior high, and senior high school. Based on the results of a questionnaire conducted on students who took the program, we verified its viability and effectiveness for use in schools, and reported the results at the 33rd Annual Conference of the Japanese Society of Environmental Education, held on August 28, 2022. In 2022, we offered the program at one elementary and one junior high school. In addition, on March 27, 2023, the program was showcased at an online study session for teachers held by Asahi Shimbun, titled "Together Creating Deep SDGs and New School Culture". During the session, we explained the Sasugaku Compass, future timeline, and online teaching materials to the over 100 teachers and staff in attendance.
Supporting Human Resource Development for Future Generations through Scholarship Schemes
Supporting Overseas Students through the Mitsui Bussan Trade Promotion Foundation
The Mitsui Bussan Trade Promotion Foundation was established in 1927 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the former Mitsui, while appointed Mr. Takashi Masuda, the company's first president, as the first chairman. The foundation had ceased to operate with the former Mitsui's dissolution at the end of the World War II. However it has been reactivated in 1989 and has provided support to overseas students learning at universities in Japan as an international exchange enhancement. The support had been mainly provided to the students from Asian countries.
The cumulative total of scholarship recipients has reached 414.
Mitsui Bussan Scholarship Program for Indonesia
Mitsui has built a close relationship with Indonesia through its business. Aspiring to build even stronger ties between Japan and Indonesia, we established the Mitsui-Bussan Scholarship Program for Indonesia in 1992 to support remarkable individuals who would contribute to the further development of their country.
Mitsui has worked in partnership with local organizations to provide scholarships to selected high school students in Indonesia. The students receive support for five-and-half years, enabling them to start from a Japanese language program and to graduate university in Japan. In addition to providing the scholarships, we will also implement a program focused on social issues, with the aim of producing human resources from among the scholarship recipients entering university this year who will be capable of contributing to Indonesia's nation-building in this era of sustainability.
Mitsui also donates scholarship funds to Peru's National Training Service of Industrial Work (SENATI). Furthermore, a scholarship program is operated by Mitsui USA Foundation.
Global Human Resource Development
Aiming to contribute to building the future of the countries and regions in which we operate, we are engaged in activities that deepen mutual understanding and lead to international exchange with the young people who will lead the next generation.
Mitsui-endowed Lecture Programs at Overseas Universities
Mitsui has endowed lecture programs in the United States and China.
Contributing to Global Human Resource Development through Training in Japan
In 1971, Mitsui & Co. (Australia) Ltd. established the Mitsui Educational Foundation with the aim of bringing about greater mutual understanding and friendship among Japanese and Australian youth, while contributing to stronger ties between the two nations. Every year, the foundation selects 8 students from universities across Australia to send on a three-week study tour to Japan. The young visitors to Japan have shown a keen interest in learning about a wide range of topics and have been given opportunities while in Japan to visit universities and other educational facilities, companies, factories, and sites that play a significant role in Japan's history and culture. The foundation also offers other opportunities for the participants to learn more about Japan, including a homestay where the students are able to experience Japanese lifestyles firsthand, and a two-day exchange opportunity with university students who plan to work for Mitsui.
As of 2022, the Mitsui Educational Foundation program has welcomed 396 students to Japan over the 50 years since it was first established.