The Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund

Introduction to Grant Projects

Japan Sustainable Investment Forum

Holding of a community investment study meet and advising on business models

Activity grant

Project Description

Socially responsible investment (SRI), in which interest is increasing in Japan, is comprised of the three elements of (1)screening of investment target corporations, (2)shareholder behavior (advocacy) and (3)community investment. However, the current situation with regards to awareness of SRI is that there remains little progress in understanding towards community investment, and any understanding is limited to screening as a method of corporate evaluation as represented in SRI funds, and shareholder behavior (including boycott campaigns) for evaluation of corporations by citizens. In this context, a study meet was established within this organization, and the necessity of community investment for society was explored, with the aim of building, and offering opinions on, a specific model for Japan. Additionally, a framework for corporate social contributions through business (socially responsible business) and a framework for participation in project planning to include citizens and engage with society were explored.

Grant year
FY2005 Activity Grants
Grant term
2 years
January 2006 - December 2007
Grant amount
960,000 yen
Activity region
Tokyo and all regions of Japan
Study meet

Overview of the Organization

Toshihiko Goto, Chairman
Toshihiko Goto, Chairman
Establishment purpose
Aims to encourage corporate information disclosure and contribute to the robust development of SRI in Japan while providing a venue for interactive exchanges of opinion and research to persons and organizations involved with or with an interest in socially responsible investment.
Main areas of activity
Tokyo, Osaka
1 full-time staff member, 3 part-time staff members, 112 full members
Annual operating budget
7.9 million yen in 2005, 4.8 million yen in 2006, 5.5 million yen in 2007
Recent activities
Holding of seminars and symposiums, awareness-raising by means of study meets, publication of research reports, mail magazines, and homepage, building an SRI information database, social venture support, etc. Published first SRI Annual Report in Japan in December 2007.