Evaluation by Society
ESG (environmental, social, and governance) investment involves, in addition to conventional financial analyses, the evaluation of corporations from the environmental, social, and governance aspects, whereby the level of fulfillment of corporations' social responsibilities is regarded as an integral part of investment standards. Mitsui & Co. has been selected for inclusion in major world ESG investment indices — the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices and the FTSE4Good Index Series. Mitsui has also earned recognition under the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), in which companies are assessed in relation to climate change and the environment. In addition, we were selected in the Competitive IT Strategy Company Stock Selection, and as a Nadeshiko Brand and Eruboshi (L Star) company for being exceptional in encouraging women's success in the workplace.
Dow Jones Sustainability Indices
The Dow Jones Sustainability Indices is a global stock index developed jointly by Dow Jones & Company in the U.S. and RobecoSAM AG in Switzerland. Major corporations around the world are evaluated in terms of their economic, environmental, and social performance. In 2017, 320 companies (which included 31 Japanese companies) were selected for the World Index and 152 companies (which included 72 Japanese companies) were selected for the Asia Pacific Index. Mitsui was selected for both the World Index and Asia Pacific Index in 2017.
RobecoSAM Sustainability Award
RobecoSAM carries out surveys and analyses for the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices. From each industry, it recommends companies that have undertaken outstanding environmental, social, and economic initiatives. A total of 478 companies (including 51 Japanese companies) were selected worldwide for the RobecoSAM Sustainability Awards 2018. In the Trading Companies & Distributors category, Mitsui was selected as one of the companies to be ranked Gold Class, which is awarded to companies that are within a 1% range of the score of the industry leaders.
FTSE4Good Index Series
The FTSE4Good Index Series is a stock index developed by FTSE Russell, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of the London Stock Exchange. FTSE Russell evaluates major corporations around the world from the aspects of environmental, social, and governance criteria, including the labor standards applied throughout their supply chains, as well as on the basis of corporate sustainability. It selects companies that satisfy its standards as constituents of the index. Mitsui fulfilled the criteria of the index and was selected in the FTSE4 Good Index Series.
FTSE Blossom Japan Index
The FTSE Blossom Japan Index is designed to measure the performance of Japanese companies that demonstrate strong environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices. The index uses FTSE Russell's ESG Ratings data model, which draws on existing international ESG standards such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and is adopted by the Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) of Japan as a core ESG benchmark for its passive investments. Mitsui fulfilled the criteria of the index and was selected in the FTSE Blossom Japan Index in 2017.
Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP)
CDP is a London-based non-profit organization operated collaboratively by institutional investors. Its purpose is to urge leading companies (in terms of aggregate value) in major countries to disclose their environmental strategies and greenhouse gas emissions; Mitsui has continued to answer the questionnaire since year 2012. In 2017, Mitsui was granted the rating, “Management Level B”, in relation to both climate change and water.
Inclusion in the 2018 Competitive IT Strategy Company Stock Selection
The Competitive IT Strategy Company Stock Selection is designated by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE) on the basis of outstanding IT utilization initiatives. Key focal points for the assessment process for 2018 included the creation of new business and value through the use of AI, IoT and other latest digital technologies, as well as strategic IT initiatives based on medium- to long-term perspectives targeted at renovating legacy systems. Mitsui has been selected for four years in a row since the launch of the award in 2015.
The Nadeshiko Brand is a designation jointly awarded by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE) to companies listed in all TSE sections that have shown excellence in promoting career advancement for women. In the fiscal year ended March 2018, Mitsui was selected as a Nadeshiko Brand company for its proactive efforts to support women to play more active roles in the workplace. Including being selected as a Semi-Nadeshiko Brand last year, this is the fourth year running that Mitsui has been recognized as a Nadeshiko Brand.
Eruboshi (L Star)
Eruboshi status is awarded to companies that have submitted notifications under the Act on Promotion of Women's Participation and Advancement in the Workplace (Promotion of Women's Career Activities Act) promulgated on April 1, 2016. Requirements for certification include the fulfillment of specific standards, and the implementation of outstanding initiatives to promote the advancement of women in the workplace. In September 2016, the Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare certified Mitsui as having achieved the second of three levels under the Eruboshi system.
Awards Received in Past Five Years
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