CSR Activities

Marubeni Group's Approach to CSR

The ability of the Marubeni Group to fulfill its responsibilities as a member of society requires every individual within the Group to adhere to the Company Creed of “Fairness, Innovation and Harmony,” and to give CSR considerations high priority as they participate in corporate activities. We take a diligent approach to CSR activities, aiming for sound management that coexists in harmony with both society and the environment. Our goals are to ensure that the Marubeni Group is recognized by society as a good corporate citizen, and to realize sustainable growth.
Under the leadership of the CSR & Environment Committee, we are intensifying our CSR efforts pertaining to a wide range of corporate activities.

Based on our stakeholders’ expectations and concerns, and Marubeni’s impact on the environment and society, we have identified the following sustainability issues as having high materiality in line with two themes. We aim to address these material issues.

1. The Marubeni Group fulfils its responsibility toward the environmental and social impact of its businesses.

<Material issues>

  • Strengthening corporate governance
  • Strengthening internal controls
  • Strengthening compliance
  • Respect for human rights
  • Promoting human resources development
  • Promoting supply chain management
  • Protecting the global environment
  • Promoting social contribution activities

2. The Marubeni Group solves social and environmental issues while strengthening its competitiveness, leading to sustainable growth.

<Material issues>

  • Developing business that solves social and environmental issues
  • Strengthening supply chain competitiveness
  • Contributing toward community development and strengthening our operating base

These material issues will be regularly reviewed.

Marubeni's Company Creed, Management Philosophy and Corporate Principles

Click here to view “Material Issues” and “CSR Action Plans and Targets” for each Business/Corporate Staff Group

Identification and review process of material issues in our CSR activities

Participating in the UN Global Compact

Marubeni declared its support for the UN Global Compact. The compact was proposed in 1999 by then UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, and formally launched in the following year. Participating corporations seek to support and practice 10 principles relating to the areas of human rights, labor, environment, and anti-corruption. Marubeni is working to realize the ideals of the UN Global Compact by supporting these 10 principles.

The UN Global Compact's 10 Principles

Human Rights Principle 1:
Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and
Principle 2:
make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.
LaborPrinciple 3:
Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;
Principle 4:
the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labor;
Principle 5:
the effective abolition of child labor; and
Principle 6:
the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.
EnvironmentPrinciple 7:
Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;
Principle 8:
undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and
Principle 9:
encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.
Anti-CorruptionPrinciple 10:
Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.

Click here to view the UN Global Compact web site. 

Marubeni Corporation engages in activities as a Corporate Member of the Global Compact Network Japan (GCNJ), the local network of United Nations Global Compact in Japan.
Working Groups, which are organized by theme, are held mainly by the network members of Global Compact Network Japan (GCNJ). Marubeni takes part in the following Working Groups.

In the year ended March 31, 2015

  • Committee of Supply Chains
  • Committee of Creating Shared Value
  • Committee of ISO26000

In the year ended March 31, 2016

  • Committee of Human Rights Due Diligence
  • Committee of Environmental Management
  • Committee of Creating Shared Value
  • Committee of Stakeholder Engagement
  • Committee of Supply Chains
  • Committee of Anti-Corruption

In the year ending March 31, 2017

  • Committee of Human Rights Due Diligence
  • Committee of Environmental Management
  • Committee of SRI/ESG
  • Committee of SDGs
  • Committee of Anti-Corruption

Pursuing CSR Together with Our Stakeholders

In order to exist in harmony and prosper alongside society and the global environment and attain sustainable growth, Marubeni believes that efforts must be made to pursue a balance among three domains in terms of value and assessment. The three domains include not only the domain of economic activities that generate profit, but also the social and environmental domains.
In order to establish a CSR policy that earns the trust and approval of stakeholders, the Marubeni Group recognizes that it is important to always listen to the opinions of stakeholders, and work with them to put these ideas into practice. Of course, all our stakeholders are equally important and therefore we do not intend to prioritize them.

Stakeholders Approach Communication Tools
Customers and Business Partners Aiming to be a company that enjoys the trust and confidence of customers and business partners, we strive to develop and offer products and services that are useful to society as well as safe. Furthermore, we constantly strive to improve satisfaction and earn trust by responding sincerely to feedback from our customers and business partners.
  • Annual reports, website
  • Responding sincerely based on the Marubeni Corporate Principles and Basic Supply Chain CSR Policy
  • Website inquiry and contact page
  • Survey on Supply Chain CSR
Shareholders and Investors Marubeni is dedicated to meeting shareholders’ expectations. We strive thus to enhance our corporate value by responding to changes in the business environment and maintaining stable profitability. In addition, we work to boost corporate value from social and environmental perspectives, and also disclose pertinent information in a fair and timely manner.
  • Annual reports, website and Shareholders' Reports
  • General Meeting of Shareholders
  • Briefing for retail investors
  • IR activities
  • CSR questionnaire from SRI Index survey organization
Local Communities We aim to become a valued member of the local communities where we do business, and to contribute to the creation of robust local districts. Overseas, we respect local laws, cultures and customs, and strive to operate our businesses in a way that contributes to local development. Furthermore, we are firmly opposed to antisocial forces and groups that threaten the order and safety of society.
  • Social welfare funding by the Marubeni Foundation
  • Support through scholarships and donations overseas
  • Volunteer activities in association with NGOs and NPOs
  • Stakeholder dialogues
  • Activities implemented through business and industry groups
  • Receiving student visits
  • Cultural contributions through the Marubeni Collection
Employees We respect the individual values and life goals of each and every employee. We also work hard to eliminate all forms of discrimination and foster an atmosphere that is pleasant for all.
  • Employee Awareness surveys
  • Compliance Access Point (Door of Courage)
  • Marubeni Group magazine, Company intranet
  • Dialogue between management and employees
  • Marubeni Employee Union
  • Training

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