The Nichirei Group’s Nichirei Pledge defines the philosophy behind the CSR initiatives that the Group believes it should pursue. However, it cannot make the essence of its philosophy a reality with the Group’s efforts alone.
The Group believes that it is essential for a company to forge an appropriate relationship with stakeholders to make appropriate contributions to society through the life cycle of its business activities. In particular, because Group businesses harvest raw materials from natural ecosystems, the Group is aware that it may have an impact on the communities in its production site. For this reason, from a long-term perspective, the Group will forge appropriate relationships with its suppliers and partner companies and is aiming to contribute to the vitality and development of communities through its businesses.
In order to build a sustainable supply chain, the Group has established the Nichirei Group Sustainable Supply Chain Policy. The Group procures products and services in accordance with the following Policy and asks suppliers to assent to and comply with this policy.
The Group is aware that it may have various impacts on society and the environment, including in its supply chain, through its domestic and international business activities, so it wishes to forge an appropriate relationship with stakeholders from a social and environmental perspective as well. In April 2017, the Group declared “maintaining a sustainable supply chain” as one of the important items in the Nichirei Pledge of its Basic CSR Policy, and as the foundation for progress on this front, it established the Nichirei Group Sustainable Supply Chain Policy. The Nichirei Group will cooperate with its suppliers and promote initiatives based on this Policy.
At its operating company Nichirei Foods, in terms of business activities that take CSR into account, suppliers and partner companies perform a self-check of the essential items concerning social responsibility related to procurement, and dialogue about the contents of the check sheet occurs during factory quality audits. In FY2019, quality audits were conducted at 17 plants in Japan and 20 plants overseas. In this process, the Nichirei Group Sustainable Supply Chain Basic Policy is shared with suppliers in Japan and overseas to obtain understanding and cooperation.
The Group has been holding “CSR Management discussion meetings” since FY2017 primarily to offer an opportunity for discussion on business activities that contribute to social responsibility, what group communication should be like, and building trust with society. This discussion consists mainly of the members of the holding company’s CSR Management promotion project and the Strategic Planning Divisions and Management Divisions of the Group’s four core companies. These meetings were held 12 times in FY2018, 5 times in FY2019, and there were discussions about initiatives related to maintaining a sustainable supply chain, as well as an examination of the Group companies’ environmental and social issues. The Group will continue to hold these meetings and promote CSR management.
As an external activity related to human rights, the Nichirei Group is participating in the Stakeholder Engagement Program operated by the Japan CSR Consortium, for which the Caux Round Table operates a bureau. In the Program, we discussed with NPOs/NGOs and other companies to identify sector specific human rights issues.
We worked on identifying human rights issues specific to the food industry and logistics business, we had discussions that delved into human rights issues. The result shall be considered in our human rights activities and we will continue to engage in stakeholder engagement to identify industry-specific human rights issues.
The report of stakeholder engagement program can be downloaded from the web site of CRT Japan.
In addition, the Group participated in an international convention of human rights (hosted by CRT Japan) that was attended by NGOs and human rights exparts.
Palm oil, obtainable from the fruit of the oil palm, is used as a raw ingredient in edible oils, soap, detergent, and various other products. Last year, progress was made with a large-scale development of oil palm plantations, and the deforestation of the tropical rainforest, CO2 emissions from peatlands, and other environmental issues, along with forced labor and child labor on the plantations, have become global issues.
In August 2018, the Nichirei Group became a member of the RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil), a non-profit organization that promotes the sustainable production and usage of palm oil. In FY2019, Nichirei Foods' food factories (consolidated subsidiaries in Japan and overseas) aggregated the total amount (100%) of palm oil used for frying oil and purchased the appropriate amount of RSPO certified oil credits (Book & Claim model). We will support RSPO's efforts to promote sustainable procurement in the supply chain.
To work on building sustainable supply chains, the Nichirei Group undertakes the procurement of products and services in accordance with its policy and encourages its suppliers to understand the policy and put it into practice.
|Nichirei Foods||Shared Nichirei Group Sustainable Supply Chain Policy with important suppliers in Japan and overseas, conducted surveys in a questionnaire format||Collected all questionnaires||Analyzed questionnaire content|
|Nichirei Fresh||Visited some suppliers and exchanged opinions|
As of June 2019, Nichirei Fresh has three types of marine products that have obtained ASC certification*1 and 17 types of marine products that have obtained MSC certification*2. In FY2018, Nichirei Fresh developed herring roe Kazunoko Matsumae-Zuke and herring roe Kazunoko Wasabi-Zuke made with MSC-certified Pacific herring (roe) with a business partner that has obtained CoC certification*3. Going forward, the Group will continue making efforts to keep its marine products sustainable, and will continue to grow the number of ASC-certified and MSC-certified marine products.
Certification Registry Number ASC-C-01632
|Three types (Black tiger shrimp, Whiteleg shrimp, Pacific oyster*)|
Certification Registry Number MSC-C-52165
Salmon varieties (pink salmon, king salmon, coho salmon, chum salmon, sockeye salmon), Walleye pollack, Pacific cod, Flatfish varieties (Kamchatka flounder, yellowfin sole, dusky sole, white flounder), Scallops, Herring, Capelins, Snow crabs, Arctic surf clams, Red king crab*
Nichirei do Brasil Agricola Ltda. provides contractors with acerola seedlings and cultivation technology, and the fruits that are the result are all purchased by Nichirei do Brasil Agricola, and contributes to the local society including the guidance for the farmers, employment and income.
The Nichirei Group’s Nichirei Pledge defines the philosophy behind the CSR ...
The Group is aware that it may have various impacts on society and the envi...
Participation in Human Rights Program As an external activity related to...
As of June 2019, Nichirei Fresh has three types of marine products that hav...
Nichirei do Brasil Agricola Ltda. provides contractors with acerola seedlin...
The Nichirei Group believes that respecting the human rights not only of th...
In the Group’s endeavors to respect human rights in its business activities...
During the Caux Round Table stakeholder engagement program held between Jun...