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Initiatives for Sustainable Raw Ingredients

Basic Philosophy

To provide value to society and to continue to survive, it is vitally important for the Nichirei Group to secure a sustainable source of ingredients. Moreover, given that raw ingredients are harvested from natural ecosystems for its business, the Group recognizes that it is similarly important for it to address environmental issues in the supply chain—specifically, that it puts effort into energy use and climate change issues, takes into account water usage and impacts on biodiversity, and that it tackles pollution, waste and the efficient use of resources.
Having selected “maintain a sustainable supply chain” as one of the top-priority important items in the Nichirei Pledge (its basic CSR policy), the company established the Nichirei Group Sustainable Supply Chain Policy on April 1, 2017.
Nichirei makes efforts not only for its own business activities, but also to address societal and environmental issues in its supply chain. In proper collaboration with its suppliers and partner companies, Nichirei will work to maintain a sustainable supply chain so that it can provide safe and high-quality products and services in a reliable manner.

Nichirei Group Sustainable Supply Chain Policy
Legal compliance:
We comply with the laws and social norms of each country and region where we operate.
Fair business practices:
We employ fair, transparent, and impartial business practices.
Human rights:
We respect human rights and provide safe, healthy work environments.
Environment:
We strive to reduce environmental impact and consider the health of the global environment.
Product quality and safety:
We work hard to deliver safe, high-quality products and services.
Information management:
We manage information properly and disclose information related to our business activities in a timely, appropriate manner.
Local communities:
We seek to build close cooperative relationships with local communities, as a good corporate citizen.
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Management System

To promote efforts to maintain a sustainable supply chain for all of Nichirei Group, the Group established the CSR Management discussion meeting in FY2017. During this meeting, the Group’s common basic policy is examined, issues being faced and efforts being made by each operating company are shared, and so on. The meeting is held six or more times per year, and the results of the discussions are reported to the Board of Directors and the management conference, providing support for operating companies’ efforts to maintain a sustainable supply chain. The Nichirei Group Sustainable Supply Chain Policy was also established through the CSR Management discussion meeting. The Group procures products and services in accordance with the policy and asks suppliers to also assent to and comply with it.

Supply chain Meeting Launched

Since 2019, in accordance with the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and the United Nations Global Compact, the Nichirei Group has been promoting the understanding of, and working toward attaining, the Nichirei Group Sustainable Supply Chain Policy and ensuring that our supply chain business partners are in step with the Group’s CSR procurement activities.
In FY2021 (ending in March 2021), we launched a Supply Chain Meeting to enable Group companies to participate in formulating Group CSR procurement guidelines, as well as to share with us and examine issues regarding the addressing of human rights due diligence.
In addition to Nichirei Foods having joined the July 2019 Sedex* London conference, the Group is engaged in ethical and responsible business practices throughout our global supply chain.

Nichirei Foods conducts quality assurance audits in the form of factory inspections on each factory of contracted producers about once every two years. As part of this it confirms the implementation status of its Sustainable Supply Chain Policy.
In regard to environmental education within the Group, as part of its Training for New Managers, employees learn about sustainable raw ingredients as well as about the latest trends in Japan and overseas and issues faced by the Nichirei Group. In addition, the following goals have been set as a Group initiative.

  • *Supplier Ethical Data Exchange, a non-profit organization established in the United Kingdom in 2004 to provide a platform for managing and sharing corporate ethical information with the aim of realizing responsible business practices in supply chains.
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Priority Challenges for FY2021 (focus on business activities)

・ Procure materials produced or caught in consideration of sustainable utilization and their processed products.
・ Build a recycling system in collaboration with business partners and local communities to make full use of resources.

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Sustainable Procurement in Symbiosis with Nature and Neighborhoods

Mauritanian potted octopi are one of the quality materials used at Nichirei Fresh. For more than 40 years, the company has been working with locals to catch octopi using pots, allowing it to provide high-quality octopus ingredients. This technique is less likely to damage fishing areas and overfishing. The group is working hard to develop sustainable fishing practices by complying with no-fishing periods and no-fishing standards by, for example, using both Brazilian and Mexican wild shrimp.
In addition to constantly offering a reliable supply of safe and secure foods, Nichirei Fresh Inc. will continue to develop and procure quality materials as it focuses on sustainable resources, as well as the importance of having a sustainable environment and society.

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Efforts for MSC/ASC-certified Materials

Since 2006, Nichirei Fresh has been engaged in the Forest of Life Project*1 nature conservation activities involving sustainable black tiger prawn farming and mangrove tree planting in Kalimantan, Indonesia.
These activities were extended to whiteleg shrimp ponds in Sumatra, Indonesia, and obtained Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification*2 in 2018. From 2020, mangrove planting will begin in earnest, with plans to plant about 280,000 trees.
In addition, we are gradually increasing the handling of marine products certified*3 by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and, June 2019, we have been handling 17 fish species of marine products. In the years ahead, we plan to increase the variety of sustainable marine products we handle.

  • *1Forest of Life Project: https://www.nichireifresh.co.jp/inochinomori/
  • *2ASC certification requires that marine products used have been cultivated in a sustainable manner.
  • *3MSC certification requires that wild seafood used has been caught using methods that do not deplete the natural supply.
Nichirei Fresh products that have obtained ASC/MSC certification (as of June 2019)
authentication authentication acquisition number
ASC
Certification Registry Number ASC-C-01632
Black tiger shrimp、Whiteleg shrimp、Pacific oyster
MSC
Certification Registry Number MSC-C-52165
Salmon varieties (pink salmon, king salmon, coho salmon, chum salmon, sockeye salmon)、
Flatfish varieties (Kamchatka flounder, yellowfin sole, dusky sole, white flounder)、
Walleye pollack、Pacific cod、Scallops、
Herring、Capelins、Snow crabs、Arctic surf clams、Red king crab
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Antibiotic-free Chicken

Antibiotic-free Chicken

https://www.nichireifresh.co.jp/product/livestock/detail/?id=376(Japanese only)

Chemical agents, such as antibiotics and synthetic antibacterials, are used in general broiler chicken farming to treat diseases, prevent the spread of illnesses due to farming conducted in tight spaces, and generate growth.
Nichirei Fresh Inc. has been selling antibiotic-free chicken since 2004. While vaccinated, our poultry is not exposed to chemical agents, including antibiotics and synthetic antibacterials, that could generate antibiotic‐resistant bacteria.* Instead, our poultry farming methods take full advantage of the innate immunocompetence of chickens.
Our farming technology takes into consideration the rearing environment and also applies its own expertise to poultry farming, thereby raising the natural immunocompetence of chickens and developing their natural resistance to diseases through the use of such substances as lactic acid, other probiotics, and plant-based herbal medicines that help maintain the health of chickens and boost their immunity.
Since the manure of chickens exposed to antibiotics affects soil bacteria and groundwater, the poultry farming methods used to produce antibiotic-free chicken also contribute to the natural cycles intrinsic to ecosystems.

Antibiotic‐resistant Bacteria That Threaten Ecosystem Cycles

Antibiotic‐resistant Bacteria That Threaten Ecosystem Cycles

  • *Drug-resistant bacteria: Protecting people from drug-resistant bacteria (not affected by antibacterial agents) is becoming an issue worldwide. Those with weakened immunocompetence who are exposed to such bacteria may not respond to treatment with antibiotics.
    Drug-resistant bacteria have been found in livestock continuously exposed to chemical agents such as antibiotics and synthetic antibacterials. As a result of growing consumer interest in the United States, meat from animals not exposed to antibiotics is becoming increasingly popular.
    We will continue to assess the issue of drug-resistant bacteria as we produce chicken that helps maintain human health.
Reliable Management System: Inspections to Ensure Use of Antibiotic-free Chicken

Nichirei Fresh is performing its own inspections to ensure that poultry is antibiotic free. These inspections roughly break down into verification of production processes and product inspections.
Personnel responsible for the inspections regularly visit production areas to verify that all production processes (from those in feed mills to those in breeding farms and processing factories) are being performed to the Company’s standards.
In addition, the Nichirei Quality Assurance Division’s Food Safety Research Center performs product inspections involving testing for antibiotic residue in special feed used in the production of antibiotic-free chicken and in final chicken products.
Nichirei Fresh ensures that quality control is adequate by inspecting all its processes, from the animal feed it uses to final product shipments.

Quality Control: Antibiotic-free Chicken

Quality Control: Antibiotic-free Chicken

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Suppression of Methane Gas Emissions by Cattle

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To provide value to society and to continue to survive, it is vitally impor...

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Initiatives for Sustainable Raw Ingredients

Management System

To promote efforts to maintain a sustainable supply chain for all of Nichir...

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Priority Challenges for FY2021 (focus on business activities)

・ Procure materials produced or caught in consideration of sustainable util...

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Sustainable Procurement in Symbiosis with Nature and Neighborhoods

Mauritanian potted octopi are one of the quality materials used at Nichirei...

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Since 2006, Nichirei Fresh has been engaged in the Forest of Life Project*1...

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