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  • Overall approach
    3/12
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/4
      Commodity-specific commitment - commitment that does not apply to all of the commodities the company is exposed to
      0/4
      "Accordingly, through collaboration and partnership with stakeholders in the supply chain, MC is working to ensure sustainable sourcing and supply of palm oil, with the goal to source 100% sustainable palm oil* by 2030.* Sustainable palm oil: Palm oil sourced from supply chains that comply with No Deforestation, No Peat and No Exploitation (NDPE) policies, including RSPO or equivalent certified oil."
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      Which initiatives?: Consumer Goods Forum Deforestation resolution (being a member of the CGF is not sufficient); World Business Council for Sustainable Development Forest Solutions Group; UN Global Compact
      Company is a signatory to the Consumer Goods Forum; Company is a signatory to the UN Global Compact; "MC has been a member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)* since the organization’s founding in 1995, and since March 2016 has seconded an employee full-time to the WBCSD, tasked with advancing the SDGs."
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      "The shrinking of the world's tropical forests has had a major impact on the global environment, including the effect on the conservation of natural ecosystems and the reduction in the absorption of CO2 which contributes to global warming. In addition, loss of tropical forests is also blamed for causing abnormal weather conditions. MC, in understanding the important role played by tropical forests, has been contributing to the regeneration of tropical forests since 1990."
    • Deforestation as a business risk
      0/1
    • High-level management of deforestion
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      Which commodities does it apply to?: Palm oil; Soy; Pulp & Paper

      How often does the committee or board meet to assess company's progress on addressing deforestation-related issues?: Not specified
      MC has established the Sustainability Advisory Committee which consists of outside experts representing the perspectives of MC's diverse stakeholders including NGOs, international agencies and the ESG investment sector, as an advisory body to the Corporate Functional Officer (Corporate Sustainability & CSR). MC coveys its thinking on sustainability policies to Committee members and, with the aim of improving stakeholder engagement, receives advice and recommendations from them. Moreover, MC conducts tours of business sites for committee members in order to deepen their understanding of the Company's businesses. At the Sustainability Advisory Committee meeting held in May 2020, MC received feedback about its initiatives and disclosures related to a variety of topics including MC's Key Sustainability Issues, climate change and supply chain management."
    • Executive compensation linked to deforestation
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/2
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/2
    • Disclosure of conservation activity
    • Disclosure of reforestation activity
      Yes
      0/0
      How many hectares of reforestation or restoration are being or have been conducted or facilitated by the company?: 400,000 trees
      "In 1992, we started Tropical Forest Regeneration Project in Brazil near Belem at the mouth of the Amazon, in the state of Para, Brazil. This is a collaborative project with the Para Agricultural University and other organizations. With help from local students from primary, middle, and trade schools, more than 400,000 trees of about 100 species have been planted to date."
    • Target to reduce emissions in scope 1/2
  • Commodity score
    21/88
    • Soy
      12/88
      • Commitment Strength
        4/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          4/11
          • Commitment details
            Credible certification scheme
            2.7/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Credible certification scheme
            2.7/8
            Which certification schemes are used?: RTRS

            (For downstream soy companies only) Does the company commitment also explicitly apply to hidden/indirect soy?: No
            "Agrex do Brasil, an MC subsidiary, is an RTRS-certified producer with a total of approximately 21,000 hectares of land certified under this standard. Agrex do Brasil was the first company in Brazil to obtain RTRS certification for the production of responsible soy in its farmland in Maranhão, Brazil. Through the RTRS certification, Agrex do Brasil seeks to make various internal improvements, increase efficiency in soil management and protection, improve water management, foster employee motivation and strengthen relationships with neighboring communities"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            If no, what is excluded?: Subsidary
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            "Agrex do Brasil, an MC subsidiary, is an RTRS-certified producer with a total of approximately 21,000 hectares of land certified under this standard. Agrex do Brasil was the first company in Brazil to obtain RTRS certification for the production of responsible soy in its farmland in Maranhão, Brazil. Through the RTRS certification, Agrex do Brasil seeks to make various internal improvements, increase efficiency in soil management and protection, improve water management, foster employee motivation and strengthen relationships with neighboring communities"
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.5/0.5
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.5/0.5
            "Agrex do Brasil, an MC subsidiary, is an RTRS-certified producer with a total of approximately 21,000 hectares of land certified under this standard. Agrex do Brasil was the first company in Brazil to obtain RTRS certification for the production of responsible soy in its farmland in Maranhão, Brazil. Through the RTRS certification, Agrex do Brasil seeks to make various internal improvements, increase efficiency in soil management and protection, improve water management, foster employee motivation and strengthen relationships with neighboring communities"
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/9
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
      • Social Considerations
        0/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          No
          0/4
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        8/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            2.5/2.5
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            2.5/2.5
            "Agrex do Brasil, an MC subsidiary, is an RTRS-certified producer with a total of approximately 21,000 hectares of land certified under this standard. Agrex do Brasil was the first company in Brazil to obtain RTRS certification for the production of responsible soy in its farmland in Maranhão, Brazil. Through the RTRS certification, Agrex do Brasil seeks to make various internal improvements, increase efficiency in soil management and protection, improve water management, foster employee motivation and strengthen relationships with neighboring communities"
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2.5
        • Reporting is independently verified
          2/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1.5/1.5
            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RTRS certification

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: RTRS certification
            "Agrex do Brasil, an MC subsidiary, is an RTRS-certified producer with a total of approximately 21,000 hectares of land certified under this standard. Agrex do Brasil was the first company in Brazil to obtain RTRS certification for the production of responsible soy in its farmland in Maranhão, Brazil. Through the RTRS certification, Agrex do Brasil seeks to make various internal improvements, increase efficiency in soil management and protection, improve water management, foster employee motivation and strengthen relationships with neighboring communities"
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.5
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Total/partial volume reported: 179.388 tonnes
          Agrex do Brasil reported selling 179.388 tonnes in their 2020 RTRS. 
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          1-49%
          2/6
          Report verified volumes of commodity
          1-49%
          2/6
          For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 33%

          What third-party verification is used?: RTRS certification

          What is the certified volume?: 58,922 tonnes

          What is the compliant volume?: 58,922 tonnes
          Agrex do Brasil reported selling 179.388 tonnes in their 2020 RTRS, of which 58,922 tonnes was RTRS certified.
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/2
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Beef *
      14/88
      • Commitment Strength
        0/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/8
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/9
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
      • Social Considerations
        10/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          "This policy serves to convey MC’s fundamental perspective to all its suppliers." The policy includes child labour, forced labour, discrimination, and freedom of association.
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          "Going forward, MC will continue to promote EMS as well as measures to address environmental contamination such as oil pollution. Concurrently, in the event of an environmental incident, MC will promptly report the incident to the relevant parties and investigate the causes, along with considering appropriate remedial measures and preventative measures. In doing so, MC will rigorously implement measures to prevent a recurrence of the incident."
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          "We strive to engage in dialogue with indigenous groups at the early stages of our projects with the aim of obtaining their free, prior, and informed consent, and work towards building lasting relationships with them."
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        4/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2.5
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2.5
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.5
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "Suppliers shall engage in fair business practices, avoid corruption including bribery and extortion, and comply with applicable laws and regulations [...] MC conducts regular surveys of suppliers to monitor the status of their compliance with basic policies and to strengthen communication with suppliers."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/2
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          No disclosure
          0/6
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          "MC conducts regular surveys to suppliers to monitor the status of their compliance with the Basic Policy and to strengthen communication with suppliers. [...] Furthermore, MC visits suppliers to confirm the status of their activities when it determines that site visits are necessary based on the regions where suppliers are active and their business activities."
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/2
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Palm oil *
      36/88
      • Commitment Strength
        10/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          5/8
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            4/6
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            4/6
            Which certification schemes are used?: RSPO
            "By establishing the Palm Oil Procurement Guidelines, MC conveys its fundamental perspective to its suppliers around the world and strives to ensure the following: Active participation as a member company of the RPSO; [...] Palm oil connected to deforestation of High Conservation Value (HCV) forests and development on peatlands is not procured."; "Accordingly, through collaboration and partnership with stakeholders in the supply chain, MC is working to ensure sustainable sourcing and supply of palm oil, with the goal to source 100% sustainable palm oil* by 2030.* Sustainable palm oil: Palm oil sourced from supply chains that comply with No Deforestation, No Peat and No Exploitation (NDPE) policies, including RSPO or equivalent certified oil."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "By establishing the Palm Oil Procurement Guidelines, MC conveys its fundamental perspective to its suppliers around the world and strives to ensure the following: Active participation as a member company of the RPSO; [...] Palm oil connected to deforestation of High Conservation Value (HCV) forests and development on peatlands is not procured."; "Accordingly, through collaboration and partnership with stakeholders in the supply chain, MC is working to ensure sustainable sourcing and supply of palm oil, with the goal to source 100% sustainable palm oil* by 2030.* Sustainable palm oil: Palm oil sourced from supply chains that comply with No Deforestation, No Peat and No Exploitation (NDPE) policies, including RSPO or equivalent certified oil."
          • Target date
            2028-2030
            0/0.7
            Target date
            2028-2030
            0/0.7
            "By establishing the Palm Oil Procurement Guidelines, MC conveys its fundamental perspective to its suppliers around the world and strives to ensure the following: Active participation as a member company of the RPSO; [...] Palm oil connected to deforestation of High Conservation Value (HCV) forests and development on peatlands is not procured."; "Accordingly, through collaboration and partnership with stakeholders in the supply chain, MC is working to ensure sustainable sourcing and supply of palm oil, with the goal to source 100% sustainable palm oil* by 2030.* Sustainable palm oil: Palm oil sourced from supply chains that comply with No Deforestation, No Peat and No Exploitation (NDPE) policies, including RSPO or equivalent certified oil."
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
        • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
          5/5
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            3/3
            Type of commitment: HCS; Peat
            "By establishing the Palm Oil Procurement Guidelines, MC conveys its fundamental perspective to its suppliers around the world and strives to ensure the following: Active participation as a member company of the RPSO; [...] Palm oil connected to deforestation of High Conservation Value (HCV) forests and development on peatlands is not procured." Elsewhere, they state that they "Aim for 100% of the palm oil we handle to have Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) or equivalent certification by 2021."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "By establishing the Palm Oil Procurement Guidelines, MC conveys its fundamental perspective to its suppliers around the world and strives to ensure the following: Active participation as a member company of the RPSO; [...] Palm oil connected to deforestation of High Conservation Value (HCV) forests and development on peatlands is not procured." Elsewhere, they state that they "Aim for 100% of the palm oil we handle to have Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) or equivalent certification by 2021."
          • Target date
            2021
            0.7/0.7
            Target date
            2021
            0.7/0.7
            "By establishing the Palm Oil Procurement Guidelines, MC conveys its fundamental perspective to its suppliers around the world and strives to ensure the following: Active participation as a member company of the RPSO; [...] Palm oil connected to deforestation of High Conservation Value (HCV) forests and development on peatlands is not procured." Elsewhere, they state that they "Aim for 100% of the palm oil we handle to have Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) or equivalent certification by 2021."
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/6
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/0.7
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
      • Social Considerations
        10/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          "This policy serves to convey MC’s fundamental perspective to all its suppliers." The policy includes child labour, forced labour, discrimination, and freedom of association.
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          "Going forward, MC will continue to promote EMS as well as measures to address environmental contamination such as oil pollution. Concurrently, in the event of an environmental incident, MC will promptly report the incident to the relevant parties and investigate the causes, along with considering appropriate remedial measures and preventative measures. In doing so, MC will rigorously implement measures to prevent a recurrence of the incident."
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          "We strive to engage in dialogue with indigenous groups at the early stages of our projects with the aim of obtaining their free, prior, and informed consent, and work towards building lasting relationships with them."
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        16/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            In their 2020 ACOP report, Mitsubishi report that they use 205,350 tonnes of palm oil of which 24,280 tonnes are RSPO certified (11.82%) 
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            In their 2020 ACOP report, Mitsubishi report that they use 205,350 tonnes of palm oil of which 24,280 tonnes are RSPO certified (11.82%) 
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.7
        • Reporting is independently verified
          1/1
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: RSPO

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RSPO
            In their 2020 ACOP report, Mitsubishi report that they use 205,350 tonnes of palm oil of which 24,280 tonnes are RSPO certified (11.82%) 
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RSPO certification
            In their 2020 ACOP report, Mitsubishi report that they use 205,350 tonnes of palm oil of which 24,280 tonnes are RSPO certified (11.82%) 
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "Suppliers shall engage in fair business practices, avoid corruption including bribery and extortion, and comply with applicable laws and regulations [...] MC conducts regular surveys of suppliers to monitor the status of their compliance with basic policies and to strengthen communication with suppliers."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Total/partial volume reported: 205,350 tonne
          In their 2020 ACOP report, Mitsubishi report that they use 205,350 tonnes of palm oil of which 24,280 tonnes are RSPO certified (11.82%) 
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          1-49%
          2/6
          Report verified volumes of commodity
          1-49%
          2/6
          What is the compliant volume?: 24,280 tonnes

          What is the certified volume?: 24,280 tonnes

          What third-party verification is used?: RSPO certification

          For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 11.82%
          In their 2020 ACOP report, Mitsubishi report that they use 205,350 tonnes of palm oil of which 24,280 tonnes are RSPO certified (11.82%) 
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          "MC conducts regular surveys to suppliers to monitor the status of their compliance with the Basic Policy and to strengthen communication with suppliers. [...] Furthermore, MC visits suppliers to confirm the status of their activities when it determines that site visits are necessary based on the regions where suppliers are active and their business activities."
        • Upstream: Impact assessments for land development/acquisition
          No
          0/4
        • Upstream: Reporting production/processing locations
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance of production/processing
          No
          0/4
        • Upstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Annually
          "MC conducts annual surveys of suppliers worldwide, including those industries where environmental and social considerations are particularly impactful, such as marine and agricultural products and apparel, in order to monitor their status of compliance with the Mitsubishi Corporation Policy for Sustainable Supply Chain Management. In the fiscal year ended March 2019, MC conducted its annual survey for the fiscal year ended March 2018, and replies were received from 296 companies in 30 countries and regions including China, Vietnam and Thailand. Respondents answered questions pertaining to matters such as regulations and legal compliance; prohibition of forced labor, child labor and discrimination, environmental conservation and information disclosure. Based on the results of this survey, MC conducts additional surveys, on site inspections and other measures for a number of suppliers."
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: Training and assistance

          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: Yes
          "If a violation of the Mitsubishi Corporation Policy for Sustainable Supply Chain Management is confirmed, MC will demand that the relevant supplier implement corrective measures and will integrate this policy with relevant suppliers through training and assistance as necessary. For example, by sharing best practice examples from its business investees and leading industry initiatives with suppliers, MC aims to strengthen the environmental and social activities of its suppliers and build solid relationships with them. If MC determines that the supplier is unlikely to implement corrective measures even after providing continuous training and assistance, MC will review its business relationship with the relevant supplier."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          Yes, engaged
          1/2
          Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          Yes, engaged
          1/2
          How many noncompliant producers or suppliers are engaged through improvement plans or other processes, and what percentage of the company's supply chain volume does that represent?: 4.08%

          Does the company have a list of blacklisted or otherwise excluded suppliers or producers?: No
          Mitsubishi repots that in 2021, it is working with a total of 17 suppliers (4.08%) to "share concerns, solve issues etc", including 17 from Asia/Oceania.
    • Pulp & Paper *
      31/88
      • Commitment Strength
        10/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          4/8
          • Commitment details
            Protects priority forests (including High Conservation Value)
            2/6
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Protects priority forests (including High Conservation Value)
            2/6
            Which certification schemes are used?: FSC
            "MC conveys its fundamental perspective to its suppliers around the world and strives to ensure the following: Procured timber and paper products do not impose an excessive environmental impact on the forest in the area of origin [...] Wood harvesting connected to products procured by MC is conducted in a way that conserves forests and does not adversely affect the livelihoods of local residents [...] Timber and paper products are not procured from suppliers involved in serious social and environmental issues such as deforestation of High Conservation Value (HCV) forests [...] Timber and paper products are procured from suppliers that meet the standards established in the "Mitsubishi Corporation Policy for Sustainable Supply Chain Management" in the event that FSC-certified or recycled timber and paper products are not available [...] Procurement of FSC-certified products is prioritised to the extent possible."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "MC conveys its fundamental perspective to its suppliers around the world and strives to ensure the following: Procured timber and paper products do not impose an excessive environmental impact on the forest in the area of origin [...] Wood harvesting connected to products procured by MC is conducted in a way that conserves forests and does not adversely affect the livelihoods of local residents [...] Timber and paper products are not procured from suppliers involved in serious social and environmental issues such as deforestation of High Conservation Value (HCV) forests [...] Timber and paper products are procured from suppliers that meet the standards established in the "Mitsubishi Corporation Policy for Sustainable Supply Chain Management" in the event that FSC-certified or recycled timber and paper products are not available [...] Procurement of FSC-certified products is prioritised to the extent possible."
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            "MC conveys its fundamental perspective to its suppliers around the world and strives to ensure the following: Procured timber and paper products do not impose an excessive environmental impact on the forest in the area of origin [...] Wood harvesting connected to products procured by MC is conducted in a way that conserves forests and does not adversely affect the livelihoods of local residents [...] Timber and paper products are not procured from suppliers involved in serious social and environmental issues such as deforestation of High Conservation Value (HCV) forests [...] Timber and paper products are procured from suppliers that meet the standards established in the "Mitsubishi Corporation Policy for Sustainable Supply Chain Management" in the event that FSC-certified or recycled timber and paper products are not available [...] Procurement of FSC-certified products is prioritised to the extent possible."
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            "MC conveys its fundamental perspective to its suppliers around the world and strives to ensure the following: Procured timber and paper products do not impose an excessive environmental impact on the forest in the area of origin [...] Wood harvesting connected to products procured by MC is conducted in a way that conserves forests and does not adversely affect the livelihoods of local residents [...] Timber and paper products are not procured from suppliers involved in serious social and environmental issues such as deforestation of High Conservation Value (HCV) forests [...] Timber and paper products are procured from suppliers that meet the standards established in the "Mitsubishi Corporation Policy for Sustainable Supply Chain Management" in the event that FSC-certified or recycled timber and paper products are not available [...] Procurement of FSC-certified products is prioritised to the extent possible."
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          5/5
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            3/3
            Type of commitment: Recycled content; Reduction of material inputs
            "These actions are based on the Green Purchase Guidelines, which lay out in writing green purchase methods: 1. Avoid unecessary procurement. 2. Place emphasis on "environmental consideration" together with function/cost at the time of procurement, and select green products whenever possible which satisfy the following: Those using primarily recycled/reused raw materials [...] Strive to reuse materials and curb new procurement."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "These actions are based on the Green Purchase Guidelines, which lay out in writing green purchase methods: 1. Avoid unecessary procurement. 2. Place emphasis on "environmental consideration" together with function/cost at the time of procurement, and select green products whenever possible which satisfy the following: Those using primarily recycled/reused raw materials [...] Strive to reuse materials and curb new procurement."
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            "These actions are based on the Green Purchase Guidelines, which lay out in writing green purchase methods: 1. Avoid unecessary procurement. 2. Place emphasis on "environmental consideration" together with function/cost at the time of procurement, and select green products whenever possible which satisfy the following: Those using primarily recycled/reused raw materials [...] Strive to reuse materials and curb new procurement."
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            "These actions are based on the Green Purchase Guidelines, which lay out in writing green purchase methods: 1. Avoid unecessary procurement. 2. Place emphasis on "environmental consideration" together with function/cost at the time of procurement, and select green products whenever possible which satisfy the following: Those using primarily recycled/reused raw materials [...] Strive to reuse materials and curb new procurement."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/6
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/0.7
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
      • Social Considerations
        10/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          "This policy serves to convey MC’s fundamental perspective to all its suppliers." The policy includes child labour, forced labour, discrimination, and freedom of association.
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          "Going forward, MC will continue to promote EMS as well as measures to address environmental contamination such as oil pollution. Concurrently, in the event of an environmental incident, MC will promptly report the incident to the relevant parties and investigate the causes, along with considering appropriate remedial measures and preventative measures. In doing so, MC will rigorously implement measures to prevent a recurrence of the incident."
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          "We strive to engage in dialogue with indigenous groups at the early stages of our projects with the aim of obtaining their free, prior, and informed consent, and work towards building lasting relationships with them."
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        12/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            "Since 2008, Mitsubishi International Corporation has maintained Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain-of-Custody certification from the Rainforest Alliance."
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1.7
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.7
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/1
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: FSC

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: FSC
            "Since 2008, Mitsubishi International Corporation has maintained Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain-of-Custody certification from the Rainforest Alliance."
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "Suppliers shall engage in fair business practices, avoid corruption including bribery and extortion, and comply with applicable laws and regulations [...] MC conducts regular surveys of suppliers to monitor the status of their compliance with basic policies and to strengthen communication with suppliers."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/2
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          No disclosure
          0/6
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          "MC conducts regular surveys to suppliers to monitor the status of their compliance with the Basic Policy and to strengthen communication with suppliers. [...] Furthermore, MC visits suppliers to confirm the status of their activities when it determines that site visits are necessary based on the regions where suppliers are active and their business activities."
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Annually
          "MC conducts annual surveys of suppliers worldwide, including those industries where environmental and social considerations are particularly impactful, such as marine and agricultural products and apparel, in order to monitor their status of compliance with the Mitsubishi Corporation Policy for Sustainable Supply Chain Management. In the fiscal year ended March 2019, MC conducted its annual survey for the fiscal year ended March 2018, and replies were received from 296 companies in 30 countries and regions including China, Vietnam and Thailand. Respondents answered questions pertaining to matters such as regulations and legal compliance; prohibition of forced labor, child labor and discrimination, environmental conservation and information disclosure. Based on the results of this survey, MC conducts additional surveys, on site inspections and other measures for a number of suppliers."
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: Yes
          "If a violation of the Mitsubishi Corporation Policy for Sustainable Supply Chain Management is confirmed, MC will demand that the relevant supplier implement corrective measures and will integrate this policy with relevant suppliers through training and assistance as necessary. For example, by sharing best practice examples from its business investees and leading industry initiatives with suppliers, MC aims to strengthen the environmental and social activities of its suppliers and build solid relationships with them. If MC determines that the supplier is unlikely to implement corrective measures even after providing continuous training and assistance, MC will review its business relationship with the relevant supplier."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          Yes, engaged
          1/2
          Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          Yes, engaged
          1/2
          Does the company have a list of blacklisted or otherwise excluded suppliers or producers?: No
          Mitsubishi repots that in 2021, it is working with a total of 17 suppliers (4.08%) to "share concerns, solve issues etc", including 17 from Asia/Oceania.
  • * commodity scores for which a company is not a powerbroker are given half the weighting of other commodities in total scores

  • Commitment strength
    5/20
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    10/50
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    6/18
    Avg. score

Profile

The Mitsubishi Corporation is a diversified business with activities across a wide range of sectors, including energy, industrial goods, metals, machinery, and finance, as well as food products. The breadth of its living essentials business group exposes the company to many forest risk commodities. Some of these businesses include agricultural traders, food processors, restaurant chains, and animal feed manufacturers. The Mitsubishi Corporation is a major trader of palm oil. Its subsidiaries also rank among the top five European importers of Brazilian beef. Mitsubishi Corp. is selected as a powerbroker for soy and paper packaging and is also assessed for its exposure to palm oil and beef.

Sector
Industry sector 
Agri commodities, Construction, Packaged food
Segments
Trader, Processor, Manufacturer
HQ
HQ 
Japan
Company Type
Company type 
Public listed
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

Top Brands

Batchelors, Crosse & Blackwell, Jucee, Napolina, Princes

How we assess the Forest 500

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