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  • Overall approach
    3/16
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/6
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Signatory
      Yes
      1/1
      Company is a signatory to the Consumer Goods Forum; Company is a signatory to the UN Global Compact
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      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
      High-level management
      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
      0/3
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • 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."
  • Commodity score
    27/84
    • Soy
      27/84
      • Commitment Strength
        14/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          14/17
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross conversion
            10.7/10.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross conversion
            10.7/10.7
            Which certification schemes are used?: RTRS

            (For downstream soy companies only) Does the company commitment also apply to hidden/indirect soy?: No
            "Agrex do Brasil, an MC subsidiary, is an RTRS certified producer with a total of 26,000 hectares of land certified under this standard. Agrex do Brasil was the first agricultural company to obtain RTRS certification for the production of responsible soy in it's farmland in Maranho Brasil. Through the RTRS certification, Agrex do Brasil seeks to make various internal improvements, increase efficiency in soil management and protection"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/3
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            2/2
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            2/2
            "Agrex do Brasil, an MC subsidiary, is an RTRS certified producer with a total of 26,000 hectares of land certified under this standard. Agrex do Brasil was the first agricultural company to obtain RTRS certification for the production of responsible soy in it's farmland in Maranho Brasil. Through the RTRS certification, Agrex do Brasil seeks to make various internal improvements, increase efficiency in soil management and protection"
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            1/1
            Interim target date
            Yes
            1/1
            "Agrex do Brasil, an MC subsidiary, is an RTRS certified producer with a total of 26,000 hectares of land certified under this standard. Agrex do Brasil was the first agricultural company to obtain RTRS certification for the production of responsible soy in it's farmland in Maranho Brasil. Through the RTRS certification, Agrex do Brasil seeks to make various internal improvements, increase efficiency in soil management and protection"
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/3
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/2
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/1
      • Social Considerations
        6/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Mitsubishi Corp. state that their suppliers must ensure their workers' rights to have freedom of association, and to be free from discrimination, forced labour, and child labour.
        • 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 remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests/developments/expansions
          2/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests/developments/expansions
          2/4
          What is the status of those FPIC processes?: Not disclosed
          "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."
      • Reporting and Implementation
        7/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          3/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            3/3
            "Agrex do Brasil, an MC subsidiary, is an RTRS certified producer with a total of 26,000 hectares of land certified under this standard. Agrex do Brasil was the first agricultural company to obtain RTRS certification for the production of responsible soy in it's farmland in Maranho Brasil. Through the RTRS certification, Agrex do Brasil seeks to make various internal improvements, increase efficiency in soil management and protection"
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/3
        • Reporting is independently verified
          2/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            2/2
            "Agrex do Brasil, an MC subsidiary, is an RTRS certified producer with a total of 26,000 hectares of land certified under this standard. Agrex do Brasil was the first agricultural company to obtain RTRS certification for the production of responsible soy in it's farmland in Maranho Brasil. Through the RTRS certification, Agrex do Brasil seeks to make various internal improvements, increase efficiency in soil management and protection"
          • Commitment to a traceable 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
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          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 *
      10/84
      • Commitment Strength
        0/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          0/17
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/10.7
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/3
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/2
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/1
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/3
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/2
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/1
      • Social Considerations
        8/18
        • 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 its suppliers around the world, and expects all suppliers to understand, embrace and abide by it." 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/expansions
          2/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests/developments/expansions
          2/4


          What is the status of those FPIC processes?: Not disclosed
          "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."
      • Reporting and Implementation
        2/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/3
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable 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
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          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 *
      38/84
      • Commitment Strength
        16/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          9/12
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            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." 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
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "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
            1.2/1.3
            Target date
            2021
            1.2/1.3
            "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."
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.7
        • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
          7/8
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            4/4
            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
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "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
            1.2/1.3
            Target date
            2021
            1.2/1.3
            "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."
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.7
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/8
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1.3
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.7
      • Social Considerations
        8/18
        • 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 its suppliers around the world, and expects all suppliers to understand, embrace and abide by it." 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/expansions
          2/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests/developments/expansions
          2/4
          What is the status of those FPIC processes?: Not disclosed
          "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."
      • Reporting and Implementation
        13/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          4/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            In their 2019 ACOP report, Mitsubishi report that they use 295,770 tons of palm oil, of which 18,650 tons are RSPO-certified (6.31%)
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            2/2
            In their 2019 ACOP report, Mitsubishi report that they use 295,770 tons of palm oil, of which 18,650 tons are RSPO-certified (6.31%)
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Reporting is independently verified
          3/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            In their 2019 ACOP report, Mitsubishi report that they use 295,770 tons of palm oil, of which 18,650 tons are RSPO-certified (6.31%)
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RSPO
            In their 2019 ACOP report, Mitsubishi report that they use 295,770 tons of palm oil, of which 18,650 tons are RSPO-certified (6.31%)
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • 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 non-certified/non-compliant volume; Reporting certified/compliant volume
          4/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume; Reporting certified/compliant volume
          4/4
          What is the non-certified/non-compliant volume?: 277,120 tons

          For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 6.31%

          Which certification schemes are used?: RSPO

          What is the certified volume?: 18,650 tons
          In their 2019 ACOP report, Mitsubishi report that they use 295,770 tons of palm oil, of which 18,650 tons are RSPO-certified (6.31%)
        • Upstream: Impact assessments for land development/acquisition
          No
          0/4
        • Upstream: Reporting production/processing locations
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance of production/processing
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          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: 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

          What criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?: Non-compliance with policy after corrective actions

          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?: 41 - 13.8%

          Does the company have a list of blacklisted or otherwise excluded suppliers or producers?: No
          Mitsubishi repots that in 2019, it is working with a total of 41 suppliers to "share concerns, solve issues etc", including 4 from Europe, the Middle East and Africa; 16 from the Americas; and 269 from Asia/Oceania.
    • Pulp & Paper *
      35/84
      • Commitment Strength
        18/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          10/12
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            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
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "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/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            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."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: Current
            Target date is current - see 3.2
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          8/8
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            4/4
            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
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "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/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            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."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: Current
            Target date is current - see 3.2
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/8
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1.3
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.7
      • Social Considerations
        8/18
        • 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 its suppliers around the world, and expects all suppliers to understand, embrace and abide by it." 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/expansions
          2/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests/developments/expansions
          2/4
          What is the status of those FPIC processes?: Not disclosed
          "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."
      • Reporting and Implementation
        9/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          2/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            "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
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Reporting is independently verified
          1/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            For what percent of the company’s supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 100%
            "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
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • 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 non-certified/non-compliant volume
          2/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume
          2/4
          What is the non-certified/non-compliant volume?: 38,265 thousand sheets
          Mitsubishi reports that in 2020, its paper consumption in "Head Offices, domestic branches and offices" was 38,265 thousand sheets.
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          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: 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

          What criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?: Non-compliance with policy after corrective actions
          "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?: 41 - 13.8%

          Does the company have a list of blacklisted or otherwise excluded suppliers or producers?: No
          Mitsubishi repots that in 2019, it is working with a total of 41 suppliers to "share concerns, solve issues etc", including 4 from Europe, the Middle East and Africa; 16 from the Americas; and 269 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
    12/28
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    8/38
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    7/18
    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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