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  • Overall approach
    4/10
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/4
      Overall commitment
      Commodity-specific commitment - commitment that does not apply to all of the commodities the company is exposed to
      0/4
      Which commodities does the commodity-specific commitment apply to?: Palm oil; Pulp & Paper

      Do they have a commitment for other non-Forest 500 commodities, if so which?: Rubber
      "Goals and Targets [...] procure natural rubber, palm oil, timber and paper products that have zero connection to deforestation."
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Signatory
      Yes
      1/1
      [Translation] "As a signatory company of the United Nations Global Compact, we are committed to complying with the Global Compact as our own principle and promoting the SDGs on a global group basis."
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      "Mitsui gives its forest the status of "assets with a high degree of public use that benefits the whole of society". As well as providing the reusable natural resource of lumber, forests can fulfill a range of socially beneficial functions if properly managed and enhanced on a consistent basis; for instance, they can purify the atmosphere by absorbing carbon dioxide to produce oxygen, and they can act as a reservoir that stores and purifies rainwater. On the other hand, if forests are neglected and not adequately maintained, they may increase the likelihood of natural disasters and develop into a source of other social problems. Aware of the social value that its forests possess, Mitsui regards their long-term ownership and maintenance as an important social responsibility".
    • Deforestation as a business risk
      1/1
      Business risk
      Yes
      1/1
      What proportion of revenue that comes from relevant industries is exposed to each forest risk commodity?: NA

      What type of risk is recognised?: Operational

      What poportion of a company’s annual revenue depends on each forest risk commodity?: NA

      What revenue comes from industries relevant to each forest risk commodity?: NA

      Type of risk if Other. Also add any relevant details: NA
      "Improving procurement reliability through legal compliance and the forest certification system [...] deforestation [...] have become major environmental issues [...] to ensure the stable supply of building materials [...] we cooperate with suppliers around the world to ensure that our purchases contain no illegally logged lumber"
    • High-level management of deforestion
      1/1
      High-level management
      Yes
      1/1
      "Sustainability Governance and Oversight [...] has the following duties [...] Present proposals on company-wide policies and actions related to environmental (climate change, circular economy, environmental pollution, biodiversity, etc.), social (human rights, supply chain management, social contribution activities, etc.) or governance issue. [...] Decide and report whether to support an exceptional acquisition of forests or the disposal of company owned forests, which is out of the scope of the guidelines on the acquisition of a new forest and disposal of company owned forests, based on Rules on the Management of Company Owned Forests.
    • Executive compensation linked to deforestation
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/1
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/1
    • Disclosure of conservation activity
    • Disclosure of reforestation activity
      Reforestation disclosure
      Yes
      0/0
      How many hectares of reforestation or restoration are being or have been conducted or facilitated by the company?: 206 hectares
      "Mitsui & Co. (Colombia) is working together with Toyota to plant trees in the Encenillo Biological Reserve, located in La Trinidad, a village in Guasca, Cundinamarca Department, close to Bogota, and covers an area of approximately 206 hectares. The reserve was established in 2007 to protect the local ecosystem and is now home to plants (mosses, lichens, ferns, and trees) and animals (armadillos, Páramo foxes, and over 78 species of bird). The Natura Colombia Foundation is responsible for the preservation and protection of this area and has greatly contributed to the conservation of Colombia's biodiversity for 36 years. To contribute to the restoration and conservation of this ecosystem, and with the long-term aim of mitigating climate change, Mitsui & Co. (Colombia) donated 2,500 native trees including prunus annularis and laurel for planting on 0.56 hectares of land, with 10 people from Mitsui & Co. (Colombia) participating in the tree planting activities."
    • Target to reduce emissions in scope 1/2
      Reduce emissions
      Yes
      0/0
      Type of climate target: Net-zero emissions

      Is this target aligned with/verified by SBTi?: No

      What is the target date for the company to achieve their climate target?: 2050
      "Scope 1 and 2, and Scope 3 Category 15 (Investments) of the Company and its consolidated subsidiaries (including un-incorporated joint ventures):Formulating Mitsui's goal to achieve net-zero emissions as our Vision for 2050, and aiming to reduce GHG impact by 2030 to half of what it was in the fiscal year ended March 2020, as the path to achieve the above goal."
  • Commodity score
    20/90
    • Soy
      11/90
      • Commitment Strength
        0/17
        • Commodity-specific deforestation commitment
          0/9.5
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/6
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            Post 2050 or no target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/7.5
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            Post 2050 or no target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
      • Associated Human Rights Abuses
        6/17
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          Details of commitment: Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association

          Other workers' rights commitments: Only work legal working hours; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces

          How far back in the supply chain does this commitment apply?: suppliers
          "Mitsui & Co. will require its business partners, including suppliers, to understand and implement the following principles, and will strive to create sustainable supply chains in cooperation with them:• Forced Labor Not to tolerate forced labor or any forms of modern slavery, including bonded labor or human tracking. • Child Labor Not to tolerate child labor • Discrimination To prohibit any form of discrimination in employment. • Freedom of Association and Right to Collective Bargaining To respect the rights of employees to associate freely and bargain collectively • Working Hours and Wages To properly manage employees’ working hours, holidays, leaves of absence, and wages in accordance with applicable laws and regulations. • Occupational Health and Safety To secure the health and safety of employees in the work environment."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/2
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/2
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          0.5/2
          "we expect various stakeholders including our business partners, to understand and respect human rights in line with this Policy, and aim to collaboratively promote respect for human rights. [...] We prohibit any form of discrimination based on race, creed, sex, social status, religion, nationality,age, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical and mental disability or any other grounds. We respect each employees’ individuality and diversity and seek to cultivate an environment in which they can perform to the best of their abilities."
        • Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          1/1
          Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          0.5/1
          What does the commitment cover?: Social harm; Environmental harm
          "Our suppliers are required to understand and implement our Sustainable Supply Chain Policy. If a supplier’s efforts to implement our Sustainable Supply Chain Policy are insufficient, or if it is revealed that a supplier has environmental issues or human rights violations within their supply chain, we will take corrective or remedying action through appropriate processes."
        • Commitment to test Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to test for FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          2/3
          Commitment to test Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to test for FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          2/3
          How far back in the supply chain does this commitment apply?: not specified
          We strive to respect the human rights and cultures of indigenous peoples by complying with all applicable laws and regulations of the countries and regions in which we conduct our business activities as well as by respecting relevant international standards such as the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the Convention concerning Indigenous and Tribal Peoples in Independent Countries (ILO Convention: C169), and the principle of "free, prior and informed consent (FPIC)."
        • Commitment to respect customary rights to land, resources, and territory
          No
          0/3
        • Zero-tolerance approach to violence and threats
          No
          0/3
      • Implementation and Reporting
        5/56
        • Reporting is independently verified
          No
          0/2
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Jurisdictional approach focused on sustainable land use
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Which issues does the grievance mechanism cover?: Social; Environmental

          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company?: Own mechanism
          !On the Mitsui & Co, website, we have established the following framework for receiving opinions, proposals, grievances, and other feedback from customers and other stakeholders."
        • Report volumes of commodity sourced/used
          No reporting
          0/3
        • Monitor compliance for labour rights and FPIC
          Yes, and publishes evidence of actions taken to implement its commitment on labour rights in the production or primary processing operations that it owns, manages or otherwise controls or its supply chains
          3/5
          Monitor compliance for labour rights and FPIC
          Yes, and publishes evidence of actions taken to implement its commitment on labour rights in the production or primary processing operations that it owns, manages or otherwise controls or its supply chains
          2.5/5
          What is the status of those FPIC processes?: NA

          What percentage/number of new interests, developments, or expansions has the company used FPIC to secure consent of indigenous peoples/local communities?: NA

          What steps has the company taken to implement their labour rights commitment?: audit, inspection, interviews, questionnaire
          "We consider interactive communication with our suppliers to be very important, so we work to build relationships of trust and strengthen our supply chain management by working jointly on ideas for improvements with our partners, wherever needed. For this reason, since the fiscal year ended March 2012, we have been regularly conducting surveys targeting the suppliers of Mitsui and our subsidiaries to confirm the status of their business in regard to social issues such as climate change, biodiversity, environmental management, human rights, labor practices, and occupational health and safety, and to provide correction if necessary. In the fiscal year ended March 2020, we began surveying suppliers that handle products in high-risk business domains as part of human rights due diligence. In addition to the surveys, since the fiscal year ended March 2015, we have been carrying out on-site inspections of suppliers. In addition to inspecting compliance with our Sustainable Supply Chain Policy using a checklist, we also employ independent experts to participate in conducting interviews with persons in charge and carrying out observations of manufacturing plants and related facilities. When required, we also provide advice and guidance following the on-site surveys."
        • Monitor compliance for zero tolerance approach and customary rights
          No
          0/5
        • Downstream: Reporting suppliers
          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 *
      33/90
      • Commitment Strength
        12/17
        • Commodity-specific deforestation commitment
          6/9.5
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            4/6
            Commodity-specific deforestation commitment
            Zero-gross deforestation
            4/6
            Does the company have a commitment to the protection of other specific named ecosystems?: HCS; Peat

            When was this commitment set?: NA

            Which certification schemes are used?: RSPO
            "we have formulated a palm oil procurement policy under our Sustainable Supply Chain Policy with the aim of realizing palm oil procurement that results in zero deforestation [...] promote procurement based on the NDPE [...] avoid being complicit in development that affects high conservation value (HCV), high carbon stock (HCS), or peat swamp forests." [...] "• Increasing the ratio of sustainable certied palm oil procurement, including RSPO-certied, to 100% by 2030."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "we have formulated a palm oil procurement policy under our Sustainable Supply Chain Policy with the aim of realizing palm oil procurement that results in zero deforestation [...] promote procurement based on the NDPE [...] avoid being complicit in development that affects high conservation value (HCV), high carbon stock (HCS), or peat swamp forests." [...] "• Increasing the ratio of sustainable certied palm oil procurement, including RSPO-certied, to 100% by 2030."
          • Target date
            2028-2030
            0.1/1
            Target date
            2028-2030
            0.1/1
            What actions or steps are identified for time-bound implementation?: 100% certified - "Palm oil certified by RSPO and similar organizations"
            "we have formulated a palm oil procurement policy under our Sustainable Supply Chain Policy with the aim of realizing palm oil procurement that results in zero deforestation [...] promote procurement based on the NDPE [...] avoid being complicit in development that affects high conservation value (HCV), high carbon stock (HCS), or peat swamp forests." [...] "• Increasing the ratio of sustainable certied palm oil procurement, including RSPO-certied, to 100% by 2030."
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          6/7.5
          • Commitment details
            Downstream company, traces to Processing Facility, no compliance check
            2/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Downstream company, traces to Processing Facility, no compliance check
            2/4
            When was this commitment set?: NA
            Mitsui are "Aiming to ensure that 100% of palm oil is traceable to mill level by 2022."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Mitsui are "Aiming to ensure that 100% of palm oil is traceable to mill level by 2022."
          • Target date
            2022
            1/1
            Target date
            2022
            1/1
            What actions or steps are identified for time-bound implementation?: 100% traceable to mill by 2022
            Mitsui are "Aiming to ensure that 100% of palm oil is traceable to mill level by 2022."
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2023)
            0.5/0.5
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2023)
            0.5/0.5
            Mitsui are "Aiming to ensure that 100% of palm oil is traceable to mill level by 2022."
      • Associated Human Rights Abuses
        6/17
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          Other workers' rights commitments: Only work legal working hours; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces

          Details of commitment: Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association

          How far back in the supply chain does this commitment apply?: suppliers
          "Mitsui & Co. will require its business partners, including suppliers, to understand and implement the following principles, and will strive to create sustainable supply chains in cooperation with them:• Forced Labor Not to tolerate forced labor or any forms of modern slavery, including bonded labor or human tracking. • Child Labor Not to tolerate child labor • Discrimination To prohibit any form of discrimination in employment. • Freedom of Association and Right to Collective Bargaining To respect the rights of employees to associate freely and bargain collectively • Working Hours and Wages To properly manage employees’ working hours, holidays, leaves of absence, and wages in accordance with applicable laws and regulations. • Occupational Health and Safety To secure the health and safety of employees in the work environment."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/2
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/2
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          0.5/2
          "we expect various stakeholders including our business partners, to understand and respect human rights in line with this Policy, and aim to collaboratively promote respect for human rights. [...] We prohibit any form of discrimination based on race, creed, sex, social status, religion, nationality,age, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical and mental disability or any other grounds. We respect each employees’ individuality and diversity and seek to cultivate an environment in which they can perform to the best of their abilities."
        • Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          1/1
          Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          0.5/1
          What does the commitment cover?: Social harm; Environmental harm
          "Our suppliers are required to understand and implement our Sustainable Supply Chain Policy. If a supplier’s efforts to implement our Sustainable Supply Chain Policy are insufficient, or if it is revealed that a supplier has environmental issues or human rights violations within their supply chain, we will take corrective or remedying action through appropriate processes."
        • Commitment to test Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to test for FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          2/3
          Commitment to test Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to test for FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          2/3
          How far back in the supply chain does this commitment apply?: supplier
          "In addition to implementing the following principles ourselves, we also require business partners, including suppliers, to understand and implement these principles with the aim of creating sustainable supply chains in cooperation with our partners. [...] To strive to respect the human rights and cultures of indigenous peoples by complying with all applicable laws and regulations of the countries and regions in which we conduct our business activities as well as by respecting relevant international standards such as the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the Convention concerning Indigenous and Tribal Peoples in Independent Countries (ILO Convention: C169), and the principle of “free, prior and informed consent (FPIC)"
        • Commitment to respect customary rights to land, resources, and territory
          No
          0/3
        • Zero-tolerance approach to violence and threats
          No
          0/3
      • Implementation and Reporting
        16/56
        • Reporting proportion of compliant volumes
          0/0
        • Reporting is independently verified
          Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme
          2/2
          Reporting is independently verified
          Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme
          2/2
          Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RSPO

          What percent of the company's supply volume is verified using company verification systems?: NA

          Is the performance of compliance of some suppliers, sources, or origins not verified, and if so why not?: Currently only 6.9% are certified, Mitsui's target is to be 100% certified by 2030

          What methods are used for verification?: RSPO

          For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 6.9%

          Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: RSPO
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          Yes, encouraged
          0/3
          Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          Yes, encouraged
          0/3
          "In addition to implementing the following principles ourselves, we also require business partners, including suppliers, to understand and implement these principles with the aim of creating sustainable supply chains in cooperation with our partners."
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Jurisdictional approach focused on sustainable land use
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company?: Own mechanism

          Which issues does the grievance mechanism cover?: Social; Environmental
          "On the Mitsui & Co, website, we have established the following framework for receiving opinions, proposals, grievances, and other feedback from customers and other stakeholders."
        • Report volumes of commodity sourced/used
          Reporting total volume
          3/3
          Report volumes of commodity sourced/used
          Reporting total volume
          3/3
          Reporting certified/compliant volume: 9.53%

          What product types/sectors is this in?: food and retail

          Total volume: 430000.00 tons

          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume: 90.47 %

          What is the non-DCF commodity volume sourced from known production areas, and proportion of total supply chain volume this represents?: NA
          In their 2021 RSPO ACOP report Mitsui and Co. Ltd report their total palm oil usage as 430000.00 tons of which 9.53% is RSPO certified
        • Monitor compliance for labour rights and FPIC
          Yes, and publishes evidence of actions taken to implement its commitment on labour rights in the production or primary processing operations that it owns, manages or otherwise controls or its supply chains
          3/5
          Monitor compliance for labour rights and FPIC
          Yes, and publishes evidence of actions taken to implement its commitment on labour rights in the production or primary processing operations that it owns, manages or otherwise controls or its supply chains
          2.5/5
          What steps has the company taken to implement their labour rights commitment?: audit, inspection, interviews, questionnaire

          What percentage/number of new interests, developments, or expansions has the company used FPIC to secure consent of indigenous peoples/local communities?: na

          What is the status of those FPIC processes?: na
          "We consider interactive communication with our suppliers to be very important, so we work to build relationships of trust and strengthen our supply chain management by working jointly on ideas for improvements with our partners, wherever needed. For this reason, since the fiscal year ended March 2012, we have been regularly conducting surveys targeting the suppliers of Mitsui and our subsidiaries to confirm the status of their business in regard to social issues such as climate change, biodiversity, environmental management, human rights, labor practices, and occupational health and safety, and to provide correction if necessary. In the fiscal year ended March 2020, we began surveying suppliers that handle products in high-risk business domains as part of human rights due diligence. In addition to the surveys, since the fiscal year ended March 2015, we have been carrying out on-site inspections of suppliers. In addition to inspecting compliance with our Sustainable Supply Chain Policy using a checklist, we also employ independent experts to participate in conducting interviews with persons in charge and carrying out observations of manufacturing plants and related facilities. When required, we also provide advice and guidance following the on-site surveys."
        • Monitor compliance for zero tolerance approach and customary rights
          No
          0/5
        • Downstream: Reporting suppliers
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          2/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          2/4
          What percentage of the company's supply chain volume does that represent?: 100%

          How is compliance monitored?: Internal monitoring and verification systems

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: not specified

          For what percent of suppliers does the company directly monitor compliance of production or processing operations?: 100%

          For what percentage of the commodity sourced by the company is deforestation/conversion monitored at the farm level on production units known to be in the company's supply chain?: NA

          For what percentage of suppliers does the company use/rely on external mechanisms to monitor compliance?: NA
          Mitsui have a Sustainable Supply Chain Policy which sets out there deforestation commitment and commit to inspect suppliers compliance with this "We consider interactive communication with our suppliers to be very important, so we work to build relationships of trust and strengthen our supply chain management by working jointly on ideas for improvements with our partners, wherever needed. For this reason, since the fiscal year ended March 2012, we have been regularly conducting surveys targeting the suppliers of Mitsui and our subsidiaries to confirm the status of their business in regard to social issues such as climate change, biodiversity, environmental management, human rights, labor practices, and occupational health and safety, and to provide correction if necessary. In the fiscal year ended March 2020, we began surveying suppliers that handle products in high-risk business domains as part of human rights due diligence. In addition to the surveys, since the fiscal year ended March 2015, we have been carrying out on-site inspections of suppliers. In addition to inspecting compliance with our Sustainable Supply Chain Policy using a checklist, we also employ independent experts to participate in conducting interviews with persons in charge and carrying out observations of manufacturing plants and related facilities. When required, we also provide advice and guidance following the on-site surveys."
        • 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 work with the non-compliant supplier to develop an implementation plan to remedy associated harms or non-compliance?: Yes

          Does the company commit to engage with rightsholders, Indigenous peoples and local communities when developing the implementation plan?: No

          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No

          What criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?: NA

          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: Advice and guidance on compliance
          "In addition to inspecting compliance with our Sustainable Supply Chain Policy using a checklist, we also employ independent experts to participate in conducting interviews with persons in charge and carrying out observations of manufacturing plants and related facilities. When required, we also provide advice and guidance following the on-site surveys."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Pulp & Paper *
      22/90
      • Commitment Strength
        4/17
        • Commodity-specific deforestation commitment
          4/9.5
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            4/6
            Commodity-specific deforestation commitment
            Zero-gross deforestation
            4/6
            Does the company have a commitment to the protection of other specific named ecosystems?: HCS; Peat

            What paper/pulp product does their commitment apply to?: Paper products

            When was this commitment set?: na

            Which certification schemes are used?: FSC
            "we have formulated a paper products procurement policy under our Sustainable Supply Chain Policy with the aim of realizing paper products procurement that results in zero deforestation [...] avoid being complicit in development that affects high conservation value (HCV), high carbon stock (HCS), or peat swamp forests.
          • 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?: Product line
            "Applicable Products Paper products (including pulp raw materials and paper products derived from natural resources such as forest resources, but excluding products derived from recovered paper raw materials) (“Paper Products”) handled by Mitsui & Co. group"
          • Target date
            Post 2050 or no target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/7.5
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            Post 2050 or no target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
      • Associated Human Rights Abuses
        6/17
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          How far back in the supply chain does this commitment apply?: Suppliers

          Other workers' rights commitments: Only work legal working hours; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces

          Details of commitment: Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          "Mitsui & Co. will require its business partners, including suppliers, to understand and implement the following principles, and will strive to create sustainable supply chains in cooperation with them:• Forced Labor Not to tolerate forced labor or any forms of modern slavery, including bonded labor or human tracking. • Child Labor Not to tolerate child labor • Discrimination To prohibit any form of discrimination in employment. • Freedom of Association and Right to Collective Bargaining To respect the rights of employees to associate freely and bargain collectively • Working Hours and Wages To properly manage employees’ working hours, holidays, leaves of absence, and wages in accordance with applicable laws and regulations. • Occupational Health and Safety To secure the health and safety of employees in the work environment."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/2
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/2
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          0.5/2
          "we expect various stakeholders including our business partners, to understand and respect human rights in line with this Policy, and aim to collaboratively promote respect for human rights. [...] We prohibit any form of discrimination based on race, creed, sex, social status, religion, nationality,age, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical and mental disability or any other grounds. We respect each employees’ individuality and diversity and seek to cultivate an environment in which they can perform to the best of their abilities."
        • Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          1/1
          Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          0.5/1
          What does the commitment cover?: Social harm; Environmental harm
          "Our suppliers are required to understand and implement our Sustainable Supply Chain Policy. If a supplier’s efforts to implement our Sustainable Supply Chain Policy are insufficient, or if it is revealed that a supplier has environmental issues or human rights violations within their supply chain, we will take corrective or remedying action through appropriate processes."
        • Commitment to test Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to test for FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          2/3
          Commitment to test Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to test for FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          2/3
          How far back in the supply chain does this commitment apply?: not specified
          "To strive to respect the human rights and cultures of indigenous peoples by complying with all applicable laws and regulations of the countries and regions in which we conduct our business activities as well as by respecting relevant international standards such as the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the Convention concerning Indigenous and Tribal Peoples in Independent Countries (ILO Convention: C169), and the principle of “free, prior and informed consent (FPIC)" ; "Under the principle of free, prior, and informed consent (FPIC), we continually engage in dialogue with stakeholders."
        • Commitment to respect customary rights to land, resources, and territory
          No
          0/3
        • Zero-tolerance approach to violence and threats
          No
          0/3
      • Implementation and Reporting
        12/56
        • Reporting proportion of compliant volumes
          0/0
        • Reporting is independently verified
          No
          2/2
          Reporting is independently verified
          No
          2/2
          Is the performance of compliance of some suppliers, sources, or origins not verified, and if so why not?: NA

          What percent of the company's supply volume is verified using company verification systems?: NA

          Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: FSC

          Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: FSC

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

          What methods are used for verification?: FSC
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          Yes, encouraged
          0/3
          Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          Yes, encouraged
          0/3
          "In addition to implementing the following principles ourselves, we also require business partners, including suppliers, to understand and implement these principles with the aim of creating sustainable supply chains in cooperation with our partners."
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Jurisdictional approach focused on sustainable land use
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          How frequently are assessments conducted?: Prerequisite, then within 3 months
          "Also, we recognize the possibility that forestry operations can have an environmental impact on a broad area around the forest so when carrying out forestry operations at Mitsui’s Forests, such as regeneration felling, thinning, and establishing roads, we always carry out a site survey beforehand based on a checklist of 22 items, including soil conditions, surface vegetation, forest conditions, and the situation regarding the surrounding area. We then revise the forestry operation plan based on the results of this survey and if necessary, change or cancel the plan. Within three months of carrying out work, we make sure to carry out a follow-up survey to conrm that the forestry operations were carried out properly with the aim of minimizing environmental impact and conserving biodiversity."
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Which issues does the grievance mechanism cover?: Social; Environmental

          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company?: Own mechanism
          "On the Mitsui & Co, website, we have established the following framework for receiving opinions, proposals, grievances, and other feedback from customers and other stakeholders."
        • Report volumes of commodity sourced/used
          No reporting
          0/3
        • Monitor compliance for labour rights and FPIC
          Yes, and publishes evidence of actions taken to implement its commitment on labour rights in the production or primary processing operations that it owns, manages or otherwise controls or its supply chains
          3/5
          Monitor compliance for labour rights and FPIC
          Yes, and publishes evidence of actions taken to implement its commitment on labour rights in the production or primary processing operations that it owns, manages or otherwise controls or its supply chains
          2.5/5
          What is the status of those FPIC processes?: NA

          What percentage/number of new interests, developments, or expansions has the company used FPIC to secure consent of indigenous peoples/local communities?: NA

          What steps has the company taken to implement their labour rights commitment?: audit, inspection, interviews, questionnaire
          "We consider interactive communication with our suppliers to be very important, so we work to build relationships of trust and strengthen our supply chain management by working jointly on ideas for improvements with our partners, wherever needed. For this reason, since the fiscal year ended March 2012, we have been regularly conducting surveys targeting the suppliers of Mitsui and our subsidiaries to confirm the status of their business in regard to social issues such as climate change, biodiversity, environmental management, human rights, labor practices, and occupational health and safety, and to provide correction if necessary. In the fiscal year ended March 2020, we began surveying suppliers that handle products in high-risk business domains as part of human rights due diligence. In addition to the surveys, since the fiscal year ended March 2015, we have been carrying out on-site inspections of suppliers. In addition to inspecting compliance with our Sustainable Supply Chain Policy using a checklist, we also employ independent experts to participate in conducting interviews with persons in charge and carrying out observations of manufacturing plants and related facilities. When required, we also provide advice and guidance following the on-site surveys."
        • Monitor compliance for zero tolerance approach and customary rights
          No
          0/5
        • Downstream: Reporting suppliers
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          2/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          2/4
          How frequently is compliance assessed?: not specified

          For what percentage of suppliers does the company use/rely on external mechanisms to monitor compliance?: NA

          What percentage of the company's supply chain volume does that represent?: 100%

          For what percentage of the commodity sourced by the company is deforestation/conversion monitored at the farm level on production units known to be in the company's supply chain?: NA

          How is compliance monitored?: Internal monitoring and verification systems

          For what percent of suppliers does the company directly monitor compliance of production or processing operations?: NA
          Mitsui have a Sustainable Supply Chain Policy which sets out there deforestation commitment and commit to inspect suppliers compliance with this "We consider interactive communication with our suppliers to be very important, so we work to build relationships of trust and strengthen our supply chain management by working jointly on ideas for improvements with our partners, wherever needed. For this reason, since the fiscal year ended March 2012, we have been regularly conducting surveys targeting the suppliers of Mitsui and our subsidiaries to confirm the status of their business in regard to social issues such as climate change, biodiversity, environmental management, human rights, labor practices, and occupational health and safety, and to provide correction if necessary. In the fiscal year ended March 2020, we began surveying suppliers that handle products in high-risk business domains as part of human rights due diligence. In addition to the surveys, since the fiscal year ended March 2015, we have been carrying out on-site inspections of suppliers. In addition to inspecting compliance with our Sustainable Supply Chain Policy using a checklist, we also employ independent experts to participate in conducting interviews with persons in charge and carrying out observations of manufacturing plants and related facilities. When required, we also provide advice and guidance following the on-site surveys."
        • 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?: No

          Does the company work with the non-compliant supplier to develop an implementation plan to remedy associated harms or non-compliance?: Yes

          What criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?: NA

          Does the company commit to engage with rightsholders, Indigenous peoples and local communities when developing the implementation plan?: No

          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: Advice and guidance on compliance
          "In addition to inspecting compliance with our Sustainable Supply Chain Policy using a checklist, we also employ independent experts to participate in conducting interviews with persons in charge and carrying out observations of manufacturing plants and related facilities. When required, we also provide advice and guidance following the on-site surveys."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
  • * commodity scores for which a company is not a powerbroker are given half the weighting of other commodities in total scores

  • Commitment strength
    4/17
    Avg. score
  • Implementation and Reporting
    9/56
    Avg. score
  • Associated Human Rights Abuses
    6/17
    Avg. score

Profile

Mitsui & Co., Ltd. is a Japanese trading company operating worldwide. It sells canned and chilled foods, packaging materials, pharmaceuticals and feedstuffs, among others. Mitsui & Co. Ltd is selected as a powerbroker for soy and paper packaging and is also assessed for its exposure to palm oil.

Sector
Industry sector 
Food Distributors, Packaged Foods & Meats, Paper Packaging
Segments
Trader, Manufacturer
HQ
HQ 
Japan
Company Type
Company type 
CO
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

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