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  • Overall approach
    2/14
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/6
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      "We work actively to achieve environment-related certification in Japan and overseas, recognising the importance of natural capital. We also develop procurement mechanisms that take into account the need to address global warming and conserve biodiversity."
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/3
  • Commodity score
    18/86
    • Soy
      4/86
      • Commitment Strength
        0/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          0/21
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/10.7
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/2
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/2
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/15
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
            "
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/2
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/2
      • Reporting and Implementation
        0/34
        • 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
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          No monitoring
          0/4
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/4
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
      • Social Considerations
        4/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Mitsui & Co. require suppliers to ensure their workers have freedom of association, and to be free from forced labour, child labour and discrimination. 
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
    • Palm oil
      40/86
      • Commitment Strength
        21/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          12/15
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Certification schemes mentioned: RSPO
            Type of commitment: Zero deforestation
            "In the fiscal year ended March 2019, RSPO-certified palm oil account for 3.6% of palm oil handled by Mitsui, and we aim to increase the ratio of sustainable certified palm oil including RSPO-certified, that we procure to 100% by 2030"
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "In the fiscal year ended March 2019, RSPO-certified palm oil account for 3.6% of palm oil handled by Mitsui, and we aim to increase the ratio of sustainable certified palm oil including RSPO-certified, that we procure to 100% by 2030"
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "In the fiscal year ended March 2019, RSPO-certified palm oil account for 3.6% of palm oil handled by Mitsui, and we aim to increase the ratio of sustainable certified palm oil including RSPO-certified, that we procure to 100% by 2030"
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "In the fiscal year ended March 2019, RSPO-certified palm oil account for 3.6% of palm oil handled by Mitsui, and we aim to increase the ratio of sustainable certified palm oil including RSPO-certified, that we procure to 100% by 2030"
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "In the fiscal year ended March 2019, RSPO-certified palm oil account for 3.6% of palm oil handled by Mitsui, and we aim to increase the ratio of sustainable certified palm oil including RSPO-certified, that we procure to 100% by 2030"
          • Target date
            2027-2030
            0.2/1.3
            Target date
            2027-2030
            0.2/1.3
            "In the fiscal year ended March 2019, RSPO-certified palm oil account for 3.6% of palm oil handled by Mitsui, and we aim to increase the ratio of sustainable certified palm oil including RSPO-certified, that we procure to 100% by 2030"
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "In the fiscal year ended March 2019, RSPO-certified palm oil account for 3.6% of palm oil handled by Mitsui, and we aim to increase the ratio of sustainable certified palm oil including RSPO-certified, that we procure to 100% by 2030"
        • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
          10/11
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: HCS; Peat
            "In the fiscal year ended March 2019, RSPO-certified palm oil account for 3.6% of palm oil handled by Mitsui, and we aim to increase the ratio of sustainable certified palm oil including RSPO-certified, that we procure to 100% by 2030"
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "In the fiscal year ended March 2019, RSPO-certified palm oil account for 3.6% of palm oil handled by Mitsui, and we aim to increase the ratio of sustainable certified palm oil including RSPO-certified, that we procure to 100% by 2030"
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "In the fiscal year ended March 2019, RSPO-certified palm oil account for 3.6% of palm oil handled by Mitsui, and we aim to increase the ratio of sustainable certified palm oil including RSPO-certified, that we procure to 100% by 2030"
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "In the fiscal year ended March 2019, RSPO-certified palm oil account for 3.6% of palm oil handled by Mitsui, and we aim to increase the ratio of sustainable certified palm oil including RSPO-certified, that we procure to 100% by 2030"
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "In the fiscal year ended March 2019, RSPO-certified palm oil account for 3.6% of palm oil handled by Mitsui, and we aim to increase the ratio of sustainable certified palm oil including RSPO-certified, that we procure to 100% by 2030"
          • Target date
            2027-2030
            0.2/1.3
            Target date
            2027-2030
            0.2/1.3
            "In the fiscal year ended March 2019, RSPO-certified palm oil account for 3.6% of palm oil handled by Mitsui, and we aim to increase the ratio of sustainable certified palm oil including RSPO-certified, that we procure to 100% by 2030"
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "In the fiscal year ended March 2019, RSPO-certified palm oil account for 3.6% of palm oil handled by Mitsui, and we aim to increase the ratio of sustainable certified palm oil including RSPO-certified, that we procure to 100% by 2030"
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
      • Reporting and Implementation
        15/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          4/6
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Reported total certified volume as 17,000 tonnes
          • 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
            Reported total RSPO certified volume as 17,000 tonnes
        • Reporting is independently verified
          3/4
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            certification
            Reported total certified volume as 17,000 tonnes
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            certification
            Reported total RSPO certified volume as 17,000 tonnes
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          "Mitsui conducts interviews with supplier representatives and carries out on-site surveys in accordance with the checklist prepared under our Supply Chain CSR policy and reviews the status of suppliers' sustainability initatives."
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/4
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Attending & contributing to meetings
          "In November 2017, a Sustainable Palm oil Conference organised by the Japan Sustainable Palm Oil was held in Tokyo at the United Nations University with the theme "Procurement of Palm Oil aiming for 2020". JaSPOC is a new organisation established with the aim of achieving a sustainable palm oil market for Japan. Mitsui participated in a panel discussion and therein introduced the initiatives implemented by palm oil users in the Japanese market, and delivered a message concerning a model sustainable palm oil procurement which should accelerate as we approach Olympics and Paralympics year of 2020."
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Full
          4/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Full
          4/4
          Reported in RSPO ACOP
      • Social Considerations
        4/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Mitsui & Co. require suppliers to ensure their workers have freedom of association, and to be free from forced labour, child labour and discrimination. 
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
    • Pulp & Paper
      9/86
      • Commitment Strength
        2/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          2/15
          • Commitment details
            Sustainability commitment
            2/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Sustainability commitment
            2/8
            Type of commitment: Protects priority forests
            Certification schemes mentioned: FSC
            "Mitsui has obtained forest certification for all 74 locations of Mitsui's Forests (approximately 44,000 hectares) throughout Japan under two international standards: FSC certification and SGEC certification." "Mitsui is [also] involved in plantation business in Australia [...] the goal is to ensure stable procurement of paper manufacturing resources. The business has acquired FSC/CoC certification."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
      • Reporting and Implementation
        3/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          2/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            "Mitsui has obtained forest certification for all 74 locations of Mitsui's Forests (approximately 44,000 hectares) throughout Japan under two international standards: FSC certification and SGEC certification."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/2
        • Reporting is independently verified
          1/4
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            certification
            "Mitsui has obtained forest certification for all 74 locations of Mitsui's Forests (approximately 44,000 hectares) throughout Japan under two international standards: FSC certification and SGEC certification."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          No monitoring
          0/4
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/4
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
      • Social Considerations
        4/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Mitsui & Co. require suppliers to ensure their workers have freedom of association, and to be free from forced labour, child labour and discrimination. 
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
  • Commitment strength
    8/36
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    6/34
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    4/16
    Avg. score

Profile

Headquartered in Japan, Mitsui & Co., Ltd. is a trading company operating worldwide. It sells canned and chilled foods, packaging materials, pharmaceuticals and feedstuffs, among others.

Sector
Industry sector 
Agri commodities
Segments
Trader, Manufacturer
HQ
HQ 
Japan
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

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