MC’s Sustainability Promotion Framework

Sustainability Initiatives

The Three Corporate Principles, which have served as MC’s corporate philosophy since its inception, exhort us to "strive to enrich society, both materially and spiritually through business, while contributing towards the preservation of the global environment." Recognizing that social and environmental issues represent both risks that must be addressed and new business opportunities, we believe that creating not only economic value but also societal value and environmental value is essential for the sustainable growth of MC.
MC defines sustainability initiatives as the creation of societal value and environmental value through business activities. By distinguishing this from corporate philanthropy activities (CSR) such as charitable donations, we are further strengthening initiatives to achieve triple-value growth through our business.
Furthermore, to meet the ever-changing demands of society, we believe it is important to maintain a cycle of dialogue with stakeholders combined with the drafting and execution of related measures.

Companywide Sustainability Framework

In MC’s management framework, sustainability initiatives are overseen by the Member of the Board/Corporate Functional Officer in charge of Corporate Sustainability and CSR. The Corporate Sustainability & CSR Department plans and drafts related policies and measures. Following deliberations by the Sustainability & CSR Committee, which convenes approximately twice a year, items are put forward or reported to the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors.

Reference:Sustainability Advisory Committee

Main Discussion Themes for the Sustainability & CSR Committee in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2021.

  • Sustainability survey report
  • Setting of 2030 targets for MC’s key sustainability issues
  • Analysis of the impact of climate change on MC’s business activities (transition risks and physical risks)
  • Initiatives toward a low-carbon/decarbonized society(including the establishment of a study group to explore ways to achieve net-zero emissions)
  • NGO/Shareholder engagement policy
  • Corporate philanthropy activities (including disaster relief projects)
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Promoting Sustainability Through Business

To continuously create societal value and environmental value through our business activities, we have established a framework through which not only Corporate Departments, but also Business Groups proactively promote sustainability.

Sustainability Promotion Framework in Each Business Group
  • To further promote Business Group initiatives, management personnel responsible for promoting business strategy in each Business Group have been appointed as Chief Sustainability Officers.
  • To promote collaboration, MC holds meetings for Group Sustainability Managers as needed to share information and explain measures related to sustainability.

Cycle for Integrating Sustainability into Business Strategy
  • Each Business Group formulates its business strategy based on content deliberated by the Sustainability & CSR Committee.
  • In the Business Strategy Committee, in which the President and Group CEOs discuss the future strategies for each business, policy approaches based on analyses of multiple climate change scenarios are confirmed for certain Business Groups.

Incorporating Sustainability into Individual Projects
  • By having the General Manager of the Corporate Sustainability & CSR Department serve as a member of the Investment Committee, MC has put in place a screening system that reflects potential environmental and social impacts in decision-making.
  • For proposal applications such as management plans for subsidiaries and affiliates, by requiring details on aspects including the position of the business in relation to promoting Key Sustainability Issues as well as potential environmental and social risks (including scenario analyses), MC seeks to assess risks and create project proposals with an awareness of impacts on the environment and society.
  • The Corporate Sustainability & CSR Department has dedicated staff tasked with monitoring both the risks and opportunities of individual proposals for each Business Group from environmental and social perspectives. In reviewing proposals, the department conducts risk management including by performing environmental due diligence together with the Business Group as necessary, as well as by sharing stakeholder concerns and referring to International Finance Corporation (IFC) guidelines.
    In addition, the Corporate Sustainability & CSR Department helps MC seize new opportunities by offering knowledge and coordination as a department dedicated to sustainability issues.

サステナビリティ・CSR部 ステークホルダーエンゲージメントチーム(PQ-E)

Disclosure (about the Sustainability Website)

MC’s approach to the disclosure of sustainability-related information is guided by a recognition that corporate value can be enhanced from a medium- to long-term perspective through a continuous cycle of stakeholder dialogue and strategy execution. Based on requests from investors and other stakeholders, we provide details on how our sustainability initiatives contribute to corporate value creation in the medium to long term through timely and accurate disclosures. The feedback we receive in response to these disclosures is consistently captured and reflected in our initiatives.

Disclosures are made through the Sustainability Website after approval by the Corporate Functional Officer in charge of Corporate Sustainability & CSR and after reporting to the Disclosure Committee, a subcommittee of the Executive Committee.

The website was established with the aim of centralizing ESG-related information disclosed separately through such channels as the Integrated Report and the ESG Data Book, and of responding in a timely manner to the increasingly complex requirements of ESG evaluation bodies and disclosure standards. The website is primarily aimed at stakeholders who have a strong interest in ESG investment. Referring to multiple ESG reporting guidelines, it has been organized according to ESG topic for easier reference. Disclosures can also be downloaded in a conventional report format as a PDF.
Looking ahead, we will continue striving to ensure that our ESG disclosure serves as an effective communication tool that contributes to constructive stakeholder dialogue by improving the clarity of our reporting based on the valued feedback we receive from our stakeholders.

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Collecting Sustainability Information on a Consolidated Basis

To fully grasp qualitative and quantitative information around corporate sustainability, MC annually conducts environmental and occupational health and safety surveys targeting all subsidiaries and affiliates on a global, consolidated basis. The aggregated results are reported to management and are used as basic materials when considering sustainability initiatives and other measures.

Selection of survey targets

The subsidiaries and affiliates subject to the survey are determined by the relevant Business Groups/Divisions. In principle, the survey covers all subsidiaries and affiliates including consolidated subsidiaries, affiliates (including affiliates of subsidiaries) under the equity method, and jointly managed projects and companies.

Start of survey

The survey items include greenhouse gas emissions, water, waste, occupational health and safety data, expenditures for philanthropic activities, environmental management measures and other management policies.

Completion of survey

Data on consolidated greenhouse gas emissions, energy usage, electricity consumption, non-consolidated occupational health and safety performance and other aspects has received independent practitioner’s assurance from Deloitte Tohmatsu Sustainability Co., Ltd. to improve data reliability.

(from June)

The survey results are reported to the Sustainability & CSR Committee, the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors. A portion of the data is disclosed on the Sustainability Website, in our Sustainability Report and our annual response to CDP.

Dialogue with Stakeholders (Incorporating External Perspectives)

MC places great importance on its ability to identify and appropriately address the ever-changing demands of society. We engage in direct dialogue with investors including shareholders and NGOs, and hold discussions with local communities on individual projects. In addition, we carry out supply chain surveys as part of our supply chain management. We see constructive dialogue with all of our stakeholders and the reflection of input from that dialogue in our policies and actions as being vital to the achievement of sustainable medium- to long-term improvement in our corporate value.
Moreover, to better understand global environmental and societal trends, MC has established sustainability departments in Europe, the Americas, Southeast Asia and other regions to share and coordinate information. We are also a signatory of the UN Global Compact and are a member of organizations such as the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). In addition, the Sustainability Advisory Committee, which we established in 2008, is working to incorporate external perspectives into our sustainability activities. The committee meets twice a year to provide advice and recommendations.

Dialogue with Stakeholders in the Fiscal Year Ended March 31, 2021

In the fiscal year ended March 31 2021, MC held approximately 30 direct dialogues with shareholders on the topic of sustainability. We also conducted 70 direct dialogues with NGOs, including two in Japan, 48 in Europe and 20 in Americas. These meetings provided valuable insights into stakeholders’ perspectives, including expectations in relation to our strategies toward the transition to a low-carbon/decarbonized society, as well as policies around individual fossil fuel projects. MC will firmly consider the suggestions we have received and will strive to provide timely and appropriate disclosure of the response measures and policies we formulate.

Sustainability Advisory Committee

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 conveys 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 MC’s businesses. At the Sustainability Advisory Committee meeting held in May 2021, MC received feedback on the following topics:

Main Discussion Topics

1. Action Plans for Ongoing Initiatives
(1) Sustainability performance report for the fiscal year ended March 2021
(2) Sustainability-related Action Plans
・Transition to a low-carbon/decarbonized society
・Key Sustainability Issues for MC, supply chain management and other topics
・Stakeholder engagement
(3) Corporate Philanthropy Action Plan

2. Key Measures for the Future
(1) Carbon Neutrality
(2) Materiality

Sustainability Advisory Committee Members

  • Eiichiro AdachiSenior Counselor,
    Head of ESG Research Center
  • Masaru Arai Chair,
    Japan Sustainable Investment Forum
  • Takejiro Sueyoshi Special Advisor to the UNEP FI
    in the Asia Pacific Region
  • Peter D. Pedersen Professor
    Graduate School of Leadership and Innovation, Shizenkan University
  • Yasushi Hibi Vice President, Regional Climate Lead Conservation International Japan
  • Miwa Yamada Director Law and Institution Studies Group
    Inter-disciplinary Studies Center
On-site Observation Tour
In the fall of 2020, MC conducted a site visit to imperfect Inc., in Omotesando, Tokyo. During the visit, Sustainability Advisory Committee members learned about the role imperfect’s activities play and the challenges faced in promoting sustainable activities to support livelihoods and conserve the environment.
* imperfect Inc. sells products that combine ingredients such as nuts, cacao and coffee produced through initiatives with high environmental and societal value, based on MC’s commitment to “address societal issues related to food and agriculture through business practices.”
imperfectSite visit to imperfect Omotesando
Site visit to imperfect Omotesando
Shade tree planting project in Côte d’Ivoire
Shade tree planting project in Côte d’Ivoire

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