Key Issues

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The Mitsui Chemicals Group has identified key issues (materiality) in a bid to secure sustainable growth and development with society.

Process for Identifying Key Issues

In fiscal 2007, we made a clear commitment to “three-axis management”, focusing on the economy, society and the environment. Under the 2014 Mid-Term Business Plan, we clarified our aim of attaining sustainable development in society and the businesses of the Mitsui Chemicals Group in order to "realize a cohesive society that is in harmony with the environment," "realize health and happiness in an ageing society" and "realize industrial platforms that are in harmony with local communities," based on our policy of contributing to society through business activities.
In taking on social challenges through business activities, We have identified key issues while considering the opinions of its stakeholders, the qualities of its businesses and the characteristics of the regions in which it operates, based on international guidelines to measure the impact of its business activities on society. We will review as necessary these key issues in light of social trends and changes in its business activities.

Step 1: Identification

Based on international guidelines, we first screened the issues. While drawing up the 2014 Mid-Term Business Plan, the Mitsui Chemicals Group then identified social issues that the chemicals industry must help resolve from the standpoint of contributing to society through business activities.

Step 2: Prioritization

The issues identified in Step 1 are then ranked in order of importance for stakeholders and priority for the Mitsui Chemicals Group. We considered the importance of each issue from the standpoint of stakeholders and whether the Mitsui Chemicals Group is expected to address the issue. In assigning priorities to the issues from the standpoint of the Mitsui Chemicals Group, we took into account our Corporate Mission, Action Guidelines, and business strategies. Based on this evaluation, we selected 23 key issues and ranked them in terms of medium, high and very high priorities.

Step 3: Validation

We solicited opinions from outside experts and confirmed the validity of issues through the CSR Committee with respect to their fairness.

Step 4: Review

The CSR Committee will regularly review the process for identifying key issues. As a part of this review, steps will also be taken to ensure that processes and the setting of targets are in line with social conditions. Then, we will confirm the status of implementation progress.

Identification of Key Issues (Materiality)

The identified key issues were classified as “the impact of the Mitsui Chemicals Group’s business on society,” “social challenges that the Mitsui Chemicals Group should help to resolve,” and “basic subjects.”

Matrix of Key Issues (Materiality)

Impact of the Mitsui Chemicals Group’s business on society
Measures to address climate change (reducing GHG emissions)
Air environment preservation
Water resource protection and control
Biodiversity
Industrial waste control
Efficient use of resources
Stable supply of industrial materials
Optimization of domestic production
Safety and prevention
Product stewardship
Quality of products and services
Employment and human resources
Labor conditions
Communication with society
Social challenges that the Mitsui Chemicals Group should help to resolve
Low environmental-footprint products and services
Development of renewable energy
Shift to urbanization and smart cities
Declining birthrate and ageing population
Quality of life (QOL)
Advancement of medical and pharmaceutical fields
Food problem
Basic subjects
CSR procurement
Compliance

Key Issues and the Mitsui Chemicals Group’s Response

Social challenges that the Mitsui Chemicals Group should help to resolve

Key Issues

  • Low environmental-footprint products and services
  • Development of renewable energy
  • Shift to urbanization and smart cities
  • Declining birthrate and aging population
  • Quality of life (QOL)
  • Advancement of medical and pharmaceutical fields
  • Food problem

The Mitsui Chemicals Group's Vision

Recognizing that there are numerous outstanding social issues, the Mitsui Chemicals Group undertakes initiatives to reduce environmental impact including climate change as well as addresses problems associated with urbanization, longer life spans, aging societies, and food accompanying rising populations and quality of life.
We will move forward to solve these social issues along with growing our operations by leveraging our business portfolio consisting of Mobility to provide low environmental-footprint products and services, develop renewable energy, and respond to urbanization and smart cities; Healthcare to address rising quality of life accompanying declining birthrates and aging populations, and advance medical and pharmaceutical fields; and Food & Packaging to solve food-related problems.
In addition, promoting environmental assessments using its unique environmental contribution benchmark, Blue Value™, the Mitsui Chemicals Group will share the environmental contribution value of its products and technologies throughout the value chain with stakeholders.

The Mitsui Chemicals Group's initiatives

  • Create/expand Products and Services in the Mobility Domain
  • Promote the Environment & Energy Business
  • Create/expand Products and Services in the Healthcare Domain
  • Create/expand Products and Services in the Food & Packaging Domain

Impact of the Mitsui Chemicals Group’s business on society

Key Issues

  • Measures to address climate change (reducing GHG emissions)

The Mitsui Chemicals Group's Vision

The Mitsui Chemicals Group aims to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 22% (compared with fiscal 2005, operating at full capacity) primarily at six of its domestic manufacturing sites and 15 domestic consolidated subsidiaries by fiscal 2016 as part of its efforts realize a low-carbon society.

The Mitsui Chemicals Group's initiatives

  • Preventing Global Warming

Key Issues

  • Air environment preservation

The Mitsui Chemicals Group's Vision

The Mitsui Chemicals Group undertakes appropriate management in accordance with the law and ceaselessly works to improve by taking into consideration the impact of chemical substances leaking into the atmosphere.

The Mitsui Chemicals Group's initiatives

  • Management of Substances Subject to the PRTR Act
  • Preserving air quality

Key Issues

  • Water resource protection and control

The Mitsui Chemicals Group's Vision

The Mitsui Chemicals Group also identifies as a key global issue the protection of water resources, a limited natural resource, and promotes the efficient use of water by appropriately managing and continuously improving the handling of such water contaminants as chemical oxygen demand (COD), nitrogen, and phosphorus.

The Mitsui Chemicals Group's initiatives

  • Preserving Water Quality

Key Issues

  • Biodiversity

The Mitsui Chemicals Group's Vision

The Mitsui Chemicals Group will work to preserve biodiversity and its sustainable use in its business operations by ensuring the safe management of chemicals.

The Mitsui Chemicals Group's initiatives

  • Preservation of Biodiversity

Key Issues

  • Industrial waste control

The Mitsui Chemicals Group's Vision

We reduce and recycle waste at all of our domestic manufacturing sites and overseas affiliates in order to conserve resources. We will continue to work as a group to reduce final landfill waste.

The Mitsui Chemicals Group's initiatives

  • Reducing Industrial Waste

Key Issues

  • Efficient use of resources

The Mitsui Chemicals Group's Vision

We are engaging in initiatives focused on promoting energy saving, switching to alternative fuels, creating innovative processes, and using renewable energy sources.

The Mitsui Chemicals Group's initiatives

  • Environmentally friendly production technologies

Key Issues

  • Stable supply of industrial materials

The Mitsui Chemicals Group's Vision

The Mitsui Chemicals Group ensures the safety of industrial materials processed into products that are then transformed into finished items used in various fields and throughout our daily lives. We are contributing to economic activities by safely manufacturing and stably providing these materials to society.

The Mitsui Chemicals Group's initiatives

  • Restructuring

Key Issues

  • Optimization of domestic production

The Mitsui Chemicals Group's Vision

Along with training personnel to deepen frontline capabilities in all areas—manufacturing, sales and research, the Mitsui Chemicals Group will support industrial platforms.
The Mitsui Chemicals Group continues to focus its efforts on contributing to the sustainable development of regions.

The Mitsui Chemicals Group's initiatives

  • Establish an Optimal Production System

Key Issues

  • Safety and prevention

The Mitsui Chemicals Group's Vision

Safety is a prerequisite for a company to remain in business, and the Mitsui Chemicals Group makes concerted efforts to ensure safety as a core management policy for prioritizing safety in all aspects of its operations. The Mitsui Chemicals Group is focusing all of its efforts on thoroughly implementing safety measures in order to be recognized by society as a company with an exemplary safety record.
Working as a unified Group, Mitsui Chemicals will continue to focus on preventing accidents and occupational injuries.

The Mitsui Chemicals Group's initiatives

  • Process Safety and Disaster Prevention
  • Occupational Health and Safety

Key Issues

  • Product stewardship

The Mitsui Chemicals Group's Vision

The Mitsui ChemicalsGroup engages in chemical substance management in each country as a part of efforts to support the international pledge of the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) to minimize the negative impact of chemicals on people’s health and the environment by the year 2020.
In addition, Mitsui Chemicals works accurately understand and comply in a timely manner with the latest laws and regulations for the management of chemical substances in each country.
At the same time, we are taking steps to ensure people’s health and preserve the environment by evaluating the risks posed by chemical substances throughout the product lifecycle—from development to disposal—then managing them effectively.

The Mitsui Chemicals Group's initiatives

  • Chemical Management

Key Issues

  • Quality of products and services

The Mitsui Chemicals Group's Vision

The Mitsui Chemicals Group makes every effort to increase customer satisfaction by continuously improving quality management via a two-pronged approach based on quality control ("built-in quality activities") and quality assurance ("winning customer trust activities") as well as by enhancing the quality of its products and services.

The Mitsui Chemicals Group's initiatives

  • Quality management

Key Issues

  • Employment and human resources

The Mitsui Chemicals Group's Vision

Here at the Mitsui Chemicals Group, we work to giving our employees a sense of personal and professional motivation while maximizing organizational performance based on our Human Resources Management Policy

The Mitsui Chemicals Group's initiatives

  • Human resources development
  • Diversity Promotion

Key Issues

  • Labor conditions

The Mitsui Chemicals Group's Vision

We consider employees to be important stakeholders who have a role to play in realizing our Corporate Mission. Working to strike a balance between the sustainable growth of the Mitsui Chemicals Group and the happiness and self-fulfillment of our employees, our goal is to create a relationship in which the Company and its employees stimulate and actively enhance one another.
Recognizing the value of our diversified staff, we will foster a working environment (i.e. occupational health policies that include health management) that maintains work-life balance for employees.

The Mitsui Chemicals Group's initiatives

  • Creating an Employee-Friendly Working Environment
  • Employee Health

Key Issues

  • Communication with society

The Mitsui Chemicals Group's Vision

The Mitsui Chemicals Group recognizes the critical need to be as receptive as possible to the requirement of stakeholders, and in an effort to maintain our sense of purpose as a member of society, to think carefully about what people want and what they expect from us. With this in mind, we are fully committed to engaging in a wide range of activities while taking to heart the importance of communication with our various stakeholders.

The Mitsui Chemicals Group's initiatives

  • Respect for Human Rights
  • Working with Our Shareholders and Investors
  • Working with Industry, Government, and Academia
  • Working with Local Communities
  • Social Contribution Activities

Basic subjects

Key Issues

  • CSR procurement

The Mitsui Chemicals Group's Vision

As we regard all of our suppliers as good partners here at the Mitsui Chemicals Group, we formulated the Mitsui Chemicals Group Purchasing Policy. We have been purchasing supplies in accordance with this policy ever since. We procure from suppliers who comply with laws, regulations and rules, and who share our values with respect to human rights and the environment.

The Mitsui Chemicals Group's initiatives

  • Conflict minerals
  • CSR procurement survey

Key Issues

  • Compliance

The Mitsui Chemicals Group's Vision

We need to be entities that can be trusted by society if we are to continue to exist. With a view to accomplishing this objective, the Mitsui Chemicals Group placed “Compliance with laws and regulations” (compliance) as the No. 1 item on the list of the “Mitsui Chemicals Group Action Guidelines” established in 2006. We pursue initiatives on the basis of ethics and generally accepted ideas, which are not specifically defined, not to mention the importance of observing laws, regulations, and rules.

The Mitsui Chemicals Group's initiatives

  • Legal compliance