CSR in the Mitsui Chemicals Group

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The Mitsui Chemicals Group engages in CSR activities based on the concept of realizing its corporate mission through its main businesses. We are undertaking a diverse array of activities to be a company that is trusted and highly valued by all stakeholders and that employees can be proud of.

Creating a Better Future with Blue Value™

What contribution can the chemicals industry make to create a sustainable society? The Mitsui Chemicals Group believes the answer lies in sharing value with its customers. With this in mind, we developed Blue Value™ in 2015.

Including the Group’s materials and products, chemical products pass through a variety of life cycles, from manufacturing and processing to ultimate disposal after actual use. At each life cycle stage we have considered if links can be made to the further environmental orientation of products by visualizing what kinds of environmental loading reductions can be made and sharing them with a wide array of stakeholders. We established the mitsui Sustainability Index (m-SI) in 2013 as a measure for assessing environmental impact based on LCA. Through m-SI, we are able to assess the contribution made to reduce the various types of environmental loading within our product value chains.

Having undertaken checks for the transparency and objectivity of the evaluation process and reviewed the degree to which the checks are understood, the Group’s products evaluated utilizing m-SI on the basis of the three environmental contribution elements—CO2 reduction (A Low-Carbon Society), resource protection (A Recycling-based Society), and co-existence with nature (A Symbiotic Society)—are ultimately certified as exhibiting Blue Value™ as complete products and technologies.

Products that help to “realize a cohesive society that is in harmony with the environment,” as promoted in the 2014 Mid-Term Business Plan, have undergone wide-ranging Blue Value™ evaluations and reviews.

As examples of products that have newly received Blue Value™ certification, there are ARLEN™ and AURUM™, which as materials to replace metals in automotive applications display exceptional high-temperature rigidity and dimensional stability and are contributing to improved fuel efficiency. Also, in food packaging applications, there is ECONEIGE™, which contributes to reducing the amount used by using air to facilitate its shielding properties and to the saving of resources by negating the need for printing.

Having identified “low environmental-footprint products and services” as a key issue (Materiality), the Mitsui Chemicals Group is helping to resolve social issues by reducing environmental load throughout the value chain by expanding the deployment of Blue Value™ products and technologies.

LCA(Life Cycle Assessment):
A method of quantitatively assessing the environmental impact of products at all stages, including development, manufacturing, transport, use, and disposal.

Relating to Blue Value™ and m-SI

Relating to Blue Value™ and m-SI

Blue Value™ Evaluation Criteria

  The Mitsui Chemicals Group’s environmental contribution elements m-SI
mitsui-Sustainability Index
Blue Value™ evaluation criteria Assessment criteria
1 CO2 reduction
(A Low-Carbon Society)
Saving energy, electricity, fuel Weight-saving / Volume reduction
Long-life
Natural energy sources
Non-petrochemical raw materials
Environmental cleanup
Reduction of GHG emissions
2 Resource protection
(A Sound Material-Cycle Society)
3R, easy sorting, natural resource conservation
3 Co-existence with nature
(A Society in Harmony with Nature)
Ecosystem conservation
(human health)
Ecosystem conservation
(environmental organisms)
Prevention of environmental contamination

Trends in Blue Value™ Product Sales

In fiscal 2015, Blue Value™ sales amounted to approximately \226 billion, a decline compared with fiscal 2014 caused by a downturn in product sales amid falling naphtha and other raw materials prices. However, the ratio of Blue Value™ sales accounted for in Group sales rose from 15% to 17%.

Examples of Blue Value™ Product Contributions across Various Product Life Cycle States
(Products in the Mobility Domain)

Product Usage Product life cycle stage Blue Value™
determination reason
Relevant environmental contribution elements
1 2 3
ECONICOL™ Sheets Materials Reduce fossil fuel resource consumption through the use of bio-based raw materials  
TAFMERTM™ Bumpers Manufacturing Reduce energy consumption during the manufacturing stage through the use of catalysts
(the promotion of chemical reactions) that enhance productivity
   
Mitsui EPT™ Weather-strip sponge Manufacturing Reduce energy consumption during the manufacturing stage through the use of catalysts
(the promotion of chemical reactions) that enhance productivity
   
Polypropylene (PP) compounds Bumpers, instrument panel Processing Reduce GHGs by 13.3% by eliminating the painting process  
ECONEIGE™ Food packaging materials Processing Whitens by facilitating shielding properties with a void, negates need for white printing  
ADMER™ Adhesive polyolefins for fuel tank use Use Enable reduction in weight by 10-30% through the use of alternatives to metal tanks    
AdBlue™ Exhaust gas (NOx) reduction agent Use Reduce NOx emissions that lead to fuel conservation  
ARLEN™ ABS pistons Use Enables weight reduction of 60% by replacement of metal parts    
AURUM™ Turbo seals Use Enables weight reduction of 60–80% by replacement of metal parts    
Various product life cycle stages: