CSR TOPICS 2015

  • Japanese

Along with the seven core principles defined in ISO 26000, we introduce the initiatives we have taken under the 2014 Mid-term Business Plan, which was created, to address social challenges that the Mitsui Chemicals Group should help resolve.
The Mitsui Chemicals Group aims to enhance engagement with all stakeholders through the implementation of these initiatives.

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Initiatives related to ISO 26000

Initiatives based on seven core principles defined in ISO 26000

Initiatives based on Mid-term Business Plan

Initiatives to address three social challenges identified in the 2014 Mid-term Business Plan that the Mitsui Chemicals Group should help resolve


Spash™ Freshness Retention Film Receives Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries’ “Mottainai” Award

  • 環境と調和した共生社会の実現
  • 消費者課題
  • 環境

The Mitsui Chemicals Group will continue to develop solutions to global social issues including food loss and waste. Group company Mitsui Chemicals Tohcello, Inc. was awarded the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Award in the 3rd Food Industry Mottainai Awards held on January 29, 2016 at the Tokyo Stock Exchange Hall for its contribution in preventing food loss through the manufacture and sales of freshness retention film Spash™. Spash™ is a functional film that is effective in retaining freshness of fruits and vegetables as well as preventing “wilting” and “discoloration”. Spash™, a highly economical film that can be reused repeatedly, has proven effective as a packaging film for retaining the freshness of fruits and vegetables not only during distribution but also at home. The award committee gave high marks to the film’s effectiveness in not only extending life of fruits and vegetables but also for contributing to the reduction of food loss at all stages, from harvesting through to consumption. The committee highly evaluated the product’s potential and expects even wider uses in the future given its high degree of versatility and cost reductions.
Going forward, the Mitsui Chemicals Group will work to reduce the social issue of food loss and waste through its innovative technologies and products.

Awards ceremony

In-store shelf sales (example): Cut lettuce
(Conditions: 4th day at a storage temperature of 10°C)
Other general packaging Spash™
Freshness retention effect of various films (Company assessment)
Cut lettuce stores at a storage temperature of 10°
Freshness retention effect of various films

Mitsui Chemicals Named as One of Thomson Reuters 2015 Global Top 100 Innovators

  • 地域と調和した産業基盤の実現
  • 健康・安心な長寿社会の実現
  • 環境と調和した共生社会の実現
  • 公正な事業慣行

Mitsui Chemicals was selected as one of Thomson Reuters Top 100 Global Innovators 2015. The Top 100 Global Innovators Award is awarded to the world’s 100 most innovative companies and organizations by analyzing intellectual property trends based on patent data held by global information service, Thomson Reuters.
Of the four selection criteria used this year, the highest marks were received for “the global nature of the company” and “influence of the patents in terms of citations.” Regarding criteria, Mitsui Chemicals was evaluated based on its intellectual property strategy of commercialization in international markets and creating numerous inventions that influence markets.
With the aim of creating new value for customers, Mitsui Chemicals has pursued an intellectual property strategy of building and enhancing an intellectual property portfolio able to realize sustainable competitive superiority. Taking to heart the high marks we have received for the close ties we have forged between business, R&D, and intellectual property activities by being included in this list, we will work to solve social problems and create new value for customers by pursuing innovative R&D and intellectual property activities.

Receiving a trophy

Promoting Do Green™ Activities

  • 地域と調和した産業基盤の実現
  • 環境と調和した共生社会の実現
  • コミュニティへの参画及び発展
  • 環境
  • 労働慣行
  • 人権

As part of the Mitsui Chemicals Group’s efforts to realize a cohesive society in harmony with the environment, the Group offers a wide selection of plant-derived products under the name Do Green™. The Do Green™ product selection offers products such as the world's first plant-derived, high-refractive index lens monomer materials MR-60™ and MR-174™, the plant-derived poly-isocyanate STABiO™, and Econykol™, a polyol derived from plants used in eco-seat cushions.
Based on fostering environmental awareness through Do Green™ products, the Mitsui Chemicals Group pursues Do Green™ activities with the aim of promoting ethical, humanitarian initiatives to improve the lives of producers of raw plant materials and help solve issues facing agricultural regions. With this in mind, the Group pursues.
As part of its Do Green™ activities, Mitsui Chemicals is a YOKOHAMA SUPPORTER and provided its support to the 2015 ITU World Triathlon Yokohama (May 16-17, 2015) aimed at promoting harmony between society and the environment. Do GreenTM sunglasses were presented to participants, judges, and staff members of the event.
As one initiative of Do Green™, the Group conducted eye examinations and surveyed 153 castor farmers and rural residents of Gujarat, India from October 27 to 29, 2015 in an effort to help improve their quality of vision and solve social issues facing farmers producing raw materials for Econykol™. Aware that the concept of individual health management has not yet taken hold in emerging countries, in addition to maintaining healthy eyes through regular vision correction, the decrease in education and work opportunities caused by ocular health maladies such as amblyopia and cataracts is a social issue. These activities serve as an opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of maintaining and improving ocular health. The Mitsui Chemicals Group will contribute to the realization of a cohesive society in harmony with the environment by continuously developing plant-derived materials.


At the 2015 ITU World Triathlon Yokohama An event official wearing Do Green™ sunglasses

Together with castor farmers and rural residents

An eye examination