Mitsui Chemicals

Sustainable Procurement

Participating in Sustainable Procurement-related Initiatives

Participate in UN Global Compact Network Japan Supply Chain Subcommittee Meetings

Mitsui Chemicals has been participating in UN Global Compact Network Japan supply chain subcommittee meetings since fiscal 2013. As part of its efforts together with participating companies to improve sustainable procurement throughout the supply chain, Mitsui Chemicals has been involved in drafting industry-wide Self-assessment Questionnaires (SAQs), exchanging opinions with NGOs and experts, and raising awareness of these efforts among other organizations and companies.

Moreover, the following concepts for drafting the questionnaire were stated at the UN Global Compact Network Japan supply chain subcommittee meeting.

  • Hold discussions on equal treatment for companies that comprise supply chains regardless of the size of management resources (personnel, assets, funds); sustainable procurement is becoming important for creating a sustainable society.
  • Foster a shared vision, mutual understanding/growth based on SAQ responses from all companies that comprise the supply chain, while aiming to make SAQs a baseline by making them easy to understand, user friendly, and open-ended in order to implement sustainable procurement on a global level.
  • Take steps to facilitate the channeling of management resources toward improving internal and supply-chain sustainable procurement by sharing SAQs among suppliers and buyers while working to reduce workloads for both parties.

Sharing these ideas, the Group has taken the initiative in adopting the SAQ to improve sustainable procurement not only in its own supply chain but throughout society and along with other participating companies.

Participating in ESG Information Sharing Platforms and Acquiring Supply Chain Certification

The Group is participating in platforms (Sedex, EcoVadis) that aim to improve corporate environmental and social practices within the supply chain through the sharing of information relating to these practices. Moreover, Mitsui Chemicals has acquired RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) supply chain certification.