Sustainability Policy & System

Policy & Basic Approach

ITOCHU Group Sustainability Policy

ITOCHU Group, conducting business globally under the spirit of “Sampo-yoshi,” the founding spirit and our Corporate Mission, considers that addressing global environmental and social issues is one of the top priorities in our management policy. We have formulated this policy based on The ITOCHU Group Corporate Guideline of Conduct, “I am One with Infinite Missions,” and The ITOCHU Group Code of Ethical Conduct for the realization of sustainable society.

  1. Identification of Material Issues and Promotion of Businesses that Address the Social Issues
    As a member of the international community, we will identify and assess material issues where we can create the most social and environmental value for that can enhance the sustainable growth of both society and our business.

  2. Establishment of Mutual Trust with Society
    We will take necessary measures to ensure that we disclose accurate and clear information and expand the information we disclose, and maintain a communicative relationship with our stakeholders. In doing so, we aim to be receptive and responsive to the expectations and demands of society.

  3. Strengthening Sustainable Supply Chain and Business Investment Management
    We will promote sustainable business activities by preventing and continuing to give consideration to problems for the conservation of the global environment, climate change mitigation and adaption, pollution control, resource recycling, protection of biodiversity and ecosystems, and basic human and labor rights.
    We will endeavor to effectively use resources (such as air, water, land, food, minerals, fossil fuels, animals and plants), respect human rights and consider occupational health and safety in the businesses where we invest and in the supply chains of the products we handle.
    We request our business partners to understand and implement the concept of sustainability in the ITOCHU Group, and aim to build a sustainable value chain.
    We will respect the legal systems of each country and international norms. We will strive to understand the cultures, traditions and customs of countries and regions around the world. We will then engage in fair and sincere corporate activities.

  4. Education and Awareness of Employees to Promote Sustainability
    We believe that the promotion of sustainability starts with each and every employee. Therefore, we will take necessary measures to educate our employees on the material issues we have identified and nurture a sustainability mindset among the workforce. Every employee is expected to adhere to this policy by executing respective action plans drafted in alignment to this policy.

April 2023
Shuichi Kato
Chief Executive for Europe & CIS Bloc

For more details on ITOCHU Group sustainability management, please visit the relevant section of ITOCHU Corporation homepage (

Participation in CSR Europe

CSR Europe

CSR Europe is the leading European business network for Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility. ITOCHU Europe PLC has been a member of CSR Europe since 2018. CSR Europe acts as a collaborative platform for its members to share advanced best practices and capacity building from leading companies, and also provides members with networking and engagement opportunities with EU policy makers. We are aiming to enhance sustainable growth and positively contribute to society.

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