Management Approach

Basic Approach

The Maruha Nichiro Group, which has operated thus far thanks to the abundant blessings of nature, believes that building a business model that allows us to exist together with the Earth’s environment is indispensable to sustainable growth as a company.

We aim to create “environmental value” by focusing on our materiality of “Combating Climate Change” through the introduction of energy-saving equipment, improving energy efficiency, and switching to non-CFC freezers, and “Building a Recycling-oriented Society” by reducing manufacturing problems, and turning waste into valuable resources, and increasing the recycling rate.  

Environmental Policy

Presently on Earth, with the rapid increase in the world population, global warming, depletion of resources, and destruction of ecosystems are becoming more and more serious. It is becoming increasingly difficult for humanity to live together with a diversity of plants and animals, or to maintain the Earth’s natural productivity going into the future.

Against this backdrop, the Maruha Nichiro Group examined what kind of environmental considerations are needed to continue to sustain “food”—the foundation of all human activity. Then we created the Maruha Nichiro Group Environmental Policy which applies the Maruha Nichiro Group Vision through concrete actions. Thus, the entire group is engaged in environmental management. Our Environment Policy is comprised of the Basic Policy and Principles below. We thoroughly familiarize all our employees with the policy through our website and Intranet, employee training, and other activities as we strive to implement environmental management.

Basic Policy

The Maruha Nichiro Group will work to reduce the environmental impact of our global business activities and strive to create a sustainable society in order to contribute to the enrichment of people’s lives and their happiness.


  1. We will use sustainable resources effectively and work to minimize our environmental impact and mitigate climate change.
  2. We will actively engage in environmental conservation efforts, taking biodiversity into consideration.
  3. We will provide environmentally friendly products and services.
  4. We will implement our environmental management system effectively and work on continuous improvements to boost our environmental performance.
  5. We will observe environmental laws and regulations.
  6. We will disclose company information related to environmental management as appropriate and work on our communication with society.

Management Structure

In FY2018, the Maruha Nichiro Group established a new Sustainability Committee. This committee puts together general plans for the Group’s environmental management, establishes goals, and evaluates the activities of Group Companies. It also assigns responsible persons and persons in charge of environment at Group Companies who work on environmental activities tailored to the characteristics of each company’s business.

In the Sustainability Committee held in FY2020, discussions on the marine plastics issue, which has become an international issue, were conducted.

In addition, we strive to share and spread information about things such as the roles of responsible persons and persons in charge of environment, regulations related to environmental management, and frameworks for compliance with environmental laws and ordinances, by holding a meeting of responsible persons and persons in charge of environment at the start of each fiscal year.

Maruha Nichiro Group Environmental Management Structure

Environmental Management Structure

Roles of Responsible Persons and Persons in Charge of Environment

  • Execution of environmental management by responsible persons of environment
  1. Promote the Maruha Nichiro Group’s Environmental Policy among employees
  2. Comply with environmental regulatory requirements
  3. Establish a structure for environmental regulatory compliance and verify the compliance status
  4. Grasp environmental aspects and data
  5. Plan, operate, evaluate and improve the implementation plan for environmental goals
  6. Prevent, reduce, and implement correctional measures on harmful impacts on the environment
  7. Promptly respond to environmental accidents and implement measures to permanently prevent recurrence
  8. Ensure employee competence and raise environmental awareness
  9. Communicate environmental initiatives with internal and external stakeholders
  • Persons in charge of environment are assistants to the responsible persons of environment

Main Initiatives in FY2020

ISO 14001 Certification Status

The Maruha Nichiro Group has obtained ISO 14001 certification, the international standard for environmental management systems, at our production plants in Japan and other countries. As of April 2021, eight companies among domestic and international production locations have acquired ISO 14001 certification.

Maruha Nichiro Group Companies with ISO 14001 Certification (as of April 1, 2020)

Company Name Workplaces
Maruha Nichiro Corporation Head Office (Production Management Department), Foods & Fine Chemicals Department Production Group (Mori, Utsunomiya), Shin-Ishinomaki Plant, Oh-e Plant, Shirataka Plant, Gunma Plant, Utsunomiya Plant, Hiroshima Plant, Shimonoseki Plant
Maruha Nichiro Yamagata Co., Ltd. -
Maruha Nichiro Kyushu, Inc. -
Nichiro Chikusan Co., Ltd. Head Office, Sapporo Plant, Nayoro Plant, Tokachi Plant, Hassamu Distribution Center
Yayoi Sunfoods Co., Ltd. Production Division, Shimizu Plant, Kyushu Plant, Nagaoka Plant
Maruha Nichiro Kitanippon, Inc. Production Management Department, Furano Plant, Kushiro Plant, Mori Plant, Aomori Plant
Zhejiang Industrial Group Co., Ltd.


Southeast Asian Packaging & Canning, Ltd.


Environmental Regulatory Compliance

At Maruha Nichiro Group, we keep up with the various laws and ordinances for regulating water, air, and soil pollution, bad odors, noise, vibration, energy consumption and waste disposal. Plants that have acquired ISO14001 certification, in particular, manage the environmental laws applicable to their factory in a spreadsheet, and the environmental manager checks the state of compliance more than once a year.

Also, each Group Company compiles information relating to major environmental laws and regulations in a “major environmental laws and regulations manual,"which the environmental manger uses to check the company’s own state of compliance with laws and regulations.

Furthermore, in FY2020, four cases of environment related incidents occurred within the Maruha Nichiro Group, and measures were taken,including improvement of facilities and revisions to the monitoring management system. There were no serious violations of environmental laws and regulations, and we will continue to strive to prevent environmental incidents.

Environmental Audits

At each Maruha Nichiro Group factory that has obtained ISO14001 certification, an internal auditor is designated to conduct periodic internal audits.

In addition, Maruha Nichiro Corporation, Maruha Nichiro Kitanippon, Inc., and Yayoi Sunfoods Co., Ltd.—which each have multiple factories—conduct reciprocal internal audits between factories. Not only does this allow auditing to be conducted from a more objective viewpoint, but it helps improve auditing skills and facilitates exchange of environmental information between factories.

In FY2020, in addition to these internal audits, the Internal Auditing Department of Maruha Nichiro Corporation conducted an audit into the state of compliance with environmental laws and regulations at the company.

Maruha Nichiro Group List of Environmental Audits

Audit Name Company Audited Details of Implementation
Internal audit
ISO 14001 certified companiese We formed an internal auditing team based on the requirements of ISO14001, which is the international standard for environmental management, and carried out autonomous checks of the environmental management system.
ISO 14001
Reciprocal internal audit
ISO 14001 certified companies
(Maruha Nichiro Corporation, Maruha Nichiro Kitanippon, Inc., Yayoi Sunfoods Co., Ltd.)
For the ISO14001 Internal Audit, auditors were dispatched from factories other than the factory being audited. The aim was to reveal items and points of concern that the employees at the factory being audited had failed to notice.
ISO 14001
External audit
ISO 14001 certified companies A certification authority conducted a “management system audit” based on ISO14001.
Internal Auditing Department Audit All Maruha Nichiro Group Companiese The Maruha Nichiro Corporation Internal Auditing Department conducted an audit into the state of compliance with environmental laws and regulations at Group Companies.

Case Study: Maruha Nichiro Logistics, Inc. Acquires Green Management Certification

Maruha Nichiro Logistics, Inc. acquired “Green Management Certification,” an environmental management system for transport businesses instead of ISO 14001, in FY2010 and all primary centers have maintained certification. This system, promoted by the Foundation for Promoting Personal Mobility and Ecological Transportation, which acts as the certification authority, is included in the Green Management Promotion Manual created by the foundation and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport based on ISO 14001. Under the system, businesses set their own energy conservation goals, engage in environmental improvement activities, and undergo audits by the certification authority. We continue to engage in activities such as explaining the system to employees (education) and posting “green management certification awareness posters as we push for this management system to take root.

Overview of Business Activities and Environmental Impact Over Our Entire Supply Chain

At the Maruha Nichiro Group, we realize that our integrated value chain built around seafood products, which includes “procurement and distribution,” “production and processing” and “storage and logistics,” has various impacts on the environment. To mitigate these impacts, we are implementing activities centered around our Medium-term Sustainability Plan (FY2018 to FY2021).

Overview of Business Activities and Environmental Impact Over our Entire Supply Chain

Overview of Business Activities and Environmental Impact Over our Entire Supply Chain

Defining Supply Chain Emissions

[Scope 1] Greenhouse gases emitted directly by businesses themselves
[Scope 2] Indirect emissions through use of electricity, heat and steam supplied by other companies
[Scope 3] Indirect emissions from procurement of raw materials, through production, sales and disposal, excluding those in Scope 1 or 2.

Data Calculation Method

  • Target range for calculation: Maruha Nichiro Corporation and 44 related domestic companies (45 total)
  • Target period for calculation: April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021

Environmental Education

At the Maruha Nichiro Group, we emphasize training and internal education to raise the environmental awareness of each of our employees and promote proactive engagement. We also hold regular briefings for our employees to educate them about environmental laws and ordinances. In FY2020, we asked waste disposal company Kaname Kogyo Co., Ltd. to serve as a lecturer and held an online legal briefing for those in charge of waste disposal within the Group. In FY2021, we will continue to plan legal briefings for those in charge of waste disposal within the Group to ensure compliance with laws and regulations.

Environmental Briefings Organized in FY2020

Information Session Name Participants
Briefing on Waste Disposal Law (Basics) 60
Briefing on Waste Disposal Law (Application) 49
Briefing on Waste Disposal Law (On-site Confirmation) 69

In addition, we share information related to the environment both inside and outside the Group through our intranet, which is a tool for sharing information among group officers and employees. We are working to increase environmental awareness among our employees by compiling information related to sustainability into our “Sustainable News,” which we publish periodically.

Sustainable News
Sustainable News

Stakeholder Voice

Mr. Zenichiro Nishino

Mr. Zenichiro Nishino

Deputy General Manager, Corporate Planning Office
Kaname Kogyo Co., Ltd.

I have been serving as the main lecturer for the Waste Disposal Act information briefings held by the Group. The Waste Disposal Act is complex and abstruse, however, in response to the strong request of the secretariat for easy-to-understand information and also to the enthusiasm of the participants for learning, these briefings have become a valuable opportunity for me, as a lecturer, to gain many insights as the briefings continue.

Although there were some apprehensions about holding the briefings online in FY2020, we were able to finish the briefings as usual with an enhanced online environment and everyone’s unchanged enthusiasm. Through the briefings, I felt the strong conviction of the Group to build a recycling-oriented society. I will continue to do everything in my power to support the realization of this goal.