JAPANESE CHINESE

Value for Communities & Society

Basic Approach

Our business has the potential to affect the local community from an economic, social and environmental standpoint in places where the Maruha Nichiro Group has business locations. We engage in appropriate communication and various activities that contribute to society in order to build good relationships toward the goal of co-existence and co-prosperity.

Medium-term Sustainability Management Plan (FY2018–2021)

Coexist with regional communities in mutual prosperity

Medium-term Goal

Convey the importance of food and contribute to the well-being of everyone

FY2020

Action Plan (Key measures)

  • Suggest foods that help everyone live a healthy life according to various life stages
  • Offer cooking classes that use sustainable marine resources

Achievements

  • Held chef-directed parent-child cooking classes in Chiba and Osaka
  • The cooking class using certified seafood products was postponed due to COVID-19 (organized in April 2021)
FY2021

Action Plan (Key measures)

  • Continue organizing the chef-directed parent-child cooking classes
  • Continue holding cooking classes using MSC/ASC certified seafood products
Targets

Maruha Nichiro Group (Japan)

Department in charge

Corporate Planning Department, Maruha Nichiro Corporation

Medium-term Goal

Protect the natural environ-ment for the future

FY2020

Action Plan (Key measures)

  • Participate in the environ-mental conservation activities of regional communities where offices are located
  • Spread the use of sus-tainable environmental resources

Achievements

  • Organized a beach cleanup as part of the International Coastal Cleanup™ in autumn (due to measures against COVID-19, reduced to 17 people in total)
  • Conducted eelgrass bed restoration activities (collecting flowering branches, sowing seeds)
FY2021

Action Plan (Key measures)

  • Continue cleanup activities in the vicinity of business sites
  • Continue eelgrass bed restora-tion activities
Targets

Maruha Nichiro Group (Japan)

Department in charge

Corporate Planning Department, Maruha Nichiro Corporation

Medium-term Goal

Contribute to the growth of regional communities

FY2020

Action Plan (Key measures)

  • Cooperation for inheri-tance of local/regional cultures
  • Communicate with regional communities
  • Create opportunities that convey the value of manufacturing

Achievements

  • Participated in Toyosu Festa (make your own can)
  • Provided online classes and supported junior and senior high school students visiting companies
  • Supported healthcare workers in response to the spread of COVID-19
FY2021

Action Plan (Key measures)

  • Continue these events while considering the impact of COVID-19
  • Continue to conduct online classes for junior and senior high school students
Targets

Maruha Nichiro Group (Japan)

Department in charge

Corporate Planning Department, Maruha Nichiro Corporation

Main Initiatives in FY2020

Food Education Activities

Case Study: Fish-eating Promotion Event: “Chef-directed Parent-Child Cooking Class – How to Cook Fish at Home”

Since 2015, Maruha Nichiro Corporation has held cooking classes for parents and children nationwide to inform them about the joy and deliciousness of fish cuisine and to benefit healthier diets. In FY2020 we held two events jointly with Osaka Gas Corporation and Keiyo Gas Corporation on the theme of “Chef-directed Parent-Child Cooking Class – How to Cook Fish at Home.”

Keiyo Gas Corporation Cooking Class
Keiyo Gas Corporation Cooking Class

Case Study: “For the Ocean, for life — Fish Lunch Cooking Class for the Future

In April 2021, Maruha Nichiro Corporation organized the “For the Ocean, for life — Fish Lunch Cooking Class for the Future” jointly with Tokyo Gas Communications, Inc. to teach “ocean and fish sustainability.” In addition to the promotion activities of fish-eating, we created a “Happy Seafood Lunchbox (bento)” using our MSC and ASC certified products to foster greater understanding about the MSC and ASC certification systems for sustainable fishing.

At the beginning of the event, an explanation was given about the severe situation of marine resources given the rising popularity of fish-eating around the world. Next, MSC label was introduced as a way to identify sustainable seafood products that ensure everyone can continue to eat delicious fish.

Sustainable fish seminar
Sustainable fish seminar
Happy seafood lunchbox (bento)
Happy seafood lunchbox (bento)

Environmental Activities

Case Study: Ongoing Cooperation with Tokyo Bay Restoration Eelgrass Project

The Maruha Nichiro Group has been participating in activities since 2014 to restore eelgrass beds, which improve water quality in Tokyo Bay, serve as habitats for aquatic organisms, and conserve the coastal environment. Since 2016, we have been selected as a partner company in the Tokyo Bay UMI Project (Project for everyone to love the sea and Tokyo Bay) launched by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism to improve the environment of Tokyo Bay.

Eelgrass is a species of seaweed that grows naturally around sandy coastlines at a depth of one to several meters. It also cleans the seawater and absorbs carbon dioxide by serving as habitats. As opposed to the carbon dioxide that is captured and sequestered by forests known as “green carbon," the carbon dioxide captured and sequestered in the sea by seaweed beds for seaweeds such as eelgrass is known as “blue carbon.” In the Green Growth Strategy formulated for Japan’s 2050 Carbon Neutral Declaration announced by the Japanese government in October 2020, considerations for a carbon offset* system targeting blue carbon are incorporated, which is attracting attention as a measure towards a decarbonized society.

*Carbon offset is the idea of compensating for emissions of greenhouse gases, such as CO2, that cannot be avoided as a result of daily life and economic activities, first by striving to reduce the emissions as much as possible, and for emissions of greenhouse gases that will emitted, by making investments in greenhouse gas reduction activities that match the amount of emissions.

Maruha Nichiro Corporation has been hosting eelgrass seed harvesting events within the Group, the event was canceled in FY2020 and FY2021due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. A few members from Maruha Nichiro precipitated in cooperation with NPO Association for Shore Environment Creation and the Kanto Regional Development Bureau, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism at JF-Kaneda of Kisarazu, Chiba Prefecture on May 29, 2021 with strict infection control measures in place.

Seeds on Eelgrass Seed Stalks
Seeds on Eelgrass Seed Stalks
Group photo of participants
Group photo of participants

Case Study: Participation in Yume Wakame Workshop and Planting Eelgrass

Maruha Nichiro Corporation participated in the Yume Wakame Workshop and Planting Eelgrass hosted by NPO Association for Shore Environment Creation in on November 29, 2020. The event has been open to the general public with over 200 participants every year, but this year, it was open to participation by staff only due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Yume Wakame Workshop is held to clean the marine environment that has undergone eutrophication through cultivation of seaweed. At the workshop, seed planting of wakame (attachment of seed thread) was performed, while grown wakame was harvested in mid-February. Planting eelgrass is performed in order to restore a rich marine environment and lost eelgrass beds due to large scale landfills during Japan’s period of rapid economic growth.

Attaching seed thread
Attaching seed thread
Harvested wakame
Harvested wakame

Case Study: National High School Eelgrass Summit 2020 (Online)

Since 2017, Maruha Nichiro Corporation has sponsored the National High School Eelgrass Summit. The objective of the summit is for high school students nationwide engaged in efforts to restore the natural environment in the ocean to exchange ideas and information on their projects and to grow as leaders of the next generation.

The summit was held virtually on Sunday, November 15, 2020. Students from 12 high schools around Japan attended the meeting and engaged in questions and answers in a chat format that was livelier than before. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, we were able to present a platform a little different than before for students to engage in presentations and interactions.

High School Eelgrass Virtual Summit
High School Eelgrass Virtual Summit
High School Eelgrass Virtual Summit

Case Study: Cleaning Activities around Offices throughout Japan

The Maruha Nichiro Group conducts cleaning activities around its plants and offices throughout Japan  and is working toward the beautification of local environments. While many events were canceled due the COVID-19 pandemic in FY2020, we attended a smaller scale cleaning activities around the offices with infection control measures in place.  We will continue to conduct these activities.

Cleanup activity at Yayoi Sunfoods Kyushu Plant
Cleanup activity at Yayoi Sunfoods Kyushu Plant

Case Study: “Make Sea Happy!” Coastal Cleanup Activity

The Maruha Nichiro Group conducted a beach cleanup activity “Make Sea Happy” at Kasai Rinkai Park (Edogawa City, Tokyo) on Saturday, October 31, 2020. Given COVID-19 pandemic, the event was limited to 17 participants (60 participants in the previous fiscal year) while ensuring strict adherence to measures including social distancing. The event was registered with the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) sponsored by the Japan Environmental Action Network (JEAN). In accordance with the prescribed rules, the collected waste was sorted into approximately 40 categories, weighed and reported to JEAN. This reported data will be used for things such as policy recommendations in conjunction with data on garbage from each location.

Group photo of participants
Group photo of participants

Regional Contribution Activities

Case Study: Aomori Nebuta Festival

Since entering a large-scale Nebuta float in 1953, Maruha Nichiro Corporation has participated in the Nebuta Festival* every year (except some years) for over half a century, although the event was canceled again in FY2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

*Aomori Nebuta is one of the three big festivals in the Tohoku region registered as a National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Asset.

Case Study: 27th Toyosu Festa

Maruha Nichiro Corporation participated in the Toyosu Festa sponsored by the Koto City Culture and Community Foundation at the Koto City Toyosu Civic Center from October 24 to 25, 2020. This event was attended by local companies and organizations in Toyosu and serves as a place to interact with local residents. Maruha Nichiro Corporation exhibited a “make your own souvenir canned items.” The exhibit attracted participation by 50 people over two days as an event enjoyed by families with children.

Families making their own souvenir canned items
Families making their own souvenir canned items

Case Study: Food Bank Donations/Support for Children's Cafeterias

Maruha Nichiro Group has been implementing activities to donate food products and excess raw food materials that are still edible but can no longer be sold, to NPO Association engaged in food bank activities* as well as group that runs children's cafeterias. The Group's activities include contributing to efforts to improve social welfare as well as to reduce the amount of food waste.

*Food bank activities: Donating food products, which can still be eaten but are difficult to distribute for various reasons, to those in need free of charge

Donation to Foodbank Niigata
Donation to Foodbank Niigata

Case Study: The Swan-Canning Estuary Restoration Campaign in Perth, Australia

Austral Fisheries supports the Swan-Canning Estuary restoration campaign which aims to restore the once abundant shellfish reefs in the mouth of the estuary that runs through the center of Perth and improve the river environment. This project is being conducted by the international NGO, The Nature Conservancy, and aims to restore the ecology of the river.

Cultural and Educational Activities

Case Study: Educational Activities for Junior High School Students on the Sustainable Use of Marine Resources

Maruha Nichiro Corporation responded to virtual interview by Toshimagaoka Joshigakuen Junior High School regarding its activities of utilizing sustainable marine resources, and its advantages and disadvantages through the Environmental Measures Survey on Wednesday, November 18, 2020.

Case Study: Career Education Activities for High School Students Through Visits and Learning

On Thursday, November 12, 2020, five students from Shochi Fukaya High School visited the head office of Maruha Nichiro Corporation as part of their career education activities. The visits and learning of Shochi Fukaya High School, which has been engaged for three years, is held for the students to visit various companies and agencies to study their business activities and daily operations further, as well as to appreciate the roles and sense of reward of each job.

We will actively carry out above activities in two ways,virtual and welcoming the students.
We will actively carry out above activities in two ways, virtual and welcoming the students.

Measures for the Prevention of the COVID-19

Case Study: Support for Medical Professionals

As the spread of the COVID-19 continues, Maruha Nichiro Corporation has worked together with We Support, a platform that provides food material support to medical professionals, as well as Capital Medica Co., Ltd., which supports hospital management, in order to support those who are involved in operations including infection prevention and treatment at the forefront of the medical settings through food, donating its products to a total of 10 hospitals.

Employees of Kawaguchi Kogyo General Hospital
Employees of Kawaguchi Kogyo General Hospital
Employees of Japanese Red Cross Musashino Hospital
Employees of Japanese Red Cross Musashino Hospital

Looking Ahead

While various events were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic in FY2020, we will flexibly adapt to the new normal going forward by holding events online or in-person with appropriate infection control measures in place.