Management Approach

Materiality of the Maruha Nichiro Group

The Maruha Nichiro Group formulated the Long-term Sustainability Vision (FY2018 to FY2027) with the aim of evolving into an even more sustainable corporate group. In the Medium-Term Management Plan, we have identified our materiality to contribute to the resolution of environmental and social issues and to pursue the sustainable enhancement of corporate value.

Economic Value

Net sales: 1 trillion yen / Operating income: 31 billion yen / ROA 5.7% / D/E ratio 1.5x / Equity ratio: 30.0%

Social Value

Value for Customers

  • Supply safe and secure foods
  • Promote consumer-oriented management
  • Promote lifelong health plan

Value for Employees

  • Provide growth opportunities
  • Promote safe and ideal working conditions
  • Promote diversity and work practice reform
  • Promote health management
  • Promote a proactive approach to human rights

Value for Business Partners

  • Practice sustainable procurement

Value for Communities and Society

  • Coexist with regional communities in mutual prosperity
Environmental Value
  • Combatting climate change
  • Building a recycling-oriented society
  • Protecting marine resources

Medium to Long-term Sustainability Management Plan and Long-term Sustainability Vision

Medium to Long-term Sustainability Management Plan

Management Structure

In the Maruha Nichiro Group, the Sustainability Committee, which was newly established in FY2018, is chaired by the President & CEO and Representative Director and consists of Executive Officers who also serve as Directors of Maruha Nichiro Corporation, Executive Officers in charge of related departments, and related Department Heads.

The Sustainability Committee is responsible for planning and setting targets for overall Group sustainability management and evaluates the activities of Group companies. It also promotes activities in coordination with Maruha Nichiro Corporation divisions and group companies.

Maruha Nichiro Group Organization Structure for Sustainability Promotion

Maruha Nichiro Group Organization Structure for Sustainability Promotion

Overview of Sustainability Committee

Chairperson: President & CEO and Representative Director
Secretariat: Sustainability Group, Corporate Planning Department
Frequency of meetings: Twice a year (ad hoc committee meetings held as necessary)
Committee members: Executive Officers acting as Directors, Executive Officers in charge of related departments, and related Department Heads of Maruha Nichiro Corporation
Purpose: Verification and evaluation of progress status of the Medium-term Sustainable Management Plan for the Group overall, sharing issues and information

Sustainability Committee Results for FY2020

The Sustainability Committee convened twice in FY2020 to discuss the issues below. Agenda items and details are distributed to respnsible persons and persons in charge of environmental concerns of each department and group company of Maruha Nichiro, in efforts to share information with all employees.

Times convened: 2

Primary Topics Content Details
Review of Medium-term Sustainability Management Plan in FY2019 and planning for FY2020. The committee reported on the results of action in FY2019 and efforts in FY2020 pertaining to the creation of social value and environmental value. Click here for details about progress toward our materiality
Conducting surveys on marine resources In FY2020, we conducted a survey on the products and raw materials of Maruha Nichiro Group companies to ascertain the current volume of marine products handled and to evaluate the state of wild marine resources. Click here for additional details about the survey on marine resources
Conducting the self-assessment questionnaire for suppliers We conducted a self-assessment questionnaire of domestic and overseas suppliers to confirm the status of compliance with the FY2020 Supplier Guidelines. Click here for additional details about our survey on suppliers
Future efforts to address the problem of marine plastics We shared information on international trends, efforts of domestic and overseas companies, and the status of the Group’s activities regarding marine plastics and examined an action plan for the future. Click here for details about our efforts to address marine plastics

In FY2021, we plan to hold the same number of meetings as previous years to discuss various topics including the progress of surveys on marine produce and suppliers as well as the next Medium-term Management Plan.

Internal Dissemination Measures

Conducting Group Philosophy Training

Group Philosophy Training Program was newly developedis a new training program developed based on our experience that the Group Philosophy was not resonating with employees following the pesticide contamination incident at AQLI Foods in 2013. The purpose of this program is to have management and employees communicate directly with one other about the Maruha Nichiro Group's mission and responsibilities to society as embodied in the Group's Philosophy, and to share a mutual understanding of what role each employee plays in putting the Group's philosophy into practice in their daily work.

This group training program, which began in 2014, has been gradually rolled out to all employees of group companies in Japan and all Maruha Nichiro Corporation offices, with Maruha Nichiro executives serving as instructors for the philosophy training.

In FY2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was determined that it would be difficult to conduct the training in the conventional manner, so new and mid-career employees of Maruha Nichiro Corporation and the Group in Japan who had not yet taken the Group Philosophy Training were targeted to undergo training  conducted remotely and led by Maruha Nichiro Corporation’s Director, Managing Executive Officer, Shinichiro Takeda.

A total of about 8,000 Group employees attended the third round (FY2018 to FY2020), and received an explanation on the importance of the Maruha Nichiro Group's philosophy system and slogan.

Third round of the Group Philosophy Training
Third round of the Group Philosophy Training

Corporate Brand Strategy “Brand Enhancement Creation Project” Launched

From FY2019, we started the “Brand Enhancement Creation Project” as part of the corporate brand strategy for the Maruha Nichiro Group. The entire Group is working collectively on activities to convey its commitment to the “pursuit of new possibilities in food while bringing vitality to people around the world,” which represents the value our brands provide.

At Maruha Nichiro Corporation, we have approved the two projects of “Friendlier to the Earth Project” and “Branding from the Sea Project” as projects to implement based on ideas collected through internal cross-functional group work involving employees.

Under the “Friendlier to the Earth Project”, we will first work on measures to foster awareness internally regarding the reduction of food loss and waste, which is becoming an important social issue. Under the “Branding from the Sea Project”, we will disseminate the message of harmony with the sea and the connections between Maruha Nichiro and society through surfing competitions that actively address marine environmental issues.

Through these two projects, looking ahead we will aim to create a future “For the ocean, for life,” which is our brand statement.

Group working
Group working

Link of Maruha Nichiro's Materiality and SDGs

Contributing to the Achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through Business Activities

Maruha Nichiro and SDGs