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Contributing to Sustainable Development

Chemical products and materials help in improving and enriching the quality of life around the world, being used in automobiles, electronics, general commodities, medical and health care, foods, housing, energy and countless other products. It is not an overstatement to say that material development in the chemical industry is a key factor in many breakthrough innovations.

The chemical industry has the potential to be a solution provider to some of the world’s most pressing societal issues and must rise up to meet such challenges. Just a handful of these issues that the chemical industry can help to resolve include reducing greenhouse emissions, one of the major causes of global climatic change; helping in the development of new renewable energies; bolstering agricultural produce to meet the needs of explosive population increases; and responding to requirements of an aging society around the world.

President & CEO
HASHIMOTO Osamu

Toward VISION 2025

The Mitsui Chemicals Group has made it through a number of tough times in recent years, including the global financial crisis and the European sovereign debt crisis. And we have been relentless in working toward portfolio reform with VISION 2025, our long-term business plan for 2025.

Turning our eyes toward the world, we have used SDGs and ESG initiatives as keywords to help us respond to the rising calls for companies to bring about a sustainable society. Our efforts here have focused on climate change, plastic waste, the circular economy and more. And with the likes of digital technologies and biotechnologies touting rapid progress as well, the current environment is changing so much faster than what we had assumed when we first settled on VISION 2025. Against this backdrop, Mitsui Chemicals Group is to further speed up portfolio reform, providing a sturdy business portfolio as a base from which we can – as quickly as possible – realize a sustainable corporate group with a global presence.

Fiscal 2020 will be an opportunity for us to look back on VISION 2025 after first creating the plan five years ago. Considering the rapid change we see today, I believe that if we are going to explore means of how to carry ourselves as a business and organization while also managing perpetual growth, we should all discuss just what it is that the Mitsui Chemicals Group does and what it is that we are aiming for, then use that as a framework from which to redefine ourselves.

I would also like to work to incorporate concrete policies free of traditional thinking, bolster the group’s overall ability to get things done and speed up efforts to realize our corporate targets.

Introduction

Assuming the role of President & CEO of Mitsui Chemicals, Inc., HASHIMOTO Osamu took over the reins of the Group on April 1, 2020. HASHIMOTO joined Mitsui Petrochemical Industries, Ltd. in 1987 and, having developed wide-ranging experience in human resources and health care, carries deep knowledge of our business.

In 2014, HASHIMOTO’s role as General Manager of the Corporate Planning Division put him in charge of creating Mitsui Chemicals’ long-term business plan for 2025. Then in 2017, he assumed the position of Managing Executive Officer while also serving as Business Sector President of the Health Care Business Sector and General Manager of the New Health Care Business Development Division. This allowed HASHIMOTO to devote himself to expanding the Health Care Business Sector – one of Mitsui Chemicals’ three priority business sectors.

Born in Tokyo, HASHIMOTO enjoys jogging and visiting mass retailers on his days off.

Bio

NameOsamu Hashimoto
Date of BirthOctober 19, 1963
Birth PlaceTOKYO

Professional Career

1987-AprilJoined Mitsui Chemicals, Inc.
2012-AprilGeneral Manager, Planning & Coordination Division
Functional Chemicals Care Business Sector
2013-JulyGeneral Manager, Planning & Coordination Division
Functional Chemicals Business Sector
Deputy General Manager, H-Project Division
2014-AprilSenior Director
General Manager, Planning & Coordination Division
Functional Chemicals Business Sector
Deputy General Manager, H-Project Division
2014-OctoberSenior Director
General Manager, Corporate Planning Division
2015-AprilExecutive Officer
General Manager, Corporate Planning Division
2017-AprilManaging Executive Officer
Business Sector President, Health Care Business Sector
General Manager, New Health Care Business Development Division
2019-AprilBoard Director, Senior Managing Executive Officer
Business Sector President, Health Care Business Sector
2020-April
(Current)
President & CEO
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