Mitsui Chemicals Included on GPIF-Approved Sustainable Investment Indices for Fourth Consecutive Year

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2020.07.21

Mitsui Chemicals, Inc.

Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. (Tokyo: 4183; President & CEO: HASHIMOTO Osamu) today announced that it has once again been selected for inclusion in the FTSE Blossom Japan Index, the MSCI Japan ESG Select Leaders Index and the MSCI Japan Empowering Women Index (WIN). This marks the fourth consecutive year that Mitsui Chemicals has landed a spot in these indices, each of which were established in 2017 and are utilized by Japan’s Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) – the world’s largest retirement scheme.

In addition, Mitsui Chemicals has been selected again as part of the FTSE4Good Index Series and the MSCI ESG Leaders Indexes, both of which are global investment indices focused on environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors. With the sum of the world’s ESG investments increasing each year, these investment indices are widely utilized as important criteria for deciding on investments.

Recognizing that the chemical industry shoulders the foundations of society and innovation – and as such has a major responsibility to work toward a sustainable society – the Mitsui Chemicals Group is actively endeavoring to employ ESG criteria within its management and strategies. To help realize a cohesive society in harmony with the environment, as well as health and well-being in an aging society, Mitsui Chemicals is deepening its efforts to create social value. This includes providing Blue Value™ products and services, which are aimed at contributing to the environment, and Rose Value™ products and services, which serve to improve quality of life (QOL).*1 It is all part of Mitsui Chemicals’ endeavor to be a sustainable corporate group with a global presence.

Please see our External Assessments webpage*2 for more information on our inclusion in ESG indices and our Sustainability webpage*3 for more information on our ESG-related initiatives.

*1Blue Value™ and Rose Value™
These measures help to visualize the contributions that the Mitsui Chemicals Group’s products and services make to the environment and society, enabling us to share those values with stakeholders. This then aids us in our efforts to realize a future cohesive society in harmony with the environment, as well as health and well-being in an aging society. Using our own distinctive yardsticks, we evaluate our products and services according to application: offerings that make significant contributions to the environment are certified as Blue Value™ products, while those that make significant contributions to improving QOL are certified as Rose Value™ products.

*2https://jp.mitsuichemicals.com/en/sustainability/evaluation/index.htm

*3https://www.mitsuichem.com/en/sustainability/index.htm