The Mitsui Chemicals Group is listed as a constitute company in the following ESG indices based on evaluations of its initiatives aimed at the sustainable development of society and the Mitsui Chemicals Group. (As of September 15, 2019)
DJSI , the index jointly developed by S&P Dow Jones Indices, United States and RobecoSAM, Switzerland., evaluates the corporate sustainability of the company from the economic, environmental, and social factors, and selects the leading sustainability-driven companies. DJSI Asia Pacific covers approximately 600 major companies in the Asia-Pacific region, and 148 companies have been selected in 2019.
FTSE4Good Index Series
FTSE4Good Global Index was developed by FTSE Russell of the London Stock Exchange Group. This index selects companies based on evaluations of their initiatives in the areas of environmental management, climate change, human & labor rights, supply chain labor standards, and preventing bribery.
FTSE Blossom Japan Index
The FTSE Blossom Japan Index is designed to provide market participants with a tool to identify and measure the performance of Japanese companies that demonstrate strong environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices. Using the globally established FTSE4Good Index Inclusion Rules, the FTSE Blossom Japan Index has adopted concerns regarding ESG as its core assessment criteria. The index has been constructed to be industry neutral.
The FTSE Blossom Japan Index has been selected as an ESG index of the Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF).
MSCI Japan ESG Select Leaders Index
The MSCI Japan ESG Select Leaders Index was established on the basis of MSCI ESG Research. This Index is a comprehensive measure that comprehensively reflects ESG risks in the market portfolio. The Index is also made up of companies with a relatively high ESG performance from a variety of industries.
The MSCI Japan ESG Select Leaders Index has been selected as an ESG index of the Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF).
MSCI Japan Empowering Women Index (WIN)
The MSCI Japan Empowering Women Index (WIN) is made up of companies that actively promote the empowerment of women. These companies are selected from a variety of industries and exhibit high scores for gender diversity based on data regarding the employment of women disclosed in accordance with Japan’s Act on Promotion of Women's Participation and Advancement in the Workplace.
The MSCI Japan Empowering Women Index (WIN) has been selected as an ESG index of the Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF).
S&P/JPX Carbon Efficient Index
The S&P/JPX Carbon Efficient Index is a means to determine the weight of securities focusing on a company’s disclosure status of environmental information and the level of carbon efficiency (carbon emissions per sales) using TOPIX, a representative stock index that shows the trends in the Japanese market, as a “universe.”
This index is designated as a reference benchmark by the Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF).
SNAM Sustainability Index
Launched in 2012, the SNAM Sustainability Index is an investment index managed by Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Asset Management Co., Ltd. (SNAM). Sustainable investments are socially responsible investment (SRI) funds for pension trusts and institutional investors that invest broadly in firms that have strong positive evaluation ratings in each of the environment, society, and governance fields. Considerable weight is placed on ESG evaluation ratings undertaken by research companies when selecting stocks for inclusion in the index which forms the basis for determining long-term investments.
Other Key External Assessments
The Mitsui Chemicals Group Receives the Gold Rank in EcoVadis Sustainability Assessment
The Mitsui Chemicals Group has been awarded a Gold rating in sustainability for the third consecutive year by EcoVadis . The Gold rating is given to companies that have scored in the top 5 percent of all evaluated companies. These evaluations are made in a comprehensive manner based on the four themes of Environment, Labor & Human Rights, Ethics and Sustainable Procurement. The Group scored particularly well in the categories of Environment and Labor & Human Rights. (Certification period to March 2021.)
EcoVadis uses proprietary criteria based on international sustainability standards to provide a highly trusted collaborative platform for evaluating organizations and companies on sustainability. With EcoVadis carrying out more than 65,000 companies evaluations across 160 countries and 200 industries to date, roughly 300 global companies make use of this platform for supply chain management purposes.
Mitsui Chemicals Raises Funds with ESG/SDG-Based Syndicated Loan
Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. recently raised a total of 20 billion yen in funds via a syndicated loan offered by Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC). The loan is based on account of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors together with sustainable development goals (SDGs). Based on standards drawn up by SMBC and the Japan Research Institute, Ltd., the syndicated loan provided to Mitsui Chemicals comes on assessment of the applicant’s efforts toward ESG targets and SDGs, as well as its disclosure of information. The loan is then formed via financial institutions that approve of the results from these ESG and SDG assessments. As part of this assessment, it was determined that Mitsui Chemicals meets a very high standard regarding ESG factors. Also noted here was that Mitsui Chemicals is doing exceedingly well at implementing initiatives and disclosing information regarding sustainable business management.
Mitsui Chemicals Selected as Semi Nadeshiko Brand for Fiscal 2019
Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. was selected by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE) as a fiscal 2019 Semi Nadeshiko Brand, an enterprise that excels at encouraging women’s success in the workplace. METI and the TSE have been jointly undertaking the Nadeshiko Brand initiative since fiscal 2012, selecting TSE-listed companies that excel at encouraging women’s success in the workplace. For 2019, the roughly 3,600 companies listed on the TSE were assessed for their pro-diversity management to raise enterprise value and their publicity of these projects. Forty-six companies in each industry were selected as Nadeshiko Brands, and twenty companies were selected as Semi Nadeshiko Brands.
Mitsui Chemicals Received a Special Award from the Development Bank of Japan (DBJ) under the DBJ Health Management Rating Scheme
In March 2013, Mitsui Chemicals received a special award from the Development Bank of Japan (DBJ) under the DBJ Health Management Rating scheme. Mitsui Chemicals was given the highest ranking and was recognized as a model company for health management, with attention drawn to the excellence of its initiatives for caring for the health of employees. One of the conditions of this financing scheme is that the company receiving the loan has excellent measures in place to manage the health of its employees, as evaluated by the Development Bank of Japan.