The Mitsui Chemicals Group aims to minimize the negative impact on the global environment and ecosystems from the products it manufactures and sells throughout their lifecycles.
The manufacture of chemical products has the potential for impacting biodiversity in the air, water, and soil through GHG emissions when using energy (electricity and thermal), the consumption of water resources in heating, cooling, and cleaning processes, and water-polluting effluent. In addition, the release and decomposition of harmful chemical substances at the manufacture, use, and disposal stages of chemical product lifecycles can reduce the number of species living in those environments.
The Mitsui Chemicals Group believes that consistently managing chemical products, reducing GHG emissions, managing water resources (effluent quality, water intake/discharge volumes), and controlling substances released into the air helps conserve biodiversity. In addition, we think increasing products and services with high environmental contribution standards reduces environmental burdens at each stage of product lifecycles and, in turn, helps conserve biodiversity.
Basic Approach to Biodiversity Conservation
- We conduct our business activities in gratitude for the blessings of nature and biodiversity and recognize that environmental preservation is a globally important issue.
- We contribute broadly to society by encouraging biodiversity conservation through the supply of environmentally friendly materials, products, and services.
- We will comply with international biodiversity agreements.
- We strive to conserve biodiversity by cooperating with relevant parties in Japan and abroad and within and outside the company and taking into account its effect in the supply chain.
- To conserve biodiversity, we will promote employee social contribution activities that have our stakeholders trust.
Biodiversity Risk Assessment
Believing that reducing environmental burdens throughout the Mitsui Chemicals Group’s production and business activities helps preserve biodiversity, we undertake initiatives that include managing chemical substances, reducing GHG emissions, and managing water resources. In fiscal 2017, we conducted surveys of ecosystems surrounding parent company plants as well as production facilities of affiliated companies eligible for Responsible Care support. Using IBAT,* these surveys confirmed the absence of nature protected areas (i.e. world heritage sites, IUCN Category I, II, III, Ramsar Sites) within a 3km radius around these production facilities.
Integrated Biodiversity Assessment Tool. Developed jointly by BirdLife International, Conservation International, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), United Nations Environment Programme（UNEP）, and UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre, IBAT facilitates access to basic data and the latest information on natural preservation.
Contributions through Products and Services
The Mitsui Chemicals Group is developing products and services that help reduce environmental burdens. Formulating “Blue Value™” as a means for displaying environmental contribution value, products that help reduce CO2, protect resources, and harmonize with nature are designated as Blue Value™ products. Setting Blue Value™ product net sales ratios as a KPI in the 2025 Long-term Business Plan, we aim to expand products that help conserve biodiversity.
Contributions through the Supply Chain
In procuring our raw materials, we are making efforts to select materials and suppliers that will result in a lower environmental impact in line with our Purchasing Policy. As indicated in the Sustainable Procurement Guidelines , we request our suppliers to support the preservation of biodiversity. In logistics, we work to reduce environmental impact mainly by undertaking modal shifts and shared logistics. We provide product safety information in an effort to help customers handle products appropriately and minimize environmental impacts.
Participation in Initiatives
We support the Declaration of Biodiversity by the Japan Business Federation (Keidanren) and participate in the Japan Business and Biodiversity Partnership.
Social initiatives that support the conservation of biodiversity
The Mitsui Chemicals Group undertakes environmental creation initiatives to conserve biodiversity at its business facilities.
*Major activities are shown here.
Wildlife Survey on Rice Fields
The Mitsui Chemicals Group affiliate company, Mitsui Chemicals Agro, Inc. (MCAG), has been conducting a “Wildlife Survey on Rice Fields” using MCAG products since 2012.
Involved in the manufacture and sales of agrochemicals and fertilizers, MCAG conducts the “Wildlife Survey on Rice Fields” annually with the full support of customers, confirming that a wide variety of wildlife inhabit rice fields. MCAG surveys the effects of agrochemical use on wildlife in rice paddies, which leads to the improvement and development of products. Further, through the release of experts’ written opinions that summarize the results of these wildlife surveys, we certify that rice was grown in rice paddies inhabited by a wide variety of wildlife, which contributes to adding value to local rice.
Examples of the wildlife observed on the survey
Preservation Activities at Omuta Works
At the Omuta Works (Fukuoka Prefecture), Mitsui Chemicals has a protected forest that spans approximately 5.4 hectares and engages in ongoing activities to preserve this area. In 2009, we cooperated on a survey of the natural environment in the forest around our property (the southern side of Mt. Takatori) at the request of Omuta City, which considers the preservation of the natural environment an important issue. The survey conducted by Omuta City Natural Environment Survey Association examined rare plants and species of living organisms in areas managed by Omuta Works, and presented its findings in the Omuta City Natural Environment Survey Results Report.
Rare wildlife found in survey (example)
|Plants||Serissa japonica, tree of a thousand stars|
|Amphibians||Japanese brown frog|
|Insects||Cydnidae, Parastrachia japonensis|
Donations to Environmental Conservation Organizations
Mitsui Chemicals employees have been annually donating to the Japan Environmental Action Network (JEAN) — an NGO that engages in ocean and river environmental preservation activities—through the One-Coin Club since fiscal 2015.