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Policy

Marubeni Group Environmental Policy (revised in January, 2019)

Basic Philosophy

In full awareness of its responsibilities as a good corporate citizen, recognizing the environmental problems as material issues, the Marubeni Group will make every effort to simultaneously pursue both a prosperous society and environmental conservation, while aiming to achieve the sustainable development of society.

Basic Principles

As a global corporate entity that engages in diverse business activities across a broad range of sectors, the Marubeni Group will apply the Environmental Management System to all the activities, services and products of the Marubeni Group, and observe the following principles it has established for environmental conservation.

  1. All business activities will be conducted in consideration of their possible impact on the environment. We will contribute in cooperation with stakeholders to the preservation of the environment and the reduction of potential environmental impacts, including efficient use of resources, prevention of pollution and taking appropriate steps to address climate change and protect biodiversity, focusing on the five themes below.
    1. (1)Compliance with international and local applicable environmental guidelines, laws and regulations, and agreed requirements;
    2. (2)Taking measures as necessary to reduce environmental impacts and prevent pollution, particularly in launching new projects and altering existing projects;
    3. (3)Facilitating resource and energy conservation (mineral resources, food and water, etc.)*1, waste reduction, green procurement, and increases in operational efficiency;*2
    4. (4)Promoting business projects, offering products and services, technical development and building social systems that help protect and improve the environment.
    5. (5)Addressing climate change, striving to minimize greenhouse gas emissions.
  2. In keeping with this Environmental Policy, the Marubeni Group’s Environmental Management System will be regularly reviewed to improve our environmental performance, fully conscious of the importance to comply with its requirements.
  3. This Environmental Policy will be shared with all Marubeni Group officers and employees, employees of the Group’s business partners, and the public.
  • “Energy conservation” in 1. (3) includes energy conservation in business facilities and logistics.
  • The Marubeni Group will conduct appropriate maintenance for “resource and energy conservation, waste reduction” and “increases in operational efficiency” in 1. (3).

Five Environmental Objectives

The Marubeni Group pursues the five objectives below in accordance with the Marubeni Group Environmental Policy in order to help to protect the environment and to reduce the environmental impact caused by its business activities.

  • Thoroughly implement environmental considerations when promoting projects
  • Expand initiatives with business partners who consider environmental aspects
  • Promote environmental consideration among Group companies
  • Promote environmental businesses
  • Conserve energy and natural resources, and reduce waste

Policy on Mine Closures

The Marubeni Group understands the importance of reducing the impact on the environment and surrounding communities when closing down mines. We use a local business entity to communicate with local communities and other stakeholders from the project planning stage, formulate a mine closure plan, conduct an environmental impact assessment, obtain environment-related authorizations from regulatory agencies, carry out various types of monitoring necessary for maintaining those authorizations, and strive to minimize the social and environmental impact when the mine is decommissioned. We also start the necessary rehabilitation before mine closure to lessen the environmental impact after the mine closes.

Targets

Establishment of Environmental Targets

At the beginning of each fiscal year, Marubeni uses an Environmental Plan/Check Sheet to identify the issues specific to each business group with regard to environmental risk management, Group company administration, promotion of environmental business, conservation of energy and resource, prevention of pollution, and other such matters. Marubeni then establishes environmental targets for each business group and works towards achieving them.

Structures and Systems

The Marubeni Group promotes environmental considerations in its own business operations under the leadership of the Environment Committee chaired by the Chief Sustainable Development Officer. The Marubeni Group Environmental Policy was established in 1998 as the embodiment of the Marubeni Group's firm commitment to environmental conservation.

Environmental Management System (ISO 14001)

Marubeni has introduced an environmental management system (EMS) based on ISO 14001 as a tool to assist all employees in addressing environmental issues based on a common understanding. The PDCA cycle is used in our EMS to promote continuous improvement through planning, implementation, operation, inspection, and management review of our environmental initiatives.
Based on the survey for FYE 3/2023 (as of October 2022), the status of Marubeni Group's acquisition of ISO 14001 environmental management system is as follows:
- From a total of 463 companies in the Marubeni Group, 60 companies have acquired ISO 14001 certification (including Marubeni Corporation)

The Marubeni Group Multi-site Certificated Subsidiaries

The Marubeni Group in this Policy includes Marubeni Corporation and the subsidiaries listed below:

  • Marubeni Corporation
  • Yamaboshiya Co., Ltd.
  • Marubeni Information Systems Co., Ltd.
  • Marubeni Chemix Corporation
  • Marubeni Plax Corporation
  • Marubeni Paper Recycle Co., Ltd.
  • Marubeni Forest LinX Co., Ltd.
  • Marubeni Power & Infrastructure Systems Corporation
  • Marubeni Service Corporation
  • Marubeni Real Estate Management Co., Ltd.

We shall publish the Marubeni Group Multi-site Certificated Subsidiaries list together with the Marubeni Group Environmental Policy at all times.

Initiatives

Assessment of Environmental Performance

Inspection

Each group at Marubeni formulates environmental action plans at the beginning of each fiscal year and self-checks its progress against the plan in September and February using the Environmental Plan/Check Sheet.

External Audits

Our performance for ISO 14001 is subject to audits every year by Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance Limited (LRQA). Marubeni has continuously been certified in FYE 3/2022.

■ Flow of LRQA external audits
ISO 14001 certification expires in three years. We undergo ISO certificate renewal once every three years to confirm that the management system has been maintained within the effective period.

Internal Audits

Internal environmental audits are conducted every year based on ISO 14001. In FYE 3/2022, audits were conducted on all Business Groups, Next Generation Business Development Division, General Affairs Dept., and four branches (Osaka, Chubu, Hokkaido, Kyushu).
The Sustainability Management Department forms an internal audit team, and personnel who have a qualification of internal auditor verify whether the Company's environmental management system is properly operated through interviews and other appropriate means with personnel in each group, department, or branch. In addition to legal compliance with environment-related laws and regulations, we strive to prevent environmental risks by multifaceted analysis on various aspects, such as the management at the point of change in each business.

Compliance with Environmental Laws and Regulations

Each department at Marubeni and subsidiaries list applicable environmental laws, regulations, standards, and rules, and perform periodic reviews to ensure compliance with the regulatory requirements.
During FYE 3/2022, Marubeni conducted an assessment to determine whether its 94 departments and 127 Marubeni Group companies were in compliance with the Waste Management and Public Cleansing Act.
Marubeni also conducted an e-learning training program on the Waste Management and Public Cleansing Act for all employees, including temporary employees. At the same time, seminars were held on the same topic at the Tokyo Head Office and major domestic branches (Osaka, Chubu, Hokkaido and Kyushu), where outside experts provided pertinent guidelines and information. 619 Marubeni Group employees in total participated in the training program. Likewise, the corresponding groups conducted more practical and hands-on forms of training.
As a result of these and other initiatives, there were no serious violations of environmental laws or regulations by the Marubeni Group in FYE 3/2022.

Environmental Education and Training

Marubeni provides environmental education to its employees to help raise their awareness of relevant issues. In FYE 3/2022, Marubeni not only distributed materials to relevant personnel under the name of “environmental training,” but also organized a variety of programs, including environmental training designed for new employees. Other specific programs include: the Environmental Officers e-learning Training Program and the ISO 14001 Internal Environmental Auditors Training Program.

Environmental Training Programs and Seminars in FYE 3/2022
Training Program/Seminar Number of Participants
ISO 14001 Internal Environmental Auditors Training Program (Tokyo, Osaka) 46
Seminar on the Waste Management and Public Cleansing Act (Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Hokkaido, Kyushu) 619
Training on the Waste Management and Public Cleansing Act (e-learning) 1,742
Group-Specific Training on the Waste Management and Public Cleansing Act 352

Environmental Assessment of Development Projects and Financing/Investment

From FYE 3/2021, we introduced a sustainability assessment tool to identify and assess different kinds of sustainability risks, not only environmental risks but also social risks such as occupational health and safety and human rights.

Promoting Environmental Consideration at Marubeni Group Companies

In an effort to reduce the environmental impact of our overall business operations, Marubeni Group companies are encouraged to support and join environmental conservation activities, which are designed in line with the Marubeni Group Environmental Policy. We also monitor their ISO 14001 status, emergency response measures, and environmental management systems.
In addition, Marubeni Group companies are asked to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements and develop contingency plans for emergencies.

Sustainability Data Survey

Aiming to reduce the environmental impact of its operations across the Group, the Marubeni Group conducts a survey-based annual review of Marubeni Group companies' environmental performance.
This detailed assessment includes identification and status confirmation of elements within our operations that impact the environment, applicable environmental laws and regulations, emergency response measures, and environmental problems.

Energy Conservation, Natural Resource Conservation, and Waste Reduction Activities

Marubeni is working for climate change measures in accordance with the policies of Keidanren's Commitment to a Low Carbon Society. The Company set the numerical targets to reduce energy usage (electricity and gas) by 10% or more at the Tokyo Head Office by FYE 3/2026 compared to FYE 3/2016. To achieve the numerical targets, the Company carries out initiatives such as introduction of energy-saving equipment, etc.
The targets for its energy conservation, natural resource conservation, and waste reduction efforts to be achieved by FYE 3/2026 and results in FYE 3/2021, are shown below.

Results in FYE 3/2021
  Numerical Targets in the FYE 3/2021 Results in the FYE 3/2021
(1)Energy Consumption at Tokyo Head Office and Osaka Branch Reduce energy usage (electricity and gas) by 10.5% compared to FYE 3/2010 73.4% decrease from FYE 3/2010
(2)Waste Generation at Tokyo Head Office Reduce waste generation by 30% compared to FYE 3/2011 98.1% decrease from FYE 3/2011
(3)Waste Recycling Rate at Tokyo Head Office Achieve a waste recycling rate of 90% or more 39.5%
(4)Water Consumption at Tokyo Head Office Reduce water consumption by 3% compared to FYE 3/2011 96.9% decrease from FYE 3/2011

After setting target values, Marubeni Corporation, Osaka Branch moved in July, 2015, and the Tokyo Head Office moved to a temporary location in September, 2016 (due to the reconstruction of the permanent headquarters). At the Tokyo Head Office (for the period beginning in FYE 3/2018 until relocation in 2021), goals commensurate with management methods at its temporary location have been set for waste generation, recycling rate and energy consumption, and efforts were made to reduce energy usage, recycle more, and waste less.

Water Consumption includes Tap Water only.

Targets to be Achieved by FYE 3/2026
  Targets in the FYE 3/2026 Results in the FYE 3/2022
(1) Energy Consumption at Tokyo Head Office Yearly targets: reduce annual average by 1% or more
Targets in the FYE 3/2026: Reduce energy usage by 10% or more compared to FYE 3/2016
22.7% decrease from FYE 3/2016
(2) Waste Generation at Tokyo Head Office 50% or more decrease from FYE 3/2016 43.9% decrease from FYE 3/2016
(3) Waste Recycling Rate at Tokyo Head Office 70% or more 79.4%
(4) Water Consumption at Tokyo Head Office 50% decrease from FYE 3/2016 66.1% decrease from FYE 3/2016

Tokyo Head Office is relocated from Nihonbashi to Takebashi new building in May 2021.

Water Consumption includes Tap Water only.

Environmental Protection at the Tokyo Head Office and Tama Center

Marubeni is taking steps to address the Carbon Reduction Reporting Program based on the Tokyo Metropolitan Ordinance on Environmental Preservation.

Tokyo Head Office
Marubeni had submitted plans to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government describing its measures to reduce CO2 emissions volume of the Tokyo Head Office by approximately 17% from the reference value (average emissions from April 2002 to March 2005) during the five years from April 2015 to March 2020. However, from FYE 3/2017, Marubeni has not submitted Carbon Reduction Reports after moving the Tokyo Head Office to a temporary location in Nihonbashi in September 2016 (due to the reconstruction of its permanent headquarters) and has submitted Carbon Reduction Reports of Specified Tenants, etc. to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government through the building owner of its temporary location.
Due to the relocation of Tokyo Head Office submission of Carbon Reduction Report of Specified Tenants, etc. is not required for FYE 3/2021. In FYE 3/2022, the emissions volume in Nihonbashi was 388 metric tons of CO2, the emissions volume in Tokyo Head Office was 3,189 metric tons of CO2, total emissions volume was 3,577 metric tons of CO2, a decrease of approximately 48 % compared to the reference value (the emissions volume was calculated based on estimated reference value of 6,909 metric tons of CO2.)
In conjunction with the completion of the new Head Office in February 2021, Marubeni plans to submit the Carbon Reduction Reports starting from FYE 3/2023 to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.

Tokyo Head Office: Past Submissions of Carbon Reduction Reports
Covering FYE 3/2011-FYE 3/2015 Submitted in November 2011
Covering FYE 3/2011-FYE 3/2015 Submitted in November 2012
Covering FYE 3/2011-FYE 3/2015 Submitted in November 2013
Covering FYE 3/2011-FYE 3/2015 Submitted in November 2014
Covering FYE 3/2011-FYE 3/2015 Submitted in November 2015

Marubeni plans to submit the Carbon Reduction Reports starting from FYE 3/2023 to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.

Tokyo Head Office: Past Submissions of Carbon Reduction Reports of Specified Tenants, etc.
Covering FYE 3/2016-FYE 3/2020 Submitted in October 2017
Covering FYE 3/2016-FYE 3/2020 Submitted in October 2018
Covering FYE 3/2016-FYE 3/2020 Submitted in October 2019
Covering FYE 3/2016-FYE 3/2020 Submitted in November 2020

Tama Center
Marubeni submits plans to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government describing its measures to reduce the CO2 emissions volume of the Tama Center, a training center managed by the Tokyo Head Office, by approximately 27% from the reference value (average emissions from April 2005 to March 2008) during the five years from April 2020 to March 2025.
The emissions volume in FYE 3/2022 was 2,437 metric tons of CO2, a decrease of approximately 80% compared to the reference value (the emissions volume was calculated based on estimated reference value of 11,831 metric tons of CO2.)

Tama Center: Past Submissions of Carbon Reduction Reports
Covering FYE 3/2011-FYE 3/2015 Submitted in November 2011
Covering FYE 3/2011-FYE 3/2015 Submitted in November 2012
Covering FYE 3/2011-FYE 3/2015 Submitted in November 2013
Covering FYE 3/2011-FYE 3/2015 Submitted in November 2014
Covering FYE 3/2011-FYE 3/2015 Submitted in November 2015
Covering FYE 3/2016-FYE 3/2020 Submitted in November 2016
Covering FYE 3/2016-FYE 3/2020 Submitted in November 2017
Covering FYE 3/2016-FYE 3/2020 Submitted in November 2018
Covering FYE 3/2016-FYE 3/2020 Submitted in November 2019
Covering FYE 3/2016-FYE 3/2020 Submitted in September 2020
Covering FYE 3/2021-FYE 3/2025 Submitted in November 2021

Data

Environmental Management System/Number of Reported Cases/Corrective Actions

We have an established system to report/correct cases related to administrative guidance and non-compliance with laws/ordinances in the operation of the Environment Management System. The measures are taken to prevent recurrence.

Number of Reported Cases/Corrective Actions
  FYE 3/2022
Number of reported cases 7
Number of corrective actions 7 (of which 1 includes fines/penalties)
Total fines JPY 0.5 million

Environmental Protection Costs

Environmental protection costs for Marubeni’s five principal offices (Tokyo Head Office and Hokkaido, Chubu, Osaka and Kyushu branches) for FYE 3/2021 are shown below.

Environmental Accounting for FYE 3/2021* (thousands of yen)
Business area cost 2,246
Upstream/Downstream cost 6,339
Administration cost 287,559
R&D cost 0
Social activity cost 7,314
Environmental remediation cost 8,800
Total 312,258

Aggregate data based on the Ministry of the Environment’s Environmental Accounting Guidelines 2005

Waste Generated

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  • (Unit: metric ton)
  FYE 3/2018 FYE 3/2019 FYE 3/2020 FYE 3/2021 FYE 3/2022
Marubeni Corporation’s principal offices 6 8 39 4 343
Marubeni Corporation's other offices
+ consolidated subsidiaries
99,526 115,759 148,154 119,015 174,641
Total 99,531 115,767 148,192 119,019 174,984
  • Materials with resale or reuse value are not included.
  • From FYE 3/2022, the amount of waste includes the waste generated by a containerboard base paper manufacturing company in Vietnam. The amount of waste generated by the company is 52,479 metric tons.
  • In FYE 3/2022, the amount of recycling included in the total waste generated by Marubeni Corporation and consolidated subsidiaries is 26,070 metric tons.

Specially Controlled Industrial Waste Output

As a single entity, Marubeni Corporation monitors and reports our output of specially controlled industrial waste defined in the Waste Management and Public Cleansing Act. This includes PCB waste etc., such as PCB contaminant and processed PCB, which we dispose in sequence within the legal disposal period.

Specially Controlled Industrial Waste Output (unit: metric ton)
FYE 3/2022 0
FYE 3/2021 0
FYE 3/2020 0
FYE 3/2019 0
FYE 3/2018 0

Our domestic subsidiaries monitor and report the appropriate amount according to the Waste Management and Public Cleansing Act.

Costs for Industrial Waste

  • (Unit: thousands of yen)
  FYE 3/2019 FYE 3/2020 FYE 3/2021 FYE 3/2022
Tokyo Head Office 2,220 3,652 1,921 16,480

Target and Results for Serious Environmental Incidents* including Pollution

  • (Unit: case)
  FYE 3/2019 FYE 3/2020 FYE 3/2021 FYE 3/2022 Target
Serious Environmental Incidents 0 0 0 0 0

Includes Marubeni Corporation and its consolidated subsidiaries.

Marubeni Corporation’s Emission Volumes

  • (Unit: metric ton)
  FYE 3/2019 FYE 3/2020 FYE 3/2021 FYE 3/2022
NOx 0 0 0 0
SOx 0 0 0 0
VOC 0 0 0 0
  • Data on emission volumes of major consolidated subsidiaries for FYE 3/2022 is as follows:
    NOx: 1,278 metric tons, SOx: 233 metric tons, VOC: 22 metric tons
  • In FYE 3/2022, the emission volume of particulates to air by Marubeni Corporation was 1.87 tons.
  • Marubeni Corporation does not have any emissions of mercury to air, or chromium to land.

Paper Consumption (A4 paper sheet equivalent)

  • (Unit: thousand sheets)
  FYE 3/2018 FYE 3/2019 FYE 3/2020 FYE 3/2021 FYE 3/2022
Paper Consumption of Marubeni Corporation's principal offices (A4 paper sheet equivalent) 27,896 25,215 22,210 10,344 11,900

Recycling Rate

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  • (Unit: %)
  FYE 3/2018 FYE 3/2019 FYE 3/2020 FYE 3/2021 FYE 3/2022
Recycling Rate of Marubeni Corporation's principal offices 89.8 83.6 41.8 61.7 78.9
  • FYE 3/2020 includes an increase in waste due to large-scale layout work at the Osaka Branch.

Green Product Procurement Rate

  • (Unit: %)
  FYE 3/2018 FYE 3/2019 FYE 3/2020 FYE 3/2021 FYE 3/2022
Green Product Procurement Rate of
Marubeni Corporation's principal offices
86.8 90.6 91.2 83.1 75.2
  • 【The boundary of the environmental data】
  • Marubeni Corporation’s principal offices
    Until FYE 3/2019, we cover six main branches (Tokyo Head Office, Hokkaido Branch, Chubu Branch, Osaka Branch, Kyushu Branch, and Shizuoka Branch), but from FYE 3/2020, we cover five main branches (Tokyo Head Office, Hokkaido Branch, Chubu Branch, Osaka Branch, and Kyushu Branch).
  • Marubeni Corporation (excluding principal offices)
    Excluding Marubeni Corporation’s principal offices, we cover domestic branches and offices, other facilities such as Tama Center, overseas branches and offices, and overseas corporate subsidiaries including their branches and offices.
  • Domestic offices of Marubeni Corporation
    We cover Marubeni Corporation's principal offices, Tohoku Branch, Shizuoka Branch, Hamamatsu Branch, Hokuriku Branch, Chugoku Branch, Okinawa Branch, and Tama Center.
  • Consolidated subsidiaries
    The subsidiaries that are designated to be liquidated or sold are excluded.
    From FYE 3/2019, grain collection and exporting company based in the northern United States is included.
    From FYE 3/2020, GHG emissions, energy consumption, and water withdrawal figures and from FYE 3/2021, water discharge figures include agricultural material sales company based in the southeastern United States (waste generated does not include it).
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