CSR Management

CSR of the Fuji Oil Group

Basic Concept of CSR

The Fuji Oil Group’s CSR is to continue to fulfill the mission of the Group Management Philosophy: "The Fuji Oil Group seeks to develop the potential of food ingredients. We will contribute to the happiness and wellbeing of the people by offering delicious and healthy food." Recognizing that a company is a social entity, we believe that CSR entails contributing to society through our business activities and use the following three points as guidelines for our activities to promote CSR.

Three guidelines for CSR promotion

  • Strategic activities Contribute to resolving social issues through businesses and products.
  • Basic activities Reduce and rectify the adverse impacts on society of doing business.
  • Communication with society Communicate in good faith with stakeholders.
The Fuji Oil Group has agreed to and signed the UN Global Compact.

The Fuji Oil Group signed the United Nations Global Compact in January 2013. We are contributing to improving the sustainability not only of our group but also of the entire society by practicing the ten principles in the four areas of human rights, labor standards, the environment, and anti-corruption.

Our Commitment to Respecting Human Rights

The Fuji Oil Group has expressed the core value of "Work for people" in its Group Management Philosophy. This means that thinking from the position of people who could be affected as we conduct our business is the very spirit of respecting human rights. Our participation in the 2016 United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights and dialogue with our stakeholders gave us the opportunity to reformulate our way of thinking about human rights, and in April 2017 we announced the Fuji Oil Group Human Rights Policy.

Fuji Oil Group Human Rights Policy

Basic Policy on Human Rights

Under the Fuji Oil Group Management Philosophy, Fuji Oil Group strives for realizing sustainable development in harmony with society by contributing to society through our core business while interactively communicating with stakeholders. In accordance with "Work for people," one of the core values expressed in our Group Management Philosophy, we recognize our responsibility for respecting the human rights of people potentially affected by our business, and are committed to fulfilling this responsibility.

Fuji Oil Group supports and respects the International Bill of Human Rights (the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the two International Human Rights Covenants), and the International Labour Organization’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. We are committed to fulfilling our responsibility to respect human rights by implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

Implementation of the Responsibility to Respect Human Rights

  • Fuji Oil Group will develop and implement an ongoing human rights due diligence process. Through the due diligence process, we will identify actual or potential adverse human rights impacts that we may be involved in through our business, implement appropriate preventive or mitigation measures, and track and communicate progress and results in a continuous manner.
  • Should it become clear that any of our Group’s business activities cause or contribute to an adverse human rights impact, or are involved in an adverse human rights impact as a result of our business relationships, Fuji Oil Group will provide for a remedy through a process based on internationally recognized standards.
  • Fuji Oil Group will comply with the laws and regulations of countries and regions where it operates. Where there is a conflict between national laws/regulations and internationally recognized human rights standards, we will seek ways to respect international human rights to the maximum extent possible.
  • Fuji Oil Group will integrate dialogue and consultation with relevant stakeholders and external human rights experts into the implementation process of Fuji Oil Group Human Rights Policy (hereafter: this policy).
  • Fuji Oil Group will identify clearly responsibilities for implementation and execution of this policy, and supervise its progress and status.
  • Fuji Oil Group will provide appropriate training and education for full integration and effective implementation of this policy through all of the Group’s operations.

Scope of Application

This policy applies to all employees and executives of Fuji Oil Group. Our Group will also encourage all of our business partners and suppliers to support this policy and promote respect for human rights.

Fuji Oil Group Human Rights Policy

Human rights due diligence

The Fuji Oil Group has started to conduct human rights due diligence as a way of fulfilling its human rights responsibilities. In FY 2016, we conducted a human rights impact assessment to identify and evaluate the adverse impacts on human rights involved with our business activities and to identify key issues for priority handling. In the process of implementing the assessment, we gained insight not only from the involvement of related internal departments but also from Verisk Maplecroft and Caux Round Table Japan as external experts. As a result, we identified salient human rights issues that are human rights at risk of the most severe negative impact therefore to be addressed as high priority. Based on the findings, we will carry out education on human rights, promote sustainable procurement, and establish a grievance mechanism and other measures while consulting with and receiving evaluation from experts.

Announcement of the Fuji Oil Group Health Management Declaration

In the Fuji Oil Group Management Philosophy, we set forth our Vision of contributing to society by offering delicious and healthy foods. Employees are the source of value creation for the Fuji Oil Group, and we believe that this Vision can be realized only if each and every employee is healthy. In January 2017, we announced the Fuji Oil Group Health Management Declaration, which states that we will proactively engage ourselves in health management. Based on this declaration, we will take actions to support our employees in sustaining and improving their health in such areas as prevention of lifestyle-related illness and mental health problems.

Human rights due diligence overview

「Impact assessment」(Identification and analysis of potential adverse impacts relating to human rights)
						「Action for appropriate handling」 (Activities to reduce or prevent adverse impact on human rights) 「Evaluation」(Tracking and evaluation of appropriateness of handling) 「Progress report」(Continuous disclosure of information to stakeholders)

Results of human rights impact assessment

Risks for priority handling
Risk of the occurrence of problems relating to forced labor, human trafficking, occupational safety and health, appropriate wages, working hours, freedom of association and collective bargaining, particularly with respect to contract or temporary laborers used at overseas group companies in Southeast Asia, China and Africa
Risk of violations of the human rights of laborers in areas including working hours, appropriate wages, occupational safety and health, workplace discrimination, freedom of association and collective bargaining, forced labor and human trafficking at joint venture companies that are not substantially under the control of Fuji Oil Holdings or recently acquired group companies
Risk of unintentional violations of the human rights of laborers in areas including working hours and workplace discrimination, particularly at overseas group companies in Southeast Asia and China
Risk of human rights violations in areas including human trafficking, forced labor, child labor, appropriate wages, long working hours and seizure of land in the upstream portion of the palm oil supply chain
Risk of human rights violations in areas including child labor, forced labor, human trafficking, appropriate wages and long working hours in the upstream portion of the cacao supply chain
Risk that the Fuji Oil Group Human Rights Policy will not be reflected at an operational level in employee behavior due to absence of human rights training
Risk of inability to accept and handle complaints from laborers at suppliers and from local residents (absence of grievance mechanism)

Stakeholder Engagement

In promoting CSR, the Fuji Oil Group emphasizes interactive communication with stakeholders.

Dialogue with experts for CSR promotion

Dialogue with experts for CSR promotion

In September 2016, we engaged in a dialogue with experts to receive advice on our future CSR activities. Puvan J. Selvanathan, CEO of Bluenumber Foundation, and Thomas Thomas, CEO of ASEAN CSR Network, participated as experts in the field of sustainability with regard to conditions in the palm oil industry and Southeast Asia, where most palm oil is produced. We exchanged opinions on our CSR activities, particularly on sustainable procurement initiatives.

Advice on business and human rights

The experts praised our sincere stance on sustainability and provided advice on "Locally (plantation)-based sustainable procurement." Human rights problems at plantations for palm oil, which we handle as a core raw material, are an important issue for the industry, and the experts emphasized the importance of listening to the opinions of plantation laborers for activities rooted in the locale (plantation) in our promotion of sustainable procurement. This opinion coincides with the core value of "Work for people" in the Management Philosophy, and we stated that we will work to realize co-creation of value locally.

Action following the dialogue with experts

To use the advice received through this dialogue in CSR promotion, since October 2016 we have incorporated social trends regarding business and human rights into our activities. Specifically, we have established the Fuji Oil Group Human Rights Policy (April 2017) and started human rights due diligence.

We will continue striving to live up to society’s expectations and demands in order to realize locally (plantation) based sustainable procurement in line with our core value of "Work for people."

Dialogue participants

  • ●Experts

    • Puvan J. Selvanathan
    • Puvan J. Selvanathan

      CEO, Bluenumber Foundation

    • Thomas Thomas
    • Thomas Thomas

      CEO, ASEAN CSR Network

  • ●Fuji Oil Holdings Inc.

    Hiroshi Shimizu, President and CEO
    Tomoki Matsumoto, Director and Managing Executive Officer, CFO
    Hiroshi Shinano, Executive Officer
    Toshio Shikata, Senior Manager, CSR and Risk Management Group
    Haruka Yamada, CSR and Risk Management Group

    ●Moderators: Caux Round Table Japan

    Hiroshi Ishida, Executive Director
    Sayaho Noda, Director

Global Issues and Six Priority Themes

Global issues seen from the perspective of the Sustainable Development Goals

In September 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were unanimously adopted by the 193 member states of the United Nations at the Sustainable Development Summit held at the UN Headquarters. The SDGs comprise 17 goals with 169 targets to be achieved on a global scale by 2030. The 17 goals, which have been chosen by more than seven million representatives from a wide range of sectors constituting society, can be seen as a microcosm of global issues. To achieve the SDGs for the sake of everyone on the planet by 2030, every sector around the world must take action.

The 17 SDGs


Six priority themes to contribute to society through business activities

The Fuji Oil Group aims to contribute to society through business activities. After closely examining and classifying what we can do through our business activities to help achieve the SDGs, which are a microcosm of global issues, we have decided to focus on the following six priority themes. In this way, we seek to contribute to society and the resolution of global-scale issues.

Six priority themes


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