Fiscal 2021 marks the launch of the Morinaga Group’s 2030 Vision, a long-term management plan to achieve the Group’s ideals for 2030, aimed at attaining growth and greater corporate value through management based on a long-term perspective. Today, as the world faces various social issues and drastically changing conditions, calls for the establishment of a sustainable society are growing. The Morinaga Group will address these changes, basing all of our corporate activities on our mission statement, which expresses our corporate purpose: “The Morinaga Group will continue to create healthy foods that can be enjoyed beyond generations, thereby bringing smiles to the faces of people around the world now and in the future.” On this foundation we will pursue sustainable management that integrates both financial and non-financial management issues of importance toward the achievement of our 2030 Vision, which states that “The Morinaga will change into a wellness company in 2030.”
In April 2021, we established the Sustainable Management Department to serve a company-wide, cross-organizational function as part of the framework created for corporate efforts toward sustainability. We will also establish an ESG Committee chaired by the president to discuss, from the perspectives of the environment, society, and governance, agenda items that need to be addressed toward the achievement of continuous business activities and a sustainable society, and pursue sustainable management on a company-wide basis.
In 2015, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was adopted at the UN Sustainable Development Summit. The SDGs consist of 17 global common goals that should be achieved through the collaboration of the entire international community by 2030. We, the Morinaga Group, are committed to achieve the SDGs goals through business activities to contribute to the realization of a sustainable society.
In accordance with the MORINAGA Group’s vision of “Delicious, Fun, and Healthy”, we aim to resolve various social issues and realize a sustainable society through “food”, promoting CSR activities in coordination and cooperation with stakeholders.
In accordance with the Morinaga Group’s vision of “Delicious, Fun, and Healthy”, we aim to resolve various social issues and realize a sustainable society through “food,” promoting CSR activities in coordination and cooperation with stakeholders.
As a business that delivers food to consumers, we not only pursue food safety and reliable food quality, but also provide our customers with value through food that contributes to the “Deliciousness, Fun, and Health,” for both the mind and body.
As a way to make a social contribution through products, we offer products that meet diverse needs, including products designed to support dietary habits in our busy modern days, as well as products that help people lead a healthy life. We are also facilitating communication with our customers based on the inquiries, opinions, and requests received by the Customer Service Center.
We support the healthy growth of children, who are the leaders of the future, thereby contributing to the development of the next generation.
We provide food education experiences, nature explorations, and sports experiences based on the basic principle of “aiming to nurture children’s healthy physical and mental development” through hands-on experiences.
We are considerate of the global environment and society, aiming towards the creation of a recycling society and sustainable supply chains.
We continuously improve our environmental management system through, for example, environmentally-conscious product development and initiatives to reduce CO2 emissions, promote the reduction of waste emissions and recycling, encourage the management and reduction of environmental pollutants, and preserve biodiversity.
In the aim of incorporating society’s demands and expectations for the Morinaga Group into management and steadily promoting CSR in a Group-wide manner toward the achievement of a sustainable society, we reviewed our former CSR Basic Policy and CSR System and established a new Policy and a System Diagram in FY2019/3. From FY2019/3 through FY2020/3, we held CSR training sessions for employees at the headquarters, branches, factories, and the R&D center to embed the Policy into the organization.
In conjunction with the review of the CSR Basic Policy and the CSR System, we revised our Environmental Policy, and formulated the Human Rights Policy and the Procurement Policy in FY2019/3.
To draw up the CSR Basic Principles and the CSR System Chart, we listened to the opinions of various stakeholders to thoroughly understand external demands and social challenges. We spent about a year to explore and carefully discuss how the Morinaga Group’s CSR Basic Principle should be.
In the planning process, there are roughly five steps prior to final determination: (1) Analysis of matters requested by external institutions, (2) Conducting of stakeholder surveys, (3) Holding of interviews with internal relevant divisions, (4) Holding dialogues with experts, and (5) Approval at the CSR Committee.
In light of the international guidelines related to sustainability and social issues considered important by CSR evaluation institutions, we grasped the external request items to corporations, as well as sorted through strengths and weaknesses of the Morinaga Group.
To understand stakeholders’ expectations and requests of the Morinaga Group, we implemented a questionnaire about the Morinaga Group's CSR to customers, employees, and business partners. A total of 872 people, including 240 customers, 606 employees, and 26 business partners provided various opinions.
By sorting out questionnaire results and external request items, we interviewed CSR-related divisions to organize the internal efforts and extract challenges. This helped clarify the issues to address in the future, promote the disclosure of ESG information, and make the importance of fostering the awareness of CSR within the company a shared awareness.
We asked experts for their opinions about how the Morinaga Group should promote its CSR activities. Our board members talked about the health and productivity management and brand strengths. Participants actively exchanged opinions across various areas.
By taking into the results of initiatives from step one to four and the details comprehensively, we translated the ideal CSR for the Morinaga Group into the CSR Basic Principles and the System Chart, which were officially established after approval at the CSR committee.
The Company considers its key tasks as a food manufacturer to be delivery of safe, reliable products to customers and procurement of sustainable raw materials that are not harmful to the global environment or society.
“I wish to provide delicious, highly nutritious Western confectionaries to the people of Japan.” Morinaga & Co., Ltd. was launched with this strong desire as expressed by Taichiro Morinaga, the company’s founder.
The Morinaga Group is aware of various social issues that it faces at every stage of its value chain (planning and development, procurement, production, distribution and sales, and consumption/disposal) and is promoting measures to resolve them.
Society as a whole is becoming increasingly health-conscious and there is a growing need to take proper nutrients in an easy and functional way. The Morinaga Group has been working on the development of wellness products that can help people lead a healthy and happy life.