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.
Message from the Officer in Charge
In recent years, we have seen a number of social issues emerging on a global-scale. Towards the solution of these issues, which include climate change, resource depletion, biodiversity loss, child labor, human rights abuses, and at a more daily-life level, food waste, the Morinaga Group established its CSR Basic Policy and CSR System Diagram to show a general direction we should pursue. Specific CSR activities have been reviewed and optimized constantly from an objective perspective, via dialogue with experts and stakeholders. Aiming at the achievement of a sustainable society in the future, we, the Morinaga Group, are committed to further contributing to society through our business practices, and engaging in CSR activities in collaboration with a number of stakeholders.
Director and Managing Executive Officer
We have established the CSR Group in the Corporate Communication Division to promote CSR activities in collaboration with other relevant divisions. We also hold meetings of the CSR Committee, which is chaired by the President, to discuss matters to work on to achieve a sustainable society from an ESG (environment, society, and governance) perspective, as part of our efforts to promote the CSR Management on a company-wide basis. In particular, in the aim of strongly promoting organizational diversity, we established the Diversity Promotion Office in April 2020, as a direct report to the President. We are working on the promotion of CSR with an organizational structure that allows quick decision-making.
In FY2021/3, management-led discussions are underway about management strategies and materiality assessments toward further integration of CSR and sustainability thinking into management.
Specifically, we are working to identify social issues surrounding the Morinaga Group and verbalize our reason for being in society (the purpose), that is, how the Group can contribute to the achievement of a sustainable society. To accomplish the purpose, we figure out significant challenges we face and set specific KPIs and actions to be taken. The details will be released when they are made available during FY2021/3 or thereafter.
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 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.