The Morinaga Group intends to contribute to the realization of a sustainable society by formulating the Morinaga Group Procurement Policy, building equitable, fair, and transparent relationships with clients, and engaging socially and environmentally conscious procurement activities working together with the clients/business partners.
In order to realize food safety and reliability as well as a sustainable society, the Morinaga Group endeavors to build fair and equitable relationships with our business partners and carry out procurement activities that are considerate of society and the environment.
(Established in May 2018)
In May 2018, in pursuit of sustainable procurement of raw materials, the Morinaga Group established its procurement policy under the leadership of Morinaga & Co., Ltd. Based on the policy, primary responsible divisions—the Procurement Division, the Marketing Headquarters, and the CSR Group of the Corporate Communication Division—develop plans, set goals, and assess activities undertaken by the Group’s member companies. In the CSR Committee, management reviews the Group’s CSR activities and discusses its response to individual issues relating to such matters as palm oil and cacao.
Palm oil is a type of vegetable oil obtained from oil palms. Because of its easy-to-use nature and excellent keeping quality, palm oil is used in various products such as processed foods, cosmetics, and detergents. On the other hand, palm plantation areas are facing social challenges such as environmental and ecosystem destruction, child labor, and other human rights issues. As the Morinaga Group uses palm oil mainly in its soft candy, biscuit, and frozen dessert products, it considers the sourcing of palm oil as one of its key management issues.
To consider this, Morinaga & Co., Ltd. undertook an investigation in FY2020/3 on the volume of palm oil purchased and used on a product-by-product basis. Later, in October 2019, the Company joined the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil*1 (RSPO) and the Japan Sustainable Palm Oil Network*2 (JaSPON). From FY2021/3 onwards, we will increase the use of sustainable palm oil by shifting to the RSPO-certified palm oil and expanding, gradually, the scope of products that use the RSPO-certified palm oil.
The production of paper heavily depends on overseas forests, as approximately 70% of wood chips, the raw material for paper, are imported. FSC®-certified paper is defined as paper made from raw materials that: 1) came from well-managed sources; or 2) have been certified based on the assessment of whether they were sourced from forests appropriately managed and logged in an ecosystem-friendly manner to ensure environment conservation. Morinaga intends to use more FSC®-certified paper in the future.
A wide range of social issues are involved in cacao beans, the raw material for chocolate. These issues include poor working environment, child labor, poverty among cocoa farmers due to lack of appropriate skills and knowledge, and global warming (deforestation). Cacao beans are regarded as sustainable when they can contribute to sustainable procurement by solving or supporting the resolution of social issues that are causing supply shortages.
With the aim of solving social issues facing cacao-producing areas, the Morinaga Group conducted a research on the volume of cacao beans consumed in each product and has begun to use sustainable cacao beans certified by the Cocoa Horizons* in some products.
Training and support for cocoa farmers by the Cocoa Horizons Foundation
Work training after harvesting cacao beans (drying process)
Supporting potable water infrastructure for cocoa farmers
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.