Based on the Morinaga Group Procurement Policy, we intend to contribute to the realization of a sustainable society by building transparent, fair and equitable relationships with our business partners, and cooperating with them to conduct socially-responsible and environment-friendly procurement activities.
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: May 2018)
100% for cacao beans, palm oil, and paper*1
*1Group consolidated. Paper covers product packaging only.
Raw materials for products of Morinaga & Co., Ltd. sold in Japan
• Cacao beans Switch to 100% of cacao beans from sustainable sources by FY2026/3
• Palm oil Switch to 100% of palm oil from sustainable sources by FY2024/3
• Paper Switch to 100% of paper from sustainable sources by FY2023/3*2
*2Paper covers product packaging only.
|Results for FY2022/3
|Single Month Results for March 2022
※Scope: Morinaga products in Japan. Paper covers product packaging only.
Cacao beans, a key raw material for chocolate, are associated with a range of social issues including poor working conditions of cacao farmers, poverty, child labor, and global warming due to deforestation. During the fiscal year ending March 31, 2021, the Morinaga Group started using certified cacao beans (Cocoa Horizons*1*2-certified cacao supplied by the Barry Callebaut Group) in some of its chocolate products.
We work to understand the realities of cacao farmers by such means as having directors in charge visit cacao sapling farms.
In order to deliver high quality chocolate to our customers, we are particular about the taste and aroma of the cacao beans used as raw materials.
At times, our researchers interact with partners in producing regions to jointly develop high-quality cacao beans. In Vietnam, for example, we worked with the partners, including farmers, to pursue optimal quality control and fermentation conditions for cacao beans, leading to quality improvement and stable income for farmers.
Interacting with the production partners
in front of the cacao pods
Ensuring the quality with the partners
Drying cacao beans on the equipment
donated by Morinaga & Co., Ltd.
The One Chocolate for One Smile project is aimed at aiding the activities to improve the educational environment for children in cacao-producing countries, using revenues from the sale of our chocolate products subject to the project (such as Dars). In addition to our year-round donation effort, we donate one yen per eligible chocolate product sold during the designated months. Since 2008, the total amount exceeded 200 million yen in ten years.
In cooperation with NGOs, we are working to support education and the eradication of child labor in cacao-producing countries.
Children in Ghana enjoying school meals provided by the support program
Morinaga supports the activities of the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF)—which promotes various programs aimed at providing technical guidance and educational support for cacao farmers, as well as realizing societies without child labor, and provide support for cacao-producing countries through our activities as a WCF member.
Providing technical guidance to cacao farmers
The Morinaga Group endorses the Action Plan to Eliminate Child Labour in the Cocoa Industry, a cacao industry issue promoted by Platform for Sustainable Cocoa in Developing Countries, for which the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) serves as the secretariat. This platform is a place where Japanese companies, non governmental organisations (NGO), and other organizations related to the cacao industry collaborate to solve issues facing the industry such as farmer poverty, deforestation, and child labor. The goal is to realize a sustainable cacao industry. By using the Action Plan to Eliminate Child Labour in the Cocoa Industry as a practical guidance for understanding, preventing, and reducing child labor, which is one of the major issues related to business and human rights, we will increase efforts to promote human rights relateed to supply chain.
As a member of the "Sustainable Cacao Platform in Developing Countries," we will continue our efforts to resolve these issues.
Although palm oil is used in a wide range of products including processed foods and detergents, environmental destruction and human rights problems in producing regions have become social issues. Like other companies, The Morinaga Group uses palm oil in many of its products, and regards it as necessary to switch to certified palm oil (e.g., RSPO* -certified) that contributes to sustainable procurement.
Japan relies on imports for around 70 percent of the paper raw materials it uses, and the incorporation of illegal timber products into these raw materials has become an issue. The Company aims to help prevent global warming by making effective use of timber resources that are not associated with illegal logging or destruction of ecosystems, and are not harmful to the environment or local communities. To that end, it has started environmentally conscious procurement of raw materials such as FSC®*1-certified paper*2 and recycled paper.
We will also examine measures for other raw materials believed to pose new risks in the future.