The basis of “the Meiji Group’s Approach to CSR” is to fulfill corporate social responsibility (CSR) by putting the Group Philosophy into practice on a day-to-day basis in mainstay businesses and by remaining a corporate group society needs. Each Meiji Group employee will advance activities based on the Corporate Behavior Charter to meet stakeholders’ expectations and continue fulfilling social responsibilities.
Our promise and commitment for the 2026 Vision
We will combine the strengths, the Meiji Group has cultivated over the past 100 years, with the latest technology and new findings. Thus we create innovative ways to meet our customers' needs with food and health and grow in Japan and around the world sustainably.
As Food and Health professionals, we contribute to addressing social issues through our business activities, and to realizing a sustainable society for people to live healthy, peaceful lives.
The Meiji Group has created the Meiji Group CSR 2026 Vision. This was designed to embody “Social contributions”, which is a key strategy in the Meiji Group 2026 Vision. The CSR vision identifies activities that the Meiji Group should embrace over the long term. We have set KPIs so that the Group CSR Committee can monitor our progress and disclose information.
The Meiji Group CSR 2026 Vision is broken down into three themes: “Healthier Lives”, “Caring for the Earth” and “A Richer Society”. We established specific areas of activities under each theme. Based on this framework, shown in the figure, we promote CSR activities that are developed in the Meiji way to fulfill our corporate responsibilities.
We identified the materiality and set the KPIs as indicated below in the CSR 2026 Vision. By achieving these performance indicators, we will help solve issues in society and also improve our corporate value.
The CSR 2026 Vision is based on two solid foundations focusing on three important themes. Its approach is easy-to-understand and its content is attractive. A “Low-carbon society” is the one area that should be revised quickly. With the international community heading toward “de-carbonization”, I believe that a long-term vision is needed to cover changing the power at least used in manufacturing and operation to 100% renewable energy.
In the age of SDGs, I think that it is well-timed that the Group set up the new CSR 2026 Vision focusing on addressing social issues. I expect that the Group will continue to disclose information as the Group achieves success through its business.
The Meiji Group CSR Committee comprises senior officers from Meiji Holdings Co., Ltd., Meiji Co., Ltd., Meiji Seika Pharma Co., Ltd., and KM Biologics Co., Ltd. It also includes CSR affiliates from each company. The committee is chaired by the president of Meiji Holdings, and vice-chaired by the presidents of Meiji, Meiji Seika Pharma and KM Biologics. The committee promotes CSR management for the entire Group.
The committee is tasked with preparing the Group's basic CSR policies, monitoring the progress of activities at individual companies, and providing guidance and support in regards to relevant issues. The committee meets three times a year. The committee's discussions are based on the Meiji Group's System of Principles and Stakeholder Policy, and reflect ISO 26000 international standards for corporate social responsibility. A CSR Secretariat has also been established underneath the Group CSR Committee. The secretariat holds monthly meetings that aim to improve CSR through the sharing of information. The secretariat consists of CSR staffs from each department at Meiji Holdings as well as from the three major operating companies.
The Meiji Group CSR Committee’s discussions are based on Sustainable Development Goals, which include issues such as climate change and sustainable procurement. The CSR secretariat holds monthly meetings that aim to improve CSR through the sharing of information. The CSR secretariat informs the board of directors about the group CSR activities twice a year.
The Group CSR Committee holds workshops with outside professionals. We invited Mr. Hiroshi Tomita, the manager of Cre-en Inc., to a workshop in July 2017. Mr. Tomita gave a seminar about applying Sustainable Development Goals towards business.
We invited Mr. Tsuneo Oba, executive director of Global Compact Network Japan, and Mr. Hiroshi Tomita to a workshop in July 2018. Mr. Tsuneo Oba gave a seminar about Global Compact.
The Meiji Group strives to keep employees informed about our CSR system and activities. Each edition of our internal company magazines includes important CSR information for domestic and overseas employees, such as recent CSR activity news, special features on relevant topics, and policies. We have published internal company magazine "Meiji Journal" in English and Chinese biannually.
Starting from August 2018, Meiji Group issues the Integrated Report and replace the Annual Report that has been issued up until now. This Sustainability web site complements the Integrated Report, introducing various activities contributing to the sustainability of the world.
This report covers the activities of the Meiji Group, comprising, unless otherwise noted, Meiji Holdings Co., Ltd., Meiji Co., Ltd., Meiji Seika Pharma Co., Ltd., and KM Biologics Co., Ltd., and these Group companies.
Fiscal Year End March 2018 (April 1, 2017-March 31, 2018)
Some qualitative information includes performance of FYE March 2019.