CSR Management

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.

Meiji Group 2026 Vision

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.

Approach

Key Strategies

Meiji Group CSR 2026 Vision

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.

Creating our Vision

  1. STEP 1Identify issues and select activities
    Select activities tailored for the Meiji Group considering business initiatives, community requests and sustainable development goals (SDGs).
  2. STEP 2Identify materiality and set the KPIs
    Set the KPIs. Confer with experts outside of the company regarding the selected activities, identify materiality (material issues).
  3. STEP 3Obtain approval from management
    CSR secretariat and the Group CSR Committee discusses, and the Board of Directors makes a decision.

Outline of Vision

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.

Materiality and KPIs

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.

Feedback from Experts

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.

一般社団法人NELIS共同代表 リーダーシップ・アカデミーTACL代表 ピーターD.ピーダーセン 氏
Mr. Peter David Pedersen
Co-founder, NELIS
Director, TACL
Co-founder, E-Square Inc.

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.

ロイドレジスタージャパン株式会社 取締役 冨田 秀実 氏
Mr. Hidemi Tomita
Director, Lloyd’s Register Japan K.K.

Group CSR System

Approach

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.

CSR Promotion

Approach

Holding Workshops with Experts

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.

Mr. Hiroshi Tomita's seminar

Informing Employees

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.

Our internal company magazine for domestic employees
Our internal company magazine “Meiji Journal” for overseas employees

Editorial Policy

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.

Scope and Boundary of Reporting

Organizational Scope

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.

Period Covered

Fiscal Year End March 2018 (April 1, 2017-March 31, 2018)
Some qualitative information includes performance of FYE March 2019.

Guidelines Referenced

  • ・GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards in 2016
  • ・Environment Reporting Guidelines (2012) by the Ministry of the Environment of Japan
  • ・ISO26000

Issuance period

Issued on: October 1, 2018
Next scheduled for issue in October 2019

For further information, please contact

Meiji Holdings Co., Ltd.
PR & IR Department
2-4-16, Kyobashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0031, Japan