Policies

Policies

The Meiji Group has established the following policies pursuant to the Meiji Group Corporate Behavior Charter.

Meiji Group Policy on Human Rights

At the Meiji Group, we recognize that all people are born free and with equal dignity and rights. We act fairly and faithfully to uphold this Policy on Human Rights in all of our business activities.

Respect for Human Rights and Prohibition of Discrimination

1. As a member of the international community, the Meiji Group respects fundamental human rights and seeks to avoid any complicity in the violation of human rights under any circumstances.
We comply with the laws and regulations of each country and region, respect local cultures, and have zero tolerance for discrimination based on ethnicity, gender, age, language, religion, nationality, disability, social origin, property, or any other personal status.

Prohibition of Forced and Child Labor

2. We do not utilize forced or child labor under any circumstances.

Prohibition of Harassment

3. We have zero tolerance for sexual, psychological or verbal harassment, or any other kind of conduct that constitutes a violation of human rights.

Safe and Healthy Workplaces

4. We strive to maintain a safe, comfortable working environment to help ensure the physical and mental health of all of our employees.

Respect for Fundamental Rights of Employees

5. We respect the fundamental rights of all of our employees. We maintain dialogue with employees in an effort to build sound relationships with them and resolve any issues that arise.

Meiji Group Policy on Occupational Health and Safety

The Meiji Group's first priority is safety. With this in mind, we ensure workplace safety.
We are committed to helping maintain and improve employees' health.

Legal and Regulatory Compliance

1. We comply with all laws and corporate rules related to occupational health and safety in the workplace.

Prevention of Work-Related Accidents

2. We identify and assess sources of danger in the workplace and reduce or eliminate risks to prevent work-related accidents.

Physical and Mental Health Maintenance

3. We provide safe, comfortable workplace environments and support employees' sound physical and mental health.

Health and Safety Education for Employees

4. We regularly offer in-house training on occupational health and safety as well as traffic accident prevention. We encourage employees to be aware of the importance of occupational health and safety.

Meiji Group Procurement Policy

At the Meiji Group, we seek to provide our customers with high-quality, safe, and secure products. We are committed to fair and transparent transactions and maintain compliance with all laws and regulations, working in cooperation with our partners to ensure that all procurement activities fulfill our social responsibilities, including those related to human rights and the environment.

Legal and Ethical Compliance

1. We comply with the laws and regulations of the countries in which we operate and engage in fair, transparent, and proper procurement activities. We fulfill the terms of our contracts with partners in good faith and appropriately manage all confidential and personal information related to procurement transactions.

Product Quality and Safety

2. In our procurement activities, we place the highest priority on quality and safety in order to bring peace of mind to everyone who selects our products.

Fair and Transparent Selection of Suppliers

3. We are committed to selecting suppliers in a fair and transparent manner. We evaluate potential suppliers based on product quality and safety, as well as price, delivery time, and their track record in providing stable supplies.

Protection of Human Rights and the Environment

4. In line with the Meiji Group Policy on Human Rights and the Meiji Group Environmental Policy, we integrate human rights and global environmental considerations in developing and executing procurement activities.

Mutual Trust and Collaboration with Suppliers

5. We work to build cooperative, trusting relationships with suppliers, thereby striving to reduce procurement-related risks, and we pursue initiatives to be of benefit to the broader society.

Cocoa Procurement Guideline

The Meiji Group procures cocoa according to the Meiji Procurement Policy, working with suppliers to engage in socially responsible activities (human rights, environment, etc.).

Scope of Application

Cocoa used in the production of consumer-use and industrial-use products.

Principles for Action

  1. We comply with the laws and regulations of cocoa-producing countries and regions, engaging in cocoa procurement via appropriate procedures.
  2. We engage in sustainable cocoa procurement in accordance with the Meiji Group producer support program (Meiji Cocoa Support) and in cooperation with the World Cocoa Foundation.
    • Ensuring labor conditions are appropriate and respect human rights (monitoring for child labor, forced labor, etc.)
    • Ensuring the preservation of environmentally important areas (ecosystems, natural forests) in cocoa-producing regions
  3. We notify suppliers that they are required to comply with the Cocoa Procurement Guideline. We take action as deemed necessary if we suspect suppliers of non-compliance.
  4. We publish an annual report on our cocoa procurement activities.
Palm Oil Procurement Guideline

The Meiji Group procures palm oil according to the Meiji Procurement Policy, working with suppliers to engage in socially responsible activities.

Scope of Application

Palm oil used in the production of consumer-use and industrial-use products.

Principles for Action

  1. We give priority to the use of certified palm oil (RSPO, ISPO, MSPO, etc.).
  2. When using non-certified palm oil, Meiji (alone or in conjunction with third parties) selects palm oil recognized as being produced in a sustainable manner, according to a. through d., below:
    • Produced in compliance with laws and regulations of the country of production.
    • Produced under labor conditions that are appropriate and respect human rights (monitoring for child labor, forced labor, etc.)
    • Produced under conditions respecting the land rights of indigenous peoples and others.
    • Produced under conditions that preserve environmentally important areas (ecosystems, natural forests) in palm oil-producing regions.
  3. We notify suppliers that they are required to comply with the Palm Oil Procurement Guideline. We take action as deemed necessary if we suspect suppliers of non-compliance.
  4. We publish an annual report about palm oil usage and certified palm oil substitutes.
Paper Procurement Guideline

The Meiji Group procures paper according to the Meiji Procurement Policy, working with suppliers to engage in socially responsible activities.

Scope of Application

  • Paper used in Meiji Group products and packaging
  • Office paper, including photocopier paper, printed matter and product brochures

Principles for Action

  1. We give priority to the use of environmentally friendly FSC*1, PEFC*2, and other forest certified and/or recycled paper.
  2. When using non-certified/non-recycled paper, Meiji (alone or in conjunction with third parties) selects paper in compliance with a. through d. below:
    • All wood used is produced in compliance with laws and regulations of the country of production.
    • Laborers involved in cutting and harvesting labor under conditions that are appropriate and respect human rights.
    • Cutting and harvesting activities respect the land rights of indigenous peoples and others.
    • Produced under conditions that preserve environmentally important areas (ecosystems, peatlands, and natural forests) in production regions.
  3. We notify suppliers that they are required to comply with the Paper Procurement Guideline. We take action as deemed necessary if we suspect suppliers of non-compliance.
  4. We publish an annual report of our environmentally friendly paper usage and related initiatives.
  • *1 FSC (Forest Stewardship Council)
  • *2 PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes)
Raw Milk Procurement Guideline

We, Meiji Group, are working on procurement of raw milk according to Meiji Group Procurement Policy, cooperating with the suppliers to engage in socially responsible activities which include human rights, environment and animal welfare.

Scope of Application

  • Raw milk used in the production of consumer-use and industrial-use dairy products.

Principles for Action

  1. We comply with the laws and regulations of raw milk-producing countries and regions, and procure raw milk produced via appropriate procedures.
  2. We contribute improvement in operating efficiency and managerial skill of the producers and engage in sustainable procurement of raw milk, in accordance with Meiji Group’s own producer management support activity and in cooperation with such producers.
  3. We believe that dairy cattle nurturing management conscious of “Five Freedoms” which are the guidelines regarding animal welfare, is both ethical and also applies to methods aimed at contributing to the development of the dairy industry. We promote combined business initiatives in cooperation with the relevant parties. That is to say, we make effort to contribute to feeding management, rearing healthy cattle, hygienic operations and operating environments.
  4. We ensure that the suppliers know about this guideline, and take actions as deemed necessary if we suspect such suppliers of non-compliance.
  5. We publish an annual report on our raw milk procurement activities.
Meiji Group Environmental Policy

Environmental Philosophy

Recognizing that our business operations originate from the bounty of nature, we, the Meiji Group, will contribute to the creation of a sustainable society. To this end, we intend to harmonize our business activities with the global environment and manage us in a way that protects the environment.

Environmental Policy

  1. Compliance with Laws and Regulations

    1. We comply strictly with environment-related laws, regulations and ordinances, stakeholder agreements, industry norms, and our voluntary standards.

  2. Continuous Improvement of Environmental Conservation Activities

    2. We improve our environmental conservation activities continually throughout our entire supply chain.

  3. Reduction of Environmental Impact

    3. We pursue energy conservation toward a decarbonization, striving to reduce emissions of CO2 and other greenhouse gases.

  4. 4. We use water effectively and manage water quality appropriately, treating this valuable and limited resource with respect.

  5. 5. We reduce waste, reuse resources, and encourage recycling throughout our product lifecycle in general and in all business activities, contributing to achieve a circular society.

  6. Biodiversity Conservation

    6. We pursue biodiversity conservation by protecting ecosystems based on a global perspective in all our business activities.

  7. Appropriate Information Disclosures

    7. We engage with our stakeholders, providing timely and appropriate disclosures of environmental information.

Revised September 1, 2018

Meiji Group Tax Policy

At the Meiji Group, we comply with the tax laws and provisions of each country and region in which we operate. At the same time, we accomplish our social responsibility as a corporate citizen to pay taxes properly, contributing to economic and social development.

  1. Tax Compliance

    1. We comply with the tax laws, international agreements, social norms, and internal rules determined by each group company, etc., acting fairly and faithfully in accordance with high ethical standards.

  2. Minimize Tax-Related Risks

    2. To minimize tax-related risks, we strive to understand the tax laws and administrative systems in every country and region in which we operate, responding as appropriate.

  3. Reduce Uncertainties

    3. At times, group companies enter into business transactions for which the tax interpretation is not clear. In these cases, we investigate carefully any tax-related risks, seeking the advice of experts when necessary. In this way, we reduce uncertainties related to taxes.

  4. International Mechanisms

    4. We strive to comprehend the objectives behind OECD transfer pricing guidelines, mechanisms based on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting(BEPS), and various policies related to tax havens, responding to the tax systems and requirements the countries and regions in which we operate. In this way, we aim to ensure the transparency of our international business transactions.

  5. Transfer Pricing

    5. To ensure the appropriate allocation of profits among the countries and regions in which we operate, we conduct transactions appropriately with related overseas entities in consideration of arm's-length pricing.

  6. Relationships With Tax Authorities

    6. We cooperate with tax audits and tax administration in the countries and regions in which we operate, striving to maintain positive relationships with tax authorities.

Disclosed in March 2019

Meiji Group Anti-Corruption Policy

At the Meiji Group, we engage in anti-corruption initiatives to remain a transparent, wholesome corporate group trusted by society, as defined in our Management Attitude.

  1. Compliance With Laws and Regulations, etc.

    1. We comply with the laws and regulations of each country and region in which we operate, as well as with group internal rules, to prevent corrupt practices. We also note the extraterritorial application of laws and regulations in countries and regions outside of Japan.

  2. Prohibition Against Bribery, etc.

    2. We prohibit, whether through direct or indirect means, the granting, proposing, or promising of bribes to government officials or equivalent persons, holding improper relationships with business partners or others, or engaging in relationships with antisocial forces.

  3. 3. We prohibit the offering or receiving of inappropriate money, gifts, entertainment, or other property benefits exceeding a scope deemed proper according to social convention.

  4. Cooperation With Audits and Investigations

    4. We provide full cooperation and appropriate responses to financial-related audits, etc. conducted by external financial statement auditors and group internal audit departments, as well as investigations conducted by relevant government authorities, etc.

  5. Improvement of System

    5. To prevent or detect corrupt practices as quickly as possible, we strive to improve a system for officers and employees to seek consultation or to submit notice of acts in violation of this policy or acts which may be in violation of this policy. We do not punish person seeking consultation or submitting notice in connection with its action.

  6. Education and Training for Anti-Corruption

    6. We provide appropriate education and training related to this policy and anti-bribery rules, etc. to officers, employees and business partners or others, striving to prevent corrupt practices.

  7. Disciplinary Action, etc.

    7. We take strict disciplinary action against officers or employees who violate this policy, in accordance with employment rules and other group internal rules. We also take appropriate measures against business partners or others who violate this policy.

Disclosed in March 2019

Meiji Group Food Nutrition Labeling Policy

We, Meiji Group, recognize that people need correct and useful information provided clearly and simply. Our food nutrition labeling policy is designed to help people have clear information about our food products, to make right choices and to support health daily life.

Back of Pack Information

1. We provide nutrition information on back of pack on all of our food products in all markets worldwide. Nutrition information is provided as per serving/per portion and/or per 100 grams basis (depending upon local regulations) on the following key nutrients—energy (calories), protein, total carbohydrates, fat and salt.

Nutrition labels usually include the nutrient adequacy based on the official daily intake guidance where such guidance is available.

Front of Pack Information

2. We provide meaningful information fitting local needs on front of pack on our certain food products at a glance.

Nutrition Claims

3. If we make a claim about a healthy function or a nutrition for fortification purposes, we provide information on that nutrient on the label in accordance with local regulations or those set out by Codex for markets where regulatory standards have not been established.

Disclosed in October 2019

Pledge of Health and Productivity Management

The Company published its Pledge of Health and Productivity Management in April 2018. The Company aims to create a comfortable workplace for employees to be healthy and active, both physically and mentally. This pledge applies to domestic Meiji Group companies and their officers and employees.

Pledge of Health and Productivity Management

Mental and physical health are fundamental to our employees and their families in enriching employee lives and allowing them work to their full potential. Mental and physical health are also fundamental to the company to increase productivity and corporate value.
We at the Meiji Group aim to be a comfortable place to work, fostering dynamic employees who are healthy in mind and body.

  1. 1. Employees mindfully manage their own health and the health of their families.
  2. 2. The company actively supports employees as they work to build their health management skills.
  3. 3. The company endeavors to establish a workplace where employees can work in confidence, both physically and mentally.