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About Meiji

At a Glance

At a Glance

Get to know Meiji at a glance – from our core business to our most important numbers.

Food

Our Nutrition Initiatives

Our Nutrition Initiatives

Our goal is to improve the lives of people of all ages around the world through nutrition, from infants to older adults, and we are dedicated to achieving this goal.

Pharmaceuticals

R&D

Medical needs are always diversifying – here's how Meiji is responding.

Sustainable Sourcing

Targets for Our Sustainable Sourcing Initiatives

Meiji Group 2026 Medium-Term Management Plan

Materiality: Building a supply chain that takes into account human rights and the environment
Data target range or company leading initiatives
1, 11: Meiji Group Consolidated
2: Meiji Group (consolidated) (overseas only)
3: Meiji Co., Ltd. (consolidated) (Japan only)
4-8: Meiji Co., Ltd. (unconsolidated)
9, 11: Meiji Co., Ltd. (consolidated)
Major initiatives Metrics Reference results Targets
FYE March 2023 FYE March 2027
1 Conduct engagement that includes risk assessments and audits based on the analysis of sustainable procurement survey results Number of audits conducted on important suppliers N/D Total of 30 companies or more
2 Implementation of risk assessments for overseas group company suppliers N/D Set target in FYE March 2025
3 Through Meiji Dairy Advisory (MDA), support the resolution of social issues such as human growth, human rights, animal welfare, and GHG emission reduction through human resource management at dairy farms Number of farms participating in Meiji Dairy Advisory (MDA) 44
(total)
Total of 100 or more
4 MilkPromote initiatives aimed at reducing GHG emissions from dairy farming Number of dairy farms working to reduce GHG emissions 2
(total)
Total of 30 or more
5 CocoaExpand the procurement of Meiji Sustainable Cocoa Beans produced in areas where farmers are supported through Meiji Cocoa Support (MCS) Meiji Sustainable Cocoa Bean procurement ratio 62% 100%
6 CocoaEstablish traceability through to the farm for all procurement vendors Rate of traceability through to cocoa farms 100%

* Scope (Brazil, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, Vietnam)

100%

* Target scope is suppliers in all countries including Ghana

7 CocoaPromote efforts toward zero child labor by introducing the Child Labor Monitoring and Remediation Systems (CLMRS), or an equivalent system Rate of adoption of the Child Labor Monitoring and Remediation Systems N/D 100%

* Target scope is suppliers in Ghana

* All suppliers by FYE March 2031

8 CocoaIdentify the conditions on farms through methods such as GPS mapping and promote initiatives aimed at protecting/restoring forests Rate of ascertaining status using GPS mapping, etc. N/D
9 Palm oilPromote the procurement of palm oil that is not involved in deforestation by incorporating forest monitoring to identify and verify deforestation risks along the supply chain Procurement rate for palm oil that is not involved in deforestation N/D Set target in FYE March 2025
10 Soybeans(currently evaluating)Establish traceability through to the primary collection point or procure certified products

* Includes foods in the primary step, feed in the secondary step

Rate of traceability for target raw materials (currently evaluating)

* Through to primary collection points

N/D Set target in FYE March 2025
11 PaperMaintain 100% use of environmentally friendly paper for product containers and packaging, and switch to environmentally friendly paper for office supplies and standard publications Ratio of environmentally friendly paper used in the extended scope of applicability

* Scope of applicability: Office supplies, standard publications

N/D 100%

Meiji Group 2023 Medium-Term Management Plan

[ ] Scope of KPI
Meiji G: the Meiji Group (consolidated)
Meiji: Meiji Co., Ltd.
KPI Results Targets
FYE 3/2022 FYE 3/2023 FYE 3/2024 FYE 3/2024 FYE 3/2027
Start conducting a sustainable sourcing survey of suppliers for Group companies in Japan by FYE 3/2022
[Meiji G, Japan consolidated (domestic)]
Suspended Launched for 2 suppliers Launched for 31 suppliers Start by FYE 3/2022
Start conducting a sustainable sourcing survey of suppliers for major overseas Meiji Group companies by FYE 3/2023
[Meiji G consolidated excluding Japan]
Launched for 46 suppliers Launched for 17 suppliers Launched for 7 suppliers Start by FYE 3/2023
Hold Meiji Dairy Advisory program (MDA) to support management of dairy farms 250 times a year, and a total of at least 1650 times by FYE 3/2024 [Meiji, Japan consolidated] 475 times annually, accumulated total 1,423 times 477 times annually, accumulated total 1,900 times 522 times annually, accumulated total 2,422 times At least 400 times annually, accumulated total 2,150 times or more
Increase sourcing rate of Meiji sustainable cocoa to 100% of total by FYE 3/2027 [Meiji consolidated] 42% 62% 62% 65% or more 100%
Swich 100% to RSPO1-certified palm oil1 by FYE 3/2024 [Meiji consolidated] 84% 90% 100% 100%
Swich 100% to eco-friendly paper by FYE 3/20242 [Meiji G consolidated] 98% 98% TBC 100%

1. RSPO certified palm oil (Mass Balance supply chain model) As a proportion of all palm oil sourced at domestic and overseas Meiji Group production plants.

2. Paper used in containers and packaging for products are covered.

Procure Raw Materials With Consideration Toward Human Rights and the Environment

Development of Responsible Supply Chain

Our Policy on Raw Material Sourcing

In recent years, there has been international demand for fair and free competition, fair transactions, and responsible sourcing. Therefore, we should fulfill our corporate social responsibility throughout the supply chain, including both the Group and our business partners. Also, we should address social issues such as child labor, forced labor, and environmental degradation. In the Meiji Group Procurement Policy, we commit to sourcing that considers human rights and the global environment. We will develop responsible sourcing with our business partners and strive to prevent and reduce risks.

The Meiji Group has set forth its procurement activities in consideration of human rights and the global environment in the "Meiji Group Procurement Policy" and is working with suppliers to realize responsible procurement and to implement preventive and mitigating measures against associated risks.

In June 2020, we established the Meiji Group Supplier Code of Conduct, which requires our supplier business partners to fulfill their social responsibilities. Furthermore, in April 2023, we revised this Code of Conduct in order to respond to social issues that have become more diverse as the years have passed.

The Meiji Group Supplier Code of Conduct applies to suppliers of Meiji Co., Ltd., Meiji Seika Pharma Co., Ltd., KM Biologics Co., Ltd. and other domestic and overseas group companies (consolidated). In addition to disclosing the Code of Conduct on our website, we also hold briefing sessions to promote understanding and awareness among our many suppliers.

Additionally, the Meiji Group is engaged as an active member of Consumer Goods Forum (CGF). We are continuing talks with the goal of helping to resolve social issues such as human rights violations and environmental destruction.

Overview of Meiji Group Suppliers

The Meiji Group procures or commissions the manufacture of food and pharmaceutical ingredients, packaging materials, and finished and semi-finished products from approximately 3,100 suppliers globally.

Photo: Percentage of suppliers by product supplied
Photo: Percentage of suppliers by country of location (based on number of suppliers)
Photo: Percentage of suppliers by country of location (based on procurement amount)

(FY2022 Results)

* Some of the above supplier information is now under review and will be subject to updated as appropriate.

Our Approach to Key Suppliers

The Meiji Group identifies the total number of suppliers based on the transaction results of domestic and overseas group companies (consolidated) and identifies key suppliers from among them, taking into consideration the procurement amount and the substitutability of procured raw materials.
As a next step, we conduct sustainability risk assessments among key suppliers through the sustainable procurement questionnaire and engage suppliers identified as potentially risky through requests for improvement and direct dialogue.

Sustainability Assessment through the Sustainable Procurement Questionnaire

Potential negative impacts related to human rights, labor, environment, and business ethics in the supply chain affect business potential and corporate reputation. Corporate management practices regarding human rights, labor, the environment, and corporate ethics vary depending on the country/region where the company is located, industry, size, etc. In order to identify and appropriately address potential risks that could have a significant impact on its business, the Meiji Group assesses and manages risks using the following methods.

Evaluation Target

The evaluation covers the suppliers identified based on the concept of key suppliers.

Evaluation Method

We conduct the "Sustainable Procurement Questionnaire" using the evaluation system of EcoVadis, a comprehensive corporate social responsibility (CSR) evaluation service provider, or the Meiji original questionnaire, to determine whether there are human rights or environmental issues in our supply chain. In cases where improvements are necessary, we work to solve social issues and build a stronger and more responsible supply chain, while promoting cooperation and dialogue with suppliers.

Evaluation Item

Labor and human rights, safe and healthy work environment, environment, ethics, fairness, sustainable procurement, development of redress system and prohibition of retaliation, etc.

Evaluation Frequency

We conduct risk assessment based on the results of the Sustainable Procurement Questionnaire and request suppliers to re-take the questionnaire based on the assessment results.

Suppliers whose results meet the criteria: re-evaluated after 2 years
Suppliers whose results do not meet the criteria: re-evaluated after 1 years

Sustainable Procurement Questionnaire Implementation Results
FYE
3/2021
FYE
3/2022
FYE
3/2023
Total number of suppliers Approx. 2,600*
Number of suppliers assessed for risk (Including reassessment) A single year 74 77 33
Cumulative total/Percentage of total suppliers 74 2.8% 151 5.8% 184 7.0%

* FY2021 Results

Overview of Engagement Implementation

Since FY2022, we have implemented engagement with suppliers whose questionnaire survey results indicate that they need to strengthen or improve their initiatives. Through engagement with some of our major raw material suppliers, we confirmed the progress of their initiatives to address environmental issues while mutually sharing our goals and current performance related to reducing environmental impacts such as climate change, water resources, and waste. Through this initiative, we have promoted solutions to social issues such as GHG emissions reduction and water risk. We also conduct engagement with Meiji Group companies in Japan to promote a responsible supply chain.

(Number of companies that implemented the program in FY2022)

  • Suppliers which need to strengthen or improved initiatives: 5 companies
  • Major raw material suppliers: 7 companies
  • Domestic group companies which need to strengthen or improved initiatives: 3 companies

Sourcing of Raw Milk

The Meiji Group believes that in addition to pursuing delicious milk production, it is also one of essential efforts to support dairy farming that considers the environment and the health of cows.

We implement sourcing with consideration toward human rights, environment and animal welfare, cooperating with suppliers in accordance with the Meiji Group Procurement Policy and the Meiji Group Farm Animal Welfare Policy

As a member of the Global Dairy Platform (GDP) and the Japan National Committee of International Dairy Federation (JIDF), Meiji is working to realize a sustainable dairy industry, and to exhibit the health value of dairy products.

Production, Distribution and Quality Assurance

By closely working with dairy farmers, the Meiji Group is supporting stable and high quality milk production in order to deliver our customers delicious and quality milk.

Figure: Raw milk delivery and quality control
Traceability of raw milk

We ensure the traceability of raw milk we receive. (domestic and overseas Meiji Group consolidated subsidiaries)

Initiatives for stable sourcing of premium quality raw milk
    Production sites
  • Check feed and environment for breeding cows
  • Hold seminars for the milk producers association on raw milk flavor
    Receiving at plants
  • Train taste testers and ensure thorough incoming inspections
    Research laboratory
  • Physical and chemical analysis of properties and ingredients for maintaining and improving quality
  • Conduct taste assessment and disseminate information
  • Technology development for more accurate and quicker inspections

Supporting dairy farm management with Meiji Dairy Advisory (MDA)

MDA is an activity focused on human resource management, aiding the growth of those involved in dairy farms through improving farm operations and enhancing their business management techniques. MDA is a system for establishing a culture based on the lean production method so that farms can continue to achieve their management goals. Meiji staff members work with farms to devise ideas together, adopting an advisory approach where the awareness of the farm staff is used to build better environments and systems. As continuous improvement progresses, this advisory work will shift its position accordingly.

In May 2021, we set a KPI of conducting 400 MDA support activities per year and a cumulative total of at least 2,150 MDAs by FY2023 to support dairy farmer management. We will further strengthen these activities and contribute to the realization of sustainable raw milk production.

unit FYE
3/2022
FYE
3/2023
Number of implementations of the Meiji Dairy Advisory (MDA) program, which supports dairy farmers to improve their management Annual times 475 477
Total 1,423 1,900
Meiji Dairy Advisory

Sourcing of Cocoa

The field of cocoa production has issues such as aging trees, disease and insect damage, difficulties in obtaining agricultural materials, and lack of familiarity with cultivation techniques have led to a decline in harvests, resulting in inadequate income. And in some countries and regions cocoa farmers also face social issues such as child labor and deforestation. Meiji's mission is to improve this situation, make cocoa production sustainable, and ensure the stable delivery of delicious chocolate.

The Meiji Group aims to achieve a 100% procurement of "Meiji Sustainable Cocoa Beans" produced in areas where farmer support has been provided by FY2026. Based on the "Meiji Group Procurement Policy", we are working with suppliers and conducting procurement in consideration of human rights and the environment to solve issues faced by cocoa bean production areas and farmers, contribute to make cocoa production sustainable.

Unit FYE
3/2021
FYE
3/2022
FYE
3/2023
Procurement ratio of Meiji Sustainable Cocoa Beans % 40 42 62

Meiji Cocoa Support

“Meiji Cocoa Support” is our unique cocoa farmer support program that began in 2006. We are aiming to enhance the sustainability of cocoa bean production by directly visiting production areas and working with various partners to address social issues. These issues include technical support to improve the quality of cocoa beans, improving the livelihoods of farmers and activities to conserve and restore the local environment.
Furthermore, we purchase cocoa beans at a premium price when procuring them to maintain and promote this activity.

Support for cocoa producing areas

Meiji Cocoa Support currently operates in nine countries. The challenges faced vary depending on the country or area where cocoa is produced. Meiji faces each of these challenges and provides the optimal support required by the production areas to resolve them.

Efforts to Eliminate Child Labor

In some cocoa production areas, children are forced to work long hours without being able to go to school and are exposed to physical dangers. Meiji is working with local partners and communities to eliminate child labor.

Efforts to Stop Deforestation

Aiming to balance cocoa production with the richness of nature.
We are involved in a variety of initiatives, including education related to forest protection and restoration, and promotion of agroforestry.

Sourcing of Palm Oil

Palm oil is a plant-based oil derived from oil palms cultivated in the tropics, and is widely used in the production of processed foods. Major producer nations of palm oil face human rights issues such as forced labor and child labor. These countries also face environmental issues such as deforestation and the destruction of peatland areas due to the development of agricultural land.

Our Meiji Group Procurement Policy outlines our support for the NDPE Policy to No Deforestation, No Peat (i.e. no development in peatlands) and No Exploitation. We are committed to working with our business partners to fulfill our corporate social responsibility by engaging in eco-friendly sourcing of palm oil.

Shifting to Certified Palm Oil

Meiji Group joined the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) in 2016. As of October 2022, 18 of our domestic plants, as well as 5 of our overseas plants, hold RSPO supply chain certification.

In FY2022, 90% of the volume of palm oil and palm kernel oil sourced was RSPO certified palm oil physically certified through Mass Balance supply chain model. In the future, we will continue to push for RSPO certification, and also aim to shift entirely to RSPO-certified palm oil by FY2023, with understanding and cooperation of raw material supplier.

Additionally, we are also asking our contractor to which we outsource our manufacturing activities for priority use of RSPO-certified raw materials by asking their understanding and cooperation regarding environmental impacts.

As a member of Consumer Goods Forum's (CGF) Japan Sustainability Local Group (JSLG) we are collecting and sharing information concerning certification systems, as well as issues at palm oil production sites. In 2019, we observed plantations in Malaysia-a major producer of palm oil.

Photo: Plantations in Malaysia

We visited plantations in Malaysia, a palm oil-producing country, twice in FY2019

Ratio of Certified Palm Oil*
Unit FYE
3/2019
FYE
3/2020
FYE
3/2021
FYE
3/2022
FYE
3/2023
Ratio of Certified Palm Oil % 7 21 68 84 90.4

* As a proportion of all palm oil sourced at domestic and overseas Meiji Group production plants

Confirmation of Palm Oil Traceability

To ensure that deforestation, peatland development and exploitation are not occurring in the palm oil production areas, we are working to confirm the traceability to mill of palm oil.
We have completed the verification of the oil mills for 100% of the volume of palm oil we sourced in the 1st Half of 2023 (January -June).

Sourcing of Soybean

Soybeans are widely grown and used as food materials around the world and are used for a variety of purposes other than food, such as feeding livestock. Soybeans are one of the most important raw materials for the Meiji Group's business, but issues related to deforestation and human rights caused by overdevelopment of plantations have been pointed out, particularly in Brazil. Based on "Meiji Group Procurement Policy", the Meiji Group will engage in socially responsible soybean procurement activities in collaboration with supply chain partners.

Sourcing of Paper

Following the Meiji Group Procurement Policy, we are working with our suppliers to procure paper raw materials for product and office use in ways that care for human rights and the environment.

Expanding Use of Eco-Friendly Paper

We are continuing to expand the use of FSC®* and PEFC-certified paper, as well as post-consumer paper for use in product containers, packaging, printing and copying.

By FY2023, our goal is to use 100% environmentally friendly paper raw materials in the paper we use in containers and packaging of all products. As of FY2022, we have completed 98% of this conversion (100% for all Group entities in Japan). As with product containers and packaging, we are promoting the switch to environmentally friendly paper for various printed materials (company brochures, various reports), office supplies (business cards, envelopes, paper bags, etc.), and sales promotion materials.

* FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council®): a nonprofit organization dedicated to spreading responsible forest management across the world. They carry out an international system of certification.

Usage rate of FSC®-certified paper, PEFC-certified paper, and post-consumer paper*1
Unit FYE
3/2019
FYE
3/2020
FYE
3/2021
FYE
3/2022
FYE
3/2023
Usage rate of FSC®-certified paper, PEFC-certified paper, and post-consumer paper *2 % 55 60 77 98 98.2

*1 Paper used in containers and packaging for products are covered.

*2 Until FYE 3/2021, covers only Meiji Group in Japan(including KM Biologics Co., Ltd. from FYE 3/2020). From FYE 3/2022, covers all Meiji Group companies.

Expanding usage of FSC®-certified paper in our mainstay products

We are making use of eco-friendly paper in many of our products, including "Meiji Oishii Gyunyu 900ml,""Kinoko no Yama," and "Takenoko no Sato."

Additionally, Meiji Co., Ltd. obtained COC certification (License number: FSC®-C159538)* for our yogurt and chocolate production processes in October 2020, with the goal of increasing our usage of FSC®-certified paper.

* Chain of Custody (COC) certification is a certification system that ensures products are appropriately managed and processed during processing and distribution. It includes products using Forest Management (FM) certified wood from forests and other raw materials that lead to appropriate use of forest resources.

Photo: FSC logo, Meiji Oishii Gyunyu, Meiji Bulgaria Yogurt, Meiji Agroforestry Chocolate, Kinoko no Yama  (Chocorooms) , Takenokono no Sato (Chococones)