CSR Priorities (materiality)

Identifying our CSR priorities

We have identified CSR priorities for the Nisshin Seifun Group with the aim of focusing our initiatives toward the social issues that most concern our stakeholders. The CSR priorities will be reviewed regularly based on changes in the social environment.

Adopted March 26, 2019

Process for identifying CSR priorities

We identified approximately 60 issues with the cooperation of experts, using the following procedures.

  1. Examine issues based on international norms and surveys of SRI evaluation organizations.
    We compiled a list of candidate issues, with reference to the GRI standards, ISO26000, review items used by SRI evaluation organization, case studies from other companies, and other information.
  2. Organize the issues by analyzing value chains.
    We identified issues in the value chains for key businesses by ascertaining the status of processes, procured goods, and workers through interviews with business divisions and factory visits.
  3. Assess stakeholder interest.
    We rated stakeholder interest on three levels (high, medium, low) based on assessments by SRI evaluation organizations, questions from NGOs, and other information.
  4. Assess the potential impact on our business.
    Using the same methodology as in Item 3, we rated issues on three levels according to their impact on cyclical growth under our long-term vision and arranged them on a matrix chart.

CSR priorities for the Nisshin Seifun Group

We sorted the approximately 60 issues in the matrix chart into five key areas based on the direction of our future initiatives. These were then summarized into the Nisshin Group CSR priorities listed below.

Areas contributing to the SDGs
Provide safe and healthy food and responsible consumer communication
  • Ensure food safety and provide appropriate labeling to avoid misunderstandings.
  • Practice responsible marketing activities.
  • Develop products and technologies that help consumers to maintain a healthy diet and improve their health.
Enable secure and sustainable raw material procurement
Efficiently handle product and packaging waste
  • Reduce food waste volumes.
  • Improve or reduce the use of plastic containers and packaging.
Address climate change and water resource issues
  • Improve energy efficiency, reduce CO2 emissions, develop energy-saving technologies, and phase out the use of HFC refrigerants.
  • Address water risks and other issues.
Provide working environments that are healthy and fulfilling
  • Promote diversity, manage working hours appropriately, and prevent harassment.
  • Ensure occupational health and safety and work to eliminate child labor and forced labor.
  • Prevent corruption and bribery, etc.