We established a CSR Committee which reports directly to the President to promote CSR activities of the entire Group.
The CSR Department was established in March 2017 to reinforce CSR activities.
The CSR Committee, chaired by the President & CEO and comprising all Executive Officers, is held four times a year.
Four subcommittees to promote priority issues (Resource Sustainability and Procurement Subcommittee, Food Loss and Waste Subcommittee, Diversity and Personnel Development Subcommittee and Marine Environment and Plastics Subcommittee) have been launched, to which Executive Officers have been appointed as Subcommittee Chairpersons, with members comprising the General Managers and Managers of the relevant departments.
Furthermore, two working groups under the Resource Sustainability and Procurement Subcommittee (Marine resource sustainability WG and CSR Procurement WG), two working groups under the Marine Environment and Plastics Subcommittee (Marine Environment WG and Plastics WG), and two working groups under the Diversity and Personnel Development Subcommittee (Diversity/HR WG and Promoting Health WG) promote their respective activities.
The CSR Newsletter: Let’s Listen to the Voice of the Sea, an employee newsletter, is published twice a month as a way of disseminating CSR activities throughout Nissui.
The newsletter posts and shares such information as the approach to CSR, the progress being made by the subcommittees and working groups for each of their key issues and CSR events in which the employees participated. The newsletter was launched in April 2016. Each issue from the inaugural issue to the 54th issue was collected and compiled as a booklet and distributed to the Nissui Group companies. Since then, the newsletter has been distributed simultaneously to the Nissui Group companies, and in March 2020, the 92th issue was published.
On January 9, 2020, a workshop and group work were held to make all plant employees (approximately 70 employees) understand the SDGs at the Fine Chemicals General Plant Tsukuba Plant.
At the workshop, participants were given an overview of the SDGs and learned the importance of achieving the goals while reflecting on the examples of initiatives by Nissui and confirming the direction to be taken in the initiatives of the Tsukuba Plant. Afterward, group work was conducted in which each group brainstormed and presented ideas for unique initiatives to be taken by the Tsukuba Plant. Each group presented many different and unique ideas that will be utilized in future activities. The participants voiced positive comments such as, “I was able to become more familiar with the SDGs,” “I think we will be able to materialize our ideas, even the ideas of individuals,” and “This was a good opportunity to get to know the initiatives being taken by our company.”
These are activities unique to the Tsukuba Plant, where the entire plant can work as one and engage in CSR activities.
In May 2019, the Nissui Group company, Sealord Group, Ltd. (New Zealand), established a new team dedicated to sustainability. This team comprises key members of various departments including procurement, innovation, human resources, quality, marketing, and compliance. It aims to reduce Sealord’s negative impact on the environment, by first assessing the impact of climate change on the company’s business as well as the impact of the business on the environment based on data and science. Sealord is also measuring its carbon emissions with the help of an external agency. The next step will be to develop a consistently updated Sustainability Strategy and incorporating sustainability into the company’s strategic priorities in the long term.
On February 28, 2020, the Nissui Group company, Nordic Seafood A/S (Denmark), held a workshop on CSR called “CSR Awareness Day” for its employees to discuss the multitude of issues that the company’s product range entails. As a result, the employees deepened their understanding of the company’s business model while at the same time became aware of how to address the issues of sustainability and social responsibility.