Stakeholders and Materiality
For Mitsui Kinzoku Group, the integration of sustainability into its business management is what really matters in order to achieve its vision and continue creating value over the long term. In order to implement the integrated thinking-based management efficiently, we have identified major stakeholders as well as material issues (materiality) that can have critical influence on the stakeholders and our business.
Mitsui Kinzoku Group has identified major stakeholders in accordance with the eight criteria of ISO 26000. The major stakeholders are determined as highly likely to be affected by our business activities economically, environmentally, and socially. The earth environment is considered as being one of our major stakeholders. The SDGs indicate the common social and environmental issues which these multiple stakeholders are facing.
Stakeholder mapping along the value chain
We carry out engagement activities with major identified stakeholders through various opportunities.
As for responsible mineral sourcing, particularly to address conflict minerals issue, we participate in ITSCI as a member and support LBMA‘s program for responsible gold transaction. To promote responsible sourcing in general, we participate in the Responsible Minerals Trade Working Group of the Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association（JEITA）as a member to support RMI’s activities.
We also respect the Responsible Business Alliance（RBA) code of conduct in internal activities and those undertaken in supply chains.
Identification, assessment and review of materiality
Among environmental and social issues raised by the major stakeholders, we identify material issues i.e. materiality. The materiality can pose ESG risks that affect us financially or can turn out to be our business opportunities that may profit us by offering solutions for the issues through our business or in our value chains. By responding to risks and opportunities presented by the materiality, we will implement the integrated management strategy built on the two pillars of business and social responsibility.
Identify issues based on the seven core subjects of ISO 26000 in reference to the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines (G4) and SDGs.
Narrow down the candidates based on the questionnaires and results by ESG assessment bodies.
Based on identified stakeholders, sort out and analyze their major requests and expectations.
By taking into account both the materiality for stakeholders and that for Mitsui Kinzoku, map the candidate issues identified in Step 2. The CSR Committee then identifies 28 material issues for Mitsui Kinzoku, and they are approved by the Executive Council and the Board of Directors.
For a future intention to integrate solutions for social and environmental issues into management strategies, we assessed the materiality, whether it is a risk or an opportunity, from the ESG perspective of the GRI standards, and linked the materiality to SDGs.
In FY2018, we conducted the materiality assessment again in connection to the new medium-term management plan (19 Medium Plan). This assessment was conducted in terms of what will have influence on our long-term value creation ability. This assessment used the SASB*1 standard and the ESG general standards*2 offered by Amundi, the largest asset management company in Europe. The SASB standard lists the disclosure items and indexes that have particular impact on a company’s finances by each industry type and ESG issue. The ESG general standards comprised of 15 factors helps to evaluate the level of influence and probability of impact on the company’s value.
Utilizing these standards, we extracted materiality from the items required by ESG investment that may have particular impact on our business model and finances. We grouped them as “materiality issues in the areas of responsibility that relate to the social & relationship and the natural capital”.
（For the SASB standards by industrial sectors, we referred to the Metals & Mining category in the Extractives & Minerals Processing Sector in order to incorporate the risks that are unique to mining.）
＊1 SASB Sustainability Accounting Standards Board
＊2 Amundi ESG general standard
＜Reference＞ Amundi Japan (2018) "Introduction to ESG investment that will change society", Nikkei Publishing Inc.
We have reviewed the materiality based on the integrated management strategy built on the two pillars of business and social responsibility.
Enumerated a wide range of economic, environmental, and social issues from a long-term perspective
Ref. The SDGs, the United Nations Global Compact, the GRI Standards and ISO 26000 as issues raised by international organization like the UN and NPOs
Selected issues that are likely to have a long-term impact on our business and value chains
Ref. The Management Philosophy, the Code of Conduct, the 19 Medium Plan
Determined the level of materiality for each issue selected in 2 above according to the degree of the major stakeholders’ expectations and needs regarding our business and their impacts
＜International organizations＞ OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Business Conduct
＜Investors＞ The SASB standards, the ESG general standards by Amundi
＜Industrial initiatives＞ The RBA Code of Conduct （Customer/Supplier）, ICMM 10 Principles, the Charter of Corporate Behavior by Keidanren
Determined the level of materiality for each issue selected in 2 above at the CSR Committee according to the degree of impact on our business model and finances
Ref. The 19 Medium Plan, the Code of Conduct, the Environmental Action Plan, the Human Rights Standards, the procurement policy
Mapped the issues on the two axes of 3 and 4 above (see the right graph) and identified the ones in the shaded area as material issues
Divided the material issues, based on the integrated management strategy of business and social responsibility, into ones that may pose ESG risks (social responsibility) that are likely to affect us financially and into ones that can turn out to be business opportunities
Ref. The International Integrated Reporting Framework, the SASB standards
Classified the issues mapped in the lighter-colored parts in the graph into a set of issues that supports the progress on the material issues
Received approval from the Board of Directors for the materiality of ESG risks and business opportunities
Mitsui Kinzoku Group will work on the materiality and monitor the progress in order to minimize risks and maximize opportunities. The CSR committee takes the initiative in running the PDCA (plan-do-check-act) cycle of fiscal year. In FY2020, each department in charge will re-examine material issues to review commitments, key performance indicators (KPI), and plans.
Target, progress and performance of Material Issues
Integrated Report Stakeholders and Materiality [PDF：837KB]