Framework for ESG and Sustainability

With respect to ESG and sustainability management, the Ajinomoto Group has built a management system modeled on ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and other standards, based on the Ajinomoto Group Policies (AGP) and relevant internal rules. We continue with operations as we ensure optimal processes.

In April 2021, we established the Sustainability Advisory Council as a subordinate body of the Board of Directors, and we established the Sustainability Committee as a subordinate body of the Executive Committee. In this way, we strengthened our system for setting important policies to pursue the enhancement of corporate value on a continuing basis from the perspective of sustainability. The Sustainability Committee identifies risks and opportunities that have a Group-wide impact based on materiality items approved by the Board of Directors upon the Sustainability Advisory Council’s report and strategic direction provided by the Board of Directors, and reflects these factors in business strategy, and also reports to the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors. The Sustainability Committee and the Sustainability Development Dept. formulate the Group’s sustainability strategy and roadmaps of related topics that include nutrition, the environment and society, follow up on recommendations to incorporate sustainability into business plans, compile internal information related to ESG, and report to the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors.

Overview of the Sustainability Advisory Council

Report to the Board of Directors after conducting investigations on the following in response to consultations from the Board.

  1. Materiality from a long-term perspective (through the year 2050) to be reflected in the materiality items and strategy of Phase 2 of the Medium-Term Management Plan (fiscal 2023-2025)

  2. Materiality from a multi-stakeholder perspective and policies for responding to environmental changes (risks and opportunities) associated with materiality

  3. Appropriate involvement in the creation of topics and social rules expected and required of companies in the year 2030 and beyond

  4. Goals for the year 2030 and beyond related to the creation of social value, including reducing environmental impact and extending healthy life expectancy

Overview of the Sustainability Committee

The Sustainability Committee carries out the matters below and reports to the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors, the contents of which are based on materiality items approved by the Board of Directors (based on reports from the Sustainability Advisory Council) and the strategic direction indicated by the Board. Matters 3 to 5 below shall be handled by the Risk & Crisis Subcommittee, established as a subcommittee under the Sustainability Committee.

  1. Risks and opportunities that have a Group-wide impact based on materiality items, and reflect them in business strategy

  2. Pursuit sustainability-related initiatives

  3. Develop and promote risk management processes that contribute to stronger internal controls

  4. Manage and operate crisis-related tasks (safety and security)

  5. Respond to risks that have a Group-wide impact (task force, etc.)

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