GRI Standards Content Index

Ajinomoto Group Sustainability Data Book 2020 has been prepared in accordance with the GRI Standards: Core option.

SDB: Sustainability Data Book 2020

SR: Securities Report (FY2019)(Japanese version only)

IR: Integrated Report 2020

FR: Financial Report 2020

PCG: Principle on Corporate Governance

CS: Corporate Website

CGR: Corporate Governance Report 2020

AGP: Ajinomoto Group Policies

General Standard Disclosures

GRI 102: General Disclosures

102-1

Name of the organization

SDB: Back cover
IR: Corporate Data P79

102-2

Activities, brands, products, and services

IR: The Ajinomoto Group Now P5-6
CS: About Us > About the Ajinomoto Group
CS: IR > Business Introduction

102-3

Location of headquarters

SDB: Back cover
IR: Corporate Data P79
CS: About Us > About the Ajinomoto Group > Company Overview

102-4

Location of operations

IR: Global Network P77-78
CS: About Us > About the Ajinomoto Group > Global Network

102-5

Ownership and legal form

IR: Corporate Data P79
CS: About Us > About the Ajinomoto Group > Company Overview

102-6

Markets served

IR: The Ajinomoto Group Now P5-6
FR: P4-6
SR: P8
CS: IR > Business Introduction

102-7

Scale of the organization

IR: Performance Data P73-76
IR: Corporate Data P79
SR: P2, P94
FR: P1-3, P14
CS: About Us > About the Ajinomoto Group > At a glance
CS: IR > Library > IR Data Book (Investor's Guide)
CS: IR > Library > Sustainability Data Book > Personnel and Labor-Related Data

102-8

Information on employees and other workers

CS: IR > Library > Sustainability Data Book > Personnel and Labor-Related Data

102-9

Supply chain

SDB: Quality assurance across the supply chain P40-44
SDB: Supply chain management P87

102-10

Significant changes to the organization and its supply chain

SDB: Quality assurance across the supply chain P40
CS: IR > Library > Sustainability Data Book > Environmental Data
SR: P206
The Ajinomoto Group has access to information on major suppliers in Japan, but cannot disclose it as it is confidential.

102-11

Precautionary Principle or approach

SDB: Framework for ESG and sustainability P3
SDB: Risk management P98
SR: P23-25
FR: P9-12
AGP: TOP
The Ajinomoto Group selects material risks that should be managed across the organization by considering from a holistic viewpoint their respective impacts, probabilities, seriousness, and other factors and take precautionary approach.
The Ajinomoto Group has established and adheres to the Ajinomoto Group Policies (AGP) as foundational/universal principles and as a code of conduct related to its business activities.

102-12

External initiatives

SDB: Initiatives to resolve nutritional issues P26-27
SDB: Initiatives related to TCFD, SBT, and RE100 P61
SDB: Endorsing the TCFD P65-66
SDB: Cooperation with outside organizations P75
CS: IR > Non-Financial(ESG) > Participation in Initiatives
CS: Sustainability > Commitment to the UN Global Compact
Each Ajinomoto Group company participates due to necessity, and Ajinomoto Co., Inc. discloses a list of organizations the Company participates.

102-13

Membership of associations

CS: IR > Non-Financial(ESG)
Each Ajinomoto Group company participates due to necessity, and Ajinomoto Co., Inc. discloses a list of organizations the Company participates.

102-14

Statement from senior decision-maker

IR: Message from the President and CEO P7-14
IR: IR > Management Strategy > Message to Investors
CS: Sustainabiliy > Message from the President and CEO

102-16

Values, principles, standards, and norms of behavior

SDB: Our philosophy P2
SDB: Employee engagement P52-53
IR: Our Roots P3-4
IR: The Ajinomoto Group’s Transformation P18
IR: ASV Awards accelerating ASV as one’s own initiative P58
CS: About Us > About the Ajinomoto Group
AGP: TOP

102-18

Governance structure

SDB: Framework for ESG and sustainability P3
IR: Corporate Governance P61-68
PCG: Chapter 4 P6-8, Chapter 6 P12-13
CGR: P5-14
SR: P54-61
CS: IR > Management Strategy > Corporate Governance / Management

102-40

List of stakeholder groups

SDB: Stakeholder engagement P6

102-41

Collective bargaining agreements

SDB: Labor-Management Relations P54
CS: IR > Library > Sustainability Data Book > Personnel and Labor-Related Data

102-42

Identifying and selecting stakeholders

SDB: Stakeholder engagement P6
Stakeholders are selected and engaged for collaboration based on their relevance to Group business and the materiality of issues identified.

102-43

Approach to stakeholder engagement

SDB: How we identify material issues P4
SDB: Stakeholder engagement P6

102-44

Key topics and concerns raised

SDB: Expectations and recommendations from external stakeholders P7-9

102-45

Entities included in the consolidated financial statements

SR: P10-13

102-46

Defining report content and topic Boundaries

SDB: Editorial Policy P1
SDB: How we identify material issues P4
SDB: Ajinomoto Group materiality P5

102-47

List of material topics

SDB: Ajinomoto Group materiality P5
IR: Ajinomoto Group outcomes P35-36
SR: P24-25
CS: Sustainability > Materiality

102-48

Restatements of information

N/A

102-49

Changes in reporting

SDB: Ajinomoto Group materiality P5

102-50

Reporting period

SDB: Period covered by this report P1

102-51

Date of most recent report

SDB: Back cover

102-52

Reporting cycle

SDB: Back cover

102-53

Contact point for questions regarding the report

SDB: Back cover

102-54

Claims of reporting in accordance with the GRI Standards

This content index

102-55

GRI content index

This content index

102-56

External assurance

SDB: Material balance P62-63
CS: IR > Library > Sustainability Data Book > Environmental Data
CS: IR > Library > Sustainability Data Book > Personnel and Labor-Related Data
The Ajinomoto Group has not obtained third-party assurance for the report as a whole, but obtained only for a portion of environmental data and Personnel and labor-related data.

GRI 201: Economic Performance

Management approach disclosures

SR: P15-22
AGP: Group Shared Policy on Global Tax
AGP: Group Shared Policy on Fraud and Defalcation Prevention

201-1

Direct economic value generated and distributed

SDB: Appropriate competitive behavior P105
IR: Financial Capital Strategy P27-31
SR: P2-4
FR: P1-12
CS: IR > Financial(Highlight)

201-2

Financial implications and other risks and opportunities due to climate change

SDB: Endorsing the TCFD P65-66
SDB: Identification of key raw materials P83
IR: Approach to Coexisting with Communities and the Earth P41-43

201-3

Defined benefit plan obligations and other retirement plans

SR: P108, P147, P152
FR: P70
As defined benefit plans, the Ajinomoto Group has created a corporate pension plan, welfare pension plan, and lump sum retirement benefit plan. Some consolidated subsidiaries have created defined contribution plans in addition to defined benefit plans. Percentage of salary contributed by employee or employer is 21.5%.

201-4

Financial assistance received from government

Data not collected.

GRI 202: Market Presence

Management approach disclosures

202-1

Ratios of standard entry level wage by gender compared to local minimum wage

Data not collected.

202-2

Proportion of senior management hired from the local community

SDB: Diversity promotion performance P57-58
CS: IR > Library > Sustainability Data Book > Personnel and Labor-Related Data

GRI 203: Indirect Economic Impacts

Management approach disclosures

SDB: Approach (Contribution to solve food and health issues) P11
SDB: Approach (Rapid response to consumer lifestyle changes) P31
IR: Our vision for 2030 P33-34

203-1

Infrastructure investments and services supported

203-2

Significant indirect economic impacts

SDB: Amino acid functions and technical applications P13
SDB: Contribution to nutritional issues P15-27
SDB: Contribution to health issues P28-30
SDB: Improving product accessibility P33-34
SDB: Contribution to sustainable agriculture P92-93
IR: Ajinomoto Group outcomes P35-36
IR: Approach to Nutrition P37-40
CS: Nutrition
AGP: 1. Initiatives to Improve Nutrition

GRI 204: Procurement Practices

Management approach disclosures

SDB: Initiatives related to key raw materials P83-86
SDB: Supply chain management P87
SDB: Animal welfare P88-89
SDB: Transparent and fair business practices P104
IR: Ajinomoto Group outcomes P35-36
IR: Approach to Coexisting with Communities and the Earth P41
AGP: 4. Fair and Transparent Transactions

204-1

Proportion of spending on local suppliers

GRI 205: Anti-corruption

Management approach disclosures

SDB: Compliance P102-105

205-1

Operations assessed for risks related to corruption

No cases

205-2

Communication and training about anti-corruption policies and procedures

SDB: Compliance P102-105

205-3

Confirmed incidents of corruption and actions taken

No cases

GRI 206: Anti-competitive Behavior

Management approach disclosures

SDB: Compliance P102-105

206-1

Legal actions for anti-competitive behavior, anti-trust, and monopoly practices

No cases

GRI 301: Materials

Management approach disclosures

SDB: Environmental Management P59-61
SDB: Approach (Contribution to a circular economy) P71
SDB: Container and packaging design for the environment P73
SDB: Approach (Sustainable materials sourcing) P82
SDB: Identification of key raw materials P83
SDB: Animal welfare P88-89
SDB: Reduction of impact in amino acid fermentation production P90-91
AGP: 3. Contribution to the Global Environment and Sustainability
AGP: 4. Fair and Transparent Transactions

301-1

Materials used by weight or volume

SDB: Material balance P62
CS: IR > Library > Sustainability Data Book > Environmental Data

301-2

Recycled input materials used

SDB: Sustainable procurement of paper P84
The Ajinomoto Group uses recycled materials for some of its packaging materials and discloses these activities. Other data uncollected.

301-3

Reclaimed products and their packaging materials

SDB: Reduction of waste across product lifecyclesr P72-77
SDB: Sustainable procurement of paper P84
The Ajinomoto Group uses recycled materials for some of its packaging materials and discloses these activities.

GRI 302: Energy

Management approach disclosures

SDB: Environmental Management P59-61
SDB: Approach (Climate change adaptation and mitigation) P64
IR: Initiatives against climate change P42
AGP: 3. Contribution to the Global Environment and Sustainability

302-1

Energy consumption within the organization

SDB: Material balance P62
SDB: Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the value chain P67-68
CS: IR > Library > Sustainability Data Book > Environmental Data

302-2

Energy consumption outside of the organization

SDB: Material balance P62
SDB: Initiatives in transportation P68-69
CS: IR > Library > Sustainability Data Book > Environmental Data

302-3

Energy intensity

SDB: Material balance P62
SDB: Initiatives in transportation P68-69
SDB: IR > Library > Sustainability Data Book > Environmental Data

302-4

Reduction of energy consumption

SDB: Material balance P62
SDB: Reducing environmental impact through on-site ammonia production P67
SDB: Initiatives in transportation P68-69
SDB: IR > Library > Sustainability Data Book > Environmental Data

302-5

Reductions in energy requirements of products and services

SDB: Material balance P62
SDB: Reducing livestock nitrogen emissions with feed-use amino acids P70
The Ajinomoto Group discloses information only on products for which energy consumption can be reduced at time of use.

GRI 303: Water and Effluents

Management approach disclosures

SDB: Environmental Management P59-60
SDB: Approach (Conservation of water resources) P94
AGP: 3. Contribution to the Global Environment and Sustainability

303-1

Interactions with water as a shared resource

SDB: Expanding the supply of highly biodegradable amino acid-based surfactants P77
SDB: Forest conservation at water sources P96

303-2

Management of water discharge-related impacts

Each factory is located in an area considered appropriate within its country/region; none of these areas are categorized as a protected area or area of high biodiversity value. Every factory voluntarily carries out local biodiversity conservation such as by planting vegetation or installing ponds. (Representative example: Tokai Plant, Ajinomoto Co., Inc.)
In addition to the above, each factory discharges water of a quality exceeding the wastewater quality standards set by their local administrative authority, and thus has no impact on the conservation of local biodiversity.

303-3

Water withdrawal

SDB: Material balance P62
SDB: Conservation of water resources in production processes P95
CS: IR > Library > Sustainability Data Book > Environmental Data

303-4

Water discharge

SDB: Conservation of water resources in production processes P95
CS: IR > Library > Sustainability Data Book > Environmental Data

303-5

Water consumption

SDB: Conservation of water resources in production processes P95
CS: IR > Library > Sustainability Data Book > Environmental Data

GRI 304: Biodiversity

Management approach disclosures

SDB: Environmental Management P59-61
SDB: Approach (Sustainable materials sourcing) P82
AGP: 3. Contribution to the Global Environment and Sustainability

304-1

Operational sites owned, leased, managed in, or adjacent to, protected areas and areas of high biodiversity value outside protected areas

Each factory is located in an area considered appropriate within its country/region; none of these areas are categorized as a protected area or area of high biodiversity value. Every factory voluntarily carries out local biodiversity conservation such as by planting vegetation or installing ponds. (Representative example: Tokai Plant, Ajinomoto Co., Inc.)

304-2

Significant impacts of activities, products, and services on biodiversity

Each factory discharges water of a quality exceeding the wastewater quality standards set by their local administrative authority, and thus has no impact on the conservation of local biodiversity.

304-3

Habitats protected or restored

Each factory is located in an area considered appropriate within its country/region; none of these areas are categorized as a protected area or area of high biodiversity value. Every factory voluntarily carries out local biodiversity conservation such as by planting vegetation or installing ponds. (Representative example: Tokai Plant, Ajinomoto Co., Inc.)

304-4

IUCN Red List species and national conservation list species with habitats in areas affected by operations

Each factory is located in an area considered appropriate within its country/region; none of these areas are categorized as a protected area or area of high biodiversity value. Every factory voluntarily carries out local biodiversity conservation such as by planting vegetation or installing ponds. (Representative example: Tokai Plant, Ajinomoto Co., Inc.)

GRI 305: Emissions

Management approach disclosures

SDB: Environmental Management P59-61
SDB: Approach (Climate change adaptation and mitigation) P64
IR: Approach to Coexisting with Communities and the Earth P42-43
AGP: 3. Contribution to the Global Environment and Sustainability

305-1

Direct (Scope 1) GHG emissions

SDB: Material balance P62-63
IR: Approach to Coexisting with Communities and the Earth P42-43
CS: IR > Library > Sustainability Data Book > Environmental Data
The Ajinomoto Group discloses Scope 1 emissions (including base year emissions); these emissions cover only carbon dioxide emissions from manufacturing energy sources. Some of the raw materials used by the Ajinomoto Group are a source of carbon dioxide emissions, which arise from the fermentation of renewable plants, etc., and subsequent wastewater treatment. Due to the renewable nature of these raw materials, these emissions are considered net zero, following the same thinking as biomass combustion.
See 302-1 for standards and information sources used.

305-2

Energy indirect (Scope 2) GHG emissions

SDB: Material balance P62-63
IR: Approach to Coexisting with Communities and the Earth P42-43
CS: IR > Library > Sustainability Data Book > Environmental Data
The Ajinomoto Group discloses Scope 2 emissions (both location and market-based; including base year emissions); these emissions cover only carbon dioxide emissions from manufacturing energy sources.
See 302-1 for standards and information sources used.

305-3

Other indirect (Scope 3) GHG emissions

SDB: Material balance P62-63
IR: Approach to Coexisting with Communities and the Earth P42-43
The Ajinomoto Group discloses Scope 3 emissions (including base year emissions); these emissions cover only carbon dioxide emissions from manufacturing energy sources. Some of the raw materials used by the Ajinomoto Group are a source of carbon dioxide emissions, which arise from the fermentation of renewable plants, etc., and subsequent wastewater treatment. Due to the renewable nature of these raw materials, these emissions are considered net zero, following the same thinking as biomass combustion.
See 302-1 for standards and information sources used.

305-4

GHG emissions intensity

SDB: Material balance P62-63
SDB: KPI (Climate change adaptation and mitigation) P64
SDB: Management of fluorocarbons P68
CS: IR > Library > Sustainability Data Book > Environmental Data
The Ajinomoto Group calculates GHG emissions intensity (Scope 1 and 2) using total production volume as a denominator.

305-5

Reduction of GHG emissions

SDB: Material balance P62-63
SDB: KPI (Climate change adaptation and mitigation) P64
SDB: Management of fluorocarbons P68
CS: IR > Library > Sustainability Data Book > Environmental Data
The Ajinomoto Group calculates GHG emissions intensity (Scope 1 and 2) using total production volume as a denominator.

305-6

Emissions of ozone-depleting substances (ODS)

SDB: Management of fluorocarbons P68
CS: IR > Library > Sustainability Data Book > Environmental Data
The Ajinomoto Group does not disclose emissions of ODS as they are used cyclically in equipment such as freezers. The Group discloses historical changes in the number of freezers it owns that use chlorofluorocarbons and the amount of CFCs it replenishes.

305-7

Nitrogen oxides (NOx) , sulfur oxides (SOx) , and other significant air emissions

CS: IR > Library > Sustainability Data Book > Environmental Data

GRI 306: Waste

Management approach disclosures

SDB: Environmental Management P59-60
SDB: Approach (Contribution to a circular economy) P71
SDB: Reducing plastic waste P73
SDB: Cooperation with outside organizations P75
SDB: Approach (Reduction of food loss and waste) P78
SDB: Contribution to reducing food loss and waste P79
IR: Reduction of plastic waste P44
IR: Reducing food loss and waste P45
AGP: 3. Contribution to the Global Environment and Sustainability

306-2

Waste by type and disposal method

SDB: Reduction of waste across product lifecycles P72
SDB: Food loss and waste reduction targets P79
CS: IR > Library > Sustainability Data Book > Environmental Data

306-3

Significant spills

SDB: Response to environmental laws and accidents P60
The Ajinomoto Group does not disclose spill locations and volumes as it is confidential.

306-4

Transport of hazardous waste

Not disclosed as it is confidential.

GRI 307: Environmental Compliance

Management approach disclosures

SDB: Environmental Management P59-60
SDB: Approach (Climate change adaptation and mitigation) P64
SDB: Approach (Contribution to a circular economy) P71
SDB: Environmental assessment of containers and packaging P76
SDB: Approach (Reduction of food loss and waste) P78
SDB: Food loss and waste reduction targets P79
SDB: Approach (Sustainable materials sourcing) P82
SDB: Approach (Conservation of water resources) P94
SDB: Conservation of water resources in production processes P95
SDB: Compliance framework P102
AGP: 3. Contribution to the Global Environment and Sustainability

307-1

Non-compliance with environmental laws and regulations

SDB: Response to environmental laws and accidents P60
There were no violation in fiscal 2019.

GRI 308: Supplier Environmental Assessment

Management approach disclosures

SDB: Approach (Reduction of food loss and waste) P78
SDB: Approach (Sustainable materials sourcing) P82
SDB: Supply chain management P87
AGP: 4. Fair and Transparent Transactions

308-1

New suppliers that were screened using environmental criteria

SDB: Quality assurance across the supply chain (Raw materials procurement) P40
AGP: 4. Fair and Transparent Transactions
100% of new suppliers are selected based on the Group Shared Policy for Suppliers and the Guidelines for Group Shared Policy for Suppliers, which include environmental criteria.

308-2

Negative environmental impacts in the supply chain and actions taken

The Ajinomoto Group does not disclose the number of suppliers covered by its environmental impact assessments.
The Group does not have a business agreement with any supplier that has significant negative impacts.

GRI 401: Employment

Management approach disclosures

SDB: Approach (Diverse talent) P49
SDB: Human resource management framework P50
AGP: 6. Human Resources Training and Ensuring Safety

401-1

New employee hires and employee turnover

CS: IR > Library > Sustainability Data Book > Personnel and Labor-Related Data
Age data uncollected.

401-2

Benefits provided to full-time employees that are not provided to temporary or part-time employees

Not disclosed as it is confidential.

401-3

Parental leave

CS: IR > Library > Sustainability Data Book > Personnel and Labor-Related Data
Data on number of employees who returned to work during the reporting period are not collected.

GRI 402: Labor/Management Relations

Management approach disclosures

SDB: Labor-management relations P54

402-1

Minimum notice periods regarding operational changes

Specified in labor agreements but not disclosed as it is confidential.

GRI 403: Occupational Health and Safety

Management approach disclosures

SDB: Health and productivity management P55-56
SDB: Occupational safety and health management P99-100
AGP: 6. Human Resources Training and Ensuring Safety

403-1

Occupational health and safety management system

SDB: Occupational safety and health management P99-100

403-2

Occupational health services

SDB: Occupational safety and health activities P100-101

403-3

Workers with high incidence or high risk of diseases related to their occupation

SDB: Health and productivity management P55-56
SDB: Occupational safety and health activities P100-101

403-4

Worker participation, consultation, and communication on occupational health and safety

SDB: Labor-management relations P54
SDB: Occupational safety and health P99-101

403-5

Worker training on occupational health and safety

SDB: Employee occupational safety and health education P101

403-6

Promotion of worker health

SDB: Workplace nutrition improvement P22
SDB: Health and productivity management P55-56

403-7

Prevention and mitigation of occupational health and safety impacts directly linked by business relationships

SDB: Occupational safety and health activities P100-101

403-8

Workers covered by an occupational health and safety management system

Data not collected.

403-9

Work-related injuries

SDB: Major accidents and incidents P100
CS: IR > Library > Sustainability Data Book > Personnel and Labor-Related Data

403-10

Work-related ill health

SDB: Major accidents and incidents P100
CS: IR > Library > Sustainability Data Book > Personnel and Labor-Related Data

GRI 404: Training and Education

Management approach disclosures

SDB: Approach (Diverse talent) P49
SDB: Human resource management framework P50-51
IR: Enhancing Human Capital P57-60
AGP: 6. Human Resources Training and Ensuring Safety

404-1

Average hours of training per year per employee

SDB: Develop skills to better resolve issues P51
Data not collected by gender/employee category.

404-2

Programs for upgrading employee skills and transition assistance programs

SDB: Develop skills to better resolve issues P51
SDB: Employee engagement P52
IR: Enhancing Human Capital P57-60

404-3

Percentage of employees receiving regular performance and career

100% (calculated only for Ajinomoto Co., Inc.)

GRI 405: Diversity and Equal Opportunity

Management approach disclosures

SDB: Approach (Diverse talent) P49
SDB: Diversity and inclusion P57
IR: Diversity and inclusion for corporate culture transformation P60
AGP: 6. Human Resources Training and Ensuring Safety

405-1

Diversity of governance bodies and employees

SDB: Diversity & inclusion promotion performance P57-58
SDB: Approach (Strong corporate governance) P97
IR: Basic approach to corporate governance P63-64
PCG: Composition and Diversity of the Board of Directors P6-7
CGR: P2
SR: P62-66
CS: IR > Library > Sustainability Data Book > Personnel and Labor-Related Data

405-2

Ratio of basic salary and remuneration of women to men

SDB: Compensation and benefits P54

GRI 406: Non-discrimination

Management approach disclosures

SDB: Diversity and inclusion P57-58
IR: Diversity and inclusion for corporate culture transformation P60
AGP: 5. Approach to Human Rights
AGP: 6. Human Resources Training and Ensuring Safety

406-1

Incidents of discrimination and corrective actions taken

SDB: Hotline (whistleblowing) P53
SDB: Bolstering our internal reporting hotline (whistleblowing) P103
SDB: IR > Library > Sustainability Data Book > Personnel and Labor-Related Data

GRI 407: Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining

Management approach disclosures

SDB: Supply chain management P87
AGP: 4. Fair and Transparent Transactions
AGP: 5. Approach to Human Rights

407-1

Operations and suppliers in which the right to freedom of association and collective bargaining may be at risk

The Ajinomoto Group audits suppliers in accordance with group policies and provides corrective guidance as needed. The details of these activities are confidential and therefore not disclosed.

GRI 408: Child Labor

Management approach disclosures

SDB: Approach (Sustainable materials sourcing) P82
SDB: Human rights due diligence P87
AGP: 4. Fair and Transparent Transactions
AGP: 5. Approach to Human Rights

408-1

Operations and suppliers at significant risk for incidents of child labor

SDB: Human rights due diligence P87
AGP: 4. Fair and Transparent Transactions
AGP: 5. Approach to Human Rights
The Ajinomoto Group respects the rights of children and strongly condemns child labor in all its forms. The Ajinomoto Group is not aware of any cases of child labor within its own operations or its those of its suppliers.

GRI 409: Forced or Compulsory Labor

Management approach disclosures

SDB: Approach (Sustainable materials sourcing) P82
SDB: Human rights due diligence P87
AGP: 4. Fair and Transparent Transactions
AGP: 5. Approach to Human Rights

409-1

Operations and suppliers at significant risk for incidents of forced or compulsory labor

SDB: Human rights due diligence P87
AGP: 4. Fair and Transparent Transactions
AGP: 5. Approach to Human Rights
The Ajinomoto Group strongly condemns forced labor in all its forms. The Ajinomoto Group is not aware of any cases of forced labor within its own operations or its those of its suppliers.

GRI 410: Security Practices

Management approach disclosures

N/A

410-1

Security personnel trained in human rights policies or procedures

N/A

GRI 411: Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Management approach disclosures

SDB: Human rights due diligence P87

411-1

Incidents of violations involving rights of indigenous peoples

No cases

GRI 412: Human Rights Assessment

Management approach disclosures

SDB: Approach (Sustainable materials sourcing) P82
SDB: Human rights due diligence P87
AGP: 5. Approach to Human Rights

412-1

Operations that have been subject to human rights reviews or impact assessments

SDB: Human rights due diligence P87

412-2

Employee training on human rights policies or procedures

SDB: Human rights awareness and education activities for employees P58

412-3

Significant investment agreements and contracts that include human rights clauses or that underwent human rights screening

Not disclosed as it is confidential.

GRI 413: Local Communities

Management approach disclosures

SDB: Relationships with local communities P110
AGP: 7. Working with Local Communities

413-1

Operations with local community engagement, impact assessments, and development programs

Data not collected.

413-2

Operations with significant actual and potential negative impacts on local communities

No cases

GRI 414: Supplier Social Assessment

Management approach disclosures

SDB: Quality assurance across the supply chain P40
SDB: Approach (Reduction of food loss and waste) P78
SDB: Approach (Sustainable materials sourcing) P82
SDB: Initiatives related to key raw materials P83
SDB: Supply chain management P87
AGP: 4. Fair and Transparent Transactions
AGP: 5. Approach to Human Rights

414-1

New suppliers that were screened using social criteria

SDB: Quality assurance across the supply chain P40
SDB: Supply chain management P87
AGP: 4. Fair and Transparent Transactions
All new suppliers undergo screening based on social selection criteria in accordance with Group policy.

414-2

Negative social impacts in the supply chain and actions taken

SDB: Quality assurance across the supply chain (Production) P40-41
SDB: Human rights due diligence P87
The Ajinomoto Group audits suppliers in accordance with group policies and provides corrective guidance as needed. This information is confidential and therefore not disclosed.

GRI 415: Public Policy

Management approach disclosures

AGP: Group Shared Policy on Political Activities and Political Contributions

415-1

Political contributions

Japan: Donated 5 mil. Yen to “Kokumin Seiji Kyokai” (The People’s Political Association, the ruling Party’s foundation)

GRI 416: Customer Health and Safety

Management approach disclosures

SDB: Appropriate communications and information sharing P35
SDB: Approach (Assurance of product safety) P36
SDB: Quality management P37-39
SDB: Quality assurance across the supply chain P40-44
SDB: Livestock traceability survey P89
AGP: 2. Provision of Safe, High-Quality Products and Services
AGP: 4. Fair and Transparent Transactions

416-1

Assessment of the health and safety impacts of product and service categories

SDB: Quality assurance across the supply chain P40-44
SDB: Livestock traceability survey P89

416-2

Incidents of non-compliance concerning the health and safety impacts of products and services

SDB: Initiatives to reduce quality-related complaints and incidents P40-41

GRI 417: Marketing and Labeling

Management approach disclosures

SDB: Approach (Rapid response to consumer lifestyle changes) P31
SDB: Appropriate communications and information sharing P35
SDB: Approach (Assurance of product safety) P36
SDB: Quality management P37-39
SDB: Quality assurance across the supply chain P40-44
SDB: Disseminating information on MSG safety and benefits P45-48
AGP: Group Shared Policy on Package Description
AGP: Group Shared Policy on Marketing Communications

417-1

Requirements for product and service information and labeling

SDB: Quality assurance across the supply chain P40-44
SDB: Ajinomoto Group eco-labels: Aji-na Eco and Hotto-suru Eco P77
CS: Sustainability > Aji-na Eco mark (Japanese only)

417-2

Incidents of non-compliance concerning product and service information and labeling

SDB: Initiatives to reduce quality-related complaints and incidents P40-41

417-3

Incidents of non-compliance concerning marketing communications

SDB: Appropriate communications and information sharing P35

GRI 418: Customer Privacy

Management approach disclosures

SDB: Cybersecurity and personal information management P108-109
AGP: Group Shared Policy on Information Security
AGP: Group Shared Policy on Privacy

418-1

Substantiated complaints concerning breaches of customer privacy and losses of customer data

No cases

GRI 419: Socioeconomic Compliance

Management approach disclosures

SDB: Compliance P102-105
AGP: 11. Establishment and Implementation of Good Governance

419-1

Non-compliance with laws and regulations in the social and economic area

No cases