Ajinomoto Group

GRI Standards Content Index

Published: September 2021

SDB: Sustainability Data Book 2021

IR: Integrated Report 2021

SR: Securities Report (FY2020)(Japanese version only)

CS: Corporate Website

AGP: Ajinomoto Group Policies

General Standard Disclosures

GRI 102: General Disclosures

102-1

Name of the organization

IR: Corporate Data P103

102-2

Activities, brands, products, and services

IR: Contributing to solutions to consumer issues through our businesses P37-38

102-3

Location of headquarters

IR: Corporate Data P103

102-4

Location of operations

IR: Global Network P101-102

102-5

Ownership and legal form

IR: Corporate Data P103

102-6

Markets served

IR: Review of Fiscal 2020 Financial Results by Segment P65-66
CS: IR > Business Introduction

102-7

Scale of the organization

IR: Corporate Data P103

102-8

Information on employees and other workers

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

102-9

Supply chain

SDB: Our Supply Chain P9-10

102-10

Significant changes to the organization and its supply chain

There were no significant changes to our organization or supply chain in the reporting period.

102-11

Precautionary Principle or approach

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 related to TCFD, SBT, and RE100 P70
SDB: Cooperation with outside organizations P91
SDB: Initiatives related to raw materials P99
Each Ajinomoto Group company participates in external initiatives as needed, and Ajinomoto Co., Inc. discloses a list of organizations the Company participates.

102-13

Membership of associations

CS: IR > Non-Financial (ESG) > Participation in Initiatives
Each Ajinomoto Group company participates in external initiatives as needed, 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 P11-18

102-16

Values, principles, standards, and norms of behavior

SDB: Our philosophy P2

102-18

Governance structure

IR: Corporate Governance P80-81

102-29

Identifying and managing economic, environmental, and social impacts

SDB: Risk management P112

102-40

List of stakeholder groups

SDB: Stakeholder engagement P11-14

102-41

Collective bargaining agreements

SDB: Labor-Management Relations P63

102-42

Identifying and selecting stakeholders

SDB: Stakeholder engagement P11-14

102-43

Approach to stakeholder engagement

SDB: How we identify material issues P5
IR: Stakeholder Engagement P41-42

102-44

Key topics and concerns raised

IR: Stakeholder Engagement P41-42

102-45

Entities included in the consolidated financial statements

SR: P10-13

102-46

Defining report content and topic Boundaries

SDB: Editorial Policy P1

102-47

List of material topics

SDB: Ajinomoto Group materiality P6

102-48

Restatements of information

No information has been restated.

102-49

Changes in reporting

There are no changes in material topics and reporting boundaries.

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

SDB: Editorial Policy P1

102-55

GRI content index

This content index

102-56

External assurance

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

IR: Message from the President and CEO P11-18

201-1

Direct economic value generated and distributed

Data not collected.

201-2

Financial implications and other risks and opportunities due to climate change

SDB: Response to climate change risks P75-79

201-3

Defined benefit plan obligations and other retirement plans

SR: P111, P146, P151
FR: P26-27, P54-55
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 15.5%.

201-4

Financial assistance received from government

Data not collected.

GRI 202: Market Presence

Management approach disclosures

IR: Strengths of Our Businesses P29-30

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 & inclusion promotion performance P66-67

GRI 203: Indirect Economic Impacts

Management approach disclosures

SDB: Approach (Contribution to solve food and health issues) P20
SDB: Quantifying salt reduction using umami P21
SDB: Approach (Rapid response to consumer lifestyle changes) P41
IR: Path toward the 2030 outcomes P25-26
IR: Our approach to nutrition P35-36

203-1

Infrastructure investments and services supported

N/A

203-2

Significant indirect economic impacts

SDB: Proposing health and nutritional value based on scientific evidence P23
SDB: Addressing nutritional issues P27-36
SDB: Addressing health issues P37-40
SDB: Improving product accessibility P44
SDB: Contribution to sustainable agriculture P106-107
IR: The new Smart Salt project P56
IR: Feature 1 P61-62
CS: Nutrition
AGP: 1. Initiatives to Improve Nutrition

GRI 204: Procurement Practices

Management approach disclosures

AGP: 4. Fair and Transparent Transactions

204-1

Proportion of spending on local suppliers

GRI 205: Anti-corruption

Management approach disclosures

SDB: Compliance P118-121

205-1

Operations assessed for risks related to corruption

No cases

205-2

Communication and training about anti-corruption policies and procedures

SDB: Compliance P118-121

205-3

Confirmed incidents of corruption and actions taken

No cases

GRI 206: Anti-competitive Behavior

Management approach disclosures

SDB: Compliance P118-121

206-1

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

No cases

GRI 207: Tax

Management approach disclosures

SDB: Framework for global tax strategy P121
AGP: Group Shared Policy on Global Tax

207-1

Approach to tax

SDB: Framework for global tax strategy P121

207-2

Tax governance, control, and risk management

SDB: Framework for global tax strategy P121

207-3

Stakeholder engagement and management of concerns related to tax

207-4

Country-by-country reporting

SDB: Framework for global tax strategy P121

GRI 301: Materials

Management approach disclosures

SDB: Approach (Sustainable materials sourcing) P97-101

301-1

Materials used by weight or volume

SDB: Material balance P71

301-2

Recycled input materials used

SDB: Sustainable procurement of paper P100
The ratio of recycled paper used in packaging was 46% (from pie chart in SDB P100).

301-3

Reclaimed products and their packaging materials

There are no reclaimed products or packaging materials from the market for recycling.

GRI 302: Energy

Management approach disclosures

SDB: Environmental Management P68-73
SDB: Approach (Climate change adaptation and mitigation) P74
IR: Approach to reducing our environmental impact by 50% P33-34
AGP: 3. Contribution to the Global Environment and Sustainability

302-1

Energy consumption within the organization

SDB: Material balance P71

302-2

Energy consumption outside of the organization

SDB: Material balance P71

302-3

Energy intensity

SDB: Material balance P71
SDB: Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the value chain P80-84
CS: IR > Library > Sustainability Data Book > Environmental Data

302-4

Reduction of energy consumption

SDB: Material balance P71
SDB: Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the value chain P80-84

302-5

Reductions in energy requirements of products and services

SDB: Reducing livestock nitrogen emissions with feed-use amino acids P84

GRI 303: Water and Effluents

Management approach disclosures

SDB: Approach (Conservation of water resources) P108

303-1

Interactions with water as a shared resource

SDB: Conservation of water resources in production processes P109-110

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 P71
SDB: Conservation of water resources in production processes P109-110

303-4

Water discharge

SDB: Conservation of water resources in production processes P109-110

303-5

Water consumption

SDB: Conservation of water resources in production processes P109-110

GRI 304: Biodiversity

Management approach disclosures

SDB: Environmental Management P70

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

None.

GRI 305: Emissions

Management approach disclosures

SDB: Environmental Management P68-73
SDB: Approach (Climate change adaptation and mitigation) P74
IR: Approach to reducing our environmental impact by 50% P33-34
AGP: 3. Contribution to the Global Environment and Sustainability

305-1

Direct (Scope 1) GHG emissions

SDB: Material balance P72
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 P72
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 P72
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: Metrics and target P77
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: Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the value chain P80-84
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)

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

SDB: NOx and other atmospheric emissions P78

GRI 306 (2020): Waste

Management approach disclosures

SDB: Approach (Contribution to a circular economy) P85
SDB: Approach (Reduction of food loss and waste) P93
IR: Approach to reducing our environmental impact by 50% P33-35

306-1

Waste generation and significant waste-related impacts

SDB: Reduction of waste across product lifecycles P86-92
IR: Approach to reducing our environmental impact by 50% P33-35

306-2

Management of significant waste-related impacts

SDB: Reduction of waste across product lifecycles P86-90
SDB: Contribution to reducing food loss and waste P94-96

306-3

Waste generated

SDB: Reduction of waste across product lifecycles P87

306-4

Waste diverted from disposal

SDB: Reduction of waste across product lifecycles P87

306-5

Waste directed to disposal

SDB: Reduction of waste across product lifecycles P87

GRI 307: Environmental Compliance

Management approach disclosures

SDB: Environmental Management P68-70
SDB: Compliance framework P118

307-1

Non-compliance with environmental laws and regulations

SDB: Response to environmental laws and accidents P69

GRI 308: Supplier Environmental Assessment

Management approach disclosures

SDB: Supply chain management P102

308-1

New suppliers that were screened using environmental criteria

SDB: Quality assurance across the supply chain (Raw materials procurement) P51
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) P58
SDB: Human resource management framework P59-60
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 of employee turnovers 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 P63

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: Occupational safety and health management P114-115

403-1

Occupational health and safety management system

SDB: Occupational safety and health management P114-115

403-2

Occupational health services

SDB: Occupational safety and health P115-116

403-3

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

SDB: Health and productivity management P63-65
SDB: Occupational safety and health P115-117

403-4

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

SDB: Labor-management relations P63
SDB: Occupational safety and health P114-117

403-5

Worker training on occupational health and safety

SDB: Workplace nutrition improvement P33
SDB: Employee occupational safety and health education P117

403-6

Promotion of worker health

SDB: Workforce nutrition improvement P33
SDB: Health and productivity management P63-65

403-7

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

SDB: Occupational safety and health P115-117

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 P116

403-10

Work-related ill health

SDB: Major accidents and incidents P116

GRI 404: Training and Education

Management approach disclosures

SDB: Approach (Diverse talent) P58

404-1

Average hours of training per year per employee

SDB: Develop skills to better resolve issues P60
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 P60-61
IR: Strengthening human capital to enhance corporate value P57-59

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: Diversity and inclusion P66

405-1

Diversity of governance bodies and employees

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 P62-63

GRI 406: Non-discrimination

Management approach disclosures

AGP: 5. Approach to Human Rights
AGP: 6. Human Resources Training and Ensuring Safety

406-1

Incidents of discrimination and corrective actions taken

SDB: Bolstering our internal reporting hotline (whistle-blowing) P119

GRI 407: Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining

Management approach disclosures

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

AGP: 5. Approach to Human Rights

408-1

Operations and suppliers at significant risk for incidents of child labor

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

AGP: 5. Approach to Human Rights

409-1

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

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 P103

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) P97

412-1

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

SDB: Human rights due diligence P103

412-2

Employee training on human rights policies or procedures

SDB: Human rights awareness and education activities for employees P67

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 P126-127

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: Approach (Sustainable materials sourcing) P97
SDB: Supply chain management P102-103

414-1

New suppliers that were screened using social criteria

SDB: Quality assurance across the supply chain P51
We screen and select all new suppliers based on Group Shared Policy for Suppliers.

414-2

Negative social impacts in the supply chain and actions taken

SDB: Quality assurance across the supply chain (Production) P51-52
SDB: Human rights due diligence P103

GRI 415: Public Policy

Management approach disclosures

AGP: Group Shared Policy on Political Activities and Political Contributions

415-1

Political contributions

Japan: In FY2020, donated 5 mil. Yen to “Kokumin Seiji Kyokai” (The People’s Political Association, the ruling Party’s foundation), 5 mil. Yen to “The Consumer Goods Forum,” 0.1 mil. Yen to “Keidanren Ishizaka Memorial Foundation,” and 1 mil. Yen to “Nutrition Japan Public Private Platform.”

GRI 416: Customer Health and Safety

Management approach disclosures

SDB: Approach (Assurance of product safety) P47
SDB: Quality management P48-50
SDB: Quality assurance across the supply chain P51-53
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 P51-54

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 P52

GRI 417: Marketing and Labeling

Management approach disclosures

SDB: Approach (Rapid response to consumer lifestyle changes) P41
SDB: Appropriate communications and information sharing P46
SDB: Approach (Assurance of product safety) P47
SDB: Quality management P48-50
SDB: Quality assurance across the supply chain P51-54
SDB: Disseminating information on MSG safety and benefits P55-57
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 P51-54
SDB: Ajinomoto Group eco-labels P92
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 P52

417-3

Incidents of non-compliance concerning marketing communications

No incidents

GRI 418: Customer Privacy

Management approach disclosures

SDB: Cybersecurity and personal information management P124
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

SDB: Information security inspections P125

GRI 419: Socioeconomic Compliance

Management approach disclosures

SDB: Compliance P118-121

419-1

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

No cases