Sustainability at the Ajinomoto Group

The following is the Ajinomoto Group stance on sustainability.

Why sustainability is important for us

As global challenges around food and health become more diverse, the Ajinomoto Group aims to contribute to improved health and eating habits for people around the world through unlocking the power of amino acids.

We have a responsibility to contribute to the development of the local communities of more than 130 countries and regions where our products are sold, while respecting their diverse cultures and values and upholding human rights.

Our business relies on access to a stable supply of food resources, supported by a rich and abundant global environment. However, we recognize the need to reduce environmental impact across the value chain such as greenhouse gas emissions and plastic waste.

We are addressing these environmental and social challenges, and by working with local partners throughout our value chain, we will lead the change for a better world.

The important actions that we will take

  • Contribute to the health and well-being of people around the world through “Eat Well, Live Well.”
  • Contribute to a circular economy for global sustainability
  • Contribute to a society that respects diversity and inclusion for all, enabling workers to fulfill their potential

Our position and approach to sustainability

  • Work with business partners to create new value “with a consumer-oriented approach” and “across the value chain”
  • Value scientific approach and innovation
  • Respect the customs and culture of each country and region
  • Engage in dialogue and collaborate with all stakeholders

Approach to sustainability toward the 2030 outcomes

The Ajinomoto Group has put forth being a solution-providing group of companies for food and health issues as our vision for 2030. To achieve this, we need to both help extend healthy life expectancy of one billion people and reduce our environmental impact by 50%.

The business of the Ajinomoto Group is supported by sound food systems* based on stable food resources and the vibrant natural environment. However, we are also aware that our business activities have an impact on the environment.

Today, when we are reaching the planetary boundaries, it is essential that we put in place efforts to regenerate the environment. We believe that we can only implement initiatives aimed at extending healthy life expectancy in a sustainable manner by reducing our environmental impact through measures such as responding to climate change, ensuring sustainability of food resources, and the conservation of biodiversity.

Through our business activities, we provide products and services that are tasty, nutritionally balanced, and of benefit for people’s dietary habits, and that further promote a reduced environmental impact caused by greenhouse gases, plastic waste, and food loss and waste. Also, through our resource recycling-based amino acid fermentation process (a bio-cycle), we are contributing to sustainable food systems that are more resilient and to regeneration of the global environment.

Furthermore, we will maximize our strength in amino acids, and transform food systems through innovation and building ecosystems.

* The series of activities related to food production, processing, transport, and consumption.