Sustainability management

Initiatives on SDGs

The Ichimasa Group is working to resolve sustainability issues in society based on alliances with stakeholders through our business in accordance with our corporate philosophy in order to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs*).

*Sustainable Development Goals were adopted at the United Nations Summit in 2015.
They are international goals and consist of 17 goals and 169 targets for achieving a sustainable world by the year 2030.

Sustainabile Development GOALS

ICHIMASA KAMABOKO ESG Management Declaration

In July 2021, we established the ICHIMASA KAMABOKO ESG Management Declaration, which provides the basis for the thinking and actions of all employees. Our aim is to improve our corporate value by introducing the perspective of ESG in our corporate strategy in an effort to solve sustainability issues, starting with the environmental and social issues set forth within SDGs.

ICHIMASA KAMABOKO ESG Management Declaration

Upholding the belief of founder Shohei Nozaki, which was that “Life is like an echo / If we act properly, we are rewarded properly,” we will work to solve social and environmental issues and promote ESG management in which improvement of corporate value is balanced with realizing a sustainable society.

We will care for our people and organization.

Our people are the source of our growth. We will provide whatever support we can so that all employees can do their work enthusiastically, grow, and lead happy, full, and rich lives. Moreover, we will utilize diverse human resources and create an organizational culture of respecting and accepting various ways of thinking, backgrounds, and abilities.

We will deliver food safety and security and new value.

To accomplish this, we have developed a robust food safety management system and will ensure the safety and security of our products throughout the supply chain. Since our founding, we have been pursuing “real flavor.” We will also deliver the joy and richness of food by pursuing new functionality with the aim of creating new value and continuously improving our manufacturing technology.

We will protect “the life of the sea” and “the life of the mountains” and utilize nature’s blessings with care.

We will create products from the blessings of the sea and land and deliver them to our customers. Always caring for “the life of the sea” and “the life of the mountains,” we will engage in effective utilization of resources throughout our supply chain, including conservation, reduction of waste, and reuse in order to contribute to the realization of a sustainable environment and society.

We will promote efforts to prevent global warming.

We are undertaking company-wide initiatives to save energy in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and introducing appropriate infrastructure technology, including renewable energy and new technologies, as we work to increase energy efficiency everywhere at every opportunity through collaboration with partners in our supply chain.

We will engage in management that emphasizes collaboration with all stakeholders.

The issues that we can solve on our own are limited. Based on the bonds of trust we have built up since our founding, we will work with all our stakeholders to implement environmental management for the realization of a sustainable society and environment and solve environmental issues.

We will engage in sound, transparent management.

We will strive to engage in sound management, disclose information in an appropriate and highly transparent manner, and strengthen the bonds of trust we have built with all of our stakeholders.

July 1, 2021
Masahiro Nozaki
Representative Director, President & CEO
Ichimasa Kamaboko Co., Ltd.

System for promoting sustainability

Recognizing the promotion of sustainability as a key business issue, we have established the Sustainability Committee, a subordinate organization of the Management Council chaired by the President & CEO.
The matters discussed and decided by the Sustainability Committee are regularly reported to the Board of Directors, enabling us to promote sustainability on a group-wide basis.
Moreover, we recognize business continuity planning (BCP), including crisis management for natural disasters, as an important matter of sustainability, so this is handled in close collaboration with the Risk Management Committee.

System for promoting sustainability

Process of identifying ESG issues

The Ichimasa Group began looking into how to contribute to SDGs and working on an SDG-conscious management system in 2016, the year after the United Nations adopted SDGs.
In order to promote a backcasting approach for this initiative, we began by conducting a survey of executive-level employees to score material issues (28 items) based on the significance to the Company’s business activities and the impact on society. We then created a materiality map of social and environmental issues that the Group should address. Next, we held SDG workshops for employees and outlined the current social and environmental issues and our vision for the future. Based on the results of these two efforts, the ESG Promotion Office (now the ESG Promotion Department) prepared a working paper on material issues and tied it into identifying materiality at the Management Council.

ESG issues
ESG mapping

ESG Issues for Ichimasa Kamaboko to Address

The Ichimasa Group incorporates related topics and content into the Medium-term Management Plan in order to solve the ESG issues (material issues) identified. (The table below is taken from the Medium-term Management Plan covering the period from FY2021 to FY2026.)
Timely and appropriate revisions will be made to the topics and content according to changes in the environment surrounding the Company.

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Material issues Priority topics Relevant
Improvements of employee satisfaction
Human resources development
  • Rewarding and comfortable workplace
  • Creation of time for self-development and intellectual creation
  • Establishment of environment for promoting work-life balance
  • Participation of diverse human resources, including women, mid-career hires, and persons with disabilities
  • Ratio of female managers (FY2020: 6.4% ⇒ FY 2025: 20%)
  • Ratio of mid-career hires (FY 2020: 47% ⇒ FY 2025: 50%)
  • Ratio of employees with disabilities (FY 2020: 2.5% ⇒ FY 2025: 2.7%)
Provide food safety
and security
and new value
  • Establishment of robust food safety management system
  • Extension of health expectancy
  • Expansion of food contribution domains
  • Expansion of factories certified under international standards
  • Highlighting of high-protein product Fish Protein
  • Further expansion of health function domain (low sodium, low sugar, low fat)
Action to prevent
global warming
  • Reduction of CO2 emissions
  • Reduction of energy used in production activities
  • Utilization of renewable energy
  • CO2 emissions (1% reduction per year)
  • Energy consumption intensity (1% reduction per year)
Effective use
of resources
  • Extension of best-before dates
  • Reuse of industrial waste
  • Reduction of plastic waste
  • Sustainable food development
  • Extension of best-before dates to reduce food loss
  • Food recycling rate (at least 80% by FY 2025)
  • Plastic waste (2% reduction per year)
  • Development of alternative foods for the purpose of conserving depleted marine resources
Action to prevent
global warming
  • Enhancement of supply chain management
  • Enhancement of technical research via industry-academia collaboration
  • Collaboration with our supplier organization Ichimasa Yamabiko-kai
  • Expansion of research domains of the Technical Research and Bio Research departments