Problems lurk beneath the surface of the raw materials production process overseas, such as child labor, forced labor, poor working environments, and environmental burden in the vicinity of producing areas. Procurement of foodstuffs untainted by these problems is a requirement for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The NISSIN FOODS Group instituted the Basic Policy on Green Procurement in May 2007 and is promoting procurement of environmentally friendly raw materials. We are also focusing on construction of a traceability system extending from raw materials to finished products and product shipment for the purpose of ensuring product quality. We use raw materials grown under contract, for instance the green onions and cabbage used by NISSIN FOOD PRODUCTS, and visit the fields to check cultivation records and agricultural chemicals use records. We identify the catch areas of much of the shrimp and cuttlefish we use and confirm matters such as compliance with closed seasons, fishing methods, catch limits, and child labor prohibition.
To strengthen these initiatives, in September 2017 we instituted the NISSIN Group Policy on Sustainable Procurement. This policy addresses food safety, respects the global environment and human rights, and proclaims our commitment to procuring legally produced raw materials.
Palm oil, extracted from the fruit pulp of the oil palms, is a raw material essential for the manufacture of noodles and confectioneries. It has a higher production yield per hectare and is less expensive than other vegetable oils, so it is used for a variety of applications. However, palm oil production can entail problems such as tropical rainforest destruction, ecosystem destruction, greenhouse gas emissions due to peatland fires, and violation of the human rights of plantation workers.
The NISSIN FOODS Group has long inspected oil extraction plants and primary refining plants, which are the sources of supply for the raw material palm oil used by the domestic refiners that supply the Group, and ascertained that they are not violating local laws. To strengthen this initiative and procure raw materials produced with due consideration given to deforestation prevention, biodiversity preservation, and human rights protection (certified palm oil), in October 2017 NISSIN FOODS HOLDINGS joined the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).*
NISSIN FOODS (U.S.A.) joined the RSPO in 2013, and Nissin Foods Kft. (Nissin Hungary) joined in 2016. Today, these companies use only RSPO-certified palm oil, equivalent to about 20% of the palm oil used by the Group.
- *The RSPO, headquartered in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, is a non-profit membership organization established in 2004 by palm oil producers, manufacturers, retailers, and environmental organizations. The RSPO certification mark is given to palm oil produced at RSPO-certified palm oil plantations and products distributed and processed by certified business operators. The RSPO promotes the production and use of sustainable palm oil, and currently some 3,500 organizations endorse the RSPO and engage in activities to promote sustainable palm oil.
Supplier cooperation is important for realizing the aims of a sustainable procurement policy. Accordingly, we have publicized the NISSIN Group Policy on Sustainable Procurement to primary suppliers and obtained from them signed documents attesting that they have confirmed the policy. The NISSIN FOODS Group, as an EARTH FOOD CREATOR, will contribute to resolving environmental and social problems by selecting sustainable palm oil and other raw materials.
It is said that the livestock industry is the source of about 15% of the world’s greenhouse gases. The methane gas and other gases emitted from livestock excreta and cow burps have an enormous environmental impact, in addition to that of the feed and water necessary for livestock production. Also, vegetable protein is attracting attention as a substitute for animal protein from the aspect of health.
In 2016 NISSIN FOOD PRODUCTS developed “soy beef,” made using an original production process with soy protein as the main raw material, and began using it as a product ingredient. The company has subsequently developed soy pork and will continue to promote the use of soy meat.