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Sustainability Promotion Structure

Approach to Sustainability

The NISSIN FOODS Group is keenly aware of our corporate social responsibilities, compling with relevant laws in the course of daily business operations, and acting in accordance with social ethics in keeping with the spirit of founder Momofuku Ando. This spirit is expressed in four tenets: “Peace will come to the world when there is enough food,” “Create foods to serve society,” “Eat wisely for beauty and health,” and “Food-related jobs are a sacred profession.”

Establishing the Sustainability Committee

To achieve sustainable growth while addressing environmental and social issues, in April 2020, the Group established the Sustainability Committee—chaired by the CEO—with five working groups under it. The committee’s office is formed by the Corporate Planning Division, the Environmental Promotion Division, and the Sustainability Promotion Office of the Corporate Communications Division. Each working group includes participants from the relevant departments.
In April 2021, the Sustainability Advisory Board, which primarily consists of external experts, was established as an advisory body to the Board of Directors.

Sustainability Promotion Structures

Purpose and Operation of the Sustainability Advisory Board

The Sustainability Advisory Board is an advisory body to the Board of Directors established for the purpose of grasping global trends related to sustainability and strengthening the internal sustainability promotion system. The advisory board discusses environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues that the Group should undertake while receiving recommendations from external experts*1, and offers advice and recommendations to the Board of Directors*2.
Before meetings of the Sustainability Advisory Board, the Sustainability Committee’s Office, which is the operating body, also discusses ESG-related issues regularly with members who are external experts*3.

  • *1Planned to be conducted twice each year
  • *2Planned to be conducted at least once each year
  • *3Planned to be conducted six times each year

Members of the Sustainability Advisory Board

External experts

NISSIN FOODS HOLDINGS CO.,LTD.
Outside Director
Eietsu Sakuraba

President and CEO, SDG Partners, Inc.
Kazuo Tase

Deputy General Manager of Corporate Planning Department and Principal
Sustainability Strategist, Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting Co., Ltd.
Part-time lecturer, Keio University Graduate School of Media and Governance
Mari Yoshitaka

Internal participants

    NISSIN FOODS HOLDINGS CO.,LTD.
    President & Representative Director CEO (Chief Executive Officer)
    Koki Ando

    Executive Vice President & Representative
    COO (Chief Operating Officer)
    Noritaka Ando

    Director
    CSO (Chief Strategy Officer), Managing Executive Officer Yukio Yokoyama

    Managing Executive Officer
    CDO (Chief Development Officer), Head of NISSIN Global Innovation Center, Head of NISSIN Global Food Safety Institute
    Mitsuru Tanaka

Agenda of first meeting

  • Impact of climate change scenarios (financial impact based on future scenarios and adaptation)
  • Measures toward reducing CO2 emissions and achieving SBTs
  • Latest trends regarding carbon tax and carbon border tax

Policies

In accordance with various policies, we are fulfilling our social responsibilities from development and the procurement of raw materials, through to product manufacturing, transport and sales. (Refer to the diagram of the sustainability model above.)

  • Code of Conduct
  • Anti-Bribery Policy
  • NISSIN FOODS Group Policy on Human Rights
  • Voluntary Declaration of Consumer Orientation
  • Environmental Charter
  • Basic Policy on Green Procurement
  • Basic Policy on Environmentally Friendly Container and Packaging Design
  • Nissin Group Policy on Sustainable Procurement
  • NISSIN FOODS Group Declaration of Health and Productivity Management

Sustainability -Related Policies

Dialogue with Stakeholders

The Group is actively carrying out dialogue with stakeholders, including consumers, suppliers, shareholders/investors, local communities/government and employees.

  • Consumers : We take the initiative in seeking input from consumers as part of our efforts to make better products.
  • Suppliers : We are committed to the development of good relationships with our suppliers, including fair dealing in all purchase transactions and contracts.
  • Shareholders/Investors : In addition to the timely distribution of accurate information, we are also intent on appropriate profit return to shareholders and investors.
  • Local communities/ Government : We work in close cooperation with local communities, while contributing to their sustainable development.
  • NPOs/NGOs : The Group works with NPOs/NGOs to solve environmental and social issues.
  • Employees : The Group creates a workplace environment in which all employees can find satisfaction in their jobs and can give full scope to their abilities.

Communication with Stakeholders

Employee Awareness Activities

The Group nurtures employee awareness on sustainability through the dissemination of messages by the CEO of NISSIN FOODS HOLDINGS, who is also chair of the Sustainability Committee. The Group also informs employees of social and environmental issues, various basic policies and SDGs, common knowledge, mainly through various training sessions and the Group's in-house newsletter. In addition, changes in employees’ awareness of the company's environmental considerations and its degree of contribution to society are being grasped by conducting an annual employee attitude survey.

Results of employee attitude surveys
Scope:Employees who are employed by NISSIN FOOD PRODUCTS (including employees seconded to NISSIN FOODS HOLDINGS, NISSIN CHILLED FOODS, NISSIN FROZEN FOODS, etc.), MYOJO FOODS, NISSIN YORK, and NISSIN CISCO.
FY2019 FY2020 FY2021
The company conducts businesses that take the environment into consideration. 59% 64% 73%
The company is contributing to society via its businesses. 81% 80% 88%

Contributing Toward the Achievement of SDGs

The NISSIN FOODS Group is a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact and takes action to carry out the Ten Principles in the following four areas of the Compact: human rights, labor, the environment, and anti-corruption.
The Group is also working to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which consist of 17 goals and 169 targets for the world by 2030. In particular, we view the growth of ethical consumption, which is the improvement of consumer health awareness and the selection and purchase of environmentally- and socially-friendly products, as a prime chance to expand business opportunities.
The Group will continue undertaking business activities with the aim of creating a sustainable environment and society.

Solving Environmental and Social Issues through Business

ZERO HUNGER
2 ZERO HUNGER
Provide instant noodles free of charge to support disaster-stricken areas and needy people
GOOD HEALTH AND WELL-BEING
3 GOOD HEALTH AND WELL-BEING
Development of products for health-conscious customers
QUALITY EDUCATION
4 QUALITY EDUCATION
Donate a portion of product sales to the United Nations WFP and the Bellmark Educational Support Foundation
RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION
12 RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION
Use sustainable raw materials, including Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)-certified palm oil and Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC)-certified paper
LIFE BELOW WATER
14 LIFE BELOW WATER
Reduce the amount of petroleum-based plastics used in containers and packaging
LIFE ON LAND
15 LIFE ON LAND
Use of Plant-Derived Meat Alternatives and Development of Cultured Meat Products
The Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact
Human Rights Principle1 Businesses should support and respect the protection of intentionally proclaimed human rights; and
Principle2 make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.
Labor Principle3 Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;
Principle4 the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour;
Principle5 the effective abolition of child labour; and
Principle6 the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.
Environment Principle7 Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;
Principle8 undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and
Principle9 encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.
Anti-Corruption Principle10 Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.
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