Corporate Social Responsibility at Morinaga Milk Industry Co., Ltd.

Our Approach to CSR

The Morinaga Milk Group believes that all practical steps toward realizing its corporate philosophy fall within the scope of CSR. All employees of the Morinaga Milk Group contribute to the creation of a society in which people can enjoy happiness and fulfillment through their everyday work activities.

CSR Promotion System

Through the CSR Committee chaired by the president, Morinaga Milk is promoting CSR activities throughout the entire group. In 2016, the CSR Promotion Department was established as a special department with company-wide functions for organizing CSR activities and strengthening cross-departmental activities in each department to establish a system through which the entire company could address management issues related to CSR. By disseminating and sharing sufficient information inside and outside the Morinaga Milk Group, the concept of CSR can be spread throughout the entire group.
The CSR Committee extracts topics for consideration from an ESG (Environment, Social, and Governance) perspective and examines important issues that should be addressed.

*The CSR Committee was established in order to reinforce the functions of the Board of Directors and has also been clearly specified in the Corporate Governance GuidelinesPDF (page 15, Section 9. Committees, Division 3/104KB). The committee is aiso indicated on the Corporate Governance Organization chart.

CSR Committee

With the president as the chairperson, the committee consists of the officers, the relevant department managers, and other people appointed by the chairperson. The CSR Promotion Department, meanwhile, takes charge of the secretariat. The regular committee meeting is held once every six months, in principle.

CSR Promotion Department

The CSR Promotion Department consists of the CSR Planning Group, the Social Contribution Promotion Group, and the Environmental Affairs Group. The CSR Planning Group is responsible for the strategy and dissemination related to non-financial information as well as the planning, implementation, and promotion of measures to improve the corporate and organizational culture. The Social Contribution Promotion Group is responsible for promoting social contribution activities such as plant tours and food education. The Environmental Affairs Group is responsible for promoting company-wide environmental affairs as well as overseeing the operation and supervision of ISO 14001 environmental management systems.

External Evaluations

Morinaga Milk has been highly rated by a variety of external institutions as a corporate group that implements activities aimed at achieving a sustainable society.

Latest Ratings

Morinaga Milk was selected for inclusion in the SNAM Sustainability Index.

The SNAM Sustainable Investment Fund, which began in August 2012, is an investment product for pension funds and institutional investors that invest widely in companies with high ratings on ESG (Environment, Social, and Governance).
Morinaga Milk was selected for inclusion for the first time in 2018.

Past Ratings [2017]

Morinaga Milk acquired a DBJ BCM rating from the Development Bank of Japan.

Morinaga Milk acquired a DBJ BCM rating awarded by the Development Bank of Japan, Inc. (DBJ) to companies with outstanding initiatives for disaster prevention and business continuity.
Morinaga Milk acquired the DBJ BCM rating for the first time in 2017.

Past Ratings [2016]

Morinaga Milk acquired the highest DBJ Health Management rating from the Development Bank of Japan.

Morinaga Milk acquired the highest rating awarded to companies with outstanding initiatives that consider employee health based on the DBJ Health Management rating, a financing menu of the Development Bank of Japan, Inc. (DBJ).
Morinaga Milk acquired the highest rating for two consecutive years from 2015.

External Commendations

Morinaga Milk has received commendations from a variety of external institutions for the quality of products, research activities, and social activities.

Latest Commendations

Thick Greek Yogurt PARTHENO Plain (two varieties – with and without sugar) won a Two-Star Superior Taste Award from the International Taste & Quality Institute (iTQi) 2018.

In international contests which evaluate the taste and quality of food and beverages, Thick Greek Yogurt PARTHENO Plain (two varieties – with and without sugar) won a Two-Star Superior Taste Award.

Morinaga’s "Study in novel health function of Aloe vera gel derived phytosterols and application for functional food", was the result of research and development in aloe sterols. The study won the Japan Society of Nutrition and Food Science’s fiscal 2018 Award for Achievement in Technological Research.

As part of Morinaga’s 15 years of research, it was confirmed that aloe sterols have an effect on improving skin function in addition to their anti-obesity and anti-diabetes actions. Morinaga is also promoting application in functional foods containing aloe sterols such as yogurt, which can contribute to skin health.

The Morinaga Little Angels Program: Expedition Team Exploring Forest and Food won the Judging Committee Encouragement Award at the Awards for Companies Promoting Experience-based Learning Activities for the Youth organized by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.

The award recognizes the social contribution activities of companies that foster children’s survival skills with the idea that experience-based activities are the starting point for building character.

Morinaga won the Judging Committee Chairman’s Award in the 5th Food Industry Mottainai (Reducing Wastefulness) Awards organized by the Japan Organic Recycling Association (sponsored by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, and co-sponsored by the Ministry of the Environment and the Consumer Affairs Agency) for developing tofu with a long shelf life and turning ‘okara’ into animal feed.

By making long-term storage of tofu possible with the use of aseptic packaging technology, Morinaga created new markets, including overseas sales and use in disaster stockpiles. This was highly rated.
Moreover, in order to effectively utilize the “okara” produced in the manufacture of tofu, the “okara” is fermented with lactobacillus to make a pleasant-tasting silage, which is sold by Morinaga Rakunou Co., Ltd., an affiliated company.

KRAFT Pure (Muku) – Mature Cheddar Flavor and KRAFT Pure (Muku) – Mature Gouda Flavor won a Three-Star Superior Taste Award and a Two-Star Superior Taste Award from the International Taste & Quality Institute (iTQi) 2018.

In international contests to evaluate the taste and quality of food and beverages, KRAFT Pure (Muku) – Mature Cheddar Flavor won a Three-Star Superior Taste Award, the highest level awarded for products recognized as “exceptional”, and KRAFT Pure (Muku) – Mature Gouda Flavor won a Two-Star Superior Taste Award, which is awarded to products recognized as “remarkable”.

The Morinaga Milk Annual Report won the Gold Award in the Traditional Annual Report division of the International ARC Awards 2018.

Morinaga was given the Gold Award in the Traditional Annual Report division of the International ARC Awards 2018, one of the world’s biggest competitions for annual reports. The award was the third consecutive award following our fiscal 2015 report, which was the first English language annual report published by the company.

Past Commendations [2017]

KRAFT Pure (Muku) – Mature Cheddar Flavor and KRAFT Pure (Muku) – Mature Gouda Flavor won a Three-Star Superior Taste Award and a Two-Star Superior Taste Award from the International Taste & Quality Institute (iTQi) 2017.

In international contests which evaluate the taste and quality of food and beverages, KRAFT Pure (Muku) – Mature Cheddar Flavor won a Three-Star Superior Taste Award, the highest level awarded for products recognized as “exceptional”, and KRAFT Pure (Muku) – Mature Gouda Flavor won a Two-Star Superior Taste Award, which is awarded to products recognized as “remarkable”.

The Morinaga Milk Annual Report won the Gold Award in the Cover Photo/Design division of the International ARC Awards 2017.

Morinaga also won the Gold Award in the Cover Photo/Design division of the Dairy & Health Products category in the International ARC Awards 2017, one of the world’s biggest competitions for annual reports. In 2017, more than 1,987 entries from 33 countries were judged, and Morinaga won an award for the second year in a row following our fiscal 2015 report, which was the first English language annual report published by the company.

Past Commendations [2016]

"Effect of Pre-Exercise Casein Peptide Ingestion on Mitochondrial Enzyme Activity under Conditions of High-Fat Diet" won the Conference Award at the 29th Conference of the Japanese Society of Physical Fitness and Sports Medicine.

Morinaga conducted joint research with The University of Tokyo on the physiological action of casein peptides obtained by breaking down proteins in cow’s milk using our unique technology. The research paper that reported the results won the Conference Award at the 29th Conference of the Japanese Society of Physical Fitness and Sports Medicine.

Morinaga’s Tokyo Plant received the Environment Minister’s Commendation Award as a contributor to the development of a recycling-oriented society in the Outstanding Company for 3R Activities division at the 11th National 3R Promotion Conference.

Tokyo Plant received the award in recognition of the circulation cycle it constructed under which it turns by-products produced during manufacturing, formerly treated as food waste, into animal feed. Milk from cows that have eaten this feed is received at the plant and used as the raw material for dairy products.

Morinaga E-Akachan won the 8th Mothers’ Selection Award 2016 from the NPO Japan Mothers Association.

The award is given, based on selection by mothers, to products loved by mothers who are raising children and to events that support mothers. Such events are considered convenient, cheering, healing or useful for child-raising.

Morinaga Milk’s Annual Report won the Silver Award in the Traditional Annual Report division of the International ARC Awards 2016.

Morinaga received the Silver Award in the Traditional Annual Report division of the Food & Consumer Packaged Goods category in the International ARC Awards 2016, one of the world’s biggest competitions for annual reports.

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