Measures, indicators and progress of the Five Materialities

We have identified the Five Materialities as social issues that must be prioritized in order to realize Vision 2030. We will continue to promote these initiatives through dialogue with our stakeholders.

Progress of materialities

The status of our initiatives for materialities in fiscal 2021 is as follows. We report progress focusing on those areas with quantitative targets.

See here for the Materialities Progress Report (Fiscal 2021) [141 KB / 2pages]

Measures and indicators of materialities

Stable procurement and supply of proteins

Global population growth, climate change, and other factors are expected to make it increasingly difficult to supply proteins. The NH Foods Group aims to ensure the stable procurement and supply of proteins. In addition to existing quality-related safety and reliability initiatives, we will advance efforts to supply diverse proteins through consideration for the environment and social aspects such as human rights and animal welfare in our supply chains.

Social Issues Policies Measures and Indicators
Stable procurement and supply of proteins We will contribute to the health and physical development of people through the stable delivery of protein, which provides the power to live.
As for procurement, we will work with related stakeholders to maintain and stabilize a sustainable supply chain and contribute to resolving issues in the livestock business.
  • Improving protein intake as a power of life(in Japan)
  • Control of livestock diseases
  • Promote CSR procurement (By FY2030, inform important primary suppliers of policies and have 100% SAQ implementation, disseminate policies to important secondary suppliers and implement SAQ)
  • Due diligence on suppliers regarding human rights
  • Promote initiatives that take animal welfare into consideration
    • Elimination of gestation crates on all NH farms (pigs)
      To be eliminated from all domestic NH farms by the end of 2030
    • Installation of drinking water facilities in lairage pens at all NH meat processing
      plants (pigs and cattle) To be installed at all domestic bases by the end of 2023
    • Installation of cameras on all NH farms and meat processing plants to ensure environmental quality
      To be installed at all domestic bases by the end of 2023

      * For companies in which the NH Foods Group holds a majority stake

  • Develop and utilize new technologies such as smart livestock farming
Greater choice of protein In response to lifestyle changes, etc., we will promote the expansion and sale of plant-derived protein products and pursue new alternative proteins.
  • Expand sales of plant-derived protein products (FY2030 shipment amount: 10 billion yen)
  • Develop alternative meat technologies
Food safety and reliable We will promote the acquisition of third-party certification for food safety and training on food safety for our employees in order to deliver safe and secure products.
  • Promote acquisition of third-party certification (FSSC22000, SQF, BRC, JFS, etc.)
  • Human resource development through specialized technical certification and other training

Stable procurement and supply of proteins

Changes in lifestyle and other factors are leading to the need for diverse solutions in the area of food as well. The NH Foods Group will contribute to a happy and healthy life by developing products and providing services that meet diverse needs.

Social Issues Policies Measures and Indicators
Food allergy support We are working to improve the quality of life of those with food allergies and their families by expanding our products and services, primarily centered around food.
  • Expansion of and enlightenment regarding food allergy-related products (FY2030 shipment amount: 4 billion yen)
  • Research and disseminate information on food allergies
Health promotion We will promote the development of products that both taste good and contribute to health, contributing to the joy of eating and healthy living.
We will also promote research and disseminate information on extending healthy life expectancy through industry-government-academia collaboration.
  • Research and commercialization of new ingredients to improve cognitive function (Supply equivalent of 3 million meals a year by FY2026)
  • Develop products that contribute to health
  • Disseminate information on extending healthy life expectancy
Food diversification We will contribute to a variety of dietary lifestyles by providing products that respond to various cultures and values.
  • Develop and sell products that respond to a diverse range of cultures, religions, etc.

Contributing to a sustainable environment

We face various environmental issues such as climate change, food loss, and marine plastic litter. The NH Foods Group’s businesses involve bringing our customers the bounty of nature, and we are determined to help solve issues such as greenhouse gases, food loss, and plastics throughout the value chain.

Social Issues Policies Measures and Indicators
Responding to climate change We will consider measures to deal with climate change, work to reduce and control greenhouse gas emissions, and contribute to reducing our environmental impact.
Additionally, we will promote research and technological development through internal and external cooperation.
  • Reduce CO2 emissions from fossil fuels by at least 46% by FY2030 (compared to FY2013)*
  • Promote research and technological development to control and reduce greenhouse gases derived from livestock
Resource saving and recycling We will work to reduce the amount of water used, which is one of the planet’s most important resources, as well as the amount of waste generated at our business sites. We will also promote resource recycling and contribute to reducing our environmental impact.
Additionally, we will work to address water risks and reduce food loss.
  • Reduce water consumption by 5% by FY2030 (compared to FY2019: Basic unit per production quantity)*
  • Reduce waste emissions by 5% by FY2030 (compared to FY2019: Basic unit per production quantity)*
  • Achieve a waste recycling rate of at least 92% by FY2030*
  • Use environmentally-friendly materials (recycled materials, biomass materials, etc.) and reduce the amount of packaging materials used
  • Identify areas with high water risks, survey actual conditions in the area and respond to issues
  • Promote the reduction of food loss from manufacturing, sales, and distribution
Addressing biodiversity We will promote the procurement of sustainable resources and contribute to the conservation of biodiversity. We will switch to certified products for palm oil and work to expand the list of certified products for fishery resources.
  • 100% use of RSPO-certified palm oil by FY2030 (including B&C)
  • Increase in certified products for sustainable fishery resources (MSC/ASC)
  • Promote forest conservation activities

Coexistence and coprosperity with local communities and society as a whole through food and sports

As a good corporate citizen, the NH Foods Group aims to be an enterprise loved and trusted by local communities and society as a whole, as we walk and grow together, deepening ties formed through food and sports.

Social Issues Policies Measures and Indicators
Local community deveropment We will contribute to the development of local communities by collaborating with local communities through sports, local cultural activities, social welfare activities through food, support for the development of the next generation through food and dietary education, etc. We will also place importance on dialogue with the local communities in which we operate and work to resolve issues.
  • Promote activities for co-creation with local communities through sports (new HOKKAIDO BALLPARK, sports/food education classes, etc.)
  • Promote community contribution activities, including cultural activities (cooperation and clean-up activities for local events, etc.)
  • Promote social welfare activities through food (Supplying food to food banks and “Kodomo Shokudo”, etc.)
  • Support fostering the next generation through food and dietary education, etc. (in-class lessons, career development support, etc.)

Respect for employee growth and diversity

The NH Foods Group aims to be a place where employees can feel truly happy and fulfilled. Based on a deep respect for individuals, we strive to create workplaces where employees can thrive and demonstrate their unique strengths.

Social Issues Policies Measures and Indicators
Enhancing job satisfaction for employees We will promote a human resources management strategy that improves the motivation of our employees.
  • Support for job satisfaction
  • Foster a corporate culture that encourages employees to take on challenges
  • Improve expertise and management capabilities through education and training
  • Initiatives for fair evaluation and compensation
  • Promote the right person in the right place by transfer and assignment
  • Support for career autonomy
Respect for diversity We will work to improve value creativity by promoting the active participation of a diverse range of human resources, as well as labor productivity through work style reform. Additionally, we will promote health and safety management and comply with labor-related laws.
  • Promote active participation by women
  • Promote support initiatives for childcare, nursing care, persons with disabilities, etc.
  • Reduce total working hours
  • Promote a diverse range of working styles
  • Further strengthen the health management system
  • Further promote the eradication of labor accidents
  • Education regarding human rights policies and establishment of human rights due diligence system

* Medium-term environmental targets are for Japan only.