Plastic Waste Issues and Our Responsibility
In fiscal 2018, in addition to climate change, natural resource and energy depletion, and disparities in water and food resource distribution, problems caused by plastic waste came into clearer focus than ever. Plastics do not just make our lives richer and more convenient, they also contribute greatly to solving environmental and social problems by, for example, enabling lighter, energy-saving automobile parts, or adding gas barrier properties to packaging that make food last longer and reduce food loss. At the same time, however, unrecycled plastics become waste that can travel through streams to the oceans and negatively impact the global environment. Mitsubishi Chemical (MCC) is a chemical company that manufactures plastics; as such, we believe it is our responsibility to not only pursue greater convenience through plastics, but provide solutions to the environmental impact that plastics cause.
During the decades of Japan’s rapid economic rise, the Japanese chemical industry developed immensely. At the same time, air and water pollution became serious social problems, leading to a harsh reckoning for chemical companies with regard to their responsibilities to society. Through diligent efforts to learn from and solve these problems, Japan came to lead the world in environmental technologies, and the industry’s efforts to minimize the environmental impact of its businesses continue today. The current plastic waste problem is an issue as serious—in fact, given its global impact, more serious—than the pollution problems of previous decades, and it is our duty to do our utmost to solve it.
KAITEKI Health and Productivity Management
Ensuring that every employee can realize their potential to the fullest is crucial to the realization of KAITEKI. We are therefore looking beyond conventional work styles as we implement a range of measures to create workplaces where diverse human resources can thrive. We have distilled these efforts into 30 declarations under the title “Mitsubishi Chemical Has Decided” that we have published both within the Group and externally. These 30 declarations, covering areas such as respect for human rights, creating safe and secure working environments, enabling flexible workstyles and supporting the success and self-realization of diverse human resources, make clear MCC’s stance and determination. With the support of employees, the entire Group is working as one to put KAITEKI Health and Productivity Management into practice.
To Our Stakeholders
The environmental and social issues we face today are growing ever more global, complex, and impactful. Solving them, and, beyond that, realizing KAITEKI, will require working in harmony with stakeholders. We ask for your continued understanding and support.
The MCC Group will marshal its full strength to contribute to the realization of KAITEKI through its businesses, which are built on a foundation of chemistry.