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Key Theme 2: Diversity & Inclusion

Action on Human Rights and Supply Chain

Conducting Corporate Human Rights Due Diligence to Engage in Business Activities with Respect
for Human Rights

The Mitsubishi Estate Group has set diversity & inclusion as one of the key themes for the realization of the Mitsubishi Estate Group 2030 Goals for SDGs. Respect for human rights is an essential element in the realization of a sustainable world. In order to fulfill its duty to respect the basic human rights of all stakeholders, the Group formulated the Mitsubishi Estate Group Human Rights Policy in April 2018 and conducted corporate human rights due diligence. Taking the results into consideration, the Group decided to implement the following initiatives to provide solutions for social issues.

1. Using sustainably-sourced timber for concrete formwork panels

The concrete formwork panels*1 used in construction of offices and housing are made of lumber imported from Southeast Asia countries such as Malaysia and Indonesia. NGOs and other institutions have said that procurement of some of these materials involves illegal logging, including the taking of indigenous peoples' lands and the destruction of the environment.

From the perspectives of human rights and environmental protection, the Mitsubishi Estate Group uses timber that complies with the Sustainable Sourcing Code*2 (certified lumber or Japan-grown timber) or equivalent as the timber in its concrete formwork panels. The Group aims to achieve a usage rate of 100% by 2030.

  • The plywood used as the formwork for pouring of ready-mixed concrete when constructing buildings.
  • The code, in which international agreements and guidelines for sustainability in different sectors are used as a reference, specifies guidelines and methods of operation aimed at implementing sustainability-oriented procurement, among other matters.

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(2030 goal)

Usage rate of lumber that complies with Sustainable Sourcing Code for Timber or equivalent

Example of formwork panels in use

2. Respect the human rights of foreign technical interns

The Group will request its suppliers to instruct and make known to their associates, where it is assumed that many technical interns work, matters in the activities of technical interns that often go unnoticed, such as issues related to pay and daily life, which were revealed in interviews conducted with foreign technical interns.

3. Corporate human rights due diligence concerning overseas businesses

When considering business activities in Asia, where there are many cases of human rights violations in general, the Group will conduct corporate human rights due diligence using checklists to confirm whether there were any issues such as forced evictions in the area. The result will be used in decision-making when participating in business activities.

Human Rights Initiatives

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Ensuring Traceability in Newly-Built Condominiums for Sale

In its newly-built condominiums for sale, Mitsubishi Estate Residence is using concrete formwork panels* based on sustainable sourcing standards for timber and to ensure traceability.

To ensure traceability, all companies in each stage of distribution, including logging and supply, must be certified. Mitsubishi Estate Residence has been working to ensure traceability by using timber that has obtained FSC forest management certification, which confirms that forests are properly managed, and a FSC chain of custody (CoC) certification, which verifies that timber produced in FSC-certified forests is managed and processed appropriately in the subsequent stages of distribution. However, there were still many companies ranging from formwork processors to construction companies that have not obtained CoC certification. This was an issue because certification doesn’t cover the entire distribution chain, which meant that traceability was not completely ensured.

To address this issue, Mitsubishi Estate Residence has started an initiative to ensure traceability throughout the supply chain by building a scheme to obtain third-party certification from Japan Gas Appliances Inspection Association, a third-party certification body, based on the use of materials certified under the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), a global alliance of national forest certification systems that mutually endorses their certification systems. The initiative has commenced with The Parkhouse Komazawa Residence, construction of which is scheduled for completion in December 2021, and the traceability of the timber in concrete formwork panels in all buildings will be ensured in fiscal 2030. In order to strengthen the initiative, Mitsubishi Estate Residence will also aim to obtain international certification in addition to the third-party certification method in the future.

As a leading company in the newly-built condominiums for sale industry, Mitsubishi Estate Residence will strive to make this an industry-wide initiative by communicating the issues and solutions both internally and externally.

  • The plywood used as the formwork for pouring of ready-mixed concrete when constructing buildings.

See the following press release for more details on the third-party certification scheme (case study of The Parkhouse Komazawa Residence) and the roadmap, etc.

Using Concrete Formwork Panels Based on Sustainable Sourcing Standards
and Ensuring Traceability in Newly Built Condominiums for Sale (Japanese only)
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