Japan Business Initiative for Biodiversity
Ajinomoto Co., Inc. / Ajinomoto Group
Ensuring that business operations help to conserve ecosystems and biodiversity
Ajinomoto has been “Working for Life” without wavering since it was founded 106 years ago, and it has now built a global business in the field of food, health, and amino science & pharmaceuticals.
As all raw materials come from nature, Ajinomoto’s fundamental mission is conservation of biodiversity and sustainable use of ecosystem services through the whole operation process including supply chains and value chains. This leads to responsible corporate activities based on a sustainable business model to ensure sustainable growth. The business activities of Ajinomoto naturally involve solving various challenges confronting not only Ajinomoto itself but also customers, business partners, communities, the global community, and the ecosystems without which none of these could exist. At the same time, global ecosystem and biodiversity issues are of a scale and complexity beyond what a single corporation can address. Collaboration and cooperation with external stakeholders are needed to realize far-reaching initiatives based on the big picture of the global environment.
Ajinomoto is committed to working with like-minded companies and industries, as well as communities, government agencies, NGOs, non-profits, and research institutes, and will broadly pursue multistakeholder initiatives. Ensuring the sustainable procurement of important raw materials for business is a concrete and vital means to achieve these goals.
Skipjack tuna is the raw material for “Hon Dashi” soup stock, a major product of Ajinomoto on the Japanese broth market as well as a prominent seafood resource worldwide. In collaboration with the Fisheries Research Agency in Japan, since 2009, more than 10,000 skipjack have been tagged, released and traced for better understanding of their ecology. Unprecedented, detailed data has been obtained on their migration habits through advanced archival electronic tags used since 2011. Together with Japanese government-funded correlated surveys, Ajinomoto’s project is a dominant part of Japan’s skipjack efforts, the results of which are shared with the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission for discussions towards establishing sustainable fishery management.
Ajinomoto is not only engaged in responsible and sustainable procurement of material natural resources such as paper and palm oil, but also promotes the improvement of regional ecosystem networks at its operation sites and conducts various studies on natural capital.
Ajinomoto addresses itself to “Living in harmony with nature” and the Aichi Target in all its business activities.