Idemitsu Group’s Sustainability

Idemitsu Group’s Policies

Idemitsu Group Sustainability Policy

As a reliable partner , the Idemitsu Group fulfills the following three responsibilities through its business activities: "Protect the Environment and Lifestyles," "Support Regional Communities," and "Provide for Society with Technological Capabilities." The Idemitsu Group discloses information appropriately , engages in earnest dialogue and collaboration with stakeholders, and aims to enhance its corporate value while remain ing a sustainable company that observes the following priority policies.


  • While fulfilling the Idemitsu Group’s crucial social mission of maintaining the stable supply of energy and materials, we continue striv ing to realiz e carbon neutrality not only with in the Idemitsu Group but also throughout society.
  • We promote the development of innovative technologies, pursue advance mitigat ion of environmental risks in our business activities , and contribute to the conservation of the natural environment , as well as the realization of a circular economy.
  • The Idemitsu Group places the highest priority on respect for human rights in all its decisions and actions, and strives in its business activities to prevent and ameliorate adverse impacts on human rights.
  • By implementing diversity and inclusion measures w e leverage our diverse capabilities to grow as a company and contribute to the realization of inclusive societies.
  • Working together with our partners, we contribute to the realization of a sustainable society throughout the supply chain.
  • We make maximum use of our resources to co create solutions that meet the needs of regional communities.
  • The Idemitsu Group s eek s to enhance deliberations by the Board of Directors and continues to improve its effectiveness.
  • We comply with international norms concerning the environment, human rights, labor, safety, and anticorruption.
  • We conduct fair and honest management, identify material risks, and implement appropriate risk management measures.

This policy has been approved by the Board of Directors of Idemitsu Kosan Co., Ltd.

Effective: October 19, 2021

出光興産, DFF Inc.

Idemitsu Group Human Rights Policy

Idemitsu Group believes in the infinite possibilities of “the power of human beings”. By maximizing the full potential of all our employees, trusting, and cooperating with each other, we aim to contribute to the energy security of countries and regions around the world for the brightness and prosperity of the people who live there.
With this vision for Idemitsu Group, respecting human rights is at the core of everything we do and is the fundamental element of our business. 
This policy applies to all executive officers and employees of Idemitsu Group. We also expect all business partners, including our suppliers, to understand and comply with this policy.

  1. Respect for Human Rights
    Idemitsu Group seeks to work in harmony with both the international and local community, and does not allow discrimination against any individual or groups. In addition, we prohibit words or actions that could harm human dignity, be it physically or mentally.
    Idemitsu Group respects internationally recognized human rights as set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, as we conduct business both in Japan and worldwide. We also support the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights, and the United Nations Global Compact.
    Idemitsu Group complies with the laws of the countries and regions where we operate. If local laws contradict internationally recognized human rights standards, we will seek ways to honor the principles of international human rights without violating local laws.
  2. Human Rights Due Diligence
    Idemitsu Group is committed to implement human rights due diligence in line with the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. We work to assess human rights risks in our business activities and take actions to prevent and mitigate the identified negative impacts.
  3. Human Rights Priority Issues
    1. (1) Promotion of Diversity
      Idemitsu Group's vision is to become a Japan-based energy co-creation company that strives to create new values with customers and stakeholders while seeking harmony with the environment and society based on diversity and inclusion. As noted below, we have established the Diversity & Inclusiveness Policy to embed this vision and commitment within our company.
    2. (2) Prohibition of forced labor
      Idemitsu Group does not allow, nor will be complicit in or benefit from, forced labor. In cases where compliance with local laws alone is not sufficient to meet this commitment, Idemitsu Group will take into account relevant international standards.
      Idemitsu Group does not allow any form of forced or compulsory labor at any stage, including bonded labor, when planning or conducting business operations. Idemitsu Group also does not confiscate identification cards of any of our workers, nor restricts their freedom of movement outside working hours.
    3. (3) Prohibition of Child Labor
      Idemitsu Group does not allow the use of child labor. We prohibit assigning hazardous or harmful work to young workers.
    4. (4) Prohibition of Discrimination
      Idemitsu Group is committed to respecting the human rights of all people, creating a work environment that does not harm individual’s dignity, and is free from discrimination.
      We do not allow discrimination based on race, gender, religion, belief, disability, nationality, ethnic or social origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, educational background, marital status, job positions, employment type or any other distinctions irrelevant to business skills or experiences.
    5. (5) Prohibition of Harassment
      Idemitsu Group does not tolerate sexual harassment, power harassment, or other words or actions that constitute as physical or mental harassment, that could make a person feel degraded.
    6. (6) Freedom of Association and Recognition of the Right to Collective Bargaining
      Idemitsu Group respects employees’ rights to freedom of association, union participation, and collective bargaining. Idemitsu Group further prohibits any intimidation or retaliation against employees who exercise these rights.
      At domestic affiliated companies with labor unions, we have collective labor agreements with in-house labor unions where both parties should work to observe such agreements in good faith.
      At overseas affiliated companies, by the same approach, Idemitsu Group promotes communication between senior management and employees in order to deepen mutual understanding.
    7. (7) Maintaining our Working Environment
      Idemitsu Group complies with labor laws and regulations of the countries and regions where we operate, such as minimum wage and reasonable working hours. In addition, we will seek to create a comfortable working environment in consideration of the health and safety of our employees.
    8. (8) Land, Water and the Use of Natural Resources
      Where Idemitsu Group is involved in acquisition, leasing or use of lands, or development of natural resources, we work to mitigate negative environmental and social impacts resulting from such business operations. We also seek to give due consideration to the rights of the local people who use or live in or around the affected area. We will strive to ensure that living standards are not adversely affected, especially when the affected community is resettled. .
      We also work to prevent soil and water pollution so that our business does not negatively impact the local population’s access to safe and hygienic water.
    9. (9) Respect for the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
      Idemitsu Group respects the rights of indigenous peoples arising from their cultures, spiritual traditions, history, and philosophies, in the countries and regions where we operate. In addition, if a potential negative impact related to our business operations is identified, we will strive to avoid, mitigate or minimize such impact.
  4. Grievance Mechanisms
    Idemitsu Group promotes a culture of communication and feedback, and employees can consult with their supervisors on any concerns related to human rights issues discussed in this policy. Idemitsu Group has a whistle blowing system for executive officers and employees to raise concerns related to actual or potential violations of the Code of Conduct, including human rights-related matters. Idemitsu Group also has a reporting channel for any interested stakeholder to raise concerns related to our business activities. Idemitsu Group continues to enhance our capacity to effectively identify our human rights impacts and optimize our grievance mechanisms.
  5. Information Disclosure
    Idemitsu Group regularly reports our efforts to respect human rights, including through our website and other appropriate channels.

This policy has been approved by the Board of Directors of Idemitsu Kosan Co., Ltd.

Effective: December 17, 2019

出光興産, DFF Inc.

Idemitsu Group Diversity & Inclusion Policy

Idemitsu Group, as an energy co-creation company from Japan, will work with a diverse range of stakeholders to create new values in order to resolve various social issues.
Therefore, it is essential to initiate a positive chemical reaction by incorporating various perspectives, values, and strengths to maximize the potential of each individual.
Idemitsu Group will eradicate discrimination on the basis of position, employment status, age, gender, educational background, place of origin, nationality, race, disability, beliefs, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status. We will also actively promote “Diversity & Inclusion” through mutual respect by building each other up and making best use of everyone’s individuality.

  • We will eliminate all forms of discrimination.
  • We will create an environment where individuals can make the most of their abilities.
  • We will respect work-life balance of each employee.
  • We will create a workplace culture that respects and enhances each other's individuality.

and allows the team to maximize its strengths.

出光興産, DFF Inc.

Compliance Code of Conduct

  1. Compliance with Laws, Regulations, and Morals
    We will comply with domestic and international laws and regulations, social ethics, internal regulations, and contracts, and act with integrity as good corporate citizens.
  2. Respect for Human Rights
    We will not tolerate any infringement of human rights. We accept diversity in all forms (e.g. race, nationality, gender, etc.), and strive to create healthy and comfortable workplaces free of harassment.
  3. Safety, Quality, and Environmental Preservation
    We will ensure the appropriate quality of our products and services; We will do our utmost to prevent accidents and minimize losses due to disasters, and will act with due consideration to the preservation of the global environment.
  4. Fair and Free Competition
    We will conduct business transactions based on fair and free competition.
  5. Anti-Corruption
    We will maintain sound and transparent relationships with civil servants, government authorities, etc., both in Japan and abroad when conducting our business activities.
  6. Information Disclosure and Information Management
    We will manage information held by the Company appropriately with transparency and soundness of management. We will disclose information appropriately to the general public when necessary.
出光興産, DFF Inc.

Basic Policy on Harassment in the Workplace

  1. Purpose
    Idemitsu Group considers ‘respect for human rights’ as the highest priority in all decisions and actions; we will maintain harmonious relationship with the international and local communities and will not discriminate against any parties. In addition, we will not tolerate any words, deeds, or violence, both physical and mental, that may damage human dignity.
    Based on Idemitsu Group Human Rights Policy, this sets forth policies for preventing harassments and appropriately responding to harassments in order to ensure healthy work environments and free from all kinds of harassments. By deepening the understanding on ‘respect the human rights,’ we are committed to respect the human rights of all employees, and to create a workplace environment where all employees can demonstrate their abilities to the fullest. Moreover, we will also ask business partners, including suppliers, to understand and comply this policy.
  2. Basic Policy

    <Basic Policy on Harassment in the Workplace>

    1. Idemitsu will not tolerate harassment in the workplace nor action that harms dignity of individuals.
    2. Idemitsu will continue to implement the following measures to ensure all workplaces are free of harassments.
      • We will disseminate the "Guidelines on Prevention of Harassment in the Workplace" to all employees.
      • We have established Consultation Desk for Harassments in the workplace to respond to a wide range of inquiries and troubles. In addition, we will take measures such as trainings so that the person in charge of Consultation Desk can respond to any harassments promptly and appropriately.
      • In responding to consultations and troubles, the privacy of individuals (such as sexual orientation, sexual self-esteem, medical history and/or sensitive personal information such as fertility treatment) is well-protected and we will not use the consultation details as reason to treat all related individuals disadvantageously.
      • In the event of harassment in the workplace, HR manager of related department, Consultation Desk, and the Human Resources Department will cooperate to find facts and resolve the problem and prevent the problem from recurring promptly and accurately.
      • We will take a resolute stance in dealing with harassment in the workplace.
      • In addition to conducting training to promote the understanding and awareness of harassment prevention in the workplace, we will enhance preventive measures and countermeasures that reflect opinions of each employee.
    3. The director in charge of Human Resources affairs shall take a full responsibility to promote and develop workplace environments in alinement to this basic policy.
出光興産, DFF Inc.

Biodiversity Guideline

We continue our business activities while utilizing the natural environment (natural capital) consisting of land, water, air, and ecosystems including a wide variety of species and genes.
The importance of passing on the natural environment (natural capital), which is the foundation of social activities, to future generations in an appropriate manner is a value that we have cherished until now. Idemitsu Group Sustainability Policy clearly states that we will contribute to the preservation of the natural environment and the realization of a circular society by reducing environmental risks from our business activities.
This guideline is established as a supplement to the Idemitsu Group Sustainability Policy and as a guideline for further conservation activities in the field of biodiversity included in the natural environment (natural capital).

  • We will accurately grasp the impact of our business activities on biodiversity and strive to reduce negative impacts and increase positive impacts.
  • When considering new businesses, we will fully consider the impact from the perspective of biodiversity.
  • We will contribute to the restoration of ecosystems whose biodiversity has deteriorated.
  • We will contribute to the expansion of ecosystems where biodiversity is conserved.
  • We will promote environmental education and awareness of biodiversity.
  • We will strengthen disclosure of initiatives related to biodiversity conservation and expand dialogue and cooperation with stakeholders.
出光興産, DFF Inc.

Corporate Citizenship Activities Promotion Guidelines​

Based on our Management philosophy, "Truly inspired," Idemitsu Kosan Co.,Ltd. engages in corporate citizenship activities with a focus on "Environment" and "Culture" for the purpose of enriching and bringing peace to the daily lives of the residents in the countries and communities where we conduct business activities.

  1. Focus Areas
    "Environment" Protect the global environment now and in the future
    "Culture" Foster an enriched mind
  2. Key Activities
    Activities to conserve and regenerate the regional natural environment Activities to connect people, communities, and the next generation through arts
  3. Our values in action
    1. (1) Employee participation
      To support the voluntary participation of employees and bring the boundless potential of the human beings for the benefit of the society
    2. (2) Connection with the local communities
      To respect the environment and culture of each region, and conduct activities with the people living in the region in mind
    3. (3) Leveraging the Group's Strengths
      To utilize the Group's strengths, such as assets and know-how
    4. (4) Co-creation with the stakeholders
      To work in tandem with diverse stakeholders to co-create values
出光興産, DFF Inc.