Promotion of human rights due diligence and sustainable raw material use

Developing countries produce a lot of cocoa beans, the main raw material of chocolate, and palm oil, the main raw material of vegetable fats and oils. These raw materials are indispensable to confectionery. Issues that have been pointed out as problems facing developing countries include environmental destruction due to the development of raw material cultivation areas, and the intensification of human rights problems such as child labor. In 2024 we will celebrate the 100th anniversary of our founding. While protecting the places of origin of the raw materials of our confectionery, we will endeavor to achieve a stable supply of safe raw materials which give peace of mind. This will also enable us to bring delicious confections to our customers for the next 100 years.

  • No poverty
  • Quality education
  • Decent work and economic growth
  • Reduced inequalities
  • Climate action
  • Life on land

Efforts related to cocoa beans

In Ghana, the main production area of cocoa beans, in order to procure sustainable cocoa beans, we procure cocoa beans from farmers who endeavor to eradicate child labor and conserve the environment.
In particular we are engaged in supporting activities with an emphasis on eradicating and suppressing child labor, a serious problem in the cocoa industry.

Efforts related to palm oil

In order to support the procurement of sustainable palm oil, we are a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) which is an international nonprofit organization for sustainable palm oil, and we have begun the use of certified palm trees.
Further, we are endeavoring to obtain supply chain certification, which examines whether certified palm oil is being appropriately purchased and produced and whether its distribution is being appropriately managed, and also grants approval.