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Corporate Social Responsibility

Message from the President

At the JX Nippon Mining & Metals Group we are committed to contributing to the sustainable development of society through our business activities, including our supply chain, based on the social environment and the wishes of stakeholders.

JX Nippon Mining & Metals is a company in the field of nonferrous metals and a core member of the JXTG Group, which aims to become one of Asia's leading energy, resources, and materials business groups.
Our mission is to provide to society stable supplies of materials, including copper, rare metals, precious metals, and other nonferrous metal resources, as well as electronic materials. Based on this social mission, we carry out a full range of organically connected business operations, from upstream resources development through midstream smelting and refining to downstream operations comprising electronic materials and recycling and environmental services.

Review of the material issues for CSR activities

Today, initiatives that set targets with specific deadlines to achieve sustainable societies, such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement, are being promoted on a global scale.
In light of these trends, in 2018 the JX Nippon Mining & Metals Group undertook a review of the material issues for CSR activities, taking into account the connections of the Group's business activities, including its supply chain, to the economy, the environment, human rights, and various other social issues. Besides clarifying the definitions of the material issues up to now, we added "Respecting human rights" and "Promoting community involvement and development" as new items, selecting issues in line with the Group's business activities. Engagement with these issues will also contribute toward achievement of the goals defined as the SDGs.

Material Issues for CSR Activities

  • Ensuring occupational health and safety
  • Assuring product quality and safety
  • Developing human resources
  • Providing a rewarding work experience
  • Promoting community involvement and development
  • Using nonferrous metal resources effectively
  • Establishing a recycling-oriented society
  • Establishing a low-carbon society
  • Insisting on full compliance
  • Respecting human rights

Current State and Challenges of the Copper Business

Copper is central to our business operations. It is widely used in electrical wires and electrical circuits for electronic products, vehicles, and other applications because of its good electrical conductivity, ease of processing, thermal conductivity, and other advantages. Fundamental to human culture, copper is an indispensable metal resource for the future growth of society. Yet the regions where copper deposits are found are distributed unevenly and reserves are finite. We therefore need to make effective use of available resources by improving the extraction percentage and pursuing recycling initiatives, among other means.
Against this background, the JX Nippon Mining & Metals Group sees CSR activities as "nothing more or less than our business activities." Our corporate social responsibility, in other words, is to achieve stable and efficient supply of high-quality copper and contribute to economic growth and a higher living standard, while addressing such social issues as reducing environmental impact and respecting human rights. To these ends, we are pursuing innovation in the productivity of resources and materials, drawing on the technology and knowledge we have accumulated over our history spanning more than a century.
What this means for our resources development business and smelting and refining business is that we pursue the efficient mining, concentration, and refining of copper ores, a finite natural resource, not letting any of the copper content go to waste. In our recycling and environmental services business, we seek to supplement natural resources by making use of end-of-life products discarded by society, from so-called urban mines. In our electronic materials business, we support progress in state-of-the-art devices by developing and supplying high-performance metallic materials, while also contributing to the development of a society using Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies.

Carrying Out Operations Based on a Corporate Code of Conduct That Meets International Standards

The business operations of the Group are carried out in accordance with the JX Nippon Mining & Metals Code of Conduct created in line with the JXTG Group Philosophy. This Code of Conduct—which is shared by both management and employees—is also compliant with international guidelines, including the principles of the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), of which we are a member, and the Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact. We believe that carrying out our daily operations with a common sense of purpose will maximize the success of the Group as a whole in our quest for innovation in the productivity of resources and materials. We are therefore focusing efforts on instilling the Code of Conduct even more deeply, through such means as distributing this sustainability report to all employees and conducting training.

President and Chief Executive Officer
Chairman of the CSR Committee
JX Nippon Mining & Metals Corporation
Shigeru Oi