On Nov. 30 Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL, President: Akimitsu Ashida) pledged to provide financial aid of ‘2.5 million for the purchase of supplies such as emergency tents and to transport five containers of relief supplies without charge between Shenzhen, China and Dubai, U.A.E. for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), as a part of the company’s social contribution activities.
The UNHCR is the United Nation’s body to assist refugees of war and oppression. As an ocean shipping company that has a worldwide transport network, MOL supports the UNHCR through free transportation and so on from international and humanitarian points of view.
The company plans to transport relief supplies such as emergency tents from Shenzhen to a UN supply depot in Dubai. MOL plans to continue efforts to transport relief supplies in the future as well. Robert Robinson, representative of the UNHCR Japan Association, said, ‘We sincerely appreciate the support of Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, which has transport networks all over the world.’
MOL works on social contribution activities centered on the pillars of aid supply transport, international cooperation and maritime education, and marine and global environmental protection as a part of the company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives. The company will continue to work on activities rooted in its business domain.
This example of MOL’s support is part of the company’s detailed approach to promote human rights, one of the 10 principles of the UN Global Compact, in which MOL participates.
United Nation Global Compact (GC)
The Global Compact resulted from former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s challenge to business leaders in 1999 ’ join an international initiative that unites corporations with UN agencies, labor, and society to support 10 principles covering human rights, labor, the environment, and anti-corruption measures. Participating companies, as good corporate citizens, voluntarily create a global framework to realize sustainable growth by demonstrating responsible leadership through support and practice of the 10 principles. Currently, about 3,000 enterprises in more than 70 nations have joined, including 50 companies and one city in Japan (as of November 2006). MOL joined in March 2005.