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Ajinomoto Group

Ajinomoto Group is a Japanese food and biotechnology corporation that produces seasonings, cooking oils, frozen foods, beverages, sweeteners and amino acids. The group is the world’s largest manufacturer of amino acids and sells its products in over 130 countries. Its leading product categories include umami seasonings (AJI-NO-MOTO), consommé (Ajinomoto KK Consommé), Japanese flavour seasonings (HON-DASHI), soups (Knorr Cup Soup) and menu seasonings (Cook Do). Outside of food, Ajinomoto also has activities in healthcare and pharmaceuticals.

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Governance and strategy

#1 4.2 /10 #120


#1 12.3 /30 #47


#1 7.5 /30 #61

Social inclusion

#1 4.9 /30 #176
Indicates the score for the top performing company.
Segment Rank
Agricultural products and commodities #31
Food and beverage manufacturers/processors #62

Segment ranking summary

Ajinomoto ranks 31st in the agricultural products and commodities segment and 62nd among food and beverage manufacturers/processors. Ajinomoto demonstrates relative strengths in the environment dimension, where it has set a target to reduce scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions in line with a 1.5 degree trajectory. Unlike many of its peers in both segments, Ajinomoto has also set a target to reduce its scope 3 emissions. However, the company is lagging in nutrition relative to higher ranking peers in both segments. Indeed, while Ajinomoto discloses on every nutritional topic, the company lacks quantitative evidence, or time bound targets, to support its activities, such as promoting the availability, accessibility and affordability of healthy foods. Moreover, Ajinomoto performs poorly across the social indicators, demonstrating a lack of commitment towards respecting human rights, promoting decent work and acting ethically as a business, areas its higher ranking peers have already addressed through their reporting.

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Risk and opportunities

Core social indicators

The core social indicators are part of the social inclusion measurement area. These indicators assess societal expectations of business conduct that companies should meet if they aspire to be part of a system transformation that leaves no one behind.

More about the company

Tokyo, Japan
Food and agriculture revenue USD
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Publicly listed
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This company is part of the SDG2000, the 2.000 most influential companies

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