Ajinomoto Group

Ajinomoto Group is a Japanese food and biotechnology corporation which produces seasonings, cooking oils, frozen foods, beverage, 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.

Baseline assessment

Environment

Started the journey

Nutrition

Started the journey

Social inclusion

Started the journey

Summary

Ajinomoto Group publicly discloses commitments across the dimensions but can improve in all three. In the environment dimension, the company has set time-bound targets to achieve zero plastic waste by 2030 and reduce food loss and waste by half by 2025, compared to 2018. It is also committed to reducing its GHG emissions and protecting terrestrial habitat by sustainably sourcing 100% of its coffee beans, palm oil, paper, soya beans and beef by 2030. However, no information was found on how it ensures animal welfare and aims to reduce plastic use and packaging waste. Ajinomoto Group has committed to reformulate its products by establishing a common evaluation standard for nutritional value through its Assessment, Scoring, Profiling and Reformulation Programme. However, disclosure on topics such as food safety, responsible marketing and workforce nutrition is missing. In terms of social inclusion, Ajinomoto Group commits to eliminating child and forced labour in its own operations and supply chain. It is also committed to ensuring the health, safety and well-being of employees in its own operations. It does not commit to paying a living wage or protecting the land tenure rights of smallholders, from whom it sources plant-based raw materials.

Food and Agriculture Benchmark

The Food and Agriculture Benchmark will assess 350 keystone companies on the issues underpinning the food system transformation agenda. The benchmark’s aim is to stimulate companies to apply sustainable business practices throughout their operations as well as use their influence to encourage value chain partners to do the same. WBA has organised the food and agriculture value chain into six sub-sectors. These sub-sectors are also reflected in the methodology framework.

Food and agriculture revenue
JPY 1,011,200,000,000
(USD 9,276,242,000)
Major subsidiaries
n/a
Consumer brands
AJI-NO-MOTO, Ajinomoto KK Consommé, Hi-Me, AJIMATE, HON-DASHI, Knorr Cup Soup, Maxim, Cook-Do

Value chain sub-sectors

Other benchmarks

The company is also included in the following benchmarks developed by WBA and our Allies. These benchmarks help to deepen our understanding on key issues and industries.