Itochu responded in October 2017
Business & Human Rights Resource Centre asked Itochu for a response to 'Indonesia: Japanese and international NGOs call for halt to construction of coal plant in Batang, citing lack of local consent' in June 2015. Itochu provided a response in October 2017. The response is in both English and Japanese.
'... BPI is committed to understanding and respecting the opinions, needs, requirements, and human rights of relevant stakeholders when conducting business activities, including during the planning and implementation of the Project. BPI has been engaging with local communities consistently to share information about the Project, and continues to engage with relevant stakeholders. In addition to ongoing stakeholder engagement, BPI is committed to mitigating any environmental or social impacts that may have occurred, or could occur as a result of the Project’s operations.
When investing in new business projects, ITOCHU must assess CSR and environmental risks. At this time, ITOCHU assesses whether there is the possibility of significant adverse social or environmental impacts, legal, and the risk of litigation by concerned parties. ITOCHU uses its shareholder influence and expertise working across various portfolios to work with the investee wherever possible to implement improvements when any issues (eg. CSR, environmental) occur after the investment.'