Japan’s shipping major Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) President and CEO, Takeshi Hashimoto, emphasised on the collaboration between companies and governments for a clean supply chain during his presence at the Annual Meeting of the New Champions (commonly known as “Summer Davos”) held by the World Economic Forum in Tianjin, China, from June 27-29.

Hashimoto served as panelist in the “Navigating the Climate-Trade Nexus” session held on June 27. MOL’s President and CEO, the only Japanese representative on the panel, stated that “to build a clean supply chain with low environmental impact, collaborative efforts with companies and with the governments of other countries are important.”

Hashimoto reiterated his commitment to work together with partners to contribute to the decarbonization of ocean shipping. During the free discussion portion of the session, he enthusiastically exchanged ideas with the audience.

The Summer Davos is an international conference hosted by the WEF, where leaders from the world’s economic, political, and academic worlds, especially from Asia, gather for in-depth discussions on addressing a range of global issues. This is the second-largest meeting of the WEF, following the Davos Meeting held every January in Davos, Switzerland.

The last summer session was held in 2019, after which it was suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Over 1,500 participants from international organizations and companies gathered to discuss topics such as climate change and post-COVID-19 consumer behavior.

As the Japanese major states “MOL has positioned its environmental strategy as one of the key strategies in its “Blue Action 2035” management plan, and has set the goal of achieving net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050 in the MOL group environmental vision 2.2.”