Call for Outstanding Businesses as Applicants for the FY2022 Excellent Logistics Partnership Commendation Program

Joint Press Release with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism

July 1, 2022

From July 1 to August 26, 2022, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) will call for outstanding business applicants for the FY2022 Excellent Green Logistics Commendation Program. Under this program, METI and MLIT will commend businesses that have made remarkable contributions to establishing sustainable logistics systems through reduction of environmental burdens, improvement of productivity, and other efforts in the logistics industry.

These winners will give presentations on their efforts at a Green Logistics Partnership Conference to be held in December 2022. The ministries are looking forward to receiving the applications.

Outline of the Green Logistics Partnership Conference

Established in April 2005, this conference aims to spread and promote cooperative efforts made by consigners and logistics business operators towards establishing sustainable logistics systems (e.g., reducing environmental burdens and improving productivity in the logistics industry). The conference has been recognizing excellent initiatives that have made particularly remarkable contributions since FY2006.

Organizers: METI, MLIT, JILS, and JALoT
Cooperator: Keidanren

Eligibility and other requirements

Eligible applicants are businesses that have conducted efforts for at least one month through which they have established sustainable logistics systems by reducing environmental burdens (e.g., reducing emissions of carbon dioxide, improvement of productivity, and other efforts) in the logistics industry by taking measures toward improving logistics in partnership with other business operators (e.g., a partnership between a consignor and a logistics business operator).
In selecting the winners, the organizers will comprehensively assess the applicants based on perspectives such as optimizing supply chains as a whole by promoting digital transformation and standardization regarding logistics, improving labor environments, reviewing business practices, and constructing a resilient logistics networks by diversifying modes of transportation.

Changes to the award structure

The new “Resilience and Sustainability Award” will be added to the existing “Logistics Digital Transformation and Standardization Award” and “Logistics Structural Reform Award” to further drive efforts toward “thorough optimization of the supply chain as a whole through promoting digital transformation and standardization of distribution,” “promotion of labor shortage countermeasures and distribution structural reform,” and “creation of resilient and sustainable distribution networks,” which are the main pillars of the Comprehensive Physical Distribution Policy (FY2021-FY2025)’s efforts. This new award will bring the total of categorical awards to three.

Excellent Logistics Partnership Commendation Program

Top awards

METI Minister’s Awards
MLIT Minister’s Awards

Categorical awards (Director-general-level awards)

Logistics Digital Transformation and Standardization Award
Logistics Structural Reform Award
Resilience and Sustainability Award (newly created)

Special award

Green Logistics Partnership Conference Special Award

Period of the call

From July 1 (Fri.) to August 26 (Fri.), 2022