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Compliance

The Activity Guidelines serve as the fundamental basis of the Sumitomo Corporation Group’s compliance initiatives: "To comply with laws and regulations, while maintaining the highest ethical standards." "Giving First Priority to Compliance" and "Reporting Compliance Issues Immediately" are fundamental principles of our corporate activities.

Giving First Priority to Compliance

At Sumitomo Corporation, compliance takes priority over all corporate activities, and the Group realizes that it must never violate compliance as a result of giving priority to the pursuit of profit.

Reporting Compliance Issues Immediately

If a compliance issue arises, officers and employees report the issue to their superiors or the relevant department without delay and take the most appropriate measures in response.

Based on the above principles, we are ensuring compliance, primarily through the following measures.

Speak-Up System In addition to using their normal reporting lines, a system is in place that enables officers and employees to report any compliance issues directly to the Chief Compliance Officer.
Education Programs We distribute compliance manuals to all officers and employees, and offer various compliance education programs including those for each class of employees such as newcomers, newly appointed general managers, and corporate officers. Such courses are available in Japan and overseas. All employees and officers are also given access to various e-learning programs.
Compliance System The new Legal Compliance Department has been established to further intensify and encourage compliance on a Groupwide basis.

Compliance Management System

Aiming to enable more agile responses to compliance issues, Sumitomo Corporation appoints Chief Compliance Officer, who has ultimate responsibility for compliance matters. Further, the Compliance Committee, which plans and prepares compliance related measures, includes not just general managers of the Corporate Group but also general managers of the business divisions, enabling it to examine compliance related measures in a multifaceted manner that reflects our actual business operations. In addition to such initiatives at Sumitomo Corporation, our Group companies are also endeavoring to establish internal systems giving first priority to compliance, and we are fully committed to the continued advancement of such efforts.

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