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Message from the President and CEO

We aim to be a corporate group that is recognized by society as meeting and exceeding the high expectations directed towards us, creating value that nobody else can match in ways befitting our distinctive identity

President and CEO
Kuniharu Nakamura

Sumitomo Corporation will mark its centennial year in 2019. Upon approaching this significant milestone, we have upheld a medium- to long-term vision of "What We Aim to Be in 2019, Our Centennial Year" ("What We Aim to Be in 2019") in May 2013. Over the next six years leading up to our centennial year, we will build a strong foundation on which the Sumitomo Corporation Group can thrive stably and continuously for another 50 years, 100 years, and on without end.

To achieve "What We Aim to Be in 2019," we are working under our slogan "Be the Best, Be the One," which incorporates our intense desire to become the best company in every aspect and widely recognized by society for its irreplaceable offered value.

Sumitomo's Business Philosophy that has been passed down throughout its history to this day is expressed by the phrase "Benefit for self and others, private and public interests are one and the same," meaning that Sumitomo's business must not only benefit Sumitomo itself, but also bring benefit to the country and society it operates in. By creating value that nobody else can match in ways befitting our distinctive identity under the business philosophy, we will strive to be a corporate group recognized by all stakeholders including customers, business partners, and local communities as meeting and exceeding the high expectations directed towards us.

In fiscal 2013, we launched "Be the Best, Be the One 2014" (BBBO2014), the medium-term management plan for the first two years under our vision of "What We Aim to Be in 2019," which guides our two-year efforts toward an even higher level of profit growth by thorough enhancement of our earning power. In fiscal 2014, the second year of the BBBO2014, we push forward confidently toward this goal, uniting the strengths and capabilities of the Sumitomo Corporation Group while executing the metabolism of our business portfolio from a medium- to long-term perspective, in order to build a more solid and stronger business foundation with a view to further expansion of our business activities.

I am confident that the Group will live up to your high expectations.
I look forward to your continued support and patronage.

President and CEO

  Kuniharu Nakamura

June 2014

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