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Environmental Policy

Environmetal Policy (26KB/PDF)

Throughout its 400-year history, the Sumitomo Group has pursued industrial development in harmony with local communities and the natural environment. Based on this foundation, the Sumitomo Corporation Group pursues business activities in such a way as to promote environmental conservation. Recognizing that environmental issues are long-term concerns that all individuals and organizations must address, we have established our Environmental Policy as detailed below.

Sharing this policy, Sumitomo Corporation Group companies are committed to reducing the environmental impacts of their business activities as well as to improving the environment through their business activities, based on the ISO 14001 environment management system.

Sumitomo Corporation Group Environmental Policy

The Sumitomo Corporation Group recognizes that environmental issues are global in scale and are long-term matters affecting future generations. As a global organization, the Sumitomo Corporation Group, through sound business activities, will strive to achieve sustainable development aimed at symbiosis between social and economic progress and environmental preservation. With this as its basic policy, the Sumitomo Corporation Group strives to achieve environmental management in its commercial trading, business development, and investment, etc., based on the guidelines stated below.

I. Basic Policy

The Sumitomo Corporation Group recognizes that environmental issues are global in scale and that they are long-range concerns affecting future generations. As a global organization, the Sumitomo Corporation Group, through sound business activities, will strive to achieve sustainable development aimed at symbiosis between social and economic progress and environmental preservation.

II. Basic Guidelines

In pursuing its diversified business activities both within Japan and overseas, the Sumitomo Corporation Group shall comply with the following guidelines, and, through cooperation between its Group companies, work to achieve the aims of its basic environmental policy.

  • Basic stance with regard to the environment:
    To attach great importance to protecting the global environment as a good corporate citizen in keeping with the Sumitomo Corporation's Activity Guidelines.
  • Compliance with environmental legislation:
    To strictly observe legislation related to environmental matters not only in Japan but also overseas and abide by any agreements undertaken by the Group companies.
  • Caring for the natural environment:
    To protect the natural environment and preserve biodiversity.
  • Efficient use of resources and energy:
    To be mindful of the finite availability of resources and energy and strive to use them both efficiently and effectively.
  • Contributing to the building of a recycling-oriented society:
    To endeavor to help build a recycling-oriented society by reducing waste and reusing and recycling resources.
  • Promotion of businesses that contribute to environmental preservation:
    To utilize our integrated corporate strength to promote businesses and projects, which contribute to environmental preservation and reduction of the impact of society on the natural environment.
  • Establishment of environmental management:
    To use an environmental management system to prevent environmental pollution and set environmental objectives and targets which are regularly reviewed and continuously upgraded.
  • Disclosure of the Environmental Policy:
    To communicate this Environmental Policy to all people who are working for or on behalf of the Sumitomo Corporation Group, as well as disclosing it externally.

June 22, 2012
President and CEO, Sumitomo Corporation Kuniharu Nakamura

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