Since establishing the Environment & CSR Department in 2008, the Sumitomo Corporation Group has earnestly advanced CSR activities in cooperation with relevant internal departments, domestic and overseas regional organizations, and Group companies.
Also, we have established the CSR Committee as an advisory body to the Management Council. The committee analyzes changes in conditions facing the Group and discusses initiatives in light of stakeholder expectations. Moreover, as an advisory body to the CSR Committee, we have established the Global Environment Committee, which promotes environmental management activities based on the ISO 14001 standards.
Aiming to increase the scope and momentum of initiatives focused on sustaining the growth of the Group and society, the Group renamed this department the Corporate Sustainability Department in fiscal 2017. The new department will lead stepped-up efforts to tackle social issues.
ChairpersonChief Strategy Officer
SecretariatCorporate Sustainability Dept.
In recent years, society's expectations and demands for companies have been rising, and the degree of social responsibility requested has been growing ever higher. For this reason, the Sumitomo Corporation Group recognizes that it must further raise its level of CSR promotion. Based on this recognition, all sales departments and domestic and overseas regional organizations conducted a self-assessment based on ISO 26000, the CSR global standard, to identify the issues needing to be addressed. Going forward, we will designate priority issues based on conditions and characteristics of the countries, regions, and industries in which each organization conducts its business activities. We will then pursue improvements in relation to these issues by instituting a plan-do-check-act (PDCA) cycle.
The Sumitomo Corporation Group has established the CSR Action Guidelines for Supply Chain Management. Through the implementation of these guidelines, we are aiming to realize a sustainable society by working together with our suppliers and business partners to achieve responsible value chain management. The Company provides numerous opportunities to promote the understanding and entrenchment of these guidelines, including training for new employees and locally hired employees, meetings within business units and domestic and overseas regional organizations, and pre-departure briefings with employees being sent on overseas assignments.
Established in November 2009
Revised in November 2013
The Sumitomo Corporation Group aims to be a global organization that, by constantly staying a step ahead in dealing with change, creating new value, and contributing broadly to society, strives to achieve prosperity and realize the dreams of all our stakeholders through sound business activities in strict adherence to our Corporate Mission Statement, and the management style principle contained therein, wherein prime importance is given to integrity and sound management with the utmost respect being paid to the individual.
In order to promote sustainability and social wellbeing in accordance with our mission, the Sumitomo Corporation Group hereby sets down these CSR Action Guidelines for Supply Chain Management. With a view to further strengthening the global relations which form one of the foundations of our core competence of integrated corporate strength, we request our suppliers and business partners to kindly accept, understand, and practice these guidelines so that together we can achieve responsible value chain management.
Our suppliers and business partners are expected to:
We set out the steps Sumitomo Corporation Group has taken to help ensure that modern slavery and human trafficking are not taking place in SC Group's business or supply chains. The statement is approved by the board of directors of Sumitomo Corporation as the parent company of Sumitomo Corporation Group.
In September 2015, the UN Summit unanimously adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be achieved by 2030. These SDGs comprise 17 goals, encompassing such areas as renewable energy, innovation and infrastructure, climate action, and quality education.
The Sumitomo Corporation Group addresses social issues through its corporate activities, which include helping employees gain an in-depth understanding of the SDGs by hosting internal seminars with the aim of solving social issues. Since fiscal 2015, we have been inviting outside experts to conduct training on understanding the SDGs and considering their significance in helping resolve social issues through business activities. By the end of fiscal 2016, a cumulative total of over 100 employees of Sumitomo Corporation had participated, attending lectures given by these experts on the connections between the SDGs and business and the significance of collaborating with international organizations and NGOs. In addition, workshops were held to consider how the business world can contribute to the accomplishment of SDGs by combining the strengths of individual organizations with those of other organizations (internal organizations, other companies, international organizations, NGOs, etc.) guided by a medium- to long-term perspective. "Approaching business from the perspective of resolving social issues was in itself new to me," reported one employee who participated in the training. "As a member of a sustainable society, I felt a pressing need to gain a higher-level perspective in order to collaborate with diverse stakeholders," said another.
The issue of human rights abuses is becoming increasingly serious in the international community. As the Sumitomo Corporation Group conducts its business on a global scale, operating in numerous countries, regions, and industries, we established the CSR Action Guidelines for Supply Chain Management to offer guidance on various issues including those related to human rights. We believe we need to promote CSR not only within our own Group, but also throughout our entire supply chain, encompassing our suppliers and other business partners.
Sumitomo Corporation invites external experts to host a variety of training programs.
In fiscal 2014, we held a seminar on human rights issues that warrant particular attention in our business. The seminar, which was attended by 131 employees of the Company, covered a variety of topics with regard to the relationship between business activities and human rights. Specific topics included examples of incidents in which human rights abuses have led to the materialization of reputation risks as well as methods of evaluating the impact of a particular activity on human rights. After participating in the seminar, one employee expressed the view that it would be helpful for such educational activities to be conducted on an ongoing basis in order to raise human rights awareness and instill the concepts into the minds of employees. Moreover, he contended that these efforts were particularly necessary given the diverse and global nature of the Group's business.
In response, we have since fiscal 2015 been hosting a workshop where hands-on training is provided to teach participants how to assess the risks of being involved in human rights abuses in the supply chain. Attended by a cumulative total of 136 employees of the Company, the workshop consists of a lecture on such topics as the relevance of human rights to corporations and case studies of corporate human rights abuses, followed by hands-on group training composed of four steps: (1) business analysis, (2) identification of relevant human rights issues, (3) analysis of risks faced by type of human rights issue, and (4) exploration of countermeasures. We received such feedback from participants as: "The workshop gave me an opportunity to become aware of the human rights risks faced in business," and "It was fruitful to learn some beneficial ways to assess human rights risks."