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CSR Promoting Activities

Structure of Promoting Our CSR Practices

Since establishing the Environment & CSR Department(now Corporate Sustainability Department) in April 2008, Sumitomo Corporation has aggressively advanced CSR activities in cooperation with relevant internal departments, domestic and overseas regional organizations, and Group companies. We have also established the CSR Committee as an advisory body to the Management Council. The committee's activities include examining and discussing the Company's CSR frameworks and promotion measures. In addition, we set up the Global Environment Committee within the CSR Committee to function as an advisory body to this committee by promoting environmental management activities based on the ISO 14001 standard and holding environmental seminars.
The CSR Committee is headed by the Chief Strategy Officer, and its members are General Managers from the Corporate Group and General Managers of Planning & Coordination Departments of each business unit. At the most recent CSR Committee meeting, after reviewing the steps taken in fiscal 2014, the committee confirmed the issues needing to be addressed based on changes in the circumstances relating to CSR, and future response measures were discussed. Specifically, the committee discussed the following: 1) using ISO 26000 as a reference for measures to further raise the level of CSR promotion, 2) improving environmental management activities in consideration of the revision to ISO 14001, and 3) focusing on social contribution activities befitting our distinctive identity.

Management Council


CSR Committee


Chief Strategy Officer
(General Manager of each of the following Depts.)
Internal Auditing Dept., Corporate Planning & Coordination Dept., Global Strategy & Coordination Dept., Investor Relations Dept., Corporate Communications Dept., Corporate Sustainability Dept., Information Technologies Planning & Promotion Dept., Human Resources Dept., Employee Relations & Compensation Dept., Corporate Legal & General Affairs Dept., Legal Dept., General Accounting Dept., Risk Management Dept. No.1, Planning & Coordination Depts. of each business unit (Metal Products Business Unit, Transportation & Construction Systems Business Unit, Environment & Infrastructure Business Unit, Media, ICT, Lifestyle Related Goods & Services Business Unit, Mineral Resources, Energy, Chemical & Electronics Business Unit)


Corporate Sustainability Dept.


Global Environment Committee

CSR Promoting Practices

Initiatives Based on ISO26000

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.

CSR Initiatives for Supply Chain Management

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.

The Sumitomo Corporation Group CSR Action Guidelines for Supply Chain Management

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:

  1.   Respect human rights and not to be complicit in human rights abuses
  2.   Prevent forced labor, child labor and the payment of unfairly low wages
  3.   Not engage in discriminatory employment practices
  4.   Respect the rights of employees to associate freely in order to ensure open and fair negotiations between labor and management
  5.   Provide employees with safe and healthy work environments
  6.   Protect the global environment and give due consideration to biodiversity
  7.   Ensure the quality and safety of products and services
  8.   Ensure fair business transactions, to abide by all applicable laws, rules and regulations, and to prevent extortion, bribery and all other forms of corrupt business practices
  9.   Ensure appropriate information security
  10.   Cooperate with members of local host communities and contribute to sustainable regional development
  11.   Disclose information regarding the above in a manner both timely and appropriate.

Sumitomo Corporation Group Statement for UK Modern Slavery Act 2015

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.

Training to View Business from the Perspective of Global Social Issues

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.

An understanding of these global social issues is part of the basic knowledge that employees of a trading company should have. Accordingly, we invited outside experts in December 2015 to conduct training on understanding the SDGs and considering their significance in helping resolve these issues through business activities. About 80 of our company's employees participated, first hearing lectures from the experts on the connections between the SDGs and business and the significance of collaborating with international organizations and NGOs. The participants were then divided into groups to engage in an exercise that involved developing business models, to realize the achievement of SDGs by combining the strengths of their own organizations with those of other organizations (other organizations within the company, other companies, international organizations, NGOs, etc.) in a medium to long term perspective. The employees undergoing this training appreciated the fresh approach of resolving social issues while pursuing business in a complementary fashion, and found that engaging in group work with the members of other organizations enabled them to devise business models producing synergistic effects.


Workshop on Human Rights Risk Assessment

The Sumitomo Corporation Group believes that it needs to promote CSR not only within the Group, but also throughout the entire supply chain encompassing its suppliers and business partners under its CSR Action Guidelines for Supply Chain Management.

Today, the issue of human rights abuses is becoming increasingly serious in the international community. In our efforts to tackle the issue, we twice invited external experts to host a workshop, in October and November 2015, in order to provide hands-on training on how to assess the risks of being involved in human rights abuses in the supply chain. Attended by about 80 employees, the workshops offered a lecture on such topics as the relevance of human rights to corporations and case studies of corporate human rights abuses. The participants were then divided into groups to undergo hands-on 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 feedbacks 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."


Human Rights Seminar

The Sumitomo Corporation Group conducts its business on a global scale, operating in numerous countries, regions, and industries. We therefore recognize the necessity of thoroughly understanding the cultures, customs, and histories of the countries, regions, and industries in which we operate and the need to address various human rights issues based on these considerations.

In March 2015, we held a seminar for employees of the Company and Group companies on the link between business activities and human rights. An outside specialist was invited to serve as an instructor for this seminar, through which information was provided on human rights issues that warrant particular attention in our business. The seminar 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 his belief that such educational activities should be conducted on an ongoing basis to raise human rights awareness and instill these concepts into the minds of employees. Moreover, he stated these efforts were particularly necessary given the diverse and global nature of the Group's business.


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