CSR-Activity In Japan & the World

For a Sustainable Future

About a century ago, Sumitomo Chemical got its start by manufacturing fertilizers from gas emitted from copper smelting operations at the Besshi Copper Mine in Niihama, Ehime Prefecture, aiming to solve the environmental problem of smoke pollution while helping to increase agricultural output. The Sumitomo Chemical Group actively promotes dialogue with internal and external stakeholders to continue to live up to the trust it has earned from society. In this way, the Group will continue striving to realize its vision with a sense of speed and determination while honoring the DNA that stretches back to the Company’s founding.

In the Medium-Term Corporate Plan launched in April 2019, we outline what we are striving for, namely, to achieve sustained growth for Sumitomo Chemical and build a sustainable society by creating both economic and social value.


Sumitomo Chemical Group and SDGs

Through its innovative technology, Sumitomo Chemical Group aims to achieve a sustainable world while also attaining its own sustainable growth, this will also help us align with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set forth by the United Nations. Going forward, we progress our business with the responsibility to create a world where our planet can thrive, benefiting every one of us.
Sumitomo Chemical Group and SDGs

Social Contribution Activities

Based on the concept of contributing to establishment of sustainable society through achieving sustainable growth of business, the Sumitomo Chemical Group is committed to social contribution activities undertaken from the perspectives of solving global problems and coexistence with local communities.
Sumitomo Chemical, its worksite in Japan and overseas, and Group companies engage in a variety of activities to meet the needs of local communities in order to build good relations with them.

Activities in Japan

[1] Post- East Japan earthquake
reconstruction support

Facing the East Japan big earthquake occurred on March 11, 2011, Sumitomo Chemical set up a "social contribution, post-disaster recovery support group", donated 300 million Yen, and carried out various activities for the reconstruction of disaster areas, for example, using food ingredients from the Northeast and North Kanto areas in the company canteen, sending volunteers to disaster areas, providing pesticides and insect nets developed by Sumitomo Chemical with the total value of 150 million Yen for disaster areas for free, etc.

[2] Revitalization of the science education
programs of the local primary and secondary schools

In order to stimulate the interest in "science" of children who shoulder the important task of the future, great efforts were made to carry out a variety of comprehensive chemical enterprise type activities to comply with local needs of the business institutes. For example, accept local high school students for internship and organize "home teaching" of science, etc.

In Japan

[3] Organizing local residents to visit the factory

Organize local residents to visit factories and research institutes, hold local exchange gatherings and participate in local gatherings and other activities, publish information appropriately and communicate with locals, at the same time try to build and maintain good relationship with local residents so as to further their understanding about the company.
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Activities in the World

[1] Revitalizing Africa through
the "OLYSET ™ NET" career

Develop insect nets "OLYSET ™ NET with innovative technology to protect the body from being bitten by insects which transmit malaria, and supply them to Africa-centered areas. In order to meet the rapidly growing demand, this technology was provided freely to Tanzania bed net manufacturers and it had been put into production in 2003 in local areas, which has created 7,000 job opportunities. In addition, part of revenues had been used for primary and secondary school construction and education support activities of eight countries including Tanzania and Kenya (by November 2011).

[2] Support activities of flood-affected areas of Thailand

In order to assist flooded area in Thailand, Sumitomo Chemical donated thirty million yen to Thailand through a non-profit organization named "World Vision Japan" for the emergency supply of food and temporary toilets, etc.

[3] "Sumitomo Chemical Forest"
tree planting activity in Lanongfu of Thailand

From the point of prevention of global warming and preservation of biological diversity, Sumitomo Chemical carried out mangrove tree-planting activities in Lanongfu of Thailand from the beginning of 2008 cooperated with public welfare consortium corporation OISCA.
The tree planting activity area is named after and managed by "Sumitomo Chemical Forest". About 175,000 mangroves have survived in the area of 70 hectares by March 2011. Besides, in order to assist the development of activities and strengthen the communication with local residents, volunteers and visiting missions are scheduled to the tree planting activity area every year since 2008.

[4] Activity of TABLE FOR TWO

In order to improve the equilibrium state of world food, Sumitomo Chemical started to carry out the activities of TABLE FOR TWO from May 2008 i.e. supplying "healthy set meal" in the company canteen. 20 Yen will be donated to primary and secondary schools of developing countries as school meal fee if one healthy set meal is consumed.
In the world
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Responsible Care

Responsible Care (RC) activities refer to the voluntary initiatives undertaken by business operators in the chemical industry, with the goals of ensuring safety, the environment, and health throughout the life cycle of chemical products, from development through to the manufacture, sales, use, and disposal after final consumption, maintaining and improving the quality of those products. These activities also strive to gain the further trust of society through continuous dialogue.
The Sumitomo Chemical Group has positioned Responsible Care activities as one of its most important management pillars. Based on the core principle of “Making safety our first priority,” the Group has set goals for each of the following fields: occupational safety and health; industrial safety and disaster prevention; environmental protection; climate change; product stewardship, product safety, and quality assurance; Responsible Care audits; and logistics. The Group is working to achieve the goals it has set.
Activity In China