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Contributing to the SDGs through Responsible Care Activities

Goal 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Goal 12. Responsible Consumption and Production Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Goal 13. Climate Action Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

Goal 14. Life Below Water Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

Goal 15. Life on Land Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

Sumitomo Chemical Group's Efforts

Responsible Care Activities

Chemical Safety and Product Responsibility

Considering safety for people and the environment across the whole lifecycle of products, from development to disposal

  • Managing composition information for products, intermediates and raw materials, safety information, and information related to chemical product management regulations with the Sumitomo Chemical Comprehensive Environmental, Health & Safety Management System (SuCCESS).
  • Promoting the use of simulation technology developed by Sumitomo Chemical in order to promote active and thorough chemical substance management and risk communication.

Environmental Protection

Protecting the earth’s environment and contributing to society’s sustainable development

Atmospheric Preservation Initiatives
  • Promoting effective particulate matter (PM 2.5) emission control policies across industry, government and academia
  • Scheduled update of refrigeration equipment using CFCs and HCFCs (Ozone measures)

Management of Exhaustible Resources

Waste Management Initiatives (Management of volume of waste produced, recycled volume, landfill volume, and landfill volume reduction targets)

Climate Change Measures
  • Energy and CO2 target management in the Sumitomo Chemical Group in and outside Japan
  • Thoroughly controlling chlorofluorocarbon emissions in the Sumitomo Chemical Group in and outside Japan
  • Promotion of development of environmentally friendly products and processes.
  • Estimation of the amount of CO2 emission reductions contributed by "Green Process" and "Clean Products".
Biodiversity Preservation Initiatives
  • Contributing to reforestation projects in poor and developing countries through the World Bank’s BioCarbon Fund.

    TOPIC Promoting Afforestation in Developing Countries by Investing in the BioCarbon Fund at the World Bank Sumitomo Chemical finances afforestation projects in developing countries and poverty-stricken countries through the BioCarbon Fund*1 at the World Bank. These projects are geared to contribute to the restoration of abandoned land, conservation of water resources, biodiversity conservation, and reduction of greenhouse gases. Since participating for the first time in 2005, Sumitomo Chemical has been involved in multiple afforestation projects, which have led to a combined total of 120,000 tonnes in reductions in CO2 emissions. *1 BioCarbon Fund: This fund was established by the World Bank to finance projects to plant trees and preserve forests with the objective of acquiring CO2 credits (emissions rights issued based on the volume of CO2 reduced or absorbed as a result of projects designed to reduce greenhouse gases).

  • Mangrove reforestation activities in Thailand

    TOPIC Mangrove Planting Activities in Thailand In an effort to prevent global warming and preserve biodiversity, the Sumitomo Chemical Group and the Sumitomo Chemical labor union have been conducting tree planting activities in cooperation with the Organization for Industrial, Spiritual, and Cultural Advancement-International (OISCA) in Ranong Province in Southern Thailand since 2008. Mangrove trees are able to absorb and store CO2 in their trunks and leaves, which is over 30% greater than other varieties of tropical rainforest trees, as well as provide a habitat for various living organisms. The project is part of the OISCA “Community Forest Restoration Project,” and operations in support areas are managed by local Thai residents under the “Sumitomo Chemical Forest” banner. Each year, the Sumitomo Chemical Group sends employee volunteers to these regions to participate in mangrove planting activities together with local residents. In fiscal 2013, the Sumitomo Chemical Forest was extended to 145 hectares, with approximately 428,000 mangroves planted. It is estimated that 400,000 mangroves can fix around 50 tonnes of CO2 per year.*4 *4.Estimates based on Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry report (report No. V08029) http://criepi.denken.or.jp/jp/kenkikaku/report/leaflet/V08029.pdf

Occupational Safety and Health, Industrial Safety and Disaster Prevention

We are promoting a variety of implementation issues with our basic principle of "Making Safety the First Priority".

Toward Safe and Stable Operations

Petrochemicals & Plastics Sector

Contributing to building safe neighborhoods
Transparent tide embankment panels that do not spoil the view (methacrylate resin PMMA)
Contributing to safe and convenient lifestyles
Polyolefins for food packaging (polyethylene, polypropylene)
Contributing to reducing food spoilage
Polyolefins for food packaging (polyethylene, polypropylene)
Contributing to the efficient use of natural energy
Polyolefins for solar panel materials (ethylene vinyl acetate copolymers)

Improving solar power generation efficiency

Energy & Functional Materials Sector

Contributing to reducing food waste
Gas barrier coating materials for food containers

IT-related Chemicals Sector

Contributing to building flourishing neighborhoods
Semiconductor-related materials for IoT