Members of cross-divisional task force discussed subjects such as “pride” and “commitment” to be further nurtured among employees of Sumitomo Chemical and at length created the Corporate Slogan and Statement.
Words representing the ardent desire of Sumitomo Chemical employees
Origin of Sumitomo Chemical - Sumitomo's Business Principles
The first paragraph refers to the story of the founding of Sumitomo Chemical and the Sumitomo Business Principles on which the Company was founded.
Sumitomo has passed down from the 17th century to this day such management principles as placing prime importance on maintaining the trust of the Company's business partners and of society as a whole. While not expressly stated, another traditional concept has also been handed down from that time: harmony between the individual, the nation and society. Sumitomo manifests this concept by seeking to benefit not only its own business, but also the nation and society. To this day, Sumitomo Chemical adheres strictly to these principles.
Sumitomo Chemical's business dates back to 1913, when the Company sought to solve the problem of sulfur dioxide emissions from smelting operations, core to Sumitomo's business then, at the Besshi Copper Mine in the Shikoku region of Japan. The Company got its start producing sulfuric acid and calcium super phosphate fertilizers using the emitted sulfur dioxide. This not only solved environmental problems by curbing the emission of pollutants, but also helped increase crop yields through the provision of useful fertilizers.
DNA and values to carry forward into the future
The second paragraph describes the DNA and values that employees desire to hand down to the future as individuals.
Since its foundation, Sumitomo Chemical has placed its emphasis on maintaining harmony between its interests and those of the public by seeking not only its own profit but also contributing to society through its business. The Company has worked to build better lives by continuously delivering technological innovation while paying special attention to safety, the environment and product quality.
While developing various businesses that meet people's evolving needs, Sumitomo Chemical manifests its DNA and values by committing itself to a full range of quality products.
What we desire to be as a company
The third paragraph describes the “ideal Company” or what Sumitomo Chemical desires to be in the future.
Sumitomo Chemical has fostered a variety of ideas, values, and technologies by developing various businesses and expanding into global markets. These new concepts can be referred to as management resources which give Sumitomo Chemical a competitive edge.
However, management resources will not create new value if they are not applied uniformly at the head office, corporate departments, plants, research laboratories, and Group companies. In order to create unprecedented value beyond the boundaries of chemistry, each of us, with our different ideas, values, and technologies, must communicate closely with one another across divisions. As a result, we can provide a range of products that not only meet basic needs but also address the issues of the environment, adequate supplies of food, energy and resources.
What each individual should be
The fourth paragraph represents the aspirations each emplyee should embrace for us to realize the “ideal Company.”
In order to create new value beyond the boundaries of chemistry, each of us at Sumitomo Chemical must work together to enhance our capabilities, explore new possibilities every day, and overcome the challenges lying ahead with enthusiasm and a strong sense of mission. Specifically, we must foster corporate values* such as “Confidence,” “Passion,” “Empathy,” “Respect,” and “Innovation.”
This paragraph embodies the Company's stance of expanding the sphere of trust among all customers and consumers around the globe and providing them with a better experience through each individual's independent efforts and close mutual communication.
- Corporate values constitute a common “role model” for all employees.
The Corporate Slogan succinctly expresses the ideas contained in our Corporate Statement.
The Corporate Slogan describes Sumitomo Chemical's unique DNA and values to carry forward into the future.