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Contributing to the Sustainable Development of Society

Sustainability Promotion Committee Members

  • *In April 2018, Sumitomo Chemical established the Sustainability Promotion Committee.

Masakazu Tokura, Representative Director & President

As stated in our Basic CSR Policy, we at the Sumitomo Chemical Group have been deeply committed to continuously creating and providing new value for our stakeholders, and thereby enhancing our enterprise value while also contributing to enriching people's lives and solving problems facing society at large and the global environment. And we have demonstrated our commitment in every aspect of our activity, from efforts to enhance efficiency and profitability to safety, environmental and quality assurance initiatives and social actions.

The 17 ambitious goals laid out in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) present what the international community will strive as a whole to achieve by 2030 in a wide range of fields encompassing the economy, the environment and society. The chemical industry is an exciting industry that can contribute in a major way to these efforts to develop a sustainable society.

We at the Sumitomo Chemical Group will remain firmly committed to Sumitomo's principle that our business must not only benefit our interests but society at large, which is an essential part of Sumitomo Chemical's DNA that has enabled the company to last for 100 years. Each of us will stay aware of how we contribute to society through our work and boldly take on the challenge of further creating new value by leveraging the versatile power of chemistry. And we will work together to build a resilient Sumitomo Chemical Group and contribute to the development of a sustainable society through our businesses.

Vice Committee Chair
Hiroshi Niinuma (Director, Senior Managing Executive Officer)
General Affairs, Legal, CSR, Internal Control and Audit, Human Resources, Osaka Office Administration, Procurement, Logistics

5 ジェンダー平等を実現しよう 8 働きがいも経済成長も 16 平和と公正をすべての人に 17 パートナーシップで目標を達成しよう

We will continue working to establish various systems that enable all Group employees to demonstrate the Sumitomo Spirit—which has gained fresh significance with the establishment of the SDGs—every day while being ever mindful of how they contribute to sustainability through their work.

Committee Member
Toshihisa Deguchi (Representative Director, Executive Vice President)
IT-related Chemicals Sector, PLED Business Planning, Electronic Devices Development Center, Special Aide to President (pertaining to activities related to new technology and product development as designated by President)

8 働きがいも経済成長も 9 産業と技術革新の基盤をつくろう 11 住み続けられるまちづくりを 12 つくる責任つかう責任 17 パートナーシップで目標を達成しよう

The IT-related Chemicals Sector creates materials and technologies that help advance Information & Communication Technology (ICT), which is indispensable to realizing a modern sustainable society, and provides these revolutionary products to the world. Furthermore, everyone involved with research, development, production, sales, and management continually engages in work aimed at helping solve a wide variety of social problems.

Committee Member
Kunio Nozaki (Director, Senior Managing Executive Officer)
Corporate Communications, Corporate Business Development, Corporate Planning, IT Innovation, Accounting, Finance

7 エネルギーをみんなにそしてクリーンに 8 働きがいも経済成長も 9 産業と技術革新の基盤をつくろう 11 住み続けられるまちづくりを 16 平和と公正をすべての人に 17 パートナーシップで目標を達成しよう

We endeavor to create new value for society through our business activities to realize a so-called "super smart society." In addition, while prioritizing the trust of society, we will continue aiming to increase corporate value through appropriate disclosure and communication with each stakeholder.
Note: The Government of Japan adopted the term "super smart society" in its 2016 Fifth Science and Technology Basic Plan.

Committee Member
Ray Nishimoto (Representative Director, Senior Managing Executive Officer)
Health & Crop Sciences Sector

2 飢餓をゼロに 3 すべての人に健康と福祉を 13 気候変動に具体的な対策を 9 産業と技術革新の基盤をつくろう 12 つくる責任つかう責任 17 パートナーシップで目標を達成しよう

The Health & Crop Sciences sector uses various technologies to help solve global problems related to food, health, hygiene, and the environment through business activities. With confidence and pride in the fact that the operations of each manufacturing, sales, research, and back-office section helps us achieve the SDGs, I'd like us all to keep working hard each day.

Committee Member
Hiroshi Ueda (Director, Senior Managing Executive Officer)
Research Planning and Coordination, Process & Production Technology & Safety Planning, Production & Safety Fundamental Technology Center, Intellectual Property, Responsible Care, Industrial Technology & Research Laboratory, Environmental Health Science Laboratory, Advanced Materials Development Laboratory, Bioscience Research Laboratory

2 飢餓をゼロに 3 すべての人に健康と福祉を 7 エネルギーをみんなにそしてクリーンに 9 産業と技術革新の基盤をつくろう 12 つくる責任つかう責任 13 気候変動に具体的な対策を

On the R&D side of things, we will accelerate our efforts to create value with the aim of helping develop a sustainable society. In addition, on the production side of the things, we will continue meeting the expectations of society going forward by promoting responsible business through responsible care activities and pursuing more advanced technologies from a sustainable perspective.

Committee Member
Noriaki Takeshita (Representative Director, Senior Managing Executive Officer)
Rabigh Project, Petrochemicals & Plastics Sector

7 エネルギーをみんなにそしてクリーンに 9 産業と技術革新の基盤をつくろう 12 つくる責任つかう責任

Through its supply of raw materials, the Petrochemicals & Plastics Sector supports a wide variety of industries, including automobiles, electronic appliances, and food. Going forward, we will continue helping develop a sustainable society by working to protect the environment and ensure safe, stable manufacturing throughout the product life cycle, from product/technology development to manufacturing and, ultimately, through product use and disposal.

Committee Member
Keiichi Iwata (Representative Director, Senior Managing Executive Officer)
Energy & Functional Materials Sector, PLED Business Planning, Electronic Devices Development Center

7 エネルギーをみんなにそしてクリーンに 13 気候変動に具体的な対策を 8 働きがいも経済成長も

The Energy & Functional Materials sector will continue to actively work toward developing a sustainable society by providing products and technologies that help solve issues in the environment and energy fields.