To achieve sustainable growth, Sumitomo Chemical makes an effort to detect, at an early stage, various risks that may hinder the achievement of its business objectives, and takes proper measures. We focus on building and expanding a system relating to risk management so that we can promptly and properly address risks when they emerge.
Systems for Promoting Risk Management
At Sumitomo Chemical, as part of its standard duties, each of the Group’s organizations is taking various measures to properly manage risks associated with its business operations. In addition to this, a variety of committees work together to promote the Group's risk management.
The Internal Control Committee sets policies relating to risk management for the Group as a whole and monitors the efforts of each organization in accordance with those policies, collecting risk-related information and evaluating it, among other tasks. This committee creates a risk map for the Group as a whole each year, aiming not only to comprehensively capture the status of risks relating to management strategy and the foundation for business continuation, but also to coordinate with risk response coordination departments, promoting countermeasures for important risks relating to the foundation for business continuation, such as earthquakes, workplace accidents, and product-related accidents, on a Group-wide level.
On the other hand, the Management Committee deliberates on important management matters, including management strategies, capital investment, and investment and loans for the company and its group companies, on a case-by-case basis, regarding risks that require consideration from both an opportunity and a risk perspective. With regard to sustainability, the Sustainability Promotion Committee* makes necessary proposals on medium- to long-term environmental and social issues to each organization of the group to ensure that the management activities of the group contribute to the realization of sustainability of society and the group itself.
Summaries of the matters covered in the Internal Control Committee and important matters deliberated in the Management Meetings are reported to the Board of Directors.
- Outside Directors and Audit & Supervisory Board Members participate as observers
Diagram of Systems for Promoting Risk Management
Promotion of Group-wide Priority Risk Assessment and Countermeasures
Every year, approximately 120 major organizations within both Sumitomo Chemical and Group companies around the world conduct risk evaluations using a list of risks compiled by the Company to assess the probability of occurrence and the potential impact of various risks that could hinder the achievement of business objectives and create risk maps. Based on the aggregation of these maps, a Group-wide risk map is created.
The department uses this Group-wide risk map to assess important risks that require Group-wide countermeasures and create risk management policies. As listed under the Systems for Promoting Risk Management, each meeting body collaborates to promote the Group’s risk management.
In addition, each organization within the Group considers risk countermeasures based on their own risk map and with reference to the Group-wide risk map. As necessary, they take countermeasures in collaboration with the Company’s sectors and Risk Response Coordination Departments. In this way, they conduct efficient and effective risk management.
Evaluating Risks and Promoting Countermeasures
List of Risk Items
To evaluate Group-wide risks, the Risk Response Coordination Departments have cooperated to create a list of risk items that broadly encompasses the Group’s business activities, from management strategies to risks related to the fundamental drive to remain a going concern.
The list of risk items has been divided into seven fields with accompanying case studies and a detailed explanation of the assessment standards to be used when evaluating each risk item. Moreover, in line with changes in the Group’s business activities and social conditions, the items will be amended as appropriate, for example by adding risk items or revising case studies.
|Field||Example of Risks Included in the List|
|Business risks||Interruptions in the supply of raw materials fuel, or products; rapid price fluctuations; industrial reforms; price competition; technological innovations; digital innovations; extreme weather events; changes in standards and rules; rapid fluctuations in demand|
|Political and social risks||GHG problems, plastic waste problems, terrorism, changes to legal systems and policies in various countries and regions|
|Accident and disaster risks||Earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, typhoons, tornadoes, floods, fires, explosions, product-related accidents, environmental pollution, ground subsidence, interruptions in or restrictions of the supply of electricity, gas, water, or other utilities|
|Legal violation and compliance risks||Bribery, collusion, falsification, scandals, criminal behavior, antitrust violations, export control regulation violations, infringement of intellectual property rights, insider trading|
|Personnel and labor risks||Workplace accidents, human rights problems, mental health, harassment, spread of infectious or contagious diseases|
|Information security risks||Cyberattacks, system failures, confidential information leaks, personal information leaks|
|Taxation and financial risks||Tax transparency, volatility of managed assets, interest volatility|
Cross-organizational Risks and Crisis Response
We established the Risk Crisis Management Committee to deliberate risks and crisis response policies that affect multiple business sites, departments, and Group companies, such as large-scale disasters (earthquakes, storms, floods, etc.), pandemics, deterioration of security in Japan or overseas (terrorism, riots, wars, etc.), and other issues.
Initiatives Related to the COVID-19 Pandemic
The Sumitomo Chemical Group has taken various initiatives to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Going forward, we will operate our businesses in line with the status of infections.
In-house Infection Prevention Measures
- Utilizing a telecommuting system
- Staggered office entries and exits utilizing the flextime program
- Mask wearing when commuting and working
- Encouraging moving meetings online
Support for Preventing Infections in Local Communities
- Offer the Company’s facilities as local vaccination sites
- Dispatch internal medical personnel to local vaccination sites
- Conduct workplace vaccinations
Initiatives Related to Cyber Security Threats
We have begun considering revisions to our IT business continuity plan (BCP), which is a BCP for our IT systems, with an eye toward studying BCPs for cyber security threats.