The Sumitomo Chemical Group's Contribution to the SDGs

We at the Sumitomo Chemical Group are committed to contribute through our business to establishing a sustainable society while also achieving our sustained growth. We have set out our guiding principles for efforts toward these goals in the Basic Principles for Promoting Sustainability. In these principles, we affirm our commitment to helping resolve critical issues facing the international community.

Sumitomo Chemical’s Sustainability Efforts and the SDGs

In Principle 2 of the Basic Principles for Promoting Sustainability, we express the Group’s commitment to abiding by international rules related to sustainability and helping resolve vital issues facing the international community. In particular, we pledge to promote efforts toward achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

When identifying the material issues that Sumitomo Chemical addresses as management priorities, we referred to the SDGs as a guideline for surveying social needs and issues. In addition, with the aim of aligning our efforts with the contribution to the achievement of the SDGs, we have set the key performance indicators (KPIs) for our material issues for social value creation based on the SDG targets, which comprises 169 items.

Specific SDGs for Each Business Sector to Focus on

The Sumitomo Chemical Group is working on various efforts in order to help realize a sustainable society through innovation and business and by leveraging its strengths as a diversified chemical company.

Business SectorPrimary Focus SDGsDetail

Petrochemicals & Plastics

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Energy & Functional Materials

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IT-related Chemicals

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Health & Crop Sciences

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The SDGs as the International Community’s Shared Goals and the Sumitomo Chemical Group’s Global Project

In an effort to promote group-wide engagement in promotion of sustainability, we have organized the “Sumitomo Chemical Group Global Project,” an annual in-house initiative using a dedicated website. This provides an opportunity for each Group officer and employee in Japan and overseas to think about issues facing society and post on the website their ideas about efforts to help resolve them. We made the SDGs a central theme for the project for a period of fiscal 2016 to fiscal 2018 to deepen our understanding of the connection between the common goals set by the international community and what each one of us do at work.

Recognition of the Company’s Efforts toward Achieving the SDGs

Sumitomo Chemical was granted the Award of Deputy Chief (the Minister for Foreign Affairs) at the first Japan SDGs Award ceremony held in 2018. The Japan SDGs Award is conferred by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Promotion Headquarters—a body established in Japan’s Cabinet and comprising all Ministers of the country—in recognition of those companies and organizations engaged in important initiatives toward achieving the SDGs. The Award recognized that our efforts could serve as a role model in Japan and overseas, hoping that they would be duplicated by other companies. It also highly valued the Company’s contribution over many years to Africa and its advancement in terms of economy, society and the environment through its OlysetTM Net business, including creating job opportunities by local production of the mosquito net, improving the working environment for women, and constructing schools to support education.