Local Communities

Basic Stance

Based on the concept of contributing to establishment of sustainable society through achieving sustainable growth of business, the Sumitomo Chemical Group is committed to social contribution activities undertaken from the perspectives of solving global problems and coexistence with local communities.
Sumitomo Chemical, its worksite in Japan and overseas, and Group companies engage in a variety of activities to meet the needs of local communities in order to build good relations with them.

Sumitomo Chemical’s Social Contribution Activities

  • Sumitomo Chemical’s Social Contribution Activities

Management System

Based on the above chart laying out our social contribution activities, we are promoting various activities at the Sumitomo Chemical Group, Sumitomo Chemical’s Head Office, each worksite, and each Group company. To further encourage such activities across the Group, once per year, we hold Global CSR Meetings for CSR managers from the regional headquarters established in each of the world’s four regions, Regional CSR Meetings in each region, and CSR Manager Meetings attended by CSR managers from each worksite. These meetings enable attendees to share information about their activities and exchange opinions. In addition, Group companies in Japan share information and exchange opinions through Domestic Group Company President Meetings and Domestic Group Company Liaison Meetings held by each functional department.
We are cooperating with the labor union in planning and conducting certain social contribution activities.

Goals and Results

The results of the main social contribution activities undertaken by Sumitomo Chemical and its Group companies are as follows.

Volunteers for Science Workshops

(No. of people)
Activity typeFY2018
Science classes held at schools 29
Exhibits at events 173

Support for Education in Africa(as of August 31, 2019)

Country and number of recipientsType of support

Democratic Republic of the Congo
(Recipients: 228)

  • Built classrooms for elementary schools
  • Supplied math and science teaching materials and provided training to teachers
  • Raised awareness of malaria prevention techniques and provided preventive healthcare training

Senegal
(Recipients: 183)

  • Built classrooms for high schools
  • Built restrooms
  • Built science laboratories
  • Enriched science classes for female students

Nigeria
(Recipients: 4,750)

  •  Supplied computer equipment for Information and Communications Technology (ICT) education
  • Installed solar power equipment

Volunteers for the OISCA Coastal Woodland Rejuvenation Project

(No. of people)
 FY2016FY2017FY2018
Number of volunteers for the OISCA coastal woodland rejuvenation project 22 20 20

Examples of Initiatives

Assuring Safety, the Environment, and Health

Communication with Society

Sumitomo Chemical has put in place Group-wide policies regarding communication with society and is endeavoring to promote its activities in these fields. Among a host of initiatives, the Company is focusing on enhancing its information disclosure while engaging in interactive dialogue. Each worksite formulates annual activity plans and conducts specific activities based on the aforementioned Group-wide policies. Taking into consideration feedback and requests received, the Company also strives to improve the aesthetic appeal of worksites

Holding Interactive Dialogue with Local Communities

To maintain ties with local communities, Sumitomo Chemical regularly sets up opportunities to interact with various local stakeholders, including municipalities and school officials. These opportunities range from plant tours and dialogue meetings to opinion exchanges and other more casual events.

In local dialogue meetings, we strive to deepen mutual understanding by moving conversations ahead with explanations to neighboring residents about the environmental and safety measures we have in place. In addition, we promote smooth communication with communities by holding plant tours and briefings for each worksite.

Moreover, each worksite engages in a variety of risk communication and dialogue activities for various purposes. These include risk communication model projects carried out jointly with local governments, environment and safety support projects for domestic and overseas governments and businesses, regular meetings with local residents, and dialogues with the community based on cooperation with the chemical industry. At the Company’s head office, Sumitomo Chemical participates in a range of committee activities conducted by the national government and industrial associations as well as in industry-government-academia seminars and lectures to disseminate relevant information and exchange opinions in a timely manner. The overall aim is to help people deepen their understanding of Sumitomo Chemical and to secure the society’s trust in us.

Initiatives to Ensure Safety at All Group Workplaces

The Sumitomo Chemical Group aims to achieve zero labor accidents across all workplaces through safety measures. Specifically, we are striving to further improve safety activities through education and training for employees in accordance with the Group’s common Safety Ground Rules, and through thorough safety management to minimize damage in the event of a largescale earthquake. Through dialogue with local communities, we explain our efforts to ensure safety to our neighbors, thereby deepening mutual understanding.

Status of Dialogues with Local Communities

FY2018 Results

  • Number of dialogues held
    42
  • Number of participants
    701

Information Disclosure Rooted in Local Communities

At Sumitomo Chemical, each worksite publishes a Report on the Environment and Safety every year to report on its local activities in detail. The reports complement the Company’s own Sustainability Data Book (this publication). In addition, the Ehime, Osaka, and Oita worksites each publish local newsletters for the proactive distribution of area-specific information. These are often delivered to residents as newspaper inserts.

Matching Gift Program

As a social contribution activity with employees and the Sumitomo Chemical Group acting together since fiscal 2007, the matching gift program, which is run in collaboration with the labor union, collects donations from executives and employees working at Sumitomo Chemical and Group companies. Sumitomo Chemical then matches their donations.

One of the beneficiaries of the donations from the matching gift program is the Organization for Industrial, Spiritual and Cultural Advancement International (OISCA), with whom we work on various tree-planting projects. In collaboration with the labor union, we have been dispatching employee volunteers to help with these projects since 2008.

Matching Gift Program

  1. The Organization for Industrial, Spiritual and Cultural Advancement International (OISCA) is a global NGO engaged in rural development and environmental protection mainly in the Asia-Pacific region. The money donated by Sumitomo Chemical to this organization is used for its Children’s Forest Program, the Sumitomo Chemical Forest mangrove planting project in Ranong Province, Thailand, and Japan’s Coastal Forest Restoration Project following the Great East Japan Earthquake.
  2. ASHINAGA is an NPO established to provide physical and mental support for children who have lost their parents because of illness, accidents, or for other reasons. The money donated to this organization is used to provide a scholarship fund for these orphans.

  • Total forest area
    270hectares
  • Total trees planted
    828,000
  • Total participants* 
    179(Tree-Planting Project in Thailand)
  • Total figures are for the period between 2008 and March 2019

TABLE FOR TWO Activities

Since May 2008, each of Sumitomo Chemical’s worksites has participated in the TABLE FOR TWO (TFT) initiative. Participating companies in this matching gift-style program donate an amount of money equal to the total donated by employees.

When employees choose to eat any of the healthy TFT menu options available at the Company’s cafeterias, 20 yen per meal is donated to help fight starvation in developing countries as well as obesity and lifestyle diseases in advanced nations. Through these types of social contribution activities originating in Japan, we are working to eliminate food disparity.

In fiscal 2018, Sumitomo Chemical ranked 13th of 605 participating companies in terms of amount of money donated. In June 2019, we received a letter of appreciation as a Platinum Supporter from the TFT secretariat.

FY2018 Results

  • ¥2,168,200
  • 54,205 meals

(matching type with executives, employees, and the Company)

Nurturing the Children of the Next Generation

Supporting Education through Science Workshops

The Sumitomo Chemical Group holds science workshops for children to conduct experiments and make crafts with the Group’s products. These workshops enable them to experience the wonders and appeal of science with their own hands, in order to convey in a manner that children can easily understand how everyday products are linked to chemicals.

We conducted these science workshops during plant tours and at the visiting classes at neighboring schools. We also participate in events held in local communities. In fiscal 2018, we had an exhibit at the Children’s Chemistry Experiment Show (organized by the Dreams & Chemistry 21 Committee) held in Tokyo and Kobe, with employees from worksites in Tokyo and the Kansai region serving as instructors. To help children understand the inspiring nature of the chemical industry, they held science workshops that incorporated kaleidoscope-related crafts using Sumitomo Chemical polarizers.

Going forward, we will continue holding science workshops to pique an interest in chemistry among as many children as possible.

Let’s Make a Glittery Kaleidoscope!

Materials Paper cups (2), polarizers, cellophane adhesive tape
Directions
  1. Punch holes in the bottoms of two paper cups and affix polarizers over the holes
  2. Affix overlapping pieces of cellophane adhesive tape on to the polarizer of one cup in various angles and place the other cup over the top
  3. Point the overlapping paper cups toward a bright light, and rotate one cup to make it possible to see vivid, sparkling colors just like a real kaleidoscope
Purpose

Utilize the Company’s polarizers used in TVs and other LCD products to enable children to learn about the properties of light and, in turn, show how science is used in their everyday lives

Support for Education in Africa

We believe that in order to break free from poverty and achieve sustainable economic development, Africa needs to build a better educational environment for children. Since 2005, Sumitomo Chemical has been conducting educational support activities centered on the construction of primary and secondary school buildings and related facilities in Africa to support children, on whom the continent’s future rests.

As a result of collaborations with the Nigerian Oando Foundation, the World Vision Japan and Plan International Japan, we have to date completed 28 projects in 12 African nations and improved the educational environments of more than 21,000 children.

In fiscal 2018, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, we supplied math and science teaching materials, raised awareness of malaria prevention techniques, and offered preventive healthcare training in addition to building classrooms for elementary schools. Also, in the Republic of Senegal, we built classrooms and restrooms for high schools, built science laboratories, and enriched science classes for female students. In Nigeria, we improved learning environments by providing aid to build Information and Communications Technology (ICT) centers at three elementary schools as well as computer peripheral equipment and other devices for ICT-related education and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. We also installed solar power generation equipment.

Support for Education in Africa

Assisting in Natural Disaster Relief

The Sumitomo Chemical Group supports areas affected by natural disasters in a variety of ways.

To help provide support for the areas recovering from the torrential rains in July 2018, the Company donated ¥10,000,000 through the Japanese Red Cross Society and some municipalities. In addition, Sumitomo Chemical and its Group companies collected ¥5,505,714 from employees and management, and, with the Company matching the same amount as collected, we donated the total amount of ¥11,011,428 to the Japanese Red Cross Society, Ehime Prefecture, and kurashiki City in Okayama Prefecture.

We also provided support in a wide variety of ways, such as by dispatching employee volunteers.

Support for Areas Recovering from Torrential Rains in July 2018

Support recipients and type of supportDetails
Provided drinking water to Ozu City, Ehime Prefecture
  • Provided 4,800 bottles (500ml) of water from emergency reserve at the Tokyo Head Office
  • Transported the bottles by Sumika Logistics Co., Ltd.
Dispatched employee volunteers to Ozu City, Ehime Prefecture between July 23, and August 3
  • Removed mud and took out furnitures from damaged houses
  • Dispatched a total of 61 employees from the Ehime Works and the Ohe Works
Provided towels to Kurashiki City, Okayama Prefecture
  • Provided 12 cardboard boxes of towels
  • The towels were donated by employees from the Ehime Works, the Ohe Works and the Okayama Plant

Since the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011, we have been promoting initiatives involving employee participation to keep the memory of the disaster fresh in people’s minds. We have also been providing donations collected through the sale of “Disaster Hit Area Support Meals” served in our cafeterias since April 2011. Under this scheme, a portion of sales is donated to a business that aids orphans in areas hit by the disaster, and the companies match that amount.

Since fiscal 2013, through the matching gift program, we have participated in the OISCA coastal woodland rejuvenation project aimed at rejuvenating black pine coastal woodlands in Natori, Miyagi Prefecture. These woodlands were damaged by the tsunami caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake. Since fiscal 2015, we have dispatched employee volunteers to the area. In fiscal 2018, we dispatched 20 volunteers who provided black pine saplings, planted trees, and weeded and fertilized areas where trees were planted with the aim of rejuvenating about 100 hectares of coastal woodland.

Looking ahead, we will support the recovery of disaster-affected areas through a wide variety of activities.

Support Results

  • Disaster Hit Area Support Meals
    ¥988,320
    24,708 meals

September: The Great East Japan Earthquake Miyagi Children’s Education Fund ¥618,400
(the portion used between March 2018 and August 2018)

March: The Great East Japan Earthquake Fukushima Children’s Fund ¥369,920
(the portion used between September 2018 and February 2019)

Looking Ahead

In order to maintain the trust of local communities, Sumitomo Chemical will promote its social responsibilities by making various social contributions distinctive to the Sumitomo Chemical Group from three perspectives: securing safety, a sound environment, and health; nurturing the children of the next generation; and assisting in natural disaster relief.