Corporate Citizenship
Employees, Local Communities

Corporate Citizenship Activities Management


Message from the Chairperson of Social Contributions Committee


In line with the Sumitomo Riko Group's aim to become a "Global Excellent Manufacturing Company," which we define as a company that contributes to safety, comfort and the environment of human beings, society, and the Earth, we are striving to create social value through corporate citizenship activities that we are convinced will lead to creation of a better society and enhancement of public value and corporate value. The task of the Social Contributions Committee under the CSR Committee is to promote these corporate citizenship activities globally throughout the Group. Through the involvement of Sumitomo Riko’s plant managers and executives of Group companies, the Social Contributions Committee works to examine and improve each activity in the course of promoting corporate citizenship activities, with the aims of helping to achieve the SDGs and creating an sustainable society.
Under the slogan "Along with You, Together with Society," which was established based on the ideas of employees throughout the Sumitomo Riko Group, and recognizing that the Sumitomo Riko Group is a corporate citizen of every local community where it has a presence, we are working to fulfill our corporate responsibility also through corporate citizenship activities with the aim of becoming an enterprise trusted by the communities we serve. It is my earnest desire that this website will help our stakeholders understand the Group's social contribution initiative and I will be grateful for your views and recommendations.

Takanobu Nanno
Chairperson of Social Contributions Committee
Managing Executive Officer

Basic Principles of Social Contribution Activities

The Sumitomo Riko Group participates enthusiastically in corporate citizenship activities to fulfill its responsibility as a corporate citizen and as a company determined to earn the appreciation of communities all over the world. The Group's corporate citizenship policy states: "Sumitomo Riko Group recognizes that we belong to the local community and, as a good corporate citizen, make efforts to create a better society through corporate citizenship activities." The Sumitomo Riko Group defines social contributions as activities helping meet society's challenges. We aim to create social value through vigorous corporate citizenship activities, addressing solutions to social issues that will contribute to the SDGs, leading to the enhancement of corporate value. In response to social needs, we have accorded priority to the following fields: 1) contribution to diversity, 2) contribution to the sound development of young people, 3) contribution to building community, 4) contribution to civil activities, and 5) contribution to the promotion of coexistence with the natural environment.

Policy on social contribution activities

Sumitomo Riko Group recognizes that we belong to the local community and, as a good corporate citizen, make efforts to create a better society through corporate citizenship activities.

Framework of our social contribution activities

To fulfill the above-mentioned policy, the Sumitomo Riko Group clarifies its "goal," "directions of activities," "five priorities," and "two activity fields."

Figure: Corporate Citizenship Activities Management

Social Contribution Promotion Structure

In accordance with the corporate citizenship policy and the framework, the Social Contributions Committee, which is one of the six subcommittees under the CSR Committee established in 2005, ensures that corporate citizenship activities are systematically implemented based on discussion.
At Sumitomo Riko, we classify corporate citizenship activities into employees' contribution and corporate contribution. Employees can contribute through voluntary activities and through monetary contributions. The Sumitomo Riko Attaka Club, an organization supporting employees' voluntary activities, operates at the Komaki, Matsusaka, Fuji-Susono, and Saitama Plants and a Group company, Tokai Chemical Industries.
For monetary contributions, Sumitomo Riko established the Sumitomo Riko Attaka Fund. The Sumitomo Riko Attaka Fund became a general incorporated foundation under Japanese law in 2014. Employees who register with the fund donate a sum of their choice between 100 yen to 1,000 yen to the fund by automatic withdrawal from their salary each month. As a matching gift, Sumitomo Riko donates a sum equal to that donated by the employees.
Sumitomo Riko's Social Contributions Committee establishes various corporate citizenship programs for which the Social Contribution Program Planning Office is the secretariat. Attaka Support Centers at plants and Sumitomo Riko Group companies support employees' social contributions through the Attaka Club and the Attaka Fund, linking the corporate contribution and employees' contribution.

Figure: Promotion Structure of Social Contribution Activities

Corporate Citizenship Program Assessment System

Sumitomo Riko has introduced an annual assessment system for corporate citizenship programs. Assessment of programs using uniform criteria clarifies their results. This approach allows us to apply a PDCA (plan-do-check-act) cycle to corporate citizenship activities. We are shifting the weight of our corporate citizenship activities from monetary contributions to a participatory and collaborative approach. Members of the Social Contributions Committee inspect and assess programs. Programs are revised or terminated based on the assessment and new programs are introduced.
56 programs, including monetary contributions, were assessed in fiscal 2019, as a result of which a total of 14 programs were revised or abolished. With a focus on activities that contribute to raising public value, we shifted to corporate citizenship activities that were more relevant to the SDGs and that were more typical of Sumitomo Riko.

Figure: Corporate Citizenship Program Assessment System