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Endorsement of External Initiatives

United Nations Global Compact


In October 2014, Sumitomo Riko signed the Global Compact proposed by the United Nations and is a member of the Global Compact Network Japan.
The UN Global Compact is an initiative advocated by Kofi Annan, then UN Secretary-General, in 1999 and launched in 2000 by the UN Headquarters. The UN Global Compact comprises ten principles in the four areas of human rights, labour, environment, and anti-corruption. We are ensuring compliance with these principles and are committed to fulfilling our responsibility in international society while endeavoring to promote and appreciate diversity.
We participated in the following working groups (WGs) of the Global Compact Network Japan (GCNJ) in fiscal 2020.

  • ESG WG, Environment Management WG, Kansai WG, Supply Chain WG, Human Rights Training WG, Human Rights Due Diligence Subcommittee, Anti-corruption WG, Reporting WG, WEPs WG

In September 2020, we also endorsed the call of the United Nations Global Compact and signed the "Statement from Business Leaders for Renewed Global Cooperation". This is an expression of our determination to unite all sectors to eliminate social fragmentation and realize a sustainable future in the face of various critical crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, economic uncertainty, and social inequality.

Related Information: Press Release

In addition, an interview with our President, Mr. Shimizu, entitled "Enhancing corporate value and public value during the COVID-19 crisis" was published in the "SDGs Research Report Vol. 5" issued by GCNJ in March 2021. The article introduces business continuity and examples of products and businesses that respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change.

Related information: SDGs Research Report Vol. 5

Amnesty International

We revised the Sumitomo Riko Group Corporate Action Charter in April 2019, which includes a statement expressing our commitment to conducting "business that respects the human rights of all persons." In practice, we are a corporate supporting member of Amnesty International Japan, a unit of a global human rights organization, and the initiatives we pursue reflect the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights of the United Nations.

Tokyo Principles for Strengthening Anti-Corruption Practices


In July 2018 Sumitomo Riko signed and endorsed the Tokyo Principles for Strengthening Anti-Corruption Practices (Tokyo Principles) of Global Compact Network Japan. The Tokyo Principles are the materialization of the content of Principle 10 (Anti-Corruption) of the UN Global Compact. Having signed the Tokyo Principles, we will implement even stronger anti-corruption activities than before.
In fiscal 2018, we revised the Sumitomo Group Global Compliance Action Guidelines to reflect the Tokyo Principles.

Keidanren Charter of Corporate Behavior

As a member of the Japan Business Federation (Keidanren), Sumitomo Riko complies with and puts into practice the Charter of Corporate Behavior. In order to respond to changes of the recent trends in society, in light of the revision of Keidanren's Charter of Corporate Behavior, we revised the Sumitomo Riko Group Corporate Action Charter in April 2019 based on a resolution by the Board of Directors.
We also participate in activities such as the Keidanren's “Committee on Responsible Business Conduct & SDGs Promotion”.

Declaration of Biodiversity by Keidanren

Supporting the purpose of the Declaration of Biodiversity by Keidanren (Japan Business Federation), Sumitomo Riko has endorsed "The Declaration of Biodiversity by Keidanren Promotion Partners." We are working to protect biodiversity through reduction of environmental impacts, forestation, protection of the environment in the neighborhood of our business sites and other social contribution activities.

Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD)


In June 2022, Sumitomo Riko expressed its support for the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) established by the Financial Stability Board (FSB).
Based on the TCFD recommendations, our company discloses information on four areas regarding both climate change-related risks and opportunities: "Governance," "Strategy," "Risk Management," and "Metrics and Targets".


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