Shareholders and Investors, Customers, Suppliers and Other Trade Partners, Employees, Local Communities, Global Environment

CSR/Sustainability Management Structure

Steps Toward Value-creating CSR

Figure: Value-creating CSR Direction

Sumitomo Riko Group aims to realize "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. The CSR activities the Sumitomo Riko Group is promoting are value creation-based, designed to meet the expectations of society while contributing to our sustainable growth and development. We are convinced that promoting such value-creating CSR will speed our emergence on the international stage as an aspiring "Global Excellent Manufacturing Company."

The Sumitomo Riko Group considers that there are three steps to promote value-creating CSR. Currently, we undertook value-creating CSR management and are deepening CSR activities.

Steps to value-creating CSR management
Figure: Steps to "Value-creating CSR". Commence value-creating CSR management by 2015

Basic Approach to CSR/Sustainability

Sumitomo Riko Group Corporate Action Charter

In our efforts to realize the Vision of the Sumitomo Riko Group, we position CSR that consistently creates value at the heart of our management and the Sumitomo Riko Group Corporate Action Charter is the basis of the Group’s CSR activities. Our Corporate Action Charter was established in March 2006 by resolution of the Board of Directors following deliberations by the CSR Committee that was formed in 2005. The Corporate Action Charter was revised in October 2014 and April 2019 to reflect changes in the business environment.

Basic Policy on CSR and Sustainability

With the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Global Compact in mind, we have categorized the aspects of CSR management into the following three perspectives and established them as our Basic CSR and Sustainability Policies. Based on these policies, we aim to "create social value" by addressing and seeking solutions for social issues, such as those represented by the SDGs, improve our corporate value and public value, and grow sustainably with society.

(1) Take action that does not harm society and the global environment (minimization of negative impact)
- Appropriate responses to risk in areas such as human rights, labor, the environment, and anti-corruption
(2) Contribute to solving social and global environmental challenges (maximization of positive impact)
- Businesses and social contribution activities that provide solutions to social challenges
- Human diversity that contributes to the emergence of innovation
(3) Improve engagement with stakeholders through communication and raise corporate value with a long-term view
- Information disclosure, dialogue, collaboration


Aiming to be a company that is loved, trusted and respected by local communities around the world, in promoting CSR management, we base our actions on the CSR materiality, underpinned by our two fundamental principles of respect for human rights and compliance, while emphasizing four priority themes: safety, environment, quality, and contribution to society.

Figure: Materiality

CSR/Sustainability Promotion Structure

For the promotion of CSR management, the CSR Committee, chaired by the President, with titled Executive Officers as committee members, meets three times a year and reports its outcomes to the Board of Directors twice a year.
The CSR Committee has six subcommittees, namely the Safety and Health Committee, Environment Committee, Compliance Committee, Social Contributions Committee, Diversity Committee, and Supply Chain Committee. The CSR Committee approves the action policies of these six subcommittees and checks and follows up on the progress of their activities. In addition, the Committee manages the non-financial objectives and monitoring items set out in the 2022 Vision.(until fiscal 2020)

In response to the need to achieve sustainability, including carbon neutrality, we have decided to dissolve the subordinate committees for more efficiency and operate the “CSR Sustainability Committee” from fiscal 2021 in order to address CSR activities in a more integrated manner with business activities throughout the Group. The committee will deliberate and provide guidance and support to the divisions under its jurisdiction on such themes as “Safety and Health”, “Environment”, “Social contribution”, “Diversity”, and “Supply chains”.

In order to strengthen the functions of the Compliance Committee, it has been made an independent committee parallel to the CSR Sustainability Committee.

●Composition of the CSR Sustainability Committee

Chairperson: President and Chief Executive Officer
Committee members: Outside Directors, Senior Managing Executive Officers, Managing
            Executive Officers,General Managers of the relevant divisions, etc.
Secretariat: Corporate Planning Department

Sumitomo Riko Group's Stakeholders

In light of CSR materiality, the Sumitomo Riko Group has selected the following stakeholders. Following discussion, taking into consideration CSR issues at Sumitomo Riko classified according to the Sumitomo Riko Group Action Charter, the CSR Committee approved the definition. We have referred to ISO26000, the Charter of Corporate Behavior of the Japan Business Federation (KEIDANREN), and the GRI Sustainability Reporting Guidelines.

Figure: Sumitomo Riko Group's Stakeholders

Employee Education Measures

With the aim of dissemination of CSR and the SDGs within the Group, we conduct training at various opportunities to encourage every individual employee to take ownership of these goals and incorporate them into their work. In fiscal 2020, we introduced training methods to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, such as decentralized, remote training, and video distribution, and a total of 293 employees, including new hires, mid-career employees, technical staff, and administrative staff, took part in the training.