Corporate Social Responsibility

In November 2009, the Sumitomo Corporation Group set down the CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) Action Guidelines for Supply Chains. By implementing these guidelines, which are based on our Management Principles, we are aiming to achieve a sustainable and better society by working together with our suppliers and business partners in order to create new values while at the same time fulfilling our social responsibilities in such areas as strict compliance with laws and regulations, respect for human rights, and protection of the environment. We are also supporting the UN Global Compact.

The Sumitomo Corporation Group aims to be a global organization that constantly stays a step ahead in dealing with change, creates new value, and contributes broadly to society. In its Management Principles, the Group sets forth its mission to achieve prosperity and realize dreams through sound business activities, and to strictly adhere to a management style which places prime importance on integrity and sound management with utmost respect for the individual.

In line with its Management Principles, the Sumitomo Corporation Group hereby sets down the CSR (corporate social responsibility) Action Guidelines for Supply Chains, aiming to achieve a sustainable and better society. With a view to further strengthening "global relations" one of the elements of the business foundation that supports our integrated corporate strength, which is our core competence we will request our suppliers and business partners to kindly accept, understand, and practice these guidelines so that together we can fulfill our social responsibilities in the value chain in which we are jointly involved.

Our suppliers and business partners are expected:

  1. To respect the human rights of employees and never treat employees in an inhumane manner
  2. To prevent forced labor, child labor and unreasonably cheap labor
  3. Not to practice discrimination with respect to employment
  4. To respect the rights of employees to associate freely in order to ensure smooth negotiation between labor and management
  5. To strive to provide employees with a safe and healthy work environment
  6. To strive to protect the global environment
  7. To ensure the quality and safety of products and services
  8. To ensure fair transactions, abiding by all applicable laws, rules and regulations, and to prevent all types of corruption, including extortion and bribery
  9. To disclose information regarding the above in a timely and appropriate manner

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