Sumitomo made Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) a priority long before it became a corporate culture buzzword. Our corporate vision includes a declaration that “we aim to be a global organization that constantly stays a step ahead in dealing with change, creates new value, and contributes broadly to society.” As a global citizen, SC initiates corporate social responsibility through projects that foster more sustainable development, reflecting a legacy that can be traced back to the Besshi copper mines’ reforestation projects in 1894. To that end, Sumitomo Corporation of Americas helps fulfill this promise through SCOA Foundation, its philanthropic arm that is dedicated to providing financial support to a broad range of cultural, educational, research and community activities and institutions in the United States, as well as disaster relief.
In recent years, the foundation was instrumental in providing aid after such disasters as the Japanese tsunami, the Haitian and Chilean earthquakes, the tornadoes that devastated the U.S. Midwest, as well as the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.
Among the other programs that SCOA Foundation continues to support are the Columbia Business School Center on Japanese Economy and Business, the Japan Society, the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and History, the American Museum of Natural History, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and Toys for Tots. In recent years, SCOA Foundation has expanded its donations to include some localized efforts, including the Laurie Strauss Leukemia Foundation in Port Washington, NY; the Japanese-American Society of Dallas/Fort Worth; and the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Illinois Chapter.
In its dedication to supporting cultural affairs, SCOA Foundation continues to contribute to the annual Japan Day @ Central Park in New York, a daylong event designed by the Japanese community of New York to promote a deeper understanding of Japanese culture.
We urge all our employees to “Be the Best” by striving for excellence through integrity, and social contribution is an important path to achieving our goal to “Be the One.” Sumitomo Corporation in the Americas serves its customers and society best by being an excellent corporate citizen.