External Recognition

FTSE4Good Index Series / FTSE Blossom Japan Index

Sumitomo Corporation was selected as a constituent of FTSE4Good Index Series and FTSE Blossom Japan Index. (As of June 2019)

Published by FTSE Russell, an investment index calculator, FTSE4Good Index Series consists of companies with strong Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) practices. FTSE Blossom Japan Index, which is also provided by FTSE Russell, measures the performance of Japanese companies in terms of ESG practices. It has also been adopted by the Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) as an effective index for ESG investment.

S&P/JPX Carbon Efficient Index

We were selected in S&P/JPX Carbon Efficient Index, a global environmental stock index created by S&P Dow Jones Indices in the United States. (As of March 2019)

It is adopted by the Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) as an effective index for ESG investment.

SNAM: SNAM Sustainability Index

We were selected in the SNAM Sustainability Index managed by Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Asset Management Co., Ltd. (SNAM). (As of June 2019)

The SNAM Sustainable Investment Fund, launched by SNAM in August 2012, is a socially responsible investment funds for pension trusts and institutional investors that invest broadly in companies having a strong positive evaluation for ESG performance.


In 2018, we were evaluated A- (leadership level) in the Forests program and B (management level) in the Climate Change and Water Security program by the CDP (*). The number of Japanese companies evaluated as leadership level in the Forests program was 4.

  • CDP:
    A UK-based global non-governmental organization (NGO) that discloses environmental information collected from companies and cities. CDP is supported by more than 650 global institutional investors representing a total of 87 trillion dollars in assets. The scale of CDP’s environmental survey is the world’s largest, with 7,018 companies responding in 2018. CDP ranks their responses into nine grades; A, A-, B, B-, C, C-, D, D-, and F once a year.

Please see "ESG Communication Book [Environment]" about our activities for climate change, water and wood business.
(English version is scheduled to be released in the spring of 2019)

Nikkei Environmental Management Survey

In 2019, we were ranked first place in the integrated trading company by the Nikkei Environmental Management Survey, marking three consecutive years at the top.

The survey recognized Sumitomo Corporation’s continuous environmental management activities, which include: identification and disclosure of six material issues for achieving sustainable growth with society, including achieving harmony with the global environment; the renewable energy power generation business that is widely in operation in and outside Japan; environmental consideration in mining operations with awareness of biodiversity conservation; monitoring of electricity use and initiatives in line with a long-term reduction target; use of green power certificates; and reduction of water consumption and waste generation.

The survey assessed the achievement of improvements related to management efficiency and environmental measures, such as a reduction in greenhouse gases and waste, by performing a comprehensive analysis of corporate environmental management. Each company was assessed based on the total score of the following four criteria: structure of promoting environmental management, measures against global warming, anti-pollution and biodiversity measures, and resource recycling.

"Eruboshi" company on the basis of the Act on Promotion of Women’s Participation and Advancement in the Workplace

In May 2016, we were certified as a second-highest class "Eruboshi" company in recognition of the effort to promote the active involvement of female employees on the basis of the Act on Promotion of Women's Participation and Advancement in the Workplace.

"Platinum Kurumin" as a company that provides superior childcare support

We were granted "Platinum Kurumin" certification in June 2015 by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) in recognition of providing superior childcare support among the "Kurumin" certified companies.

Reforming and Diversifying Work Practices

In February 2018, were certified by METI as a “White 500” enterprise with outstanding health and productivity management for the third consecutive year.

Certified as a “Bronze” in “PRIDE INDEX”

In October 2019, we were certified as a “Bronze” in “PRIDE INDEX” in recognition of the effort to support sexual minorities including LGBT by a private organization “work with Pride”.