Environmental Management Activities
Internal Environmental Audit
Sumitomo Corporation conducts internal environmental audits on an annual basis to ensure that the environmental management system is functioning properly. In 2017 we carried out internal environmental audits in 273 domestic departments, which of Sumitomo Corporation and our ISO 14001 integrated certification group companies, with specific emphasis on (1) proper establishment of environmental targets, (2) management of progress in implementing the environmental action plan, (3) evaluation of compliance with legal requirements and (4) implementation and enhancement of environmental training. As a result of the audits, category-A and category-B nonconformity, as stipulated in the Internal Environmental Audit Administrative Rules, were not identified．
In July 2017, the third-party audits were conducted by an independent auditing organization, Japan Quality Assurance Organization, for the renewal of the current ISO 14001 certification status. We received approval as a result of the audits.
Environmental Educational Activities
Sumitomo Corporation Group develops a variety of educational programs to help its employees engage in environmental conservation. We raise environmental awareness among all Group employees by organizing such programs as seminars on environmental laws and regulations as well as global environmental issues given by outside experts.
|Theme||Summary||Dates||Number of participants|
|Training on the ISO 14001 environmental management system||The management principles, environmental contribution activities and the processes of an environmental management system in accordance with the ISO 14001 international standard.||2017
|Training for internal environmental audits||The basics and processes of internal environmental audits, through exercises, to be able to conduct audits effectively.||October 2017
|Seminars on industrial waste disposal and on-site checks of waste disposal service providers||Practical knowledge, including responsibilities of industrial waste generators, contract criteria and proper disposal methods, and, at the on-site checks, the key points in selecting proper providers.||October to November 2017
|Seminars on environmental laws and regulations||The latest trends in environmental laws and regulations, basic knowledge on these, and points to note to comply with the laws and regulations.||May 2017
|Basic environmental education (e-learning)||The Sumitomo Corporation Group’s environmental policy and its environmental management system.||July 2017 to
Our Business Activities
Sumitomo Corporation Group strives to achieve sustainable growth along with society by solving social issues through its business activities. With “achieving harmony with the global environment” identified as one of our material issues, we drive efforts to solve environmental issues, such as mitigation of and adaptation to climate change, through the stable supply of energy, water and other resources as well as development of a recycling-oriented system. We are also developing environmentally friendly business activities, including conserving biodiversity and preventing pollution. While environmental issues can pose risks to our business activities, they can also offer opportunities to create new value. We provide solutions to the global community.