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Sustainable Supply Chains

We firmly believe that the ability to manage supply chains responsibly and sustainably determines long-term growth. As a leader in integrated trading and investment with strong presence in 14 countries, we can play a significant role in driving sustainability in the diverse industries we are involved in.

The Sumitomo Corporation Group sets down the CSR Action Guidelines for Supply Chain Management. By implementing these guidelines, we are aiming to achieve a sustainable society by working together with our suppliers and business partners in order to achieve responsible value chain management in such areas as strict compliance with laws and regulations, respect for human rights, and protection of the environment.

The Sumitomo Corporation Group CSR Action Guidelines for Supply Chain Management

Established in November 2009
Revised in November 2013

The Sumitomo Corporation Group aims to be a global organization that, by constantly staying a step ahead in dealing with change, creating new value, and contributing broadly to society, strives to achieve prosperity and realize the dreams of all our stakeholders through sound business activities in strict adherence to our Corporate Mission Statement, and the management style principle contained therein, wherein prime importance is given to integrity and sound management with the utmost respect being paid to the individual.

In order to promote sustainability and social wellbeing in accordance with our mission, the Sumitomo Corporation Group hereby sets down these CSR Action Guidelines for Supply Chain Management. With a view to further strengthening the global relations which form one of the foundations of our core competence of integrated corporate strength, we request our suppliers and business partners to kindly accept, understand, and practice these guidelines so that together we can achieve responsible value chain management.

Our suppliers and business partners are expected to:

  1. Respect human rights and not to be complicit in human rights abuses
  2. Prevent forced labor, child labor and the payment of unfairly low wages
  3. Not engage in discriminatory employment practices
  4. Respect the rights of employees to associate freely in order to ensure open and fair negotiations between labor and management
  5. Provide employees with safe and healthy work environments
  6. Protect the global environment and give due consideration to biodiversity
  7. Ensure the quality and safety of products and services
  8. Ensure fair business transactions, to abide by all applicable laws, rules and regulations, and to prevent extortion, bribery and all other forms of corrupt business practices
  9. Ensure appropriate information security
  10. Cooperate with members of local host communities and contribute to sustainable regional development
  11. Disclose information regarding the above in a manner both timely and appropriate

The Sumitomo Corporation Group Statement for UK Modern Slavery Act 2015

In response to the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015, the Sumitomo Corporation Group set out steps to ensure modern slavery and human trafficking are not taking place in the Group’s business or supply chains. The statement is approved by the board of directors of Sumitomo Corporation as the parent company of Sumitomo Corporation Group.

Read the statement here >>

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