Sumitomo Forestry Group Human Rights Policy

Sumitomo Forestry Group Human Rights Policy

The Sumitomo Forestry Group respects the human rights of all people involved in our Group’s operations and considers the respect for human rights a basic principle in all our activities. This thinking is rooted in Sumitomo’s Business Spirit, which places prime importance on fairness and integrity for the good of society.

The Sumitomo Forestry Group Human Rights Policy (hereinafter, this Policy) has been formulated to further clarify the Group’s thinking regarding the respect for human rights and to complement the Group’s Corporate Philosophy, Action Guidelines, Code of Conduct, Procurement Policy and others.

  1. A commitment to respect human rights
    Based on the United Nations’ Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the Sumitomo Forestry Group respects human rights as defined by such international norms as the World Human Rights Declaration, the International Covenants on Human Rights (the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights as well as the International Covenant on Economic, Societal and Cultural Rights), and the International Labor Organization (ILO) Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. The Group also strictly complies with all related laws in each of the countries it conducts business in.
    In countries and regions that diverge from these laws and international norms, the Group strives to the greatest extent possible to undertake and prioritize initiatives that respect international norms.
  2. Scope of application
    This Policy applies to Sumitomo Forestry Co., Ltd., and its consolidated subsidiaries.
    Furthermore, the Group asks all its business partners and other parties affiliated with the Group’s operations to respect and not infringe human rights based on this Policy.
  3. Measures related to the respect for human rights
    • Human rights due diligence
      The Sumitomo Forestry Group has created a human rights due diligence system, has incorporated it as a necessary process of our operations and applies it in an ongoing manner.
      Human rights due diligence evaluates and identifies potential and actual human rights risks and takes measures to prevent or reduce those risks.
    • Relief measures
      If a Sumitomo Forestry Group operation has been found to have directly caused or participated in a situation that has had a negative impact on human rights, the Company shall undertake all necessary external and internal procedures and implement relief measures.
      Furthermore, the Company shall create and maintain necessary mechanisms to handle grievances and evaluate the effectiveness of corrective and relief measures in an ongoing manner.
    • Education
      The Sumitomo Forestry Group shall conduct periodic and appropriate training for directors, employees and other parties to ensure that this Policy is integrated into the business activities of Sumitomo Forestry Co., Ltd., and all consolidated subsidiaries.
    • Communication with stakeholders
      Sumitomo Forestry Group shall communicate and discuss potential human rights risks, measures to counter actual influences and other related issues with relevant stakeholders.
    • Information disclosure
      To fulfill our reporting responsibilities, we shall disclose information and provide reports in a timely manner regarding initiatives based on this Policy and our response to potential or actual human rights issues.

President/Representative Director
Toshiro Mitsuyoshi


Sumitomo Forestry Group Human Rights Material Issues

The following are the Group’s material issues in relation to human rights as defined by international norms. These high priority issues may be reevaluated as appropriate according to changes in the Group’s operations and state of society.

<Prohibition of discrimination>

  • Prohibition of discrimination on the basis of gender, age, nationality, ethnicity, race, birthplace, religion, belief, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or other

<Workers’ rights>

  • Prohibition of child labor and forced labor (including foreign and immigrant workers)
  • Respect for the freedom of association and collective bargaining
  • Prevention of low wage labor (labor below minimum or living wages)
  • Prevention of long work hours
  • Prohibition of power harassment and sexual harassment
  • Maintenance of labor safety
  • Maintenance of worker health (including mental health)

<Respect for the rights of vulnerable people related to our operations>

  • Respect for the rights of local residents and indigenous people of the regions where we operate
  • Respect for the rights of women, children, minorities, the elderly and others
  • Consideration of the environmental rights of future generations (sustainable forest management and other initiatives)


  • Respect for the privacy and protection of personal information, including that of our customers and employees

As of July 1, 2019