The purpose of this report is to inform a wide range of stakeholders about the Sumitomo Forestry Group's policies and initiatives aimed at realizing a sustainable society.
Sumitomo Forestry considers that it is essential to clarify the important issues it faces. Accordingly, the Company has formulated four material issues to address, based on the results of a survey given to its stakeholders in fiscal 2007. Since fiscal 2008, Sumitomo Forestry gives priority to these four material issues in its initiatives, the results of which are presented in this report.
The Company’s principal method of informing stakeholders about its CSR activities is the CSR Report on its website. Aiming to meet stakeholders’ diverse needs, the report also discloses highly specialized content.
In addition to the CSR Report on its website, the Company provides content on the environment and forests on its CSR Information website in order to effectively convey to its various stakeholders the information that will be of most interest to them, based on their differing perspectives. It also actively uses its Corporate Profile, Annual Report, and other media to enhance its communication with stakeholders.
The CSR Report is no longer distributed as a brochure and is only available on the Company’s website. However, PDFs of the report are publicly available for download and printing.
From this report onwards, information will be presented in three sections–Policy & Plans, Results, and Future Plans–in order to more accurately convey to stakeholders how the Group is continuously improving its activities through employing the PDCA (plan–do–check (corrective)-action) management method. However, the Future Plans section will not be included if only the same initiatives from the previous fiscal year are being continued.
The respective departments of Sumitomo Forestry Group have endeavored to ensure accuracy by using appropriate measurement and data collection methods for the initiatives and results reported in the report. These methods are also disclosed when relevant. Sumitomo Forestry Group has solicited third-party opinions from external specialists to impartially assess the appropriateness of the report's content and the Company's CSR activities.
April 2011 to March 2012
(The period also includes some activities from April 2012, as well as future expectations.)
Although this report focuses mainly on Sumitomo Forestry Co., Ltd., the Company considers it important to cover activities of the entire Sumitomo Forestry Group, and has been expanding its reporting scope. This report covers 40 Group companies and 5 affiliates considered to have material significance for the sustainability of the entire Sumitomo Forestry Group’s (47 consolidated subsidiaries, 23 affiliates) business in Japan and abroad.
On April 1, 2012, the Company completed an absorption merger of Sumirin Life Assist Co., Ltd.
The end of July 2012
(Previous: July 2011; Next: July 2013)
Sumitomo Forestry Co., Ltd.
Keidanren Kaikan, 1-3-2 Otemachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan 100-8270
CSR Team, Corporate Communications Department
Environmental Management Department