Environmental Management Structure

To ensure that management is practiced in accordance with the Environmental Policies, whose objective is to contribute to the creation of a sustainable society, the Sumitomo Forestry Group has established an environmental management structure with the President of Sumitomo Forestry assuming overall responsibility.

Beneath the President are the Executive Officer in Charge of Sustainability (formerly CSR) and the General Manager of the Sustainability Department (formerly CSR Department). Regular checks on the progress of environmental activities advanced by divisions and departments within the Group and related issues are conducted against the “CSR budget,” which sets forth numerical targets for each fiscal year, to raise the effectiveness of those activities.

Environmental Management Structure図

Roles of Environmental Management Personnel

  • Group Overall Environmental Representative: President
  • Group Environmental Management Officer: Executive Officer in Charge of Sustainability (formerly CSR)
  • Group Environmental Manager: General Manager, Sustainability Dept. (formerly CSR Dept.)
  • Division Environmental Management Officers: General Manager, Administration Dept. (Timber and Building Materials Div.); General Manager, Administration and Planning Dept. (Housing and Construction Div.); General Manager, Overseas Administration Dept. (Overseas Housing and Real Estate Div.); General Manager, Management and Administration Department (Environment and Resources Div.)
  • Department Environmental Managers: General managers, presidents of group company, etc.
  • Environmental activity personnel: Environmental promotion personnel

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ISO 14001 Certification

ISO 14001 Certification Rate
(Based on Sales)

Sumitomo Forestry introduced an environmental management system in fiscal 1995 and acquired ISO 14001 certification for its housing operations in fiscal 1997 ahead of other players in the housing industry. Certification was subsequently acquired for other operations with all departments and divisions in the Company achieving integrated ISO 14001 certification in fiscal 2002.

The scope of certified Group companies has been extended to businesses that have a large influence on the environment, and today the Group has five certified companies in Japan. Progress is also being made on certification of overseas Group companies, focused on manufacturing companies, with six companies already certified.

As of April 2018, the certification rate of consolidated organizations was 85.2% (based on sales).

Sumitomo Forestry Group ISO 14001 Certification

Company Name Date acquired
Expanded Certification at Group Companies in Japan Sumitomo Forestry Co., Ltd. (excl. overseas operations) August 2002*1
Sumitomo Forestry Landscaping Co., Ltd. November 2002*2
Sumitomo Forestry Crest Co., Ltd. September 2003*2
Sumitomo Forestry Home Tech Co., Ltd. March 2013*2
Japan Bio Energy Co., Ltd. August 2014*2
Sumirin Agro-Products Co., Ltd.
(Current: Sumitomo Forestry Landscaping Co., Ltd.)
August 2017*2
PT. Kutai Timber Indonesia (KTI) July 2001
Nelson Pine Industries Ltd. (NPIL) July 2003
PT. Rimba Partikel Indonesia (RPI) October 2005
PT. AST Indonesia (ASTI) January 2007
Vina Eco Board Co., Ltd. (VECO) March 2014
Pan Asia Packing (PAP) April 2017

*1 Certification was acquired by individual departments and divisions from 1997 before integrated ISO 14001 certification was acquired for the entire company.

*2 Acquired by inclusion in Sumitomo Forestry’s integrated certification

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Audits by External Certification Bodies

Companies covered by the integrated ISO 14001 certification in Japan undergo routine reviews conducted once a year by certification body JIC Quality Assurance Ltd. In fiscal 2017, Sumirin Agro-Products Co., Ltd. (current: Sumitomo Forestry Landscaping Co., Ltd.) as well as 36 departments at 6 other companies underwent a review to upgrade to the ISO 14001:2015 (JISQ 14001:2015) as well as a monitoring assessment.

As a result of these reviews, all of the entities were approved for registration on August 10, 2017 after examining 43 points of advice for improvement without any incompatibilities.

In addition to examining methods of improvement and taking action for each of the observation items, notices were issued by the CSR Department to share information on any issues common to the Group companies, and internal environmental audits were conducted to check the implementation of preventive measures.

The ISO 14001 certifications acquired by manufacturing plants overseas have advanced efforts to transition to the new standards just as the plants in Japan. The migration to the new standards was completed on April 26, 2018.

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Internal Environmental Audits

In addition to reviews conducted by external certification bodies, companies covered by the integrated ISO 14001 certification periodically carry out internal environmental audits. These audits are implemented by employees who have passed an exam upon completion of an in-house training course to become internal environmental auditors.

Two courses of internal auditor development training are being held; one course for the Company-certified auditors based on old standards and another course based on new standards were offered following the amendments of the international standards in September 2015. In particular, requiring these courses be taken and passed by all general managers within the scope of the registration enhances understanding about the revisions to these standards and strengthens leadership. As a result, the number of employees certified as internal environmental auditors of ISO14001:2015 has reach a cumulative total of 887 (as of the end of fiscal 2017).

Internal environmental audits have been conducted in 110 departments between October 13, 2017 and January 23, 2018. Over the three years since the revisions, the Sumitomo Forestry Group has completed rounds of migration audits for departments which had been planned for registration in Japan this fiscal year. When irregularities due to the amendments were found and or improvement was suggested, the audited departments took corrective actions and subsequently submitted the action reports to the audit department. Audit results were reported to management by the General Manager of the CSR Department and a review was conducted.

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Compliance and Violations of Environmental Laws

In the last five years

There were no significant violations* of any, environment-related laws or ordinances in the past five years.

* Violation with a penalty or punishment of one million yen or more

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