Corporate Social Responsibility Information

Communication with Our Business Partners

Communication with Sumitomo Forestry's Business Partners

Sumitomo Forestry's housing-business worksites are found in every region of the country, and they rely on the many supporting partner companies that the Sumitomo Forestry Group collaborates with. The Company considers communication with these companies to be vital in order to share with them its philosophy of improving the quality of homes while protecting the environment.

Main Communication Activities with the Business Partners of Sumitomo Forestry's Housing Division
Name/scale Description
Evaluation and feedback based on the Supplier Evaluation Standards Response rate: 100% of main business partners (2015) Every year, the Company evaluates its main business partners in the housing business after visiting their manufacturing plants. Feedback is then provided to them for the future improvement of their operations.
Annual Survey on Production Systems and CSR Response rate: Approximately 70% of all contractors (2015) This survey is useful for detached housing building contractors to improve their operational viability, safety and technical capabilities, and as an opportunity to familiarize their employees with the concepts underlying corporate social responsibility (CSR), such as compliance, environmental protection, respect for human rights, and contributions to local communities. The results of the surveys and the associated trends are provided as feedback to the Association of Sumitomo Forestry Safe Building Contractors and to the Matsu Association of Building Contractors, an annual social gathering of superior building contractor partners.

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Communication with Our Timber and Building Materials Business Partners

In the Timber and Building Materials Business, given that it is characterized as being a regional industry, Sumitomo Forestry maintains close communication with the supplier and purchasers of timber and building materials in each region.

Main Communication Activities with the Business Partners of the Timber & Building Materials Division
Name/scale Description
The Sumirin club –a membership organization to communicate with regional suppliers of timber and building materials
Number of members: 858 companies (as of March 2016)
Established in different regions around Japan as a forum for communication with business partners of timber and building materials. Training sessions and information exchange meetings are held two or three times a year in each region, allowing members to deepen mutual friendships, promote product R&D, enhance production and distribution, and support improvements in the industry as a whole.
Publication of Building Materials Monthly
Monthly print run of approximately 4,200 copies
With a history spanning more than half a century, this monthly magazine publishes timely information and topics regarding timber and building materials from a distinctive perspective unique to Sumitomo Forestry.

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CSR Report 2016