CSR Information

Fair and Responsible Procurement

Basic Policy of Our Procurement

The Sumitomo Forestry Group has been committed to responsible timber procurement and having established Timber Procurement Standard and Timber Procurement Philosophy and Policy in 2005 and 2007 respectively, to bring contributions to sustainable society via business activities of “wood” –a renewable resource.

In July 2015, Timber Procurement Philosophy and Policy were extended beyond timber and became subject to procurement of building materials, raw materials of products, and end products, and reestablished as Sumitomo Forestry Group Procurement Policy. The Group’s economically, socially and environmentally responsible procurement today is being carried out based on this policy.

Sumitomo Forestry Group Procurement Policy

The Sumitomo Forestry Group utilizes wood as a renewable natural resource in its business operations. To contribute to a sustainable society, we are committed to procurement activities that take into account economic, environmental and societal interests and comply with the following policy:

1. Procurement based on legal and highly reliable supply chains

Our procurement activities will strictly adhere to all relevant laws, regulations and societal norms, and be built on mutual understanding and trust with our business partners. Furthermore, to provide the highest quality products and services, we will work with our business partners to ensure that our procurement takes place within a sound and fair supply chain.

2. Procurement based on fair opportunity and competition

We will provide all our suppliers, both Japanese and foreign, a fair opportunity for business. Selection of our business partners will be based on a comprehensive evaluation of the company’s reliability and technological expertise, the product’s quality, economic efficiency, delivery date and environmental performance, and the company’s CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) initiatives, such as advocacy of basic human and worker rights, anticorruption efforts and so on.

3. Procurement of sustainable timber and wood products

Wood is a renewable natural resource. To actively utilize it, we will work with our business partners on the following initiatives related to the procurement of timber and wood products:

  • ・Procure timber from forests that are sustainably managed
  • ・Work to improve the traceability of procured timber and wood products
  • ・Strictly adhere to the laws and regulations of the countries and regions we log in, protect biodiversity and forests with high conservation value, and respect the cultures, traditions and economies of regions that coexist in harmony with forests.
4. Communication

To ensure the transparency of our procurement efforts, we will disclose information appropriately. In addition, we will communicate with our stakeholders to further improve our procurement activities.

Revised July, 2015

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Green Procurement and CSR Procurement

The Sumitomo Forestry Group formulated the Green Procurement Guidelines in 2002. The Guidelines establish standards for procuring products from two perspectives: the supplier's stance toward the environment (corporate activities assessment) and the product's impact on the environment throughout its life cycle (product assessment).

In 2013, the Group revised the Green Procurement Guidelines and added items to ensure progress of CSR initiatives concerning occupational health and safety and human rights under “corporate activity assessment.”

As to suppliers of imported timber and timber products from abroad, the Group conducts survey of CSR activities and their progresses individually.

Green Procurement Guidelines (extract)

Corporate activities assessment

1. Acquisition of ISO 14001 certification, and adoption of environmental policies and philosophy.

2. Active in global environmental conservation, such as biodiversity preservation and the prevention of global warming.

3. Committed to CSR in its entirety, such as workplace health and safety and respect for human rights.

Product assessment

1. No use of hazardous materials which are likely to have an adverse effect on health and the environment.

2. No leaching of hazardous materials from the product during construction or use.

3. Ability to be reused or recycled after use.

4. Use of processes and materials to lengthen the lifespan of the product.

Revised January, 2013

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CSR Report2017