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Promotion of Social Contribution Activities

Policy on Social Contribution Activities

The Sumitomo Forestry Group advances social contribution activities in the areas of environment, community service, and next-generation development to protect abundant forests into the future and to contribute to sustainable use of wood resources and local community development. Fostering greater understanding about forests over a large section of society is particularly important as the social contribution activities concerning forest conservation is closely related to the Group's businesses.

This motivates Sumitomo Forestry to dedicate itself to environmental education for elementary and junior high school students, such as lectures and hands-on learning in forests. The Company is also actively involved in activities which make a contribution to the wider society, such as the restoration of forests damaged by disaster.

Sumitomo Forestry also supports volunteer activities undertaken by individual employees in local communities to create a workplace environment that encourages people to contribute to their local communities.

Plans and KPIs of Social Contribution Activities

Sumitomo Forestry is continuously holding the following activities.

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Introducing a Volunteer Leave Program

To support its employees' volunteering activities, in May 2011 the Company established a volunteer leave program that allows employees a total of five days of leave a year for volunteer activities.

Moreover, the Company provided special support for volunteer activities for the Great East Japan Earthquake, for a specific time period, it paid the travel expenses and volunteer insurance premiums of employees who wanted to help.

In fiscal 2014, 2015 and 2016, the number of employees who took leave to participate was nine, six and one, respectively.

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Social Contribution Donations

Breakdown of Social Contribution Donations by Category (FY2016)

Breakdown of Social Contribution Donations by Category (FY2016)
  • *1 900,000 dollars in donations for pediatric medical care and research through MainVue Homes (MV) as well as an expansion in the ratio of donations for social welfare contributions after an increase in the number of overseas Group companies
  • *2 Includes donations and political contributions not corresponding to the items above

Donating 100-ton CO2 Offset Credit to Iseshima Summit

Sumitomo Forestry donated 100 tons of J-VER credits in answer to the Japanese Government’s call for cooperation of companies in carbon offset for G7 Iseshima Summit held from May 26 through 27, 2016. The credit was given as for Company-owned forests in Sumitomo Forestry Kyushu Area in “Sustainable Forestry Management Promotion-Type Project” in 2009. The offset credit was the forest absorption-type and registered as the first in Japan.

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Expenditure on Social Contribution Activities

Breakdown of Expenditure on Social Contribution Activities (FY2016)

Breakdown of Expenditure on Social Contribution Activities (FY2016)
  • *1 Costs of community cleaning activities and the Forester House operation
  • *2 Mt. Fuji Manabi no Mori operation costs
  • *3 Research and development costs for heritage and precious trees

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Contributions to Public Policy

The Sumitomo Forestry Group coordinates and cooperates with national and local governments, the business community and others, making recommendations toward the improvement and resolution of worsening environmental and social issues.

FY2016 Public Service
Organization Position Name
The Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry Special adviser・Council member Ryu Yano, Chairman of the Board
The Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry Special adviser Ryu Yano, Chairman of the Board
The Building & Housing Center of Japan Outside director Ryu Yano, Chairman of the Board
Japan-China Association for Building and Housing Industry Supervisory Officer & Vice Chairperson Ryu Yano, Chairman of the Board
National Conference for Promoting Forestry Revival and Regional Revitalization Vice-chairperson Ryu Yano, Chairman of the Board
Organization for Landscape and Urban Green Infrastructure Chairperson (Representative Supervisory Officer) Ryu Yano, Chairman of the Board
Greenery by Golf Group Chairperson (Representative Supervisory Officer) Ryu Yano, Chairman of the Board
Japan-Myanmar Association for Industry of Housing and Urban Development Chairperson Ryu Yano, Chairman of the Board
Japan Global Exchange Forum for Housing, Building and Urban Development Supervisory Officer & Chairperson Ryu Yano, Chairman of the Board
International Housing & Home Warranty Conference (IHHWC) Executive Committee Chairperson Ryu Yano, Chairman of the Board
Keidanren Committee on Nature Conservation Vice-chairperson Akira Ichikawa, President/Director
Japan Association of Corporate Executives Vice Chairperson Akira Ichikawa, President/Director
The Machinami Foundation Director  
The Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry – Japan Committee for the Japan-New Zealand Business Council Vice-chairperson Akira Ichikawa, President/Director
Gifu Academy of Forest Science and Culture Visiting Professor Akira Ichikawa, President/Director
Japan Indonesia Association, Inc. Director  
Wooden Home Builders Association of Japan Chairperson (Representative Supervisory Officer) Akira Ichikawa, President/Director
Japan Federation of Housing Organizations Vice Chairperson (Representative Supervisory Officer) Akira Ichikawa, President/Director
Japan-Project-Industry Council Member Representative Hitoshi Hayano, Representative Director
Institute for Innovative Healthcare Director  
Japan Lumber Importer's Association Chairperson Akihisa Fukuda, Managing Executive Officer
Japan 2x4 Home Builders Association Director  
Serviced Housing for the Elderly Association (Formerly the Kosen Cooperative) Auditor Kunihiko Takagiri, Managing Executive Officer
Japan Printed & Colored Plywood Manufacturer Association Executive Director Yoshihiro Yoshioka, Executive Officer
Central Japan Plywood Manufacturers’ Association Director  
Japan Acoustic & Laminated Flooring Manufacturers Director  
Japan Overseas Plantation Center for Pulpwood Director  
Japan-Papua New Guinea Association Director  
Japan International Forestry Promotion and Cooperation Center Supervisory Officer  
Sustainable Green Ecosystem Council Chairperson  
Japan Federation of Housing Organizations – Environment Committee Committee chairperson Hideki Nose, Adviser
Japan Federation of Housing Organizations – International Foreign Relations Committee Committee chairperson Hideki Nose, Adviser
Institute for Building Environment and Energy Conservation Director  
Forest Management Association of Japan Director  
Japan Greenery Research and Development Center Trustee  
National Land Afforestation Promotion Organization Director  
The Forest Culture Association Director  

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CSR Report2017