Contributing to Communities Where Sumitomo Forestry Operates

The Sumitomo Forestry Group aims to contribute to sustainable local development through its operations. When starting new businesses or expanding its overseas business sites, the Group's policy is to consider the environment, revitalize local economies and promote employment and thereby operate in harmony with local communities.

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Activities Which Contribute to Local Communities in Indonesia

Support for Children Through the KTI Educational Foundation

PT. Kutai Timber Indonesia (KTI) founded the KTI Educational Foundation in 2000 to commemorate its 30th anniversary with the purpose of improving the livelihood of people in Indonesia through education as well as engaging in social activities. This foundation primarily provides support for academic supplies and uniforms at elementary and junior high schools to impoverished children in Probolinggo in the East Java province where a Sumitomo Forestry Group plant is located. In fiscal 2017, the foundation provided support for academic supplies as well as IDR 38,458,000 (Approx. 280,000 yen) in financial support to children with disabilities.

Children that received school supplies and other items donated by the KTI Educational Foundation
Children that received school supplies and other items donated by the KTI Educational Foundation

Children that received school supplies and other items donated by the KTI Educational Foundation

Community Development through Project EARTH Initiatives

Sumitomo Forestry conducts Project EARTH as an effort to offset the carbon dioxide emitted in processes from the harvest of primary building materials to transport, fabrication, and building of detached houses in Japan delivered from April 2009 to March 2017 by planting in Indonesia. New reforestation efforts have already been completed and the work has currently migrated to cultivation, harvest and subsequent reforestation.

The project also encompassed activities leading to enhanced regional infrastructure, such as the preparation of roads necessary for the reforestation work, thereby contributing to improvement of the livelihoods of residents. Sumitomo Forestry also makes donations such as academic supplies to kindergartens and elementary schools in addition to setting up public restrooms in villages.

Following the lead of KTI which implemented the project, we have provided seedlings to local residents and guarantee purchase of plantation timber that is cultivated at a fair price to contribute to creating a revenue source for the local people while taking responsibility for one aspect of sustainable plantation activities.

Public Bathrooms Set Up in Village

Public Bathrooms Set Up in Village

Harvesting and Transport of Timber

Harvesting and Transport of Timber

Contributing to the Community through Free Seedling Distribution and Support for Infrastructure Provision

PT. Rimba Partikel Indonesia, which conducts the manufacture and sales of particle board, distributes free seedlings to local residents and guarantees the purchase of the timber at a fair market price from the seedlings that are cultivated, which helps the community economically and in terms of greening. In addition, the company continues to support mosque repair work and in road surfacing.

Donation of seedlings to the local Kendal Regency

Donation of seedlings to the local Kendal Regency

Respect for Local Tradition and Culture at Overseas Plantations

The plantation forest operations in Indonesia communicate with the local residents and associations to gain a deep understanding of the local traditions and culture and conduct safety festivals together with the local people when starting operations in accordance with those traditions. Sumitomo Forestry also engages in efforts to respect the traditions and cultures of local communities, such as capital support for traditional events held by local residents.

Village meeting

Village meeting

Contributing to Technical Development and Reforestation for Sustainable Peatland Use

Sumitomo Forestry strives to develop forestry technologies together with the region through large-scale plantation operations in West Kalimantan, Indonesia.

Building Infrastructure and Providing Basic Educational and Medical Support in neighboring business regions

PT. Mayangkara Tanaman Industri (MTI), a large-scale plantation business operator in Indonesia, views sustainable development of local communities as a vital managerial challenge, and thereby, undertaking community services that meet the needs of local residents in the areas of education, medicine and hygiene, infrastructure development, agriculture, and livelihood enhancement.

In fiscal 2017, a water purifying plant was setup in villages in business regions to supply safe water for daily life to residents. In addition, Sumitomo Forestry works to provide basic educational support by building local elementary schools and deploying teachers where facilities and instructors are lacking in addition to medical support which includes free examinations for neighboring residents.

Support for stationary at elementary schools in operating areas

Support for stationary at elementary schools in operating areas

Educational Environment at the Elementary School

Educational Environment at the Elementary School

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Building Social Infrastructure in Papua New Guinea

Open Bay Timber Ltd. (OBT) in Papua New Guinea has been operating plantation forest since 1984 and it contributes greatly to the economic development of each region of Kaboku, Mokolkol, Alienande, and Mevelo districts. In April 2007, OBT became a Group company of Sumitomo Forestry to further healthy expansion and effective use of reforestation timber resources.

OBT also operates clinics and super markets for their employees and local residents to use because the preparation of social infrastructure is insufficient in Papua New Guinea. In neighboring villages, OBT nurses periodically visit neighboring villages to perform infant health checkups and provide advice to the sick as well as conduct educational activities. Furthermore, a dedicated clinic vehicle was arranged to transport patients to larger hospitals.

Full View of Open Bay Clinic

Full View of Open Bay Clinic

Four-wheel drive vehicle to transport patients available at the clinic

Four-wheel drive vehicle to transport patients available at the clinic

As cash income support for local residents, OBT ensures a public space for sales so that anyone can sell their own fruits and vegetables after establishing company-owned land facing the coast. The building which had collapsed due to strong winds and rains during the monsoon season was also rebuilt. OBT also plans to build three additional buildings in the future to respond to the strong requests of nearby residents who fill this sales space.

Local Community in the Newly Community Market Place
Local Community in the Newly Community Market Place

Local Community in the Newly Community Market Place

A large-scale charity medical event was also held at the Open Bay Clinic built and operated by OBT to offer local citizens an everyday place to be examined properly when in the major town with the cooperation of the health department of the province. The medical staff of over 40 professionals brought together from around the world for this event examined for diagnosis and treatment for approximately 500 people over the three days of this event.

Diagnosing and Treating Adults and Children Alike

Diagnosing and Treating Adults and Children Alike

Hygiene Guidance for Children

Hygiene Guidance for Children

Stand-by generators were newly installed in the Open Bay Clinic in anticipation of power-outages in the evening after the main generators stop. These generators have been able to provide sufficient support in case of emergencies or childbirth in the middle of the night.

Household solar power generators had been incorporated as a stand-by power source conventionally, but the installation of mid-size power generators in addition to these solar power generators has been able to provide a more stable supply of power.

OBT employs full-time health workers day and night at the Open Bay Clinic to provide general medical care, support childbirth and pharmaceutical needs, accept patients into the hospital, and transfer patients with serious medical concerns to major hospitals by land and sea.

The patients eligible for these services are not only employees and their families but including many people who travel quite a distance for medical care. In a country where medical facilities are lacking, the Open Bay Medical Clinic contributes greatly to the local community as the most advanced medical clinic in within a 60 km radius from its place.

Books were donated to the Open Bay Elementary School students (elementary, junior, and senior high students) attended by the local children. Also, community classroom (origami experience) for interacting was held.

Junior and Senior High School Students Receiving the Books

Junior and Senior High School Students Receiving the Books

Elementary School Students Showing Off Their Origami Art

Elementary School Students Showing Off Their Origami Art

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Support for Children’s Hospitals in Australia

The Henley Properties Group builds and sells detached and multi-unit housing and spec homes in Australia and the United States. The Group’s social contribution activities include the Good Friday Charity Auction, whereby the auctioning of a spec home, built with residential land developer, materials supplier and other business partner cooperation, raises money which is donated to children’s hospitals and other facilities.

Several hundred business partners from the provision of land to design, estimation, material manufacturing, procurement, and labor management have participated in these activities. Since these efforts began in 1993, more than 14.7 million Australian dollars in total donations have been provided through the auction of 39 houses to be used for the medical costs of children suffering from intractable diseases.

The 25th auction in 2018 was held in March in Victoria, Australia. The two-story house built in Mickleham, Melbourne reached a successful bid of 860,000 Australian dollars.

Detached house auction

Detached house auction

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Regional Contribution Activities in New Zealand

Tasman Pine Forests Ltd. (TPFL) in New Zealand engages in contribution activities to bring health and safety to the local community.

In fiscal 2017, TPFL donated activity capital as a sponsor to the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter Trust. This trust is deploying rescue helicopters roughly 500 times a year for natural disasters that occur in the region and for leisure accidents. The TPFL logo is posted on the helicopter.

Furthermore, TPFL donated the funds to Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ), the fire-fighting organization of New Zealand, for the purchase of a small fire engine to fight forest fires. In New Zealand, TPFL worked together with the Rural Fire Network made up of forestry companies and FENZ engaged in forest fire prevention and fire-fighting activities.

In fiscal 2018, TPFL donated to the new care hospital wing built at the Nelson Tasman Hospice. The Nelson Tasman Hospice is a charity (non-profit) organization rooted in the community which has been providing hospice care in Nelson since its founding in 1987. The new hospital wing built in this project responds to the aging society also progressing in New Zealand which has brought the present wing to capacity.

Rescue Helicopter

Rescue Helicopter

Fire Engine

Fire Engine

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Support for the Next Generation in the United States Through Joint Efforts with Local Residents

The Canyon Creek Cabinet Company, which manufactures and sells wooden cabinets in the United States, continually makes contributions to the region from providing offcuts of timber produced in manufacturing products to local charity organizations which donate toys to make donations of wooden toys and puzzles to child protection facilities and children's hospitals.

Helicopters, Trains and Other Donated Wooden Toys

Helicopters, Trains and Other Donated Wooden Toys

Toys and the Toy Makers

Toys and the Toy Makers

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Construction of Monastic Schools in Myanmar

Sumitomo Forestry is involved in the Myanmar Monastic School Support Team, a body that was established to support the construction of monastic school-style community schools in Myanmar. Activities which began in 2014 have completed the fourth monastic-style schools as of March 2018 thanks to the donations of companies and individuals who see the benefit. These schools were only simple schoolhouses before they were rebuilt with an environment that prevented classes from continuing on days there was heavy rain, especially in the rainy season. At the completion of a school, the donor companies held an opening ceremony with participants from advocating companies and an opportunity to engage with the local children.

Moving forward, the Myanmar Monastic School Support Team will continue to provide support with a goal of building one school per year.

Exterior of Monastic School after rebuilding

Exterior of Monastic School after rebuilding

School before rebuilding

School before rebuilding

Construction of Monastic Schools by Myanmar Monastic School Support Team, in Number

Monastic School Completion Construction Region Number of Students Sponsors
Wutt Kyway Taw Pyay Monastery School October, 2014 Mingaladon Township, Yangon City Approx. 260 18 companies,
4 individuals
Pyin Nyar Theingi Nun School November, 2015 Mingaladon Township, Yangon City Approx. 120 18 companies,
4 individuals
Myittar Yaung Chi Nun School November 2016 South Dagon Township, Yangon City Approx. 180 19 companies,
5 individuals
Shuepi Paremiin
Monastery Elementary and Middle School
March 2018 Aung Myay Tharzan Township, Mandalay Approx. 520 20 companies,
6 individuals

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Support and Cooperation in Nepal Manaslu Forest Restoration Project with Planting Technologies

Sumitomo Forestry provides tree-planting technological support and cooperation in the Manaslu Forest Restoration Project in Nepal led by the NPO Peak Aid, where alpinist Ken Noguchi serves as a representative.

Manaslu is one of the mountains in the Himalayas and its peak reaches 8,000 meters up in the air. The mountain once had virgin forests with rich vegetation and soil; nonetheless, recent population growth in the villages and deregulated logging have depredated the forests. The degraded forest system has resulted in increased frequency of landslide and adversely affecting lives of the villagers.

Sumitomo Forestry, therefore, has been providing advice from the technical aspect by sending experts of nurturing seedlings and forests to the project site. In fiscal 2017, we gave advice on seedling production, proposed sites for reforestation, and reforestation methods locally.

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