The Sumitomo Forestry Group formulates separate policies for each issue related to sustainability management, and carries out initiatives according to those policies.

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. Pursue active 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 23, 2015

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 protection, 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

Sumitomo Forestry Group Human Rights Policy

The Sumitomo Forestry Group respects the human rights of all people involved in our Group’s operations and considers the respect for human rights a basic principle in all our activities. This thinking is rooted in Sumitomo’s Business Spirit, which places prime importance on fairness and integrity for the good of society.

The Sumitomo Forestry Group Human Rights Policy (hereinafter, this Policy) has been formulated to further clarify the Group’s thinking regarding the respect for human rights and to complement the Group’s Corporate Philosophy, Action Guidelines, Code of Conduct, Procurement Policy and others.

  1. A commitment to respect human rights
    Based on the United Nations’ Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the Sumitomo Forestry Group respects human rights as defined by such international norms as the World Human Rights Declaration, the International Covenants on Human Rights (the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights as well as the International Covenant on Economic, Societal and Cultural Rights), and the International Labor Organization (ILO) Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. The Group also strictly complies with all related laws in each of the countries it conducts business in.
    In countries and regions that diverge from these laws and international norms, the Group strives to the greatest extent possible to undertake and prioritize initiatives that respect international norms.
  2. Scope of application
    This Policy applies to Sumitomo Forestry Co., Ltd., and its consolidated subsidiaries.
    Furthermore, the Group asks all its business partners and other parties affiliated with the Group’s operations to respect and not infringe human rights based on this Policy.
  3. Measures related to the respect for human rights
    • Human rights due diligence
      The Sumitomo Forestry Group has created a human rights due diligence system, has incorporated it as a necessary process of our operations and applies it in an ongoing manner.
      Human rights due diligence evaluates and identifies potential and actual human rights risks and takes measures to prevent or reduce those risks.
    • Relief measures
      If a Sumitomo Forestry Group operation has been found to have directly caused or participated in a situation that has had a negative impact on human rights, the Company shall undertake all necessary external and internal procedures and implement relief measures.
      Furthermore, the Company shall create and maintain necessary mechanisms to handle grievances and evaluate the effectiveness of corrective and relief measures in an ongoing manner.
    • Education
      The Sumitomo Forestry Group shall conduct periodic and appropriate training for directors, employees and other parties to ensure that this Policy is integrated into the business activities of Sumitomo Forestry Co., Ltd., and all consolidated subsidiaries.
    • Communication with stakeholders
      Sumitomo Forestry Group shall communicate and discuss potential human rights risks, measures to counter actual influences and other related issues with relevant stakeholders.
    • Information disclosure
      To fulfill our reporting responsibilities, we shall disclose information and provide reports in a timely manner regarding initiatives based on this Policy and our response to potential or actual human rights issues.

July 1, 2019


Sumitomo Forestry Group Human Rights Material Issues

The following are the Group’s material issues in relation to human rights as defined by international norms. These high priority issues may be reevaluated as appropriate according to changes in the Group’s operations and state of society.

<Prohibition of discrimination>

  • Prohibition of discrimination on the basis of gender, age, nationality, ethnicity, race, birthplace, religion, belief, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or other

<Workers’ rights>

  • Prohibition of child labor and forced labor (including foreign and immigrant workers)
  • Respect for the freedom of association and collective bargaining
  • Prevention of low wage labor (labor below minimum or living wages)
  • Prevention of long work hours
  • Prohibition of power harassment and sexual harassment
  • Maintenance of labor safety
  • Maintenance of worker health (including mental health)

<Respect for the rights of vulnerable people related to our operations>

  • Respect for the rights of local residents and indigenous people of the regions where we operate
  • Respect for the rights of women, children, minorities, the elderly and others
  • Consideration of the environmental rights of future generations (sustainable forest management and other initiatives)


  • Respect for the privacy and protection of personal information, including that of our customers and employees

July 1, 2019

Sumitomo Forestry Group Declaration on Empowering Women

Sumitomo Forestry Group is committed to creating “an open and inclusive corporate culture that values diversity,” as set out in its Action Guidelines. We believe a diverse workforce and a business strategy developed from a wide range of ideas is important for the Company. As part of this effort, we are striving to promote the participation of women in the belief that this will meet the social needs and significantly contribute to increased corporate value. By expanding opportunities for women and by leveraging the creative power of women, we will integrate a diverse range of values that will spur innovation and enhance corporate value.

  1. We will create a positive work environment for women
    In Japan, with a falling birthrate and aging population, worker population is projected to decline. By utilizing a workforce made up of individuals without regard to values, age, gender, nationality or disability, and by respecting the individual lifestyles of each and every female employee, we are working to create an open corporate culture and positive working environment where everyone can gain a sense of fulfillment in their work.
  2. We will leverage women’s unique creative powers
    Women's success in business is gaining prominence, such as with companies that utilize the perspective and creative powers of women to develop new products and services. In all business sectors, Sumitomo Forestry is striving to nurture the culture and processes that will harness women's unique creative powers and create new value.
  3. We will spur innovation through the participation of women
    Lively interaction among employees of different values, ages, gender, nationalities and other qualities leads to new ideas. Expanding work opportunities for women employees, in particular, spurs innovation in all areas, from sales and marketing to product development, business strategy and operational efficiencies.

December 24, 2013

Sumitomo Forestry Group Environmental Policy

Through our experience nurturing forests since our founding, Sumitomo Forestry Group has learned to appreciate the wonders of wood and the importance of nature. As a corporate entity with a close affinity to nature, we will pursue business activities that balance both environmental and economic interests and contribute to a sustainable society.

  1. Develop business operations centered on wood and forests
    We will cultivate forests and their ability to preserve and enhance the rich ecosystem to protect biodiversity, actively utilize timber resources and create new corporate value.
  2. Develop and offer environmentally conscious products and services
    We will develop and sell products and services that are environmentally conscious throughout the entire product lifecycle.
  3. Minimize and improve environmental impact
    To minimize and improve environmental impact, we will employ procurement practices that prevent environmental pollution and climate change and promote the effective utilization of natural resources.
  4. Ensure strict legal compliance
    We will adhere to all environmental laws, rules and regulations, global standards, voluntary standards and accords with stakeholders.
  5. Make continual improvements to our environmental management system
    We will accurately access environment-related risks associated with our business activities and with a mid-to-long-term outlook, set and work to fulfill yearly environment goals. In addition, we will regularly evaluate our environmental management system and make continual improvements.
  6. Promote environmental education
    We will provide environmental education for all parties involved in Sumitomo Forestry Group’s business operations and encourage voluntary environmental efforts.
  7. Pursue active communication
    We will actively disclose information about our environmental policies and initiatives and pursue activities that convey the wonders of trees and forests and the importance of nature.

Revised July 23, 2015

The Sumitomo Forestry Group’s Long-term Biodiversity Targets (summary)

Group-wide Targets

  1. (Aim to achieve sustainable forests)
    In all timber-related businesses, from upstream to downstream, we will work to prevent a reduction in forest areas and pursue forest sustainability.
    • We will strive to regenerate forests through reforestation and natural regeneration and logging a planned, sustainable manner that takes into account the forest’s ability to grow.
    • We will increase the procurement and use of sustainable timber, such as forest certified timber, plantation forest timber and Japanese timber.
    • We will promote the efficient use as well as the recycling and reuse of timber.
  2. (Increase the amount of CO2 absorbed by and sequestered in forests and timber)
    By cultivating healthy forests and promoting the use of timber through the greater use of timber construction materials and the construction of wooden buildings, we will strive to increase the amount of CO2 absorbed by and sequestered in forests and timber to contribute to the protection of biodiversity and the alleviation of climate change.

Individual targets

  1. (Forests)
    We will promote forest management that regenerates, maintains and increases biodiversity.
    • We will carry out zoning to protect ecosystems and the habitats of living creatures.
    • We will ensure that in terms of area, 20% or more of our Company-owned forests in Japan are environment forests that emphasize environmental conservation.
    • We will maintain that 100% Company-owned forests remain forest-certified.
    • We will maintain and increase biodiversity at our operation sites based on results of our biodiversity monitoring of Company-owned forests in Japan.
    • We will conduct operations at plantation forests overseas while considering how best to contribute to local communities, economies and education.
  2. (Products)
    We will provide products and services that take into account biodiversity, such as forest-certification and products and services that have undergone environmental assessment.
  3. (Design)
    We will work to develop homes and communities that are in harmony with the natural environment and their surrounding urban landscapes.
  4. (Construction)
    We will manage and minimize the generation of waste by promoting a zero-emissions policy in building and construction.
  5. (Greening)
    We will be considerate to the surrounding ecosystems and tree species and actively cultivate native species.
  6. (Plants)
    We will manage and minimize pollutants, waste and noise, and reduce their impact on biodiversity.
  7. (Public relations)
    We will actively communicate the importance of biodiversity to all stakeholders, including customers, business partners, and local communities.
  8. (Research)
    We will gather the latest information and develop conservation technologies to implement biodiversity initiatives.
  9. (Social contribution)
    We will protect trees that are historically and culturally important and also preserve their genetic material.

Policy on Biodiversity Conservation in Company-Owned Forests in Japan (excerpt)

  1. Diversity of ecosystems
    We will properly manage strictly protected areas designated under the Natural Parks Law of the Japanese government and other legislation in a manner stipulated by the law. In other areas, we will ensure continuity of forests by limiting the area of forest harvested, particularly when clear cutting is conducted.
  2. Diversity of species
    We will work to prevent a decline in the number of species existing in natural forests by refraining from expansive planting projects and other extreme activities involving the replacement of species that would have a major impact on existing ecosystems. We will also give the utmost consideration to the protection of rare flora and fauna in all operations, making reference to the Sumitomo Forestry Red Data Book.
  3. Genetic diversity
    Genetic variation and the maintenance of populations to support them will become issues in the future. However, analysis is complicated and therefore we will closely watch monitoring activities carried out by government and public institutions and their findings.

June, 2006

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