Environmental Management Structure

To ensure that management is practiced in accordance with the Environmental Policy, whose objective is to contribute to the creation of a sustainable society, the Sumitomo Forestry Group has established an environmental management structure with the President of Sumitomo Forestry assuming overall responsibility.

The General Manager of Sustainability Department under the President (CEO) acts as the Environmental Management Officer to raise the effectiveness of environmental activities by drafting a Sustainability Budget as a quantitative targets for each fiscal year for environmental activities that each department of the Group is advancing and regularly checks in with the Sustainability Committee.


Roles of Environmental Management Personnel

  • Group Overall Environmental Representative: President (CEO)
  • Group Environmental Management Officer: General Manager, Sustainability Dept.
  • Division Environmental Management Officers: General Manager, Administration and Planning Dept. (Timber and Building Materials Div.); General Manager, Administration and Planning Dept. (Housing and Construction Div.); General Manager, Management and Administration Dept. (Overseas Housing and Real Estate Div.); General Manager, Management and Administration Dept. (Environment and Resources Div.)
  • Department Environmental Managers: General Managers, presidents of group companies, etc.
  • Environmental activity personnel: Environmental promotion personnel

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ISO 14001 Certification

Certification Rate
(Based on Sales)

Sumitomo Forestry introduced an environmental management system in fiscal 1995 and acquired ISO 14001 certification for its housing operations in fiscal 1997 ahead of other players in the housing industry. Certification was subsequently acquired for other operations with all departments and divisions in Japan achieving integrated ISO 14001 certification in fiscal 2002.

The scope of certified Group companies has been extended to businesses that have a large influence on the environment, and today the Group has four certified companies in Japan. Progress is also being made on certification of overseas Group companies, focused on manufacturing companies, with six companies already certified.

The scope of consolidated companies to be certified focuses on companies that are engaged in manufacturing business and other businesses that have a large influence on the environment. As of December 2020, the certification rate of consolidated organizations was 94.3% (based on sales).

Sumitomo Forestry Group ISO 14001 Certification

Group companies Date acquired Date renewed
(valid for three years)
Multi-site Certification at Group Companies in Japan Sumitomo Forestry Co., Ltd.
(excl. overseas operations)
August 2002*1 August 2019*1
Sumitomo Forestry Landscaping Co., Ltd. November 2002*2
Sumitomo Forestry Crest Co., Ltd. September 2003*2
Sumitomo Forestry Home Tech Co., Ltd. March 2013*2
Japan Bio Energy Co., Ltd. August 2014*2
Cohnan Kensetsu Inc.*3 March 2011 March 2020
Kutai Timber Indonesia (KTI) July 2001 February 2020
Nelson Pine Industries Ltd. (NPIL) July 2003 October 2019
PT. Rimba Partikel Indonesia (RPI) October 2005 December 2020
PT. AST Indonesia (ASTI) January 2007 January 2019
Vina Eco Board Co., Ltd. (VECO) March 2014 March 2020
Pan Asia Packing (PAP) April 2017 April 2020

*1 Certification was acquired by individual departments and divisions from 1997 before integrated ISO 14001 certification was acquired for the entire company.

*2 Acquired by inclusion in Sumitomo Forestry's integrated certification

*3 Joined the Sumitomo Forestry Group in January 2021.

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Audits by External Certification Bodies

Companies covered by the multi-site integrated ISO 14001 certification in Japan undergo routine reviews conducted once a year by the certification body JIC Quality Assurance Ltd. In fiscal 2020, 45 departments at five companies underwent surveillance and transition reviews for the ISO 14001: 2015 (JISQ 14001: 2015).

As a result of these reviews, no incompatibilities and 54 points of advice for improvement were identified as matters to be observed. On August 13, 2020, the companies under review were approved to sustain their registration after the assessment.

In addition to examining methods of improvement and taking action for each of the observation items, notices were issued by the Sustainability Department to share information on any issues common to the Group companies, and internal environmental audits were conducted to check the implementation of preventive measures. In particular, when creating environmental impact evaluations, careful attention was paid during audits because the observations pointed out points such as whether impact evaluations were conducted by extracting environmental factors based on operational processes (whether the life cycle is taken into account) and whether relationships such as those with environmental laws and regulations were properly recognized.

The impact of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) delayed assessment periods for some overseas manufacturing companies, but the certifications were updated without problems.

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Internal Environmental Audits

In addition to reviews conducted by external certification bodies, companies covered by the multi-site ISO 14001 certification periodically carry out internal environmental audits. These audits are implemented by employees who have passed an exam upon completion of an in-house training course taught by third-party instructors to become internal environmental auditors.

Following the amendments of the international standards in September 2015, requiring these courses be taken and passed by all general managers within the scope of the registration in particular enhances understanding about the revisions to these standards and strengthens leadership. As a result, the number of employees certified as internal environmental auditors has reached a cumulative total of 1,390 (as of the end of fiscal 2020).

Internal environmental audits are in the sixth year since the update to the ISO14001:2015 standard. After a full audit of all the departments at five Japanese companies within the scope of the registration, internal environmental audits were conducted at 78 departments from June 2020 to October 2020, following the audits conducted in fiscal 2019 with emphasis on departments that had many points of improvement. When irregularities due to the amendments were found, the audited departments took corrective actions and subsequently submitted the action reports to the audit department. Audit results were reported to management by the General Manager of Sustainability Department and a review was conducted.

Each of our overseas manufacturing companies has acquired the certification and conducts internal environmental audits. The Sumitomo Forestry Group has a system in which any serious problems or irregularities that occur as a result of these internal environmental audits are reported to Sumitomo Forestry through the management team at each company.

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Compliance and Violations of Environmental Laws

Significant violations in the last five years

The Sumitomo Forestry Group had no significant violations* of any environment-related laws or ordinances in the past five years.

* Violation with a penalty or punishment of one million yen or more

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Sustainability Report