Selection of ESG Indicators

In recent years, interest is growing in ESG investment which considers not only financial but also Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) elements as investment criteria. Sumitomo Forestry Group has been included in the following ESG Indices as of March 2021.

DJSI (Dow Jones Sustainability Indices)

The most trusted index for companies' environmental and sustainability index developed by Dow Jones & Company in 1999. The index surveys over 3,400 companies included in the Dow Jones Global Index around the world on their economic, environmental, and societal aspects. The Dow Jones Sustainability Asia Pacific Index selected Sumitomo Forestry for inclusion as a brand in January 2021. This is the 13th time Sumitomo Forestry has been selected as a member for the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices series.

DJSI(Dow Jones Sustainability Indices)

FTSE4Good Global Index

Evaluation of companies that fulfill international standards in environment, social, and governance aspects by FTSE Russell, a group company of London Stock Exchange. Sumitomo Forestry has been consecutively included in the FTSE4Good Global Index every year since 2004.

FTSE4Good Global Index

Used as a Constituent Company in all Four ESG Indices Selected by GPIF

FTSE Blossom Japan Index

An ESG index for Japanese stocks by FTSE Russell, Ltd. and selected by the Government Pension Investment Fund, Japan (GPIF) as one of its three ESG indices in July 2017.

FTSE Blossom Japan Index

MSCI Japan ESG Select Leaders Index

Index for Japanese stocks selected by the Government Pension Investment Fund, Japan (GPIF) as one of its three ESG indices in July 2017. With Free float-adjusted market capitalization weighted index based on the MSCI Japan IMI Top 500 Index of MSCI, Inc. as a parent index, it represents relative sector weights of companies that excel in ESG.

MSCI Japan Empowering Women Index (WIN)

Index for Japanese stocks selected by the Government Pension Investment Fund, Japan (GPIF) as one of its three ESG indices in July 2017. With MSCI Japan IMI Top 500 Index as a parent index, it represents weighs of companies that excel in gender diversity in the sector.

* The inclusion of Sumitomo Forestry in any MSCI Index, and the use of MSCI logos, trademarks, service marks or index names herein, do not constitute a sponsorship, endorsement or promotion of Sumitomo Forestry by MSCI or any of its affiliates. The MSCI Indexes are the exclusive property of MSCI. MSCI and the MSCI Index names and logos are trademarks or service marks of MSCI or its affiliates.

S&P/JPX Carbon Efficient Index

Discloses the S&P/JPX Carbon Efficient Index, jointly developed as an environmental index by the Japan Exchange Group, the Tokyo Stock Exchange, and the S&P Dow Jones Index.

The Government Pension Investment Fund, Japan (GPIF) selected the S&P/JPX Carbon Efficient Index as a benchmark for ESG investment strategy from fiscal 2018.

Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index

Bloomberg selected Sumitomo Forestry as part of the 2021 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index (GEI) for the first time in January 2021. GEI is an index that evaluates the transparency of corporate informational disclosure on gender as well as company’s gender equality initiatives and performance. The GEI assessed our gender equality initiatives and selected Sumitomo Forestry as one of 380 companies with head offices in 44 countries and regions (14 of which are Japanese companies).

SOMPO Sustainability Index

The SOMPO Sustainability Index is an ESG evaluation by Sompo Asset Management Co., Ltd. Evaluated based on an environmental survey by Sompo Risk Management and a social and governance survey by IntegreX Inc., Sumitomo Forestry has been consecutively included in the SOMPO Sustainability Index since fiscal 2013.

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Awards and Recognition by Third Parties in Fiscal 2020

Date Award/Organiser Recognition Scope of Recognition
April 2020 Japan Lumber Youth Association New Research Building at the Tsukuba Research Institute Received the Highest Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Prize Sumitomo Forestry
June 2020 Housing Industry Association of Australia Honored as Australia’s No. 1 Home Builder in the Professional Major Building Category of the HIA-CSR Australian Housing Award
Henley Properties Group
August 2020 Texas Association of Builders Received the Volume Builder Grand Award in the Large-scale Builder Category of the 2020 Star Awards
Gehan Homes, Ltd.
August 2020 Kids Design Association Open Handrail Set for Steel Staircases Received the 14th Kids Design Award
Sumitomo Forestry
Sumitomo Forestry Crest
September 2020 oricon ME Inc. Selected as the Top Real Estate Agency for Both Sold and Purchased Condominiums in the 2020 Oricon Japan Customer Satisfaction Ranking
Sumitomo Forestry Home Service
September 2020 Nikkei
New Office Promotion Association
New Tsukuba Research Institute Building Received the New Office Promotion Award from the 33rd Nikkei New Office Promotion Association Sumitomo Forestry
September 2020 Reed Midem W350 Plan for Timberized Eco Cities Received the Special Jury Award at the MIPIM AWARDS 2020.
Sumitomo Forestry
October 2020 Japan Institute of Design Promotion Received the Good Design Award for the 11th Consecutive Year
ANTIGRAN Exterior Wall Tile
Wooden Office and Tenobetakadaya Shop and Restaurant
Sumitomo Forestry
October 2020 Wood Design Award Operational Secretariat Received the Wood Design Award for the 6th consecutive year in 2020
Sumitomo Forestry
November 2020 Japan Vocational Ability Development Association Participants receive Silver Medal and Fighting Spirit Award in the 58th National Skills Competition Carpentry Category Sumitomo Forestry School of Professional Building Techniques
Sumitomo Forestry Home Engineering
December 2020 CDP Sumitomo Forestry Makes Climate Change A List for Fifth Consecutive Year
-Achieves Highest Rating in CDP 2020-

CDP Forest: B
CDP Water: C
Sumitomo Forestry
February 2021 Sustainability Award2021 Recognition with the Highest Gold Class Rating by S&P Global as a Company Excelling in Sustainability for the Third Consecutive Year

* Run by RobecoSAM up until 2019

Sumitomo Forestry
February 2021 Global Environmental Forum Sustainability Report 2020 Received the Highest Honor of the Minister's Prize for Environmental Reporting at the 24th Environmental Communication Awards
Sumitomo Forestry
March 2021 Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry Nippon Kenko Kaigi
Certified Health and Productivity Management Organization 2021 (Large Enterprise Category)
Sumitomo Forestry
March 2021 Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry Tokyo Stock Exchange Inc.
Selected as a FY2020 Nadeshiko Brand
Sumitomo Forestry

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GRI Standards Index

This report refers to the GRI Standards.

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Independent Assurance Report

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Sustainability Report