Environmental Management Structure

To ensure that management is practiced in accordance with the Environmental Policies, 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

ISO 14001
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.

As of March 2020, the certification rate of consolidated organizations was 89.7% (based on sales).

Sumitomo Forestry Group ISO 14001 Certification

Company Name Date acquired Date renewed (valid for three years)
Expanded 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
PT. Kutai Timber Indonesia (KTI) July 2001 September 2019
Nelson Pine Industries Ltd. (NPIL) July 2003 April 2018
PT. Rimba Partikel Indonesia (RPI) October 2005 October 2017
PT. AST Indonesia (ASTI) January 2007 October 2017
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

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Audits by External Certification Bodies

Companies covered by the integrated ISO 14001 certification in Japan undergo routine reviews conducted once a year by certification body JIC Quality Assurance Ltd. In fiscal 2019, 84 departments at 5 companies went under renewal and surveillance reviews for the ISO 14001: 2015 (JISQ 14001: 2015) standards.

As a result of these reviews, eight incompatibilities and 96 points of advice for improvement were identified as matters to be observed. After reviewing report on the corrective measures taken to address the incompatibilities was examined, all of the entities were approved for renewal of registration on August 8, 2019.

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.

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Internal Environmental Audits

In addition to reviews conducted by external certification bodies, companies covered by the 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 1,297 (as of the end of fiscal 2019).

Internal environmental audits are in the fifth 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 108 departments from July 2019 to March 2020, following the audits conducted in fiscal 2018 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.

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Compliance and Violations of Environmental Laws

Significant violations
in the last five years

There were 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