Basic Policy

In keeping with the Sumitomo Forestry Group Code of Conduct, Sumitomo Forestry Group complies with relevant legislation, including the Copyright Act, Trademark Law, Building Lots and Buildings Transaction Business Law, and the Act against Unjustifiable Premiums and Misleading Representations. Out of consideration for the perspectives of our diverse stakeholders, we also engage in accurate and appropriate advertising and promotional efforts that do not cause misunderstanding or offense.

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Observance of Laws, Standards and Norms

In order to ensure thorough observance of laws, standards and norms, Sumitomo Forestry has a system which the Corporate Communications Department, the Legal Group in the General Administration Department and the Intellectual Property Department cooperate to confirm and verify the content of advertisements as required.

In fiscal 2019, the incident suspected of violating copyrights was discovered but prompt confirmation of the facts, information to the relevant parties, and proper response were carried. Furthermore, Sumitomo Forestry holds monthly meetings of the Brand Communication Committee, comprised of advertising personnel from relevant departments and Group companies in Japan, holding study sessions that include prevention of non-compliance in an effort to raise awareness. Through these efforts, Sumitomo Forestry made certain of prior checks, and endeavored to ensure customers were not misled by unreliable information.

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Initiatives to Improve Company-Internal Literacy

In fiscal 2019, the Brand Communication Committee worked with the Corporate Communications Department and General Administration Department to hold study sessions throughout Japan on Copyright Act, Trademark Act, Act Against Unjustifiable Premiums and Misleading Representations, and Unfair Competition Prevention Act lectured by attorneys. These training sessions bring understanding about laws related to advertising, labeling, and violations that can easily occur as well as evoke caution in managers and other staff in charge of marketing materials.

A web discussion session is also held once a quarter. Additionally, the Committee created website management guidelines and provided relevant division and Group company website teams in Japan with information and instructions on personal information and information security.

The Brand Communication Committee

The Brand Communication Committee

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Sustainability Report