Material Issue 2: The Development and Sale of Reliable and Safe Products and Services that Consider the Environment and Society

Basic Policy

Sumitomo Forestry Group provides a full complement of products and services related to our customers’ lifestyles, beginning with housings. While it goes without saying that we attend to customer's peace of mind and safety in providing products and services, we also believe that engaging in development and sales mindful of creating a sustainable society is a crucial role that our Group must fulfill.

One of the areas which we can contribute the most in reducing environmental impact is the reduction of greenhouse gases emissions from housings that people live in. Net Zero Energy Houses (ZEH) and other housing measures in Japan offer guidance to creating eco products as well as advocate excellent long-term housing as an asset. Sumitomo Forestry will contribute to a sustainable society by setting ZEH order quotas and other targets for environmentally-friendly products in addition to recommending ZEH housing while tailoring specifications to customer needs in order to reduce the energy consumption of each household.

Management of Material Issue 2

Within our Mid-Term Sustainability Goals, our Material Issue 2 “the development and sale of reliable and safe products and services that consider the environment and society” is broadly divided into four goals, which we incorporate into our management practices through inclusion in annual activity policy and measures for each department. We also assess the impacts that the material issue has on society and the environment.

 

Targets of Material Issue 2

  1. Increasing environmentally conscious products and services
    * Including reducing greenhouse gas emissions towards creating a decarbonized society (SBT: Scope 3)
  2. Creating an environment that considers biodiversity
  3. Expanding businesses that contribute to resolving social issues
  4. Promoting sustainable and innovative technological development

Impact on society and the environment

Targets of Material Issue 2 Impact (Influence)
  1. Increasing environmentally conscious products and services

* Including reducing greenhouse gas emissions towards creating a decarbonized society (SBT: Scope 3)

  • Reducing energy consumption (greenhouse gas emissions) throughout all of society by reducing the housing related energy use, which has the majority of energy use/ time spent in daily life.
  • Heightening environmental awareness of consumers (residents)
  1. Creating an environment that considers biodiversity
  • Conserving and expanding biodiversity endogenous to each region
  • Protecting biodiversity in Japan
  1. Expanding businesses that contribute to resolving social issues
  • Solving social issues by expanding businesses
  1. Promoting sustainable and innovative technological development
  • Building a sustainable society by providing sustainable architecture
  • Expanding the potential of wood construction and encouraging further use of timber as a sustainable resource. This will ultimately help promote sustainable forest use.

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Management of Each Target

Increasing Environmentally Conscious Products and Services

Specific steps based on issues
and strategies
Indicators for Evaluation Managing department FY2019
target
FY2019
result
FY2019
value
FY2020
target
FY2021
target
Promote standards for energy generation and conservation housing Percentage of orders for ZEH type houses out of new custom-built detached housings(%) Housing and Construction Division 60.0 48.2About symbol for Independent assurance 80.0 80.0
Rate of Environmentally-friendly renovation order rate(%) Housing and Construction Division 50.0 52.4 55.0 60.0
Sales of sash, glass wool and solar power generation systems (unit: million yen) Timber and Building Materials Division 23,119 23,227 22,980 24,040
Increase value added by carbon stock from use of timber Carbon stock in wooden architecture in Japan(t-CO2 Housing and Construction Division 190,676 193,072 199,417 199,509
Propose products utilizing seedlings and natural cycle Rate of orders for environmentally-friendly product (%) Housing and Construction Division 58.0 56.8About symbol for Independent assurance 59.0 63.0

* Environmentally-friendly products consist of the following: (1) local seedlings, (2) permeable paving material, (3) green wall construction, (4) rooftop greening, (5) biotope and (6) use of recycled materials

* Rating
Achieved:◯ Not achieved but improved from previous year:△ Not achieved and declined compared to previous year:✕

Creating an Environment that Considers Biodiversity

Specific steps based on issues
and strategies
Indicators for Evaluation Managing department FY2019
target
FY2019
result
FY2019
value
FY2020
target
FY2021
target
Expanding sales of native species Sales of native species logs (unit: trees) Housing and Construction Division 450,000 424,000 450,000 500,000

* Rating
Achieved:◯ Not achieved but improved from previous year:△ Not achieved and declined compared to previous year:✕

Expanding Businesses That Contribute to Resolving Social Issues

Specific steps based on issues
and strategies
Indicators for Evaluation Managing department FY2019
target
FY2019
result
FY2019
value
FY2020
target
FY2021
target
Number of rooms added through new facilities construction Number of rooms at private-pay elderly care facilities (rooms) Lifestyle Services Division 1,457 1,455 1,764 2,014
Expand renewable energy business Amount of electricity supplied by renewable energy business (converted to number of households supplied)* Environment and Resources Division 217,768 219,628About symbol for Independent assurance 220,486 373,826

* The number of households (with an annual electricity use of 3,120kWh per household) to which electricity could be supplied, based on the amount of electricity supplied annually by the renewable energy business.

* Rating
Achieved:◯ Not achieved but improved from previous year:△ Not achieved and declined compared to previous year:✕

Promoting Sustainable and Innovative Technological Development

Specific steps based on issues
and strategies
Indicators for Evaluation Managing department FY2019
target
FY2019
result
FY2019
value
FY2020
target
FY2021
target
Solve technical issues toward achieving W350 Project The current state of progress in W350 Project development Tsukuba Research Institute Basic design formulation toward achieving W30 Basic design formulation toward achieving W30
(Study base design complete)
Basic design formulation toward achieving W30
(Design for actual property planned)
Materials development and basic design formulation toward achievement of W70

* Rating
Achieved:◯ Not achieved but improved from previous year:△ Not achieved and declined compared to previous year:✕

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Toward the Future

We were able to confirm progress in improving as a whole compared to fiscal 2018 even though we did not reach some targets in fiscal 2019.

The percentage of orders for ZEH type houses out of new custom-built detached housings increased from 38% in fiscal 2018 to 48.2% in fiscal 2019. However, we did not meet our 60% target. Sumitomo Forestry will promote the economic benefits of ZEH and encourage an even higher number of orders toward achieving a goal of 80% in fiscal 2020.

In terms of the amount of electricity supplied by renewable energy business, we were able to exceed our target by supplying power worth the annual electricity use of 219,628 households through the stable operation of the Mombetsu Biomass Power Generation and other renewable energy plants. We aim to supply power worth the annual electricity use of 373,826 households in fiscal 2021 with the addition of power that will be generated in the Kanda Biomass Power Generation Plant which is scheduled to start operation in fiscal 2021.

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