Sumitomo Seika Chemicals Co., Ltd. began its business during World War II by manufacturing and selling fertilizers, contributing to Japan’s postwar reconstruction. Subsequently, we shifted our core business to industrial chemicals and are today engaged in the businesses of super absorbent polymers (SAP) and functional materials. Underlying these business undertakings is “Jiri Rita Koushi Ichinyo,” the Sumitomo Group’s long-cherished business spirit, which means that Sumitomo’s business must benefit not only Sumitomo itself but also the nation and society. As an array of problems that threaten the sustainability of the global environment and society at large are becoming increasingly serious in recent years, the Sumitomo Seika Group believes that it assumes corporate responsibility for contributing to conserving the global environment or resolving major social issues through business conducted following this time-honored business spirit.
Recently, Sumitomo Seika Chemicals announced the Medium-Term Business Plan for years through the end of FY2025. Among the key components of the Plan is “Boost Sustainability Initiatives,” which expresses our firm commitment to promote sustainability-oriented management to enhance our business sustainability by constantly striving to contribute to conserving the global environment or resolving vital social problems through business activities. In particular, climate-related issues are the most pressing, given that climate changes have already impacted in various ways the ecosystem and people’s lives. Under the Business Plan, the Sumitomo Seika Group has set for itself targets of reducing greenhouse gases (GHG) emitted by the Group in Japan by 46% or more by 2030 (vs. 2013) and achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. To this end, we will continually endeavor to reduce the amount of energy we use and streamlining manufacturing processes in the Group. Furthermore, we will work on a variety of other initiatives that can serve to reduce GHG emissions across society, such as developing technologies for CO2 separation and recovery and expanding the lines of products that are conducive to the environmental preservation.
In order to help facilitate these initiatives, we have established the Basic Policies on Sustainability. They are guidelines which every member of the Sumitomo Seika Group should always turn to when attending to their daily duties with a clear awareness of target achievement concerning sustainability, Bearing the Principles and the Policies in mind, we will do our best to play a part in conserving the global environment and solving major social issues through everyday business activities,. Your continued support will be most appreciated.
OGAWA Ikuzo, President