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Message from the Executive Chairman and President Contributing to the Sustainable Development of Society

Sumitomo Chemical’s Business and CSR

With the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations in September 2015 and the Paris Agreement—a new framework for fighting against global warming—reached at the 21st Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC (COP21) held in France in December of the same year, the international community marked a major step forward toward the realization of a sustainable society.

In view of the significant progress on these global initiatives, we at the Sumitomo Chemical Group have reaffirmed our strong commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR) in our new three-year Corporate Business Plan launched in 2016. By continuing to focus our resources mainly on the areas of the environment and energy, information and communication technology (ICT), and life sciences, and by fully leveraging the technology and know-how cultivated over many years as a diversified chemical company, we will strive to bring innovative technologies and products to market, both for the betterment of the world and to create new value.

In the area of environmental protection, we are working to lower the burden on the environment by employing manufacturing processes that help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption, as well as by providing a wide range of products that pay greater attention to the environment, safety and quality. In order to further accelerate these efforts, in April 2015 we established our new “Energy & Functional Materials” business sector, which is focused on developing new businesses that help resolve issues related to the environment and energy.

In addition, we are working on the global problem of food supply. Through various businesses and services that leverage the Sumitomo Chemical Group’s innovative technologies in the areas of crop protection chemicals, biorationals, and feed additives, we aim to contribute to meeting the rising global demand for a stable supply of safe and reliable food.

Developing Human Resources that Drive Our Business

Sumitomo Chemical believes that its people are one of the most important sources of power for generating new innovations and achieving sustainable growth. With this conviction, we have been putting significant effort into human resource development and the improvement of work environments to empower our people to drive the Sumitomo Chemical Group’s business.

For example, we provide training programs for each Group executive and employee to learn more about the Sumitomo Chemical’s Corporate Philosophy and Charter for Business Conduct, which represent the foundations for the Group’s management. This is intended to help everyone at the Sumitomo Chemical Group to put these central policies into action in their daily operations.

In addition, in order to create an environment where our diverse employees can fully demonstrate their abilities and actively work with a sense of accomplishment and reward, we are implementing various efforts to improve our systems to help employees with their work-life balance. These efforts include an initiative to support employees who are facing major life events, such as child or nursing care, so that they can continue their career at Sumitomo Chemical.

Moreover, with a strong determination to make safety our first priority, all our executives and employees are endeavoring to ensure that safety practices are always observed, and are striving together to take the entire Group’s safety activities to higher levels. In an effort to enhance our people’s safety skills and knowledge, we regularly convene global meetings for Responsible Care (RC) managers of Group companies in Japan and overseas, while also providing various seminars and training sessions at our safety conferences for employees who engage in production operations.

“As We Conduct Business, We Must Value Trust and Integrity.”

As it has been in business for more than 100 years, Sumitomo Chemical has placed the Sumitomo Family’s “Business Principles” at the center of its code of conduct. The Business Principles state that, as we conduct business, we must value trust and integrity— particularly emphasizing the importance of maintaining society’s trust in us.

All of us at the Sumitomo Chemical Group remain firmly committed to these principles and continue to work together as a united whole, engaging in a wide range of business activities in close collaboration with our stakeholders. By making full use of the creative power of chemistry, we continue to deliver to the world innovative products that support people’s lives, and strive to achieve sustained growth as a diversified chemical company trusted by society and to contribute to the sustainable development of society for many more years to come.

We appreciate your continued understanding and support.