We firmly believe that the ability to manage supply chains responsibly and sustainably determines long-term growth.

By implementing these guidelines, we are aiming to achieve a sustainable society by working together with our suppliers and business partners in order to achieve responsible value chain management in such areas as strict compliance with laws and regulations, respect for human rights, and protection of the environment.

The Sumitomo Corporation Group CSR Action Guidelines for Supply Chain Management

Established in November 2009

Revised in November 2013

In order to promote sustainability and social wellbeing in accordance with our mission, Sumitomo Corporation hereby sets down these CSR Action Guidelines for Supply Chain Management. With a view to further strengthening the global relations which form one of the foundations of our core competence of integrated corporate strength, we request our suppliers and business partners to kindly accept, understand, and practice these guidelines so that together we can achieve responsible value chain management.

Our suppliers and business partners are expected to:

  1. Respect human rights and not to be complicit in human rights abuses
  2. Prevent forced labour, child labour and the payment of unfairly low wages
  3. Not engage in discriminatory employment practices
  4. Respect the rights of employees to associate freely in order to ensure open and fair negotiations between labour and management
  5. Provide employees with safe and healthy work environments
  6. Protect the global environment and give due consideration to biodiversity
  7. Ensure the quality and safety of products and services
  8. Ensure fair business transactions, to abide by all applicable laws, rules and regulations, and to prevent extortion, bribery and all other forms of corrupt business practices
  9. Ensure appropriate information security
  10. Cooperate with members of local host communities and contribute to sustainable regional development
  11. Disclose information regarding the above in a manner both timely and appropriate.