CSR Report

Reports on CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility), environmental conservation activities, human rights education, etc.

CSR Report 2018

Emphasizing environmentally and socially responsible management, Sumitomo Bakelite Co., Ltd., as a market-leading pioneer in plastics, offers products that are safe and reliable for diverse applications in wide-ranging fields extending from telecommunications, automotive and medical to food and construction. Giving priority to efforts toward realizing a sustainable society by making a commitment to environmental impact reduction, environmental pollution prevention, biodiversity conservation, and others, and strictly adhering to corporate compliance, we strive to fulfill our social responsibility toward all our stakeholders.

Mr. Fujiwara, President and Representative Director, had a dialogue with an outside expert on a theme, "Recognizing Social Change and Issues as Business Opportunities, and Connecting Them with Continuous Growth and Contributions to Society", for the 'Interview with the President.' In the 'Special Feature', the following business models to help solve social issues are introduced:

Special Feature 1
"Thermoset Products to Support Eco-friendly Vehicles of the Future

Special Feature 2
"Helping to Maintain the Freshness of Produce and Reduce Environmental Impacts with P-Plus®"

CSR Report 2018 summarizes the Sumitomo Bakelite Group's CSR activities in fiscal 2017 and we hope that this report can help you understand our business activities.

About the Cover

llustrator: Satoko Mukumoto
“You can see lots of different flowering plants and insects in Sumitomo Bakelite’s biotope as each season unfolds. This work, depicting children playing happily there while interacting with nature, emanates the wish that a beautiful natural world and the healthy growth of children will lead to a bright future.”

Editorial Policy

The 2018 edition was created with the following two versions so that everyone can read it more easily.

  • "full online version" (a total of 83 pages) containing further details including our approaches to various activities, targets, and results.
  • "abridged print version" (a total of 36 pages) focusing on the activities and messages of the Sumitomo Bakelite Group that we want stakeholders to know

We have prepared our CSR Report, beginning from the 2016 edition, in accordance with the G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines, Global Reporting Initiative. However, the full online version after the 2018 year edition:

  • was prepared in accordance with the core option of the Global Reporting Initiative's (GRI) Sustainability Reporting Guidelines/Standards.
  • receives the independent assurance by KPMG AZSA Sustainability Co., Ltd. to attest to its credibility (refer to Independent Assurance Report on page 82: right figure). The indicators that are assured are marked with a check mark on the right.
  • Regarding the preparation of the report, while giving due attention to Universal Design principles, we have striven to prepare an easy-to-understand, easy-to-read style and format for readers.

Responsible Care Initiative

The International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) launched the Responsible Care Global Charter in 2006. Sumitomo Bakelite Co., Ltd. signed on to the Responsible Care Global Charter in 2008 to pledge a commitment to Responsible Care (RC) implementation. Since then, we have become a member company of the RC Committee of the Japan Chemical Industry Association (JCIA), voluntarily working to improve our health, safety and environmental performance. The Responsible Care Global Charter was revised in 2014 to respond effectively to current stakeholder expectations. Sumitomo Bakelite Co., Ltd. signed the revised version of the Responsible Care Global Charter, and the Policy on Responsible Care Activities was newly established in 2015 in line with the amendment of the Charter to strengthen our voluntary initiative.

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