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  • Overall approach
    2/14
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/6
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Signatory
      Yes
      1/1
      UN Global Compact
      "In December 2008, we formally signed the United Nations (UN) Global Compact to declare our support for its principles".
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      "We will work to prevent a decline in the number of species existing in natural forests by refraining from expansive planting projects and other extreme activities involving the replacement of species that would have a major impact on existing ecosystems. We will also give the utmost consideration to the protection of rare flora and fauna in all operations, making reference to the Sumitomo Forestry Red Data Book". 
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/3
  • Commodity score
    38/86
    • Timber
      38/86
      • Commitment Strength
        18/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          18/21
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            8/10.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            8/10.7
            Type of commitment: Protects priority forests; Certification
            Certification schemes mentioned: FSC; PEFC
            "Wood is a renewable natural resource. To actively utilize it, we will work with our business partners on the following initiatives related to the procurement of timber and wood products: Procure timber from forests that are sustainably managed Work to improve the traceability of procured timber and wood products Strictly adhere to the laws and regulations of the countries and regions of harvest, protect biodiversity and forests with high conservation value, and respect the cultures, traditions and economies of regions that coexist in harmony with forests"."the Group believes that by obtaining certifications itself and providing certified timber to markets and consumers, it is able to contribute to promote the forest certification systems". Sumitomo Forestry also report which of their forests are PEFC or FSC certified. 
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "Wood is a renewable natural resource. To actively utilize it, we will work with our business partners on the following initiatives related to the procurement of timber and wood products: Procure timber from forests that are sustainably managed Work to improve the traceability of procured timber and wood products Strictly adhere to the laws and regulations of the countries and regions of harvest, protect biodiversity and forests with high conservation value, and respect the cultures, traditions and economies of regions that coexist in harmony with forests"."the Group believes that by obtaining certifications itself and providing certified timber to markets and consumers, it is able to contribute to promote the forest certification systems". Sumitomo Forestry also report which of their forests are PEFC or FSC certified. 
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "Wood is a renewable natural resource. To actively utilize it, we will work with our business partners on the following initiatives related to the procurement of timber and wood products: Procure timber from forests that are sustainably managed Work to improve the traceability of procured timber and wood products Strictly adhere to the laws and regulations of the countries and regions of harvest, protect biodiversity and forests with high conservation value, and respect the cultures, traditions and economies of regions that coexist in harmony with forests"."the Group believes that by obtaining certifications itself and providing certified timber to markets and consumers, it is able to contribute to promote the forest certification systems". Sumitomo Forestry also report which of their forests are PEFC or FSC certified. 
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "Wood is a renewable natural resource. To actively utilize it, we will work with our business partners on the following initiatives related to the procurement of timber and wood products: Procure timber from forests that are sustainably managed Work to improve the traceability of procured timber and wood products Strictly adhere to the laws and regulations of the countries and regions of harvest, protect biodiversity and forests with high conservation value, and respect the cultures, traditions and economies of regions that coexist in harmony with forests"."the Group believes that by obtaining certifications itself and providing certified timber to markets and consumers, it is able to contribute to promote the forest certification systems". Sumitomo Forestry also report which of their forests are PEFC or FSC certified. 
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "Wood is a renewable natural resource. To actively utilize it, we will work with our business partners on the following initiatives related to the procurement of timber and wood products: Procure timber from forests that are sustainably managed Work to improve the traceability of procured timber and wood products Strictly adhere to the laws and regulations of the countries and regions of harvest, protect biodiversity and forests with high conservation value, and respect the cultures, traditions and economies of regions that coexist in harmony with forests"."the Group believes that by obtaining certifications itself and providing certified timber to markets and consumers, it is able to contribute to promote the forest certification systems". Sumitomo Forestry also report which of their forests are PEFC or FSC certified. 
          • Target date
            Current
            2/2
            Target date
            Current
            2/2
            "Wood is a renewable natural resource. To actively utilize it, we will work with our business partners on the following initiatives related to the procurement of timber and wood products: Procure timber from forests that are sustainably managed Work to improve the traceability of procured timber and wood products Strictly adhere to the laws and regulations of the countries and regions of harvest, protect biodiversity and forests with high conservation value, and respect the cultures, traditions and economies of regions that coexist in harmony with forests"."the Group believes that by obtaining certifications itself and providing certified timber to markets and consumers, it is able to contribute to promote the forest certification systems". Sumitomo Forestry also report which of their forests are PEFC or FSC certified. 
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            2/2
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            2/2
            "Wood is a renewable natural resource. To actively utilize it, we will work with our business partners on the following initiatives related to the procurement of timber and wood products: Procure timber from forests that are sustainably managed Work to improve the traceability of procured timber and wood products Strictly adhere to the laws and regulations of the countries and regions of harvest, protect biodiversity and forests with high conservation value, and respect the cultures, traditions and economies of regions that coexist in harmony with forests"."the Group believes that by obtaining certifications itself and providing certified timber to markets and consumers, it is able to contribute to promote the forest certification systems". Sumitomo Forestry also report which of their forests are PEFC or FSC certified. 
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/15
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/2
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/2
      • Reporting and Implementation
        11/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          3/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            3/3
            "Volume of plantation timber, certified timber, and Japanese timber handled at distribution hubs overseas[...]1,163 thousand cubic meters". 
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/3
        • Reporting is independently verified
          2/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            certification
            "Wood is a renewable natural resource. To actively utilize it, we will work with our business partners on the following initiatives related to the procurement of timber and wood products: Procure timber from forests that are sustainably managed Work to improve the traceability of procured timber and wood products Strictly adhere to the laws and regulations of the countries and regions of harvest, protect biodiversity and forests with high conservation value, and respect the cultures, traditions and economies of regions that coexist in harmony with forests"."the Group believes that by obtaining certifications itself and providing certified timber to markets and consumers, it is able to contribute to promote the forest certification systems". Sumitomo Forestry also report which of their forests are PEFC or FSC certified. 
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          "Following items are checked, through Sustainability Procurement Surveys to suppliers and local interviews for the products that are being procured:"
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/4
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Full
          4/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Full
          4/4
          1320320 tonnes
          Sumitomo Forestry reported their total consumption of timber as 10315000 tonnes, of which 1320320 tonnes was certified.
      • Social Considerations
        9/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          (translation) "Free Prior Informed Consent: When a project may affect the land, territory, resources, etc. of indigenous people, etc., information on implementation of the project will be shared with indigenous people in advance to form an agreement."
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          'Based on its corporate philosophy and action guidelines, the Sumitomo Forestry Group shall manage its operations, including the supply chain, in accordance with this Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct requires the ILO's four fundamental principles and rights at work.
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          The Sumitomo Forestry Group require suppliers to ensure their workers are not discriminated against on the basis of gender.
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
    • Pulp & Paper
      37/86
      • Commitment Strength
        21/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          13/15
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Certification schemes mentioned: FSC; PEFC
            Type of commitment: Protects priority forests; Certification
            "Wood is a renewable natural resource. To actively utilize it, we will work with our business partners on the following initiatives related to the procurement of timber and wood products: Procure timber from forests that are sustainably managedWork to improve the traceability of procured timber and wood productsStrictly adhere to the laws and regulations of the countries and regions of harvest, protect biodiversity and forests with high conservation value, and respect the cultures, traditions and economies of regions that coexist in harmony with forests". Sumitomo Forestry also report which of their forests are PEFC or FSC certified. 
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "Wood is a renewable natural resource. To actively utilize it, we will work with our business partners on the following initiatives related to the procurement of timber and wood products: Procure timber from forests that are sustainably managedWork to improve the traceability of procured timber and wood productsStrictly adhere to the laws and regulations of the countries and regions of harvest, protect biodiversity and forests with high conservation value, and respect the cultures, traditions and economies of regions that coexist in harmony with forests". Sumitomo Forestry also report which of their forests are PEFC or FSC certified. 
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "Wood is a renewable natural resource. To actively utilize it, we will work with our business partners on the following initiatives related to the procurement of timber and wood products: Procure timber from forests that are sustainably managedWork to improve the traceability of procured timber and wood productsStrictly adhere to the laws and regulations of the countries and regions of harvest, protect biodiversity and forests with high conservation value, and respect the cultures, traditions and economies of regions that coexist in harmony with forests". Sumitomo Forestry also report which of their forests are PEFC or FSC certified. 
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Wood is a renewable natural resource. To actively utilize it, we will work with our business partners on the following initiatives related to the procurement of timber and wood products: Procure timber from forests that are sustainably managedWork to improve the traceability of procured timber and wood productsStrictly adhere to the laws and regulations of the countries and regions of harvest, protect biodiversity and forests with high conservation value, and respect the cultures, traditions and economies of regions that coexist in harmony with forests". Sumitomo Forestry also report which of their forests are PEFC or FSC certified. 
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Wood is a renewable natural resource. To actively utilize it, we will work with our business partners on the following initiatives related to the procurement of timber and wood products: Procure timber from forests that are sustainably managedWork to improve the traceability of procured timber and wood productsStrictly adhere to the laws and regulations of the countries and regions of harvest, protect biodiversity and forests with high conservation value, and respect the cultures, traditions and economies of regions that coexist in harmony with forests". Sumitomo Forestry also report which of their forests are PEFC or FSC certified. 
          • Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            "Wood is a renewable natural resource. To actively utilize it, we will work with our business partners on the following initiatives related to the procurement of timber and wood products: Procure timber from forests that are sustainably managedWork to improve the traceability of procured timber and wood productsStrictly adhere to the laws and regulations of the countries and regions of harvest, protect biodiversity and forests with high conservation value, and respect the cultures, traditions and economies of regions that coexist in harmony with forests". Sumitomo Forestry also report which of their forests are PEFC or FSC certified. 
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "Wood is a renewable natural resource. To actively utilize it, we will work with our business partners on the following initiatives related to the procurement of timber and wood products: Procure timber from forests that are sustainably managedWork to improve the traceability of procured timber and wood productsStrictly adhere to the laws and regulations of the countries and regions of harvest, protect biodiversity and forests with high conservation value, and respect the cultures, traditions and economies of regions that coexist in harmony with forests". Sumitomo Forestry also report which of their forests are PEFC or FSC certified. 
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          8/11
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: Recycled content; Reduction of material inputs
            "The Sumitomo Forestry Group contributes to resource recycling through its wood chip operations, whereby offcuts generated during the timber milling process and wood waste from new housing construction and demolition sites are turned into wood chips to be used as a raw material for products such as paper and particle board".
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "The Sumitomo Forestry Group contributes to resource recycling through its wood chip operations, whereby offcuts generated during the timber milling process and wood waste from new housing construction and demolition sites are turned into wood chips to be used as a raw material for products such as paper and particle board".
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "The Sumitomo Forestry Group contributes to resource recycling through its wood chip operations, whereby offcuts generated during the timber milling process and wood waste from new housing construction and demolition sites are turned into wood chips to be used as a raw material for products such as paper and particle board".
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "The Sumitomo Forestry Group contributes to resource recycling through its wood chip operations, whereby offcuts generated during the timber milling process and wood waste from new housing construction and demolition sites are turned into wood chips to be used as a raw material for products such as paper and particle board".
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "The Sumitomo Forestry Group contributes to resource recycling through its wood chip operations, whereby offcuts generated during the timber milling process and wood waste from new housing construction and demolition sites are turned into wood chips to be used as a raw material for products such as paper and particle board".
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
      • Reporting and Implementation
        7/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          2/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            2/2
            In 2017, 1,179 tonnes of waste wood materials was recycled into other materials, of which 168 tonnes were recycled into paper or other pulp materials.
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Reporting is independently verified
          1/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            other third party verification
            In 2017, 1,179 tonnes of waste wood materials was recycled into other materials, of which 168 tonnes were recycled into paper or other pulp materials. This was verified by KPMG.
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          No monitoring
          0/4
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/4
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Full
          4/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Full
          4/4
          10,315,000 cubic meters
          Sumitomo reported to CDP in 2018: 10315000 Cubic meters of total production. 12.8%, was certified
      • Social Considerations
        9/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          (translation) "Free Prior Informed Consent: When a project may affect the land, territory, resources, etc. of indigenous people, etc., information on implementation of the project will be shared with indigenous people in advance to form an agreement."
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          'Based on its corporate philosophy and action guidelines, the Sumitomo Forestry Group shall manage its operations, including the supply chain, in accordance with this Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct requires the ILO's four fundamental principles and rights at work.
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          The Sumitomo Forestry Group Code of Conduct which includes "the supply chain" disallows discrimination based on gender. "Prohibition of discrimination on the basis of gender, age, nationality, ethnicity, race, birthplace, religion, belief, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or other"
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
  • Commitment strength
    19/36
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    9/34
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    9/16
    Avg. score

Profile

Sumitomo Forestry Co. Ltd, is a timber company with operations in forestry, processing, materials provision and construction. The company has subsidiaries operating across East and Southeast Asia, Oceania and North America. In 2016 it had almost 250,000 hectares of planation forest under its management, of which over half was in Indonesia. Sumitomo is one of the world’s largest forestry companies, and in 2015 it ranked ninth on PwC’s top 100 Global Forest, Paper and Packaging Industry Companies.

Sector
Industry sector 
Construction, Forestry
Segments
Trader
HQ
HQ 
Japan
Company Type
Company type 
Public listed
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

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