Message from Our Corporate Environmental Officer
Over the past few years, there have been flooding due to torrential rainfall and scorching summer heat waves. Looking around the world, rising sea level, drought, and widespread forest fires due to lack of rainfall and rising temperatures represent some of the impacts of climate change and environmental issues that we have to face.
SCSK believes that impacts of climate change in particular represent a critical issue for management and pose a risk to the sustainable growth of our society.
At the same time, we consider our response to climate change as a new business opportunity that will create innovation, including new eco-friendly products and solutions and progressive services utilizing digital technology.
SCSK contributes to the reduction of environmental impacts across the whole of society through our core business, which is the development and introduction of efficient and effective IT systems and operation services. We also contribute greatly to the business continuity of clients during times of disaster by offering resilient data centers and BCP solutions. We recognize that one of our core societal missions is to harness these strengths to create a society that can adapt to environmental changes and reduce environmental impacts in business processes, while working alongside clients in a broad range of industries and partner companies. We are now actively promoting initiatives aimed at this realization.
Going forward, we will continue to design and execute our own strategic environmental activities and contribute through our business activities, aimed at the realization of an affluent sustainable society, under our management philosophy of "Create our Future of Dreams."
Senior Executive Officer
General Affairs, IR, Corporate Communications & Sustainability Group
Sumitomo Corporation Group Environmental Policy
- I. Basic Policy
- The Sumitomo Corporation Group recognizes that environmental issues are global in scale and that they are long-range concerns affecting future generations. As a global organization, the Sumitomo Corporation Group, through sound business activities, will strive to achieve sustainable development aimed at both social and economic progress and environmental preservation.
- II. Basic Guidelines
- In pursuing its diversified business activities both within Japan and overseas, the Sumitomo Corporation Group shall comply with the following guidelines, and, through cooperation between its Group companies, work to achieve the aims of its environmental Basic Policy.
- Basic stance with regard to the environment:
To place great importance on protecting the global environment as a good corporate citizen in accordance with the Sumitomo Corporation's Activity Guidelines.
- Compliance with environmental legislation:
To strictly observe legislation related to environmental matters not only in Japan but also overseas, and to abide by any agreements made.
- Caring for the natural environment:
To place great importance on preserving the environment, including the natural ecosystem and biodiversity.
- Response to climate change:
To place great importance on mitigating climate change and adapting to its impact.
- Efficient use of resources and energy:
To be mindful of the finite availability of resources and energy and strive to use them both efficiently and effectively.
- Contributing to the building of a recycling-oriented society:
To endeavor to help build a recycling-oriented society by reducing waste and reusing and recycling resources.
- Promotion of businesses that contribute to environmental preservation:
To utilize our integrated corporate strength to promote businesses and projects, which contribute to environmental preservation and reduction of the impact of society on the natural environment.
- Establishment of environmental management:
To use an environmental management system to prevent environmental pollution and set environmental objectives and targets which are regularly reviewed and continuously upgraded.
- Disclosure of the Environmental Policy:
To communicate this Environmental Policy to all people who are working for or on behalf of the Sumitomo Corporation Group, as well as disclosing it externally.
- Basic stance with regard to the environment:
Environmental Action Plan
Environmental Action Plan
Since the Paris Agreement was implemented in November 2016, moves aimed at realizing carbon-free societies have accelerated across the world; examples include strengthening exhaust regulations for greenhouse gases, increased ESG investments, and growing markets for environmental businesses. At the same time, as the influence of climate change grows more conspicuous, methods of safeguarding social systems have increased in importance.
Consequently, based both on our Corporate Philosophy of “Create Our Future of Dreams” and the environmental policies of the Sumitomo Corporation Group, we have formed an Environmental Action Plan with three distinct targets.
SCSK is a company that contributes to society through its business activities, namely the provision of IT services. As such, we aim to create an affluent society together with our customers.
- To collaborate with customer companies with the aim of contributing to the realization of carbon-free societies
Together with our customers, we intend to develop and establish efficient systems that contribute to reductions in greenhouse gases.
- To contribute to the creation of resilient societies that respond to climate change risks
We intend to contribute to the establishment of resilient societal infrastructure, by means of data centers that can be used as disaster recovery bases and the utilization of the latest technologies.
- To realize sustainable corporate activities that take the environment into consideration
Through the implementation of energy savings and the use of renewable energy sources, we intend to minimize the greenhouse gases emitted as a consequence of our business activities.
ISO 14001 Certification
We have acquired ISO 14001 certification, which is an environmental management system standard.
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At the SCSK Group, we have drawn up four environmental goals and we are engaged in the promotion of environmental activities in accordance with our Environmental Action Plan.
The goal corresponding to Environmental Action Plan targets 1 and 2 is to “Expand and develop environmental business”; corresponding to target 3 is “Manage and reduce environmental burden.” Additionally, we have established two goals to support these activities: “Comply with environmental laws and regulations” and “Promote environmental education and communication related to environmental issues.”
Environmental goals, intended results, and concrete measures
|Goals||Intended results||Concrete measures|
|Expand and develop environmental business||To use IT solutions to reduce the environmental burden of society as a whole, and to respond to the impacts of climate change||
|Manage and reduce environmental burden||To reduce greenhouse gases through lower energy and resource consumption in our business activities||
|Comply with environmental laws and regulations||To strengthen corporate governance and increase trust||
|Promote environmental education and communication related to environmental issues||To improve employee awareness of environmental protection, and to expand dialogue with stakeholders||
In regard to reducing environmental burden from our office activities, we have established the five years through fiscal 2020 to be our intermediate target period, with quantitative reduction targets. Environmental performance data can be found here.
Office Environment Activity Targets for FY 2016-2020
|Power usage||5% reduction (or more) on actual results for FY2015 over five years|
|Office paper purchasing volume||20% reduction (or more) on actual results for FY2015 over five|
|Waste emissions||5% reduction (or more) on actual results for FY2015 over five years|
Environmental Management Promotion Framework
The SCSK Group has acquired ISO 14001 environmental management system standard certification.
An environmental management promotion structure, in which the whole Group comes together as one, has been built under the President and the Executive Vice President.
Environmental preservation activities that are based on “environmental objectives, goals and indices” are being promoted continuously and systematically.
The implementation status of each plan is evaluated annually by an audit team and the results are reported to management, which then undertakes to revise the activities as required. Through continuous improvement, we are aiming to make further contributions to environmental preservation and footprint reduction.
Promotion Framework Diagram
PDCA Cycle-based Efforts
We recognize that one of our core societal missions is to improve society by reducing environmental burden and facilitating adaptations to environmental changes through our business activities.
In order to strengthen our environmental activities into those that are highly viable, all those involved, from management to employees in the field, follow the PDCA (plan-do-check-act) cycle to enable ongoing improvements.
In executing the PDCA cycle, each Group company and internal division “plan” by formulating their respective environmental action plan on the basis of the Sumitomo Shoji Group’s environmental policy, and “do” by executing the plan. The auditing division carries out the “check” by evaluating the status of operation as needed. After receiving a report of the results of the evaluation, management takes “action” by reflecting results and revising the environmental management system.
The SCSK Group PDCA Cycle
Compliance with Environmental Laws and Regulations
In order to reduce the environmental burden generated by its business activities, the SCSK Group is thoroughly compliant with environmental laws and regulations. As awareness of environmental issues in society and administration further increases, we constantly monitor the latest movements, such as revisions to related regulations, and respond in an appropriate manner.
In fiscal 2018, we incurred no fines or punishments related to the environment.
Supply Chain CSR Policy
We ask all of our partners to kindly accept, understand and implement our policy for CSR in supply chain, in order to fulfill our social responsibilities together. For more details, please see the Supply Chain CSR Policy page.
Employees engage in group discussions at the SCSK Social Session
SCSK Social Session: “Thinking About the Environment”
SCSK holds internal workshops named “SCSK Social Sessions,” with the goal of familiarizing employees with social issues and encouraging them to think about the Group’s role in society.
The Social Session was entitled “Thinking About the Environment.” We invited experts from outside the company to discuss the potential of businesses to contribute to improvements in environmental issues, and to suggest ways in which we ought to do this in our daily corporate activities.
Discussions were held at the workshops on environmental businesses that SCSK ought to engage in. This includes increasing dealings in eco-friendly products and services, and the development of systems that contribute to business optimization.
Comments from External Experts
The workshops were attended by employees from a variety of departments, including system development and data center operation. The participants demonstrated high levels of social awareness and engaged in lively discussions. I believe this project will provide a foundation for generating businesses that contribute to the resolution of societal issues.