Environmental Management System

Implementing Global Environmental Management

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Environmental preservation is one of the most important responsibilities that companies must fulfill within a global society.

Demand for global companies to implement uniform environmental management throughout the world regardless of country or region is strong.

As it accelerates its global expansion, the Sumitomo Rubber Group is focusing more than ever on promoting global environmental management.

Basic Policy on Environmental Preservation (fundamental philosophy)

The Sumitomo Rubber Group established its Environmental Policy in July 2007 and revised said policy in April 2019, putting it into practice via environmental initiatives.

Basic Policy on Environmental Preservation

Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd. Environmental Policy(PDF 68KB)

Eco-First Commitments

Eco-First Program

As a global company responsible for the environment, we will endeavor to fulfill our social responsibility in all our areas of our activity in order to achieve sustainable development of society wherein human prosperity and the environment co-exist harmoniously.

Sumitomo Rubber Industries was certified in March 2009 as an “Eco-First company” under the “Eco-First Program” established by the Ministry of the Environment, and renewed its “Eco-First Commitments,” which summarize fresh targets for environmental preservation, in October 2022.

In light of the increasing seriousness of global social issues, including climate change and other environmental concerns, we also came to the conclusion that a new policy, one based on long-term perspectives that look to the world of 2050 and beyond, would be essential to our efforts to ensure the sustained growth and development of both our group and society as a whole. The Long-Term Sustainability Policy: “Driving Our Future Challenge 2050” was thus formulated and announced in August 2021. The updated “Eco-First Commitments” include our carbon neutrality targets for 2050 (Scope 1 + 2) and other environmental targets identified by this Long-Term Sustainability Policy.

Eco-First Commitments (updated) (Japanese only)(PDF 1,289KB) Long-Term Sustainability Policy: “Driving Our Future Challenge 2050”
Members of the Eco-First Promotion Council who attended its ordinary general meeting

What Are Eco-First Commitments?


The Eco-First Commitments are commitments delivered by corporations engaged in cutting-edge, unique and industry-leading initiatives in the environmental field to the Minister of the Environment. Activities covered by these commitments include global warming countermeasures, waste reduction, resource recycling and other voluntary corporate initiatives aimed at protecting the environment.

Global Environmental Management System

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The Sustainability Promotion Committee meets twice a year to ensure that members share their recognition of priority issues to be tackled through sustainability activities undertaken around the globe, including environmental management, and to confirm progress in such activities. With the Director in charge of ESG serving as the committee chair, the committee includes officers responsible for relevant departments.

Environmental Management System


Proactive Efforts to Raise Environmental Awareness among Employees at Each Factory

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The Sumitomo Rubber Group is endeavoring to raise environmental awareness among its employees so that each individual can gain deeper understanding of environmental issues and proactively play their part in environmental preservation initiatives. To invigorate these initiatives across the board, in 2022 we opened “Carbon Neutral Plaza” on Sumitomo Rubber Industries’ corporate website to disseminate information regarding the status of carbon neutrality initiatives and other matters associated with the environment. Also, we have continuously encouraged employees to issue a “My Sustainability Declaration” since 2021. They are thus engaged in various sustainability initiatives on an individual basis while developing their awareness.

Each business base is similarly striving to raise sustainability awareness among employees by, for example, disseminating information through its website, hosting study sessions focused on sustainability, holding exhibitions on energy-saving best practices and displaying posters and slogans.

Carbon Neutral Plaza
President Yamamoto addresses various questions on sustainability in a video program
Information being disclosed regarding initiatives undertaken by the Kakogawa Factory
A study session focused on sustainability (Turkey Factory)
An exhibition on energy-saving best practices (Changshu Factory, China)

ISO14001 Global Multi-Site Certification

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To implement global management in all of its corporate activities, including the creation of a low-carbon society, in December 2010, the Group obtained ISO 14001 Global Multi-Site Certification for its 30 bases in Japan and overseas. This enabled us to carry out unified environmental management at major production and development bases in Japan and overseas.
The number of sites maintaining ISO 14001 certification has since risen, reaching a total of 36 at the end of 2022 (of these, 34 bases are covered by the multi-site certification). As such, the ratio of ISO 14001 certified sites amounted to 94.7%. Moreover, the number of employees working at these sites as a percentage of total employees was 74.3%.
In fiscal 2022, no sites were newly certified. However, we subjected uncertified sites to corporate audits conducted in a manner similar to those conducted at certified sites in order to strengthen our environmental management structure.

Coverage Rate of ISO 14001 Certified Sites
(Percentage of employees)


(As of December 31, 2022)


The Sumitomo Rubber Group’s Certificate for the Global Multi-Site Certification (above: Japanese version; below: English version)

Status of ISO14001 Certification

Name of base Year of certification Number of employees Ratio of employees at certified sites to the overall number of employees at production bases
Head Office and Technical Center 2007 1,751 4.3
Shirakawa Factory 1997 1.315 3.3
Nagoya Factory 1997 1,075 2.7
Izumiotsu Factory 1998 305 0.8
Miyazaki Factory 1997 1,263 3.1
Ichijima Factory 1998 159 0.4
Kakogawa Factory 1998 391 1.0
Changshu Factory, China 2005 1,827 4.5
Indonesia Factory 2003 3,279 8.1
Thailand Factory 2008 6,955 17.2
Zhongshan Factory, China 2004 270 0.7
Vietnam Factory 2008 732 1.8
Malaysia Factory 2005 628 1.6
Thailand Factory (tennis balls) 2009 452 1.1
Thailand Factory (natural rubber processing) 2012 248 0.6
Sumitomo Rubber (China) Co., Ltd. 2013 190 0.5
Hunan Factory, China 2013 1,161 2.9
Brazil Factory 2014 1,782 4.4
Turkey Factory 2016 2,553 6.3
South Africa Factory 2012 1,412 3.5
USA Factory 2013 1,405 3.5
Switzerland Factory 2014 126 0.3
Slovenia Factory 2020 132 0.3
Nakata Engineering, Ltd. 2004 94 0.2
SRI Business Associates Co., Ltd. (Kobe District) 2009 21 0.1
SRI Systems Ltd. (Kobe District) 2009 176 0.4
SRI Logistics Ltd. (Kobe District) 2009 2 0.0
SRI Engineering, Ltd. 2009 136 0.3
Dunlop Retread Service Ltd. 2010 56 0.1
Dunlop Golf Club, Ltd 2010 103 0.3
Number of employees at certified sites 29,999 74.3
Overall number of Group employees 40,365 100.0

Note:Number of employees is as of December 31, 2022

External Examinations and Internal Audits of Environmental Management

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Every year, the Sumitomo Rubber Group undergoes external examinations provided by certification bodies, while employees qualified as internal auditors conduct internal audits at each business base. Moreover, since fiscal 2009, auditors from the Head Office of Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd. perform corporate audits of Group manufacturing bases at home and abroad once a year in principle. In fiscal 2022, we conducted audits of all target business bases on a remote basis.

In addition, external examinations undertaken in fiscal 2022 revealed that all business bases earned favorable ratings, enabling them to renew Global Multi-Site Certification for ISO14001: 2015.

Moreover, no serious violations of environment-related laws and regulations were detected via external examinations or internal audits.

Hours Spent Performing External Examinations and Internal Audits (including corporate audits)


Our Contribution to Climate Change Countermeasures as a Member of External Organizations

Initiatives as a Member of the Japan Hydrogen Association

Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd. has been a member of the Japan Hydrogen Association since February 2021. As part of this association, we aim to achieve net zero emissions (carbon neutrality) in terms of CO2 emissions from our manufacturing process by 2050. To this end, we are striving to utilize hydrogen-fired energy, a CO2-free energy source for the next generation. Through our membership in the Japan Hydrogen Association, we are involved in the advancement of climate change countermeasures by lobbying for, and delivering proposals regarding, the creation of a government-sponsored framework for the widespread utilization of hydrogen and the enhancement of relevant national budget.

Furthermore, our efforts to utilize hydrogen include verification testing undertaken at the Shirakawa Factory, our mainstay tire production facility based in Fukushima Prefecture, with the aim of switching the fuel used to produce steam, which is essential to the tire manufacturing process, from fossil fuel to hydrogen. This verification testing has been under way since August 2021 and is expected to continue until March 2024.

Number of Environmental Accidents and Pollution and Other Incidents That Resulted in Fines or Other Punitive Measures

In fiscal 2022, the Sumitomo Rubber Group recorded no environmental accidents or pollution or other incidents that resulted in fines or other punitive measures.