Natural Capital

Natural Capital (realization of a low-carbon, recycling-oriented society)

Rating provided under the Development Bank of Japan (DBJ) Environmental Ratings program: Highest rating
Number of trees planted: 1.78 Million (cumulative total)

In line with “Our Philosophy,” a corporate philosophy structure, the Sumitomo Rubber Group’s basic management policy is to enhance not only its economic value but also its societal value and to contribute to the development of a sustainable society. To put this policy into practice, we promote environmental management informed by our “GENKI” Sustainability Activity Guidelines.
Bounties of the Earth, such as natural rubber, which are an element of natural capital, constitute key management resources for sustainable growth. Based on this awareness, the Group is working to conserve the environment and to use finite energy resources effectively while contributing to the realization of a low-carbon, recycling-oriented society.
In recognition of the above efforts, Sumitomo Rubber Industries was granted the highest rating by Development Bank of Japan, Inc. under the DBJ Environmental Ratings, a program created to evaluate and rate the level of a corporation’s environmental management.
In addition, we have engaged in tree planting activities at home and abroad since 2009. As of the end of fiscal 2021, the cumulative total number of trees planted amounted to 1.78 million.

Environmental Indicators

Global Network of Production & Sales Bases 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
CO2emissions (business activities) (kt-CO2e) 1,011 1,036 1,073 1,095 1,018 1,145
Waste disposal (kt) 17.4 16.6 22.2 32.3 30.7 31.8
Water usage (1,000m3) 13,774 14,523 14,373 14,047 13,068 13,541
Wastewater (1,000m3) 11,438 10,824 10,909 10,969 10,934 11,137
Organic solvents used (t) 1,045 1,055 1,573 1,603 1,328 1,427
Number of trees planted* (1,000 trees) 71.8 43.5 51.4 38.7 19.2 18.9

* Not including the provision of seedlings