Sumitomo Chemical (UK) plc Statement against Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking
1. About the Statement
This statement is made pursuant to Part 6, Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the United Kingdom), the Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Australia) and the US California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 (TISCA) (“Acts”) and constitutes the slavery and human trafficking statement for Sumitomo Chemical (UK) plc (“SCUK”) for the financial year ending 31 March 2023. SCUK is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sumitomo Chemical Company Ltd (“SCC”) and is accordingly a member of the SCC group of companies (“SCC Group”). The statement is approved by the board of directors of SCUK.
2. Our Business
SCC Group, comprising of 170 subsidiaries, operates businesses worldwide, including the United Kingdom and Australia, in five sectors – petrochemical, energy & functional materials, IT-related chemicals, health & crop sciences and pharmaceuticals – and provides products worldwide that support a wide variety of industries and help people’s daily lives.
SCC Group has a number of group companies operating in the United Kingdom performing different functions, including SCUK, Sumika Polymer Compound Europe Limited, Sumika Polymer Compound (UK) Limited, Cambridge Display Technology Limited. SCUK is a distributor of household and professional-use insect control products for the Environmental Health Division of SCC. SCUK serves customers in the United Kingdom and other parts of Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, supplying active ingredients, manufacturing use products, and ready-to-use insect control products together with expert national and EU-level registration support for customers using our active substances in their own products1.
3. Our Supply Chain
As SCC Group’s supply chains span and cover worldwide, wherever it engages in business, SCC Group considers that an appropriate management of the supply chains is vital for operating its sustainable business. SCUK is supplied by its affiliates in SCC Group and by non-group third parties.
4. Our Philosophy and Initiatives against Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking
A. Our Philosophy
With the Sumitomo Spirit as its cornerstone, SCC Group has steadily forged ahead for more than 100 years. Sumitomo Chemical’s Corporate Philosophy is based on Sumitomo’s Business Principles and is composed of the Business Philosophy, which integrates the company’s business principles, mission and values; the Corporate Slogan and Statement, which outlines the commitment and pride to be shared in common by directors, officers and employees; and the Sumitomo Chemical Charter for Business Conduct, which lays out the code of behaviour serving as the basis for the Company’s compliance system.
B. Initiatives to Ensure Compliance by SCC Group and its Supply Chains
To ensure compliance with applicable laws, regulations and ethical standards against modern slavery and human trafficking in SCC Group’s operation or its supply chains, SCC Group has been vigorously carrying out the following initiatives.
SCC Group has in place in each of the companies a code of conduct, which sets forth a requirement that all relevant personnel must respect human rights of others and comply with applicable laws, regulations and ethical standards.
In April 2019, SCC Group has established the “Sumitomo Chemical Group Human Rights Policy” based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Labour Organization Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, the Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact and the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, that includes the prohibition of forced labour and child labour.
(b) Risk Assessment and Due Diligence
SCC Group has been undertaking a human rights due diligence, assessing and rectifying the human rights violation risk within its business activities in accordance with the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights with the aim of ensuring respect for human rights through business activities. In the due diligence, human rights risk evaluations were conducted by external specialists in FY 2019, and in FY 2020, SCC Group conducted detailed surveys (written and on-site) for Group companies which were considered to have relatively high risk in human rights risk evaluations. In FY 2021, SCC Group conducted follow-up surveys to the detailed surveys. Specifically, SCC Group held headings with external specialists and local Group companies on differences in regulations and standards among the countries and regions, and confirmed the status of respect for human rights initiatives, such as provision of a living wage and management of foreign national workers’ passports. As a result, it was confirmed that the measures required by the laws and regulations in each country were being taken by Group companies where SCC Group conducted detailed surveys, and