Corporate Social Responsibility

CDT, as part of the Sumitomo Chemical Group and through the power of chemistry, has a major role in developing next-generation businesses in Environment & Energy, ICT and Life Sciences, helping to solve global challenges related to energy, the environment and food.

The Sumitomo Chemical Group (SCG) has a clear Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policy and contributes to solving the problems facing society and our environment while enriching people’s lives.

It proactively works for profitable business operations, preservation of the environment, safety, product quality and social activities, and strives to play a significant role in helping to build a sustainable society.

CDT supports SCG’s global CSR goals through focused research activities, aimed at identifying innovative research opportunities to help find solutions to societal, technology and sustainability needs.

CDT’s research activities will strive to identify innovative opportunities to contribute to and support the wider United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), notably in the areas of affordable and clean energy (for example devices which convert waste heat to electricity) and good health and well-being (for example cost effective and accurate diagnostic sensors). The sustainability impact of research projects are measured using a framework based on the UN SDGs.  We ensure that our key industry and academic contacts understand our commitment to develop a sustainable society and aim to partner with research institutions who share our goals.

In addition to our focused research activities, CDT also supports a number of the UN SDGs, including quality education, economic growth and technological innovation, through the support of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) education in the Cambridge region and the wider UK. CDT contributes through support and sponsorship of education initiatives, including allowing employees to volunteer at STEM related events, initiatives which also support employees’ personal development.

CDT supports gender equality, decent work and good health and well-being through its internal employment policies, procedures and practices.