Sustainability is a key theme
in our work

We believe in the power of advanced technology with a focus on responsibility

Building a sustainable society

Chemistry is playing an increasingly large role in solving societal issues, including those related to the environment, energy and food, as highlighted by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations in 2015.

UN Sustainable Development Goals*

In line with Sumitomo Chemical’s FY2019-FY2021 Corporate Business Plan, we strive to achieve continued growth for our parent company and to support a sustainable society by creating both economic and societal value.

To realise this vision, Sumitomo Chemical identified four material-related areas for value creation that are directly related to our business:

  • Contribution to solving food issues
  • Reduction of environmental impact
  • Contribution to solving healthcare issues
  • Innovation in ICT

 

These four areas map against five of the SDGs:

CDT’s innovation activities are aligned with these goals. Current research interests are:

Materials and technologies for healthcare

Water shortage

Energy storage

Sumitomo Chemical believes that it is not just the technologies it develops, but also how it develops them which affects the planet, and it addresses several other SDGs through its Responsible Care and Social Activities:

Here at CDT we walk the talk and that’s why we have adopted a number of schemes to reduce our impact on the planet:

Reduction in greenhouse gas emissions

CDT uses the Greenhouse Gas Protocol to quantify the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, both direct and indirect. We take action to reduce:

  • Direct emissions generated on site by us (e.g. from natural gas used in central heating)
  • Indirect emissions, such as from the generation of electricity that we purchase, how we process waste, the transport of materials we use and so on

CDT purchases electricity only from a wind power backed supply. This will reduce our combined direct and indirect emissions to an estimated 5% of the level they were in 2015/2016.

Voluntary offset of unavoidable emissions

Where we are unable to substantially reduce our carbon footprint in the short term, CDT purchases carbon credits through the United Nations Carbon Offset Platform, which supports projects in developing countries that enable them to develop a reduced reliance on fossil fuels.

In 2019 CDT became a net negative contributor to CO2 in the environment!

Corporate social responsibility

In addition to our ongoing work towards a sustainable future, CDT engages in a number of corporate social responsibility activities including:

  • Outreach at career events where we engage with local schools and colleges, to promote STEM education
  • We donate IT equipment (computers, keyboards, mice and monitors) that has reached the end of its corporate use to charities and schools for a second life.

*The content of this website has not been approved by the United Nations and does not reflect the views of the United Nations or its officials or Member States. For more information about UN Sustainable Development Goals see https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/

Sumitomo Chemical Group has been awarded a Gold Medal by EcoVadis, a sustainability rating agency working to help companies improve their environment and social practices across their global supply chain. Only 5% of those assessed are awarded the Gold standard.

EcoVadis has assessed over 65,000 companies in more than 160 countries across 200 business sectors, including their policies, practices and achievements in areas such as environment, employment, human rights, ethics, and sustainable procurement.