“We must not merely seek business profits but must contribute broadly to society through our business activities.” – Sumitomo Chemical, founded with the dual goals of eliminating pollution and helping increase crop yields, has upheld this founding principle as it has evolved in keeping with the changing times.
Sumitomo Chemical was established in 1913 to manufacture fertilizers from sulfur dioxide emitted from smelting operations at the Besshi copper mine, with the aim of solving environmental problems caused by the emissions. In 2013, the Sumitomo Chemical Group includes over 150 subsidiaries and affiliates, and operates businesses in five sectors – basic chemicals, petrochemicals, IT-related chemicals, health & crop sciences, and pharmaceuticals.
Sumitomo Chemical contributes to solving problems facing the global community in areas such as resources, energy, food, and the environment to help meet pressing global challenges -- such as improving people’s health and living standards and increasing food security -- by making the best use of the power of chemistry. Through its endeavors, the company hopes to play a significant role in building a sustainable society, while continuing to grow to realize the goal of becoming a truly global chemical company in the 21st century.