Sumitomo Chemical's founding principle
Sumitomo Chemical was established in 1913 to manufacture fertilizers from sulfur dioxide emitted from smelting operations at the Besshi copper mine in Niihama, Japan, with the aim of solving environmental problems caused by the emissions.
« 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.
At present, the Sumitomo Chemical Group operates businesses in the sectors Essential & Plastics, Energy & Functional Materials, IT-related Chemicals, Health & Crop Sciences and Pharmaceuticals and provides products globally that help people’s daily lives.