Promoting Environmental Management Integrated with Business

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The Group Environmental Policy (SMFG Group)

Basic concepts

Recognizing the importance of realizing a sustainable society, SMFG is continuously making efforts to harmonize environmental preservation and pollution control with corporate activities, in order to support the economy and contribute to the betterment of society as a whole.

The Group Environmental Policy

  • We provide environment-friendly financial products, information and solutions which support our clients in their efforts to preserve the eco-system.
  • We devise means to reduce environmental risks posed by our own activities and the society.
  • We are determined to fulfill our social responsibilities through the conservation of resources and energy, and the reduction of waste.
  • We strictly comply with environment-related laws and regulations.
  • We practice the highest level of information disclosure related to the Group’s environmental activities and consistently improve our efforts to contribute to environmental preservation by communicating with our staff as well as the third parties.
  • We place high priority on thoroughly educating our staff about our environmental principles to ensure that they conform to these principles in the performance of their work.
  • We actively and effectively implement "environmental management," and make continuous efforts to improve our system to deal with environmental issues by setting goals and targets for every fiscal year and reviewing them as deemed necessary.
  • These policies are disclosed on the Group’s website, and the printed version is available upon request.
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Three Pillars of the Group’s Activities (SMFG Group)

Three Pillars of the Group’s Activities (SMFG Group)

The three pillars of our environmental action plan are: 1) "Reduction of impacts on environment," 2) "Management of environmental risks," and 3) "Promoting environmental businesses." We have set environmental objectives for each environmental activity and follow the procedures of Plan, Do, Check, and Act (PDCA) for such environmental activities.

Environmental Management System (EMS) based on ISO14001 certification (SMFG Group)

ISO 14001 assessment underway
ISO 14001 assessment underway

The environmental management certification of ISO14001 has been obtained by SMFG and its major companies (SMBC, Sumitomo Mitsui Finance and Leasing ("SMFL"), SMBC Nikko Securities, SMBC Friend Securities, Sumitomo Mitsui Card, Cedyna, SMBC Consumer Finance and The Japan Research Institute("JRI")). In 1998, SMBC was the first bank in Japan to obtain this certification.

ISO14001 Certification Status

Company The scope of certification acquisition
SUMITOMO MITSUI FINANCIAL GROUP, INC. HEAD OFFICE
SUMITOMO MITSUI BANKING CORPORATION HEAD OFFICE, EAST TOWER, OSAKA HEADQUARTERS, KOBE
SUMITOMO MITSUI FINANCE & LEASING COMPANY, LIMITED TOKYO HEAD OFFICE, TAKEBASHI OFFICE, OSAKA HEAD OFFICE, MG LEASING CORPORATION, SMFL RENTAL COMPANY, LIMITED
SMBC NIKKO SECURITIES INC. TOKYO DIA BUILDING NO.5, NEW YAMATANE BUILDING ANNEX 6F, 7F & 8F, NIKKO ENTERPRISE CO., LTD., NIKKO RESEARCH CENTER, INC.
SMBC FRIEND SECURITIES CO., LTD. HEAD OFFICE
SUMITOMO MITSUI CARD COMPANY, LIMITED TOKYO HEAD OFFICE, OSAKA HEAD OFFICE
CEDYNA FINANCIAL CORPORATION TOKYO HEAD OFFICE
SMBC CONSUMER FINANCE CO., LTD. HEAD OFFICE
THE JAPAN RESEARCH INSTITUTE, LIMITED TOKYO HEAD OFFICE SECTION

Promotion of Environmental Education (SMBC, Cedyna)

SMBC distributes internal newsletters and reports from its Environment Analysis Department and broadly shares the latest environmental information for the purpose of raising the environmental awareness of employees. The CSR Department also conducts a test on the Environmental Management System for all employees, aiming to foster environmental awareness among each and every employee.
Cedyna promotes environmental education to help ensure that all employees understand the importance of engaging in environmental activities and do so voluntarily as a part of their day-to-day work. Cedyna's environmental education has two pillars: awareness education, which provides all employees with basic environmental knowledge, and specialized education, which is for departmental staff in charge of promoting environmental matters and involves training personnel to lead environmental management activities through the acquisition of specialized knowledge related to environmental management systems. In addition, all employees receive monthly newsletters on environmental activities and other related topics to further enhance their environmental awareness.

Environmental Compliance (SMFG)

There were no bleaches during Fiscal 2016.

Environmental Accounting (SMBC)

At SMBC, the Environmental Analysis Department (ENAD) sends out its monthly ENAD Newsletter to other departments and employees within the bank, sharing news related to the environment from around the globe as well as articles on specific projects in order to further raise environmental awareness among employees.

1. Environmental Conservation Costs

Figures here reflect initiatives at four head office buildings (Tokyo, East Tower, Osaka and Kobe head offices).

(Millions of yen)
Cost Category Description of Key Actions Taken Fiscal 2014 Fiscal 2015 Fiscal 2016 YoY change*1
(1) Business area costs - 4,391 3,243 377 -2,866
Breakdown (1)-1
Pollution
prevention
Asbestos inspection and removal; PCB storage, removal and disposal 117 696 104 -592
(1)-2
Global
environmental
conservation
Installation of energy-efficient air conditioning and lighting 4,246 2,516 242 -2,274
(1)-3
Resource
re-use/
recycling
Treatment of general and industrial waste 28 31 31 0
(2) Upstream & downstream - - - - -
(3) Administration Development and operation of environmental management framework, disclosure of environmental information, etc. 15 16 18 -2
(4) Research and development - - - - -
(5) Social activity Donations related to environmental protection, etc. 51 50 50 0
(6) Environmental remediation - - - - -
Total   4,457 3,309 445 -2,864

2.Environmental Conservation Benefits

Figures here reflect initiatives at our 507 domestic branches.

Measurement Items Units Fiscal 2014 Fiscal 2015 Fiscal 2016 YoY change*2
Direct energy
consumption
City gas Thousand
m3
1,807 1,780 1,972 192
Liquefied
petroleum
gas
(LPG)
t 11 11 11 0
Heavy
fuel oil
kl 11 8 7 -2
Light oil kl 2 3 3 0
Kerosene kl 5 4 5 1
Gasoline
(commercial
vehicle,
etc.)
kl 2,406 1,985 1,849 -136
Indirect
energy
consumption
Electricity Thousand
kWh
159,215 160,623 158,574 -2,050
Steam GJ 36,568 27,840 23,197 -4,643
Hot water GJ 1,935 1,846 1,858 12
Cold water GJ 11,116 9,754 9,091 -663
Other energy consumption CO2 emissions
from business
trips
t-CO2 9,260 9,384 7,862 -1,522
Total water
and sewage
Thousand
m3
2,661 2,522 2,500 -21
CO2 1,197 1,135 1,125 -10
*1
  Year-on-year change = FY2016 − FY2015. A negative figure indicates a cost decrease.
*2
  Year-on-year change = FY2016 − FY2015. A negative figure indicates a decrease in consumption.
     Both cost and consumption decreases show the data by SMBC.