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SMBC Group's Commitment

With diverse organizations working to protect the global environment, private-sector companies are also playing an active role by developing environmentally friendly products, services and technologies.
We also believe that moving forward together with customers by providing financial services that benefit the environment constitutes a way of contributing, as a bridge to the future, to the realization of a sustainable world.
Through these activities, we will contribute to achieving SDGs No,7 (Affordable and Clean Energy) and No 13 (Climate Action).

SDGs 7
SDGs 13

Contributing to regions and societies

1. Issuing "SAFE," an environmental magazine

SMFG Group
SMFG Group

Since 1996, the holding company SMFG has published this magazine containing interviews with top management of environmentally advanced companies, analyses of business and regulatory trends, and other beneficial information for corporate environmental activities. Moreover, from 2015 we have started issuing "JUNIOR SAFE" a magazine targeting children; who bear the future of the earth, to acknowledge the link between finance and the environment, and other activities to improve the environment. Published in December 2018, "JUNIOR SAFE No. 4" contained a special feature entitled, "What We Can Do for the Future, Our SDGs." It featured the ideas of children who had made the world a better place, along with examples of companies taking up this challenge.
For further details about the corporate environmental magazine SAFE and JUNIOR SAFE, please refer to the following link.

"SAFE," an environmental magazine

2. Issue of Chikyuni Yasashii Card for Environmental Contributions through Credit Cards

SMBC Finance Service issues the Chikyuni Yasashii Card to allow people to make donations for the environment through simple, everyday use. The company issues 14 types of cards based on specific themes related to global environmental protection. When people use the Chikyuni Yasashii Card for shopping, SMBC Finance Service automatically donates 0.5% of the card usage amounts to protection and research organizations based on those themes through The Defense of Great Earth Foundation.
For details regarding various activities, please refer to the following website.

Environmental Contributions through Credit Cards

Chikyuni Yasashii Card

SMBC Finance Service: Initiatives for the environment through business activities (Japanese only)

3. CSR Promotion/ Activities During CSR Promotion Month

At SMBC Consumer Finance, each department has appointed a CSR Promotion Leader to provide information on environmental impact reduction initiatives, waste separation and other matters as part of promoting internal involvement in CSR and Environmental Management System (EMS)-related activities.

CSR Promotion/ Activities During CSR Promotion Month

4. SMBC Group clean up campaigns

The SMBG Group conducts cleanup events through the efforts of officers and employees of Group companies.
In fiscal 2018, cleanups were held in Fujimae-higata tidal flats (Nagoya) on October 21st, Arakawa (Tokyo) on November 11th, A total of 510 officers and employees from SMBC Group companies and their families took part in the activities, working beyond workplace and company boundaries, to help protect the environment.

SMBC Group clean up campaigns

5. Environmental Activities at China Sites

SMBC conducts environmental protection activities over a broad region at its affiliates and branches in China as well.

Guangzhou Branch: Tree-Planting Activities

A special tree-planting event was held on May 5, 2018 at Guangzhou Sculpture Park as part of the branch's CSR activities. A total of 160 employees and family members participated.
On the day, participants worked together to plant a total of 57 saplings, enabling people to refresh while enjoying the new foliage.
Future CSR activities are also being planned.

Guangzhou Branch: Tree-Planting Activities

Dalian Branch: Community Clean-up and Lights-out Events

A community clean-up event was held on July 1, 2018 as part of the branch's CSR activities.
A total of 35 people gathered at Dalian Labor Park, the city's oldest and most picturesque public space with a history of over 120 years, to remove litter from paths. The branch is planning further CSR activities in future to help improve the bank's presence in the community.
The branch also held a lights-out event during the lunch break on March 29, 2019. Employees were encouraged to do the same at their homes over the weekend of March 30.
By enlisting the cooperation of all employees, the branch plans to continue undertaking activities that contribute to improving the environment.

Dalian Branch: Community Clean-up and Lights-out Events Dalian Branch: Community Clean-up and Lights-out Events

SMBC Group CSR Activities
(SMFL Beijing Branch, Promise Tianjin, SMBC (China) Beijing Branch, SMBC (China) Tianjin Branch)

On November 4, 2018, staff from four sites (SMFL Beijing Branch, Promise Tianjin, SMBC (China) Beijing Branch, SMBC (China) Tianjin Branch) jointly participated in clean-up events in Beijing and Tianjin. In Tianjin, employees and family members removed litter ranging from paper scraps and cigarette butts to garbage found in flower beds or the roadside in the Wu Da Dao ("Five Great Avenues") area of the city, which is popular with tourists. In Beijing, the event was held at Beijing Zoo and employees and family members worked to pick up trash while watching the animals and deepen relationships.
These kinds of activities will continue to build unity within the SMBC Group while contributing to local communities.

Guangzhou Branch: Tree-Planting Activities

Chongqing Branch: Clean-up Event

A clean-up event was held on November 10, 2018 as part of the branch's CSR activities. A total of 50 employees and family members participated. The children who took part learned the importance of keeping public spaces beautiful, and separating waste through picking up litter. Further CSR activities are planned to raise awareness among employees.

Guangzhou Branch: Tree-Planting Activities

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