Sustainable Code of Conduct for Business Partners

Sumitomo Pharma Group has put forth "Mission" of "To broadly contribute to society through value creation based on innovative research and development activities for the betterment of healthcare and fuller lives of people worldwide." We define "Sustainability management" as the practice of its Mission that contributes to the realization of a sustainable society and leads to the sustained enhancement of its corporate value. In addition, we have set "Declaration of Conduct" as the code of conduct to be observed by all executives and employees of Sumitomo Pharma Group in daily work. In the "Declaration of Conduct," we have declared that we comply with laws and regulations and conduct transparent and fair corporate activities with a good sense of ethics. In order to ensure the practice of compliance in this Declaration, Sumitomo Pharma has established the "Compliance Standards" and set it as a concrete code of conduct in our business activities.
Sumitomo Pharma believes that business partners are important partners for us and that it is only possible to promote sustainability in the entire value chain with the understanding and cooperation of our business partners. Based on the above "Declaration of Conduct" and "Compliance Standards", we have compiled five priority categories that we expect our business partners to work on from the perspective of sustainability in this Code of Conduct. We expect our business partners to comply with this Code of Conduct and we promote collaboration with business partners who adopt and apply this Code of Conduct.


We request Business Partners to comply with laws and regulations, conduct transparent and fair corporate activities with a good sense of ethics.

  • 1.1 Prohibition of Bribery and Corruption
  • 1.2 Prohibition of Unfair Trading
  • 1.3 Animal Welfare
  • 1.4 Information Management (Personal Information, Confidential Information, etc.)
  • 1.5 Management of Conflicts of Interest

2. Respect for Human Rights and Labour

We request Business Partners to respect the human rights of their employees and treat them with dignity and respect.

  • 2.1 Prohibition of Forced Labor and Child Labor
  • 2.2 Non-Discrimination
  • 2.3 Fair Treatment
  • 2.4 Wages and Working Hours
  • 2.5 Freedom of Association
  • 2.6 Respect for Indigenous Peoples' Lives and Communities

3. Safety and Health

We request Business Partners to provide a safe and healthy working environment, including - where applicable - for any company-provided living quarters.

  • 3.1 Safety and Health Authorizations and Permits
  • 3.2 Worker Protection
  • 3.3 Emergency Preparedness and Response

4. Environment

We request Business Partners to conduct environmentally friendly business activities and minimize adverse impacts on the environment. We encourage Business Partners to save resources, avoid the use of harmful substances as much as possible, and reuse and recycle.

  • 4.1 Environmental Authorizations and Permits
  • 4.2 Waste and Emissions
  • 4.3 Environmental Efficiency
  • 4.4 Spills and Releases
  • 4.5 Sustainable Sourcing and Traceability

5. Management Systems

We request Business Partners to use management systems to ensure compliance with the expectations of this Code of Conduct and continuous improvement.

  • 5.1 Commitment and Accountability
  • 5.2 Legal and Customer Requirements
  • 5.3 Risk Management
  • 5.4 Documentation
  • 5.5 Training and Competency
  • 5.6 Continual Improvement
  • 5.7 Identification of Concerns
  • 5.8 Communication

Future Initiatives

Sumitomo Pharma will check the status of the initiatives of Business Partners regarding the items listed in the "Sustainable Code of Conduct for Business Partners" by using questionnaires and other means, and will endeavor to make the Code of Conduct more practical by strengthening communication.