Geneva, 9 March 2020: Sumitomo Forestry is a Japanese company active in wood construction and forest management. They are a leading timber and wood supplier from forests around the world. Headquartered in Tokyo Japan, the group employs over 19,000 people worldwide.
With roots stretching back to 1691, Sumitomo Forestry has a key focus on fairness and integrity for the good of society. As a forestry company they are active in large-scale reforestation projects, biomass power generation, housing and construction, and helping cities utilize wood to store carbon.
Connecting with WBCSD’s network of forward-thinking businesses will help Sumitomo Forestry make an even wider impact on global sustainability.
President and Representative Director Akira Ichikawa said: “Sumitomo Forestry strongly recognizes the weight of our responsibilities to society, and the importance of conducting sustainable management over the long-term. Joining WBCSD will assist us in our goal of continuing to strive toward the realization of a prosperous society together with our corporate brand message “Happiness Grows from Trees,” while creating solutions to social issues and expanding our businesses.”
WBCSD President and CEO Peter Bakker said “We are honored to welcome Sumitomo Forestry to the WBCSD network as our newest member. It is critical that business works together to support the bio-economy as well as a thriving forest sector that sustains healthy productive forests and people's well-being. We look forward to Sumitomo’s continued contributions to the WBCSD Forestry Solutions Group sector project and to their involvement across our wider programs as well.”
Noel Morrin, Executive Vice President Sustainability at Stora Enso and Chair of the Forest Solutions Group, said: “The Forest Solutions Group warmly welcomes Sumitomo Forestry Group as one of its core members. Sumitomo´s international presence, regional perspectives and their commitment to sustainability, will further establish FSG as the global platform for the forest sector value chain.