Sumi Agro Europe is specialized in the development and distribution of technically advanced products, including plant protection products, fertilizers and seeds.
We are part of Sumitomo Corporation, one of Japan’s leading multinational companies, although we are run independently and operate a network of companies and branch offices across Europe as part of the Sumi Agro Group. The integrated resources of Sumitomo Corporation, Sumi Agro and the national level companies provide a powerful platform for product development, marketing and logistics in the agriculture sector.
Sumi Agro Europe’s headquarters are in London, managing our network of companies and branch offices based in France, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine and Russia.
We are committed to the further expansion of our network through direct investment and joint ventures, utilizing our core strengths of high quality market and technical knowledge, combined with long-term relationships with key decision makers in agriculture which are built on trust and shared values.
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Corporate Mission Statement
We aim to be a global organization that constantly stays a step ahead in dealing with change, creates new value, and contributes broadly to society.
- To achieve prosperity an realize dreams through sound business activities.
- To place prime importance on integrity and sound management with utmost respect for the individual.
- To foster a corporate culture full of vitality and conductive to innovation.
- To act with honesty and sincerity on the basis of Sumitomo's business philosophy and in keeping with the Management Principles.
- To comply with laws an regulations while maintaining the highest ethical standards.
- To set high value on transparency and openness.
- To attach great importance to protecting the global environment.
- To contribute to society as a good corporate citizen.
- To achieve teamwork and integrated corporate strength active communication.
- To set clear objectives and achieve them with enthusiasm.
We aim to be a global organization that constantly stays a step ahead in dealing with change, creates new value and contributes broadly to society.
With the integrated corporate strength of Sumi Agro Europe and its local sales and marketing organizations, together with Sumitomo Corporation, we are able to provide a powerful platform in the agriculture sector for new product developments, product registration, strong marketing and reliable logistics.
This excellent knowledge and experience is combined with long-term relationships with our loyal partners in agriculture, being built on trust and shared values.These values will contribute in helping our farmers to feed the world.
Sumi Agro Europe is also committed to the further expansion of its network through direct investment and joint ventures, utilizing this integrated corporate strength.
Sumi Agro Europe is active in the sales, marketing and production of plant protection and associated products, such as seeds and speciality fertilizers, for agriculture in Europe.
Products originate from leading worldwide manufacturers and suppliers with a strong association with partners in Japan. Sumi Agro Europe is continuing to develop its own innovative range of new products to complement its extensive portfolio of high quality solutions.
With seipro Sumi Agro Europe offers a new and innovative product portfolio, being scientifically proven, in order to meet the increasing demand for biological products in modern farming.
Under the new portfolio brand “seipro” Sumi Agro Europe unites highly effective plant bio stimulant products and an innovative new biological plant protection portfolio.
Seipro products combine Sumi Agro Europe’s high quality standard from product efficacy point of view with its natural origin/source. All seipro products are subject to a profound scientific assessment, based on natural origin.
“SCIENCE DRIVEN BY NATURE”
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… are the most important issues for the Sumitomo Corporation Group to survive the current ever-changing business environment and achieve sustainable growth.
Our concern is how we can ensure that each employee—our most important asset—will exercise their full potential in line with the business strategy of their respective business units and based on the Group’s Management Principles and Activity Guidelines.
For this reason, we are making continuous company-wide efforts towards providing training on and development and dissemination of Sumitomo’s Business Philosophy—the basis of the Management Principles—among new employees. We are also implementing a combination of on-the-job training (OJT) and off-the-job training (OFF-JT) to promote effective development of human resources, with the former based on job rotations and the latter reflecting the characteristics of each business.
Under the FY2013-2014 Medium-term Management Plan “Be the Best, Be the One 2014”, we ensure appropriate allocation of human resources according to their respective roles from the medium- to long-term perspective. This effort, which is made in accordance with the basic policy of “What We Aim to Be in 2019, Our Centennial Year,” is expected to help enhance our earning power on a global basis.
Human resources allocation is in line with the Business Portfolio Strategy. Realizing appropriate human resources allocation from the medium-to long-term perspective in order to implement individual initiatives is of prime importance.
Talent cannot be developed overnight. There is a need to envision, develop and deploy human resources required for the growth of each business in the medium-to long-term. For this reason, each business unit formulates and implements recruitment and job rotation plans aligned with their business strategies, taking the next 10 years into account.
Sumi Agro Europe has always embraced innovation and always focused on helping to make a better world.
Our Responsibility & principles
As a responsible distributor of agricultural products, we believe that the long-term future of the company is best served by respecting the interests of all our stakeholders: Employees, customers, suppliers and the wider community.
We look actively for opportunities to improve the environment and to contribute to the wellbeing of the communities in which we trade. Our CSR policy sets out the principles we follow and the programs we have developed to focus on the areas where we have significant impact or influence.
Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement for the Financial Year 2017
This statement is made pursuant to Part 6, section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the “Act”) and constitutes the slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year 2017 for Sumi Agro Europe Limited (“SAE”) and its subsidiaries (collectively the “SAE Group”), a member of the Sumitomo Corporation Group (the “Group”), with its headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. The statement is approved by the board of directors of SAE.
The SAE Group is in the business of the marketing and distribution of plant protection products, including agro chemicals, fertilizers, and seeds. The SAE Group is able to provide a powerful platform in the agriculture sector for new product developments, product registration, strong marketing and reliable logistics. The SAE Group has over 500 employees (on a consolidated basis) with a core operation run through subsidiaries and branch offices in Poland, Hungary, Romania, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Germany, France, Ukraine and Russia. Suppliers to the SAE Group include various producers mainly from Japan and the European Union.
The Corporate Mission Statement of the Group comprises the “Management Principles and Activity Guidelines”, a fundamental and long-standing value paradigm of the Group, derived from over 400 years of history. As expressly declared in the Guidelines, the Group aims to respect the personality of each individual and places prime importance on integrity and sound management.
Set out below are the measures the SAE Group has implemented to ensure slavery and human trafficking do not take place in the SAE Group’s supply chains or business:
Action Guidelines for Supply Chain Management
In November 2009, in order to promote sustainability and social wellbeing in accordance with the Group’s values, the Group established the “CSR Action Guidelines for Supply Chain Management” (the “CSR Action Guidelines”). SAE Group, as a member of the Group, upholds the CSR Action Guidelines by incorporating it into its company rules (see Exhibit), and by working together with suppliers and business partners to achieve responsible value chain management. Our suppliers and business partners are expected to, amongst other declared principles, “respect human rights and not to be complicit in human rights abuses”, “prevent forced labor, child labor and the payment of unfairly low wages” and “provide employees with safe and healthy work environments.” The CSR Action Guidelines establish overarching principles encompassing our robust commitment to combat slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains.
Identification of the Group’s Material Issues
SAE Group’s ultimate parent company, Sumitomo Corporation announced the identification of its “Six Material Issues to Achieve Sustainable Growth with Society” in April 2017, a set of social issues that the Group regards as important and should prioritize addressing through its business activities as well as the challenges Group needs to overcome in creating solutions.
These material issues were defined based on Sumitomo’s Business Philosophy and the Group’s Corporate Mission Statement. Going forward, the Group will position these material issues as an important factor in developing business strategies and in the decision-making process for individual businesses.
<Issues that the Group should prioritize addressing through its business activities>
- Achieving harmony with the global environment
- Contributing to the development of local communities and industries
- Establishing a foundation for comfortable and enriching lifestyles
- Providing diverse“Accessibility”
<The challenges the Group needs to overcome in creating solutions>
- Developing human resources and promoting diversity
- Enhancing governance
The SAE Group will continue to help ensure that modern slavery and human trafficking are not taking place in the SAE Group’s business or supply chains through enhancing governance.
Active commitment to the UN Global Compact
In March 2009, the Group declared its support for the 10 principles of the UN Global Compact, an international CSR-related initiative sharing similar values to the Group’s Corporate Mission Statement. With our participation in the Global Compact, SAE Group, as a member of the Group, has committed itself to seeking out areas of its business activities that can be improved in light of the values advocated by the 10 principles. In addition, SAE Group’s ultimate parent company, Sumitomo Corporation, actively participates as a Board Member of the Global Compact Network Japan, a local Global Compact network. Through this involvement, Sumitomo Corporation has been provided with insight from specialists on recent global trends and the latest thinking on diverse topics including human rights due diligence. As a result of attending Global Network Japan study groups focused on these themes, Sumitomo Corporation has utilised the knowledge it has gained to further strengthen its own CSR programmes.
SAE Group’s Initiatives for 2017
In addition to the general policy outlined above, the SAE Group has taken the following initiatives in 2017:
1. Holding training sessions with employees regarding the principles to be followed to mitigate the risks of slavery and human trafficking in supply chains and the business, extending to the whole SAE Group, including an interactive seminar hosted by SAE available to employees within the SAE Group addressing the importance of complying with the Act.
2. Encouraging employees to identify and report potential violations of the CSR Action Guidelines and to report suspicious activities relating to slavery and human trafficking.
The SAE Group, as a member of Sumitomo Corporation Group, acknowledges the seriousness of identifying and immediately addressing any incidences of slavery and human trafficking in its supply chains and businesses worldwide, and is fully committed to continuously reviewing and improving its processes going forward
Sumi Agro Europe Limited
President and CEO Wlodzimierz Wleklik
Summit Agro Holdings Limited established
Summit Agro Hungary established
Sumi Agro Poland was established
Sumi Agro France was established
• Summit Agro Romania established
• Summit Agro Holdings Limited name changed to Summit Agro Europe Limited
• Summit Agro Bulgaria (Branch of Summit Agro Romania from 2012) established
• Summit Agro Ukraine established
Sumi Agro Czech was established together with its Branch office in Slovak Republic
Summit Agro Russia established
First product registered by Sumi Agro Europe YAMATO was successfully launched
Summit Agro Europe Limited changes its name to Sumi Agro Europe Limited
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Rebranding of Summit Agro Hungary into Sumi Agro Hungary
BIOSILD product launched
SUMI AGRO Limited established
Acquisition of 90% share of Alcedo, Romania
SUMI AGRO Limited Germany Branch established
Sipcam S.p.A. (= Sipcam), Nihon Nohyaku Co., Ltd.(= NNC) and Sumitomo Corporation’s subsidiary, Sumi Agro Europe Ltd. (= SAE) are delighted to announce that they concluded agreements on March 26, 2012 to enter New Strategic Alliance in Europe.
• Sipcam has established a holding Company, Sipcam Europe S.p.A. for the purpose of marketing, distribution and development of agrochemicals, specialty fertilizers and seeds covering Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, UK and Benelux.
• NNC and SAE have acquired stakes in Sipcam Europe S.p.A. as strategic alliance partners.
• Correspondingly SAE has established a holding company, Sumi Agro Ltd covering its operations in France, Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic/Slovakia Republic, Romania, Bulgaria and Germany with minority stakes acquired by Sipcam.
The alliance, which starts from the 2012 season, aims to create a common platform for the development, marketing and distribution of plant protection products to enhance those activities in their respective territory. And having the innovative strengths and unique multi-function expertise for the respective parties, the new Alliance will provide a significant boost in developing a stronger product portfolio, obtaining a range of molecules and reinforcing each company’s sales activities in the European market.
• INAZUMA product registered and launched in 2013
NAGOMI product registered and launched in 2014
Nippon Soda has acquired a 12% stake in Sumi Agro Limited (SAL), a holding company of Sumitomo Corporation subsidiary Sumi Agro Europe. SAL was established in 2012 to cover Sumi Agro Europe’s operations in Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Romania, Bulgaria, France and Germany, with a minority stake acquired by Italian agrochemical company Sipcam. With the minority stake acquisition, Nippon Soda has become a “strategic partner” in the entity.
Enhancement of Strategic Alliance with Sipcam S.p.A. for European Market
Sumitomo Corporation (head office: Chuo-ku, Tokyo; president: Kuniharu Nakamura), through its 100% owned subsidiary, a holding company of crop protection distribution companies, Sumi Agro Europe Ltd. (head office: London, UK; president: Wlodzimierz Wleklik; hereinafter, ‘SAE’), and Sipcam S.p.A. (head office: Milan, Italy; president: Nadia Gagliardini; hereinafter, ‘Sipcam HQ’) exchanged a further 10% shareholding in their intermediate holding companies Sumi Agro Ltd. (head office: London, UK; president: Wlodzimierz Wleklik; hereinafter, ‘SAL’) and Sipcam Europe S.p.A. (head office: Milan, Italy; president: Nadia Gagliardini; hereinafter, ‘Sipcam EU’) on September 24, 2015, which increases the capital alliance between SAE and Sipcam HQ to 20% from the previous level of 10% mutual shareholding.
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Lauch of the Herbicide RAIKIRI
Sumitomo Corporation has invested in Futureco Bioscience S.A. (head office: Barcelona, Spain) through its crop protection marketing company, Sumi Agro Europe Ltd
Futureco specializes in research, development and production of biocontrol products and biostimulants.
In addition to a close co-operation on new development projects Sumi Agro Turkey (SAT) will become a full member of Sumi Agro Europe (SAE) Group