The maxims and precepts bequeathed to us constitute an invaluable legacy created during Sumitomo’s history of more than 400 years. Far from being limited to any particular time and place, our predecessors’ words embody wisdom that retains all its freshness to this day. They inform the principles underpinning Sumitomo’s business. For each successive generation of leaders, these words are a source of enlightenment and inspiration, illuminating Sumitomo’s path to the future.
“Put your heart into everything you do.”
“Disobey your master’s order and benefit him. That is loyalty.”
(“Gyakumei rikun, kore wo chu to iu”)