Sumitomo Chemical President Hiromasa Yonekura accepts

Sumitomo Chemical’s Olyset® Net has received prestigious awards from The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, California and the Asahi Shimbun in Japan.

The Asahi Corporate Citizen Award recognizes innovative, long-term social contributions by corporations. The Asahi Shimbun is Japan’s major newspaper company. The award, established in 2004, reflects a global trend to require companies to accept social responsibility. This year, Sumitomo Chemical was selected as one of five laureates from a field of 177 companies.

The Tech Museum Awards program was established with the aim of recognizing innovative uses of technology that bring sustained benefit and contribute to solving the most pressing problems facing humanity. Olyset Net was chosen as the Prize Laureate in the Health category.

Hiroaki Sugimoto, President of Sumitomo Chemical America, accepts the Tech Award for Health.

Every year, The Tech Awards are presented in the categories of Health, Education, Environment, Economic Development, and Equality. Five awards are presented in each category in recognition of the accomplishments of a total of 25 Laureates, and one Laureate from each category is selected as a Prize Laureate. This year, the program received 951 entries representing 98 countries in all categories, and Sumitomo Chemical was selected as the Prize Laureate in the category of Health.

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Sumitomo Chemical is greatly honored by the presentation of these awards in recognition of its technological achievements. We will continue to address the urgent social issue of malaria prevention by making Olyset mosquito nets as widely available as possible.