From the CEO
In May 2017, Daifuku marked its 80th anniversary.Over that long history, Daifuku has become a worldclass leader in the material handling systems industry, with more than 8,600 employees across the Group. In fiscal 2016, ended March 31, 2017, the final year of the four-year medium-term business plan, Value Innovation 2017, Daifuku achieved record-high operating income, ordinary income, and net income, and at 7.2%, the operating margin surpassed the initial target of 7.0%. I anticipate that as the environment in which we do business expands, society’s expectations to us increase, as does our responsibility to society.
To fulfill our responsibility to society as a company, it is important that we build a framework that contributes to society.
Our CSR Action Plan was formulated to provide specific initiatives for promoting our CSR activities. In fiscal 2017, in line with Value Innovation 2020, our new four-year medium-term business plan, we revised this Action Plan, restructuring and integrating our approaches and establishing new targets based on our original six initiatives: I. Provide high quality products and services; II. Strengthen risk management; III. Nurture relationships of trust with our suppliers; IV. Respect human dignity (human rights, labor practices, safety, health); V. Create good relationships with communities, and; VI. Contribute to the environment through corporate activities. Among these, we place great priority in respecting human dignity, with the Company proactive in its efforts to create an environment for developing global talent across the group, inviting affiliate employees to Japan for educating and training, and giving our young employees in Japan the opportunity to gain experience overseas. I believe engagement with our stakeholders is important to further advancing our CSR initiatives. We will work to ensure compliance, and place even greater emphasis on communication as we work to build a relationship of trust with our stakeholders.
I feel the time has come for us to change our perception. The logistics systems that serve as the social infrastructure in supporting peoples’ daily lives are moving from being a behind-the-scenes industry player to a lead role. On the occasion of Daifuku’s 80th anniversary, each and every employee shall embrace this feeling, as we continue toward our goal of sound, sustainable growth.
United Nations Global Company
In April 2014, Daifuku signed a commitment to join the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), which is made up of ten principles on human rights, labor, the environment and anti-corruption. The commitment is a declaration of our support of the UNGC initiatives and is part of our CSR efforts, having been brought about by the demand for global information disclosure of ESG (environment, social, governance) activities.
The Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact
|Human Rights||Principle 1: Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and|
|Principle 2: make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.|
|Labour||Principle 3: Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;|
|Principle 4: the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour;|
|Principle 5: the effective abolition of child labour; and|
|Principle 6: the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.|
|Environment||Principle 7: Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;|
|Principle 8: undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and|
|Principle 9: encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.|
|Anti-Corruption||Principle 10: Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.|