From the CEO
Fostering employee commitment to sustainable growth
Ensuring sustainable corporate growth requires sound management in addition to the pursuit of profit. To determine whether the company is maintaining a sound management constitution, CSR initiatives are essential.
In 2014, in order to define the direction of our CSR initiatives, we established Daifuku's Corporate Social Responsibility as our medium-to-long-term policy. We also adopted a CSR Action Plan that outlines specific actions. In 2015, we adopted Key Performance Indicators (KPI) that enable us to monitor the performance and progress of the initiatives periodically and to verify that these initiatives are meeting the needs of society. In April 2016, in an effort to reinforce our system, we established a new section dedicated to implementing our CSR initiatives.
In fiscal 2105, Daifuku matched its previous performance record in terms of orders received, sales and profits. At the same time, we succeeded in increasing income and profit for the sixth consecutive term. Regarding the four-year medium-term management plan we call “Value Innovation 2017,” our business performance has demonstrated steady growth that exceeded the initial plan. This term represents the final year of this plan. However, in light of current circumstances, we must focus on building an even deeper foundation.
Clearly, business growth and the establishment of a sound organization are closely interconnected. In May 2017, we commemorate our 80th anniversary. To meet stakeholders’ expectations and achieve sound and sustainable growth in the years ahead, we encourage our employees to collaborate in implementing our CSR initiatives.
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.|