Principal Initiatives

Communication with local communities

Daifuku has a number of offices and sites all over the world to conduct our business operations, such as manufacturing and sales. It is essential for each office that plays a significant role in our business to build good relations with local communities, in order to fully commit to the business activities that are our main purpose. Therefore, we strive to proactively communicate with communities through local volunteer activities and cooperating with various organizations at each of our offices, whilst taking into account the cultures and legal regulations unique to each country and region.

Communication with shareholders and investors

Promoting constructive dialogue with our shareholders and investors through our IR activities has significant implications for our sustainable development and the medium to long-term improvement of our corporate value. In May 2016, in accordance with the Corporate Governance Code of the Tokyo Stock Exchange, Daifuku set up its own Daifuku Corporate Governance Guidelines. Based on these guidelines, we strive to enhance the security and fairness of our shareholders’ rights, as well as our dialogue with them.

Initiative Materiality and relationship to SDGs

SDGs pursued by Daifuku

SDGs pursued by Daifuku

Materiality

  • Encourage communication with shareholders and investors
  • Encourage communication with local communities and society at large, and social contribution activities

CSR Action Plan KPIs and targets for 2020

  • Publication of reports that contain non-financial data, and listing this on the website
    : Continued publication of combined reports in Japanese and English, including surveys and evaluations such as questionnaires
  • Number of participants in briefings for private investors: At least 650
  • Number of participants in social contribution activities: 2,000

Promotion Framework

Communication with local communities

The CSR Action Plan(2017-2020) announced in April 2017 has set the number of participants in social contribution activities as a new KPI that targets all of our domestic and international offices. We will continue to expand our regional cooperation and social contribution initiatives in Japan that have been led by the General Affairs Department and the Environmental Enhancement Management Committee.

Communication with shareholders and investors

"Daifuku Corporate Governance Guidelines" defines our dialogue framework with our shareholders, with the CFO serving as a supervisory manager. Information disclosure based on laws and regulations is conducted by the Disclosure Committee (Chairman = CFO), while other kinds of information disclosure and communications are carried out by the IR Department in cooperation with relevant departments. Tours to our offices, exhibitions at IR fairs and brokerage firm seminars are held for individual shareholders and investors. Another goal of these events is to deepen awareness towards our company amongst the public as well as consumers.

Communication Initiatives

Publication of reports with non-financial data, website postings KPI

We are committed to deepening the communication with overseas shareholders and investors by issuing corporate/governance report in English.

Number of participants in briefings for private investors KPI

The goal for fiscal 2017 was at least 500, and the actually achieved number was 770.

Number of participants in social contribution activities KPI

In fiscal 2017, we implemented extended information sharing via our intranet, etc. across the entire Group, with the aim of encouraging participation in activities.

Relations with local communities

Local procurement and local hiring

The Daifuku Group sees local procurement from sources in the vicinity of our sites as one way of contributing to the local economy. We are implementing this not only in the region of our Shiga Works but also in various other regions, in order to stimulate local development. With regard to hiring as well, we actively seek out talent locally to our sites, and we implement human resources training and other measures to provide consistent employment opportunities. We will continue to contribute to the vitalization and advancement of regional economies through local procurement and hiring.

Temporary evacuation shelter

Temporary evacuation shelter

In March 2015, an agreement was concluded with Hino Town, Shiga Prefecture, concerning the temporary use of Daifuku facilities as an evacuation shelter for neighboring residents in the event of a natural disaster, as requested by local residents for the Shiga Works to act as an emergency evacuation shelter. The agreement was concluded after conducting a simulation of receiving evacuees and confirmation of the contents of the agreement with other companies operating in the vicinity of the Shiga Works. It forms part of Daifuku's social contribution efforts.

Community cleanup activities

Community cleanup activities

Daifuku regularly maintains and cleans a popular tourist spot, Shakunage-kei (Rhododendron Gorge) near the Shiga Works. Since 2005, we are participating in a pre-season general cleanup drive organized by the Hino Tourism Association every April. Our employees also participate in Shiga Prefecture's "Ohmi Eco-Foster System," which includes activities that help protect the local environment. Finally, our employees remove trash from roads near our facilities every month.

Nature conservation around Lake Biwa

Nature conservation around Lake Biwa

Daifuku employees from the Shiga Works take part in a yearly activity to clip phragmites surrounding Lake Biwa together with local residents, companies and environmental conservation groups. To protect phragmites plains, which play an important role in preserving the ecosystem and water health of Lake Biwa, it is essential to trim the overgrown reeds every winter. The clipped phragmites are used as raw materials for paper products.

Gateball tournament

Gateball tournament

The Shiga Works has held gateball games every year since 1992 to increase community awareness and familiarity with the company. In 2017, we held the Daifuku Cup Shakunage Gateball Competition for residents of Hino-cho at the multi-purpose ground within Shiga Works. About 100 people participated.

Apple Tree Owner System

Apple Tree Owner System

We are involved with the Apple Tree Owner System and are harvesting apples in the orchards of Nagano City, as part of our support for the “renewal of local areas,” “promoting Japanese culture” and “contributing to the region” concepts. In fiscal 2017, we cooperated with two high schools in Shiga prefecture where we regularly hire graduates, and processed a part of the harvested 1,600 apples into bread based snacks and jam. These were sold to employees at our cafeteria in the Shiga Works.

Exhibit at TSE IR Fiesta

Exhibit at the TSE IR Fiesta

In March 2018, we exhibited at TSE IR Fiesta 2018, an event where companies listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange and individual investors talk to each other. We gave presentations on material handling and the characterizing features of our business, with employees introducing the company. Visitors were invited to use a VR (virtual reality) headset to experience a virtual material handling facility in a logistics center.

Hini Arata Kan Tour for Shareholders

Hini Arata Kan Tour for Shareholders

We hold tours twice a year for our shareholders to our demo center Hini Arata Kan in the Shiga Works. There are few opportunities to see our products in daily life, so seeing the machines firsthand brings a closer understanding of our business. Around 100 shareholders are invited each time, and is highly praised.

Evaluation from Outside the Company

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