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

The first combined report "Daifuku Report 2018" was published in English and Japanese. It briefly summarizes important information regarding value creation activities of the Daifuku Group.

Number of participants in briefings for private investors KPI

The goal for fiscal 2018 was at least 650, and the actually achieved number was 776.

Number of participants in social contribution activities KPI

The goal for fiscal 2018 was 1,500, and the actual number of participants was 1,847. We will continue spread the word by sharing information in the future.

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.

Ground Golf Competition

Ground Golf Competition

As part of our contribution to the local region, in November 2018, Daifuku sponsored and held the 1st Daifuku Cup Ground Golf Competition that was hosted by the Shiga Prefecture Hino-Town Ground Golf Association. A total of 518 people from 12 neighboring towns as well as Mie Prefecture participated.

Grape Project

Grape Project

In fiscal 2018, we supported the "Aito Fruit Tree Supporter System" a scheme operated by the NPO, Ainomachi Eco Club (Higashiomi City, Shiga Prefecture). The scheme promotes regional industry by supporting the cultivation of Aito grapes, a regional specialty, and encourages local production and local consumption of harvested grapes. Continuing from our previous efforts, we cooperated with two high schools in Shiga Prefecture, and processed and manufactured 300 kg of harvested grapes into bread 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 February 2019, we exhibited at "TSE IR Fiesta 2019" (Tokyo International Forum), an event where companies listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange and individual investors come together. We gave presentations on material handling and the characterizing features of our business, with employees introducing the company. The presentation at our booth was well received.

Hini Arata Kan Tour for Shareholders

Hini Arata Kan Tour for Shareholders

Every year, we hold a tour for our shareholders to Hini Arata Kan, our demo center in the Shiga Works. As there are few opportunities to see our equipment first hand, the tours provide us the means to build a connection between our shareholders and our business operations.

Evaluation from Outside the Company

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