Initiatives in Regions and Communities
Daifuku has a number of offices all over the world to conduct our manufacturing and sales business operations. It is essential for each office that plays a significant role in our business to build good relations with local communities, in order to fulfill the primary business activities. Therefore, we strive to proactively communicate with communities through volunteer activities in the region 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.
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.
Initiatives in Regions and Communities
The four-year 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 branches around the world. We will continue to expand our regional cooperation and social contribution initiatives that have been led by the General Affairs Department and the Environmental Enhancement Management Committee at each office. In addition, we will set up a framework to promote initiative goals at overseas subsidiaries from FY2017 onwards.
Daifuku Corporate Governance Guidelines define our dialogue framework with our shareholders, with the CFO serving a supervisory role. 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 of our facilities, exhibitions at IR fairs and briefings 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.
Green Factory Award
In 2014, the Shiga Works received an award for our outstanding greening performance from Japan Greenery Research and Development Center. This award is given to the facilities that proactively promote greening and greatly contribute to improvement of living environments in the surrounding area.
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. The agreement is part of Daifuku's social contribution efforts.
Community Cleanup Activities
Daifuku regularly maintains and cleans a popular tourist spot, Shakunage-kei (Rhododendron Gorge) near Shiga Works. 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.
Tour of Taiwan Daifuku's manufacturing facility
Taiwan Daifuku was selected for the Advanced Factory Tour sponsored by the Association for Taiwan-Japan Cooperation on Industrial Technology, a subordinate organization of Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs, and in May, 48 members from 22 Taiwanese companies and Japanese subsidiaries visited the Tainan factory. After introducing the Group's activities in Taiwan since the establishment of the first affiliate in 1987, the attendees toured the manufacturing facility for transport systems for semiconductors and flat-panel displays.
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 in water purification, it is essential to trim the overgrown reeds every winter. The clipped phragmites are used as raw materials for paper products.
The Shiga Works has held gateball games every year since 1992 to increase community awareness of the company. In FY2016, we held the Daifuku Cup Shakunage Gateball Competition for residents of Hino-cho at the multi-purpose ground that opened in August within Shiga Works. About 100 people participated.
- *A game invented in Japan, similar to croquet.
Apples of Daifuku
As part of our CSR activities, we cooperate with the “Our Apples - Apple Tree Owner System” that is developed by the Bunkajigyobu Corporation. Our involvement began in connection with inviting the CEO of Bunkajigyobu, Sarah Marie Cummings, to give a presentation at the Management and Production Trends Presentation in 2016. It collaborates with the three points of “renewal of local areas”, “promoting Japanese culture” and “contributing to the region”. Apples that were harvested in fall in the orchards in Nagano city were distributed within the company.
Hini Arata Kan Tour for Shareholders
We hold tours twice a year for our shareholders to our demo center Hini Arata Kan, which is within the Shiga Works. There are few opportunities to see our products day to day, so seeing the machines firsthand brings a closer understanding of our business. Around 100 shareholders are invited each time, and it has received a positive response.