Message from the CEO

Hiroshi Geshiro, President and CEO

We are committed to helping to create a sustainable society through our business in line with our management philosophy Automation that Inspires.

In October 2021, the Daifuku Group revised our management philosophy to “Automation that Inspires” to meet the demands of the times in terms of changes to social and business environment, digital transformation, and sustainability management. We hope to create a society in which people can live healthy and fulfilling lives through the material handling technology that we have cultivated over the years. We also want to play the role of a company that inspires people. This vision is reflected in our new management philosophy.

These days, there are growing societal expectations placed on the material handling systems we provide to be an important part of social infrastructure that contributes to the alleviation of labor shortages and the improvement of productivity. However, in order for the Group to achieve sustainable growth in the future, we must transform the value we provide to customers and other stakeholders and further strengthen the management foundation that supports our business. With this awareness, we have situated Value Transformation 2023, our three-year business plan launched in April 2021, and the Sustainability Action Plan, as the two cornerstones of our management strategy, and we aim to contribute to achieving a sustainable society through our business. As part of these efforts, we are enhancing our initiatives on various issues related to the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) and ESG (environmental, social, and governance), and we are progressing steadily toward achieving the goals we have set for ourselves. Led by the Sustainability Committee, of which I serve as chair, we are promoting concrete initiatives to further reduce our environmental impact in each process, including procurement, design, and manufacturing. We have also started to build a framework for human rights due diligence throughout the supply chain based on the Daifuku Group Human Rights Policy, which we formulated in October, 2021.

In order to carry on as a company indispensable to society 10 to 20 years into the future, we at the Group aim to achieve even more through flexible and creative ideas that defy convention, and the power of action to reform existing framework. Under the banner of our management philosophy—Automation that Inspires—we will continue to remain united in our efforts to meet the challenges of the future.

Hiroshi Geshiro
President and CEO

August 2022


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