Kyocera Group Management Roots

Photo: Company members around the time of foundation

Company members around the time of foundation
The origin of Kyocera Group management is the Kyocera Philosophy, a philosophy for work and life based on the real-life experiences and empirical rules of Kazuo Inamori, founder and chairman emeritus of Kyocera Corporation. With "What is the right thing to do as a human being?" as its most essential criterion, the Kyocera Philosophy expounds the significance of commitment to fair management and operation in compliance with the most fundamental human ethics, moral values and social norms.

| What is the Kyocera Philosophy? | Origin of the Kyocera Philosophy | Basic Ideas of the Kyocera Philosophy |

 What is the Kyocera Philosophy?
The Management Rationale of the Kyocera Group is: “To provide opportunities for the material and intellectual growth of all our employees, and through our joint efforts, contribute to the advancement of society and humankind.” The “material and intellectual growth” that we aim for includes the pursuit of economic stability, and entails the pursuit of mental riches as a human being, in the shape of life with purpose and job satisfaction through self-fulfillment in the workplace. Also, by constantly honing our skills and launching excellent products for the public, we will contribute to the advancement of science and technology and continue to make profits for the company while contributing also to the enhancement of public welfare by paying a large amount of taxes. The Kyocera Philosophy shows the action guidelines for us to pursue this Management Rationale and the principles for living a wonderful life, which we try to practice every day.

Official Website of Kazuo Inamori "The Essence of Management" External Sites

 Origin of the Kyocera Philosophy
In 1959, with the generous support of the people around them, company founder Kazuo Inamori and seven other colleagues established Kyoto Ceramic Co., Ltd. (now Kyocera Corporation). Starting with a meager amount of capital, the company had no imposing office building or elaborate machinery in the beginning. All it had were fellow colleagues who shared the joys and sorrows and formed a close bond as members of one big family. Inamori then decided to base the management of the company on this bond of human minds. This is because he believed that while human minds are extremely changeable, they are also most dependable once the minds are bonded by strong trust.

Later, Inamori encountered many difficulties in managing Kyocera, but he overcame them each time believing in the strong bond of human minds. The Kyocera Philosophy was thus born as he debated his life and work.

 Basic Ideas of the Kyocera Philosophy
The Kyocera Group believes that decisions should always be made through reason and based on the idea of "What is the right thing to do as a human being?" as the basic criteria to achieve compliance with public morals.

The criterion of "What is the right thing to do as a human being?" is based on the fundamental ethical and moral values of the natural goodness of human beings: "Donít be greedy," "Donít cheat people," "Donít lie," and "Be honest" are teachings we all received from our parents as children and represent the most basic principles of humankind.

We believe that when making decisions and taking action in daily life, we should resort to the criterion of "What is universally right as a human being" and not the criterion of "What best suits our own convenience."

Kyocera Philosophy Pocketbook
A copy of the Kyocera Philosophy Pocketbook is distributed to each employee at Kyocera. Employees use various opportunities to apply the principles in the Pocketbook, and to independently learn and practice the Kyocera Philosophy. In April 2011, we published the Kyocera Philosophy Pocketbook II, which summarizes additional important points of the Philosophy. The updated Pocketbook is being progressively translated into multiple languages to aid penetration of the Kyocera Philosophy in bases overseas. Photo: Kyocera Philosophy Pocketbook

Official Website of Kazuo Inamori “Philosophy” External Sites
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