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Japan

Contributing to the advancement and development of humankind and society through practice of the Kyocera Philosophy
Correct Application of the Concept, “Do What is Right as a Human Being”
At the heart of Kyocera Group management is the corporate philosophy known as the Kyocera Philosophy, which emphasizes the importance of fair business based on ethical, moral and social standards that people should uphold throughout life. Ultimately, it comes down to one criterion for making decisions: “What is the right thing to do as a human being?”

To realize our corporate philosophy, Kyocera developed a unique management control method known as the Amoeba Management System. With this system in place, Kyocera promotes a management method in which all employees can participate. Furthermore, Kyocera believes in highly transparent corporate activity with timely disclosure of information to customers, employees, shareholders, investors, business associates, and all other stakeholders.

For the Kyocera Group, CSR is tantamount to the practice of the Kyocera Philosophy — the heart of Kyocera Group management. We believe practice of the Kyocera Philosophy builds mutual trust with stakeholders, and contributes to sustainable growth for the Kyocera Group, as well as the overall development of society. We will continue to engage in corporate management through practice of the Kyocera Philosophy.

Kyocera will contribute to the advancement and development of humankind and society through practice of the Kyocera Philosophy.
 

Contributions to Society through Business Activities
Modern society faces various challenges including economic globalization, diversification of people’s values, increasing energy demand, climate change, and global population growth. The Kyocera Group seeks to expand its business with an emphasis on growing markets such as Information & Communications, Automotive, Environment & Energy, and Medical & Healthcare. By focusing on these areas, Kyocera Group is able to deliver positive benefits to society through our corporate activities.

In the information and communications market, Kyocera will work to increase sales of high-value-added components and devices for smartphones, which are expected to achieve an even higher level of functionality in the future. Kyocera will also develop new products and provide services that leverage our competitive advantages from our involvement in a wide range of business fields, from components and devices to equipment and systems, as we seek to acquire new business opportunities in fields such as 5G (the fifth-generation mobile communications system) and IoT, both of which are expected to see a rise in demand in the near future. Through these efforts, we intend to contribute to the achievement of a society that is fulfilling and rewarding for everyone.

In recent years, we have seen significant technological progress toward the widespread, practical use of connected cars and autonomous driving. This has resulted in major changes to the structure of industry. In response, Kyocera intends to engage in proactive efforts in automotive-related markets, utilizing our diverse organization spanning the entire Kyocera Group, to ensure that we maintain our capacity to respond to a wide range of market needs. Kyocera intends to promote the development of automotive components, such as sensing cameras that can detect obstacles while driving, as well as transport infrastructure-related products to support autonomous driving. We will also work to further enhance technological development and collaborations with other companies to accelerate the development of new products and contribute to the achievement of a safe and convenient car-based society that coexists in harmony with the environment.

In the environment and energy market, increased environmental awareness and other factors have impacted market needs, creating a shift from selling power through a FIT (feed-in tariff) system to consuming generated power within a household or business. In response to these changes, Kyocera is promoting the development of new products such as solar power modules, high-efficiency fuel cell systems, and hardware such as storage batteries that can achieve even higher levels of performance. At the same time, we will also enhance development of systems that can contribute to the stable supply of electricity and reduce overall power consumption. Kyocera will utilize partnerships with external organizations to expand into the retail power services field to sell power generated from renewable sources, thereby contributing to the creation of a more environmentally-friendly society.

In the medical and healthcare market, Kyocera will seek to secure business opportunities and diversify the scope of its business by working in partnership with external organizations to pursue technological synergy that encompasses multiple areas from materials and components to systems. Kyocera will also engage in M&A activities in the field of medical devices (such as prosthetic joints) to consolidate the foundation of its business in the United States - the world’s largest market - and develop high-value-added products. The Medical Development Center will also work to promote the development of new products for regenerative medicine and digital healthcare to contribute to the development of the medical field as a whole and enhance the QOL (quality of life) of each and every member of society.
 

Handling of Global CSR Issues
In order for the Kyocera Group to compete globally and continue its high-rate of growth, we believe it is essential to further reinforce our management foundation, as well as expand locally rooted business activities while complying international rules and standards, respecting the diversity of every area in the world including customs and cultures, and achieving a balance with the environment.

The Kyocera Group is an active member of the UN Global Compact, the basic rules on human rights, labor, the environment and prevention of corruption, and conducts positive activities towards the resolution of CSR issues as a member of the international community.

Keenly aware of the philosophy of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations General Assembly, the Kyocera Group is actively engaged in various actions toward the fulfillment of the 2030 goals. As part of its efforts in the environmental field, the Group has acquired the official endorsement of the international environmental organization Science Based Targets (SBT) by setting a target to reduce CO2 emissions by 30% (based on 2013 figures) by FY2031.

For environmental protection, we actively work on not only the development of environmentally-friendly products but also continually work on energy saving at production sites and prevention of climate change while looking to satisfy both ecology and economy. These actions have been evaluated by the Japanese Ministry of the Environment, and we have received the Minister of the Environment's Award for Global Warming Prevention Activity consecutively for eight years since 2010. In addition, we aim to stay as a lively, energetic group where all employees are happy working in a healthy way, as well as promote their potential, based on the Kyocera Group Health and Productivity Management Declaration.

We will continue to meet the expectations of all stakeholders of the Kyocera Group, thus building relationships of mutual trust and contributing to the robust development of society.
 


   
 
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