Priority Issues

The Kyocera Group starts by considering social conditions, trends in the international community and the external environment surrounding our company, and key social and management priorities identified through stakeholder dialogue. Then the Kyocera Group CSR Committee deliberates and identifies top priorities for the Kyocera Group to address.
Important issues to be resolved through business, in particular, are approved by the Kyocera Group Management Committee or the Board of Directors according to the approval criteria. The Kyocera Group aims to enhance its value to society by organizing opportunities to address the selected top issues, concentrating management resources on four priority markets, and strengthening our business development and management foundation to help fulfill societal needs

  Selecting Key Issues Risks and Opportunities
(● Risk / ○ Opportunity)
Details of Efforts Reference
Contributing Through Products and Services
Fighting climate change
  • Stricter regulations and penalties relating to climate change
  • Increased costs / damage to corporate brand from neglecting climate imperatives
  • Rising demand for renewable energy / private power generation for private consumption
  • Rising demand for improved thermal efficiency and energy conservation
  • Rising demand for products supporting EV transformation and lighter automobiles
  • Reassessing long-term environmental targets (including 30% reduction of GHG emissions in FY2031 compared to FY2014)
  • Deploying our renewable energy business via Kyocera Kanden Energy LLP and Kyocera EPA LLP
  • Voluntary renewable energy efforts and collaborative verification trials of three renewable technologies (solar cells, fuel cells, storage batteries)
  • RE100 initiative (Nakayama Office, Yokohama)
  • Establishing regional energy management
Preventing traffic accidents and enhancing transportation
  • Greater need to optimize traffic flow via ICT
  • Growing market for ADAS technologies to support drivers, promote autonomous vehicles and improve safety
  • Developing an autonomous driving system for buses
  • Promoting deployment of roadside units linked to traffic lights on public roads
  • Facilitating adoption of a “smart pole” Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS)
Expanding of information infrastructures via technological innovation
  • Rising demand for base station-related products to improve communications networks
  • Rising demand for 5G smartphones and related products
  • New system / service business opportunities supporting 5G infrastructure
  • Greater need for Low-Power, Wide-Area (LPWA) telecom services in Japan
  • Rising demand for digital technologies such as AI, IoT, and smart cities
  • Development of local 5G systems
  • Development of 5G smart routers
Reducing medical staff shortages and medical costs
  • Growing need for self-administered medical care
  • Growing need for health and nursing care services
  • Growing interest in extending healthy lifespan
  • Improving durability of orthopedic joint implants
  • Achieving digital medical care that utilizes SaMD (Software as a Medical Device)
  • Regenerative medical therapy for knee osteoarthritis
Sustainable use of water / natural resources
  • Reduced water usage through digital printing
  • Growing need to develop ocean-related technologies
  • Expanding our digital printing business to reduce environmental burden caused by dyes in apparel production
  • Collecting oceanographic data through joint development of smart buoys
Eliminating labor shortages in major industrial nations
  • Growing need to improve productivity via collaborative robots
  • New opportunities to optimize logistics and deliveries via drones
  • Development and commercialization of an AI collaborative robot system to automate training / teaching
Strengthening our Management Infrastructure
Achieving diversity
  • Growing need to secure and train diverse human resources
  • Adoption of flexible work systems
  • Training to promote manager candidates of greater diversity
  • Promoting employment opportunities for people with disabilities
  • Publication of SOGI and LGBT guidelines
Human rights initiatives
  • Growing need to enforce human rights in supply chains
  • Loss of brand equity due to a lack of human rights measures
  • Expansion of human rights policy
  • Human rights due diligence based on the RBA* Code of Conduct with external organizations
  • Implementation of Kyocera Supply Chain CSR Survey

RBA: Responsible Business Alliance

Promoting digitization
  • Greater productivity and management efficiency
  • Establishing a data collection / analysis platform
  • Efforts to double manufacturing productivity
  • Improving security and efficiency in administrative work
Establishing safe and secure work environments
  • Suspended business from unexpected causes including pandemics
  • Helping employees reach best personal potential via work environments that promote well-being and job satisfaction
  • Training of risk assessment trainers and risk assessors in incident prevention (in Japan)
  • Implementation of hazard experience training using Virtual Reality (VR)
  • Developing a total health and wellness plan
Reducing carbon emissions in manufacturing processes
  • Stricter regulations and penalties as a consequence of measures against global warming
  • Increased costs and damage to the corporate brand as a result of incompatibilities with a decarbonized society
  • Adoption of renewable energy
  • Enhanced energy conversation
Enhancing crisis management, disaster response and information security
  • Reputation risk, loss of trust / business, damage to important assets
  • Risk of financial penalties and damages
  • Improving business continuity planning (BCP) to reduce risks to data security caused by storms, floods or cyberattacks
  • BCP response to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • BCP response to supply chain risks
Enhancing corporate governance and compliance
  • Occurrence of various risks
  • Risk of harm to business from loss of customer trust, fines, and / or other costs from conduct violating laws or social norms
  • Strengthening the supervisory function of the Board of Directors and improving its effectiveness (adding outside directors)
  • Global (five-region) legal and IP system
  • Revision of privacy policy