CSR / Environment
Message from the Chairman and President
Ongoing Contribution to the Safety and Security of the International Community with Our Dedication and Technology
On September 15, 2020, Sharp celebrated its 108th anniversary. I would like to thank all of our stakeholders for making this possible through their heartfelt support.
Since early 2020, we have been facing changes more drastic than anything we have experienced, as the novel coronavirus pandemic threatens people’s health and the economy on a global scale.
Amid this situation, we intend to return to our founding spirit expressed in our business philosophy, “we are dedicated to the use of our unique, innovative technology to contribute to the culture, benefits and welfare of people throughout the world.” Based on this mindset, Sharp will contribute through its business activities to the early establishment of the “new normal,” a new lifestyle in the “with coronavirus” and “post-coronavirus” worlds that allows people to live fulfilling lives with ensured safety and security.
Specifically, under our business vision of “Changing the world with 8K+5G and AIoT*1,” we are working to create innovative services and solutions centered on 8K, 5G, AI, IoT, robotics, and other cutting-edge technologies while collaborating with various companies. As we focus efforts in these areas, we will take the initiative in building social infrastructure for the new era by rapidly rolling out proposals responding to the soaring needs in society amid the Covid-19 pandemic, such as demand from staying at home, teleworking, and digitized education and healthcare.
In response to a request by the Japanese government, Sharp decided to contribute to society’s fight against Covid-19 by producing face masks, and in just one month, late March 2020, we launched production using clean rooms at our Mie Plant (Taki, Mie Prefecture). We were widely lauded for this venture into a new field and our rapid response, and Sharp-made masks have been highly popular with many people.
Although we garnered significant attention for our new business of producing and selling face masks, we have in fact been contributing to people’s healthy lifestyles for many years. Examples are Sharp air purifiers equipped with our proprietary Plasmacluster ion technology, which has been proven in experiments by third-party test institutes around the world to be effective in controlling viruses and eliminating mold; and the Healsio Superheated Steam Oven and other Sharp healthy cooking appliances. Besides stepping up efforts like these, we plan to expand into fields such as medicine and nursing care and at the earliest possible dates release a series of uniquely Sharp solutions that help people live in comfort and abundance.
In addition to these efforts, Sharp contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through its business activities. It also seeks to realize SHARP Eco Vision 2050, a long-term environmental vision under which we have set goals in the fields of climate change, resource recycling, and safety and security. We are pursuing these goals by striving to create more clean energy than all the energy consumed in our supply chain and minimizing the environmental impact of our business activities.
As a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact,*2 we support the 10 Principles in the areas of human rights, labor, the environment, and anti-corruption, as well as help in addressing such global challenges as protection of human rights and responsible procurement of minerals.
Sharp reviewed its management structure and has moved to one led by the CEO and the COO after obtaining approval at the ordinary general meeting of shareholders in June 2020. Under the new business promotion system, we will make a concerted effort to build an 8K+5G Ecosystem and an AIoT World at the earliest possible date and to achieve sustainable growth. And our contribution to the further development of the international community will continue.
- *1 AIoT is a word coined by Sharp, combining the words AI (artificial intelligence) and IoT (Internet of things).
“AIoT” is registered trademark of Sharp Corporation.
- *2 Signed in June 2009