CSR / Environment
SHARP Eco Vision 2050
Three Areas Where Sharp Is Taking Action
We realize that environmental problems like climate change, resource depletion, and ocean plastic are increasingly serious social issues of global concern. On the other hand, we are also seeing an acceleration of global action in response to these social issues; for example, the adoption of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)*1 and the entry into force of the Paris Agreement*2.
As a global company, Sharp is dedicated to helping solve such social issues. In line with our Basic Environmental Philosophy of “Creating an Environmentally Conscious Company with Sincerity and Creativity”, we have formulated SHARP Eco Vision 2050, a long-term environmental vision culminating in 2050. Through this vision, we are taking on the challenge of helping realize a sustainable global environment by providing the world with clean energy, while at the same time minimizing the environmental impact caused by greenhouse gases, waste, and other by-products of our business activities.
Under SHARP Eco Vision 2050, we have set challenging goals in three fields of action: (1) climate change, (2) resource recycling, and (3) safety and security. By ensuring that we protect the environment through business activities such as the development of technologies and the provision of products and services, and by working closely with our stakeholders, we endeavor to solve society’s problems and continually raise Sharp’s value as a sustainable corporation.
Long-Term Environmental Goals
To bring about SHARP Eco Vision 2050, we have stipulated long-term goals in three fields of action. In pursuing these goals, we will strive to create more clean energy than the total amount of energy consumed in Sharp’s entire supply chain, while minimizing the environmental impact of our business activities.
Field of Action 1: Climate Change
Sharp has up to now striven to use less energy in its business activities and to make products that are increasingly more energy efficient so as to reduce the amount of energy consumed by households and society as a whole.
We began developing solar cells after founder Tokuji Hayakawa said, “All the products we make use electricity. As our company grows, we will need more electricity, so why don’t we make electricity ourselves?” Since then, we have spent more than half a century working to spread solar power generation.
It is precisely because Sharp makes products that use electricity that we have a responsibility to reduce the environmental impacts resulting from this electricity use.
By striving to reduce energy consumption and create clean energy, Sharp is taking on the challenge of achieving the following two goals by 2050 and thus realizing a carbon-free society.
Field of Action 2: Resource Recycling
Sharp has up to now provided the world with all kinds of value through the creation of new products. At the same time, we have used many finite resources to do so.
Sharp should continue to provide its stakeholders with all kinds of value by making the most efficient use of finite resources around the globe.
By making more efficient use of resources and continuing to offer maximum value with minimal resources, Sharp is taking on the challenge of achieving the following two goals by 2050 and thus realizing a recycling-oriented society.
Field of Action 3: Safety and Security
Sharp uses various chemicals in production processes in its factories, and the products themselves contain various chemicals. Such chemicals must be strictly managed because some of them can have negative effects on people’s health, the natural environment, or ecosystems.
Sharp's business activities must not have a negative effect on people's health, the natural environment, or ecosystems.
As well as complying with current international standards, Sharp has established its own even stricter in-house standards. Under these far-sighted standards, we thoroughly manage relevant chemicals with the goal of eliminating any negative effects that chemicals may have on people’s health, the natural environment, or ecosystems.
- *1 Adopted by the United Nations in 2015, the SDGs are a set of 17 development goals for the world to achieve by 2030 in order for society to realize sustainable development.
- *2 An international framework for the prevention of global warming agreed on at the 21st yearly session of the Conference of the Parties to the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21), held in Paris.
- *3 Excludes those not suitable for recycling from an environmental standpoint.