CSR / Environment
With 8K and AIoT, we will continue creating new value in our own way and contributing to the development of global society.
Last May, we formulated our Fiscal 2017–2019 Medium-Term Management Plan, and we are working to transform our businesses, markets, and operations based on the following concepts: “From Defense to Offense: From Structural Reform to Business Expansion” and “Reinventing Sharp: People-Oriented IoT, 8K Ecosystem.”
In fiscal 2017, the first year of this plan, we have seen steady returns as we expanded our business overseas—in particular, in ASEAN countries and China—and developed more efficient operational frameworks. Based on these achievements, we were able to relist on the Tokyo Stock Exchange’s first section in December 2017.
Going forward, we aim to fulfill our corporate responsibility as a first section-listed company by doubling down on compliance and achieving dramatic growth by way of swift yet accurate business activities.
The 8K Ecosystem and People-Oriented IoT
In September 2015, the United Nations adopted the SDGs, a set of 17 development goals for the world to achieve by the year 2030. We are currently pursuing business activities centered on our 8K ultra-high-definition imaging technology and AIoT*1, a combination of artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT), and in doing so, we will help achieve the SDGs.
For example, if our 8K technology can be used to realize remote medical care and distance education, people in every corner of the world can have access to advanced medical care and high-quality education. Furthermore, in the field of agriculture, if 8K can be used to develop systems for pest control and crop management, productivity will increase dramatically, thereby aiding those people living in countries suffering from food shortages.
Meanwhile, if AIoT can be used to create smart homes and smart cities, we will be able to provide people with more comfort and safety in their daily lives. What’s more, if smart offices and smart factories that are much more productive than conventional ones can be developed, I believe we can contribute to sustainable development and the realization of a society where everyone can live more on their own terms.
This is precisely what Sharp is aiming to do with the “People-oriented IoT and the 8K Ecosystem” concept, and it embodies our vision of “Changing the world with 8K and AIoT.”
Aiming to realize this kind of future, Sharp must step up efforts to transform its businesses.
For more than 100 years since our founding, based on the founding spirit of “Sincerity and Creativity” and our founder’s passion for manufacturing embodied in the slogan of “Make products that other companies want to imitate,” we have produced a string of highly original products that were first in the world or first in Japan, and we have contributed to creating new markets, making advances in technology, and to the development of society. Going forward, we will continue adhering to these principles to make good products.
We must strive to transform Sharp into a company that not only provides customers with good products, but also with original value and outstanding experiences through our services, platforms, and the entire Sharp “ecosystem.”
By realizing our vision, it is my intention to improve people’s quality of life and contribute to social progress.
Also, Sharp will continue supporting the United Nations Global Compact as a signatory*2 to the 10 Principles, which cover the areas of human rights, labor, environment, and anti-corruption.
- *1 “AIoT” is a registered trademark of Sharp Corporation
- *2 Signed in June 2009