Building Better Relationships with Local Communities

We seek to contribute to solutions to social issues through our business activities so that we can support the sound and sustainable development of local communities.

Contributions to Society

Contribution to the SDGs through Products and Services

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) express priority global issues and the ideal status of global society in relation to economics, society, and the environment in the lead-up to 2030. Many countries, companies, and other organizations are actively addressing these issues with the aim of creating sustainable societies.

The GS Yuasa Group believes that it can contribute to achieving the society sought by the SDGs by practicing our corporate philosophy of contributing to people, society, and the global environment through innovation and growth of our employees and business entities. The Group is developing globally with storage batteries as its main products, and by providing products and services to regional societies in every country of the world by making use of the storage battery technologies we have accumulated through more than a century of experience, we are working to solve the shared problems of the international community.

See here for information on our efforts to contribute to the SDGs with Group products and services.
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Contributions to R&D Relating to Space Development Applications

The Group’s space lithium-ion batteries are used on the International Space Station (ISS). The ISS is a manned test facility constructed approximately 400 km above the Earth’s surface. It is used through the cooperation of many countries.

The main objective of the ISS is scientific and technological advances through various experiments and research in outer space, and the results of research, experimentation, and measurement are contributing to enriching lifestyles and enhancing industrial competitiveness. It is a key facility for making significant advances in space development and is also a symbol of international cooperation and peace operated jointly through the provision of state-of-the-art technologies by numerous countries.*

Power for all equipment on the ISS including experimentation and observation devices and life support systems is supplied by photovoltaic power generation. However, power generation ceases 16 times each day as the ISS passes through the earth’s shadow, and during these periods, power is supplied by GS Yuasa lithium-ion batteries for space use that are charged while the station is in the sunlight.

The GS Yuasa Group will continue contributing to the development of science and technology for the realization of a sustainable society through development and manufacture of high-performance lithium-ion batteries.

Source: the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

Traffic Safety Around the Plant

The Kyoto Plant, one of our Group companies, has conducted activities to support elementary school students on the routes to school for a long period of time. To prevent traffic accidents, we keep traffic by vehicles used for our operations down on the routes to school when children are on the way to and from school, and we also make efforts to ensure safety along school routes by protecting and guiding children on the street. In addition, we are working to ensure nearby bicycle traffic safety by taking measures to prevent accidents when employees commute to and from work by bicycle.

The GS Yuasa Group will continue to promote activities that will lead to safe living in local communities.

Measures to prevent traffic accidents involving employees who commute by bicycle

  • Only employees who pass an in-company test of safe bicycle use are permitted to commute by bicycle
  • Training is conducted to raise the safety awareness of employees who use bicycles
  • Periodic traffic safety training is provided to employees who commute by bicycle
image:Traffic safety training for employees who commute by bicycle

Traffic safety training for employees who commute by bicycle
(April 2016)

Participation in Community Programs for Reducing Infants and Children Suffering from Malnutrition

In Indonesia, malnutrition is becoming an increasingly serious problem. In cases where infants and children suffer from malnutrition, they are more susceptible to suffer from diabetes, heart disease, and other conditions later in their adult life, and there is a possibility of adverse economic impacts due to a smaller labor force and expanding medical expenses.

PT. GS Battery (PTGS), an overseas Group company located in Karawang, has been participating since fiscal 2015 in a program to reduce children suffering from malnutrition in order to contribute to resolving this type of social problem. The program provides nutritional supplement food to infants and children until they receive adequate nutrition. In fiscal 2019, thirty-seven malnourished children were the recipients of nutritional supplementary food.

PTGS will continue supporting programs for reducing malnourished infants and children, which have the potential of reducing the incidence of illness and developmental disabilities.

Activities contributing to local communities at our production sites in Thailand

At our Group companies in Thailand, we are promoting activities to contribute to local communities as a company with a good relationship with local communities.

Siam GS Battery Co. Ltd. (SGS) performed dredging work for flood control of rivers in the area where the business site is located in advance of the rainy season, which starts in June. During the rainy season in Thailand, large amounts of rainfall in a short period, causing rivers to flood, and as a result, the company worked to improve a situation that could adversely affect the lives of employees living in the area as well as the local economy.

Siam GS Sales Co., Ltd. (SGSS) conduct an annual event in cooperation with the local police department encouraging people to drive safely. In Thailand, the traffic accident fatality rate is 32.7 per 100,000 persons, the worst level in Asia (fiscal 2019 statistics), making this a serious social issue. As a business involved in the automobile industry, SGSS undertakes activities that contribute to the creation of a local community where people can live in safety.

GS Yuasa Siam Industry Ltd. (GYSI) conducts cleanup campaigns and gives donations to nearby elementary schools and temples, donates fluorescent lights that have become unneeded as a result of conversion to LED lighting, holds plant tours for students, sponsors a marathon event in the industrial park and participates in various other activities that emphasize interaction with the local community. GYSI makes periodic reports to community representatives on the results of monitoring measurements of hazardous substances (lead) released into the environment in conjunction with business activities and takes other measures to maintain good communications with the local community. These activities were recognized by the Thai government, leading to receipt of the CSR-the DIW Award*1 and Thailand Brand Mark*2 certification.

1The CSR-DIW Award is given by the Department of Industrial Works (DIW) in Thailand to companies that promote exceptional business activities that contribute to sustainable development and the local community.

2Thailand Brand Mark is a mark used in Thailand that guarantees not only the quality of manufactured products and services, but also the reliability and safety of production processes, environmental consideration, social responsibility and other factors. Under the program, companies that meet certain standards set by the Department of International Trade Promotion of the Ministry of Commerce are certified.

image:River dredging work (SGS)

River dredging work (SGS)

image:Driving safety campaign (SGSS)

Driving safety campaign (SGSS)

image:Plaque for the CSR-DIW Award(GYSI)

Plaque for the CSR-DIW Award(GYSI)

Contributions to the Environment

Stable Supply of Photovoltaic Generation Systems

A photovoltaic generation system using the GS Yuasa Group's lithium-ion batteries has been in operation at the Kushiro Town Toritoushi Wildland Photovoltaic Generation Plant in Hokkaido.

When generating photovoltaic power, changes in natural conditions, such as sunshine hours and temperature, can lead to significant fluctuations in the power generated, while a major increase in the photovoltaic power load could reduce the quality of the system's power in terms of both voltage and frequency. For this reason, storage battery systems are necessary to stabilize output fluctuations in power generated when photovoltaic power generating facilities are connected to the power grid.

In conjunction with the global increase in energy demand due to the growing population, economic growth and other factors, there are increasing calls for the expanded use of renewable energy as an alternative to limited fossil fuels. The introduction of storage battery systems to stabilize output fluctuations is essential for the effective use of energy from photovoltaic or wind power generation.

The Group continues to promote the use of high-performance lithium-ion battery systems in power generation and is aiming to contribute to creating sustainable local communities using renewable energy.

image:Industrial lithium-ion battery module LIM50EN series

Industrial lithium-ion battery module LIM50EN series

image:Overall view of Kushiro Toritoushi Wildland Photovoltaic Generation Plant

Overall view of Kushiro Toritoushi
Wildland Photovoltaic Generation Plant

Increasing the Accuracy of Greenhouse Gas Observations

The IBUKI-2 greenhouse gases observing satellite launched from the Tanegashima Space Center in October 2018 was equipped with a space lithium-ion battery manufactured by the Group. The mission of IBUKI-2 is to accurately and uniformly measure greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane around the world and to increase the precision of measurements.

Many countries are obligated to report on their own greenhouse gas emissions in accordance with the Paris Agreement, in international mechanism relating to climate change. As a result, the data obtained from IBUKI-2, which can take uniform measurements around the world, is expected to play an important role as a scientific basis for confirming the accuracy of greenhouse gas emissions volumes by each country.*

Group products will continue to contribute to international efforts to curtail global warming.

Source: the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

Support for Activities of the Yakushima Environmental and Cultural Foundation

GS Yuasa Battery Ltd. (GYB) is providing support for the Yakushima Environmental and Cultural Foundation as part of initiatives to preserve the environment in the region.

Yakushima, which was placed on the World Heritage List in 1993 for the first time in Japan, is representative of nature in Japan. The Foundation is involved in activities to protect the beautiful natural environment on Yakushima, a heritage for humanity, and the business for creating communities where nature and people can co-exist.

Furthermore, GYB offers a family tour to Yakushima as the prize to the Gold Award winner of the "GS Yuasa Eco Art Contest for Elementary School Students" which has been held from fiscal 2009, and also conducts activities for elementary school students to experience the beauty of nature.

The GS Yuasa Group is promoting contribution to the protection of nature on Yakushima which is called the "Island of Life" and environmental education for children through support for the Foundation.

image:Rich natural environment on Yakushima

Rich natural environment on Yakushima
(photo courtesy of the Yakushima Environmental and
Cultural Foundation, a public interest incorporated foundation)

Please refer here for the website of the Yakushima Environmental and Cultural Foundation

Contributions to Human Resource Development

GS Yuasa Eco Art Contest for Elementary School Students

Since FY 2009, GS Yuasa Battery Ltd. has sponsored the GS Yuasa Eco Art Contest for Elementary School students to give the pupils, who will become the young citizens in the future, an opportunity to express their thoughts on the global environment.

This contest program provides the opportunity for children and their families to come together and think about the environment. We plan to continue holding this event in the future in the form of a painting.

Environmental education classes for Elementary School Students Held

The Group’s Kyoto Plant conducts classes on environmental topics for elementary school students in Kyoto City in cooperation with the local chamber of commerce and industry. This program is intended to deepen the understanding of elementary school students concerning environmental issues by conducting courses on the Company’s environmental technologies at elementary schools.

In fiscal 2019, we conducted an environmental course on the workings of photovoltaic power generation and its environmental contributions at a nearby elementary school with "the roles of photovoltaic power generation and storage batteries" as the theme. By presenting nearby examples of the introduction of photovoltaic power and conducting hands-on lessons using solar panels combined with storage batteries, the elementary school students learned about how photovoltaic power, a renewable energy, is used. The course covered not just the relationship between photovoltaic power generation and storage batteries, but also that photovoltaic power generation can help curtail global warming.

Going forward, the Group will continue to conduct educational programs regarding environmental preservation for children, who will become the leaders of tomorrow.

image:A lesson on photovoltaic systems

A lesson on photovoltaic systems
(November 2019)

image:A lesson using solar cells

A lesson using solar cells
(November 2019)

Support for Shiki Theatre Company's "Kokoro no Gekijo (Theatre of the Heart)"

The GS Yuasa Group supports some of the twelve performances in Kyoto Prefecture of “Kokoro no Gekijo” (Theatre of the Heart), sponsored by the Shiki Theatre Company and Performing Arts Centre Foundation. “Kokoro no Gekijo” uses the stage to communicate to children such important life lessons as the value of life, consideration of others, and the joy of trusting each other. Children across Japan are invited to the performances in school groups, free of charge.

In September 2019, the Shiki Theatre gave eight performances (morning and afternoon over four days) at ROHM Theatre Kyoto of its original musical, “The Story of a Seagull and the Cat Who Taught Her to Fly”. The shows were enjoyed by large numbers of children from around the city of Kyoto. Six employees of the GS Yuasa Group assisted as volunteers in four of the performances over three days, helping out at reception and showing the audience to their seats.

Through our continued support of Shiki Theatre Company’s “Kokoro no Gekijo,” we will continue to support activities that deliver valuable, unchanging lessons to children who will be leaders of the future.

image:Shiki Theatre Company's family musical

Shiki Theatre Company's family musical
“The Story of a Seagull and the Cat Who Taught Her to Fly”
(Photograph: Takashi Uehara)
(September 2019)

image:Volunteers assisting with the production

Volunteers assisting with the production
(September 2019)

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