CSR Promotion Framework

Our CSR management, in which we seek to contribute to a sustainable society and ensure long-term commerce,
forms an integral part of our aim to realize our corporate philosophy.

GS Yuasa Group's CSR

"Innovation and Growth", our corporate philosophy, is the basis of the GS Yuasa Group's CSR. By developing new technologies and reforming our business processes without being bound by convention, we aim to generate innovation and, as a result, drive sustainable growth by expanding earnings and contributing to people, society, and the global environment. This is the basis of our CSR. Furthermore, by responding swiftly through our business to global social issues and the needs and expectations of interested parties, we aim to become a company in which society places long-term trust and hopes for us to remain a presence into the future.

See details of GS Yuasa's philosophy and Management vision

CSR Promotion Framework

Our Group has established an organizational framework to promote CSR through our business and to make continuous improvements. In order to supervise the CSR activities of the entire Group, we have designated the company President as the chief commanding officer for the promotion of CSR and set up the post of officer in charge of CSR, who is appointed by and works directly under the president. In addition, the CSR Committee, which is chaired by the officer in charge of CSR and comprises persons responsible for CSR in business divisions, Group companies, etc. as members, discusses, promotes and plans CSR activities throughout the Group as a whole. After important matters relating to the promotion of CSR in the Group, including CSR Policy, have been discussed in the CSR Committee, they are decided by the Board of Directors and management meetings.

CSR Promotion Framework

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CSR Promotion Process

The GS Yuasa Group has established a process based on our CSR promotion plan that advances CSR-related initiatives through business activities. The goal of this process is to achieve enhanced corporate value and stakeholder satisfaction by building as mechanism based on a corporate philosophy which reflects the Group’s enduring corporate values.

We have formulated management and CSR policies to serve as evaluation criteria for decision-making to facilitate realization of our corporate philosophy. Regarding the major areas of CSR policy, we have compiled the CSR Code of Conduct, which clarifies the specific direction of CSR activities, and individual policies clarifying concrete behavioral standards in CSR activities.

Our business strategy process incorporates planning designed to realize CSR policy. Corporate planning is formulated to ensure social and corporate Group economic growth and sustainability which fulfills stakeholder needs and expectations while addressing social issues. Achieving this planning requires application of multiple management systems based on existing business processes. Performance of operational processes relies on reevaluation by the CSR Committee, chaired by the officer in charge of CSR, with continuous improvements as necessary.

Meanwhile, our CSR Manual, detailing the Group’s CSR Policy, is distributed to each employee to ensure Company-wide CSR promotion. Behavioral standards underpinning the CSR Policy are clarified for employees in Q&A sections and columns covering key topics, along with a checklist for employee self-assessment of behavioral conformity with CSR Policy. The CSR Manual is translated into 6 languages for use among local-hire employees in our overseas Group companies to ensure full comprehension of Group policy. Our goal is to promote CSR directionality and to implement CSR through our business activities based on a common understanding of CSR shared by all Group employees in Japan and overseas.

CSR Promotion Initiatives

PhasePeriodTarget
First
stage
FY
2016-17
Create processes to deal with the CSR issues in relation to our business strategy (Fourth Mid-Term Management Plan)
Second
stage
FY
2018
Analyze and evaluate our performance using these processes and then make improvements
Third
stage
FY
2019
Establish business processes that incorporate CSR issues into our business strategy (Fifth Mid-Term Management Plan)
Fourth
stage
FY
2019
onward
Implement CSR activities in all of our business processes to ensure sustainable social and corporate growth.

Overview of CSR Promotion Process

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CSR Promotion Activities at Overseas Group Companies

We actively conduct CSR education at overseas sites to encourage overseas Group companies to undertake effective CSR measures.

We periodically distribute an e-mail newsletter (the CSR e-mail newsletter) with easy-to-understand explanations of basic CSR terminology and Group CSR policies. At overseas Group companies, the CSR e-mail newsletter is translated into six languages that local employees can understand and use for CSR training provided to all employees.

In addition, each overseas Group company has established training programs in accordance with the local conditions and provides CSR-related education to their employees.

Examples of CSR training at overseas group companies

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Company nameAbbreviated nameCountryContents
Century Yuasa Batteries Pty Ltd.CYBAAustraliaImplementing e-learning education on human rights issues (including discrimination, bullying, and sexual harassment) (Confirming the extent of employee comprehension through quiz formats using case studies)
GS Battery Taiwan Co., Ltd.GSTWTaiwanHolding kick-off study sessions for CSR Promotion Initiatives (such as formulating CSR Policy and drawing plans for responding to CSR issues)
PT. Yuasa Battery IndonesiaYBIDIndonesiaDistribution of the CSR Guidebook with CSR Policy among other things in local languages to all employees
GS Yuasa Asia Technical Center Ltd.GYATThailandRegular distribution to all employees of the reader-friendly CSR Newsletter with explanations of CSR and introduction of examples of CSR activities at companies in Thailand
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Example image of e-learning education (CYBA)

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A look at kick-off study session (GSTW)

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CSR Guidebook (YBID)

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CSR Newsletter (GYAT)