President's Message

President's Message

image:Osamu Murao

Aiming to realize a sustainable society and sustainable growth for the GS Yuasa Group through advanced energy technologies developed in batteries

As the first in Japan to successfully manufacture lead-acid batteries, and first worldwide in achieving mass production of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles, our high level of technological expertise is demonstrated by products that deliver stable performance even in extreme and highly demanding environments, such as in deep sea research submersibles, aircraft, space satellites, etc. We are also meeting the expectations of our stakeholders through engagement in mobility and public infrastructure. I am confident that these efforts are the result of practicing our corporate philosophy of being committed to people, society and the global environment through the innovation and growth of our employees and business entities.

To help achieve a sustainable society and to ensure the sustainable growth of the Group, we recently reviewed our existing guidelines for enacting our management philosophies and formulated a new “Sustainability Management Policy.” Based on our founding DNA and the knowledge we have accumulated over the past 100 years, Vision 2035 lays out our vision for a future focused on achieving the goals of this sustainability management policy and ensuring the continuation of our business for the next 100 years to come. At the same time, it shows our regard for efforts to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and our desire to grow into a company that is respected for its contributions to society.

Society and the markets continue to change with the times, and movements aimed at resolving global-scale social issues such as the SDGs and carbon neutrality are accelerating. Given these circumstances, the Company will advance innovations in energy technology, contributing to the realization of a sustainable society in the areas of mobility and public infrastructure.

To put our sustainability management into practice, we have established CSR policies and a Code of Conduct to service as a guideline for action, and in April 2018 we also signed onto the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), which shares the same values as our CSR policies. Further, to put into practice the 10 principles in the four areas of human rights, labor, the environment, and anti-corruption that the UNGC requires of companies, as well as the SDGs adopted by the UN and our own CSR policies, we have established a council to advance sustainability initiatives in our operating companies, and are working to contribute to a sustainable society through our business activities.

Going forward, the Group will continue taking on innovative challenges that leverage the advanced energy technology we have developed to date, so that we may contribute to the realization of a global environment and society in which people everywhere can enjoy greater security and a higher standard of living.

GS Yuasa Corporation

sign:Osamu Murao

The Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact

< Human Rights >
  • Principle 1 Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and
  • Principle 2 make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.
< Labour >
  • Principle 3 Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;
  • Principle 4 the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour;
  • Principle 5 the effective abolition of child labour; and
  • Principle 6 the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.
< Environment >
  • Principle 7 Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;
  • Principle 8 undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and
  • Principle 9 encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.
< Anti-Corruption >
  • Principle 10 Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.