President's Message

President's Message

image:Osamu Murao

Become an energy device company that continually creates new value

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 next-generation vehicle development, the renewable energy sector, and infrastructure applications. 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.

In May 2017, we formulated as the President’s Policy the GS Yuasa CSR Policy and Code of Conduct, which clarifies this corporate philosophy, and in April 2018 we signed the U.N. Global Compact (UNGC), which aligns with our own CSR policies and values. Our business companies have set up a CSR Committee to put into practice the Ten Principles the UNGC asks of companies in the four areas of Human Rights, Labour, Environment, and Anti-Corruption, as well as the sustainable development goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations and our CSR policies. We are working to contribute to a sustainable society through our business activities.

Society and markets continue to change along with the times. To ensure we continue to respond to the expectations of our shareholders, we have set out a long-term vision to become an energy device company that continually creates new value. The role expected of energy devices in helping to realize a sustainable society will become increasingly important, and going forward, we will continue to listen seriously to feedback from a variety of stakeholders as we take on the challenge of creating new value to make ourselves needed by society.

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.