Message from the President
The Nikon Group sustained considerable damage from the Great East Japan Earthquake in March 2011 and the massive floods in Thailand in October, but by rallying together, we were able to achieve a rapid recovery. I would like to reiterate my heartfelt thanks for the great deal of encouragement and support we received from all our stakeholders from around the world.
In light of the Great East Japan Earthquake and the Thai floods, we are committed to further strengthening our production systems, by reviewing our risk management and BCM systems. We have also reaffirmed that our number one priority is to punctually provide "quality, safety and attractive products and services."
We recognize that the very process of achieving our corporate philosophy of "Trustworthiness and Creativity" has an element of corporate social responsibility (CSR), and we regard CSR-oriented management as one of our core corporate management policies. In April 2012, with an aim of further promoting CSR-oriented management, we restructured our internal committees, and we made improvements to our CSR-related systems to enable us to promote CSR with a greater focus on more important issues. Our priority issues in CSR remain unchanged for the year ending March 31, 2013, namely: expansion and promotion of environmental management, implementation of compliance activities, respect for human rights and work environments, and promoting diversity in the workforce, co-existence with society and the natural environment, and promotion of CSR activities in the supply chain. Back in 2007, Nikon expressed support for the United Nations Global Compact and its ten principles on Human Rights, Labour, Environment, and Anti-Corruption. We have since incorporated these ten principles into the priority issues in our CSR activities, and we practice them in good faith. Based on each issue, we have established specific activity targets, and we are globally expanding business activities that are always conscious of CSR. The results of these activities are reported to the CSR Committee, and are monitored to ensure activities are carried out steadily.
In terms of our support for recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake, in February 2012, we established Nikon Plaza Sendai as an operations base in Sendai City for the promotion of long-term support activities. It has been used as a venue for photo exhibitions and as a place for NPOs and volunteer organizations to communicate information and interact with residents. We also revised our personnel system, such as to assist employees in their positive volunteer activities, and we have sponsored reforestation and various other activities. Furthermore, based on the belief that photos have the power to give people encouragement, under the slogan "Assisting Reconstruction through Photography," we have produced photo books that are made with pictures taken by junior high school students in affected areas and which are presented to them, and we have also helped organize photography classes.
Based on a corporate philosophy of "Trustworthiness and Creativity," Nikon will strengthen the confidence of all stakeholders, by carrying out CSR-oriented business activities and contributing to society.