Relationship with Our Customers
The aim of the Unipres worldwide quality control system is zero defects.
By developing a consistent quality assurance system spanning the entire process from development through mass production and basing quality control on the same standards at all our global sites, we provide the best possible products and quality all over the world.
Quality Management System
The Unipres Group promotes acquisition of international standards certification for quality management systems. Our manufacturing bases in Japan have ISO 9001 certification, and our overseas manufacturing bases have IATF 16949, a standard for quality management systems specifically in the automobile industry. The bases in Japan are currently working to acquire IATF 16949 certification.
Initiatives for Technological Development and R&D
The Group’s Medium-Term Management Policy is “Promote UPS activities and enhance our profitability and competitiveness to be the No. 1 global company,” and in accordance with this policy, the Group is pushing ahead with deepening its core domain centering on press technologies, as well as tackling new domains including innovative methods and products.
On the R&D front, the Japan-based Unipres R & D Co., Ltd. is spearheading the development of new technologies and new products, as well as conducting joint research with automotive and steel manufacturers, and universities. At the end of FY2019, personnel involved in R&D numbered 706, and R&D expenditure for FY2019 amounted to 6.6 billion yen. Meanwhile, industrial property rights held by the Unipres Group as a whole at the end of FY2019 numbered 92.
Main R&D Challenges in FY2019
・Development of hot stamping parts
・Development of transmission parts for future expansion of electrification
・Development of high-performance plastic parts
～Recycling system in the USM processing method for plastic～
As one of our green initiatives, we have established a recycling system for plastic.
We use recycled materials for our plastic-pressed products in accordance with the environmental action plan for automobile manufacturers. These materials contain up to 50 percent of a material made of recycled bumpers collected from the market. The USM processing method*, our proprietary plastic press technology, has made this percentage possible.
Moreover, all scrap from the manufacturing process of plastic products pressed with the USM method is recycled internally.
The use of recycle materials contributes to environmental protection and has helped us cut costs of parts in order to offer more competitively priced products.
*The USM (Unipres Stamping Molding) processing method is a technology to press molten plastic poured into a die for molding.
Relationship with Shareholders and Investors
We disclose information needed by the company’s shareholders, investors, and other stakeholders in a timely and proper fashion and thus aim to ensure accurate understanding and evaluation of our company. Aware of our social responsibility, we engage in fair market competition.
Disclosure of Information
Unipres strives to disclose information in a timely and proper fashion according to the laws, regulations, and rules relating to statutory disclosure and timely disclosure. Even when information is not subject to legal requirements, we recognize that the information society really requires goes beyond the information that must be disclosed under laws and regulations. Accordingly, we will continue to disclose information voluntarily through a variety of IR activities in order to earn trust as a transparent company.
We will continue our efforts to promptly communicate a full range of information by, for example, publishing news releases and reports (shareholder newsletters), posting up-to-date information on our website and delivering IR information through our IR News Mail service. In this way we will aim to help our shareholders and investors understand the Company in more detail.
As of March 31, 2020, the total number of shares issued by Unipres Corporation was 47,991,873, while shareholders numbered 13,749. Shareholder distribution is as shown to the right.
＜Ratio of Shares Held by Shareholder Type＞
■Main IR Activities in FY2019
Annual Shareholders’ Meetings
At its Regular Shareholders’ Meetings Unipres strives to help shareholders understand the Company better by presenting its business report in visual form to make the report easy to understand. We also deliver reports to our shareholders (shareholders newsletters) twice a year to present our financial results and business activities.
Financial Results Briefings
Unipres holds regular financial results briefings for institutional investors and analysts, which are attended by the president and other relevant executives. At these briefings, we explain our financial results and business operations directly to investors. In FY2019 briefings were held in May and November. In addition to these briefings, we are proactive in offering other opportunities for dialogue with investors, including organizing small meetings and responding to requests for individual interviews.
IR Events for Individual Investors
Every year Unipres holds company briefings for individual investors and exhibits at IR events. In FY2019, we held company briefings in 20 locations across Japan. We provided explanations on topics including the details of our business and our strengths as a company, our financial situation, and our shareholder returns, and as a result we were able to help a large number of individual investors understand the Company in greater detail.
＜Locations of Company Briefings for Individual Investors FY2019＞
We use the application postcards for shareholder incentive services as well as our website to administer questionnaires to our shareholders. We annually conduct a web-based questionnaire survey aimed at individual investors. In fiscal 2019, we explained Unipres' CSR initiatives and solicited opinions and feedback. We use the opinions expressed by respondents to improve our IR activities.
Launch of an Email Newsletter Services to Deliver IR Information
In April 2019, we launched email newsletter services for shareholders and investors in order to deliver IR information, including our financial results, press releases, and IR events, in a timely manner. We will continue to provide useful information for our shareholders and investors.
Relationship with our suppliers
We build and maintain equal, fair, and transparent trade relationships with all our business partners and build strong cooperative ties through mutual understanding and respect as business partners. In this way, we seek our mutual benefit.
Unipres has established procurement policies because of the necessity to fulfill social responsibilities in conducting procurement activities with all domestic and overseas business partners.
Unipres shall conduct its procurement activities in accordance with the following three basic guidelines.
1. Fair transactions
・Unipres shall build equitable, fair, and transparent relationships with all of its suppliers, inside and outside Japan. It shall also forge ties of
mutual understanding and respect, and aim for coexistence and co-prosperity with them as business partners.
・In addition, Unipres shall constantly pursue new technology, high quality, and low costs in keeping with its management philosophy, and
endeavor to strengthen its competitiveness through a concerted effort with its suppliers.
2. Compliance with CSR procurement
・In recent years, Unipres has been engaged in various CSR activities accompanying changes in the social situation. These activities include
improvement of labor conditions, disclosure of environmental data on levels of CO2 emissions and energy use as well as establishment of
targets for their reduction, expanded contribution to communities, and preparation of business continuity plans (BCP) and other initiatives to
・Unipres also requests its suppliers to understand, and actively cooperate with, CSR activities as members of society.
i. Compliance with laws and regulations
ii. Reinforcement of in-house systems
iii. Sure notification to all suppliers throughout the supply chain
3. Approaches to green procurement
・At Unipres, each and every employee is taking action on his or her own initiative to protect the global and local environments, in keeping with
the Unipres Environmental Policies and Green Procurement Guidelines. Our product development takes account of not only product safety
but also reduction of environment-burdening substances and conservation of resources and energy, for the purpose of curtailing
environmental impact to a minimal level. ・Furthermore, we believe that the automotive industry as a whole, from automakers to small and medium manufacturers of parts throughout
the supply chain, must fulfill their social responsibilities from their respective standpoints. We are therefore requesting the cooperation of
our suppliers, too, in approaches to green procurement.
■CSR Guidelines for Suppliers
On the basis of procurement policies, we engage in business while pursuing compliance and environmental consciousness in cooperation with our partners.In August 2018, we established the CSR Guidelines for Suppliers, summarizing common items with the aim of enabling our business partners to reflect on their corporate activities from a CSR perspective and take clear actions for further improvement. We have prepared Japanese, English, and Chinese versions and have distributed them to global suppliers.
■Green procurement activities
Unipres established the Unipres Green Procurement Guidelines in April 2009. The guidelines have set forth our commitment to reduce the impact on the environment when materials, parts, and sub-materials are delivered by our supplies. In this way, Unipres promotes global environmental conservation activities with an aim to create a society that enjoys sustainable development throughout the supply chain.
As a means of building even greater trust in our relationships, we hold annual suppliers’ meetings attended by the companies that supply us, including our affiliated companies. We explain the fiscal year’s policies and challenges with regard to procurement, quality, and delivery, and ask for our suppliers’ cooperation with initiatives to overcome the challenges.
■Continuous Improvement (Kaizen) Training Workshops
We offer multiple training courses for our suppliers each year to empower them to improve quality and boost productivity. For the introductory continuous improvement training we start off in our training institute in the city of Izu in Shizuoka Prefecture with classroom lectures that address how to cultivate the corporate characteristics and human resources required to pursue continuous improvement. Thereafter, the training moves to one of the participant companies’ operating sites, where practical training on continuous improvement is provided while observing the operating site at first hand.
In addition to the continuous improvement training, we also offer introductory quality training aimed at embedding QC circle activities, as well as training for managers and supervisors aimed at cultivating such personnel and better equipping them for their roles, and presentations at which examples of quality and continuous improvement best practice are shared.
■Outstanding manufacturer awards
Each year, Unipres presents awards to suppliers that have made special contributions in areas such as quality, delivery, cost, and safety, in order to further enhance the performance of our excellent business partners. In this way we continue to promote improvements in quality and collective strength among our suppliers.
■Initiative to Address Conflict Minerals
Conflict minerals are specific minerals mined in areas were civil war is endemic, such as the Democratic Republic of the Congo and surrounding countries, that may potentially be used to fund armed groups. The United States has legislation mandating that companies investigate and report on any use of metals derived from conflict minerals within their supply chains. To meet our own obligations from a CSR perspective, we at Unipres Group obtained the understanding and cooperation of our suppliers to investigate the use of conflict minerals within our supply chain. Our investigation revealed no use of such minerals.
Relationship with employees
■Human rights and human resources
Human rights policies
We established our human rights policies in November 2018 with the aim of raising the human rights awareness of each Unipres Group employee. The human rights policies have been translated into multiple languages and applied to all of our global sites.
Cultivating a Global Workforce
To help our employees acquire practical language skills and broaden their horizons as our global workforce, we offer a study abroad program in which participants attend an intensive English course at an overseas language school. The aim is for employees to acquire language and communication skills which can be used overseas not only through cross-cultural experiences via daily life in a homestay, but also by interacting with students from around the world.
Promoting Active Participation by Women
In accordance with Japan’s Act on Promotion of Women's Participation and Advancement in the Workplace, we drew up the action plan below to provide an employment environment in which women can participate actively.
[Duration of action plan] April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2022 [Targets] - Ensure that 2.4 percent or more of managers are women The achievements in FY2019 for the active participation of women in the workplace are shown below.
We have also set a new medium- and long-term target of “increasing women managers to 7 percent of all managers by 2030.
■Various work styles
Telecommuting (Working from Home, etc.) and Flextime
At Unipres, employees who are parenting and/or providing care assistance for their family members and employees in charge of overseas businesses whose work is affected by time differences are allowed to telecommute (work from home). We have this arrangement at the ready as part of our business continuity plan (BCP). We also have an established super-flextime system without core hours, thereby increasing our employees’ productivity through the flexible work arrangement and reducing overtime.
Work life support for employees
We support employees with an outstanding personnel and benefits system so that they can lead a fulfilling social life.
|Benefits program||My Select||A selective benefits program in which points equal to a certain amount of money are offered each year. They can be used based on the employee's needs - for a comprehensive medical examination, various tuition fees, or travel expenses, for example.|
|Congratulatory or condolence payments||A special payment is made for congratulations or condolences, including marriage, absence from work, and natural disaster recovery.|
|Grant money for the purchase of a private car||Employees and their families can take advantage of preferential interest rates when purchasing a car.|
|Length-of-service awards, incentive tour for veteran employees||Those working for Unipres for many years are provided with a commemorative gift and souvenir. Grant money for a family trip is provided when they have completed 20 full years of service with Unipres.|
|Others||We have bachelors' dormitories and company housing, an employee shareholding association, and a worker's asset-building savings system.|
|Personnel system||Marriage leave||A seven-day holiday is granted when an employee is married. A two-day holiday is granted when his or her child is married, and a one-day holiday when his or her sibling is married.|
|Maternity leave, pregnancy leave||14-week paid maternity leave and three-day paid parental leave are granted.|
|Childcare leave and sick/injured child care leave||A temporary leave of absence can be taken for a certain period of time to foster children under a year old living with the employee. A leave of absence can be taken to take care of children of primary-school age.|
|Shortened work hour system for child care||The daily standard work hours can be shortened by one or two hours in order to balance work and childcare.|
|Reinstatement system||A system in which former employees who left for reasons relating to marriage, childcare, or nursing care can return to work within five years of their displacement.|
|Nursing care leave||A maximum of one year may be taken for nursing care leave in order to look after family members requiring care.|
|Re-employment system for retired workers||If an employee wishes to be re-employed after retirement, he/she will be employed on a fixed-term contract as long as there is no obstacle to executing the work.|
HR development and on-the-job training
We have established a wide range of educational systems, including English improvement training tailored to the employee's type of work.
|Education system||English language improvement training||English courses tailored to the type of employee are provided, and the employees can attend private English lessons and TOEIC preparation courses.|
|Self-development correspondence education||Employees can choose from more than 100 correspondence courses ranging from foreign language skills to official certifications to business skills specific to the employee.|
|Stratified education||Training is provided for new employees, employees with three years of employment, mid-career employees, and key employees, etc.|
|Others||Selective training and follow-up training for new employees, etc. are also provided.|
■Occupational Health and Safety
Unipres Basic Safety and Health Policy
Recognizing that it is the pooling of employees’ efforts that provides the driving force enabling a company to constantly grow, we value every single one of our employees and consider it of the utmost importance to preserve and advance their safety and health. In line with this fundamental stance, we maintain an unwavering commitment to avoiding workplace accidents of any kind as we pursue our activities for safety and health.
Occupational Safety and Health Performance
Unipres has been implementing a range of occupational safety and health measures as a management task since FY2006, and our occupational accident levels have consequently remained consistently below the industry average. We will redouble our efforts going forward to further enhance our performance.
Occupational Health and Safety Training
Unipres and our domestic and overseas group companies provide health and safety training on-site for the particular work environments present at each individual business site.
＜Details of Education and Training Efforts for FY2019＞ Scope: Unipres, Unipres R&D, Unipres Kyushu
|Health and safety training for new employees||95 participants|
|Health and safety training for newly appointed managers||13 participants|
|Health and safety training for managers and supervisors||100 participants|
|First aid training||106 participants|
|Traffic safety training ※ total number of people||2,774 participants|
Involvement with the local community
We are actively involved in local communities and contribute to the development of our business activities and these communities. In addition to complying with international rules and the laws in the countries where we operate, we also respect those countries’ cultures and customs and contribute to their development.
■Supporting Charities in Conjunction with Our Shareholders
Unipres works together with its shareholders to contribute to society. We introduced a points-based system to our shareholder incentive program, enabling shareholders to donate their points to organizations contributing to society. As a company, we double the total amount of money (i.e., points) donated by shareholders, and at the same time donate any points that shareholders have not used. In FY2019 we donated a total of 2,072,000 yen to two organizations: More Trees, which is engaged primarily in forest preservation activities in Japan and overseas, and the Foundation for Orphans from Automobile Accidents, which supports children who have lost their parents as a result of car accidents.
In FY2015 we added Kids Smile QUO Cards to our incentive gifts for shareholders. For each Kids Smile QUO Card purchased, 50 yen are donated to support activities that make life better for children in the areas affected by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
■Plant Tours for Children
Unipres offers plant tours to elementary schools near each of its operating sites. We also conduct family plant tours, inviting employees’ children so that they can learn about Unipres by seeing their mothers or fathers at work. In FY2019, a family plant tour was offered at the Fuji Plant (Fujinomiya) in August.
■Efforts to Cultivate the Next Generation
In January 2020 an employee from Unipres R & D Co., Ltd. gave a lecture to graduate students researching machinery-related fields at the University of Electro-Communications. We have been sending our employees to the university each year since fiscal 2017. We hope that the lectures on areas of expertise by our engineers at the forefront of technological development help students in their studies and awaken their interest in new fields, leading to nurture highly professional talent.
Unipres provides sponsorship and financial support, focusing primarily on organizations and events in communities where its head offices and plants are located. We also play an active part in community events.
＜Main Sponsorships in FY2019＞
・Yokohama F Marinos Tricolore Club
・Foundation for Yokohama Rehabilitation Services Yokohama Human & Technoland
・Federation of All Nissan and General Workers' Unions NPO Center u-life21
・All Japan Intercollegiate Women's Ekiden Championship (Mt. Fuji Women’s Relay)
・National Wheelchair Marathon (Nissan Cup Oppama Championship)
・Fuji Festival, Fuji, Shizuoka Prefecture
■Initiatives by Group Companies
Unipres Group companies in Japan and overseas are also engaged in a range of initiatives. Examples of initiatives undertaken during FY2019 are described below.
Hands-on manufacturing internship program
Five sophomores in a local technical high school participated in an internship program at our company. During the five-day internship, we provided practical training in manufacturing that included assembly and a quality check as a hands-on experience of the job that forms a part of society.
Won the Working Women Achievers Award
[Unipres India Private Limited]
Our female human resource manager in India was recognized for her skills in flexibly applying her leadership style to training employees working for her according to their skill levels. She received the Working Women Achievers Award as a Situation Leader from Ooruni Foundation in the state.
Activities to support elementary schools
[PT. Unipres Indonesia]
As part of community contribution activities, we donate stationery to local elementary schools in collaboration with Japanese companies in the KBI industrial park, where Unipres Indonesia is located. We have been taking part in the donation for more than 10 years, and we will continue this initiative to contribute to the regional development.
[Unipres Alabama, Inc.]
We make various donations during the Christmas season every year. Among them, many employees bring canned foods in the Can Food Drive campaign to raise donations of preserved food.
In fiscal 2019, we donated 2,000 packages of the preserved food we collected to local facilities for senior citizens.
Official commendation for our diversity initiative from our customer
[Unipres North America, Inc.]
We received the supplier award called the 2019 Tier II Supplier Diversity Certificate from Nissan North America, Inc., our customer, for the first time.
This award is given in recognition of transactions with a manufacturer who values diversity free from discrimination on the basis of gender or nationality and may be led by a woman or a person from an ethnic minority.
Training technical interns at Training Academy
[Unipres (UK) Limited]
We have established a Training Academy in 2017, which accepts about 50 apprentices a year who aim to become technical personnel in the automotive field.
The Academy's practical training program is aimed at not only gaining specialized knowledge but also learning at actual production sites.