Unipres used to present its ESG initiatives in the report titled the “Unipres CSR Report.” Starting from this issue, the report is now called the “Unipres Sustainability Report.” This change reflects our further commitment to achieving business management geared toward higher levels of sustainability of our businesses and accelerating the processes needed for the achievement. To fulfill the commitment, we need to think more in terms of the sustainability of the environment, society, and the economy.
Our medium-term management plan for fiscal 2021 - fiscal 2023 specifies four key management priorities: 1. Leveraging and enhancing our production infrastructure across the globe; 2. Promoting technological development; 3. Becoming one of the most competitive companies in the industry; 4. Working toward sustainability.
Today, companies need to not only earn revenues, but launch initiatives to help solve problems in society, including the issues that the SDGs are meant to address. In February 2020, Unipres identified six material issues and set medium- to long-term goals to achieve by the end of fiscal 2030. We are currently moving ahead with the activities launched to reach these goals. Of the six material issues, “climate change countermeasures” is particularly important for Unipres as a company in the automobile industry. During the last year or two, major economies across the world, including Japan, have declared that they will achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. Hence, we acknowledge that developing a decarbonized society is an urgent priority.
Unipres has worked to reach higher levels of product and technological development for reduction in weight to contribute to electrification and better fuel economy, including the development of molding technologies for ultra-high-tensile materials and hot stamping. Our efforts are not limited to our products. We are currently exploring policies and goals to establish in order to help achieve carbon neutrality in our business activities and across our supply chain. We are certain that our initiatives will not only address issues facing society, but eventually provide us with more competitive advantages. To achieve sustainability management, it is essential for us to work with our stakeholders through business activities. We will continue to meet expectations by being aware of the interests of our stakeholders, carrying out dialogs, and deepening mutual understanding.