CSR Top Message
We would like to express our deepest condolences to those who have passed away due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, and sympathies to those who are being treated. We would also like to express our sincere gratitude to all medical staff and others who are working hard every day to secure lifelines.
Additionally, we sincerely apologize for the enormous inconvenience and concerns our improper conducts regarding the final vehicle inspection in the plants has caused to our shareholders. The entire company is uniting together around the efforts of the management team in order to raise companywide awareness and improve our organizational culture to ensure thorough compliance with laws and regulations in all operations of the Company. Among these efforts, with regard to the final inspection operations, we made progress on a wide scope of initiatives, including collection of feedback from worksites, reduction of the burden of inspectors by increasing the number of inspectors, and improvement of inspection facilities, and we have promoted the relevant measures so that more reliable and accurate inspections can be performed. Moving forward, we will continue to work on further improvements.
The automobile industry is undergoing a period of great transformation. In such transformation, it is necessary to open up the future in long-term outlook by imaging the targeted aspect of 10 years and 15 years ahead, and tracing back to the present to think about what should be done from now, instead of merely continuing as we are.
Of the activities toward this long-term outlook, CSR initiatives introduced in this report are strengthened through ESG (Environment, Social, and Governance) point of view as per below.
As for environment, we clearly recognize climate change as a risk and an opportunity related to the business of the Company. For example, while various regulations including those for exhaust gas and CO₂/fuel consumption levels are becoming stricter, increase in burden of research expenses to comply with these regulations is a risk that may largely affect the performance of the Company. On the other hand, small cars, which Suzuki excels in, require fewer materials and energy in production, and emit less CO₂ while in use. We have the strength in developing and popularizing these technologies, and by continuing to enhance these technologies, we are able to make climate changes into a big opportunity.
In April 2020, we announced our support for the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). We will work to enhance disclosure regarding climate change.
Furthermore, in November 2020, we announced the Suzuki Environmental Vision 2050, a long-term vision toward tackling environmental issues, which presents the ideal appearance of the Company in 2050.
As for society, we will proactively address contributions to the community, investment in people, development of human resources, and work safety, while giving the highest priority to safety and quality, so that we can live up to the expectations of the stakeholders.
As for governance, we will review our compliance system and risk management system from the ground up to cover all operations of the Company, and strengthen our oversight of internal control.
The Company celebrated its 100th anniversary in March 2020. Over the last 100 years, Suzuki has taken on many challenges in the areas of looms, motorcycles, automobiles, outboard motors and more. The Suzuki of today was created through these challenges. We are grateful to our shareholders, customers, business partners, employees, and all of our stakeholders, and it has truly been “a hundred years of feeling nothing less than the deepest gratitude.”
We will keep striving to make and provide valuable products and services, and promote efforts for enhancing corporate value based on long-term prospects, while continuing to take on new challenges for the next 100 years. We look forward to the continued support and encouragement of our stakeholders.
Representative Director and President