Sharp Issues Annual Environmental and Social Report for 2006
July 19, 2006 - Sharp Corporation has issued its Environmental and Social Report 2006, which compiles information and data on its fiscal 2005 activities related to protecting the environment and fulfilling its social responsibilities.
Highlights of the Environmental and Social Report 2006
1. Special feature introduces Sharp’s fundamental policy of contributing to society through its products
To show how Sharp contributes to society, the report focuses on three business areas: calculators that were recognized as an IEEE Milestone in December 2005, LCDs, and photovoltaic power generation. The LCD section introduces the Kameyama Plant, where the construction of Plant No. 2 will add even more advanced environmental conservation measures.
2. Highlights Sharp’s unique environmental and social activities for fiscal 2005
The “Highlights” section of the report covers four topics: the certification of SMF—Sharp’s office equipment production base in France—as the first overseas Super Green Factory in recognition of its extremely high level of environmental consciousness; the development of plant-based paint used on AQUOS LCD TVs; affirmative action to enable female employees to reach their full potential; and social contribution activities by SEMEX, Sharp’s production base in Mexico.
3. Steady progress in achieving the corporate vision of becoming a “Zero Global Warming Impact Company by 2010”
The concept behind Sharp’s corporate vision is to increase the amount of greenhouse-gas reduction based on the energy-creating effects of solar cells and the energy-saving effects of new products manufactured by Sharp so that the amount reduced will exceed the amount emitted by Sharp’s business operations worldwide. Sharp continues to make steady progress in its efforts toward making this vision a reality.
4. Green Products and Devices reach their goals for share of net sales
Sharp was able to achieve the target it set for the ratio to net sales for Super Green Products (fiscal 2005 target 20%, achieved 35%), Green Seal Products (target 80%, achieved 87%), Super Green Devices (target 5%, achieved 7%), and Green Devices (target 40%, achieved 51%).
5. Steady progress in converting all Sharp production sites to Green Factories by fiscal 2007
Aggressive actions to upgrade to Green Factory status are producing results at overseas sites. Sharp was able to greatly exceed its initial target of converting four plants into Green Factories in fiscal 2005, certifying one plant as a Super Green Factory (SMF) and seven as Green Factories*. Sharp is making steady progress in upgrading all of its production sites (companies) inside and outside of Japan to Green Factories by fiscal 2007.
* SEMEX (Mexico), SUKM (United Kingdom), SSEC, SOCC, NSEC (China), SET (Taiwan), and SMM (Malaysia)
6. Use of the Internet; Making information available globally
Environmental and Social Report 2006 reduces information to the essentials and presents it in an easy-to-understand compilation, but detailed data intended for experts and specialists is also available on Sharp’s Web site.
The printed report will be issued not only in Japanese, but also in English and Chinese at the end of July, as part of Sharp’s efforts to make information even more widely available on a global basis.
In Japanese http://www.sharp.co.jp/corporate/eco/report2006
In English http://sharp-world.com/corporate/eco/report
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