Currently Sekisui Chemical Group is actively advancing the globalization of its businesses, with overseas sales having doubled from the 2004 fiscal year. This growth in business has led to a rapid increase in the number of stakeholders as well, so that in order to continue reliably fulfilling our CSR responsibilities in the future too there is a need to actively address social issues in individual areas together with sharing the Group principles, values, and management policies among employees worldwide. For this purpose Sekisui Chemical Group has since 2007 held Global Presidents' Meetings for presidents of affiliated companies overseas.
In the meetings held until now, discussions had been conducted based on certain specific subjects, with the objective of deepening shared understanding of Sekisui Chemical Group CSR.
In fiscal 2010, discussion of area-specific subjects was intensified, since issues vary by region. On the day of the meeting, presidents of more than 40 companies from around the world (two-thirds of whom were non-Japanese took part).
The meeting began with an explanation by Corporate Headquarters of subjects that should be shared throughout the entire Group. Then, participants split into five groups — the Americas, Europe, China, Asia-Pacific, and South Korea — and each identified its own subjects. Lively group discussions were held, generating outputs including current issues faced and courses of action of proposals toward their solution. The meeting concluded with presentations to members of management including the President of Sekisui Chemical.
These presentations served to deepen awareness of the issues on an area-wide basis, surpassing the boundaries between operating companies. For example, some groups identified specific roadmaps toward practical solutions.
Sekisui Chemical Group is actively advancing globalization of its businesses. As a result, in fiscal 2011 overseas sales accounted for 19.6% of net sales — double the share in the 2004 fiscal year. Activities now underway aim to reach a level of 30% by the 2013 fiscal year.
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