As a member of society, a company cannot conduct its businesses if a healthy Earth and society are not sustained. In that sense, the pursuit of sustainability is the ultimate mission borne by corporate management. To make this a reality, it is vital that companies introduce management systems related to respect for human rights and to legal compliance, as a social license to operate. It is also vital that companies continue to generate fair profits while contributing through their business to the resolution of global-scale issues.
To pursue sustainability, we must ascertain the essence of the technological shifts that are taking place today. In many regions of the globe, the evolution of ICT is bringing about a hyper-connected world by which people and things are always connected. As an example, a Fujitsu smartphone has performance comparable to that of a supercomputer from just over 10 years ago, and contains 7 types of sensors. Along with automobiles and appliances, the number of "things" that will be connected over networks in the coming several years is said to be between 50 billion and 1 trillion. Massive data generated through advanced processes in cloud computing will bring about an age in which new knowledge is created.
ICT is evolving quickly, and sooner or later will surpass the capabilities of humans. At that time, the question will be whether we will be governed by ICT or whether we will make use of ICT from a human centric standpoint to bring peace and prosperity to humanity. Fujitsu is pursuing ICT that will aid judgment and action so that people can live better lives. We believe that under this premise, humanity will for the first time realize a safer, more prosperous, and sustainable human centric intelligent society.
Through fiscal 2013, we achieved our prospects for structural reform. From this year, we will take a new step forward to pursue sustainable growth as a company.
Our approach for doing so is to make the power of ICT an aid in resolving societal issues. ICT is moving beyond the transformation of processes (i.e., business innovation), and now holds the power to transform society. In order for humanity to sustainably secure food and resources and to prosper, we must drastically transform how we manage issues such as water, soil, and energy. Fujitsu believes that ICT holds the power to lead us toward the resolution of such issues. To leverage this power in future growth, we are taking up the challenge of creating Social Innovation business that will tackle global-scale issues such as agriculture, medicine, and education. Moreover, we will reallocate our investment, human resources, technology, and other management resources to bring about human centric innovation.
Naturally, we do not subscribe to the belief that humanity will achieve happiness simply by advancing the use of ICT. We must reduce the energy consumption of ICT itself, through means including the efficient operation of datacenters. Moreover, connecting people to one another brings about good and bad results globally. As an example, there has been a dramatic increase in social risks such as human rights and labor issues, cyber attacks, dissemination of false information, and infringement of intellectual property in supply chains or in digital companies. Given these risks, and given our social responsibilities as an ICT company, Fujitsu hopes to partner with governments and related bodies and contribute to the creation of environments in which people can use ICT with freedom, safety, and equality.
To put sustainable business into practice, Fujitsu has signed the UN Global Compact and supports its 10 principles in the areas of human rights, labor, the environment, and anti-corruption. In addition, under the Global Matrix structure that we began in March 2014, we are leveraging the ISO26000 framework to introduce a CSR management cycle at 122 Group companies in Japan and overseas. Through business activities based on the expectations and requests of our stakeholders, Fujitsu will continue to build on our brand promise of "shaping tomorrow with you" as we contribute to the creation of a sustainable society.
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