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Message from the President

Working toward the Achievement of a Sustainable Society, We Use Photonics Technology to Help Solve Environmental Problems


In November 2017, over 30,000 participants including heads of state, cabinet ministers, enterprises, and local governments took part in the 23rd Conference of the parties (COP 23) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). There, the assembled parties deliberated on policy for implementation of the Paris Agreement and global measures to combat climate change. Japan announced that it was undertaking resolute countermeasures domestically while advancing efforts to ensure transparency. It also heightened expectations that Japan would play a vital role in the international community dedicated to accelerating the shift toward a carbon-free society.

The UN set in place 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for addressing social and economic issues while solving environmental problems, encouraging the public/private sector to contribute toward the achievement of those targets.

The UN also declared Principles of Responsible Investment (PRI), it leads the wide scale growth on ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) investing to evaluate comprehensive companies' values.

Meanwhile, regulations are tightening internationally. The Minamata Convention on Mercury, EU RoHS Directive, REACH Regulation, and others require companies environmentally friendly business and manufacturing through the value chain.

Considering these issues, Hamamatsu Photonics K.K. (HPK) recognizes it is important to clarify risks and opportunities on business, address socioeconomics challenging with management integrating environment into business strategy, and disclose information.

For all the reasons above, we have added a social issues section on our report to publish this Environmental and Social Report.

Summary for Fiscal Year 2017

HPK builds an environment-friendly organization and pursues environmental management on the basis of our Fundamental CSR Policy and Fundamental Environmental Policy.

In fiscal year 2017, HPK intensified its environmental action. In light of updates to ISO14001, proclamation of the SDGs, and other global developments, we revised our own Fundamental Environmental Policy and signed the UN Global Compact. In activated to fight global warming, a new buildings which is outstanding energy-saving performance was completed. In efforts to safeguard biodiversity, we planted trees and donated Happy Memorial Trees to employees. Among product related measures, we introduced chemSHERPA, a scheme for disclosing information on chemicals substances in products, into our management systems, encouraging our business partners to respond effectively to product environmental regulations. To disseminate environmental information to the general public in consideration of ESG evaluations, we continued to advance disclosure and dialogue with stakeholders through reporting to CDP and participating in“Environmental Reporting Platform Development Pilot Project.”

Using Photonics Technology to Help Solve Environmental Problems

The application of photonics technology has been expanding year by year. It is one of the key enabling technologies indispensable not only for the advancement of science and technology but also for social life. We recognize that further advancement of photonics technology is required worldwide for technological innovation and for the creation of new industries. Focusing on the theme of“Life Photonics”, HPK continues to promote basic research in unexplored areas of light, and we develop products that contribute to society and environment through our proprietary photonics technologies we have cultivated over many years. In fiscal year 2017, we developed following new products;

The world's smallest stable, high-voltage power module that supports automatic mounting processes. This product enables customers to downsize their equipment and greatly shorten working times in their manufacturing processes.

The high speed, sensitivity infrared detectors operate at normal temperatures while expanding long wavelength detection range. With these, customers can also downsize theirs since they can measure substances such as ammonia and ozone, and together with air pollutants such as nitrogen oxides (NOx) and sulfur oxides (SOx).

Further, guided by the Photonics Declaration in Hamamatsu, we established the innovative Photonics Evolution Research Center as part of a framework for an industrial-academic partnership in order to create revolutionary innovations, driving development and expanding applications in the field of photonics technologies from here in Hamamatsu-Preeminent Photonics city.

In the beginning of November 2018 we will proudly host Photon Fair 2018. This Hamamatsu Photonics trade show will showcase many of the products and research projects we are working on today, as well as our activities to protect the environment and serve society. We look forward to welcoming you to Photon Fair 2018.

As we continue to work to reduce the environmental impact of our business activities, we will help to solve environmental problems and achieve SDGs through our eco-friendly products using photonics technologies.

We humbly ask all stakeholders for their continued warm support and encouragement.

Akira Hiruma
President and CEO
Hamamatsu Photonics K.K.

President and CEO Akira Hiruma