Casio’s Corporate Creed and Sustainability Management

The Corporate Creed of “Creativity and Contribution”

Since its our establishment, Casio has placed value on the concept of “Creativity and for Contribution,” which is its our corporate philosophy.
This refers to our commitment to benefiting society by maximizing the unique strengths of the Casio Group to create new culture according to the changing times.
Through “Creativity for Contribution,” we aim to be a corporation that continuously creates new value, the type of value that blends seamlessly into the lifestyles of our customers.

Welcoming the Challenge of Helping to Build a More Sustainable Global Society

In recent years, there has been widespread concern over the sustainability of human civilization in its current form. While economic activity has enriched the lives of many people, it has also put great strain on the global environment and social systems. Cooperation is needed to overcome this global crisis and leave a sustainable global society to future generations. In order to achieve this, proactive initiatives need to be taken by individuals, companies, governments, and international organizations. A company has a much larger impact on society than an individual, and corporate activities are responsible for some of the current impact on the planet. This is why society now has much greater expectations for companies to actively implement their own initiatives to help resolve sustainability issues, or in other words, to fulfill their corporate social responsibility (CSR). In recent years, investment in enterprises based on environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria has grown exponentially worldwide. Given this trend, companies that neglect their CSR initiatives and fail to fulfill their social responsibilities no longer hold any appeal for investors, and the continued existence of such companies holds no value for society.

Casio’s corporate creed of “Creativity and Contribution” expresses the company’s concept of using creativity in order to contribute—in other words, creating innovative products and services with original Casio technology to give back to society. Everyone working at Casio fully appreciates this corporate creed, and the company is always striving to help build a more sustainable global society by pursuing business activities designed to make something from nothing, or go from “0” to “1.” This is Casio’s CSR approach.

The Casio Group Code of Conduct is used as a guide for all officers and employees of the Group, ensuring compliance with applicable laws and internal regulations and appropriate conduct from an ethical point of view. Based on changes in and outside the Casio Group, the Code of Conduct was revised in June 2013 and again in November 2016 to meet new standards in areas where the international community has high expectations and demands, such as human rights, supply chain management, and anti-corruption measures.

Casio has identified three material issues, shown below, to guide its efforts to address social and environmental issues that relate directly and indirectly to its business operations. By addressing these issues the company aims to help build a more sustainable global society.
The world today is faced with many complex economic, environmental and social problems of a very serious nature. Humanity as a whole needs to consider its own best future, and then find ways to move in that direction. If economic activities are to be maintained on this planet with limited resources, every member of society must try to help achieve sustainability.
Casio is determined to do its part to find solutions for social and environmental issues while continuing to provide new value to society, based on its corporate creed of “Creativity and Contribution.” Casio will steadily pursue specific initiatives while always seeking to conceive of ideal solutions for each issue.

Charter of Creativity for Casio and Casio Common Commitment

In 2003, Casio adopted the Charter of Creativity for Casio and Casio Common Commitment, a promise from everyone working at Casio. They are designed to ensure that Casio employees will be aware of the corporate creed at all times, and act upon it. These promises cover the three key aspects of CSR—economy, environment, and society—as well as the company’s approach to compliance.

Charter of Creativity for Casio

First Chapter
We will value creativity, and ensure that our products meet universal needs*.

Second Chapter
We will strive to be of service to society, providing customers with delight, happiness, and pleasure.

Third Chapter
We will back up our words and actions with trustworthiness and integrity, and work as professionals.

  • To create innovative products that everyone needs but no other company has ever produced. At Casio, this is the mission not only of product development, but of every other part of the business.

Charter of Creativity for Casio and Casio Common Commitment

Assessing Internal Familiarity with Casio’s Sustainability Approach

Every two years, all employees of group companies in Japan are given a comprehensive questionnaire on the Charter of Creativity for Casio and Casio Common Commitment, the Casio Group Code of Conduct, and the Whistleblower Hotline. The results are used to analyze employees’ familiarity with these principles and resources. The results of the questionnaire are also used to develop various measures to ensure that employees have a good understanding.

Sustainability Implementation Framework

Casio joined the UN Global Compact in 2010. The company upholds the ten principles of the Global Compact, which concern human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption, and it has also fully adopted the corporate commitments.
The company draws on the ISO 26000 guidance standard on social responsibility in implementing CSR. Casio has been working to enhance its CSR programs to meet the requirements of the international community by, for example, using the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Guidelines, which are international standards, for its sustainability reports. For its integrated report, Casio uses the IIRC Framework and the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry’s Guidance for Collaborative Value Creation to select the topics to cover.

Figure: Sustainability Implementation Framework

United Nations Global Compact

Casio products are made through cooperation not just within the Casio Group, but with many other parts and consignment manufacturers. Through global distribution, over 100 million Casio products are sold each year in 140 countries around the word.
In order for consumers worldwide to purchase Casio products with confidence, the company believes that it must support and adhere to common global principles for sustainable growth for the international community, beginning with Casio’s global supply chain.
This is why, in December 2010, the company president signed a letter of commitment to support the principles of the United Nations Global Compact. With that step, Casio joined the compact, and it has been making employees thoroughly aware of it ever since, group-wide. While pursuing specific initiatives for the realization of the Global Compact principles, Casio is also appropriately disclosing progress.
Casio is also active at the local network level of the UN Global Compact, serving as a member of the Japanese Global Compact Network Japan (GCNJ).

10 Principles of the UN Global Compact

Human Rights
1. Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and
2. make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.

Labor Standards
3. Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;
4. the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labor;
5. the effective abolition of child labor; and
6. the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.

Environment
7. Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;
8. undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and
9. encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.

Anti-Corruption
10. Businesses should work against all forms of corruption, including extortion and bribery.

FY2020 Participation in Global Compact Network Japan

(GCNJ) Subcommittees

  • GC Internal Education and Research Subcommittee
  • SDG Subcommittee
  • ESG Subcommittee
  • Reporting Research Subcommittee