Management Commitment

Contributing to solutions to the world’s challenges by connecting our businesses, technologies, and human resources

“Improve human culture.” These words of Shitagau Noguchi, the founder of Asahi Kasei, manifested the company’s mission of meeting shortages of daily necessities at the time our business began nearly a century ago. Ever since then, we have continuously adapted to meet the changing needs of the times, with business in fields ranging from fibers and chemicals to homes, health care, and electronic devices. Though the content of our operations have evolved, our aspiration to help the people of the world enjoy a better life remains unchanged. Our current Group Mission is to contribute to life and living for people around the world, and we operate in accordance with our Group Vision of providing new value to society by enabling “living in health and comfort” and “harmony with the natural environment.”

The world around us is dramatically different than it was a century ago. We now have many challenges to be solved as indicated by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations in 2015. Our aim is to contribute to society’s solutions to such challenges by leveraging the strengths we gain by having an unparalleled diversity of business operations, technologies, and human resources. In doing so, we will provide value to the world in a way that only Asahi Kasei can.

We are now advancing our medium-term management initiative “Cs for Tomorrow 2018” that aims to provide solutions to two important challenges faced by society for “clean environmental energy” and “healthy/comfortable longevity with peace of mind.” Our management environment has changed significantly in just the past year, including heightened environmental awareness as evinced by the Paris Agreement taking effect and the spread of electric vehicles, changing global market frameworks, and the rapid advance of new technologies for IoT, AI, etc. Nevertheless, we see no need to change our basic concept. While the importance of the two challenges faced by society remains unchanged, there is a greater urgency for us to build connections among our diverse businesses and diverse human resources as we build the base for the next phase. In fiscal 2016, the first year of Cs for Tomorrow 2018, the realignment of our business sectors proceeded smoothly and we achieved solid business performance. We will further accelerate the execution of Cs for Tomorrow 2018 as we work to create a portfolio of high-profitability and high value-added businesses in fiscal 2025.

The Asahi Kasei CSR Report 2017 showcases our proactive efforts under Cs for Tomorrow 2018 to “contribute to life and living for people around the world,” as illustrated in special features such as “Value Provided by the Asahi Kasei Group.” I hope this report will help you gain a greater understanding of Asahi Kasei.

Hideki Kobori