Message from the President

The NGK Group will contribute to a sustainable society by achieving what we want to be.

A photograph of Shigeru Kobayashi, President of NGK Insulators, Ltd.
The signature of Shigeru Kobayashi, President of NGK Insulators, Ltd.

Today, there are growing expectations placed on companies to deliver social value to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by the deadline of 2030, which is fast approaching. At the same time, many stakeholders are looking for ESG Management that emphasizes environmental, social and governance. Above all, companies’ response to the deepening crisis of climate change is an important issue that must be prioritized based on the worldwide trend of carbon neutrality.

With this in mind, in April 2021, the NGK Group formulated the NGK Group Environmental Vision linked to the NGK Group Vision: Road to 2050, which presents what we want to be, in order to achieve our Group philosophy of Enriching Human Life by Adding New Value to Society. This vision states that the NGK Group will contribute to the realization of society’s direction toward “carbon neutrality,” “a recycling-oriented society,” and “harmony with nature” through its business activities. We are now working on initiatives following the four strategies of (1) development and provision of carbon neutrality-related products/services, (2) top-down enhancement of energy-saving, (3) promotion of technical innovation, and (4) expanded use of renewable energy. Furthermore, the NGK Group endorsed the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) in February 2020 and disclosed relevant information after conducting scenario analysis in April 2022.

In order to continue growing in a sustainable manner despite a business environment facing intense change and competition, it is important that the NGK Group respect the human rights of all people and provide a safe and secure work environment. The NGK Group is working to foster a dynamic and vibrant corporate culture that embraces diversity and inclusion, develop human resources focused on individual growth, and strengthen governance globally in an effort to lay the groundwork for even greater enhancement of corporate value.

The NGK Group has engaged in a form of management linked with ESG from the time of its founding a century ago that focuses on resolving social issues through products and services. This approach has remained the same and will remain unchanged going forward. I believe that we must address social needs from today’s perspective. Looking ahead, we will create social value through our business while tackling the challenges of transformation using our strength in Ceramic technologies to live up to stakeholder expectations and contribute to a sustainable society.