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CSR Integrated Report

Fujikura Group CSR Integrated Report 2014
[ISO 26000 Core Subject] Organizational Governance

The Fujikura Group's Management Approach

The Fujikura Group's Management Approach

The Fujikura Group was founded with a progressive spirit and has cherished and passed down its corporate DNA as a manufacturing company over 128 years. Against this backdrop and from the viewpoint of our customers, we identify what we should do and what we should not do, and always act accordingly based on a corporate culture in which we put first priority on quality. On that basis, all corporate staff members abide by the Group's management rules and promote synergy between our production, sales, and R&D bases, driven by the Global Fujikura Production System (G-FPS) as well as by our commitment to CSR and to a better manufacturing culture. Through these measures, we aim to achieve our vision for the four business fields (Telecommunications,Eelectronics, Aautomotive components, and Metal cables & Systems) described in the Mid-Term Business Plan. In achieving this vision, we will implement our Corporate Philosophy MVCV and become a corporate group that pursues "Value Creation for the Customer" and is appreciated by customers and highly evaluated by society, while achieving further growth for the entire Group.


Fujikura Group's brand logo

The history of the Fujikura Group's brand logo dates back more than 100 years ago to 1910, when Fujikura was reorganized from a partnership corporation to a joint-stock corporation. Subsequently in 1985, the Company established a new corporate mark in celebration of the 100th anniversary of its founding. Twenty-five years later in 2009, the present brand logo (registered trademark) was established and began to be used by Fujikura Ltd. first followed by its domestic consolidated subsidiaries in March 2011. Presently, the logo is also used outside Japan by the Company's wholly-owned subsidiaries.

The Fujikura Group's brand logo (registered trademark) is the most basic and essential tool used to communicate our brand image and is composed of the following three elements: the corporate symbol, the alphabetical letters "Fujikura" and the corporate color. The brand logo plays an important role as a symbol of the Fujikura Group and is designed to be regarded as proof of our reliability for customers and society at large and to attract more people to the Group.

The Fujikura Group is fostering its business in a number of countries around the world. In order to expand our business strategically in the global market, we are making a better use of our brand logo. At present, we have registered or are applying for registration of the logo in more than 150 countries.

Fujikura Group's brand logo

Activities to improve the value of the Fujikura brand

The Fujikura Group has been proactively conducting activities to improve its brand value. We are using the brand logo set in 2012 as the Group’s single logo at our manufacturing and sales bases in both Japan and overseas, and fostering the labeling of the logo on our exports as well as on our products manufactured outside Japan. We have registered the logo as our trademark for major product items in a total of 152 countries and regions.  

Last year we began to introduce solutions provided by the Group at our web portal (http://www.fujikura.com) in an effort to renovate the global website. We have also been working to detect the illegal use of the brand logo and the malicious use of the Fujikura domain name. If we detect such use, we will demand the user to cease and desist based on our trademark rights, thereby maintaining the value of our brand.

Internally, we provide employees with education on branding, including e-learning seminars on the trademarking for general employees and the introduction of our branding activities in the training for new employees. Moreover, through the brand information website established on the intranet, we introduce how the brand logo is used at our overseas sites and on our overseas products and are fostering standardized labeling of the brand logo on new products and packaging materials.

Fujikura Group’s policy on the brand logo

In March 2011, the Group set its policy on the brand logo with a view to expanding the use of the logo across both Japanese and overseas Group companies.

Fujikura Group Brand Logo Policy

The Fujikura Group defines a uniform worldwide brand logo in order to advance our business esstrategically at the global level.

G-FPS Activities

G-FPS activities to implement the Corporate Philosophy MVCV

We conduct Global Fujikura Production System (G-FPS) activities to (1) clarify what we should do and what we should not do from the viewpoint of our customers based on our "quality first" policy, which forms the foundation for our manufacturing activities, and (2) reform our corporate culture to this end.

In the G-FPS activities, each and every employee acts based on the MVCV, which serves as their navigator, to enhance their craftsmanship in manufacturing and eliminate all waste without exception. The activities are conducted across both our manufacturing bases and indirect departments in Japan and overseas aimed at the sustainable growth of the Fujikura Group.

G-FPS activities

We conduct G-FPS activities under the slogan "half or double or zero," which means to halve or double the activity indicators or reduce them to zero on a case-by-case basis.
Moreover, we have added a new slogan: "team approach with the participation of all" to grasp every chance to enhance our craftsmanship in manufacturing and respond to changes in the times.

Eliminating waste in indirect departments

In fiscal 2009, we began to eliminate waste in our indirect departments with the participation of all. Four to five members of the departments form a team to conduct improvement activities. At present, there are about 590 such teams at Group companies in Japan, and they have achieved great results by conducting a range of activities, including the "5S" sorting/cleaning and self-discipline activity and activities to conserve energy and improve business operations. Every May we hold the Global Fujikura "KAIZEN" Presentation meeting, and in the one held on the subtheme of "eliminating waste in indirect departments" many teams participated, including teams from outside Japan.

Eliminating waste in indirect departments

Eliminating waste in indirect departments

Eliminating waste in indirect departments

Overseas quality-manufacturing training school: Held also this year

Employees of overseas Group companies are provided with an opportunity to undertake hands-on experience at the Group’s manufacturing facilities in Japan, where they learn about the Japanese-style teamwork-oriented manufacturing operations, improvement activities including small-group activities, and business management methods. The Group intends to develop leaders who can foster manufacturing that integrates the good points of Japanese- and overseas-style manufacturing methods, thereby further enhancing quality manufacturing across the Fujikura Group.