(Posted Oct. 2016)
Minebea Electronics & Hi-Tech Components (Shanghai) Ltd. (hereinafter "Shanghai Minebea") operates the Shanghai Plant and the Xicen Plant, which are located on the shore of Dianshan Lake in the Qingpu District of Shanghai. Shanghai Minebea has been manufacturing products for more than 20 years since its establishment in 1994. The company currently manufactures ball bearings, fan motors and measuring components. Products sold in China account for about 30% of all the sales in the Minebea Group, and these two plants play a central role in the manufacturing operations.
"CSR is very important to our business," notes Mr. Koichi Takeshita, Chairman and President of Shanghai Minebea. "Today, our customers, the country, and the local community all consider CSR to be a natural part of business. In other words, CSR activities are a matter of course for any company intending to do business on a worldwide scale. To ensure that we practice CSR, we create many different opportunities to talk about CSR, with an emphasis on the "Five Principles," which as the company credo for the group is the basis for all CSR activities." Both plants have acquired ISO 14001 environmental management system certification and OHSAS 18001 occupational health and safety certification, while also operating the Environment and Safety Committee, 3R Committee, and Compliance Promotion Committee. The company also holds discussions with the plants' labor union,* conducts CSR procurement surveys on its suppliers, and carries out audits as part of its CSR initiatives.
"It's important to listen to the views of each stakeholder and respond as best we can to their expectations," adds Mr. Takeshita. "As we implement CSR, there are times when our stakeholders have different views on a subject. The thinking among our employees can also be different. We always try to coordinate the various interests and find optimal solutions. An important part of that process is an environment in which we can have open discussions." Mr. Takeshita points to relationships between Shanghai Minebea and employees, and between Shanghai Minebea and the local community as particular areas for improvement in the future. "Over the years, we've striven to promote local employees as much as possible to ensure smooth employee communication. Moving ahead, we will establish new structures and further increase opportunities for dialogues with employees and the local community," adds Mr. Takeshita with a sense of passionate purpose.
* Labor union: Chinese companies are legally required to form labor unions to protect worker rights.