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DENSO's SDGs

What are SDGs?

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It is the common name for the Sustainable Development Goals , which are international goals adopted at the UN Summit in 2015 and targeted to achieve from 2016 to 2030. It consists of 17 goals for realizing a sustainable world, including "Building a Foundation for Industry and Technological Innovation" and "Creating a community where people can continue to live".

Contribution to SDGs for Materiality: Primary social issues

DENSO has selected primary social issues from among various ones and defined them as "Materiality". Through our business activities, we are contributing to the achievement of the international goal of achieving the SDGs-Sustainable Development Goals-by addressing selected issues related to "Environment" "safety" and "corporate foundation".

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Examples of Initiatives through Business Activities

Commitment to the Environment

Vision

Contribute to an eco-friendly and sustainable society by reducing environmental burden and realizing highly efficient mobility

  • Reduce CO2 emissions from our factories to zero

  • Contribute to the electrification of automobiles and reduce our CO2 emissions to the greatest extent possible

  • Contribute to realizing a carbon-neutral society through technologies that collect and reuse CO2

  • Reduce environmentally harmful substances, emissions, and waste to help permanently preserve the global environment

Materiality: Primary social issues

Prevention of global warming

Prevention of air pollution/Reduction of environmental burden

Effective utilization of resources

Conservation of water resources

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DENSO’s Environmental Strategies

Our initiatives aimed at achieving carbon neutrality by 2035 were outlined at DENSO DIALOG DAY (held in May 2021).

Examples of Initiatives

Understanding Inverters’ Prominent Role in the Electrification of Vehicles

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    • Structure for cooling both sides of the inverter

      Structure for cooling both sides of the inverter

An inverter is a power converter device that converts direct current power from the battery to alternating current power and supplies that power to the motor for operation. The popularization of xEVs is an essential element in realizing the electrification of the mobility society, and inverters support the driving power of xEVs. Accordingly, enhancing the performance of inverters is the most important issue for car manufacturers. Inverters take in an electric current at a high voltage from the battery, and as such the semiconductor device generates a high level of heat. Figuring out how to keep the semiconductor device cool is the key to realizing smaller xEVs with higher performance as well as lowering their overall cost. To that end, we came up with the idea to cool the semiconductor device not from only one side, as had been done conventionally, but from both sides by making use of the heat exchange technologies that we have cultivated through the development of radiators. By doing so, we realized compact, highly efficient inverters.

Development of Products for the Next Generation of Eco Cars—Fuel Cell Vehicles

DENSO is moving forward with the development of technologies that contribute to the promotion of vehicles powered by fuel cells, which use hydrogen to generate electricity.

In fiscal 2015, DENSO developed various products for fuel cell vehicles, such as a fuel cell monitoring unit, high-pressure hydrogen sensors, and a hydrogen charging ECU. In addition, DENSO-developed products have been installed in the MIRAI, the fuel cell vehicle manufactured by Toyota Motor Corporation. These products include high-voltage power system components, such as a power control unit and fuel cell boost converter, as well as cooling system parts, such as a radiator and cooling pump, that greatly improve cooling performance.

Going forward, DENSO shall continue to utilize technology developed for hybrid, gasoline, and diesel vehicles in order to provide products that contribute to improving the reliability and performance of fuel cell vehicles while at the same time reducing the cost of such vehicles.

Using Plant-Based Resins in Our Products

With the aim of reducing its environmental burden, DENSO has been engaging in the research and development of resin materials that utilize the molecular structures of plants. We have also applied starch-based bio-polycarbonates and castor oil-based urethane resins in certain products. Plant-based resins do not make use of fossil fuels, making them a renewable resource. In addition, these resins are garnering attention due to the fact that they do not increase total CO2 volumes in the atmosphere even if they undergo thermal recycling. For many years, we have pursued the development of plant-based resins, and in 2009, we developed a castor oil-based radiator tank together with E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company. We are currently working to commercialize these radiator tanks and expand their installation in vehicles.

Utilization of CO2 Absorbing Technologies and Microalgae

Since April 2008, DENSO has been pursing collaborative research with the Institute for Advanced Biosciences of Keio University on a new type of algae, for which the Company has patents, that can absorb CO2 and be used to produce biofuel. This research has focused on Pseudochoricystis, an extremely small microalga that is only five μm (micrometers, equivalent to one two-hundredth of a millimeter). In addition to absorbing CO2 and producing starch through photosynthesis, this microalga is unique for producing an oil containing a diesel component that can be used in diesel engines. Pseudochoricystis also grows quickly and absorbs CO2 more efficiently than trees. In fact, a cultivation area of Pseudochoricystis can absorb up to 10 times more CO2 than a forest of equal size. If our research on Pseudochoricystis leads to its practical application, CO2 emissions from factories could be greatly reduced, as could risks related to the rising price of grain, which is a main component of biofuel. Accordingly, Pseudochoricystis has the potential to significantly contribute to the resolution of energy-related issues and global warming mitigation efforts.

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We have established a long-term environmental policy "Eco Vision" to promote the resolution of environmental issues. Please see the details of EcoVision below.

EcoVision


Commitment to Peace of Mind

Vision

Contribute to a society where people can have peace of mind by eliminating traffic accidents and providing flexible and comfortable movement for all

  • Popularize safe products in order to eliminate traffic accidents

  • Address the need for ensuring a safe air environment and provide comfortable spaces

  • Support working people by offering technologies that help resolve the issue of a declining workforce

Provide safe and secure products that are of high quality to gain the trust and satisfaction of our customers

Materiality: Primary social issues

Reduction of traffic accidents

Provision of flexible and comfortable movement

Provision of safe and secure products

Response to decrease in birthrate and aging population

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DENSO’s Strategies toward Peace of Mind

The initiatives for achieving our vision of creating a secure society were outlined at DENSO DIALOG DAY (held in May 2021).

Examples of Initiatives

Development of Vision Sensor and Millimeter-wave Radar Sensor That Help Prevent Collisions

The need for safety products such as those that help prevent collisions is rising, and it is anticipated that the use of such products will rapidly become widespread in the future. DENSO has developed a vision sensor and a millimeter-wave radar sensor that can detect not only vehicles but also pedestrians. By combining the functions of these two sensors, the special features of both sensors can be leveraged and objects in front of and behind vehicles can be detected in a more prompt and accurate manner. These sensors are being used in Toyota Safety Sense P, Toyota Motor Corporation’s pre-collision safety package, and have been installed in new Prius and Land Cruiser models.

DENSO aims to expand the scope of collision prevention by developing products that are able to detect bicycles and nighttime pedestrians.

Contributions to Improved Safety for Already-Sold Vehicles
Joint Development with Toyota Motor of Retrofittable Acceleration Control Safety Device

Recently, customers and greater society have been turning their attention to accidents resulting from drivers mistaking the gas pedal for the brake pedal as such accidents, primarily by the elderly, become an increasingly serious issue. To address this issue, DENSO and Toyota Motor Corporation jointly developed an acceleration control safety device to help prevent such accidents from occurring.

This product uses displays and buzzers to inform the driver when ultrasonic sensors attached to the bumper detect an obstacle in a vehicle’s course when the gas pedal is pressed while the vehicle is parked or stopped. If the driver continues to apply strong pressure to the gas pedal, mistaking it for the brake pedal, the device will limit acceleration to reduce the force of any resulting collision. Furthermore, if a driver is backing out of a parking space or otherwise putting their vehicle in reverse, the device will limit excessive acceleration if the gas pedal is pressed to an extent that would result in speeds of over 5 km per hour, even if an obstacle is not detected.

Traceability Services Created from QR Codes and Smartphones

Since Denso Wave Inc. (then DENSO Corporation’s Business Division) first developed QR codes in 1994, these codes have become popular throughout the world and continued to evolve, helping to conserve time and resources for companies in a wide range of industries.

Recently, Denso Wave launched and commenced sales of “Q-revo trace,” a service that visualizes distribution from the producer to the consumer using a tracing function that leverages QR code and cloud technologies. With this service, users can easily confirm via their smartphone who produced a product, when a product was shipped, and how a product was delivered. In doing so, Q-revo trace allows reliable products to be delivered to consumers with peace of mind.

Global Traffic Safety Project—Aiming to Realize a Society without Traffic Accidents

The main causes for the occurrence of traffic accidents are vehicles, infrastructure, and people. Aiming to realize a society without traffic accidents, DENSO offers products that ensure safety. In addition, DENSO also implements traffic safety educational activities, which are carried out by employees, for members of local communities around the world (educational activities commenced in 2015 and, as of fiscal 2018, have been carried out by 55  Group companies in Japan and 19 other countries and regions around the world).

Our employees act as models for practicing traffic safety and work to form connections with local communities. By doing so, we believe we can encourage people around the world to give consideration to the perspective of sustainability.

  • Implementation of Hands-on Traffic Safety Education for Elementary School Students at DENSO’s Technical Center in Shanghai, China

  • Implementation of Traffic Safety Education at an Elementary School in the Suburbs of Bangkok (Samut Prakan Province) and Donation of 615 Helmets

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Corporate Foundation Initiatives no.1

Vision

  • Ensure that each employee acts in a fair,honest,and ethical manner while complying with laws and regu-lations in each country and region

  • Provide safe and reliable products to customers,protect information assets,and prepare for cyber security risks that the "connected society"faces

Materiality: Primary social issues

Compliance

Information security

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Corporate Foundation Initiatives No.2

Vision

  • Promote the development of "people," "organiza-tions," and "the working environment" to encourage our employees to maximize their abilities and work with enthusiasm and peace of mind

  • Respect the human rights of all our stakeholders, including our employees and people throughout our supply chain, in our business activities

  • Pursue business activities that take into account environmental issues, human rights issues, and compliance together with our suppliers

Materiality: Primary social issues

Diversity and inclusion

Healthy and safe working environment

Workstyle reform

Protection of human rights

Sustainable procurement

Corporate governance

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Examples of Initiatives

Promoting the Employment of People with Disabilities
—Ensuring Everyone Can Work with Peace of Mind

Employment of people with disabilities helps these people participate in society and achieve independence and self-reliance. In addition, the improvements to workplaces and work processes for ensuring the safety and comfort of employees with disabilities help heighten levels of safety and productivity throughout the Company.

Since starting the regular employment of persons with disabilities in 1978, DENSO has actively worked to expand employment and occupational opportunities for people with disabilities. In 1984, we established DENSO Taiyo Co., Ltd., a special-purpose subsidiary* that primarily hires people with physical disabilities. This company is engaged in the production of such products as vehicle instrument clusters and smart keys. In 2016, we established the new special-purpose subsidiary DENSO Blossom Co., Ltd. This company offers employment opportunities to people with mental and intellectual disabilities and is engaged primarily in clerical work.

At the moment, we employ over 800 people with disabilities on a Groupwide basis that includes our head office and these two subsidiaries.

* A subsidiary established with the aim of promoting the employment of people with disabilities

Practicing Health and Productivity Management
—Ensuring Everyone Can Work with Peace of Mind

  • Health Day training on lifestyle disease prevention measures


    Body composition monitoring event at General Meeting of Suppliers (fiscal 2018)

Good physical and mental health underpins employees’ ability to feel energized in their work and is essential for ensuring the happiness of our employees and their families. DENSO positions promoting the health of its employees as an important management task and is practicing health and productivity management* for this purpose. In this regard, we announced our Health Declaration in September 2016. At the same time, DENSO is working to enhance its health-related initiatives from the perspectives of both physical and mental health to encourage workplace-level action and to improve employee health awareness.

Also, to promote health management at domestic and overseas Group companies, we formulated the DENSO Group Health and Productivity Management Basic Principles in February 2019. By sharing these principles globally and implementing health management activities based on the conditions at each company and in each country, we will improve the health awareness of all employees and establish a more comfortable working environment across the entire Group.


* “Health and productivity management” is a registered trademark of the NPO Kenko Keiei Kenkyukai.

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