Every talented employee at Sharp is committed to sincerity and creativity in all we do. We take this commitment outside of the office and into our community by volunteering at local programs such as Tools for Schools and Fresh Root Farms.
Sharp grows hand-in-hand with our employees. We have a formal mentorship program and internal professional development groups such as WISE (Women Influencing Sharp's Evolution). There are endless online training opportunities through Sharp University and tuition assistance for college degree programs to encourage continuous learning, skill-building and career growth.
From early product design to manufacturing, right through to end-of-life disposal, every area in which we directly or indirectly affect the environment is under constant scrutiny.
Sharp Corporation's factories meet the ISO 14001 standard: a framework that sets out the requirements for environmental management systems. And we actively encourage environmental management and green awareness initiatives throughout our entire organization.
Sharp Corporation engineers are continually developing innovative ecological technologies and we place a firm focus on manufacturing high quality, environmentally advanced products.
The international community has recognized the urgent need to address increasingly serious environmental problems, such as climate change, resource depletion, and plastic pollution. This awareness is accelerating global action to solve these social problems, including efforts associated with the achievement of Sharp's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
In 2019, Sharp Corporation formulated SHARP Eco Vision 2050, a long-term environmental vision based on its Basic Environmental Policy of "Creating an Environmentally Conscious Company with Sincerity and Creativity," which was established in 1992. Sharp is working toward realizing a sustainable global environment by pursuing long-term goals set in three fields of action with 2050 as the target year: climate change, resource recycling, and safety and security; thus, building a circular economy and realizing a recycling-oriented society.
To bring about SHARP Eco Vision 2050, Sharp Corporation has stipulated long-term goals in three fields of action. In pursuing these goals, we will strive to create more clean energy than the total amount of energy consumed in Sharp's entire supply chain, while minimizing the environmental impact of our business activities.
Sharp Corporation strives to use less energy in its business activities and to make products that are increasingly more energy efficient, so as to reduce the amount of energy consumed by households and society as a whole.
We began developing solar cells after founder Tokuji Hayakawa said, "All the products we make use electricity. As our company grows, we will need more electricity, so why don't we make electricity ourselves?" Since then, we have spent more than half a century working to spread solar power generation. It is precisely because Sharp makes products that use electricity that we have a responsibility to reduce the environmental impacts resulting from this electricity use.
As well as complying with current international standards, Sharp Corporation has established its own even stricter in-house standards. Under these far-sighted standards, Sharp Corporation aims to thoroughly manage relevant chemicals with the goal of eliminating any negative effects that chemicals may have on people's health, the natural environment or ecosystems.