In the KDDI Group Mission Statement, we state our goal: to achieve a truly connected society. In addition, we are working to promote sustainability as part of our business strategy to provide solutions to social issues and spur the sustainable growth of society.
As a telecommunications operator, KDDI both provides a component of vital social infrastructure and benefits from leasing a limited public good, radio frequencies, to provide services. Our mission, therefore, is to provide stable service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, no matter the conditions. In line with this mission, we work hard to maintain resilient and high-quality telecommunications systems. Overseas, we build stable communications environments, with a focus on emerging Asian countries where such environments are not yet established, thus helping to spur local economic development and improve people's lives. Furthermore, since the deregulation of the telecommunications industry, we have collaborated with various partner companies to provide new experience value to customers while staying true to our open-minded partnerships and our history of consistent competitiveness.
The foundation of our sustainability activities comprises the KDDI Philosophy, which has been instilled in top management and employees as a common set of policies and code of conduct since our founding, and our consistent activities to enhance corporate governance, which ensures transparency and fairness. Moreover, we value all our stakeholders, their voices and working together. Our stakeholders include customers, partner companies, shareholders, local communities, governments and other people who support us. Our dialogues and co-creation efforts guide us as we tackle the six Material Sustainability Issues Company-wide.
The international community's drive to tackle global social issues has been gaining momentum, as evidenced by the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) recommendations, and the Paris Agreement signed at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. To more thoroughly promote sustainability, we outlined the SDGs we will focus on in the next three-year medium-term management plan (April 2019 - March 2021). We set targets that are tied to business strategies, encompassing telecommunications, global business, regional revitalization, education, and finance, as well as to corporate activities, including developing human resources, supporting women's advancement in the workplace, respecting human rights, promoting diversity and inclusion, and conserving the environment. As we strive to reach these targets, the entire company will continue working together over the medium to long term to provide solutions to social issues.
Medium-Term Management Plan (FY2019 - FY2021)
KDDI will continue to expand its businesses in growth fields, focusing on conventional telecommunications―the foundation of our business―at the core. Through these efforts, we aim to further promote the "integration of telecommunications and life design"―the core of our business strategy―while connecting people and companies and society. We are creating new value to build an exciting future and will enhance our corporate value and help communities prosper through sustainable growth.
Thank you for your support and guidance regarding these and other efforts past and future as the KDDI Group moves into the future.
President, KDDI CORPORATION