The KIOXIA Group’s Contribution to the Solving of Social Issues through its Business

Contribution to the Solving of Social Issues through our Business

The KIOXIA Group’s mission is to uplift the world with “memory.” By pushing the boundaries of “memory”, we create uplifting experiences, add new value and change the world. With progressive memory technology at our core, we offer products, services and systems that create choice and define the future. Based on this mission and vision, we aim to launch a new era of memory with cutting-edge technology and continue evolving with the world.

Under this policy, we are pursuing activities in order to contribute to the achievement of the SDGs in the belief that our business itself will have a substantial impact on society.

SDGs to which the KIOXIA Group Contributes through its Business

Goal 9: Accelerating Innovation with Cutting-Edge Technology, Goal 11: Contributing to the Development of Sustainable Cities,Goal 12: Sustainable Consumption and Production, Goal 13: Addressing Climate Change

The KIOXIA Group’s business activities can contribute to achievement of the SDGs in a wide variety of ways. The four SDGs that we are focusing on contributing to through our business are Goal 9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure), Goal 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), Goal 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production), and Goal 13 (Climate Action).

To aid in the development of a sustainable society, the KIOXIA Group will contribute to the achievement of the SDGs through its business activities.

The KIOXIA Group’s SDG-Oriented Activities

Goal 9: Accelerating Innovation with Cutting-Edge Technology

Social Issues

In addition to recent globalization, the development of technologies such as AI and IoT is more promising than ever due to rapid technological innovation, and discontinuous innovations in various fields are bringing about changes in occupational structures and the way people live and work.

Additionally, these technological innovations promise to pave the way for solutions to various social issues (including global warming, energy, the concentration of populations in large cities, food and water-related issues, and medical and health-related issues).

 

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KIOXIA’s Contributions to a Solution

As a leader in flash memory, the KIOXIA Group has created various technologies that are the first of their kind in the world. With the expansion of AI and the dawn of the 5G high-speed wireless communications era, the amount of data being generated, stored and used has increased exponentially. The KIOXIA Group is focusing on developing state-of-the-art storage technology to respond to the rapidly increasing need for high-capacity, high-performance storage, and high-speed data processing systems. Furthermore, in addition to storage technology, we are pursuing new research and development that perceives future social issues as business opportunities.

Goal 9: Accelerating Innovation with Cutting-Edge Technology

Goal 11: Contributing to the Development of Sustainable Cities

Social Issues

Since 2007, more than half the world’s population has been living in cities, and that share is projected to rise to approximately 60% by 2030. Under these circumstances, there is a need to create resilient cities that have a low environmental impact and allow people to safely maintain a high quality of life. In addition, the concentration of populations in urban areas has led to the depopulation of surrounding rural areas and led to lifestyle differences between the two. Furthermore, there is a need to create cities that can counteract threats such as new infectious diseases and respond to fresh changes in the social environment.

 

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KIOXIA’s Contributions to a Solution

By supplying flash memory and SSD products, we have contributed to the widespread use of internet access devices, the development of data centers, and access to high-quality telecommunications. This has given rise to internet access that is available anytime and anywhere, changing the lifestyles of people all over the world. Today, flash memory and SSDs have become indispensable products in people’s lives. By developing various cutting-edge technologies to lower the cost of these products while increasing their capacity and performance, the KIOXIA Group will help more people lead more convenient and comfortable lives.

Goal 11: Contributing to the Development of Sustainable Cities

Goal 12: Sustainable Consumption and Production

Social Issues

It is said that the world’s population will reach 9.6 billion by 2050 (roughly a 30% increase), and that we will need three planets’ worth of resources to maintain our current lifestyles. Companies are required to efficiently manage natural resources, produce products with low environmental impact, and reduce waste and chemical substance emissions. It is also important that information on sustainability efforts is regularly disclosed to all stakeholders.

 

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KIOXIA’s Contributions to a Solution

KIOXIA has set targets for production efficiency, waste generation, and chemical substance emissions, and is working to achieve efficient production.

By obtaining information on the chemical substances used in production and those contained in products throughout the supply chain, we have managed to achieve greater use of substances with a low environmental impact. In addition, chemical substances used and/or generated during production are recycled, properly disposed of by contractors, or detoxified in our production plants. Furthermore, our plants' voluntary control standards are stricter than the corresponding legal regulations, and discharges into the air and rivers are monitored.

Our environmental activities are disclosed in our reports to the CDP and our CSR Reports, among others.

 

Goal 12: Sustainable Consumption and Production

Goal 13: Addressing Climate Change

Social Issues

The global effects of climate change, such as abnormal weather and rising sea levels, are becoming more apparent. Climate change affects not only the weather, but a variety of areas including food, drinking water, ecosystems, and infrastructure. The Paris Agreement (COP21, 2015) established the long-term goal of limiting the increase in global average temperatures to well within 2°C, preferably to 1.5°C, compared to pre-industrial levels, and achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in the second half of the 21st century.

 

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KIOXIA’s Contributions to a Solution

KIOXIA is working to reduce and optimize the usage and emission of the greenhouse gases that cause climate change.

Specifically, we are engaging in energy conservation activities (active introduction of energy-saving equipment, changes and reductions in the number of processes, and improvements in energy efficiency), comprehensive installation of abatement equipment that breaks down greenhouse gases and emits them as gases with low global warming potential, and the development of high-energy-efficiency products.

Additionally, we are undertaking a series of efforts to introduce renewable energy into our business activities.

Goal 13: Addressing Climate Change

Ripple Effect from 4 SDGs to 17

The KIOXIA Group believes that all of the SDGs are interrelated and that its contribution to reaching these four goals will ripple out to help realize many related goals.

To aid in the development of a sustainable society, the KIOXIA Group will contribute to the achievement of the SDGs through its business activities.

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

Future-Facing Efforts

The KIOXIA Group’s mission is to uplift the world with “memory.” Based on this mission, we introduced a ‘backcasting’ framework to look to the future and examine the creation of opportunities and new technology that are not extensions of our conventional storage business. We are examining what kinds of technological developments and business opportunities the KIOXIA Group can conceive starting from the perspective of future social issues.

 

Discussion Aimed at Creating a Sustainable Society

Introducing the CSR activities of the KIOXIA Group which contribute to the development of a sustainable society.

KIOXIA Group will continuously disclose CSR information and respond to the requests and concerns of stakeholders.