Many important events took place in May. The last of them was the group-wide convention on safety, environment, product, and clerical work quality improvement held on the 31st.
This convention is a biannual event, where employees give presentations on their various efforts and improvements in these areas. As our group’s business covers a broad range of fields, there are a lot of challenges with varying possible solutions, and this convention serves as a great opportunity to discover such solutions. This year too, all the presentations were well aware of our current problems and carefully thought out, and I was deeply impressed and encouraged by their proposals.
I believe that each problem has different direct causes but, in most cases, it is caused by people. This is why I promote in-house improvement campaigns and activities, aiming to reduce as many such problems as possible. However, pursuing this aim is not easy in that when improvement activities work well enough to generate positive results, people tend to lose their awareness of problems, resulting in less active efforts.
Therefore, sticking to the basics in our day-to-day duties and raising our awareness of problems are the keys to our SEQCDD (safety, environment, quality, cost, delivery, and research & development) activities. In other words, the improvement of our attitude is essential to successfully overcome every challenge.
I often cite the Sumitomo Spirit of Banjinissei, which tells you to do your sincere best, not only in business but in every aspect of your life. Working haphazardly will end up a waste of effort with little gain. Only if you carry out your duties with strong problem awareness, things will work out for you and eventually your mission will be completed. In this regard, all of us are determined to remain fully committed to the SEQCDD improvement, while maintaining strong problem awareness, until we complete our missions.