August 17, 2016,09:00 +0900(JST) Presentations of Our Group-wide Improvement Activities
On the other day, I attended the annual presentation event of our company-wide group activities (G-katsu). Launched in 1958, these activities have celebrated their 59th anniversary this year, and have now developed into those involving as many as 65,000 participants on a global basis. Selected from among such participants, representatives of each production group give presentations on their themes. I listened to such representatives' passionate presentations.
On the day of the event, I also listened to the presentation by the group winning the best award at the presentation event held in China, which has marked the 10th anniversary this year. Impressed by the high level contents of the presentation, I was keenly aware that our group-wide improvement activities, which we have been developing over many years, are also implemented successfully in China, a country with a different culture. Feeling that this was also one form of diversity, I felt very happy about it. At the same time, I was hoping that these group activities would be spread not only to China, but also to many other parts around the world, and carried out proactively.
Designed to develop human resources and to invigorate workplaces, the group activities are important to the Sumitomo Electric Group, which boasts a long history and tradition. Even if you cannot achieve the goal by yourself, you might be able to do so and accomplish a great achievement, if you work with others and share wisdom through active communication. The repetition of this process will make our workplaces and company even stronger, and based on this belief, I hope that these group activities will be continued.