Sustainability | Sustainability Management | TDK Group's MaterialityEnergy transformation (EX): Contribution to energy and environmental solutions by minimizing waste heat and noise with electronic devices

Background to Identification as Materiality

Significance for TDK

Energy transformation (EX), which TDK advocates, sets its sights on the problem of climate change, which is an urgent issue worldwide. It is one of the issues that the TDK Group should address in unison in order to achieve both a sustainable society and corporate growth. A lot of stakeholders including customers and investors pay close attention to climate change countermeasures, which are one of the factors in the selection of business partners and investment destinations. Therefore, the TDK Group has identified EX as materiality. We are sure that the steady implementation of EX will have a substantial effect on business and fund procurement. 

Significance for Society

TDK’s EX initiatives are aimed at revitalizing and protecting the global environment and creating a pleasant and safe society. As stated in TDK Environmental Vision, they will lead to operations under the environmental load within natural circulation. TDK, which is a maker of electronic components in the supply chain midstream, believes that tackling EX as an important issue in management is also vital in terms of accelerating climate change countermeasures by society at large.
Furthermore, we believe that TDK’s products and solutions can contribute to the creation of clean energy and the realization of an energy efficient society and can exert a positive impact on society not only in the production but also in the use phase.

Overview

Themes Effective use of energy and expanded use of renewable energy toward the realization of net zero CO2 emissions by 2050 Provide products and solutions to create clean energy and realize a zero-carbon society Provide products and solutions to realize an energy efficient society by storing, converting, and controlling energy
Responsible departments Safety & Environment Group Corporate Marketing & Incubation HQ
Goals in 3 years Energy based CO2 emission basic-unit (Scope 1, 2) is reduced by 12% compared with base year (fiscal 2014). The portfolio of related technologies and products is regularly updated to contribute to the use of clean energy, such as solar, wind, hydro, and geothermal power. The portfolio of related technologies and products that contribute to better energy efficiency is regularly updated so that TDK’s EX is recognized by society.
Action items
  • Realize “Eco-TDK” aimed at halving CO2 emission basic-unit, as advocated in the TDK Environmental Vision 2035
  • Strengthen energy efficiency by improving productivity at manufacturing sites
  • Expand the use of renewable energy
  • Evaluate technological trends in solar, wind, hydro, geothermal, and other renewable energy
  • Evaluate TDK’s technologies and products in the use of clean energy
  • Evaluate the market scale of TDK products
  • Compile business plans in collaboration with business divisions
  • Quantify the contribution of TDK’s technology to CO2 reduction and recognize as an SDG marketing tool
  • Evaluate TDK’s technology in the fields of energy storage, conversion, and control
  • Evaluate the market scale of TDK products
  • Compile business plans in collaboration with business divisions

Department Head Messages

Safety & Environment Group, Sustainability Promotion HQ

Tetsuya Kuwashima

【Responsible Theme】 

  • Effective use of energy and expanded use of renewable energy toward the realization of net zero CO2 emissions by 2050

I think that TDK’s identification of and commitment to corporate materiality is extremely valuable for both TDK and society. The motivation required to entrench this approach and show achievements to stakeholders comes from the discovery of challenges toward realizing a sustainable society and deployment within the Group. For this purpose, it is important to arouse motivation in the Group as a whole by appropriately setting directions in line with TDK’s policy of empowerment and transparency and sharing and deploying useful information.
Issues standing in the way of promoting the introduction of renewable energy include regionally different infrastructure, legislative systems, and procurement costs. To overcome these challenges, we will promote measures in accordance with conditions in each country and each region and in consideration of both total optimization and cost restraint.
Furthermore, we will promote specific actions to achieve the Group-wide goal of raising TDK’s global ratio of renewable energy introduction to 50% (Scope 2) by fiscal 2025, which is TDK’s interim target toward the goal of achieving net zero CO2 emissions by 2050.

Corporate Marketing & Incubation HQ

Michael Pocsatko

【Responsible Themes】

  • Provide products and solutions to create clean energy and realize a zero-carbon society
  • Provide products and solutions to realize an energy efficient society by storing, converting, and controlling energy

The Corporate Marketing & Incubation HQ plays the role of TDK’s antenna, catching customer needs and disseminating TDK’s technologies. Our mission is to transform data into information and intelligence and, based on that intelligence, create and incubate new products and solutions that do not exist in TDK’s portfolio. Our Goal is to accelerate “Value Creation” by building bridges - communicating and collaborating across innovators both inside and outside the company. This is creating a strong “Outside-In” perspective, a more customer-oriented approach and language.
While going beyond our organization and collaborating with all kinds of divisions both inside and outside TDK, we aim to combine TDK’s technologies and create new value. In pursuing this, a new CDXO (Chief Digital Transformation Officer) function has been established with tasks regarding "Digitalization": they are 1) Digital for Customers: Agile Creation & Identification of New Values for Customers. Specific to Digital Marketing: “Customer Experience Driven Growth with Market Data, Content & Analytics”; 2) Digital for TDK Group: Agile Adoption of Global Best-Practices within TDK Group to Promote New Work Styles; 3) Digital for Ecosystem: Aggressive Networking & Co-creation Through External Collaboration.
TDK’s EX and DX initiatives are an important activity responding to the demands of society. Essentially the technologies developed by TDK are marvelous things that can contribute to the well-being of people. At the same time, these priority fields are at the core of TDK’s long-term strategy and a vital factor in promoting our business plan Value Creation.
Going forward, we must create more customer-centered innovations, entrench the outside-in way of thinking in our organization, and realize 2CX (customer experience and consumer experience), which means providing experiences that go way beyond the expectations of customers.

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