Message from the President

Working toward sustainable growth together with society, under our "Social IN" philosophy

Our management philosophy and corporate vision

The Olympus Group strives to realize better health and happiness for people by being integral members of society, sharing common values, and proposing new values. This "Social IN" management philosophy underpins every facet of the Group's business activities. As an overarching vision, we also look to contribute to society by making people's lives healthier, safer, and more fulfilling around the world.

Striving for sustainable growth with our stakeholders

Olympus contributes to society through its corporate citizenship activities that utilize the technologies and expertise gained in its Medical, Scientific Solutions and Imaging Businesses. In the emerging economies of Asia, for example, the demand for advanced medical care is growing alongside economic growth. We provide support in training medical professionals capable of meeting this need. This activity requires the cooperation of a wide range of stakeholders, including persons in the medical care industry, both in Japan and in the developing countries. We tap into the bonds of trust it cultivated in the Medical Business for activities in this area.

In achieving sustainable growth, it is also necessary to foster employee growth. In fiscal 2016, Olympus embarked on upgrading work efficiency and making changes in work styles under the Business Process Re-engineering Project. Especially in Japan, support for employees to enrich their lives and work began under the name "Work-Life Integration." We believe that betterment in both work and personal life will lead to growth for our employees and will ultimately create synergy and advances in our competitiveness.

I am convinced that these activities will build the driving force to realize our management philosophy.

Initiatives toward the sustainable development of society

As a global company, Olympus continues to engage in activities that are geared toward the sustainable development of society. We are making earnest efforts in the area of social responsibility, including the environment and governance, as designated in ISO 26000, the international standard on social responsibility. We also joined the UN Global Compact in 2004 and remain committed to observing and promoting the 10 basic principles that cover a wide range of issues including human rights, labor, and anti-corruption. Additionally, we formulated the Basic Policy for Corporate Governance, and are taking steps to reinforce our governance structure and systems.

Moreover, we are working to build a compliance structure that will enable us to fulfill our global aspirations.

Moving forward, Olympus will meet the expectations of all its stakeholders on an advanced level and act as a good corporate citizen. At the same time, we will work to achieve sustainable growth in concert with society.

President and Representative Director
Hiroyuki Sasa