The corporate management paradigm has been recently evolving. A number of factors have become crucial measures for determining a company's sustainability, namely: an undying passion and willing spirit for change and innovation; a sense of responsibility toward the natural environment and local community; and a commitment to mutual growth with all stakeholders.
In 2011, Samsung SDI declared its new vision "Smart Solutions for a Green World." This expresses Samsung SDI's vision for growth focusing on two areas - "Smart Energy" represented by the rechargeable battery, and "Green Devices" represented by clean energy technology such as solar modules and environmentally friendly devices. In economic, environmental, and social aspects, this vision is also Samsung SDI’s ‘orientation’ toward insightful solutions for a sustainable society.
In undertaking these challenges, Samsung SDI has made several meaningful achievements. Thanks to its technological competitiveness, it has maintained the largest global market share in small-sized rechargeable batteries for two consecutive years, and strengthened the foundation for the successful implementation of medium to large sized rechargeable battery business. We signed an agreement with Nichicon of Japan to provide rechargeable batteries for energy storage systems (ESS). SB LiMotive, a joint company between Samsung SDI and BOSCH of Germany, was selected as the sole supplier of battery packs for a hybrid SUV being developed by Mahindra & Mahindra of India. In July 2011, Samsung SDI acquired Samsung Electronics' solar business. This solar business is expected to contribute greatly to Samsung SDI's advancement as a global energy solution provider fueled through synergy with its existing battery business.
Samsung SDI has implemented various sustainability management activities as well. We have developed an integrated system for the systematic management of energy use and GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions, and carried out the establishment and expansion of low-carbon green partnerships in the supply chain. In addition, to help enhance the social responsibility of our supply chain, we are taking part in the S-Partner Program, which is an evaluation and certification system for our suppliers and aims to identify and avoid risks, and improve performance, in terms of corporate social responsibility.To further our contribution to the community, we have enhanced our communication and networking links with stakeholders, and developed a number of new contribution activities giving concrete support to the local community, such as the "Green Planet School for Environment and Children“ project.
Samsung SDI will make 2012 a year of realizing its new vision and building the foundation for sustainable growth that will open up an eco-friendly and green energy future for our industry. Despite forecasts of global economic recession and corporate uncertainties for 2012, we are confidently kicking off our growth businesses, based on the foundations we have built over the past year. We will combine creative software competitiveness with our long-standing technological competitiveness, and spearhead change and innovation as a trend-setter in our industry.
In addition, we will create better environmental and social value based on cooperation and communication with our various stakeholders. We will share our principle of building a "So Good Company“ that provides benefits to our various stakeholders including shareholders, customers, employees and suppliers. Meanwhile, we will continue to rapidly and consistently grow all elements that show potential for improvement and advancement, even the smallest aspects of our business. It is through such effort that we will fulfill our social responsibility and help to build a prosperous and sustainable society.
We hope for your continued interest and support as we move forward as an eco-friendly and clean energy solution company that is dedicated to helping to build a sustainable future.