Integrated Report 2020

LINTEC Integrated Report 20209Makoto HattoriRepresentative DirectorPresident, CEO and COORespect for Diversity Is My PolicyDiversity in human resources is the key to growth over the medium-to-long term. It is difficult for teams that are not diverse to generate good ideas, and, accordingly, I believe that diversity itself is a source of value creation. LINTEC is striving to hire and develop diverse human resources and to create environments in which it is easy for everyone to work. In addi-tion, we are establishing systems to activate discussions from a variety of perspectives. As one part of those activities, we set up the SDGs Committee as a Companywide organization. This committee considers new products and new businesses that target the resolution of social issues, based on the Company’s core businesses. Moving forward, we will value diversity in all departments, such as sales, research, manufacturing, and administration, and work to link that diversity to the creation of new value. We are taking the same approach to management. In June 2020, we increased the number of independent outside directors and the number of female directors under a new system. In the future, we will strive to further enhance gover-nance while incorporating diverse viewpoints into management.Toward New Value Creation with a Spirit of Taking on ChallengesAs president, I first want the Company to steadily advance in the next three-year medium-term business plan. Of course, we do not intend to announce easy issues and targets.To increase employee motivation, I would like them to experience success in a variety of ways. In the past, when I worked as the executive general manager of Advanced Materials Operations, there were many times I experienced how one success leads to the next. The achievement of the next medium-term business plan will be extremely significant for the realization of our long-term vision. And I would like our employees to strive to show determi-nation by first taking on challenges even when faced with dif-ficult problems. Going forward, I will strive to see that the spirit of working earnestly to resolve issues through a process of trial and error is thoroughly adopted within the Company. From a long-term perspective, I believe that our approach of working to create new value by helping to resolve social issues through our business will be the driving force for the sustained growth of the LINTEC Group.

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