Sustainability Philosophy and PolicyWe contribute to bringing about a sustainable and prosperous society
Sustainability Philosophy and Policy
“Together with our global partners, we bring innovation to everyone everywhere.” Based on this mission, Socionext recognizes sustainability as a serious management challenge and we want to contribute to bringing about a sustainable and prosperous society. Our goal is to expand the possibilities of society by delivering new value to our customers and, through them, to people everywhere, working with customers seeking to differentiate new services and products by developing their own leading-edge SoCs, and partnering with suppliers able to provide the latest technologies in an increasingly sophisticated semiconductor ecosystem, extending from foundry and OSAT*1 services through to IP*2, EDA tools*3, and software.
The environment in which companies operate is undergoing major change amid rising global concern about social problems, such as diversity and respect for human rights, as well as attention to environmental problems that include global warming and climate change. At Socionext, we are working to fully understand the risks posed by the diverse issues facing the world and intend to pursue initiatives that will lead to their resolution.
In pursuing these activities, we are striving to understand the issues involved while also building relationships of trust, engaging in dialogue and collaborative activity with our many stakeholders, who include customers, suppliers, employees, local communities, and shareholders, with our goal being to create a sustainable society.
*2: IP is an abbreviation of “intellectual property” and in the context of semiconductors refers to modular circuit designs that perform specific functions in an integrated circuit. IP can be divided into outsourced IP that is licensed from another vendor and in-house IP developed internally.
*3: EDA is an abbreviation of “electronic design automation” and refers to software tools for automating semiconductor design work.
●Action on sustainability
Socionext is taking action on sustainability in ways that are integrated with its business. In terms of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues, this has included the establishment in April 2022 of an ESG office to facilitate ongoing management-level discussion of medium-to-long-term challenges. This ESG office serves as a hub for establishing systems and practices that bring the relevant internal departments together to work on these challenges, formulating policies and action plans for addressing key sustainability issues and monitoring their progress based around a management structure in which the Board of Directors plays a central role in underpinning this work.
In addressing global societal challenges, we are working through our business activities to create a sustainable society based on our recognition that, as a global corporation, fulfilling our social responsibilities requires that we address these issues diligently. This includes taking action on human rights and environmental problems, especially climate change, at all steps along our supply chain as well as work on promoting professional development and diversity and on improving quality and service.
●Management structure for action on sustainability
●ISO and other third-party certification
Socionext is certified under the following ISO standards
ISO9001 Quality management system
ISO9001 is an international standard for quality management systems.
We build quality products that meet the varying quality, cost, and delivery (QCD) needs of our customers. As a fabless company, we also have comprehensive management systems for our own planning and design work and we select partners from Japan and overseas that best suit the characteristics, functionality, and quality of products to be manufactured. We are also able to deliver optimal quality to our customers in a timely manner by leveraging the high-quality and reliable technologies that we have developed in the global market and through close collaboration with our partners.
ISO14001 Environmental management system
ISO14001 is an international standard for environmental management systems that was developed to help companies progressively reduce their impact on the environment.
Socionext has ISO14001 certification and we are engaged in ongoing efforts to reduce our impact on the environment.
ISO/IEC27001 Information security (certification acquired for some business units)
ISO/IEC 27001 is an international standard for information security management systems (ISMSs).
Socionext has organizational structures in place to enable the effective use of information while also maintaining a careful balance between the requirements of confidentiality, integrity, and availability. In addition to acquiring ISO/IEC 27001 certification and working to maintain and improve security, we have also adopted realistic remedial measures for dealing with these risks.
ISO26262 Functional Safety (certification acquired for some business units)
ISO26262 is an international standard for functional safety of electric and electronic devices that are becoming increasingly sophisticated in the automotive industry.
With the acquisition of certification, our automotive SoC development process can meet the highest safety standards in ISO26262,
ASIL-D, and allow us to deal with the high safety requirements of autonomous driving and other technologies from device level.
Our environmental, social, and governance (ESG) activities are reviewed by a third-party agency that provides CSR evaluation services.
Evaluation agency: EcoVadis