Economic globalization, advances in information and communications systems, and diversification of people's preferences and lifestyles—all constant reminders that our business environment is undergoing rapid change. The world also faces many and unprecedented challenges, among them continuing population growth, the concentration of people in cities, ever-growing demand for energy and the advances of climate change, natural disasters across the globe, and the need to enhance medical services in emerging economies and for the elderly everywhere.
While the world around us continues to change rapidly, I am committed, as president and CEO of Toshiba, to pressing forward with CSR management as the cornerstone of management policy. Toshiba Group will contribute to developing a sustainable society while aiming to achieve "growth through creativity and innovation." We will speed up managerial decision-making, accelerate innovation, create new value, and open up new markets.
The diversity of our global employees is a major driving force of these initiatives, and I am determined to actively nurture the development of this, our most valuable asset, by shaping a corporate culture that allows all of our employees to enhance their potential and maximize their capabilities. I want to see everyone working at Toshiba Group, whatever their gender or nationality, engaging in active discussions in a free and open-minded manner, creating new value and acting decisively.