Management Philosophy Preserved across the Gunze Group
The Gunze Group’s founding philosophy underscores a people-oriented approach, a commitment to quality, and harmonious coexistence. These three elements of Gunze’s DNA have remained central to our business activities, and have been preserved within our management philosophy over the past 120+ years.
1896 FOUNDING PHILOSOPHY
Striving for harmonious coexistence with all stakeholders surrounding the company through a people-oriented approach and a commitment to quality.
Gunze was founded in 1896 by Tsurukichi Hatano in the district of Ikaruga (now Ayabe City), Kyoto to promote the local silkworm industry. The founder believed that each district should pursue its own policy, and wanted to achieve a harmonious coexistence and coprosperity with all stakeholders, so as to enrich the lives of local people. Thus, he adopted the name Gunze Silk Manufacturing Co., Ltd., with “Gunze” meaning the “policy of the district” in Japanese.
1963 THREE IMPORTANT CHARACTER TRAITS
1969 THREE DISCIPLINES
The three disciplines are behaviors required to acquire three important character traits.
- ●Exchange greetings
- ●Keep your personal belongings in order
- ●Participate in cleaning
1976 CORPORATE MOTTO
Contribute to society through the supply of quality products
Operate with integrity to build strong relationships with our customers and associates
Aim at global leader by utilizing youthful energy and creativity
1997 GUNZE GROUP ENVIRONMENTAL CHARTER
The Gunze Group Environmental Charter was established to promote healthy and sustainable development in harmony with the Earth and society.
1998 GUNZE GROUP ACTION GUIDELINES
The Gunze Group Action Guidelines stipulate the conduct and behavior expected of Gunze as a corporate citizen.
- Chapter 1.
The role Gunze should assume
- Chapter 2.
Rules that Gunze should observe in conducting its corporate activities
- Chapter 3.
Matters that members of Gunze should keep in mind when conducting their work
2007 GUNZE GROUP CSR POLICY
The CSR Policy was disclosed as its corporate commitment to the public.
For suppliers and business partners
For local communities
For the global environment
For shareholders and investors
2012 BRAND CHARTER
2019 Gunze Group CSR Procurement Guidelines
Ensuring appropriate CSR procurement across our entire supply chain.
Provide all suppliers with fair and equal trade opportunities
Select suppliers in a fair and ethical manner
Procure from suppliers in the most appropriate locations
Preserve the global environment and lessen environmental impact
Comply with all applicable laws, regulations, and social norms
Appropriately control and strictly protect information
2019 Basic Policy for Plastic Resource Circulation
GUNZE proactively implements the “3Rs + Renewable*” initiative for plastics, to reduce the amount of plastic waste and help build a society that promotes plastic resource circulation.
Reduce the volume of plastics and promote the reuse and recycling of plastic items.
Help implement effective and efficient plastic resource circulation through easy-to-classify and easy-to-recycle product design, and by aggressively using renewable raw materials.
Help reduce the use of petrochemical raw materials by developing products using bio-based materials.
Conduct appropriate management of waste and ensure that production activities have a smaller impact on the environment, so as to fulfill our responsibility as a manufacturer.
* 3Rs + Renewable：
The 3Rs stands for Reduce (using fewer resources for production and reducing waste), Reuse (using products and parts repeatedly), and Recycle (effectively using waste as raw materials or energy sources). “3Rs + Renewable” means adding the use of renewable resources to the 3Rs initiative.