As an integrated logistics company grown from shipping business, “K” Line Group conducts business activities aiming at safe and assured delivery of various cargos while paying due consideration to the environment, ranging from individual items such as industrial products and parts to bulk cargos such as iron ore and crude oil. We take part in the global logistics infrastructure that binds the world together through transport of goods, and the role we are expected to play is to steadily provide transport services as a logistics infrastructure for a long period of time, with minimizing the environmental burden and operational cost. I believe our social responsibility (CSR) is to live up to such expectations in good faith through dialogue with various stakeholders including the customers.
Providing reliable and excellent transport services is the very fundamental of our group’s business activities. “K” Line’s unique standards on ensuring the safety of vessels and environmental protection are reflected onto specifications of our vessels at the planning stage, and when it comes to operation, we thoroughly maintain safety in navigation and cargo operation through various measures including sharing information of past accidents, incidents and near misses with in-house vessel management companies and owners of chartered ships, as well as periodic inspection of vessels. Additionally, we established training facilities for the Group’s maritime technical personnel not only in Japan but also in other countries such as Philippines and India, so that they can learn a wide range of expertise in safe operation techniques and improvement of operation efficiency that have been accumulated in our group over the years. Through those initiatives, “K” Line endeavors to develop maritime technical personnel that support its global operating system.
Since our service is operated worldwide, we have to develop talented employees who can analyze various markets and plan and develop services wanted by the market and those that can manage the cooperation and collaboration among various organizations. “K” Line is strengthening its HRD activity in developing persons who have internationally competitive expertise and broader perspective as well as emergency response skills and problem solving capabilities.
“K” Line Group’s very strength is its workplace atmosphere, where various people with different specialties, different experiences and different ways of thinking gather and discuss freely and frankly. We cherish our culture to respect individual capabilities and personalities, lively exchange various ideas, and to challenge for change.
Associated with the population growth and expansion of economic activities centering on the emerging countries, environmental issues such as the drain of resources, environmental pollution and global warming have become increasingly salient. In order to contribute to the creation of sustainable society that can hand the beautiful blue earth over to the next generations, our group established the long-term guidelines on environmental conservation towards year 2050, “K”LINE Environmental Vision 2050 “Securing Blue Seas for Tomorrow”. To protect the global environment, envisaging the future society in 2050, we will gather all our strength to promote measures for achieving four main goals that were specified based on the characteristics of our company’s business.
・For the purpose of preventing the marine pollution and protection of the ecosystem, maintaining zero serious accidents.
・To address the issue of energy resource shortage, replacing the greater part of energy consumed in our business activities
with alternative energy sources (e.g., LNG, hydrogen, fuel cells, renewable energy).
・Reducing CO2 emissions considered to be the culprit of global warming by half compared to 2011 level.
・Minimizing the emissions of air pollutants including SOx and NOx that are generated from the group’s business activities
to near zero.
Our company has reviewed its corporate philosophy and vision toward the 100th anniversary in 2019, and established a new Medium-Term Management Plan “ Value for our Next Century” (runs for 5 years from April 2015). With placing high importance on the dialogues and cooperation with stakeholders for the next 100 years as well and setting the compliance as the utmost priority of the basis of business, we will work on the sustainable corporate growth and creation of new values by proving ourselves worthy of the trust and expectation of stakeholders.
President and CEO