Creating Social Value through Core Technologies

Relevant SDGs

9 Industry, innovation and infrastructure

Reason for Priority

Companies are considered public institutions and have a responsibility to develop in partnership with society through transparent and fair activities.
Moreover, in recent years, amidst the emergence of global level social issues, companies are required to innovate in ways that will transform social systems and lifestyles, and to contribute to solving these issues through business.

Nikon Approach

At Nikon, our vision expresses the determination to "Unlock the future with the power of light." There is a growing sense of urgency about global sustainability, and a pressing need for companies to innovate in order to solve social issues, including meeting SDGs. We will provide new value to solve social issues, and continue to develop in partnership with society. To this end, Nikon will strengthen our technical capabilities centered on our core opto-electronics and precision technologies that we have developed in the production of cameras and lithography systems, and make wide use of these outside their existing fields. At Nikon, we aim to bring about an even more prosperous, safe society.

Contributing to Society through Business Activities

Based on our corporate philosophy of "Trustworthiness and Creativity," the Nikon Group has brought new values for society by providing products and services long trusted by customers through our high technical skills built up over the years.
For example, Nikon has technical capabilities centered around opto-electronics and precision technologies providing equipment essential for the manufacture of semiconductors and liquid crystal panels, which underpin our information society. We have also realized high precision and high resolution, contributing to the development of new technologies and industries. In addition, Nikon has been contributing to both the development of an imaging culture through cameras with a high level of trustworthiness, and the development of bioscience and medical care for nearly a century with microscopes that support high resolution and live cell imaging.
In the modern world, in which many social issues have become apparent, businesses need to embrace these as new markets and business opportunities, to create value more directly connected to the resolution of social issues.
Nikon has examined those areas in which its core technologies can be utilized in addressing a range of social issues such as global warming and the aging of society, and in the Medium-Term Management Plan announced in May 2019, set out "Digital Manufacturing," "Vision Systems/Robotics," and "Healthcare" as areas of long-term growth. As well as using our existing business, we will also use these areas of long-term growth to construct efficient production systems with fewer resources and less energy, and achieve sophisticated and safe production facilities in which humans and robots coexist, etc., and thus provide society with new value. Based on these initiatives, we will strive to achieve SDGs, and to respond to the actions of the international community such as the Paris Agreement.
In order to continue to be a company that is of real value to society, the Nikon Group will bring about innovation in diverse industries based on products and services that utilize opto-electronics and precision technologies, providing solutions towards resolving social issues. Through these, we are aiming to become "A Leading Company in Precision and Optics" that realizes a materially and spiritually rich world.

Main initiatives and results in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2021

Collaborated with various companies through open innovation

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Nikon has adopted open innovation, including not only corporate venture capital (CVC) investment, but also direct investment in start-up firms through the establishment of a private fund, as well as arrangements for providing support and incubation for start-ups and employees that have developed technologies or ideas with good potential. As of the fiscal year ended March 31, 2021 we are providing investment support to 22 start-up firms and venture capital.

Relevant Information

Nikon Sustainability Report

For more details, please see the Nikon Sustainability Report.