Companies are a major part of the global society, and we have responsibilities towards the communities and the ecosystems we operate in. It is important to align our business goals with the challenges and the shared goals of the societies. Digital technology and data-driven intelligence are means to make effective interventions and bring prosperity to the world’s population.
Fujitsu is committed to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement. The SDGs are a set of 17 goals, and they are a continuation to the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that ended in 2015. Compared to the MDGs, the SDGs are more ambitious, more comprehensive, and for the first time also companies are invited to participate in the planning and execution of the goals. The Paris Agreement is connected to the Goal 13 on Climate Action, and in the Paris Agreement countries agree to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius. According to Fujitsu’s Climate and Energy Vision, we will contribute to this by becoming a net-zero CO2 emissions business, by contributing to a decarbonized society through our services and products, and by supporting climate change adaption measures.
As President Tatsuya Tanaka has said, the SDGs are a key element in Fujitsu’s services, and we strive to achieve these goals together with our customers and other stakeholders. We will help to solve global environment issues with the help of ICT, and will continue to work with our customers, our partners and our suppliers to ensure that the business operations and processes related to our services and products have minimal negative environment impacts. For example, our Finland organization has used Green Electricity since 2014, which means that the carbon footprint of all electricity used in our offices and data centers in Finland is zero.
We have identified some of the goals that we need to address strategically, given the nature of our own businesses and the external environment. Using the digital technology that is at the core of our business, the Fujitsu Group is currently focused on goals 2, 3, 9 and 11 as the areas where it can deliver the greatest value and is progressing business initiatives in these areas.
SDG 2 – Zero Hunger
Fujitsu’s Solution to this is high productivity agriculture – Akisai. Fujitsu is providing a cloud service to realise smart agriculture. By digitally connecting farms, logistics, food companies, retailers, as well as individual consumers, we are driving a new Digital Arena for food innovation. Over 200 companies use Akisai today, increasing crop yield between 30- 60%, while reducing labour time by 23%. This is in use across Asia, including Japan and efficiency is increased without employing GM or chemical methods.
SDG 3 – Good Health and Well-Being
Super computer simulation is enabling much faster discoveries of chemical compounds effective for treating cancers and other difficult diseases. The University of Tokyo and Fujitsu jointly developed a heart simulator which can visualise the motions of 640,000 muscle cells.
Another solution is Kiduku, which is a Clinically led research project based in Ireland Using sensor technology with big data analysis to help the elderly live well for longer in their own homes. It finds previously unseen health issues, by analysing and connecting everyday events. From 2017 it will be implemented in homes and institutions to identify risks and provide support to medical practitioners.
SDG 9 – Industry Innovation and Infrastructure
Fujitsu has created a solution that uses Palm print identification instead of fingerprint identification. This is more hygienic (no touching necessary), and of course more secure.
SDG 11 – Sustainable City
In Singapore, Fujitsu is collaborating with the Agency for Science Technology and Research, and Singapore Management University. We are developing a unique solution to realise stress free mobility harnessing digital technologies such as location information cloud services.
We also developed SPATIOWL. Smart and sustainable cities need smart transportation solutions and SPATIOWL allows for the capture of vast amounts of location data, its aggregation from different sources and the use of analytics for generating decision-support information. Better management of transportation, route optimisation and security lead to a reduction in energy demand and strain on infrastructure