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          1. CSR / Environment

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            Embracing Sharp's Business Vision of “Changing the World with 8K+5G and AIoT*1” to Accelerate Business Innovation and Help Address the Challenges Facing the International Community

            At Sharp, “Changing the world with 8K+5G and AIoT” is our business vision, and we are pursuing this vision with business innovations that focus on turning the 8K+5G Ecosystem and AIoT World into full-fledged businesses. Specifically, we are accelerating our transition to a business model under the motto of “Technology Up, Quality Up, Value Up.” This business model is built around not only the creation of highly competitive equipment and devices but also systems that integrate hardware, software, and cloud services, as well as solutions. We are also using this process to further strengthen and expand both our B2C and B2B business. In terms of global business expansion, we have made steady progress in growing business in Japan, ASEAN countries, and Europe. Moving forward, we are pursuing even greater growth via a global, multipolar (five poles) framework, which is focused on actively intensifying the rate of business expansion in Japan, ASEAN countries, and Europe, as well as business development in China and the Americas.

            At the same time, the international community is accelerating the pace of efforts aimed at addressing the various challenges which face it, as evidenced by, among other things, the United Nations' adoption of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030 and the greenhouse gas reduction targets of the Paris Agreement framework. Coinciding with these efforts, Sharp adopted SHARP Eco Vision 2050 in February 2019 as a new, long-term environmental vision focused on the year 2050. Through the various initiatives and policies that we implement to turn this vision into reality, we seek to ensure that Sharp's clean energy production will exceed its energy consumption, and that the environmental impact of our corporate activities will be minimal, all for the sake of contributing to the realization of a sustainable society. Also, Sharp will continue supporting the United Nations Global Compact as a signatory*2 to the 10 Principles, which cover the areas of human rights, labor, environment, and anti-corruption, as well as help in addressing such global challenges as conflict minerals and protecting human rights.

            Fiscal 2019 is the final year of Sharp's transformation for the next 100 years. As we work to ensure our thorough transformation in the three areas of business, competitive markets, and operations, we are building a firm business foundation to support Sharp's sustained growth as well as contributing to addressing the various challenges facing the international community via 8K+5G and AIoT. And through all of this, we ensure that the future of Sharp will be one of dramatic growth.

            October 2019

            J. W. Tai
            Chairman, President & CEO

            • *1 AIoT is a word coined by Sharp, combining the words AI (artificial intelligence) and IoT (Internet of things).
              “AIoT” is registered trademark of Sharp Corporation.
            • *2 Signed in June 2009