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Designed with durability, dependability and long-term value as priorities, Kyocera creates mobile phones that help people feel comfortable with new technology, and use it to connect, perform, and outsmart the challenges in life. Doing more with your phone instead of being confused by it – or having to be careful with it – is at the heart of Kyocera's confident personality.
Kyocera Communications, Inc. is a division of Kyocera Corporation, the parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group. A diversified global company, Kyocera has approximately 70,000 employees in its 235 divisions, creating innovative products including mobile phones, solar power generating systems, printers, copiers, electronic components, semiconductor packages, cutting tools and industrial components.
Whether it's helping our community through local programs, reducing energy consumption or creating environmentally friendly products, Kyocera Communications and its parent company, Kyocera Corporation, proudly demonstrate a long-standing commitment to social responsibility. We are guided by management philosophies of "harmonious coexistence" and "doing what is right as human beings." Kyocera is a steward of the environment and a contributor to the communities in which it operates.
Learn more about Kyocera's Corporate Social Responsibility Initiatives on the Global Kyocera web site.
Kyocera Communications is ISO 14001 certified for its environmental management systems and has won local, regional and national awards from regulatory agencies for its efforts. We promote an environmentally friendly culture with employees and on-site contractors and are committed to the prevention of pollution, protection of natural resources, waste reduction and compliance with applicable environmental legislation and regulations.
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SO 14001 is an international standard that establishes requirements for an Environmental Management System (EMS).
As an ISO 14001 certified company, Kyocera Communications, Inc. is committed to the protection of the environment and conservation of natural resources in our production processes, products, services, and activities. It is our intention to be recognized by our customers, employees and our community as a responsible corporate citizen. Kyocera Communications, Inc. is committed to continual improvement in environmental management and pollution prevention in all of our business activities and in the products and services we provide.
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Kyocera's commitment to its communities ranges from local to global. Locally, Kyocera is active in the business community and its employees organize projects like beach clean-ups, blood drives and e-waste recycling campaigns. At a corporate level, Kyocera supports educational, environmental, philanthropic and disaster-relief efforts with well-known organizations including the Red Cross, YMCA, United Way/CHAD and Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
In addition, since 1985, the Inamori Foundation, created by Kyocera founder Dr. Kazuo Inamori, has recognized lifetime achievement in the arts and sciences with the annual Kyoto Prizes. Three prizes, similar in intent to the Nobel Prize, are given each year in the fields of Advanced Technology, Basic Sciences and Arts & Philosophy. They are given to those who are not only top representatives of their own respective fields, but also who have contributed to humanity through their work.
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From its humble beginnings in 1959 in Kyoto, Japan to today – with more than 70,000 employees in 235 divisions in 29 countries – Kyocera is unified across generations and geographies by a core set of guiding values. Established by Kyocera's founder, Dr. Kazuo Inamori, these values are captured in the Kyocera Philosophy.
At the core of the Kyocera Philosophy is a belief that decisions should always be made through reason and based on the idea of "What is the right thing to do as a human being?" We believe in the fundamental ethical and moral values of the natural goodness of human beings. The most basic principles of humankind say "Don't be greedy," "Don't cheat people," "Don't lie," and "Be honest." For individuals and for businesses, trouble comes when decisions are based not on what is right, but what is convenient.
Contained in the Kyocera Philosophy are Dr. Inamori's "12 Management Principles" for business. These are the tactical guidelines for those at all levels making decisions on behalf of Kyocera. Of the 12 principles, it is no accident that only four are specific to business operations, while the other eight focus entirely on the character and integrity of the individual. For 54 years, good people making the "right" decisions have led Kyocera to strong performance and even stronger reputation.
"The Kyocera philosophy is a philosophy of life that I acquired through practice. Its basis is 'To do what is right as a human being.'"
1959: Kyoto Ceramics Co., Ltd. is founded in Kyoto, Japan as a company specializing in fine ceramics.
1983: Kyocera produces what is now regarded as the world's first laptop computer, featuring file transfer via dial-up modem.
1984: Kyocera founder, Dr. Kazuo Inamori, leads Kyocera and a group of 24 other companies to establish Japanese wireless service provider Daini Denden Kikaku Co., Ltd. (later known as DDI).
1986: DDI commences microwave leased-line telecom services in Japan.
1987: DDI commences public telecommunications services and prepares a plan to offer CDMA-based cellular service.
1991: Kyocera Corp. begins production of cellular phones for the Japan market.
1995: DDI launches Personal Handiphone System (PHS) mobile wireless networks in Tokyo and Sapporo.
1997: Kyocera releases its first smartphone in Japan, the DataScope DS110, which also serves as a wireless modem for PC mobility.
1998: Kyocera's DataScope DS320 features wireless monochrome videophone capability.
1998: New headquarters building is completed in Kyoto, Japan with environmentally friendly features such as a solar power generating system.
1999: Kyocera releases the Visual Phone VP-210, the world's first handheld, wireless color videophone.
2000: Kyocera Wireless Corp. (now Kyocera Communications, Inc.) is established in California, U.S.A.
2008: Kyocera acquires the global mobile phone business of SANYO Electric Co., Ltd.
2010: Kyocera brings waterproof phone technology to the U.S. market with the launch of the Kyocera Taho at Sprint.
2012: Kyocera introduces proprietary Smart Sonic Receiver technology, a huge step forward in audio quality for mobile phones.
2013: Kyocera enlists renowned adventurer, television personality and survivalist Bear Grylls as Lead Product Tester.
2014: The Kyocera Brigadier launches as the world's first mass-market smartphone with an ultra-durable pure sapphire display.
Today, Kyocera continues to be a World leader and innovator by offering consumers phones that not only fit, but also enhance their lifestyle.