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Sustainability Report 2014

Kobe Steel Group Sustainability Report 2014

CONTENTS

Environmental Report

Social Report

ECOWAY

ecoway

In order to spread environmental awareness and foster an environmental mindset among employees, the Kobe Steel Group has created its own environmental logo.

The logo's leaf symbol, hand drawn to represent the leaf of a lush and thriving tree, indicates the natural and gentle image of nature, while the arrow mark and the word, "ECOWAY," express our commitment to proceeding steadily down the path toward becoming a leading environmental corporate group.

Guidelines for the Sustainability Report

This report was created with reference to "GRI Guidelines Ver. 3.0" and "ISO 26000 - Social Responsibility," environmental reporting with reference to "Environmental Reporting Guidelines 2012," and disaster prevention with reference to the PR document published August 1, 2005 by the Central Disaster Prevention Council Working Group on Corporate Evaluation and Operational Continuity.

Time Period of Reporting

As the 2014 edition, this report reflects the results of environmental and social activities undertaken by the Kobe Steel Group in fiscal 2013 (April 1, 2013-March 31, 2014). A portion of the material may be from outside this timeframe. Reporting covers the Group's basic stance toward environmental and social initiatives, with reference to past, present and future activities.

Scope of Reporting

In principle, this report covers the activities of Kobe Steel Ltd., as well as its group companies within Japan and overseas.