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IBIDEN Co, Ltd. is pleased to announce that it has been selected for inclusion in MSCI Inc.'s MSCI ESG Leaders Indexes and MSCI Japan ESG Select Leaders Index.
MSCI ESG Leaders Indexes comprises companies with the highest environmental, social and governance rating in each sector of the parent index, and IBIDEN Co, Ltd. has been selected for inclusion for the second consecutive year.
Regarding the MSCI Japan ESG Select Leaders Index, IBIDEN Co, Ltd. has been included in the index for the sixth consecutive year since its inception.
Also, IBIDEN Co, Ltd. has received the highest AAA rating of a seven point grade scale in the MSCI ESG Ratings assessment (as of June, 2022). The AAA rating was awarded to only 20 of the 305 Japanese companies selected this time.
IBIDEN Group upholds a "harmonious relationship with the natural environment" and the "realization of the progression of society" as key goals in its Corporate Philosophy. The Group has continued to grow by developing products that can lead to solving social problems with its innovative technologies. Considering that contribution to the progression of society and solving social problems through its business are the essence of its Corporate Philosophy, the Group will continue to engage in ESG (environmental, social, and governance) activities.
Andy Shaughnessy, I-Connect007
There was some good news this week, as Republicans and Democrats managed to cooperate long enough to pass the CHIPS Act. Members of the House and Senate don’t usually act until they get worried about being voted out of office, so pardon me if I’m not ready to sing “Happy Days Are Here Again” just yet. But this is still really good news; the politicians are on the record now, and we can hold them accountable.
Shawn DuBravac, IPC
IPC Chief Economist Shawn DuBravac has plenty to share about the state of the U.S. economy and how the electronics manufacturing industry might weather the storms of high inflation, rising interest rates, and low unemployment. It’s an interesting situation to find ourselves in as the flurry of opinion on a 2023 recession starts to take shape. Does it make sense to invest in PCB fab now? And how does the rest of the world feel about it? Shawn gets to the bottom line.
Andy Shaughnessy, Design007 Magazine
I’m getting a lot of out-of-office replies. Are you all on the beach now? It’s 91 degrees every day here in Atlanta lately, but each afternoon it rains like we’re in a horror movie, and that drops the temperature down to the subtropical arena. Still, I’ll take heat over freezing any day. Things are heating up in our industry too, as we see from my top five choices this week. First-quarter electronic design revenue is up year-on-year, but PCB revenue barely moved the needle YOY. Editor Nolan Johnson spent the week at SEMICON West and the FLEX Conference, and he brings us a review of these conferences, co-located at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. As he notes, printed electronic circuits are beginning to gain a foothold in the market.