Established in Korea in 1969, Samsung Electronics celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2009. That year, it was ranked number 1 for sales among global IT companies for the first time. In 2010, Samsung was placed 22nd in the 2010 Fortune 500, a rise of ten places from the previous year and the highest ranking for a Korean company in the year. Samsung Electronics has an ambitious future vision that goes beyond the next 100 years and the firm continues to strive for sustainable growth. As a result, Samsung Electronics posted sales of KRW 165 trillion and operating profits of KRW 16.2 trillion in 2011, recording yet again another two-digit growth rate.
This is the fifth Sustainability Report issued by Samsung Electronics and is intended to communicate the sustainability efforts and performance to stakeholders. At Samsung Electronics, the company firmly believes that it can deliver positive value by protecting the environment and improving the social conditions of the communities in which the firm operates while generating economic performance.