CSR Social Activities

Compliance

Basic stance

The Toyota Boshoku group states in its corporate philosophy that the Company will seek to promote corporate growth while fulfilling its responsibilities as a good corporate citizen. At the same time, the Company clarifies its overall promotion system, scope of activities and goals for compliance in each region, including Japan, and conducts activities under strong leadership from top management, while personnel in charge of legal affairs in each region share knowledge of issues as well as improve and strengthen compliance activities.

Strengthening compliance and making considerations for human rights

In addition to antitrust laws and anti-bribery measures, the importance of making considerations for human rights is also increasing. Toyota Boshoku works to raise members’ awareness of compliance and human rights and enhance the level of implementation through various training and educational activities for executive officers and members in order to ensure compliance with laws and regulations as well as co-existence with local communities by respecting various cultures, values and individuality. We have a global legal risk management system, while continuously taking steps to increase awareness of the whistle-blowing system globally and making continuous improvements to the whistle-blowing system.

Executive Legal Seminar
Executive Legal Seminar

Number of serious legal violations

None

Strengthening the permeation and practical application of the code of conduct

The Toyota Boshoku group implements education and training using the Toyota Boshoku group code of conduct (code of conduct), the basis of its compliance, as a teaching material. We strive to strengthen the permeation and practical application of the code of conduct at the workplace level. We also seek to raise compliance awareness by providing training via e-learning on the topics of compliance, the code of conduct and the whistle-blowing system and by undertaking the Toyota Boshoku group Corporate Ethics Month activities.

Compliance with Competition laws

Toyota Boshoku established the Company Policy on Competition Law, in which we clearly declared that the Company will not tolerate any behaviour violating Competition laws and company members will not commit any violations, with this declaration being shared globally.

Toyota Boshoku prepared a compliance manual and conducts training globally that includes training for executive officers and relevant departments while related internal rules have also been created at each site. The Company is therefore deepening understanding of its stance toward Competition laws, which includes verifying operating conditions, and of cautionary points in conducting business operations. In addition, the Antitrust Law Compliance Rules were established mainly to regulate information exchange with competitors and this forms part of a structure to prevent infringements.

Comprehensive efforts toward anti-bribery

The Toyota Boshoku group has prepared the Anti-bribery Guideline, thereby making efforts to increase understanding of regulations in respective countries related to preventing corruption such as bribery and establishing a framework for compliance. The compliance status of the guideline is inspected globally on a regular basis and the guidelines and its implementation are continuously improved, if necessary.

Compliance with export control

The Toyota Boshoku group promotes activities in compliance with the Export Compliance Programme (Export CP) in order to appropriately implement security export control aimed at maintaining international peace and security. This includes making decisions on whether or not products and machinery equipment exported overseas, and engineering information such as technical drawings and production technology supplied outside Japan, comply with laws and regulations related to security export control.

Intellectual Property Management

The Toyota Boshoku group appropriately values our own intellectual property and we continuously work to enhance the protection and utilisation of our intellectual property with the view that it is a key management asset essential for global business development. In fiscal 2020, the Toyota Boshoku group started activities to provide the patent analysis information obtained from IP landscape*1 to the business segments and use the information in design development and review of our direction.
Moving forward, the Toyota Boshoku group will provide management with comprehensive analysis results for information on intellectual property, technology, services, markets, and competitors, and will broaden the scope of our activities to enable utilisation of said information in our business strategy. Furthermore, we will focus on cooperating with design and development divisions in each business segment and field, and on strengthening the intellectual property cooperation system with regional headquarters.

*1 Defined in the Intellectual Property Skill Standards published by the Japan Patent Office. Consists of ascertaining trends in individual technologies and patents, and performing in-house analysis, competition analysis, market analysis, etc., that integrates intellectual property information and market information.

Number of patents registered

Number of patents registered

Education and awareness raising

Toyota Boshoku has held training for compliance that includes such core topics as antitrust laws and anti-bribery and is also working to ensure that all company members, including new hires and members who were promoted, can acquire the necessary knowledge regarding compliance. Personnel in charge of legal affairs from the Legal Division at Toyota Boshoku and RM&CH conduct workshops relating to important laws in consideration of the conditions of each country and each region.

Activities in Corporate Ethics Month

Every year, we have Toyota Boshoku group Corporate Ethics Month on a global basis with participation by all members. During this month, efforts are made to enhance ethics mind through various activities such as confirming our corporate philosophy and guiding principles and reviewing members’ behaviour internally and externally.

Establishing and operating a consultation and whistleblowing system

The Anything Goes Counseling Office has been set up internally as well as a reporting contact at a designated law firm externally to establish an environment in which members from group companies in Japan can easily seek advice without fear of reprisal. Members can seek consultation or report issues concerning such matters as workplace problems, legal violations and internal misconduct. Initiatives are also being pursued to establish a whistle-blowing system in regions outside Japan in order to develop a global system.

Number of consultations

Fiscal year 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Anything Goes Counselling Office (cases) *2 193 87 134 152 107
Compliance consulting contact window (cases) *2 0 12 9 8 12

*2 Contact window which receive consultation or report issues concerning such matters as workplace problems, legal violations and internal misconduct