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 through various training and educational activities in order to ensure compliance with laws and regulations as well as co-existence with local communities by respecting various cultures, values and individuality.
In fiscal 2018, issues for strengthening compliance were discussed at the Global Legal Conference while activities to promote a greater awareness of the whistle-blowing system were carried out globally.

Discussions regarding compliance measures
Discussions regarding compliance measures

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. These are implemented targeting all members with administrative and engineering skills as well as managerial positions with technical skills. Toyota Boshoku confirm the degree of practical application of the code of conduct while raising compliance awareness through training using e-learning and by undertaking Toyota Boshoku group Corporate Ethics Month activities.

Thoroughgoing compliance with antitrust laws

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

Toyota Boshoku formulated a compliance manual and conducts training globally that includes an Executive Legal Seminar and training for relevant departments while related internal rules have also been created at each site. The Company is therefore deepening understanding of its stance toward antitrust 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 formulated 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 necessary corrections made.

Thoroughgoing export control

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

Intellectual Property Management

The Toyota Boshoku group respects the intellectual property of third parties and appropriately values our own intellectual property, as our strong technology is viewed as a key management asset essential for global business development. We continuously work to enhance the protection and utilisation of our intellectual property.

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.

Initiatives regarding Corporate Ethics Month

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

In fiscal 2018, we conducted workplace discussions under the theme of becoming a company trusted by stakeholders.

Corporate Ethics Month (China)
Corporate Ethics Month (China)

Enhancing consultation and whistle-blowing 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 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Anything Goes Counselling Office (cases) * 173 148 193 87 134
Compliance consulting contact window (cases) * 0 0 0 12 9

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