Corporate Ethics and Compliance

Basic policies

The Showa Denko Group positions "compliance with social justice and corporate ethics" as the top management priority and operates the company based on compliance. As fundamental mechanisms to promote and establish compliance on a groupwide basis, the Human Rights/Corporate Ethics Promotion Council is established under the CSR Committee chaired by the president while a chief risk officer (CRO) in charge of risk and compliance management across the Group is appointed.
Furthermore, in addition to recurrence prevention measures and the proper punishment for compliance violations, there is a framework in place to prevent or find and properly address problems at an early stage through an internal check system and inside denunciation system.

Activities in 2016

Corporate Ethics Month

The Showa Denko Group sets every January as Corporate Ethics Month.
As in the previous years, in the 2016 Corporate Ethics Month, we organized group discussions using Our Code of Conduct and Its Practical Guide in each workplace, including Group companies outside Japan, and ensured that all executives and managers signed and submitted, respectively, “The Oath of Office” and “The Oath of Compliance with Our Code of Conduct and Its Practical Guide.”
Furthermore, this year again, we implemented e-learning on corporate ethics and compliance targeting managers. This e-learning program is mandatory for those who have been promoted.

Corporate Ethics Hotline

A "Corporate Ethics Hotline" has been established for group employees in Japan to prevent, or correct at an early stage, matters that conflict with various rules such as laws and internal regulations as well as violations of corporate ethics. We have also been reinforcing our system for preventing power harassment and sexual harassment to resolve any issues as quickly as possible.
In 2016 we received 28 reports and implemented measures mainly to prevent whistle-blowers from being treated unfairly and to provide follow-up on how the reported matter was handled to each whistleblower.
At the same time we worked to promote employees’ access to the hotline service by intermittently providing information on the service contact and how to use it. In addition, four of our overseas Group companies have appointed a person to serve as the contact for inside denunciation. We will continue strengthening these efforts.

Number of requests for consultation received by the Corporate Ethics Hotline (Including anonymous requests)
2013 2014 2015 2016
41 44 46 28

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