Thorough Corporate Ethics

Basic ideas and policies

In order to foster environment, society and governance (ESG)-oriented management, it is important for individual employees of the Showa Denko Group to take actions based on the recognition of their respective responsibilities. Accordingly, we regularly provide employees with an opportunity to learn more deeply about corporate ethics and human rights and measure the results to promote the dissemination of ethical values throughout the Group.

Materiality KPI

Materiality KPI Provide Group employees in Japan and abroad with a total of 1.5 hours of training on corporate ethics and human rights per employee per year on an ongoing basis

Results for the KPI

In 2019 we achieved the KPI at Group companies in Japan:

  1. 1. As a Corporate Ethics Month activity that is conducted annually in May, all employees including those outside Japan checked for any issues in their own daily actions by once again reading through Our Code of Conduct and Its Practical Guide. Moreover, they viewed a video on compliance (provided as a training material) and discussed it at their respective workplaces.
  2. 2.During Human Rights Week in December, the sites of Showa Denko K.K. and other Group companies in Japan held training sessions on human rights-related themes familiar to their workplaces, such as those related to harassment prevention and communication, as well as on the human right issues pointed out by the Japanese Ministry of Justice (so-called “Dowa issue,” human rights of foreign nationals, human trafficking, etc.).

ExampleHolding a joint seminar on human rights in the Keihin district

Joint seminar held in the district

In addition to training provided by each site, the head office, Kawasaki Plant and Yokohama Plant of Showa Denko K.K. have been holding an annual joint seminar on human rights in the Keihin district since 1995. For the seminar held in 2019, more than 250 people from three bases participated in total. We invited Sayaka Murata, co-representative of an NPO called the “Kamonohashi Project,” to give a lecture for the seminar. In her lecture, Ms. Murata detailed the situation regarding child prostitution in Cambodia and India from the viewpoint of a person actually working to solve the problem. She also explained why she began conducting the activity and what she did in the past to address the issue. Participants listened earnestly to the lecturer, who first became aware of the issue and felt compelled to tackle it due to a small incident, and then continued taking actions to solve it in the face of difficulties. After the lecture, participants made various comments, such as “I was surprised to learn that such a problem still exists,” “I was impressed with the lecturer’s ability to take actions” and “I would like to find something I can do, even if it is something small.”

Toward the future

We will continue to identify issues related to corporate ethics and human rights within the Group, make prompt and appropriate responses to the identified issues and foster the adoption and practice of ethical values among employees. In particular, for training conducted by Group companies outside Japan, we will enhance it under the same system as that adopted inside Japan.

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