To further increase our corporate values and achieve sustainable growth in the future, it is absolutely imperative for us to comply with not only laws and regulations but also internal rules in all aspects of our management of the company. Compliance is clearly defined in the Action Guidelines of Sumitomo Corporation: ""comply with laws and regulations while maintaining the highest ethical standard."" We place the utmost importance on it in our management. We have a compliance committee to reinforce our compliance system and promote educational activities so that the compliance-based mindset will be deeply rooted and extensively disseminated among all of our officers and employees in their daily work.
In the event anyone should infringe a rule, it is assured that it will be immediately reported to his/her supervisor or relevant departments. In addition to the reporting system through the organizational ladders, we have introduced a ""speak up"" system by which any trouble can be reported directly to the compliance committee, thereby enabling the company to swiftly take the best cource of action.
As a member of Sumitomo Corporation Group, we place compliance at the center of our corporate management in performing our daily business activities.
The members of our compliance committee are as follows:
|Chairman||Representative Director and President|
|Vice-Chairman||Corporate Officer in charge of Corporate Division|
|Secretariat||Ggeneral Manager, Human Resouces Group|
|General Manager, Risk Management and Legal Group|
|Committee Members||General Manager, Internal Auditing Office|
|General Manager, Corporate Administration Dept. No.1|
|General Manager, Corporate Administration Dept. No. 2|
|General Manager, Corporate planning & Coordination Dept.|
|General Managers of Sales Divisions|
Guiding Principles for Compliance
As a member of the Sumitomo Corporation Group, we follow the compliance policy as set forth in the "Sumitomo Corporation Compliance Manual."
Ⅰ Business Activities.
1. Observing Antimonopoly Laws
Employees shall not engage in private monopolization, unreasonable restraint of trade or unfair trade practices.
2. Security Trade Control
Employees shall not provide to any foreign country any weapons, arms or related technology that might disturb the maintenance of international peace and security.
3. Customs/Controlled Items
Employees shall carry out customs clearance procedures properly with respect to all items exported or imported. Employees shall not export or import any controlled items.
4. Compliance with Applicable Laws
Employees shall become familiar with the applicable laws relevant to their individual business responsibilities in order to have an appropriate understanding of such laws, and shall refrain from engaging in any conduct that violates such laws.
5. Respecting and Protecting Intellectual Property Rights
Employees shall not engage in actions that may infringe the intellectual property rights of others and shall protect the intellectual property rights of the Company, which are among its valuable corporate assets.
6. Prohibition of Unfair Competition
The Management Principles of the Company place prime importance on integrity. Employees shall not engage in any practices constituting unfair competition, which may damage the reputation of the Company.
7. Information Management
The Company's confidential information, including without limitation customer information, trade secrets and know-how, is a valuable corporate asset of the Company. Employees shall treat the Company's confidential information with great care and keep it in strict confidence. Confidential information received by the Company from a third party shall be treated with the same degree of care.
8. Preservation of the Environment
Employees shall give due consideration to the preservation of the global environment.
9. Overseas Business Activities
When conducting business overseas, employees shall familiarize themselves with the local laws and regulations governing their activities and act in compliance with these laws and regulations.
Ⅱ Corporate Citizen As a Member of Society.
10. Prohibition on Giving Bribes
Employees shall not engage in any conduct which would constitute, or has the appearance of, the offering of any bribe. Employees are also prohibited from giving gifts or offering entertainment to government officials.
11. Prevention of Unlawful Payments to Foreign Governmental Officials
Employees shall not provide or offer to provide any unlawful benefit, including without limitation cash, to any foreign governmental official for the purpose of procuring business.
12. Political Contributions
Employees shall not make any political contributions that are not in compliance with applicable law.
13. Confrontation with Antisocial Forces
Employees shall not yield to any antisocial forces and shall take a strong stand to oppose any such influence.
Ⅲ Maintenance of a Good Working Environment.
14. Respect for Human Rights (*)
Employees shall respect human rights and shall not engage in any unfair discrimination.
* Complied with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
15. Prohibition of Sexual Harassment
Employees shall not engage in sexual harassment, including any sexually offensive actions or remarks that have a negative impact on the working environment.
16. Prohibition on Abuse of Authority
Employees shall exercise their authority in the workplace within the appropriate scope and shall not use their authority to engage in harassment of any other employee, including comments, actions or gestures that may damage another employee's dignity or character, create a harmful working environment for another employee or cause another employee to fear losing his or her employment.
Ⅳ Personal Interests.
17. Insider Trading
Employees shall not engage in any conduct that violates, or may appear to violate, the laws and regulations regarding insider trading.
18. Conflict of Interest
Employees shall not engage in any conduct which conflicts with the interests of the Company.
19. Proper Use of Information System
Employees shall not use the information system of the Company for any unauthorized purpose.