Introducing the CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) activities of AKM
AKM Group CSR Policy
We believe that CSR is achieved by raising corporate value for our various stakeholders such as customers, suppliers, shareholders, investors, the general public, local communities, and employees through our business operations in accordance with our Group Mission of “contributing to life and living for people around the world”.
In addition, based on a clear understanding of the effects of our operations on the global environment and local communities, our efforts and actions related to CSR are focused on four CSR Fundamentals: Compliance, Responsible Care, Corporate Citizenship, and Respect for Employee Individuality.
As a member of Asahi Kasei Group, we, Asahi Kasei Microdevices Corporation and our subsidiaries (“AKM Group”) established this AKM Group CSR Policy in order to share our commitment with our stakeholders, and endorse Code of Conduct established by Responsible Business Alliance( Former EICC ) as well.
Ensuring Safety, Environmental Protection, and High Quality Products and Services to Contribute to Life and Living
● Endeavor to Maintain Absolute Safety in All Aspects of our Business
AKM Group considers safe business practices to be a prerequisite to the sustainable development of operations. Accordingly, it conducts business throughout all sectors in accordance with relevant safety management policies and endeavors to ensure safe in every way.
● Providing Safe and High-Quality Products and Services that Customers can rely on
AKM Group continuously strives to improve its quality management system and quality assurance programs in order to provide safe and high-quality products and services.
● Carefully Managing Workplace Safety to Ensure a Safe and Comfortable Work Environment
AKM Group endeavors to secure the safety of its employees by striving to prevent occupational accidents. Accordingly, it carries out risk assessment, and takes physical preventative measures, as well as providing an appropriate instruction manual and carrying out the education and training. AKM Group also endeavors to build comfortable workplace environments and to promote the maintenance and improvement of employee health.
● Contributing to Environmental Protection and Harmony with Local Communities
AKM Group is committed to operating in harmony with the environment and with local communities and to contribute to the development of local communities through our business activities.
Maintaining Sincere Relationships with Those around Us
● Disclosing Corporate Information Timely and Appropriately to Society
AKM Group endeavors to disclose corporate information, where required by law, fairly, impartially, accurately, and promptly to those around us such as our customers, shareholders, investors, suppliers, employees, and local communities, and to the general public.
● Appropriate Descriptions to Customers, Provision of Safe and Reliable Products and Service
AKM Group endeavors to provide descriptions of products and services to customers, including product labeling and advertisements, that are easy to understand, not misleading, and to provide safe and reliable products and services that meet customers’ needs.
● Healthy Relationships with Customers and Government Officials
AKM Group maintains healthy relationships with customers in both the public and private sectors, performs transactions with integrity, and especially does not permit the bribery of government officials to obtain orders or to advance business operations.
● Fair Relationships with Competitors
AKM Group thoroughly complies with the competition laws and antimonopoly laws of each country, maintains relationships of fair competition with competitors, and provides products and services in a fair manner. AKM Group also makes fair and accurate advertising and promoting in accordance with the applicable laws and regulations.
● Optimized Procurement and Healthy and Appropriate Relationships with Suppliers
AKM Group sets rules related to procurement, pursues optimal procurement, maintains healthy relationships with suppliers, and thoroughly follows proper procedures for transactions and payment. AKM Group takes the issue of “Conflict Minerals” seriously and continues to implement measures to ensure the transparency of our supply chain and to promote responsible mineral procurement, so as not to support conflict and inhumane conduct in conflict-affected and high-risk areas. AKM Group also requests its suppliers to observe the AKM Group Supplier Code of Conduct, and it works closely with the entire supply chain to fulfill its social responsibilities.
● Respect for Human Rights and Diversity
AKM Group respects individuals’ basic human rights and diversity, and endeavors to provide a workplace that enables anyone to be actively engaged. AKM Group pays appropriate wages to workers, and provides benefits in accordance with applicable laws, and does not make employee work in excess of the maximum hours set by the applicable laws.
AKM Group also respects the employees’ right to join union, bargain collectively and engage in union activities in accordance with applicable laws.
Utilizing Management Assets Appropriately and Effectively
● Performing Work with Integrity and Responsibility
AKM Group expects each individual employee to perform his or her work independently with integrity and a sense of responsibility.
● Compliance with Accounting and Tax Rules, Protecting Company Property
AKM Group protects the value of tangible and intangible company property by thoroughly performing proper accounting and tax treatment in conformity with the laws and relevant regulations and appropriate management of company property.
● Protecting and Managing Information
AKM Group thoroughly protects information security, including protection of personal information and proper management of documents.
● Protecting and Respecting Intellectual Property Rights
AKM Group promotes the acquisition and protection of its own intellectual property rights, and endeavors to respect the intellectual property rights of others.
● Compliance with Laws and Regulations, Practicing Corporate Ethics
AKM Group endeavors to thoroughly comply with the laws and regulations of each country, and to prepare and appropriately apply internal company rules. When judgement cannot be made based on laws, regulations, and internal company rules, each action must be based on the utmost integrity.
AKM group established ‘AKM Group Supplier Code of Conduct’ to fulfill AKM CSR commitment mentioned above, and expects support and cooperation of its suppliers through the supply chains.
AKM group requests its suppliers to comply with this code, in addition to the observance of applicable laws and regulations and social norms, and to actively and continuously conduct corporate social responsibility activities.
Responsible Care (RC)
RC represents the commitment and initiative to secure and improve safety and environmental protection at every step of the product life cycle through the individual determination and responsibility of each firm producing and handling chemical products, together with measures to gain greater public trust through disclosure and communication.
RC was conceived in Canada in 1985, and was strengthened on a global scale with the establishment of the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) in 1990. In 1995, the chemical industry in Japan began implementing RC with the establishment of the Japan Responsible Care Council (JRCC). Asahi Kasei was among the founding members of the JRCC, and played a leading role in the expansion and development of RC in Japan.
RC Management System
As a member of the Asahi Kasei Group, we focus on RC activity based on common idea and principles.
As shown in the following diagram, the Asahi Kasei Microdevices Group RC Management System is implemented with the President playing the role as RC implementation supervisor, while each regional director is subordinated to assist the President in implementing RC activities for fields other than product safety by directing and instructing plant managers.
Furthermore, as the person in charge of RC implementation, the head of the center consults and coordinates with each regional director regarding RC activities for fields other than product safety, as well as directing and instructing the plant manager on product safety. In addition, an RC Committee developing critical items as unit under the direct control of the RC implementation supervisor, as well as the Risk Management Department as secretariat has been established.
Under this framework, continuous improvement of RC activities has been targeted with the PDCA (Plan-Do-Check-Act) cycle.
Environment Policy and Management
Deeply aware of the responsibility of the corporation for preservation of the global environment, irreplaceable for humankind, the Asahi Kasei Microdevices Corporation (AKM) conducts every phase of corporate operation, from product development to production, use and disposal, with consideration and care for environment, safety and health.
With the prevention of environmental pollution accident and zero emission as its basic policies, each division sets an environmental target at the beginning of the year. Environmental protection activity is established by all plants and departments introducing the environmental management system (ISO14001).
At the beginning of the year, activities for target achievement are planned. The status of achievement is regularly checked and additional measures are taken where necessary to ensure the goal is achieved by the end of the year.To check whether these PDCA cycles are properly operated, we train internal auditors and conduct mutual audit with other divisions. In addition to the voluntary audit, we regularly conduct an audit via a certification authority to ensure continuation of certification and steady operation of the management system.
Compliance with International Standard (ISO14001)
Certification for the ISO14001 international standard for environmental management systems has been obtained by each separate region of AKM.
AKM 's business operations involve the use of large amounts of chemical substances. We implement measures under our ISO 14001 environmental management system to prevent pollution-causing accidents. In addition to our efforts toward the achievement of a low-carbon society and toward the establishment of a recycling-oriented society, we also take measures to help preserve biodiversity.
Conflict Minerals Management Policy
Many activities are expanding worldwide in order to constrain “Conflict Minerals” sourced from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and adjoining countries, some of which serve as a source of funding for armed groups that commit human rights abuses, including laws and regulations such as the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010.
At Asahi Kasei Microdevices Corporation, we take this issue seriously and continue to implement measures to ensure the transparency of our supply chain and to promote responsible mineral procurement, so as not to support conflict and inhumane conduct in these countries.
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