Kaneka Group established a CSR Committee to promote the Group's Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities. This committee, chaired by the president, oversees four subcommittees: the Safety & Human Health Subcommittee, the Earth Environment Subcommittee, the Product Safety Subcommittee and the Compliance Subcommittee.
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In order to strengthen its organizational problem-solving capacities related to CSR matters, Kaneka Group created the CSR Committee in March 2009.
The CSR Committee determines and revises the basic policies that provide direction for the Group to fulfill its responsibility as a good corporate citizen. The Committee also develops comprehensive strategic plans and produces action plans for CSR activities, and assesses their implementation status.
In fiscal 2016, the CSR Committee met twice, and the Safety and Human Health Subcommittee once, the Earth Environment Subcommittee twice, and the Product Safety and the Compliance Subcommittees each met three times.
■ CSR Structure
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To ensure that the Kaneka Group is fully in conformance with the relevant laws and regulations, as well to pursue increased performance for occupational safety and health, CSR safety and quality inspections by the CSR Inspection Committee are conducted every year at all four parent plants, and once every two years at all Group companies around the world.
In fiscal 2016, we conducted CSR safety and quality inspections focusing on 3S activity (seiri [organize], seiton [arrange], and seisou [clean up]) and management change at four parent plants, 10 sites of nine Group companies in Japan, and three sites of three Group companies outside Japan.
In addition, we conducted CSR evaluation audits relating to competition laws, including the Antimonopoly Act, for all of the business operations divisions, 24 Group companies in Japan, and eight outside Japan. We will continue to conduct such audits to improve our CSR performance.
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We at Kaneka conduct CSR trainings for employees at all levels, based on our CSR Handbooks covering fundamental and practical aspects. In fiscal 2016, training sessions were held three times for new employees, twice for mid-career entrants, and one time each for those newly promoted to managerial and supervising positions.
We also held 18 sessions to explain our CSR activities, including at meetings of Group company presidents and Group company top management, as well as at briefing sessions held for new employees of Group companies and Group companies in Japan.
We strive to fulfill our responsibility and be a good member of the local community by having everyone in our Group consciously implement CSR activities through our businesses.
Booklet on Community Initiatives
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We at the Kaneka Group place great importance on our outreach and communications activities.
As part of such efforts, we issued a booklet that highlights our community initiatives as a good corporate citizen. Distributing these booklets mainly to our external stakeholders will promote a greater appreciation and understanding of our Group and help improve our corporate brand.
Booklet on Kaneka Group
CSR Briefings (for Kaneka and Group companies in Japan)
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As part of our ongoing education activities starting in fiscal 2014, CSR Briefing sessions were held for employees of Group companies in Japan using our CSR Report 2016 and the CSR Handbook: Practical Guide in fiscal 2016 at six companies in a total of seven locations. These sessions helped to assure better understanding of the role of our CSR, the interrelated factors between CSR and improvement in corporate performance, the Declaration of Kaneka United, our health, safety, and environmental initiatives, and our goals for our CSR activities. There were 310 people who participated in these sessions.
Thus far, such sessions have cumulatively reached 43% of Group companies in Japan, and we will continue to systematically provide the sessions even after fiscal 2017.
■ Fiscal 2016 CSR Briefings for Group companies in Japan
|Date||Company Name||Number of Participants|
|November 7, 2016||Kochi Styrol Co., Ltd.||29 (plant manager and employees)|
|November 18||Kaneka Takasago Service Center Co., Ltd.||46 (president and employees)|
|November 28||Vienex Corporation||68 (president and employees)|
|December 9||Koyama Plant, Kanto Styrene Co., Ltd.||36 (president and employees)|
|December 10||OLED Aomori Co., Ltd.||62 (senior managing director and employees)|
|January 27, 2017||Ojima Plant, Kanto Styrene Co., Ltd.||33 (plant manager and employees)|
|February 10||Taiyo Yushi Corporation||36 (president and female employees)|
CSR Briefing for Vienex
Support for the United Nations Global Compact
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In March 2015, the Kaneka Group became a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact. The UN Global Compact is a voluntary code of conduct through which the top management of signatory companies commit themselves to take action aimed at achieving ten principles in the four areas of Human Rights, Labour, Environment, and Anti-Corruption.
Starting in fiscal 2015, the Group has participated in the working groups of the Global Compact, which enables us to gather a wealth of information about CSR for our new initiatives through enhanced communication with other companies.
As a group with a global network, we actively share information about our commitment to global sustainable growth as a responsible corporate citizen with our stakeholders and the international community.
■ United Nations Global Compact’s Ten Principles
1 Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and
2 make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.
3 Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;
4 the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour;
5 the effective abolition of child labour; and
6 the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.
7 Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;
8 undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and
9 encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.
10 Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.