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 2015 the CSR Committee met twice, and the Safety and Human Health subcommittee once, and each of the Earth Environment, Product Safety, and the Compliance Subcommittees twice.
■ 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 2015, we conducted CSR safety and quality inspections focusing on conformity with applicable regulations, countermeasures against major risks and prevention of accidents and hazards, and the status of change management frameworks at all four parent plants and one research center, 16 sites of 16 Group companies in Japan, and at six sites of six Group companies outside Japan.
In addition, we conducted CSR evaluation audits to assess compliance with labor laws (including regulations for HR management) for 43 Group companies in Japan. We also carried out audits relating to competition laws including the Antimonopoly Act for all of the business operations divisions, 24 Group companies in Japan and four 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 2015, training sessions were held twice for new employees and twice for mid-career entrants, as well as one time each for those newly promoted to managerial and supervising positions.
We also held 17 sessions to explain our CSR activities, including at meetings of Group company presidents and at briefing sessions held for newly appointed corporate heads and new employees at 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 Kaneka and Group companies in Japan using our CSR Report 2015 and the CSR Handbook: Practical Guide in fiscal 2015 at six companies in a total of 16 locations. These sessions helped to assure better understanding of top commitment, our long-term vision, the Declaration of Kaneka United, our health, safety and environmental initiatives, and our goals for our CSR activities. 320 people participated in these sessions.
Thus far, such sessions have cumulatively reached 30% of Group companies in Japan.
■ Fiscal 2015 CSR Briefings for Group companies in Japan
|Date||Company Name||Number of Participants|
|November 10, 2015||Kaneka Foods Manufacturing Corporation||28 (president and employees)|
|November 19||Ako Second Plant, Osaka Synthetic Chemical |
|31 (plant manager and employees)|
|November 20||Yanahara Plant||30 (plant manager and employees)|
|November 26||Nishinomiya Headquarters||54 (president and employees)|
|December 8||Taiyo Yushi Corporation||38 (president and employees)|
|January 14, 2016||Kaneka Medix Corporation (Tokyo, Kanagawa)||24 (employees)|
|January 15||Nagashima Shokuhin Co., Ltd.||58 (employees)|
|February 1||Kaneka Kentech Co., Ltd. (Headquarters and seven other locations)||57 (employees)|
CSR Briefing for Kaneka Foods Manufacturing Corporation
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.
The United Nations Global Compact Learning Forum