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Organizational Governance


Approach of Compliance

The Fujikura Group is working to implement the Corporate Philosophy MVCV (Mission, Vision and Core Value) to be a corporate group that is appreciated by customers and highly evaluated by society. To ensure compliance, the Group established the Fujikura Code of Conduct on October 1, 2002. In line with this Code and other in-house rules, as well as with laws, regulations, norms, and rules enforced in Japan and abroad, all directors and employees of the Group are striving to make the Group a corporate entity that is trusted and needed by society, giving first priority to compliance, occupational health and safety, the environment, and ties with local communities.

Fujikura Group's Basic Code of Conduct Principles

No matter how great the results a business produces, if the actions of the business as a whole or of its individual employees are against the law or social rules, not only will there be societal repercussions but examples of the business itself being reviled are too numerous to mention.

To be recognized by all of society and to continue to be good members of that society, we strictly enforce laws and rules and act with responsibility born from social common sense. Carrying this out sincerely helps contribute to society and earns us trust from society. We also believe it is important for the development of our business group and for the insurance of the rich and happy lives of the people that work there, and thus define the "Fujikura Group's Code of Conduct" here.

Fujikura Group Code of Conduct

  • fully understand customers' needs and propose safe, high-quality products and services that meet those needs in a timely and reliable manner;
  • treat customers' inquiries and opinions with integrity;
  • disclose information in a timely and appropriate manner not only to shareholders, investors and other stakeholders, but also to the general public, while endeavoring to establish good communication;
  • recognize that protection of the global environment is a universal concern, and voluntarily and proactively work on such issues as preventing pollution, reducing environmental burdens, and developing environment-friendly technologies;
  • conduct ourselves with dignity and good sense, in compliance with the laws and regulations of Japan and other countries, in addition to international rules, and with respect for the cultures and customs of different communities;
  • strive to maintain, manage and effectively utilize the company's tangible and intangible assets and information, and refrain from using them for our own private purposes;
  • pay careful attention to the management of personal information, trade secrets and other sensitive information to prevent mishaps such as loss, damage or leakage;
  • create fair and highly transparent business relationships with customers and suppliers on the basis of free competition, and refrain from any activities that restrict competition, or any dishonest activities such as giving or accepting money and/or gifts, or granting favors;
  • maintain a resolute attitude against antisocial powers and groups, refuse to associate with them and stand firmly against them;
  • execute our duties in good faith based on the authority invested in us with the aim of contributing to the company's performance, and refrain from any activities or behaviors that go against the interests of the company; and
  • create a safe and efficient working environment, respect individuals' creativity and independence, and eliminate all forms of discrimination and harassment.

Management System

Fujikura's president acts as risk management committee chairman, while said committee regulates the Fujikura group for compliance with rules and regulations by all employees and others involved in Fujikura's work. We undertake top management guidance for education and other measures to ensure compliance, along with the clarification of problems and sharing of information planned by the corporate section.

Promotion System

Compliance Promotion System

[Internal Reporting and Counseling in FY2016]
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Employees will be thoroughly informed on the internal reporting system to ensure absorption, and work will proceed to further enhance the system's functionality.

International Trends and Our Measures

Readily Available Portable Leaflets
The Group created and distributed palm-sized leaflets of the "Fujikura Group Compliance Code of Conduct" as a tool to enhance and maintain awareness for compliance among employees. By integrating this leaflet with a portable brochure "Management Philosophy MVCV", we can use it at any time, check it on our own, or use it for chanting it within the department.

The content of the leaflet declares that officers and employees will protect the "antitrust law compliance program" and "anti-corruption policy".

Compliance-related international initiatives include conventions, norms, and various other measures. The Fujikura Group CSR Committee is working to ensure compliance, including preventing corruption, in reference to the following international guidelines.

[Compliance-related International Guidelines]
-United Nations Convention against Corruption (Oct. 2003)
-OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials (May 1997)
-United Nations Global Compact (Principle Ten: Anti-Corruption) (Jun. 2004)
-ISO 26000 international standard on social responsibility (Core Subject: Fair Operating Practices) (Nov. 2010)
-International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) International Integrated Reporting Framework 1.0 (4D Risks and opportunities) (Dec. 2013)
-G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines (Society: SO3 corruption-related risks and others) (May 2013)
-EICC Code of Conduct Version 5.0 (Section D on business ethics) (Nov. 2014), etc.

Compliance with the Competition Law

At the meeting of the Board of Directors held on September 28, 2009, participants passed a resolution on the Fujikura Antimonopoly Act Compliance Program with a view to ensuring compliance with the law through the announcement by the President of the company's commitment to compliance and also through the provision of relevant instructions to all directors and employees as well as through the enhancement of our in-house compliance system.

[Measures Taken]
-The Board of Directors resolved never to take part in cartels in the future. (Mar. 2009)
-Established the Fujikura Antimonopoly Act Compliance Program (Sept. 2009)
-Prohibited related departments from conducting any activities that might violate the law (Dec. 2009)
-Launched e-learning education, which is provided at least once a year (Feb. 2010)
-Established a whistleblower system
-Regularly provide education and training on antimonopoly- and competition-related laws and regulations

The Group regularly conducts audits at the Audit Division in order to confirm the internal compliance system and compliance status of the Fujikura Anti-Monopoly Compliance Program.

Antitrust law prohibits unreasonable transaction restrictions (cartels etc.). A dishonest practice refers to sharing price and information on shares with competitors which would usually not be done in standard practice. Therefore, whether or not there is an agreement with this competitor is the most important point whether or not it violates the antitrust law. For this reason, the Company has established the "regulations on contact standards with competitors" as the lower regulations of the Fujikura Anti-Monopoly Compliance Program and imposes certain limits and standards when employees have contact with competitors.

As an ongoing effort every year, the Company conducts e-learning on the Antimonopoly Act for those targeted employees in the company group. Such e-learning education will be continued in the future.

Regular audits and implementaion of e-learning

Export Control

With the of globalization of business, the destabilization of international affairs from regional conflicts, and the increasing complexity of free trade agreements, the importance of rigorously secured trade control (export management) is rising. From the standpoint of compliance and CSR, the entire Fujikura group works on export security control and provision of technology to foreign nations according to our general export management guidelines and in conjunction with the world community.

Basic Policy of the Fujikura Group for Export Control

  • We make it the basic policy of the Fujikura Group companies not to participate in transactions with a possibility of undermining maintenance of international peace and safety.
  • We comply with the laws relating to the export control which are applicable in the country or area where the group companies each does business activities.
  • In order to comply with the above-mentioned basic policy and laws, the group companies each will establish its system and rule for export control.

Management System

The president and representative director is the ultimate authority in charge of export control. The Export Control Office operates under this ultimate authority. Responsibility for export control for all in-house companies and corporate divisions falls to the supervising executive.

Responsibility for export control

Our Initiatives

On the international front, security problems such as nuclear and missile issues in Iran and North Korea, and the terrorist activity in the Middle East, Africa, etc. are emerging as serious international concerns. When Japanese companies export their products for consumer use overseas, they need to ensure that none of these products will be used to create nuclear, chemical or biological weapons, missiles to transport these weapons, or other weapons of mass destruction, in order to preserve international peace and safety.

The Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Act of Japan regulates the export of not only weapons but also consumer products and technologies that could be used for military purposes, with a view to maintaining international peace and security. The Act also requires exporters to meet the export criteria set by the Japanese government. In order to maintain peace, order and security of the international community in the progress of globalization, companies are thus strongly required to strictly control the export and provision of their products and technologies that could be used for military purposes.

Fujikura has set the in-house export control rules, based on which it makes necessary judgment on products to be exported and technologies to be provided*, checks its dealings with customers, notifies employees of any revisions to the related laws and regulations, provides them with training on export control, and also carries out internal audits for export control. Under this system, we promote voluntary export control and ensure legal compliance. For export control, we make necessary judgments about our products and confirm their intended usage with the users. We also pay due attention to the shipment of equipment to the plants of overseas Group companies to ensure that no export-regulated items are included in the shipment. We obtain export permits for the equipment as necessary. Security Export Administrative Division conducted workshops and e-learning training for employees. We also dispatched personnel to Group companies in Japan and abroad to raise their employees' awareness of export control and give relevant instructions, thereby promoting compliance awareness across the Group.

*Specifically, judgments are made on whether the goods to be exported and technologies (including programs) to be provided are subject to export regulation or not.

Main Efforts of FY2016

Main Efforts of FY2016


The Fujikura Group Anti-Corruption Policy was approved by the Board of Directors and the Managing Directors Meeting and was established on April 1, 2014. The Fujikura Group disseminates information on this policy in the group. This policy also regulates compliance in the supply chain.

The Fujikura Group Anti-Corruption Policy

The directors, officers and employees of Fujikura Ltd. and its global subsidiary companies comply with applicable laws and regulations related to the prevention of bribery in all countries and areas where Fujikura Group conducts business activities . In addition, Fujikura Group Members comply with the Fujikura Group Anti-Corruption Policy.

This Policy has been established with the consent of all directors at the board of directors meeting. The CEO and the board of directors require that Fujikura Group and Fujikura Group Members comply with this Policy under all circumstances.

The global subsidiary companies of Fujikura Ltd. shall take measures, such as corporate acts, etc., necessary to apply this Policy within their own companies.

In addition, this policy is defined as "1.Prohibition of Corrupt Practices", "2.Accurate Records", "3.Reporting", "4.Role of managers", "5.Monitoring" and "6.Penalties and Philosophy of Fujikura Ltd".

In More Detail
*This policy also concerns corruption prevention.

Measures for the United Nations Global Compact

Following a decision made by its CSR Committee (Management Committee) in July 2013, Fujikura Ltd. announced its support for the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), which outlines the universal and international principles on human rights, labor, the environment and anti-corruption. Subsequently, on September 3, 2013, the company became a signatory to the Global Compact and also joined the Global Compact Network Japan (GC-NJ). The UNGC, which is based on 10 principles, provides a global framework for companies and other organizations to act as good corporate citizens for the creation of a sustainable society by displaying leadership in a responsible manner. Under this framework, Fujikura carried out associated activities in FY2016.

Awareness-Raising Activities Conducted by the Fujikura Group

Educational seminars for new employees

Educational seminar for new employees

Campaign poster

Campaign poster

Group Policy and Major Activities Corresponding to 10 Principles

The Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact The Fujikura Group's Policy and Guidelines Corresponding to Each Principle Main Activities for Enlightenment / Consolidation
Human Rights Principle 1:
Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and
-Fujikura Group CSR Activity Guidelines
(14) We respect the rights of all people and never allow human rights violation, including forced labor and child labor.
-Personal Affairs-Basic Principles
-Implemented of World Human Rights Day campaign every year
-Implemented human rights weekly campaign
-Employment of people with disabilities, Promotion of promotion of foreign staff
-Promotion of women's success
-Activities of "Fujikura Group's Employee Wellness Initives"
-Human resource development of Fujikura Academy
-"Health and procutivity management" for employees working on a group basis
-Creating a comfortable working environment
-No overtime day conducted every week
-Support mental retarded facilities
-Efforts to conflict minerals
Principle 2:
make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.
-Criteria for the management of employees' health and safety for ethical considerations
-Fujikura Group Management of adequate working hours activity policy
-Fujikura Group's Employee Wellness Initives
-Fujikura Group Conflict Minerals Policy
Labour Principle 3:
Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;
-Criteria for the management of employees' health and safety for ethical considerations -Labor-management talks emphasizing adequate consultation
-Activities of Personal Affairs-Basic Principles
-Safety and health management and ethical considerations
-Fujikura Group CSR Basic Principles -Promoting establishment of action guidelines
-Introduce CSR approach and approach on the company intranet
-Performing forced light-off after 7 p.m.
-Request business partners to address CSR
-Surveyed the ratio of female managers in group companies (55 companies)
-Promotion system for appointing foreign employees
-Overseas field strength training school
-Implemented a CSR questionnaire on suppliers
Principle 4:
the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour;
-Criteria for the management of employees' health and safety for ethical considerations
Principle 5:
the effective abolition of child labour; and
-Criteria for the management of employees' health and safety for ethical considerations
Principle 6:
the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.
-Criteria for the management of employees' health and safety for ethical considerations
-Fujikura Group CSR Activity Guidelines
(12)We aim to create a comfortable workplace, where all employees can fully demonstrate their initiatives and creativity, without discrimination.
(13)We work on providing employees with opportunities equally and do all we can to assist them in maintaining their work-life balance.
Environment Principle 7:
Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;
-Fujikura Group Global Environment Charter
-Fujikura Group Environmental Management Action Guidelines
-The Fujikura Group's Policy on Managing Chemical Substances used in Products
-Fujikura Group Environmental Challenge 2050(Four Challenges)
-We set targets based on the group's environmental management activity guidelines and are working on achieving the goals as a group
-Management and reduction of chemical substances and VOC management
-Environmental education, group implemented light-down campaign
-Promoting the activities of the "Environmental-Site Working
Group "
-Biogarden"Fujikura Kiba Millennium Woods" opened to the community, Biotope briefing held twice a year
-Survey on environmental aspects of suppliers and improvement requests
-Evaluate the environmental impact of internal audits of group offices and business activities
-Participation of native species planting expansion project promoted by local municipality (Tokyo)
Principle 8:
undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and
-Regulation of Managing Chemical Substances used in Products
-The Fujikura Group's guidelines on biodiversity conservation
-Fujikura's guidelines on SOCs
-Long-term vision for Biodiversity "Roadmap 2030"
-Fujikura Group Environmental Challenge 2050(Four Challenges)
Principle 9:
encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.
-Fujikura Group Environmental Management Action Guidelines
 >Guideline for Expanding Environmentally Friendly Products
 >Certification and registration of green products and green mind products
-Development and promotion of environmentally friendly products "Green Products" and "Green Mind Products"
-Promote management of chemical substances contained in products
Anti-Corruption Principle 10:
Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.
-Fujikura Group CSR Activity Guidelines
(1)We conduct corporate activities sincerely, complying with all relevant laws and regulations in the various counties and regions we operate in good faith. We conduct ourselves with a sense of ethics and social decency, recognizing ourselves as members of society.
-The Fujikura Group Anti-Corruption Policy
-Fujikura Code of Conduct
-Promotion of "The Fujikura Group Anti-Corruption Policy"