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Fujikura Group CSR

Activities of International Partnership

Introduction and Utilization of International Initiatives and Guidelines

The Fujikura Group regards it as the Group's corporate social responsibility (CSR) to make the creation of a sustainable society and the sustainable development of the Group compatible. Based on this recognition, we are fostering a range of CSR activities in line with the Group's philosophy, basic policies and action guidelines on CSR.

We are accelerating our global business activities in more than 20 countries and regions toward the achievement of the highly ambitious targets set in the Group's 2015 Mid-Term Business Plan. In the process, we are receiving more expectations and requests from society and stakeholders regarding our CSR activities. In our effort to firmly meet these expectations and requests, which are increasing in depth and complexity, we are proactively introducing the relevant international initiatives and guidelines.

The Fujikura Group is mainly fostering the introduction and use of the following international initiatives and guidelines in the globalization of its business.

  • Sustainability Reporting Guidelines of the GRI
  • ISO 26000: Guidance on Social Responsibility by the ISO
  • The Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact
  • United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
  • OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises
  • ILO Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy, etc.

Status of Introduction and Utilization

The following shows the status of introduction and utilization of the initiatives and guidelines.

Initiatives/Guidelines Status of Utilization
Introduction to CSR Activities Used as the CSR Report Creation Criteria Inclusion of a Comparison Table in the Report Introduction and Utilization on the Intranet Creation of a Yearly Report
Sustainability Reporting Guidelines of the GRI    
ISO 26000: Guidance on Social Responsibility by the ISO  
The Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact  
United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights      
OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises      
ILO Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy      
Version 1.0 of the International Integrated Reporting Framework, IIRC      
UK Stewardship Code, Financial Reporting Council        
Japan's Stewardship Code, Financial Services Agency        
Japan's Corporate Governance Code, Tokyo Stock Exchange and Financial Services Agency      
FTSE4Good Index Series, London Stock Exchange        
Revised EICC Code of Conduct (v.5.0), Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC)      
Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, and the Sendai Declaration        
Gender equality-related ideas and measures implemented in the EU        
United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI)        
United Nations Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs) (seven principles)        
Nairobi Forward-looking Strategies for the Advancement of Women, United        
Environmental Reporting Guidelines 2012, Japanese Ministry of the Environment      
Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) (Non-governmental organization)      
United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris (COP21)        
United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)        
OECD Environmental Outlook to 2050        
BLUE Map Scenario, International Energy Agency (IEA)        
United Nations Millennium Ecosystem Assessment        
Convention on Biological Biodiversity, United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED, Earth Summit)        
National Biodiversity Strategy of Japan 2012-2020National Biodiversity Strategy of Japan 2012-2020        
Global Risks Report 2015, World Economic Forum        
GHG Protocol Corporate Value Chain (Scope 3) Accounting and Reporting Standard, World Resources Institute and World Business Council for Sustainable Development        
UN "SDGs"      
OECD "BEPS"        

Activities to Help Establish an International Framework

Fujikura became a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) on September 3, 2013, expressing support for the universal and international principles advocated by the United Nations on human rights, labor, the environment and anti-corruption. By participating in the UNGC activities, the company is helping the United Nations build up an international framework beyond national and regional boundaries. Under the leadership of the United Nations and the Global Compact Network Japan (GC-NJ), the Fujikura Group is conducting activities for the establishment of the framework.

[Main Activities]

  • In CSR supply chain management activities, the Fujikura group held partners' meetings for suppliers in Japan, China, and Thailand. In the meetings, we requested efforts toward CSR from participating businesses based on the UN Global Compact's 10 principles that stress the importance of "human rights" and "corruption prevention" and asked for cooperation with the Fujikura group's CSR activities.
  • On September 26th of 2015, the "2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development" (Sustainable Development Goals [SDGs]* 17 goals, 169 targets) was adopted at the United Nations summit held at the UN for international topics that nations, local governments, business, and groups must address. Given CSR promotions, the Fujikura group implemented campaigns for dissemination as well as making it clear which of the 17 goals and 169 targets set as development goals were "things we have already done," "things we will address," and "things outside our scope for involvement." Using a matrix approach, we set which fields and themes (priority topics) we would actively become involved in, and are promoting efforts for conquering the 2030 topics in collaboration with society internationally.
    *SDGs: Sustainable Development Goals.

Activities Supporting the UN Global Compact

Following a decision made by its CSR Committee (Management Committee) in July 2013, Fujikura Ltd. announced its support to 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 UNGC and also joined the Global Compact Network Japan (GC-NJ). The UNGC, which is based on the Ten 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. Fujikura is conducting activities under this framework.

Speech by Director

Speech by Director

Campaign poster to be posted by every September

Campaign poster to be posted by every September

[Awareness-Raising Activities Conducted to Steadily Implement the UNGC]

Actor Description of the Activity
President of Fujikura The president explains the significance of the UNGC in the following speeches:
- Speeches made in educational seminars for new employees
- Speeches addressed to employees of Fujikura and other Group companies
- Speeches addressed to suppliers
CSR Committee The CSR Committee is working to raise employees' awareness through the following:
- Educational seminars for new employees
- CSR education provided to employees
-Awareness-raising campaign held every September
- Dispatch of information to employees on the intranet
- Creation of a comparison table between the Ten Principles and the Group's activities
Procurement department At the partners' meeting held by the procurement department, participating suppliers are briefed on the UNGC.
- The president and director in charge formulate explanations about the UNGC in the meeting.

[Group policy and main activities corresponding to 10 principles]

The Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact The Fujikura Group's Policy and Guidelines Corresponding to Each Principle Major Activities
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
-Establishment of Human Rights Principles
-Creation of the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 Statement
-World human rights day campaign held in December
-Human rights weekly campaign held in December
-Employment of people with disabilities, Promotion of appointment of foreign employees
-Promotion of women's success in the group
-Promotion of health and productivity management by the group
-In-house human resource development training
-Promoting the creation of a comfortable working environment
-No overtime day conducted every week
-Sports aid for people with intellectual disabilities
-Promote conflict mineral investigation
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 Harassment Prevention 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
-Basic philosophy promotion activities of personnel policy
-Safety and health management and ethical considerations
-Promotion of Fujikura Group CSR Basic Principles and action guidelines
-Introducing Fujikura Group CSR Basic Principles etc. in company intra
-Performing forced light-off after 7 p.m.
-Request CSR efforts to business partners
-Survey on the ratio of female managers in group companies
-Promotion system for appointing foreign employees
-Human resource development at overseas field skills development school
-Implemented 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
-Promoting targets through group environmental management guidelines
-Management of chemical substances and VOC management
-Light down in groups
-"Environmental-Site Working Group" activity
-Biogarden "Fujikura Kiba Millennial Woods" opened to the area
-Biotope briefing held twice a year
-Environmental survey of suppliers and request for improvement
-Audit and impact assessment of group bases
-Participated in the Tokyo Metropolitan Area Expansion Professional
-Promotion of green spot biotope at business office
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
-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
-Establish group anti-corruption policy
-Compliance essential training, e-learning implemented
-Anti-corruption policy on intra-company intranet

Initiatives of SDGs

Fujikura Group Initiative to SDGs

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) clarifies global priority issues and what should be done for 2030 and as a common goal or target for all humanity, all organizations and people who can participate. It is an international behavior on a global scale trying to cooperate in each position. Unlike the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), SDGs expect creativity and innovation power to solve problems, not only in the country but also in companies. In addition, SDGs covers a wide range of issues related to corporate activities such as climate change and environmental degradation, so we can work together with corporate management strategies.
*SDGs(Sustainable Development Goals)

The following can be considered as the merit that a company can enjoy.

SDGs Logo

SDG Compass, the guidelines for promoting SDGs

The Fujikura Group uses SDG Compass as a guideline for promoting efforts towards SDGs. SDG Compass is a handbook "SDGs Corporate Behavioral Guidelines" that clearly shows the process of how company should use SDGs while proceeding. SDG Compass was created with the collaboration of the United Nations Global Compact, the Global Reporting Initiative(GRI), and the World Business Council (WBCSD). In addition, SDG Compass shows the process of how enterprises align SDGs with management strategy and contribute to SDGs as five steps.

How to Proceed with the Fujikura Group

To promote SDGs efforts, the Group utilizes the five steps (Figure 1) of SDG Compass and is working on each step in order.

[Five steps on SDG Compass]
Step 1: Understand SDGs
Step 2: Determine priority issues
Step 3: Set a goal
Step 4: Integrating management
Step 5: Reporting and communication

Five steps on SDG Compass

[Figure 1] 5 Steps of SDG Compass

Five steps on SDG Compass

Fujikura Group Initiatives

The efforts to determine the "priority issues" of the SDGs were decided through the following three analyzes:

4 Materialities Areas

[Figure 2] Interrelationship among four CSR materialities, SDGs 17 goals, 20 medium-term CSR priority measures

Matrix Analysis and Analysis by Number of High Evaluations for the 17 SDGs

Matrix analysis

Supply chain mapping analysis

Determining SDG Priority Issues

In order to decide "priority issues" from the 17 SDGs, we comprehensively analyzed and evaluated using the following three methods: (1) "Matrix Analysis"; (2) “High (Important) Number Analysis”, with those that the committee members considered to have a high degree of interest / influence; and (3) "Supply Chain SDGs Mapping Analysis". As a result, we selected the following six items as Priority SDG Issues. This also corresponds to the 2020 Medium-term CSR Priority Measures, as well as "Integrate into Management" of step 4 of the SDG Compass, which is the guideline for SDGs.

Our priority SDG issues are the six goals as follows.

[Status of Main Efforts for the 6th Heading]
GOAL 5 Gender Equality
"Diversity" Pledge
Employment of Diverse Personnel
Acquisition of "Eruboshi" for Promotion of Advancement of Women
Promotion of Employment of People with Disabilities
GOAL 6 Clean Water and Sanitation
Setting Improvement Goals for Water Use
Content Survey for Water Risks
GOAL 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth
Joined the "Iku-Boss" Business Alliance
Tele-working Trials
"Kurumin" Qualification for Child Care Supporting Business
Qualification for the "White 500" Excellent Corporation for Health Management 2017
GOAL 13 Climate Action CO2 Total Emissions Reduction (domestic and overseas)
GOAL 16 Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
Participation of All Employees in Management Philosophy MVCV Training
Development for Overseas Groups
GOAL 17 Partnerships for the Goals
Implementation of Partners' Meetings
Promotion of Partner CSR Activities

Sophistication Activities

  • Discussion and promotion of understanding of SDGs in administrator dialogues
  • Explanation of SDGs during new employee training
  • Display of SDG campaign posters
  • Creation of an explanatory blog for the dissemination of SDGs through the company
  • Posting of the SDGs logo on each CSR poster
  • Participation in SDGs extra-company events, etc.

Response to the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction "Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction”

Four Priority Actions Response Table of Our Group FY2016
1. Understanding disaster risk  Do not forget the experiences of the Great East Japan Earthquake and the Thailand floods in 2011
On March 11 every year, send a top message regarding disaster reduction to all group employees
Continue to send information on expected damages for the Nankai megathrust earthquakes and earthquakes immediately below the capital city
2. Disaster risk management governance Establishment of Fujikura Group disaster preparedness guidelines
Group risk management
Creation of business continuity plan BCP and BCM for all groups
3. Investment for strengthening disaster prevention
Earthquake resistant structuring for domestic group bases (completed)
Preparation of headquarters function maintenance system for disasters (completed)
"Disaster Card" that employees always carry, emergency contact network, safety confirmation system (completed)
Installation of stairs evacuation equipment for wheelchair employees (completed)
Thailand flood countermeasure (waterproof wall installation, relocation of power supply equipment to a high location, factory relocation etc. completed)
4. Strengthen preparation for effective response and reconstruction Training of management council members, group disaster prevention drills, disaster prevention drills at each base
Tsunami target area bases implement tsunami countermeasures each year
Reconstruction of group companies afflicted by the Kumamoto earthquake (May 2016)

*◎:Done, Continuation

[Cooperation with Society]

  • Collaborate with Koto Ward (Tokyo) to release our multi-story parking lot in the event of a disaster (security agreement)
  • Stockpiling emergency supplies to be offered to local communities in the event of a disaster
  • Maintain, and share disaster prevention network with regional administration, etc.