Rules and Compliance Issues
Under the corporate philosophy of “Sharing the Future,” “Human Resource Development,” and “The Pursuit of Technology,” the SCREEN Group as a whole - while respecting international frameworks and rules and principles of conduct in accordance with industry standards and through the application of our CSR Charter / Code of Conduct - is working to soundly apply and improve governance. In our business activities, as well as economic considerations, we also consider our actions from an environmental and a social angle, and by acting in accordance with the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) that have been adopted by the United Nations and have received global agreement, we hope to contribute to the sustainable development of society.
Organization and Promotion System
Under the SCREEN Group’s CSR Charter / Code of Conduct, the SCREEN Group ingrains a code of conduct into the hearts and minds of directors, corporate officers, and all employees so that we can operate SCREEN in a fair and transparent manner. Our CSR Committee, which is chaired by SCREEN Holdings’ president and made up of CSR officer from the business operating and functional support companies and CSR department heads, meets quarterly to share information and to confirm that the entire group is in compliance. At overseas group companies, internal audits are conducted to determine the level of compliance and find and solve problems.
The CSR & Group Audit Department conducts internal audits of the status of legal compliance and adherence to corporate ethics. During the fiscal year ended March 31, 2018, internal audits were conducted at 13 Group companies, including 5 overseas locations. The Department also conducts follow-up audits each year to confirm that issues identified in the previous year’s audits have been resolved.
For the prevention and early detection of any illegal, dishonest, unethical, or fraudulent conduct or acts, we have established an internal reporting hotline (“the Whistleblowing System”) run by the CSR & Group Audit Department that all Group employees and executives can directly access. We have also established hotlines operated through legal firms and other third-party agents to further facilitate whistleblowing.
Regarding the implementation of the hotline, we are strictly managing security and protection of whistleblowers from any detriment by the internal regulation. Hotline also can be used under anonymity."
Security Export Control
The Security Export Control Department handles one of the key issues of the Group: ensuring total compliance with legislation on exporting products and components. The department obtains updates on the Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Act and other export control-related legislation, making this information available to executives and employees involved in export-related businesses. Furthermore, the department supports compliance with export control processes as defined by internal regulations, such as product classification and transaction screening. After the transition to the holding company structure, the Group’s four business operating companies were approved by the Director of Osaka Customs as “authorized exporters” under the Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) program. As the legal auditing department within the Group’s AEO system, the Security Export Control Department supports the four business operating companies’ activities aimed at maintaining their AEO status.
Preventing Anti-Competitive Behavior and Corruption
To prevent collusion, the formation of private monopolies and other behaviors that run counter to anti-monopoly and other competition legislation as well as both the giving and acceptance of hospitality or gifts for trade benefits, in addition to maintaining the CSR Charter, which espouses fair transactions, the Group formulates guidelines and provides training for the prevention of anti-competitive behaviors. We thereby ensure awareness among executives and employees. During the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017, no violations constituting anti-competitive behavior or anti-trust or monopolistic practices were observed.
Exclusion of Anti-Social Forces
The SCREEN Group will ban any relationships with anti-social forces, including organized crime groups, which pose a threat to public order and safety of society.We will stand firm against, and reject, unreasonable demands and requests of anti-social forces. Furthermore, we will not engage in any transactions or relationships of any kind with anti-social forces. We will also demand that our customers and business partners also eliminate any relationships with anti-social forces.
Providing Appropriate Product Information
Each departments involved in company, IR, Legal, and Intellectual Property, verify product and service information prior to its external release. In this way, we work to ensure fair and accurate information disclosure. In the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017, there were no significant legal violations by any Group company in areas related to the provision of information about or labeling of products and services or marketing. Going forward, we intend to conduct thorough checks of each Group company to continue to prevent infractions.