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CSR Concept

We view CSR not just as a responsibility but as an opportunity to be accountable through review of the NGK SPARK PLUG's GROUP's economic, environmental and social activities from a global perspective, to enhance corporate value, and to contribute to the sustainable development of society in accordance with our Corporate Philosophy.

Our CSR activities are wide-ranging, and include the following:

Examples

  • Offering excellent products to customers
  • Disclosing corporate information to shareholders and the broader investor community, in an optimal and easy-to-understand manner
  • Collaborating with suppliers for mutual development
  • Establishing a safe and employee-friendly working environment
  • Participating in and supporting activities in the local community

To provide our Group's action guidelines for fulfilling CSR, in April 2011 our CSR Policy was established, which comprises 10 policies, such as the Compliance Policy and others. In line with the CSR Policy, we intend to review and promote CSR based on a multifaceted approach, into the future.

CSR Promotion System

The CSR Committee determines the priority themes for each fiscal year, to implement CSR Policy. The Committee also oversees and evaluates CSR-related activities implemented by the respective committees, working groups and divisions, and makes appropriate proposals regarding them, so as to achieve full optimization of CSR activities, thereby strengthening our business foundations.
The CSR Committee sets up respective working group as deemed appropriate, each of which holds discussions on specific themes to develop countermeasures. We have established a company-wide CSR promotion system by securing close coordination between the CSR Committee, the CSR Promotion Sub-Committee and expert committees.

CSR Promotion System

CSR Promotion Activities Targets

We carry out CSR promotion activities according to the medium-term targets and fiscal year targets.
Our CSR Committee checked the progress of targets for fiscal 2015 and formulated new targets for fiscal 2016 as part of achieving our medium-term targets.

We identified the priority themes for the NGK SPARK PLUG's GROUP and established 42 items

The NGK SPARK PLUG's GROUP is connected to and supported by customers, shareholders, investors and various other stakeholders. For that reason, for the group to be sustainable in the future, we must aim to grow our business during meeting the expectations and needs of our stakeholders.

When we set our targets for fiscal 2016, first each expert committee and division confirmed the expectations and demands of all our stakeholders. Then they compared them to our corporate philosophy, Corporate Code of Conduct and CSR Policy and drafted targets. Finally, the CSR Committee approved them.

Participation in "United Nations global compact"

NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD. Participated in “United Nations global compact” in November 2016.

“United Nations global compact” is a voluntary corporate citizenship in order to address various problems such as global warming, environmental problems, gap-widening society that are progressing on a global scale. They are also initiatives that were proposed by Kofi Annan, the Secretary-General of the United Nations in 1999, and established formally by the U.N. in July 2000.
NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD. will uphold ten principles consisted of four issues such as “Human rights, Labour, Environment, Anti-corruption” being advocated by the U.N. global compact as good members of society, and will make every effort to promote activities in order to contribute to building a sustainable society.

The Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact

【Human Rights】

  1. Principle 1: Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights.
  2. Principle 2: make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.

【Labour】

  1. Principle 3: Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining.
  2. Principle 4: the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour.
  3. Principle 5: the effective abolition of child labour.
  4. Principle 6: the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.

【Environment】

  1. Principle 7: Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges.
  2. Principle 8: undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility.
  3. Principle 9: encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.

【Anti-Corruption】

  1. Principle 10: Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.

Progress in our CSR

Nov. 1996

Adopted "Corporate Philosophy"

Feb. 1998

Adopted "Corporate Code of Conduct"

Apr. 1998

Established Ethical Committee

Feb. 2003

Adopted "Corporate Ethics Helpline System Operation Guidelines"

Nov. 2004

Revised "Corporate Code of Conduct", published "Code of Conduct Guidebook"

Apr. 2005

Published "Guidelines on the Handling of Personal Information"

Aug. 2005

Established Export Control Committee, adopted "Export Management Regulations"

Feb. 2007

Adopted "Confidentiality Management Regulations"

Nov. 2007

Published "Confidentiality Management Guidelines"

Sep. 2008

Established Internal Audit Department

Apr. 2009

Prepared "Corporate Protection Manual"

Apr. 2010

Inaugurated CSR Promotion Department

Oct. 2010

Established CSR Committee

Apr. 2011

Adopted CSR Policy

Nov. 2011

Established Compliance Committee

Jan. 2012

Published "Compliance Guidebook"

Mar. 2012

Adopted "Compliance Regulations"

Oct. 2012

Adopted "Emergency Response Plan Regulations" and "Business Continuity Plan (BCP) Regulations"

May. 2013

Published "CSR Procurement Guidelines"

July. 2014

Launched "CSR Awareness-raising Activities"