Daikin inspects and checks whether the group’s internal controls are functioning appropriately, including risk management, through the Internal Control Committee chaired by the President and CEO. In addition, the Corporate Ethics and Risk Management Committee carries out operational risk management and ensures compliance.
The Corporate Ethics and Risk Management Committee is the organ for leading group-wide corporate ethics activities. It is headed by the officer in charge of compliance and corporate ethics and made up of general managers and presidents of major group companies in Japan. At meetings held twice a year, the committee focuses on solving key issues and reports on efforts by overseas group companies to tackle compliance issues.
Our Group Conduct Guidelines stipulate the appropriate behavior of our directors and employees, and compliance and risk management leaders (CRLs) are appointed in each division and major worldwide group company to ensure thorough compliance. By regularly confirming the state of compliance and risk management efforts, sharing information, and making the Group Conduct Guidelines second nature to everyone, we aim to cultivate a corporate culture and improve a system in which all employees ensure that they and their colleagues are always in compliance.
Every year, we conduct self-checks regarding compliance with the Group Conduct Guidelines using our proprietary self-assessment system. The results are used to glean issues facing each workplace and implement countermeasures, which are then reported to and shared with the Corporate Ethics and Risk Management Committee.
Based on the results of the self-assessment, we select departments and group companies subject to audits and the legal department conducts legal audits annually regarding the status of compliance initiatives. Additionally, we conduct a compliance survey.
The results of the self-assessment are shared with the internal auditing department and finance and accounting department and utilized in audits conducted onsite.
Our Group Conduct Guidelines stipulate the appropriate behavior of our directors and employees globally including Group companies. The guidelines are available not only in Japanese, but they have also been translated into English and Chinese. To help directors and employees act in accordance with these guidelines, we have also created the Handbook for Corporate Ethics, which uses concrete examples to help all employees attain a thorough understanding of compliance.
Daikin Industries, Ltd. gives employees, along with this handbook, compliance cards that they must carry with them at all times so that they can be sure they are following rules and always be aware of the importance of compliance. In the area of legal compliance, compliance and risk management leaders (CRLs) in each division head efforts to gather the latest legal information and check to see if laws are reflected in company rules and manuals. There are also daily triple checks to ensure everyone is following laws and company rules and manuals.
Handbook for Corporate Ethics
Daikin has formulated common worldwide rules that it shares with each overseas group company for all Daikin bases around the world to carry out compliance and risk management. Each overseas group company has created a management system for its own region based on these common worldwide rules. Each of these systems has compliance committees and Corporate Ethics Handbooks, and they conduct regular self-assessments and risk management checks. In addition, members of the legal department of Daikin Industries, Ltd. regularly visit overseas group companies and join compliance committee meetings in efforts to confirm the state of compliance and risk management and to share information.
Meetings of the legal and compliance committee on such topics as human rights initiatives, personal information protection, and anti-bribery were held online for the Americas in September 2021, for Asia and Oceania in November 2021, and for Europe in March 2022.
At Daikin Industries, Ltd., compliance education is conducted each year targeting all employees based on the Group Conduct Guidelines. Additionally, employees who are studying look at case studies related to legal matters in specific areas, such as sales, production, and procurement. Education is also divided by employee category, with courses for directors, new employees, newly appointed managers, compliance and risk management leaders (CRLs), and other kinds of employees.
At Daikin Industries, Ltd., employees receive a company newsletter and an email every other month, which uses familiar case studies to raise employee awareness of the importance of compliance every two months. Moreover, whenever there is an important revision to a relevant law or regulation, all employees take e-learning on the matter.
In fiscal 2021, the company newsletter covered compliance risks during the COVID-19 pandemic and points to consider when hosting a visit by former employees. Training on harassment prevention led by an attorney was carried out for CRLs.
Overseas group companies conduct compliance education based on the laws of each country and rules of the company.
The Daikin Group makes it a rule to publicly announce all instances of major legal violations related to business operations.
There were no cases of major legal violations in fiscal 2020 at Daikin.
Daikin Industries, Ltd. has a Help-Line for Corporate Ethics both inside and outside the company, where employees can give opinions or receive consultation on all corporate ethics matters. Through the helpline, all advice sought and opinions expressed are kept strictly confidential, and reported matters are dealt with promptly and appropriately. No retribution is taken against either those persons reporting problems and seeking advice, or those persons helping investigate the reported matters. Department heads and managers also receive education on harassment in newly appointed manager training, etc. so that they can appropriately deal with the information provided during counseling with their staff.
The legal department investigates all queries and opinions to the Help-Line, and works with related company divisions to decide on measures to prevent the reoccurrence of problems. This makes for the smooth creation of measures and the solution of problems.
To ensure that the help-line is well publicized, the help-line's contact information is provided on the compliance card that all employees carry with them at all times.
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