With the Daikin Group expanding rapidly around the globe, we have introduced company-wide, cross-organizational risk management in order to quickly get an overall picture of risks from a global point of view and reduce the risks. With our president as the highest ranking person in Daikin's risk management structure, we carry out risk management in the following three areas.
Strategic risk is deliberated on by management members through platforms such as the Group Steering Meeting and the Executive Officers Meeting. As for risk related to the reliability of financial reports and operational risk, the Internal Control Committee, headed by the president, inspects these biannually to ensure that they are being properly managed within the Group's risk management and overall internal control structure.
The following are possible risks affecting the Daikin Group's financial situation, business performance, and other areas.
For details about each risk, see page 14 "Operating Risks" of Securities Report (available in Japanese only).
The directors and executive officers in charge of a duty have the authority and responsibility to create a Group-wide, cross-organizational system that covers the entire sphere of that duty; for example, in terms of product liability and quality, safety, production and sales activities, and disasters.
Risks facing the entire company are selected based on risk assessment results and after discussions held at risk assessment evaluation meetings led by the heads of corporate departments, and then finalized after deliberation by the Corporate Ethics and Risk Management Committee.
All divisions and major group companies around the world carry out annual risk assessments to determine the most important risks in line with the risks faced across the company. Based on this, companies propose and implement countermeasures to reduce risk. They also make reports on the progress of these measures and present and share them via the Corporate Ethics and Risk Management Committee.
With natural disasters such as typhoons and torrential rains occurring with increasing frequency, Daikin Industries, Ltd. is taking measures against natural disasters as a whole, not just earthquakes. To this end, we are making disaster response a key company-wide theme and we are building stronger, more comprehensive disaster measures that include both hard and soft aspects.
In preparation for earthquake risk, we have made and are implementing proposals in areas including reinforcement of earthquake resistance at our plants and flooding measures at our chemical plants, as well as evacuation drills to prepare for flooding. Despite various natural disasters occurring, the measures that we have in place allowed us to avoid any fatal damage.
We are also creating a business continuity plan (BCP), identifying risks, and making and implementing proposals to, for example, prevent production equipment from toppling, ensure stable procurement of parts and materials, and implement countermeasures for logistics.
Group companies are also proceeding with their own BCPs.
Daikin has made preventing information leaks one of its key company-wide themes. IT-related divisions and compliance-related divisions cooperate closely, and personal information managers and information security leaders in each division lead efforts to minimize the risk of information leaks.
In addition, we are working to reinforce our management capacities to prevent leakages of important technical information.
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