Thorough Enforcement of Compliance / Risk management
The NGK Group Guidelines for Corporate Behavior were announced within and outside the company as our basic stance toward the realization of the NGK Group corporate philosophy of creating new value by providing products and technologies that contribute to a better social environment. This includes initiatives that strictly observe the protection of third party rights and corporate assets and trust through the practice of risk management.
Structures and Systems
Risk Management System
NGK operates a risk management promotion structure led mainly by the CSR Committee. A person of responsibility and response structure is established for each risk category in an effort to improve risk response capabilities and risk prevention activities.
Risk Analysis and Response
We assume six categories of common risks as listed below, and work to avoid and prevent these risks throughout the Group.
Company-wide Shared Risks
|1.Compliance||Legal / Regulatory infractions / improper accounting|
|Misappropriation by individuals|
|Violation of intellectual property rights|
|Human rights violations / harassment|
|Trouble with local communities|
|Support for antisocial forces|
|2.Information||Information systems breakdown|
|Leak of proprietary or personal information|
|Inappropriate use of SNS|
|3.Employment / Labor||Labor troubles|
|Long-working hours / health management|
|Support for unskilled labor|
|Labor issues at suppliers and subcontractors|
|4.Incidents / Accidents / Disasters||Incidents and accidents|
|5.Environment||Environmental management trouble|
|6.Product safety||Defective products|
Business Continuity Planning (BCP) Initiatives
We promote company/group-wide BCP initiatives.
Identifying and Preventing Risks Based On the CSA Questionnaire
We conduct the Control Self Assessment (CSA) Questionnaire, which tests the understanding of respondents regarding potential risks and their impact.
Intellectual Property Management
We encourage the creation of intellectual property (IP) rights through providing relevant education and work to ensure proper acquisition, protection and use of IP rights.
|Number of patents held as of March 31 ,2017|
|National patents of Japan||3,038|
Pick Up Topics
Yasui (sixth from left in the back row) and other students at MIPLC
Overseas IP training
NGK offers overseas training programs to develop international IP experts, sending young employees to the U.S. and Europe. From 2016, Masashi Yasui from the Intellectual Property Department attended appropriate courses at the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center (MIPLC) in Germany. Following this, he will receive practical training at local patent offices from October.
For more details,
please refer to