Compliance and 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.
Risk Analysis and Response
There are six types of risk which are viewed as common to all companies within the NGK Group, including compliance, information, and employment/labor. We make an effort to avoid and prevent these risks through deliberation of budgets and plans and overall examination and analysis in the course of execution and settlement processes at Strategy Committee and Executive Committee meetings.
Business continuity planning (BCP) was formulated to ensure the continuation of critical business functions in the event of large-scale natural disasters including wind and flood damage and earthquakes, massive transportation accidents or other emergency situations, which will be addressed by the Central Disaster Prevention and Control Headquarters and BCP Countermeasures Headquarters.
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|
|Response to antisocial forces|
|2.Information||Information systems breakdown|
|Leak of proprietary or personal information|
|Inappropriate use of social media|
|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|
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 Management System
Business Continuity Planning (BCP) Initiatives
The NGK Group is developing company-wide business continuity planning (BCP) through the establishment of the BCP Headquarters, an organization for leading business continuity and quick recovery in the event of a large-scale natural disaster, led by the President. Countermeasure initiatives include the establishment of multiple manufacturing bases and procurement sources, damage mitigation measures related to buildings and equipment, and employee safety assurance.
We conduct emergency drills assuming a natural disaster as a field exercise of the BCP. In the drill, participants are instructed to take real actions faithfully according to the plan, through which we identify in detail issues related to each process and procedure and use the findings to improve the BCP.
Intellectual Property Management
The NGK Group encourages the creation of intellectual property (IP) rights by working to ensure proper acquisition, protection, and use of IP rights based on the policy of respect for the rights of others and ourselves alike. Accordingly, the Intellectual Property Department is building a strategic patent database in close cooperation with business, research and development, and technology divisions.
Specifically, it features a patent mapping function to present the internal and external patent landscape of specific technology areas using charts and graphs, which can be easily shared within the Group.
To prevent patent infringement risks, we regularly conduct external patent monitoring by product line and development theme to update our database.
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