Compliance and Risk Management
The NGK Group Code of Conduct states that "We will manage business risks and make efforts to prevent the occurrence of problems and promptly respond when they arise." Accordingly, the NGK Group makes an all-out effort to control risks.
To minimize risks, which are becoming more global and diversified as our business expands, we periodically review risks, and the CSR Committee periodically follows up on measures to deal with risks.
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 their comprehensive study and analysis.
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||Awareness on compliance and following rules|
|Managing material purchasing and expenses|
|Protecting intellectual property|
|Human rights, harassment|
|Trouble with local communities|
|Response to antisocial forces|
|2. Information risk||Information systems, information security|
|3. Employment/labor risk||Managing human resources and labor|
|Managing labor, safety and hygiene, and health|
|Long working hours, health management|
|Support for unskilled labor|
|4. Facilities management, incident/accident/disaster risk||Facilities management|
|Incidents and accidents|
|5. Environmental risk||Management|
|6. Product safety risk||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 and works to ensure proper protection and use of IP rights. In addition, based on the policy of respect for the rights of others and ourselves, it aims for a strategic patent network to be built within the close cooperation between the Intellectual Property Department and other divisions such as 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 patent monitoring of other companies for product family and development theme to update our database.