Corporate Brand Management and Corporate Social Responsibility

Status of CSR Promotion (in-House)

In accordance with the CSR Guidebook (revised edition as of April 2010) issued by the Japan Auto Parts Industries Association (JAPIA), Akebono maintains a list of its ongoing CSR activities. By making those activities more visible and managing them in a systematic manner, Akebono is ensuring that its CSR activities are steadily implemented. Akebono also utilizes an internal inspection system based on the ISO26000 management system to evaluate CSR activities conducted in each business segment. By doing so, Akebono works to clarify its CSR management issues from a global perspective and thereby improve overall CSR activities.

The status of CSR promotion in fiscal 2015 is as follows. For details on our environmental initiatives, please refer to “Environmental Management.”

CSR Promotion Status(fiscal 2015)

Explanatory note:
A: 5.0 points, B: from 4.0 to 4.9 points, C: from 3.0 to 3.9 points, D: 2.9 points and below Points represent result of self-ev aluation on a scale of 1.0 to 5.0 points that was implemented in reference to the “CSR Check Sheet (revised version as of April 2010)” formulated by JAPIA.

Category Initiatives Responsible Organization Numerical targets (if applicable) Structure for Promotion, Action taken and Degree of Attainment
1. Safety and quality
Understanding customer needs, providing products that benefit society
Sales Division, R&D Division and Quality Assurance Department Establish and implement a system for checking on market needs and development goals at commencement of basic development / Establish and implement a system for checking on customer needs at the start of application development / Process inquiries and estimation requests in accordance with prescribed workflows and pass them on to the relevant sections through in-house computer networks / Update customers' product requirements and pass this data on to the relevant sections in a systematic manner / Analyze collected market information and pass it on to the relevant sections in accordance with prescribed workflows
Providing information on products in an appropriate manner
Sales Division and Quality Assurance Department; production sites Provide appropriate information on R&D phase technologies in accordance with prescribed workflows / Provide information on product composition in a systematic manner in accordance with customer and legal requirements and such automobile industry standards as the International Material Data System / Collect information on product failures and share such information in a systematic manner
Ensuring product safety
R&D Division and Quality Assurance Department; production sites Verify the safety of pre-productions pursuant to the prescribed operation procedures / Establish and implement a system to check the impact on products due to usage conditions and environment, and to verify failure mode using FMEA (failure mode and effects analysis) and FTA (fault tree analysis) to determine its usefulness prior to supplying them to customers / Examine and verify conformity to legal and safety requirements as well as market and customer needs in a systematic manner at the R&D phase / Quality risk items requiring compliance with legal and safety requirements are identified and are closely controlled / Develop and implement a global defect information network to achieve rapid dispersal of information to bases worldwide
Ensuring product quality
Quality Assurance Department Quality Management System Steering Committee (once a month) Establish and apply quality management systems within an organizational structure designed to assist quality management activities / Quality management activities are constantly pursued using the PDCA method, with policies and targets being formulated for each fiscal year / Integrate product development processes and Advanced Part Quality Planning (APQP) at locations worldwide / Created and implemented a system for manufacturing facility development and global production to ensure quality management / Maintaining the ISO9001 and ISO/TS16949 certifications. Currently working to strengthen the quality management system, including the revised standard ISO9001:2015
Self-evaluation B
2. Human rights and working environment
Abolishment of discrimination (ensuring equal employment opportunity)
HR Department Wage structure and personnel evaluation system are set forth irrespective of gender / Gender is eliminated from items verified at the examination for wage raise and promotion
Respect for human rights (prevention of harassment)
HR Department, Compliance Committee Activities aimed at raising associates' awareness of compliance (twice a year) Conduct “compliance proficiency tests” aimed at raising associates’ awareness of compliance across the board (twice) / Internal consultation service has been established and announced companywide / Whistle blowers are protected under the prescribed in-house rules
Abolishment of child labor
HR Department The Company demands newly recruited employees to submit documents to identify their age under the rules of employment
Abolishment of enforced labor
HR Department Although the company may check employee's passport for proof of identity, the submission of a passport is not required
Appropriate wages
HR Department Confirmation of minimum wage set forth by local governments (once a year) The Company is comparing its wage levels and minimum wage set forth by each prefecture, ensuring that it is complying with the law (implemented utilizing a wage database system)
Working hours
HR Department Managerial training themed on labor time management (once a year) In accordance with an agreement with the labor union, notification of overtime work exceeding prescribed baseline hours must be submitted and permission gained in advance / Attendance management system is utilized to verify whether working situations are complying with the Labor Standard Law
Communication and consultation with associates
HR Department Frequency of labor-management consultations as well as matters to consult with is set forth in labor agreement
Safety and health of the working environment
Central Safety and Environment Committee Reduce occupational accidents (50% year on year) to three or fewer per year Annual activity plans for facility safety countermeasures and sanitary control at workplaces are formulated and implemented by the Central Safety Environment Committee / FRESH Center and Health Management Office formulate annual activity plans for health management and manage their implementation / Implemented standardized safety manuals for global locations based the manual used in Japan
Human resources nurturing
HR Department Conducting Education Programs for associates tailored to their rank and job roles (once a year) Established Ai-Village global training center as a facility to nurture globally capable human resources / Prepared a guidebook that summarizes the content of in-house educational programs and distributed it to all associates while providing them with opportunities to participate in such programs / Held global management training programs for managers from Group locations worldwide in response to globalization (twice a year) / Education programs for associates tailored to their rank and job roles are implemented (Conducted rank-specific training: new recruit training conducted once in spring and once in autumn. Conducted one training for second year, third year, and seventh year training and newly appointed team leaders, one for newly appointed assistant managers, one for newly appointed senior staff, and one for new managers).
Self-evaluation B
3. Environment
Environmental management
Global Environment Committee, etc. Renewal of the ISO14001 certifications
Environmental education
Renewed the ISO14001 certifications at Yamagata Manufacturing, AKBT (Thailand) as well as two other locations / Began providing online educational programs with regard to environmental activities / Continued tree-planting activities in consideration of vegetation.
Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions
Global Environment Committee (CO2 Emission Reduction Project) Improve CO2 intensity 1% or greater every year until 2020 (in reference to JAPIA target value) In fiscal 2015, CO2 emissions per unit of sales on a global basis declined 5.1% year on year through the introduction of next-generation friction material production facilities and the application of heat-insulating coatings to the rooftops of plant buildings
Global Environment Committee (logistics environment sectional committee) Improvement of transportation efficiency: set target to reduce energy intensity 1% year on year basis (in reference to revised Energy Conservation Law) CO2 emissions from logistics operations declined 4.8% year on year through the introduction of a system for the real-time management of truck operations and other measures.
Preventing pollution of environment (air, water and soil)
Manufacturing Division Continued efforts aimed at reducing environmental impact Reduced SOx emissions through the changeover of oil fired boilers to heat pumps
Resource saving and waste reduction
Global Environment Committee (zero-emissions sectional committee) Maintenance of zero-emissions status (no direct landfill of waste) Promote the reduction and proper disposal of waste Zero-emissions (no direct landfill) of waste sand was accomplished in fiscal 2015 for the second consecutive year through the efforts such as recycling of sand into cement raw material / Reduced the emission of waste cutting fluid accompanying machining processes by using filtration and centrifuge equipment to recycle such fluid
Chemical substance management
Environment Department, R&D Division Response to regulations on copper used in friction materials set forth by states of California and Washington, the United States / After January 1, 2021, materials for new automobile containing 5wt% of copper or more are going to be prohibited / After January 1, 2025, materials for new automobile containing 0.5wt% of copper or more are going to be prohibited The Company initiated the mass-production of copper-free friction materials for front and rear brakes in 2014 while working to improve the performance of such materials / Chemical substances designated by PRTR laws contained in newly developed friction materials are checked and tracked
Self-evaluation B
4. Compliance
Compliance with laws and regulations
Compliance Committee Compliance Committee meetings (five times per year) / Compliance understanding tests (once a year) / Provision of training sessions themed on relevant laws (six occasions per year) / Workplace discussion (once a year) Compliance Committee meetings are held five times a year and relevant issues and initiatives are discussed / Conducted “compliance proficiency test” for all domestic associates to reinforce their knowledge of compliance (once) / Provide compliance training sessions (six times per year) to raise associates' awareness / Provided compliance training sessions (six times per year) and a workplace discussion as a measure for compliance month to raise associates' awareness
Compliance with competition laws
Compliance Committee Provision of training sessions themed on relevant laws (11 occasions per year) Created guidelines on prevention of cartels and bid rigging, and promoted them throughout the Company / The Company raises alerts, regularly sharing data on the latest cases of legal violations through intranet / Conducted training on Japan's “Act Against Delay in Payment, etc., to Subcontractors” (11 times) and promoted awareness raising activities
Corruption prevention
Compliance Committee Created bribery prevention guidelines and raised awareness of them in Japan and overseas.
Control and protection of secret information
Compliance Committee Audit and review of trade secret management on an annual basis Conduct audit and review of the status of trade secret management on an annual basis while raising alert over the handling of such secrets by distributing booklets presenting the action guidelines for associates at domestic and overseas locations
Control of export transactions
Compliance Committee Provision of training sessions themed on relevant laws (twice a year) Export transactions are managed and overseen by structures set forth in the in-house rules and processed with prescribed operation flow provided by such rules / The Company submitted the “Export Control Rules for National Security” to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, and is registered as an exporter / Training sessions themed on relevant laws were held to raise associates' awareness of compliance (once a year)
Intellectual property protection
Legal & Intellectual Property Department Patent guarantee (non infringement of other companies' patents): patent guarantee for products is conducted in Japan at process review stages 2 and 4 using patent examination sheets. The same system is used overseas (U.S. and Europe) / Development Patent Committee: Continued efforts to evaluate and register newly obtained published patents of other companies for each working group meeting during development (Check other companies' trends and stay aware of other companies' patents)
Self-evaluation B
5. Information disclosure
Information disclosure to stakeholders
Corporate Communications Office
Investor Relations Office
The issuance of the AKEBONO REPORT (once a year, both in Japanese and English) Information is appropriately disclosed to stakeholders, giving sufficient consideration to the content and the timing / Matters such as financial conditions, performance and business activities are disclosed through such media as TD net and EDINET pursuant to the rules of information disclosure set forth by such media / Update the Company's websites as needed to improve visibility and to ensure that the latest information is disclosed / The Company issues “AKEBONO REPORT,” which integrates the corporate brochure, CSR report and annual report for the convenience of stakeholders
Self-evaluation B
6. Risk management
Companywide risk management structure
Risk Management Committee / Risk Evaluation Committee Launch risk management employing the PDCA cycle by formulating risk response plans for each critical issue Conduct annual reviews on Companywide critical issues and appoint responsible person and organization to each issue, having them formulate risk response plans that have to be deliberated at the Risk Evaluation Committee; the plans approved by the committee will then be implemented and the status of these plans reported to the committee in a periodic manner / Utilize risk management system established at each overseas region to prepare biannual reports on the status of risk response plan implementation for review by the committee / The status of risk management activities undertaken by Group members worldwide and their risk management policies are reported annually to the Board of Directors after being discussed by the committee / Continued to improve the quality of first emergency response through the update of response plans, the implementation of earthquake drills and the preparation of disaster response manuals / The BCM Countermeasure Subcommittee, a cross organizational team launched in April 2013, has developed comprehensive Business Continuity Plans (BCPs) aimed at restoring capacity to produce priority items and ensuring business continuity if a mega earthquake were to strike the Company's domestic facilities. The team also formulated structural reinforcement plans for the facilities at each location to ensure greater earthquake resistance and undertook the analysis of and devising of countermeasure against risks associated with supply chains and information systems while considering the possibility of designating substitute facilities to offset the depletion of production capabilities due to disaster. Issues have been significantly clarified through these activities and the subcommittee will continue to upgrade countermeasures / In addition to natural disasters, the Company's operations could also be interrupted by factors such as country risks, cyber-attacks, and pandemics. The Company will expand its BCM initiatives to cover these risks as well
Enhance Business Continuity Management (BCM)
BCM Countermeasure Subcommittee (a special subcommittee operating under the Risk Evaluation Committee) Formulate business continuity plans (BCPs) for production line for each mainstay product / Conduct annual disaster drills aimed at practicing collaboration between locations (once a year)
Self-evaluation B
7. Social contribution
7.Contribution to local communities General Affairs Department Meeting with local residents for the exchange of opinions (once a year or more) / summer festivals (once a year) / Voluntary cleanup activities at the local areas (twice a year) Regularly hold meetings with local residents for the exchange of opinions (six meetings were held in fiscal 2015 attended by 47 people in total) / Welcomed elementary and junior high school students to plant tours while hosting “Open House Events” for families of associates wishing to see worksites (such events were held on 30 occasions on a Groupwide basis during fiscal 2015, with 1,144 attendees in total)./ Sponsoring summer festivals every year (such festivals were held at six domestic locations in fiscal 2015 with a total of 7,262 people participating) / Local voluntary cleanup activities are undertaken by associates regularly (such activities were held 10 times in fiscal 2014 with a total of 467 associates participating)/ Local greenery development activities are undertaken regularly (such activities were held seven times in fiscal 2014 with 141 associates participating in total)
Self-evaluation C
8. CSR promotion structure
Structure for developing CSR activities inside the Group
Corporate Branding Office CSR activities are led by the Corporate Brand Management team under the recognition of “CSR is indispensable for corporate brand management and an essential for continuing our business operations” / Each relevant section and committee sets targets and evaluates achievements on a separate basis. The Company recognizes that those initiatives must be integrated and promoted on a Groupwide basis in the future
Structure for developing CSR activities involving suppliers
Purchasing Division Work to nurture more favorable partnerships with suppliers, strictly comply with relevant laws and regulations and the principles of fairness and equity in conducting business transactions / Revised the Green Purchasing Guidelines in February 2012 to step up green procurement efforts / Launched tracking surveys to watch for “conflict minerals” entering supply chains in line with a policy of ensuring parts and material procurement that gives due consideration to the global environment and human rights protection
Self-evaluation B