Developing Fair, Transparent, and Sound Business, and Anti-Corruption

To gain the trust of society, we emphasize appropriate earnings through highly ethical conduct.

Compliance with Laws, etc.

Basic Philosophy on Promoting Compliance

By training our personnel according to our philosophy of innovation and growth while manifesting our commitment to society and preserving the global environment, we are ensuring that all employees are guided in their behavior focusing on compliance with laws, company regulations and ethical standards.

The Compliance Declaration made by the President states that success must never be achieved through legal and moral infringements and that “establishing rules and structure” and “developing a strong sense of commitment to realize compliance” are essential to becoming a corporate leader in compliance. Based on these guidelines, multifaceted compliance promotion activities are developed at every employee level, and each employee is encouraged to incorporate self-directed and proactive actions to yield an effective improvement in compliance awareness.

Permeation of Compliance Awareness

The CSR Manual which delineates rules for adherence by every corporate Group member is distributed to all employees to facilitate permeation of compliance awareness.

The manual clarifies Group CSR policy and outlines behavioral standards which each employee must follow during business activities. To facilitate its usage as a tool for employees in gauging behavioral standards, the manual delineates following items:

  • Concrete examples of compliance operations and the occurrence of compliance risks (explanations using a question and answer format and columns)
  • Diagnostic checklist to help employees assess their own adherence to corporate behavioral standards.

The manual further details how to use the internal whistleblower system for simple risk detection and introduces an emergency contact system for use in a crisis to realize quick responses to compliance infringements.

Workplace Meetings on CSR

Workplace meetings on compliance were initiated in fiscal 2012 as a means of allowing compliance awareness to permeate to each and every employee and have been conducted for nine consecutive years through till 2020.

Transitioning into "workplace meetings on CSR" from fiscal 2018, these meetings introduced topics aligned with CSR policy, and are now being expanded to 17 Group companies within Japan in addition to the 378 GS Yuasa workplaces. The educational materials used in the meetings have been made by the division in charge for each topic and include content related to the circumstances of the Group. Vigorous debates took place at many of the meetings held in fiscal 2020, and 97% of the workplaces rated them as meaningful. We intend to continue running these meetings and upgrading the content to ensure that it is both up-to-date and educational.

Examples of themes of CSR workplace meetings

  • Corporate philosophy
  • CSR Policy and Code of Conduct
  • Diversity
  • Preventing intentional wrongdoing
  • Handling confidential information
  • Subcontracting laws
  • Personal information protection
  • Security trade controls
  • Intellectual property
  • Respect for human rights
  • Sexual/power harassment
  • Management of working hours
  • Occupational health and safety
  • Product safety
  • Specific facility reports
  • Global warming and corporate responsibility
  • Promotion of supply-chain CSR activities

GS Yuasa Group Corporate Ethics Hotline

We established GS Yuasa Group corporate ethics hotline regulations and set up a corporate ethics hotline. Accessible both internally and externally, the hotline enables employees, temporary workers, business partners and others to provide information anonymously if they become aware of behavior by a Group employee that violates the law or company regulations or is unethical or otherwise inappropriate or any matter that is at risk of becoming a violation. In fiscal 2020, we received four reports relating to harassment and other matters. We conduct inquiries and take appropriate action, on these matters, while remaining committed to protecting whistleblowers.

Number of reports to the GS Yuasa Group corporate ethics hotline

FYNumber of reports
20165
20176
201810
20197
20204

Elimination of Antisocial Forces

The GS Yuasa Group clearly disavows contact “with personnel or organizations of organized crime” in our CSR Policy, while our CSR Code of Conduct similarly stipulates “separation from organized crime,” stating a specific policy that, “we will not provide any form of benefit in excess of the normal shareholder's right to any person or company associated with organized crime” and “we will cut off business or any other relationships with individuals and organizations having an indication of support for organized crime.” This policy and the Code of Conduct have been shared with all Group employees.

Information Security

Efforts to Ensure Information Security

Our Group places importance on global efforts to ensure information security. Through the regular monitoring of communications by an outside security service, the introduction of an illegal connection detection system and other measures, we endeavor to prevent illegal access to our in-house network and forestall damage. To prevent the outflow of confidential information, we conduct the encryption of personal computer data taken outside the company and promote awareness-raising activities so that employees follow our procedures for the management of information system use, including the distribution of an information security handbook and the implementation of e-learning. Furthermore, based on Japanese security standards, we conduct surveys of security measures in overseas Group companies and give guidance to address vulnerabilities.

Intellectual Property

Efforts to Ensure the Protection of Intellectual Property

We see intellectual property, the result of technological development, as one of our important assets.

Every year we file about 200 to 300 patent applications in Japan and about 100 to 150 overseas. Our basic policy is to protect our Group’s outstanding technology through aggressive patent applications and to maintain the trust of our customers by eliminating imitation products.

Since fiscal 2019, we have been promoting efforts geared toward patent analysis and AI/IoT patents to supplement our ongoing slate of activities. We are also focusing on intellectual property risk aversion activities in our overseas Group companies and are affording intellectual property support to business promotion in our forefront and overseas divisions. We are also pursuing ongoing countermeasures, exposing and litigating against injurious overseas counterfeit products, to ensure the reliability of available products for our customers.

Transparent Information Disclosure

Good Communication with Society

We believe that for the GS Yuasa Group to achieve sustainable growth and increase corporate value, it is necessary that we undertake business activities while gaining understanding through positive dialogue with various stakeholders.

In recent years, the asset investment of shareholders and investors has become increasingly diversified and strong interest in the environmental initiatives and stakeholder relationships of investment targets has developed. The GS Yuasa Group appropriately discloses not just financial information, but also material information relating to sustainability and works to enhance the transparency of management.

Through our disclosures on this CSR website, we seek to deepen mutual understanding and build trusting relationships through communications with a wide range of stakeholders by publicly disclosing accurate, understandable, and highly useful information regarding the Group’s material impacts on society and the environment.

Communication with stakeholders

GS Yuasa Corporation endeavors to communicate with shareholders, investors, and other stakeholders through various channels.

As investor relations activities, in addition to financial results briefings every quarter, we regularly hold specific interviews with institutional investors, briefings for individual investors, and other events. Furthermore, we make use of our website to actively transmit information.

We endeavor to share opinions obtained on these occasions among top management and reflect them in our management and business activities.

Record of IR activities (FY2020)

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TargetActivity contentFrequency
Shareholders Shareholders’ Meeting Once
Institutional investors and analysts Financial result briefing 4 times
Specific interviews Japan: 172 times
Overseas: 21 times
Conferences 3 times
Small meetings 5 times
Individual investors Briefing for individual investors Once

Due to the impact of novel coronavirus pandemic, the briefing for individual investors was held only once and online in FY2020. (It was held seven times in FY2019.) For that reason, we have revamped our website pages for individual investors to expand the information available, including an explanatory video for individual investors and reference materials.

Risk Management

Basic Approach

The GS Yuasa Group believes that risk management is essential for the lasting growth of the company. As our basic approach, the Group thinks that the following two points are important so that crises stemming from the escalation of risks do not exert a serious impact on the Group or on society. First, by predicting and understanding risks and adopting appropriate preliminary measures, the escalation of risks (outbreak of crises) can be prevented. Second, effective measures can be taken beforehand so that even if a crisis does occur, the loss is kept to a minimum. Based on this approach, to properly promote risk management, our Group has formulated risk management rules that stipulate the responsibilities of employees and our risk management promotion setup.

The structure and functions of risk management

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Risk Management under the Group Risk Management Committee

The Group Risk Management Committee, headed by the president and consisting of the chairs of departmental Risk Management Committees, holds semiannual meetings to promote group-wide risk management and to encourage the sharing of key information related to risk management. In addition to making decisions on measures to promote risk management, the Risk Management Committee confirms that the appropriate risk management measures have been implemented, and the committee chairs report on progress in this area. We also actively exchange opinions and share information on the different styles of risk management and so on.

Risk Management Based on Risk Management Sheets

In accordance with the risk management rules, each department assesses risk using a risk management sheet. The following is an outline of these activities:

  • Step 1: Identification of risks by departments and employees
  • Step 2: Decision on “basic response” to avoid and reduce risks
  • Step 3: Monthly confirmation by each department of the status of implementation of related measures

The department also fills in the details of any critical events that occurred, as well as a summary of the response and the investigation into the cause and measures to prevent a reoccurrence. These preventive measures are fed back into the "basic response" and the status of implementation is checked each month to provide a framework that ensures that similar events do not happen again.

The risk management sheets produced by the departments are compiled at the divisional level with the director in charge of the division verifying and assessing the status of response through the Risk Management Committee. The deliberations by the committees are summarized and then fed back to each department as required, to enhance the effectiveness of risk management.

System for Dealing with Crises

To prepare for the possibility that a risk materializes, we have established a system that includes an emergency contact network to swiftly implement crisis management. If a serious crisis occurs, members from the Group Risk Management Committee will be appointed to organize a crisis management headquarters, under the president, to minimize corporate losses, and an effective response will be implemented swiftly and with appropriate care.

Refer here for a summary of the Group’s corporate governance.