Sustainability | GovernanceCorporate Ethics and Compliance
The TDK Group bases its corporate ethics and compliance on top
management demonstrating leadership in raising awareness among
officers and employees and comprehensively ensuring proper action.
Specifically, to thoroughly disseminate the TDK Group’s corporate philosophy, the TDK Code of Conduct, and the TDK Charter of Corporate Behavior, we hold group education, e-learning, and other activities relating to corporate ethics in general every year for all employees of the TDK Group globally.
Global corporate ethics structures centered on the Business Ethics Committee have been established to perform periodic monitoring regarding the status of compliance with corporate ethics, and reports are made to the Board of Directors via the Business Ethics Committee every half year regarding the status of compliance.
TDK will ensure that all members of the TDK Group conduct
themselves in a compliant manner according to common standards
worldwide, nurture a sincere, fair, and transparent corporate
culture, and respond to the trust and expectations of customers
With the aim of efficiently carrying out initiatives for this purpose, TDK will identify Group compliance risks that it deems to be especially important from the perspective of legal risk management and address them in a priority manner.
The TDK Group has appointed a Global Chief Compliance Officer and Regional Chief Compliance Officers for each of the five regions worldwide and established the Legal & Compliance HQ directly under the President.
In Japan, TDK has established items relating to compliance and the code of conduct in personnel evaluation, ensures opportunities for employees to conduct regular self-assessment, and motivates them to behave in a compliant manner.
Regarding compliance-related problems that do arise, the divisions responsible confirms the facts, takes appropriate action, and reports to the Board of Directors in a timely manner. In addition, the relevant division cooperates with the Legal & Compliance HQ to analyze the causes and takes measures to prevent reoccurrence at each Group company.
The TDK Group has established structures to enable employees to
anonymously make internal reports and consult regarding issues of
corporate ethics through channels other than their regular work
chain of command. Each Ethics Council has a consultation hotline
and internal helplines have been established on a regional basis
for the direct collection of information and opinions relating to
corporate ethics and other issues within the Group. In addition to
the regular reporting routes within the Group, alternate reporting
routes that provide access to outside law firms and other third
parties have also been established in the Americas, Europe, and
Asia. As a result, employees and others making reports can select
the reporting route that they believed to be the most appropriate.
The TDK Code of Conduct Program stipulates the protection of informants so that they do not suffer any unfair treatment or disadvantages.
- The scope of figures includes the Ethics Councils of affiliates.
Spreading Awareness of Corporate Ethics
TDK provides every TDK Group employee with a copy of the TDK Code
of Conduct Handbook, which they can use as a guide for their
individual business activities, and also endeavors to spread
awareness by, for example, displaying posters.
Also, in order to deepen employees’ understanding of corporate ethics, TDK implements training for specific ranks of employees and e-learning for all employees, as well as lectures for management by responsible directors and outside speakers.
In fiscal 2020 corporate ethics e-learning programs were implemented for 89% of all TDK Group employees.