Sustainability | SocietySocial and Environmental Consideration at Manufacturing Sites

Our Approach

As a supplier, TDK recognizes the importance of fulfilling our social responsibilities by striving for social and environmental considerations at the Group’s manufacturing sites in order to continue our business. We strive to understand issues and make continuous improvements in a three-stage framework comprising self-assessments, audits, and training and dialogue.

CSR management framework at our manufacturing sites
CSR management framework at our manufacturing sites

Structure

CSR function at the headquarters takes the lead in promoting this initiative, with a responsible person assigned at each manufacturing site.

Fiscal 2022 Goals and Achievements / Evaluations and Future Activities

Fiscal 2022 Goals Achievements
Achieve 100% implementation of CSR self-checks at manufacturing sites (TDK Group manufacturing sites) Achieved 100% implementation
Achieve 100% implementation of labor, human rights, and ethics risk assessments at manufacturing sites (TDK Group manufacturing sites) Achieved 100% implementation
Conduct either of RBA-authorized audit, customer CSR audit, or CSR assessment based on the RBA VAP Operations Manual at all our manufacturing sites at least once every three years 19 sites audited
Conduct training for personnel involved with CSR in Japan and overseas Conducted CSR internal auditor training in Japan and CSR training at HR Regional Meeting in Asia
Achieve 100% implementation of labor, human rights, and ethics internal audits at targeted manufacturing sites Achieved 100% implementation at targeted sites

Evaluations and Future Activities

Starting in fiscal 2022, we launched an initiative to conduct either an RBA-authorized audit, a customer CSR audit, or a CSR assessment based on the RBA VAP Operations Manual at all manufacturing sites at least once every three years. Although there have been instances of audits having been postponed due to COVID-19, targets were generally met.
From fiscal 2023 onward, we will pour further energy into each activity aimed at achieving our plan, and, while keeping a close eye on trends at the RBA, pursue efforts on a global level to strengthen CSR management in accordance with RBA standards.

Fiscal 2023 Goals
Achieve 100% implementation of CSR self-checks at manufacturing sites (TDK Group manufacturing sites)
Achieve 100% implementation of labor, human rights, and ethics risk assessments at manufacturing sites (TDK Group manufacturing sites)
Conduct either of RBA-authorized audit, customer CSR audit, or CSR assessment based on the RBA VAP Operations Manual at all our manufacturing sites at least once every three years
Conduct training for personnel involved with CSR in Japan and overseas
Achieve 100% implementation of labor, human rights, and ethics internal audits at targeted manufacturing sites

Initiatives

Self-assessments

Frequency Target site Content
CSR self-checks Every year All TDK Group manufacturing sites Personnel at each site respond to a questionnaire on RBA check items (human rights, health and safety, environment, and ethics). Improvement measures are taken at each site based on feedback from the survey results.
Labor, human rights, and ethics risk assessments Every year All TDK Group manufacturing sites The check items are updated every year based on social trends. Personnel at each site respond to a questionnaire. Based on the analysis results, improvement plans are developed and implemented.

CSR Self-Checks

At TDK, we use the Self-Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ) provided by the RBA to conduct annual self-checks regarding labor (human rights), health and safety, the environment, ethics, and management systems at all of our manufacturing sites. The purpose is to get a sense of the current status of CSR activities at manufacturing sites, to identify and address potential issues, and to promptly respond to requests from customers for CSR surveys.
After the staff in charge at each site have answered the questionnaire, the Sustainability Promotion HQ analyzes the responses and provides feedback to those manufacturing sites that need it.
In fiscal 2022, of all the sites where SAQ was conducted, none were rated as high risk. However, we provided feedback offering suggestions for improvement to some of those sites rated as medium risk.

Labor, Human Rights, and Ethics Risk Assessments

Every year, risks related to labor/corporate ethics are analyzed at all manufacturing sites. In the event that there are any inherent risks, they are corrected after having formulated a plan for improvement and work is performed to mitigate the risks (environment and health and safety assessments are conducted separately). Each site aims for continuous improvement by going through the PDCA cycle.
The items to be checked are updated every year based on social trends and so forth. After the staff in charge at each site have answered the questionnaire, the Sustainability Promotion HQ assesses risks and returns the results of their assessment back to the sites. When inherent risks have been discovered, plans for improvements are formulated and the issues are corrected at each site.
In fiscal 2022, we conducted a human rights risk assessment, evaluating such matters as forced and child labor, harassment, and management at service providers. Improvement measures were undertaken at all of the sites where risks were identified on this occasion and corrections were made. As of the end of the fiscal year, no risks remained.

Audits

Frequency Target site Content
RBA-authorized audit Starting fiscal 2022, launched initiative to conduct either an RBA-authorized audit, a customer CSR audit, or a CSR assessment based on the RBA VAP Operations Manual at all manufacturing sites at least once every three years Priority target sites based on Medium-Term Plan RBA-authorized audit (VAP, AMA, or CMA)
Customer CSR audit Sites requested by customers Performed based on customer's audit standards
CSR assessment based on the RBA VAP Operations Manual Site where no RBA- or customer-based audit has gone in
  • CSR assessment based on the RBA VAP Operations Manual
  • Carried out by the headquarters or each regional CSR group
Internal audit Annual Site where high-level management is requested
  • Horizontal roll out of remediation measures based on results of the aforementioned 3 audits
  • Performed by CSR staff from either the CSR group in each region or from another site who have completed CSR internal auditor training

Our company promotes mainly three types of CSR audit: an RBA-authorized audit, a customer CSR audit, and a CSR assessment based on the RBA VAP Operations Manual. By conducting audits based on the standards that customers require and on RBA standards, we have constructed a mechanism to ensure that the levels of labor, health and safety, the environment, ethics, and management systems are maintained at a global standard.
In addition, starting in fiscal 2022, all manufacturing sites are required to conduct either an RBA-authorized audit, a customer CSR audit, or a CSR assessment based on the RBA VAP Operations Manual at least once every three years. 19 sites were audited in fiscal 2022. Although there have been instances of audits having been postponed due to COVID-19, targets were generally met.

Trainings and Dialogues

With a systematic understanding of RBA and customer requirements related to CSR, we provide timely training for quick responses. In fiscal 2022, we increased the number of internal auditors by having an RBA-authorized company conduct "CSR internal auditor training" in Japan and by participating in RBA auditing education in Europe. Furthermore, as a CSR topic at the Asia region human resources conference we provided education about the management of labor agencies and service providers.

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