Establishment of Compliance
By promoting sound and fair corporate behavior that addresses social concerns beyond basic adherence to ethical standards, laws and regulations, Anritsu continually advances key measures for strengthening its Ethics and Compliance Promotion System and to enhancing ethical awareness throughout the Group’s entire workforce.
We believe it is important to respond to public expectations by developing a deep awareness of our corporate social responsibility, complying with laws and regulations in all aspects of our corporate activity, and acting according to social ethics. To that end, we have specific policies to guide corporate action, including the elimination of harassment in the workplace and the protection of personal information. All employees understand that actions which violate these polices will not be tolerated and that they cannot allow themselves or others to engage in activities that are unsound or insincere.
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Ethics and Compliance Promotion System
Promotion of corporate ethics and compliance at Anritsu is led by the president, who sets an example as chairman of the Management Strategic Conference. To promote compliance effectively, we have also set up a Corporate Ethics Promotion Committee, chaired by the executive officer in charge of compliance, which oversees activities related to corporate ethics and compliance at Anritsu Group companies in Japan.
With regard to Anritsu Group companies outside Japan, the Legal Department, which serves as the secretariat of the Corporate Ethics Promotion Committee, works with various committees on legal matters to provide guidance and necessary support for the efforts of every company to comply with ethics and laws with due respect for the legal systems, cultures and customs of each country or region. The Legal Department also works with compliance officers at each overseas company to establish a global system for ethical and legal compliance. The Internal Audit Department conducts an audit of the system to ensure that it is functioning appropriately and offers recommendations and requests for improvement as needed.
Corporate Ethics Promotion Committee and Ongoing Improvement Activities (annual)
The Anritsu Group in Japan set up a Corporate Ethics Promotion Committee consisting of representatives from individual departments related to corporate ethics and from Group companies. The committee plans, supports and implements Group compliance activities. We conduct a corporate ethics survey during CSR Promotion Month (October), and each business unit formulates an annual action plan for the next fiscal year based on the results of the survey.
With the action plan, each business unit carries out its own improvement activities. The effectiveness of the plan is assessed through the results of a survey the following year to ensure continuous improvement of our compliance activities.
To prevent violations of ethics and laws and maintain pleasant workplace conditions, Anritsu Group companies in Japan operate the Helpline, which accepts internal reports and requests for consultation. And we provide the three outside helplines (the Lawyers, Industrial Counselors, and Workplace helplines). Lawyers are available from outside the Company for employees to consult for legal advice. In addition, Legal Consultation Days (twice a month) are held to provide legal consultation on internal problems as well as any other issues affecting the lives of employees.
Both the In-house Helpline and the Workplace Helpline maintain rules of confidentiality on the content of reports and the fact that a report was made, and neither the reporter nor the whistleblower will be unfairly treated in any way.