Vice chairman：Executive officer in charge of General Affairs
Committee members : General Managers of Division
Top Management Roles and Responsibilities
Creating and ensuring awareness of a compliance management system
Confirming and evaluating the validity of the compliance management system
Providing the needed management resources to achieve the above
Ensuring appropriateness of granting of authority
Compliance Committee Roles and Responsibilities
Establishing standards and procedures
Establishing a management system
Ensuring thorough training and information communication
Establishing a monitoring, auditing and reporting system
Enforcing appropriate penalties for violations
Dealing appropriately with legal violations and preventing repeat incidents
Strengthening the Compliance Management System
The TOTO Group has demonstrated its resolve to take a stronger approach toward compliance promotion activities in terms of making a global response to the demands of society regarding compliance and by reflecting the spirit of the United Nations Global Compact, which the Group joined in 2011. The Group has achieved this by expressly stating its opposition to corruption, bribery and monopolistic business practices in the TOTO Group Compliance Policy and it has also strengthened its existing compliance management system with reference to the approach taken towards sentencing guidelines in the United States. Under the new compliance management system, the roles and authority of the Compliance Committee and the Legal Control Division are clearly stipulated in order to establish a more robust compliance system, which ensures the activities are steadily implemented. Additionally, the Compliance Committee, which meets four times a year, is aiming to carry out more effective and transparent compliance promotion activities by adopting a process to confirm and approve annual plans and implementation results for global compliance education and monitoring as reported by the Legal Control Division.
TOTO Group Business Conduct Guidelines
The TOTO Group Business Conduct Guidelines, which outline the conduct expected of TOTO employees and include the TOTO Group Corporate Philosophy, top commitment, and various guidelines for conduct, were drawn up in FY2013 (translated into 13 languages) and distributed to all Overseas Group Companies so as to ensure awareness among TOTO Group employees in every country and region. We use these Business Conduct Guidelines to promote activities for cultivating a greater awareness of compliance.
Developing an Organization and Employees That Respect Compliance
In order to prevent violations, we believe that we must strengthen our management system and create an organization that respects compliance. For this reason, we have developed two training courses throughout the Business Group, namely, Interactive Compliance Training and Compliance Management Training. Interactive Compliance Training is being used to promote better workplace communication in individual workplaces. The training course focuses on one particular compliance-related theme through which employees,who are sometimes from different departments, can share and become more aware of diverse values and attitudes by conversing with each other. The training enabled promotion of an organizational culture where employees will not ignore violations. Compliance Management Training for improving the ability of department and section managers when making decisions and taking action against violations has been developed. Using case studies of possible workplace violations, managers talk together and think about the basics of how to respond and how to act during unexpected situations to acquire basic abilities and practical skills and aim to further cultivate an organizational culture of correct behavior that abides by the rules. We will continue to promote these training courses in order to embed "the TOTO Way" and to establish conduct that shows respect for compliance in all workplaces.
Education and Training Programs to Enforce Compliance
To thoroughly ground each employee in compliance, education and e-training programs are being expanded to target new General Managers and Section Managers as well as new Group company presidents and new employees. Moreover, departments that control a variety of laws and ordinances including antitrust law, subcontracting low, labor contract law, personal information security law, copyright law, Pharmaceutical Affairs law, and patent law themselves are conducting compliance training for employees from departments undergoing training. Together with this training, Legal Control Departments visit each Department to conduct lecture-format seminars. Since fiscal year 2014, we have been conducting e-learning on insider trading for all our employees so that they can fully understand the nature of the problem.
Response to the New Antimonopoly Act
Regulations for management of competition law (available in Japanese-, English- and Chinese-language versions) are established to uphold Japanese antitrust laws as well as competition laws of all countries, and a management system is under construction to prevent illegal action before it takes place, check and detect such action early, as well as appropriately mitigate risk in the event of an illegal occurrence. These regulations clearly stipulate the strict disciplinary action that violators must undergo based on the regulations of the companies at which they hold positions. TOTO distributes a compliance guide at domestic Japanese sites, and key personnel have also been assigned in each division concerned to work in coordination with the Legal Affairs Department to prevent violations. Furthermore, those in management and sales positions at Sales Offices must take tests every year to increase their understanding of antitrust law. The Legal Department also visits each location to hold seminars. Overseas Group companies are making progress in organizing compliance programs to prevent violations of antitrust law and bribery.
The Business Group has established an export management system for the purposes of international security and the prevention of the illegal export of goods and technology in accord with relevant laws and regulations. Import control systems are also being reorganized to ensure proper payment of import duties and consumption tax. The Export Management Committee meets to report on the status of commerce control list compliance judgments, catch-all controls and import valuation reports. This information is shared within the Business Group and the Committee Secretariat also holds seminars in each workplace. We will continue to maintain and improve export management. There were no export and import management violations within the Group in FY2017.
No. of Anti-Corruption Act Violations
There were no anti-corruption act violations in the previous fiscal year.
No. of Antimonopoly Act Violations
There were no Antimonopoly Act violations in the previous fiscal year.
Establishment of Hotlines
In Japan, TOTO has a system of internal and external hotlines for receiving reports of actual or potential workplace compliance problems and resolving them. These hotlines are available when problems cannot be reported or resolved through the chain of authority. Information can be reported by e-mail, telephone or letter, and the name of the informer and other information is kept confidential. When information is received, the division in question works together with other relevant divisions to decide on measures for preventing recurrence and to quickly put such measures in place. The hotline system is for all TOTO Group employees. In order to raise awareness of the system and the hotlines, helpdesk contact information is contained within the handbook carried by employees. TOTO Group suppliers can also use the hotlines. Outside Japan, we finished setting up the whistleblowing system at all the group companies in China in FY 2015. The hotline can be used through e-mails and web forms, and the names and other information of the reporter are strictly kept confidential. The number of whistleblowing and consultation in FY 2017 was 41 in Japan and 3 outside Japan.
Using the Result of Employee Awareness Survey
The TOTO Group conducts an annual employee awareness survey so that we continue to make improvements towards becoming the ideal company. We conduct multifaceted analyses of the survey results and identify problems throughout the Group by comparing the survey results with those of the previous year to facilitate Check and Action (C and A). Each division uses the feedback in the same way to carry out C and A on its own issues, which is incorporated into draft plans for the following financial year. The results of the survey combined with the use of the PDCA cycle are used to promote the establishment of compliance initiatives in the workplace.