Kyocera Group Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

Japan
| CSR Activities Based on the Kyocera Philosophy | Kyocera Group CSR Guidelines | Response to International Standards and Initiatives | Important Themes of CSR Activities | Enhance Communication with all Stakeholders |

 CSR Activities Based on the Kyocera Philosophy
Shortly after its founding, Kyocera adopted its management rationale: “To provide opportunities for the material and intellectual growth of all our employees, and through our joint efforts, contribute to the advancement of society and humankind.” Management is based on the Kyocera Philosophy, which uses the concept “What is the right thing to do as a human being?” as its decision-making criterion. This also forms the basis for the Kyocera Group’s CSR activities.

Through implementation of the Kyocera Philosophy, we work to find solutions to corporate citizenship issues, build relationships of mutual trust with our stakeholders, and aim for the sustained development of the Kyocera Group. At the same time, we endeavor to contribute to the healthy development of society.

Image: Kyocera Group CSR Activities


 Kyocera Group CSR Guidelines
The Kyocera Group establishes the Kyocera Group CSR Guidelines, our standards of corporate conduct, and will act towards the creation of a sustainable society.

Kyocera Group CSR Guidelines
Introduction
Since its foundation, Kyocera has declared that it will “provide opportunities for the material and intellectual growth of all our employees, and through our joint efforts, contribute to the advancement of society and humankind” as its management rationale and has managed its business based on the Kyocera Philosophy ─ the core of management in the Kyocera Group. By practicing the Kyocera Philosophy on a daily basis, we will contribute to the sound development of society as well as build mutual trust with stakeholders, and continuously develop the Kyocera Group.

We therefore establish the Kyocera Group CSR Guidelines, our standards of corporate conduct, and will act towards the creation of a sustainable society.

These guidelines apply to Kyocera Corporation and Kyocera Group companies, as well as all executive officers and employees.
 
1. Basic duties
We shall observe laws, regulations and corporate rules, have unshakable moral values based on the Kyocera Philosophy and perform corporate activities globally, making decisions based on the criterion of “What is the right thing to do as a human being?”
 
2. Human rights and labor
We shall respect fundamental human rights.
2-1. We shall always be aware of changes in work environments and the characteristics and culture of each country to build up a personnel system that can respond appropriately.
2-2. We shall respect the human rights of employees and not treat them severely or inhumanely, including abuse or any type of harassment.
2-3. We shall promote the creation of attractive, rewarding work environments by attempting to share opinions and information with employees.
2-4. We shall respect the right of freedom of association based on the laws, regulations and labor practices of each country.
2-5. We shall not allow forced labor or child labor.
2-6. We shall not engage in unfair and discriminatory treatment.
 
3. Health and safety
We shall observe laws and regulations related to health and safety, fire control, and undertake health and safety measures more actively and continuously including through the implementation of risk assessment and emergency preparedness to provide work environments that are accident and disaster-free, where employees can work in safety and free from anxiety.
 
4. Environmental conservation
We shall regard the Kyocera Environmental Charter as our guideline for the environmental protection activities to be achieved. We shall perform improvement activities more actively and continuously to contribute to global environmental protection by working in a comprehensive fashion on environmental measures such as environmental preservation, energy conservation, climate change prevention, resource conservation, global environmental product development and biodiversity conservation. At the same time, we shall communicate those efforts widely to society.
Kyocera Environmental Charter
 
5. Fair trade and ethics
We shall always carry out fair trade in the spirit of equity and fair play.
5-1. We shall compete fairly, transparently and freely, and carry out fair trade.
5-2. We shall arrange and manage a clear import and export management system in accordance with related laws and regulations in Japan and overseas.
5-3. When procuring materials, we shall conform to laws and regulations, do business faithfully, justly and fairly without abusing any dominant bargaining position, and work to build up partnerships based on mutual trust.
5-4. We shall request business partners to understand and cooperate with our CSR activities.
5-5. We shall create, protect and utilize intellectual property rights, respect the intellectual property rights of others, and prevent any violation of their rights.
  5-6.   We shall neither offer nor receive inappropriate profits in relationships with stakeholders.
  5-7.   We shall maintain sound and normal relationships with political organizations and the authorities, and shall never offer bribes or illegal political contributions.
  5-8.   We shall steadfastly maintain an attitude of confrontation with antisocial forces and reject any unjust claim.
  5-9.   We shall carry out activities to prevent wrongdoing and also arrange systems to detect and respond to it immediately.
5-10. We shall not purchase any materials or products including conflict minerals or metals derived from them that create a source of funds for armed groups causing human rights violations.
 
6. Quality and product safety
We shall regard the Kyocera Quality Policy and Kyocera Product Safety Policy as our guidelines to be achieved.
Kyocera Quality Policy
Kyocera Product Safety Policy
 
7. Information disclosure
We shall always foster communication with society through appropriate information disclosure and active PR and IR activities; and aim at being a fair, highly transparent and open business enterprise.
7-1. We shall strive to disclose information to stakeholders including stockholders and investors quickly, appropriately and fairly; and promote understanding of our management and business activities.
7-2. We shall foster fair stock transactions and strive to prevent insider trading such as the buying and selling of stocks based on undisclosed internal information.
 
8. Information security
We shall be aware that personal information and confidential information are important and strive to prevent information leakages while maintaining and promoting information security.
8-1. We shall be aware that personal information is important information that constitutes privacy, and strive to protect it thoroughly.
8-2. We shall properly manage and protect confidential information received from customers or third parties, and confidential information of companies obtained in the conduct of business, and prevent any leakage or misuse.
 
9. Business continuity plan (BCP)
We shall formulate a BCP and aim for quick recovery and operation even if concerns over supply arise due to disaster, etc.
 
10. Social contribution
Based on the awareness that a business enterprise is a member of society, we shall do our duty at all times as a corporate citizen that supports the development of local communities and society, and carry out various social contribution activities, not just business.
10-1. We shall actively interact with local people and support sports to contribute to the development of local communities.
10-2. We shall strive to do our duty as a member of society through various activities that contribute to society such as education, research, culture, the arts, international exchange and cooperation, and environmental protection activities.


 Response to International Standards and Initiatives
Utilization of ISO26000
The Kyocera Group effectively uses ISO26000, the international guidance standard related to social responsibility issued in November 2010. ISO26000 puts together items to be reviewed in implementing CSR activities and summarizes them as seven core subjects. The Kyocera Group evaluates our own CSR activities based on these core subjects and conducts continuous improvement for reinforcement of our CSR management.

Seven Core Subjects of ISO26000 and Corresponding References
Core subjects References
Organizational Governance
Management
Human Rights
Respect of Human Rights / Optimal Work Environment
Labour Practices
The Environment
Environmental Activities
Fair Operating Practices
Fair Business Activities
Consumer Issues
Customer Concerns
Community Involvement and Development
Social Contribution Activities

Participation in the UN Global Compact
The Kyocera Group is a participant of the United Nations Global Compact — an initiative proposed in 1999 by the then UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan which was officially established in 2007. The Compact consists of 10 principles in four areas: human rights, labour, the environment, and anti-corruption.

The Kyocera Group continues to contribute to society’s sustainable growth by practicing these ten principles without fail.
Photo: THE GLOBAL COMPACT

Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact
Human Rights
1: Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights.
2: Businesses should make sure they are not complicit in human rights abuses.
 
Labour
3: Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining.
4: Businesses should uphold the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labor.
5: Businesses should uphold the effective abolition of child labor.
6: Businesses should uphold the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.
 
Environment
7: Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges.
8: Businesses should undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility.
9: Businesses should encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.
 
Anti-Corruption
10: Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.


 Important Themes of CSR Activities

The Kyocera Group uses an evaluation sheet based on the “core subjects and issues” and “related actions and expectations” described in ISO26000 and makes evaluations from two viewpoints: “importance for stakeholders” and “importance for the Kyocera Group.”


Image: Importance for the Kyocera Group



The Kyocera Group actively conducts the following CSR activities as important themes based on the evaluation results.


Goals and Results of CSR Activities


 Enhance Communication with all Stakeholders
CSR Report Meetings
CSR Economic, Social and Environmental Report Meetings have been held by the Kyocera Group (Japan) each year since FY2005. Their purpose is to raise the level of mutual communication with local communities important stakeholders for the Kyocera Group.

Factories invite local residents, government representatives, business associates, nearby companies and other people from the community to attend meetings where we provide participants with reports on the economic, social and environmental activities of the Kyocera Group as a whole and of the local facilities; along with exchanging views with the participants on CSR measures. In FY2017, 188 people participated in the meetings at 6 sites.
 
Photo: Introduction of CSR Activities (Nagano Okaya Plant)

Introduction of CSR Activities
(Hokkaido Kitami Plant)
Photo: Experiment of effluent treatment during factory visit (Shiga Gamo Plant)

Introduction of effluent treatment during factory visit
(Kagoshima Sendai Plant)
   
 
Top of page