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Disaster Preparedness

Contingency Planning Development

The Kyocera Group has developed a Disaster Countermeasures Manual based on the Disaster Countermeasure Basic Guidelines to minimize human and material damage and ensure prompt business recovery in the event of a large-scale natural disaster. The Disaster Countermeasures Manual includes rules and regulations for collecting and communicating information in the event of a natural disaster, earthquake countermeasures, and wind and flood damage countermeasures.

Basic Disaster Response Policy

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Ensuring Safety of Employees and Visitors

Kyocera has established rules for responding to a major earthquake based on the Disaster Countermeasures Manual, and conducts regular and comprehensive disaster drills, including ensuring the safety of visitors and employees. Kyocera has also introduced a system to confirm the safety of employees and their families for those working at home, and has put in place a system to quickly collect information and respond to emergencies. We will continue to provide education and periodic drills to raise awareness of the need for disaster prevention to ensure the safety of employees, including visitors, and others.

Actions to Deal with Earthquakes

To mitigate damage in the event of a major earthquake, Kyocera has installed Earthquake Early Warning receivers at each of its sites and introduced a damage assessment system linked to a safety confirmation system, including drills when an Earthquake Early Warning is issued, so that the damage status of domestic sites can be promptly collected, and appropriate responses can be made. We also conduct regular disaster drills in cooperation with local fire departments to facilitate initial response in the event of an earthquake. In addition, to prepare for a tsunami disaster in the event of a Nankai Trough earthquake, which is expected to cause significant damage, we have set up evacuation sites and ensured that all employees are well informed of the situation, assuming the maximum tsunami height and minimum arrival time of a tsunami.

Preparing for a Large Earthquake

Kyocera provides disaster prevention education to all employees and encourages individuals and departments to think proactively about how to prepare for earthquakes. Through this, we are prepared to act safely during and after an earthquake. In addition, since it is important to confirm the soundness of buildings in the event of a strong earthquake, we have internal rules in place stipulating that a qualified professional, called an emergency risk assessor, confirm the soundness of the buildings. However, in the event of a disaster that affects a wide area, such as a large-scale earthquake, it may be difficult to dispatch qualified personnel. For this reason, we have introduced a monitoring system that can automatically diagnose the effects of earthquakes on buildings, and we are aiming to establish a system that will enable us to make decisions at each of our sites. This will enable prompt decision-making and response.

Preventing Damage to the Surrounding Community and Actively Participating in Local Disaster Prevention Activities

Kyocera conducts disaster drills twice a year, simulating earthquakes, etc., as an extension of its corporate activities, with the aim of minimizing the damage from a large-scale disaster and preventing damage to the surrounding community. Kyocera also participates in joint fire extinguisher and hydrant training sessions with the local community to acquire fire extinguishing equipment skills. As part of our community contribution activities, some of our business sites have signed agreements with the local fire department to provide facilities as temporary evacuation sites for firefighting equipment in the event of a disaster, and we are constantly considering how we can contribute to the community in the event of a large-scale disaster.

Maintenance and Early Restoration of Business Activities

The Kyocera Group has put in place Business Continuity Management (BCM) policies to ensure prompt restoration and resumption of operations following a disaster or other disruption to the supply of products and services. In Japan, the Kyocera Group has formulated a Business Continuity Plan (BCP) focusing on the occurrence of a major earthquake and has implemented measures to secure critical facilities, arrange for repair parts and materials, and ensure alternative production. We conduct annual BCP education and training for employees. In addition, management reviews of each department's activities are conducted, and corrective actions and revisions are made on an ongoing basis. In recent years, risks that threaten business continuity have been on the rise, including the occurrence of various natural disasters, such as typhoons, torrential rains, earthquakes, and the spread of COVID-19, as well as supply chain risks due to international conflicts. By examining these instances of business interruption and continuously reviewing existing BCP documents and measures, no major damage or impact that could hinder business continuity has occurred. In addition, with regard to infectious disease countermeasures, using the action plan developed following the 2009 influenza virus outbreak as a base, we reviewed regulations with the lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic. We will continue to work to prevent the transmission and spread of infectious diseases and ensure the continued provision of products and services.

Countermeasures against flooding: water stop (Yamagata Higashine Plant)
Countermeasures against flooding: water stop (Yamagata Higashine Plant)
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Supply Chain Related BCP Efforts

The Kyocera Group promotes evaluation of alternatives and multiple purchasing for procurement of parts and raw materials to ensure that production activities do not become stagnant in the event of a disaster. We distribute the Kyocera Group Responsible Business Conduct Guidelines in the Supply Chain to all suppliers to help them understand the concept of BCP. In addition, for suppliers who supply us with important parts and raw materials, we conduct more detailed checks of their BCP activities. In fiscal 2023, we held a BCP seminar for suppliers and asked for their cooperation in strengthening BCP activities.