Shin-Etsu Group Key CSR Issues

Shin-Etsu Group Key CSR Issues

The foundation of all activities: legal compliance, fair corporate activities


Officers and employees will work together to make all-out efforts for compliance and to conduct business fairly.

Ensuring Full Compliance Awareness

The Group emphasizes the importance of Compliance with Laws and Regulations in the Business Principle and annual Management Objectives.
In the event of promulgation of or amendments to legislation pertaining to corporate activities, the Legal Department serves in a central role by issuing internal bulletins and disseminating knowledge of these changes.

Also, serial articles explaining important laws and regulations have been published in our corporate newsletter in order to promote understanding of them.
All of the officers and employees submit a Compliance Pledge to the Company. For the eventuality of inappropriate action occurring, disciplinary measures are available.
In addition, officers and employees can consult with and report to the Compliance Consultation Office if they discover a violation of a law, regulations, ethical codes, or the Company's regulations, including the Anti-Bribery Regulations, or if they experience acts of harassment. The Office then carries out a detailed investigation in response to the information received. With necessary investigations, the Office will take necessary corrective actions. Confidentiality will be maintained for consulters and whistleblowers. There is no unfavorable treatment as a reason for consulting and reporting.


  • Lecture meeting regarding compliance with the Unfair Competition Prevention Act (August 2018, Shin-Etsu Chemical Head office)

    Lecture meeting regarding compliance with the Unfair Competition Prevention Act (August 2018, Shin-Etsu Chemical Head office)

Initiatives Aimed at Preventing Corruption

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The Company has created the Anti-Bribery Regulations and prohibits actions that involve unfair transfer of profit from or to parties such as domestic or foreign government officials, customers and suppliers. Moreover, by having a Compliance Pledge, we assuredly prevent the provision of unfair benefits or unfair demands in respect to our customers, domestic or foreign government officials and suppliers. Also, the status of compliance with ethical standards is one item included in personal evaluations. Furthermore, we provide internal training and lectures by outside instructors to prevent bribery and carry out regular internal audits for corruption, embezzlement and bribery.

Supporting GCNJ's "Tokyo Principles for Strengthening Anti-Corruption Practices"

Tokyo Principles for Strengthening Anti-Corruption Practices The Group's Business Principle includes "observe all laws and regulations as well as conducting fair corporate activities," and it is working to prevent corruption, including bribery. Since the Global Compact Network Japan's Tokyo Principles for Strengthening Anti-Corruption Practices correspond with the Group's current policy and initiatives for preventing corruption, we immediately decided to support them and became a signatory to them in February 2018.
We will continue to make it a principle to comply with laws and regulations and carry out business activities fairly and work to conduct business in accordance with the Tokyo Principles and our internal anti-corruption regulations.

Export Control

From the viewpoint of maintaining world peace and security, the Company has created the "Control Program on Security Control" to comply with the Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Act and other export related legislation. The followings are our initiatives based on this program.
- Classification, customer review and transaction review when exporting products
- Internal audit
- Training officers and employees and instruction to Group companies

Cutting Ties with Anti-social Forces

The Group declares in its the Basic Policy on Internal Controls that the Group shall adopt a consistently resolute attitude towards anti-social forces and shall take measures necessary to cut itself off from any and all associations with them. In accordance with this policy, we will endeavor to develop internal systems under the leadership of the department in charge of managing these issues. At the same time, we are promoting the signing of memorandums and letters of confirmation regarding the exclusion of anti-social forces with customers and business partners.
In addition, we are working closely with external specialized agencies.

Shin-Etsu Group Key CSR Issues