The NGK Group Guidelines for Corporate Behavior were announced within and outside the company as our basic stance toward the realization of the NGK Group corporate philosophy of creating new value by providing products and technologies that contribute to a better social environment. This includes initiatives that strictly observe the protection of third party rights and corporate assets and trust through the practice of risk management.
NGK operates a risk management promotion structure led mainly by the CSR Committee. A person of responsibility and response structure is established for each risk category in an effort to improve risk response capabilities and risk prevention activities.
We assume six categories of common risks as listed below, and work to avoid and prevent these risks throughout the Group.
|1.Compliance||Legal/Regulatory infractions /
|Misappropriation by individuals|
|Violation of intellectual property rights|
|Human rights violations/harassment|
|Trouble with local communities|
|Support for antisocial forces|
|2.Information||Information systems breakdown|
|Leak of proprietary or personal information|
|Inappropriate use of SNS|
|Long-working hours/health management|
|Support for unskilled labor|
|Labor issues at suppliers and subcontractors|
|Incidents and accidents|
|5.Environment||Environmental management trouble|
|6.Product safety||Defective products|
Business Continuity Planning (BCP) Initiatives
We promote company/group-wide BCP initiatives.
Identifying and Preventing Risks Based On the CSA Questionnaire
We conduct the Control Self Assessment (CSA) Questionnaire, which tests the understanding of respondents regarding potential risks and their impact.
Intellectual Property Management
We encourage the creation of intellectual property (IP) rights through providing relevant education and work to ensure proper acquisition, protection and use of IP rights.
NGK offers overseas training programs to develop international IP experts, sending young employees to the U.S. and Europe. From 2016, Masashi Yasui from the Intellectual Property Department attended appropriate courses at the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center (MIPLC) in Germany. Following this, he will receive practical training at local patent offices from October.