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CSR Report 2013

CSR Management

The JSR Group's mission is to create value through materials to enrich society, people and the environment. In this process, it is important for us to act in good faith as a good corporate citizen and live up to the trust that our stakeholders place in us. Our CSR represents the initiatives we employ to successfully achieve our mission, and as such we view CSR as a key management issue. Led by the CSR Committee, we address new challenges that arise, accompanied by the sophisticated demands of society.

CSR Structure

The JSR Group’s CSR initiatives are promoted under the leadership of the CSR Committee and four specialized committees: the Corporate Ethics Committee, which works to establish ethical corporate behavior and step up compliance; the Responsible Care (RC) Committee, which promotes sustainability by advancing "responsible care;" the Risk Management Committee, which seeks to further improve risk management systems; and the Social Contribution Committee, which decides and promotes social contribution activities to be undertaken by the Group. The CSR Department is also in place to support implementation of the initiatives.

CSR Structure

Organizational chart of the four committees
Figure: Organizational chart of the four committees

The JSR Group Principles of Corporate Ethics

The JSR Group Principles of Corporate Ethics stipulate our corporate code of conduct necessary for fulfilling all responsibilities to our stakeholders that are clarified as part of our management policies, specifically "Responsibility to our Customers/Business Partners," "Responsibility to our Employees," "Responsibility to Society," and "Responsibility to Shareholders."

  • The JSR Group Principles of Corporate Ethics
  • Basic Approach to Workplace Safety, the Environment, Quality, and Product Safety

    • Workplace Safety: Continue our record of accident- and disaster-free operations, ensuring the safety of our employees and the local community, as we coexist with society.
    • Environment: Reduce environmental impact throughout our entire business cycle, from product development to product disposal, doing our part to preserve the environment.
    • Quality: Offer quality products and services that both meet customer requirements and ensure user safety.
    • Product Safety: Verify safety at all stages, from raw materials to finished product, protecting the health and property of all individuals involved.

    Basic Approach to Risk Management

    • Our Group believes that preventing a major crisis from occurring and minimizing its influence on business activities is an important role of management. The Group has established a Risk Management Committee, and actively pursues risk management activities.

    Basic Approach to Social Contribution

    • Our Corporate Mission dictates that we make a contribution to society through our business activities. Further, as a responsible member of society, we are actively engaged in providing solutions to society's needs and issues.
    • We are continuously engaged in positive social contribution activities, capitalizing on our "chemical/technological" knowledge and skills that form the core of the JSR business.
    • Every employee is a point of contact between the Company and society. We actively support our employees in their voluntary participation in social contribution activities.

    Participating in the United Nations Global Compact

    On April 14, 2009, the JSR Group became a participant in the United Nations Global Compact. Amidst increasing pressure for corporate social responsibility, businesses operating on a global level need to make a greater commitment to human rights, labor, the environment and anti-corruption, as expressed in the ten principles of the Global Compact. The JSR Group considers its participation in the Global Compact to be a proclamation of its dedication to acting responsibly in the international community and to work even harder to fulfill our corporate social responsibility.

    The Ten Principles (United Nations Global Compact)

    Key Stakeholders Involved with the JSR Group

    Based on the understanding that everything begins from society's expectations, JSR emphasizes dialogue with stakeholders to avoid making self-serving decisions.

    Key Stakeholders Involved with the JSR Group

    Awareness-Raising Measures

    JSR holds CSR Report Presentation meetings every year at each site for all domestic divisions, including Group companies. This year, we began intranet-based CSR Report Questionnaires for overseas Group companies as well. The CSR workshops held for the first time last year were also organized this year for domestic Group companies, and explanatory meetings were held at overseas sites in an attempt to raise awareness of CSR throughout the Group.

    CSR workshopsCSR workshops

    Analysis based on ISO 26000

    Analysis of the JSR Group's CSR activities was conducted based on ISO 26000 to understand current progress and identify remaining issues. The table below provides our tentative comparisons and reviews. We plan to conduct detailed analyses and incorporate the findings into our future CSR policy development.

    ISO26000analysis

    Evaluation by Outside Organizations

    Our CSR activities are highly regarded both in Japan and abroad.

    Listed in a Leading SRI Index (As of June 30, 2013)

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    In September 2012, for the first time, we were selected for inclusion in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI) Asia Pacific, one of the world’s most influential socially responsible investment (SRI) indexes.
    logo In December 2010, we became the only company in the chemical sector in Japan to be selected for inclusion in both Ethibel Pioneer and Ethibel Excellence, internationally recognized SRI indexes.
    logo In April 2013, we were listed in the FTSE4 Good Index Series for the tenth consecutive year. logo In September 2009, we were selected as a member of the Morningstar Socially Responsible Investment Index, Japan’s major SRI index.

    We are also chosen by Japan Research Institute as a company that possesses advanced CSR.

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