In order to put its management philosophy into practice, we at the Kyowa Kirin Group (hereafter referred to as "Our Group") act based on its Core Values and with high ethical standards, and aim to be a corporate group trusted by society. Regarding compliance as the foundation of all our corporate activities, we have established organizational structures and rules that help us comply with all laws and ordinances, internal and external guidelines and rules, and social conventions.
The Kyowa Kirin Group Compliance Policy defines our legal and ethical responsibility concerning our relationship with society and employees, compliance with rules and regulations, respect for human rights, preservation of the environment, and information management.
Based on the Compliance Policy, we establish the Kyowa Kirin Group Code of Conduct, which defines concrete actions that should be taken by each officer and employee.
In addition, we establish the Group Policies, which complement both the Compliance Policy and the Code of Conduct and should be observed by each officer and employee as basic policies.
Structure to Promote Compliance
Both the Compliance Policy and the Code of Conduct have been translated into English and the languages of countries in which our sites are located to ensure that they are instilled in all Group officers and employees around the world. We conduct various training programs such as a corporate ethics lecture meeting for executives, on-site training, and e-learning to foster a corporate culture that enables to fit flexibly to changes in social norms. On recruitment, each officer and employee pledged to comply with the Code of Conduct and the understanding has been monitored by employee awareness survey.
Moreover, in order to promote compliance throughout our supply chain, we are promoting activity with supplier under the Kyowa Kirin Group Procurement Policy.
Internal Reporting System
Our Group has in place a whistle-blowing contact point in order to prevent, detect at an early stage, and correct acts that contravene the Kyowa Kirin Compliance Policy and the Code of Conduct, as well as acts that seriously damage the brand value of the Kyowa Kirin Group.
We have introduced a mechanism under which a report about a board member is passed directly to a company auditor. The whistle-blowing systems are operated under internal rules that explicitly require informants and those cooperating with related investigations to be protected. In 2018, there were 20 whistle-blowing cases in Japan.
Our Group is committed to fostering employees and an organizational culture capable of responding to changes in social norms. As part of our efforts, we offer a variety of educational programs, such as group training and e-learning courses.
Programs offered in 2018 were focused on "SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals)," "human rights," "information security," "anti-bribery initiatives," and more. For our Group's executives, we hold lectures on such themes as due care of a prudent manager. We also organize corporate ethics lectures on the themes of SDGs by inviting external lecturers.
We monitor the state of compliance at each Group company through various incident reports, employee awareness surveys, the whistle-blowing system, and participation rates in our educational programs and the comprehension test results of attendees. The findings are utilized to improve our compliance system, rules and training programs.
In addition, we participate in the annual Awareness Survey of Human Rights and Compliance implemented by the Kirin Group in order to survey all of our domestic Group employees and utilize the survey results for further improvements.
Major training program themes(For Kyowa Kirin Group companies in Japan)
- Whistle-blowing system*1
- Prevention of corruption*1
- Response to laws on transparency in Europe and the U.S.*2
- Japan Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association (JPMA) Code of Practice
- Safety management of drugs
- Handling obtained information on safety management of drugs*3
- Human rights and compliance (LGBT, Dowa)
- Handling targeted-attack emails
- Environmental activities and their significance for our Group
- *1:Conducted across the entire Group including overseas subsidiaries and business sites
- *2:Conducted at Kyowa Kirin
- *3:Conducted at Kyowa Kirin and Kyowa Medical Promotion