As part of our basic CSR, which concerns the fundamental obligations of a company as a member of society, each company in the azbil Group—both in Japan and overseas—is making every effort to raise awareness of compliance issues and to encourage corresponding action.

Corporate Guiding Principles and Code of Conduct

Azbil Corporation announced that it has revised the azbil Group Guiding Principles, established in 1993, and updated the azbil Group Code of Conduct, established in 2000, to guide the behavior required to further put the Group’s philosophy into practice.

The azbil Group Guiding Principles act as guideposts to steer corporate behavior for the purpose of realizing the Group philosophy. Originally established with a focus on the corporate ethics held by the Group until now, the principles were revised to take into account the changing times, shifting that focus by incorporating factors such as globalization, diversity and inclusion, and the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The azbil Group Code of Conduct are standards that emphasize corporate ethics and define the behavior of officers and employees.

Maintaining and Improving Awarenessabout Compliance

Each year, the azbil Group conducts educational forums for officers and department managers, hosted by external professional lecturers. These officers and department managers,who are called compliance managers, work continuouslyto raise awareness about compliance throughout the Group. Each year, we conduct a survey of all Group employees to gauge compliance awareness and the status of internal compliance. The results are used to identify problems and implement measures to address them. In fiscal year 2018, we surveyed a total of approx. 11,000 employees in Japan and overseas, including temporary and other employees, and found that more than 99% of them recognize the importance of compliance, an even higher number than the previous year’s 98%. To educate employees about compliance, in addition to face-toface training provided by lecturers, we launched a new e-learning program. In this way, we not only fully familiarize employees with the basic matters, such as the code of conduct’s guidelines and priority measures, but also deepen their understanding of ever-changing compliance issues. Going forward, we will continue to step up our efforts to raise compliance awareness.

Preventing Legal Risk

The entire azbil Group strives to ensure complete compliance with external laws. In addition to promoting full legal compliance in business activities, the Group provides education related to the law and also addresses legal risk overseas, which is increasing as our global expansion accelerates. Every effort is made to ensure timely and appropriate response to important laws and associated matters, as we endeavor to prevent problems from occurring.