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

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.

azbil Group philosophy, Business Guiding Principles, Code of Conduct

Aiming to practice our Group philosophy for achieving a sustainable society, the azbil Group has created the azbil book (azbil Group philosophy and Guiding Principles) and the code of conduct book (azbil Group’s Code of Conduct) and distributed them to employees to deepen their understanding.For global employees,we have translated these publications to ten languages and distributed them globally.Besides, we have an annual education program for employees on the azbil Group Guiding Principles and the azbil Group Code of Conduct through e-learning.

azbil book

Compliance System

The azbil Group has built an organizational compliance system where an executive officer is appointed to drive and oversee compliance efforts, as shown in the chart below. The most substantial role is played by the compliance leaders, who are responsible for instilling awareness and leading compliance in the workplace and for discovering and reporting problems to the compliance officers as quickly as possible.

Compliance System

Maintaining and Increasing Compliance Awareness

We conduct annual compliance training for officers and department heads, led by an external lecturer, and the management and department heads spearhead efforts to improve compliance awareness throughout the Group. In October 2021, we invited an external professional lecturer to give an online lecture, which was attended by 278 people.
In FY2021, 6,824 employees attended lectures online (e-learning). We also organized online training on compliance in a group discussion format, with 3,535 people participating. Online training for compliance officers and leaders with in-house instructors was also held 26 times, with 809 participants. Additionally, we conduct an annual survey of all Group employees about the status of compliance within the Group. The results help us to understand and identify problems that need to be tackled so that we can implement the necessary countermeasures.

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.