Code of Ethics
Guided by a philosophy that draws on its Corporate Motto and Principles, Kewpie has put in place the Group Policies that embody the Group’s commitment to earning the highest degree of trust from its stakeholders, including customers, shareholders, business partners, employees, and society, who provide the underlying strength for all of its business activities.
In ensuring that each and every member of the Group fully understands and carries out the spirit of the Group Policies we are better positioned to further enhance our transparency as a company and to garner the trust of customers.
Initiatives Rooted in the Code of Ethics
Respect for the Law
For a company to survive and grow over the long term, each member of its workforce, from top executives down to rank-and-file employees, must not merely comply with the relevant laws and regulations but also conduct their business in accordance with high ethical standards. Inasmuch as our employees are key to the sustainable management of our business, it is also important to disseminate, inside and outside the Group, the basic principles governing their conduct and to link these with customer confidence as well as internal self-purification mechanisms. With these concepts in mind, we have developed a Group compliance management system and are taking concrete steps to ensure compliance among all employees of the Kewpie Group.
Respect for Human Rights
The Kewpie Group is striving to create a work environment free from discrimination and harassment, where each and every employee respects the rights of others. We are working to identify abuses and violations with the aid of employee attitude surveys. In addition, at a time when businesses are being asked to educate themselves about a wide range of human-rights issues and practice due diligence in their operations and partnerships, we are taking steps to strengthen protections for human rights across the supply chain.
Respect for human rights
In addition to promoting activities aimed at boosting awareness of human rights among the employees, the Kewpie Group has launched initiatives to promote a better understanding of global human rights issues that are unique to the foods industry. Since fiscal 2017, we have utilized the ISO 26000 framework to promote a shared understanding among the six Kewpie headquarter divisions regarding current conditions in key issues such as human rights and society’s expectations of businesses. In January 2018, we announced efforts to work with our business partners on the formulation of the Kewpie Group Fundamental Policy for Sustainable Procurement, which includes the pledge to “protect human rights and refrain from discriminatory language or content, inhumane treatment, or any involvement in human-rights abuses.”
Within Japan, the Kewpie Group has implemented programs to raise employee awareness of various forms of workplace harassment, together with anti-harassment training for managers, in accordance with the Kewpie approach to promoting human rights. In addition, we have set up a Helpline for employees wishing to report or discuss questionable conduct or treatment within the Kewpie Group. Among our overseas Group companies, we are working to protect employee rights by stressing compliance with local statutes, good governance systems, internal reporting mechanisms, and compliance with the Group Policies.
Building Respect into Our Product Line
Kewpie has facilities in Malaysia and Indonesia that are approved for the production of halal-certified food products. These products are sold domestically and in neighboring markets where Western dietary customs are on the rise. We also sell a halal-certified Kewpie Mayonnaise Japanese Style within Japan to meet growing demand from Muslim residents and visitors from Islamic regions.
Kewpie Mayonnaise Japanese Style (halal-certified)
Fair and Sustainable Corporate Activities
Based on our conviction that “good products begin with good ingredients,” the Kewpie Group has fulfilled its social responsibility together with our suppliers, clients and everyone else in the supply chain. The requirements for “good ingredients” change with the times. Today we are striving strengthen our procurement activities to take into account not only the quality of the ingredients but also the environment and human rights in the supply chain. By so doing, we aim to realize a sustainable society together with our business partners.
Commitment to Information Security
The Kewpie Group has drawn up management manuals including regulations on the handling of corporate information and basic regulations for the protection of personal information. Under the direction of the Information Security Committee, we provide training for personnel involved in information management, conduct compliance and performance audits, and periodically review and update the regulations. We also work with our overseas offices to ensure that they have systems tailored to their countries’ restrictions and IT environment and that their employees know and follow those procedures.
Rejection of Antisocial Forces
As a responsible member of Japanese society, the Kewpie Group abjures all ties with antisocial forces that threaten the order and safety of our society and pledges to deal resolutely with improper demands from such entities. We are working to educate Group personnel about these policies while sharing relevant information and concerns with police and other authorities. In addition, we have inserted a clause on the exclusion of antisocial forces in all our domestic business contracts.
Basic Policy on Antisocial Forces
As a responsible member of Japanese society, the Kewpie Group abjures all ties with antisocial forces that threaten the order and safety of our society and pledges to deal resolutely with improper demands from such entities. We have drawn up rules and procedures for dealing with antisocial forces and are conducting training at each level and e-learning to ensure employee compliance. We will make every effort to share relevant information and concerns with police and other authorities as needed.
Clause on the Exclusion of Antisocial Forces
The Kewpie Group includes a clause on the exclusion of antisocial forces in all its contracts with business partners. The clause provides for immediate termination of the contract in the event that the business partner is found to be an antisocial force or to have connections with antisocial forces.