Fairness in business practices
Mizuno understands that it is crucial for it to carry out its business activities of manufacturing and selling sporting goods through fair and honest competition in the global pursuit of compliance with laws, ordinances, social norms, ethics and internal rules. This may be likened to the fact that fair play based on the observance of rules is fundamental to sports. We will strive to protect our own intellectual properties while respecting those of others, and to create a corporate culture that does not condone unfair acts.
Following the Mizuno Corporation Ethical Standards, the entire Mizuno Group both encourages and requires strict compliance under the supervision of the CSR Committee and the Risk Management Committee.
In addition, the Mizuno Corporation Ethical Standards contain the two following statements: “1) Implementing thorough measures for protecting intellectual property created by the company. 2) Respecting all third party intellectual property and not infringing on the intellectual property rights of others.” We proactively acquire and utilize intellectual property rights such as patents, utility models, designs, and trademarks, both in Japan and other countries around the world.
Highlight of annual performance in FY2017
- All employees (100%) receive compliance education.
- An awareness survey with a questionnaire was carried out in the specific divisions that were short of knowledge about whistle-blowing systems, such as the sports facilities & service division and the retail division, so that they could improve their awareness.
246 people responded.