Compliance/Prevention of corruption (thorough fairness in business practices)

  • Materiality

The entire company has been working to ensure thorough compliance based on the Mizuno Code of Ethics. We strive to prevent problems by educating employees to deepen their understanding of laws and regulations, and established a whistle-blowing system that helps to identify and resolve problems at an early stage.
In FY2019, there were no cases of serious compliance violations, including anti-competitive behavior, or legal measures related to these issues.

Enhancing the awareness of employees

Compliance education

The enhancement of employee understanding and awareness is essential to thorough and strict compliance. In FY2018, Mizuno provided compliance education as part of companywide education for the purpose of helping trainees acquire the basics of legal knowledge and thinking associated with their duties, and provided education on legal matters to be noted in planning and development, sales and other functions to the relevant departments. It regularly provides compliance education in an effort to ensure that knowledge and awareness take root among all staff members. Furthermore, with the aim of enhancing the awareness of employee compliance, we post comments on a monthly basis on the corporate bulletin board within our group, where all employees can learn about the Anti-Monopoly Act, the Act against Unjustifiable Premiums and Misleading Representations, the importance of contracts, contract administration, the preservation of evidence and author’s copyright.

Training Descriptions Trainees Number of Participants
New employee training

Basic legal knowledge that working adults and Mizuno staff should be aware of

New employees[*b]

78

Compliance education

Information of activity report about fairness in business practices and reaffirming the Mizuno Corporation Ethical Standards

All employees[*b]

Approx.3,000

Whistleblowing education

Information (raising awareness) of Mizuno’s whistleblowing system and reporting on its implementation status

All employees[*b]

Approx.3,000

Security Leaders Meeting

Implemented for the purpose of protecting personal information, improving security within the department, checking confidential information within the department, and promoting audit measures

Security leader [*d] for each division

54

Legal education on OEM contracts

Introduction of legal precautions when developing new products and transactions with OEM contractors

Planning and Development [*c]

Approx.50

Legal education for sales employees

Introduction of points to note when entering into sales contracts with other companies

Sales Department [*c]

78
Intellectual property management skill certification training Basic education related to intellectual property

Planning and Development Division/Business Division [*c]

16
Study for QC verification Basic Study related to quality control

Planning & Development Division[*c]

931
Education for facility manager Education on legal risks at designated management facilities

Sales section of Sports Facility Department/p>

Approx.90

Operating the whistle-blowing system

Mizuno has a whistle-blowing system (Mizuno Fairplay Hotline [*c], Compliance Hotline*, etc.) with the aim of prevention and early detection of violations of laws and regulations, unethical behavior, and misconduct, as well as improvement of the company's self-purification capabilities and securing social trust. In addition, all employees are asked to take part in regular surveys in an effort to understand the current situation and problems. Mizuno is committed to enhancing the level of understanding and reliability of this system through company-wide education, providing a portable card containing the contact details of the Hotlines to all employees, and other propagation activities. In this way, we ensure that problems are quickly detected and addressed.
As of January 2020, in addition to the internal hotline for overseas employees established at each overseas base, we introduced a system (the Mizuno Global Hotline) that allows employees at some overseas bases to report particularly serious cases directly to the internal hotline of the head office. In the future, we plan to gradually increase the number of overseas bases covered by this system.

*The name of whistle-blowing in Senoh Group

Structure of the Mizuno Fair Play Hotline


Use of the Mizuno Fair Play Hotline[*b]

In FY2018, most of the calls pertained to personnel and labor affairs. There was no report on serious dishonest acts or violations of laws and ordinances.

Details
Total number of cases Environment Human rights Governance
2014 4 0 3 1
2015 9 0 6 3
2016 11 1 6 4
2017 13 1 3 9
2018 6 0 2 4
2019 17 0 8 9

Measures to ensure fair trade

Many suppliers and partners, including small factories, are involved in Mizuno’s products. To protect suppliers and ensure fair trade, Mizuno teaches employees of related divisions about the Subcontractors Act (Act Against Delay in Payment of Subcontract Proceeds, Etc. to Subcontractors). Whenever a person from Mizuno’s Internal Audit Office visits a supplier, he/she checks whether fair trade is being practiced there.
As part of our efforts to ensure fair competition, we hold regular bi-monthly meetings with corporate lawyers specializing in the Antimonopoly Act, where they provide advice on product distribution strategies and confirm whether on-site transactions are conducted appropriately.
In addition, we hold CSR procurement briefings in a variety of locations and explain Mizuno's perspective on fair trade to allow all applicable Mizuno product suppliers to comply with the CSR Procurement Code of Conduct, which includes the articles of the anti-corruption statement. We also conduct regular audits of our suppliers to ensure if no corruption occurs.

Internal regulations on anti-corruption

Recently, Mizuno has been trying to expand its business-to-business and global sales. Many countries have tightened their crackdowns on corrupt practices, which generally occur as a result of these activities, and global companies are required to deal with them urgently. Therefore, Mizuno needs to pay attention to the risk of corruption, including bribery of public officials, in its activities.
In January 2020, the "Anti-Bribery Rule" was established and came into effect for the domestic and overseas Group companies. Personnel responsible for overseas bases were individually briefed on the purpose and content of the regulations, and employees in Japan were made aware of the enactment of the regulations through an internal education video. In FY2020, we plan to release the “Basic Policy on Bribery Prevention” in both Japanese and English.

Enhancement of global compliance within the Mizuno Group

It is necessary to enhance global compliance within the Mizuno Group so that we can grow further on a global level. We are taking measures against possible risks that have a serious impact on business continuity and performance in the overseas business as below.
Besides, in FY2018, there were no legal measures taken against bribery.

Potential risks in the overseas business

  • Risk of injustice and misconduct by employees, personnel concerned and business travelers of subsidiary companies and distributing agents.
  • Risk of divulging information through inadequate information security.
  • Lack of attention to diversity and human rights (religion, race and so on) in global product deployment.

Countermeasures against risks

In FY2019, we conducted a unified and comprehensive survey on risk inventory at all domestic and overseas bases, with the objective of risk management on a global scale. No significant risks were identified. After FY2020, we plan to continue this initiative while considering the possibility of refining the survey method to be more effective.

Future issues to be addressed

In accordance with the increase in transactions with various stakeholders, the control of information and evidence become more important in unexpected legal risk and dispute settlement. We will therefore take the following measures:

  • Education to improve the basic abilities of employees in terms of legal issues
  • Modeling of fair trade transactions
  • Construction of information systems/introduction of forensic technology

In addition, we realize that it is necessary to have a policy of corporate governance so that we can build a sustainable society. We will therefore take the following measures:

  • Strengthening the structures to promote Sustainability by Top-Down
  • Expanding the application of the internal reporting system for overseas bases
  • Reviewing of the CSR Procurement Audit System