The CSR activities of Daicel Group consists of its Corporate Ethics Initiative and Responsible Care Initiative (RC). Corporate Ethics Initiative is made of practicing the Daicel Group Conduct Policy founded on the Group’s basic philosophy and the Code of Conduct formulated by each Group company under the policy. Our CSR activities are not limited to particular individuals or organizations but instead involve everyone who works at the Daicel Group. In pursuing our CSR activities, we are guided by a Check, Act, Plan, and Do (CAPD)* cycle as a basic methodology to continually improve our activities.
*Instead of a plan, do, check, and act (PDCA) cycle, the more widely known approach to continuous improvement, Daicel has adopted a CAPD improvement cycle to avoid the risk of overlooking crucial facts and realities that often lie hidden in the initial planning stage.
Promotion System for CSR Activities
The Daicel Group seeks to implement CSR activities by integrating them into its management. The Corporate Compliance Program Division and RC Council collaborate in promoting CSR activities, while each responsible division addresses individual issues by operating a CAPD cycle.
The Corporate Compliance Program Division receives reports on activities other than those related to RC from individual divisions and Group companies, and in turn reports them during the Top Management Review. Objectives for the next fiscal year are determined based on the results of the Review and then reflected in the activity plans. The status of the activities is reported to the Board of Directors.
The RC Council receives reports on RC activities, presents a report to the Planning Meeting, and determines the objectives and implementation activities for the following fiscal year. Additionally, the RC Council reports on the status of these activities to the Management Meeting.
The 17th Daicel Group Responsible Care Promotion Conference
RC activities are undertaken by chemical companies to proactively ensure environmental, health and safety preservation and constitute a key component of CSR activities. The Daicel Group holds a Responsible Care Promotion Conference at the start of each fiscal year to ensure that employees maintain a high level of awareness as they engage in RC activities. In FY2019/3, the 17th Daicel group RC Promotion Conference was held at the Innovation park in April and attended by about 100 participants, including members of Daicel management, company chiefs, presidents of Group companies, Daicel trade union representatives, and representatives of each department. During the conference, the president, along with the Responsible Care chairperson and vice chairperson, offered messages, and the RC activity policies were confirmed. RC awards were also presented to 15 employees who significantly contributed to RC activities in FY2018/3. This year, outside director Nogimori gave a lecture entitled “Corporate obligation to safety.”
Presentation of the RC Award (left: representative of the recipients, right: RC chairperson)
KAIZEN Case Study Meeting
The Daicel Group holds KAIZEN (continuous improvement) Case Study Meetings to foster a spirit of continuous improvement among all Group employees under the theme of “be aware, think and act.” The meeting took place at the innovation park in April of FY2019/3. This year’s event was attended by staff members from 20 departments chosen out of 124 teams at business sites in Japan and overseas. They included teams selected from the sites of Aerospace & Defense Systems/Safety Systems companies in six countries that participated in the sixth Global KAIZEN Contest as well as sites chosen from the head offices in Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya, which participated in the meeting for the first time. Going forward, the Daicel Group will promote various improvement measures, placing utmost priority on the assurance of safety and quality.
KAIZEN Case Study Meeting