CSR at Tamura Group

We believe that the corporate social responsibility (CSR) of the Tamura Group is to achieve the Tamura Group Mission through our business activities. To this end, we are actively promoting CSR, as we recognize the importance of each and every employee understanding the concept and acting accordingly.

CSR Promotion System

The CSR Promotion System was established under the leadership of the CSR Management Committee (Committee Chairperson: Chairperson and Representative Director), the aim of which was to promote CSR chiefly in the six areas of compliance and corporate ethics, risk management, information management, human rights and labor, environment and quality, and social contribution. Of these six areas, whereas activities related to compliance and corporate ethics had been carried out by an independent organization, the compliance promotion function was integrated into the CSR Promotion System in April 2016, which was then restructured as a new system. The Compliance Committee was integrated into the existing CSR Management Committee and the Compliance Consultation Committee, into the existing CSR Promotion Committee. Further, a Special Committee is set up within the CSR Management Committee to address serious compliance problems.

CSR Promotion System(as of April 1, 2019)

Participation in UN Global Compact
画像The Tamura Group announced its support for the UN Global Compact's ten principles and became a member in 2008. Our commitment to the ten principles concerning the protection of human rights, elimination of forced and compulsory labor, support for environment, and working against corruption, is reflected in the Tamura Group Code of Conduct, with which we carry on our activities. 

Please see here for our efforts on UN Global Compact

Meeting ISO 26000 Standards
We ensure consistency between the Tamura Group Code of Conduct and the “related actions and/or expectations” as defined in ISO26000. In March 2014, the Tamura Group revised its Code of Conduct to stipulate the Group's fundamental policy of giving due respect to the seven principles stated in ISO 26000, which provides Guidance on Social Responsibility, and pursuing seven core subjects.

Engagement with SDGs
The Tamura Group, based on the understanding that the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2015 represent important agenda to be tackled by the society, has been undertaking efforts to integrate the concept of SDGs into its operation.

◆Establishment of basic policy
The “Tamura Group Code of Conduct” was revised to identify the SDGs as the agenda to be worked on by the whole Group, and a basic policy was established (See page 01). We have developed a strategy for sustainability and have been promoting it by incorporating the SDGs into the 12th Medium-term Management Plan that started in April 2019.

Basic policy on promotion of SDGs (Tamura Group Code of Conduct)

The Tamura Group recognizes our corporate social responsibility (CSR) of balancing the achievement of a sustainable society and the sustainable growth of the Tamura Group. We recognize the term “SDGs” as shared global language regarding social issues. In addition to understanding the business opportunities presented by SDGs and the responsibility of corporation in achieving SDGs, the Tamura Group will contribute to the solution of social issues through products, services, technology, and business activities.

Strategy for sustainability

・Business growth by solving social problems
 We are making efforts to improve the core competence of each business and to develop and supply products and
 solutions that can contribute to solving social problems.

・Contribution to the realization of a decarbonized society
 We are making efforts to promote energy saving and to reduce CO2 emissions in our business activities.

・Disclosure of non-financial information
 We are making efforts to improve corporate value by appropriately responding to information needs of stakeholders.

◆Company-wide dissemination
With the aim of having all employees of the Group understand and work toward realizing the SDGs as if it were their own, we have been promoting various in-house dissemination measures since FY2018.

SDG lecture meeting
An SDG lecture meeting was held with renowned visiting lecturers who are experts in the theory and practice of corporate value improvement in attendance. The invited lecturers were Mr. Hidemitsu Sasaya (the then adviser of ITO EN, LTD.), who talked about “Integration of SDGs into business management” and Mr. Masao Seki (senior adviser of CSR at Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance Inc.), who talked about “Practicing SDGs in actual business.” In the audience were a large number of officers and managers of Tamura Corporation and its affiliates, and they were able to deepen their understanding of the SDGs.

Mr. Hidemitsu Sasaya
“Integration of SDGs into business
Mr. Masao Seki
“Practicing SDGs in actual business”

Internal magazine
In an effort to raise awareness of the SDGs, a column dedicated to the SDGs has been serialized since the October 2018 issue. The translated versions of the magazine have been delivered to overseas bases as well.


◆SDG badges and business cards
With the aim of communicating to outside stakeholders our commitment to business with awareness of the SDGs, our approval of the SDGs, and our proactive efforts, SDG badges are distributed to employees and the SDG logo appears on their business cards.

Diffusion of CSR

CSR activities include the implementation of such issues as stakeholders’ demands that need to be addressed in daily business operations while adhering to corporate ethics, laws, and regulations, and efforts are being made to increase the awareness of every director and employee regarding the importance of having a good understanding of CSR and putting it into practice.

Compliance education
To realize CSR management, it is essential to enhance the awareness and sensitivity of not only the management but also each and every employee. Therefore, we identify compliance education as an important means of achieving that purpose. In FY2018, the following compliance education programs were implemented. Aiming to facilitate the understanding of compliance and to reduce risks, we will continue to actively promote the program.

Major Compliance education programs implemented in FY2018

・ Discussion-based training in small groups using training materials (in Japanese, English, and Chinese),
  which is held at both domestic and overseas bases
・ Group training on the Unfair Competition Act

Delivery of CSR e-mail newsletter
The CSR e-mail newsletter is published twice a month and contains easy-to-understand explanation of news, case studies, etc. of compliance violations occurring around us.

Release of "CSR Information Site"
It is important that every employee and director understand CSR and implement it correctly. As an information source to understand the CSR activities of the Tamura Group, the “CSR Information Site” was initiated on the corporate network in 2011 and has been utilized in introductory education on CSR. In FY2014, CSR-related risk issues that are or may be encountered in the course of daily business operations were identified, and the “CSR Information Site-Practical Exercises” was prepared in the Q&A form and released company-wide.

External evaluations

◆Companies' Environmental Management Survey conducted by Nikkei Inc.
The “Environmental Management Survey” evaluates companies and presents their ranking from the standpoint of how they satisfy both environmental initiatives and improvement of management efficiency and how they are working on the internal environmental management promotion system, global warming measures, resource circulation, and so on.
Tamura Corporation was ranked 152nd among 360 manufacturers in FY2018 (349th in FY2010, 229th in FY2011, 209th in FY2012, 212th in FY2013, 181st in FY2014, 185th in FY2015 ,194th in FY2016 and 128th in FY2017).

◆CSR Company Ranking sponsored by Toyo Keizai Inc.

The “CSR Company Ranking” helps find “reliable companies” based on CSR initiatives in the fields of use of human resources, environment, corporate governance, and corporate sociality as well as financial data.
It is based on a survey of more than 1,000 companies and Tamura Corporation was ranked 226th of all in FY2018 (296th in FY2009, 265th in FY2010, 231st in FY2011, 220th in FY2012, 297th in FY2013, 246th in FY2014, 244th in FY2015 ,317th in FY2016 and 227th in FY2017). Further, in FY2018, Tamura Corporation was ranked 87th in the category of “CSR Evaluation” that excluded evaluation of the financial sector where corporate size exerted a large influence on the results, making it to the top 100 companies for the first time.

◆Listed among the “2018 Outstanding Companies in IT Management” of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry

The Company received an award for being among the “2018 Outstanding Companies in IT Management” from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in May 2018 as a corporation that proactively encourages IT use & application for management innovation and improvement in the profitability level & productivity.