Human Rights and Labor Practices: Material Issues

Material Issues for the AGC Group

The AGC Group has introduced a CSR Monitoring Framework based on ISO 26000. Accordingly, the Group provides information for stakeholders via its CSR Website and other means, reporting on its targets and results in connection with the material issues specified in the Matrix of CSR Issues designated in this monitoring framework, namely “Issues for which a framework is to be developed and a commitment made to society”.

The AGC Group has examined the materiality of each issue by corresponding to Related Actions and Expectations of ISO 26000, and designated selected material issues to correspond to the ISO 26000 core subjects of Human Rights and Labor Practices. The reasons for selecting these material issues are as follows.

Material Issues Corresponding to the ISO 26000 Core Subjects of Human Rights and Labor Practices

Issue Related actions and expectations
Health and safety at work
  • Develop, implement and maintain policy on occupational health and safety
  • Understand and apply principles of health and safety management (elimination, substitution, engineering controls, administrative controls, work procedures and personal protective equipment)
  • Analyze and control the health and safety risks in organizational activities

Reasons for Selection of Material Issues

Corporations seek to create a workplace environment and working conditions that are safe and healthy for employees.

Conscious that it has a workplace at which the risk of occupational accidents is comparatively high, the AGC Group identifies Safety as a business activity prerequisite in its management policy AGC plus, and places great importance on the creation of a working environment where employees can work under safe and healthy conditions.

Management Approach (Organizational Management Methods)

The AGC Group builds effective management systems and promotes efforts regarding material issues based on shared Group policies.

Related Policies, Rules and Regulations

Promotion Systems

Results of 2015 Activities

The following charts show the AGC Group’s 2015 results, self-evaluation, and 2016 targets in connection with its material issues. For detailed information on each activity and other initiatives related to Human Rights and Labor Practices, please refer to the respective Web pages (accessible via the links in the upper right).

Criteria for Self-evaluation

A: Satisfactory level, in which the intended target has been achieved
B: Almost satisfactory level, in which a part of the intended target has not yet been achieved and some issues still remain
C: Unsatisfactory level, in which the intended target has not been achieved

2015 targets 2015 major initiative results Self-
2016 targets
Foster the Group’s safety management activities   B
(Note 2)
Foster the Group’s safety management activities
  • Ensure that the measures determined through the Serious Accident Eradication Project permeate the Group all the way to the shop floors in each country and region.
  • There were 2 fatal accidents throughout the entire Group (including business partners)
  • Although the results of the project were made known to Group companies around the globe, an accident occurred due to preventative measures not being adequately employed. To develop the abilities of local personnel at Asian sites so they can conduct prior safety assessments, intensive education on the subject given to managers in Thailand, China and other countries
  • All Group divisions work to ensure greater permeation of the measures determined in the Serious Accident Eradication Project
  • Develop the safety training curriculum based on past occupational accidents into the on-site training at each site.
  • Restart safety promotion activities, energize daily health and safety activities (Note 1) and improve the level of risk assessment.
  • Safety education and capacity for risk assessment improved at all work places by developing core personnel for the promotion of safety activities, and by sharing up-to-date information and best practices across the company
  • Continue safety promotion activities, promoting improvements in daily health and safety, as well as risk assessment
Promote and ensure machinery safety   B
(Note 3)
Promote and ensure machinery safety
  • Continuously expand a Prior Safety Assessment System at installing manufacturing equipment in Asia
  • Although the Prior Safety Assessment System used in installing manufacturing equipment has taken root at Asian sites, there are still discrepancies in their accuracy of assessment.
  • Provide further education in machinery safety, focusing on Asian sites including Japan.
  • (Note 1) Health and safety conventional activities such as the 5S (seiri [sort], seiton [systematic arrangement], seiso [shine], seiketsu [standardize] and shitsuke [sustain]), hazard prediction, hiyari-hatto [near-miss management] and safety patrols
  • (Note 2) Reason for "B" Grade: Two fatal accidents occurred at the global level
  • (Note 3) Reason for "B" Grade: Discrepancy in risk management levels was found between sites

Major Achievements in 2015

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