Fair Operating 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 Fair Operating Practices. The reasons for selecting these material issues are as follows.

Material Issues Corresponding to the ISO 26000 Core Subjects of Fair Operating Practices

Issue Related actions and expectations
  • Identify the risks of corruption and implement and maintain policies and practices that counter corruption
  • Provide commitment, encouragement and oversight for policy implementation regarding anti-corruption by top management
  • Raise awareness of corruption and preventative measures among employees, representatives, contractors and suppliers
  • Establish and maintain an effective anti-corruption system
  • Adopt mechanisms to report and follow up on information regarding violations
  • Promote the introduction of anti-corruption practices in the value chain

Reasons for Selection of Material Issues

With anti-corruption given as one of the United Nations Global Compact’s ten principles, European and American laws and regulations related to anti-corruption are being strengthened, the exposure of corruption is advancing in fast-growing countries, and society’s interest in anti-corruption measures is rising.

The AGC Group operates in approximately 30 countries and regions and conducts business on a global scale, thus it views corruption as a major risk.

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 Fair Operating 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
Reinforcement of anti-corruption training and auditing   A Reinforcement of anti-corruption training and auditing
  • Implement anti-corruption training and education
  • Audit anti-bribery control as a priority audit item, continuing at the global level.
  • Short-term diagnosis of the global compliance system conducted by outside specialists, AGC Group Anti-Bribery Rules and China-specific Anti-Bribery Guidelines formulated
  • Anti-corruption lectures given by specialists for management and head of each department at AGC Asahi Glass
  • Anti-bribery mechanisms added as a common item for auditing at the global level
  • Formulate and begin to use the "AGC Group Anti-Bribery Rules" and "Anti-Bribery Guidelines" (China Version)
  • Add anti-bribery mechanisms as a common crucial item for auditing at the global level

Major Achievements in 2015

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