Dear employees, today is the ninth annual “Compliance Review Day”.
As I mentioned in the video message, on January 25, 2012, the company and employees of our Matsusaka Plant were sent to the prosecutor’s office for violating the notification requirements of the Industrial Safety and Health Law.
Specifically, in order to renovate the facility, we are required to notify the government, but as for this case, they carried out the work without notifying the government.
The problem was that production was prioritized over the law, and that even after recognizing that the law had been violated, there was a delay in reporting and responding.
The “Compliance Review Day” was established with the aim of not letting this lesson fade away, and is held on the same day every year.
To prevent the lessons from fading away 为了不让教训被淡忘
So far, we used to hold various activities on “Compliance Review Day” including messages from management, lectures by outside experts, awareness surveys, and training, etc.
Nevertheless, unfortunately, in 2016, the Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency suspended our nomination for three months because we made statements which were factually incorrect in an inspection report for industrial hose products.
The fact of the misrepresentation came to light through an employee’s suggestion, and we voluntarily reported it to the Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency.
In this respect, I believe that “Bad News First” had been put into practice.
On the other hand, I believe that the awareness of compliance within the company is still insufficient.
While the world’s standards and ways of thinking are changing drastically, the risk lies in the inertia of continuing with past practices.
Even if it takes a lot of man-hours and huge costs to correct such risky status, our generation must tackle it for the sake of future generations of employees.
I will lead taking the plunge in solving this issue, so I really hope you all will review in your workplace.
In order to find the seeds of problems early and prevent them promptly, it is important to create an organizational culture that allows people to talk openly about any problems they may have.
“Communication,” as I always say, is also important for compliance.
First of all, I would like to ask the managers of all business units and divisions to take the initiative and work on “Bad News First” and “Bad News Thanks”.
从这一点来看，我认为我们已经践行了“Bad News First（首先报告坏消息）”。
首先希望管理层的部、课长能身先士卒，积极践行“Bad News First（首先报告坏消息）”“Bad News Thanks（感谢报告坏消息）”。
Respecting and emphasizing compliance is an absolute requirement to continue to grow as a company that is trusted and respected by society.
And the Sumitomo Spirit and “S.E.C.-Q.” are the basis for all of the Group’s corporate activities.
I would like to ask all of you again to not only follow the Sumitomo Spirit, but also to behave in a manner that will not embarrass you as a member of society.