Beginning with its corporate philosophy of "Trustworthiness and Creativity," the Nikon Group has structured policies to fulfill this philosophy, shares them with all employees, and works to put them into practice.
Nikon High-Level Policy and Stakeholders
The Nikon Group's Approach to CSR
For the Nikon Group, fulfilling CSR means embodying our corporate philosophy: "Trustworthiness and Creativity." We seek to contribute to sustainable development by both proving worthy of the trust we are given by society as well as surpassing expectations to create more and better value.
As a common plan of action for the entire Group we have adopted a set of goals known as "Our Aspirations," which were formulated through a discussion project involving both top management and employees, along with "Our Commitments," which are made to realize those aspirations. We are also working to increase CSR awareness among each and every employee through the Nikon CSR Charter, which is Nikon Group's basic policy on social responsibility, and the Nikon Code of Conduct, which is our code of behavior for daily business activities. Furthermore, we participate in the UN Global Compact and support its Ten Principles regarding human rights, labor, the environment, and anti-corruption.
In the year ended March 31, 2013, Nikon revised its CSR Charter by adding "Socially responsible behavior within the supply chain" as a new item and informed all employees accordingly.
Nikon Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Charter
Established April 27, 2007, revised December 1, 2009 and February 1, 2013
- Sound corporate activities
The Nikon Group endeavors to comply with international regulations, related laws, and internal rules, exercise sound and fair corporate practices, earn the trust of stakeholders such as customers, shareholders, employees, business partners, and society. The Group will maintain constructive relationships with administrative bodies, remaining politically neutral and complying with laws, and will not engage in relationships with individuals or groups that threaten social order or safety.
- Provision of valuable goods and services for society
The Nikon Group will provide valuable products and services with superior quality and safety to society, endeavoring to increase the satisfaction and trust of our customers and contributing to the healthy development of society.
- Respect for human beings
The Nikon Group will respect diversity and individual human rights and provide a healthy and safe working environment in which all persons receive fair treatment without discrimination. It will also oppose enforced labor and child labor and respect fundamental human rights as well as workers' rights.
- Protection of the natural environment
The Nikon Group will proactively engage in environmental efforts and work to protect the natural environment, as these are common issues for all of mankind.
- Responsibility to society as a corporate citizen
The Nikon Group will carry out corporate activities that take into account the cultures and practices of each country and region and proactively engage in activities that contribute to society as a good corporate citizen.
- Socially responsible behavior within the supply chain
The Nikon Group will encourage socially responsible behavior within its supply chain.
- Transparent operating activities
The Nikon Group will communicate extensively with customers, shareholders, employees, business partners, and society and disclose business information in a timely and fair manner. It will also conduct reliable financial reporting through accurate accounting processes.
- Responsibility of top management
Top management and employees in managerial positions within each department must understand that they play an essential role in fulfilling the spirit of this Charter and thus, in addition to leading by example, they must ensure that this information is disseminated to everyone in the Group and all related parties. Management must always strive to understand the opinions of those both inside and outside of Nikon to develop a sound internal framework that ensures that the spirit of this Charter is upheld. If any incident occurs that violates this Charter, top management will demonstrate, internally and externally, their determination to solve the problem and strive to identify the cause and prevent its recurrence. Furthermore, they will uphold information disclosure and accountability obligations. They will clarify the authority and responsibility of each manager and employee and deal rigorously and objectively with all people involved in the matter, including top management.