Our aim is to be a company trusted by customers and society. Alpine is committed to thorough compliance across the group with respect to laws, societal norms, and ethics.
As a member of the Alps Group, Alpine appeals to all its organizations and employees to make a concerted effort at all times to act responsibly and sensibly in line with the six action guidelines included in the Alps Group Compliance Charter with the aim of ensuring fair management in keeping with the principles of law, social requirements, and corporate ethical standards. Here we believe it to be important to go beyond the formalities of observing laws and rules by proactively taking appropriate action through an understanding of why those laws and rules are necessary, and what their purpose and significance are.
Alps Group Compliance Charter
As a member of the global community, Alps is committed to displaying fairness in its corporate activities, as well as to taking responsible and sensible action in order that Alps may continue to develop with society while making valuable social contributions.
- Alps will abide by the laws and ordinances that govern its business and will ensure sensible behavior to avoid involvement in antisocial acts.
- Alps will respect foreign cultures and customs, and will contribute to local community development.
- Alps will aim for maximum product safety and quality while engaging in fair trade and competition with other companies, and maintaining strong ties with authorities.
- Alps will disclose information fairly to shareholders and other stakeholders.
- Alps will provide a safe and user-friendly workplace, and will respect the character and individuality of employees.
- Alps will endeavor to manage and use society's assets, including goods, money and information, in a suitable manner without displaying behavior that could be of disadvantage to society.
In accordance with the Alps Group Compliance Charter, Alpine incorporated basic rules into the Alpine Ethical and Legal Compliance Policy, which has been rolled out to all group companies, to ensure that employees act fairly and appropriately as members of society.
Regulations reflecting the laws of each country have been added at each location around the world to implement guidelines that bear closer relevance to daily actions. Additionally, internal media such as e-Learning and Legal News are utilized to actively spread specific legal knowledge and improve individual awareness.
Alpine Ethical Guidelines (Alpine’s 10 Commandments)
|Person||Personal Information||Disclosure of personal information is prohibited.|
|Ban on Discrimination||Violent force and language, sexual harassment, and discrimination are prohibited.|
|Object||Product Safety||Give due consideration to the safety and quality of products.|
|Environmental Concern||Give due consideration to the natural environment.|
|Property||Corporate Property||Personal use of corporate property is prohibited.|
|Intellectual Property||Violation of intellectual property of other organizations is prohibited.|
|Information||Corporate Secret||Personal use and disclosure of corporate secrets is prohibited.|
|Ban on Insider Trading||Dealing of the company’s stock by the employees before disclosure of corporate information is prohibited.|
|Trading||Fair Trade||Comply with antitrust legislation and every law and rule.|
|Donations and Reception||Receiving donations and reception beyond a reasonable extent is prohibited.|
Alpine has an internal whistleblowing system for all employees in Japan. Called the “Ethics Hotline,” employees can call for consultation on issues related to ethically questionable and illegal behavior. A whistleblower protection clause is included in our internal regulations. This system acts to help detect potential problems in advance and enable prompt resolution. Furthermore, Alpine is expanding this Ethics Hotline and other consultation systems at overseas bases in a manner suitable to the situation in each country. Currently, we have initiated the systems in major sales, development and production bases around the world.
At Alpine, the legal affairs departments at each corporate center in Japan, the United States, Europe and China provide compliance education programs according to regional characteristics.
Fiscal 2015 compliance education
|JAPAN||Ethics education for engineers was carried out for new recruits. Contract management, antitrust law and human rights/harassment education was provided to new managers. Employees transferring overseas were made familiar with case studies by area (antitrust law, bribery, etc.). Antitrust law education was carried out for sales department personnel, and contract management education was given to personnel in charge of contract business.|
|USA||Legal compliance seminars were carried out for managerial personnel, and education regarding confidential information protection, prevention of third-party infringement on products and intellectual property, crosscultural understanding, and human rights/harassment was carried out for employees.|
|Europe||Seminars on antitrust law, anti-bribery law, and advanced confidential information protection were held for employees.|
|China||Education on legal issues in electronic business transactions, response to the revised Chinese Environmental Protection Law, and prevention of excessive entertainment and bribery was given to employees. Education regarding Alpine’s ethical perspective and legal compliance was carried out for new employees.|
|South Korea||Preventive education was carried out on sexual harassment in the workplace.|
In order to ensure that the Compliance Policy is observed, compliance audits are regularly conducted at our business bases both at home and abroad. During 2015, we visited three domestic bases to evaluate the status of their compliance and conduct enlightenment activities.
Legal planning to unify affiliates in China
ALPINE ELECTRONICS (CHINA) CO., LTD.
HR & ADMIN SECTION
I am currently in charge of Japanese legal affairs at Alpine China. The legal affairs group at Alpine's Chinese affiliates has established a unified legal screening structure in accordance with Management Division policy with cooperation from external lawyers. In the future, rather than handling legal affairs as one company, I would like to help all Chinese affiliates to work together as a group by enhancing their legal cooperation.