CSR-related policies, criteria, and guidelines

AGC Group Charter of Corporate Behavior

(Established on June 1, 2007 and revised on March 9, 2016)

Under the tenet of “Our Mission” in the Group vision, “Look Beyond” the AGC Group strives to be a company trusted by all of its stakeholders, a company that meets the expectations of the world business community to grow and develop responsibly and a company that significantly contributes to a healthier global society. To this end, the Group has established the AGC Group Charter of Corporate Behavior and acts in line with the following principles.

●Integrity: Sincere Behavior

  1. The AGC Group will develop and provide useful goods and services of superior quality, giving due consideration to safety and the environment, and will strive for customer satisfaction and loyalty.
  2. The AGC Group will understand and comply with applicable laws and regulations of the countries and regions in which it does business and will respect international norms of behavior.
  3. The AGC Group will promote fair trade and conduct its operations in accordance with the principle of fair competition and all applicable laws and regulations.
  4. The AGC Group will maintain sound relationships with government agencies and other responsible organizations. The Group will not support any person or group that threatens the order and security of society.
  5. The AGC Group will properly manage and safeguard its own proprietary information, intellectual property, and other assets and will respect the property rights and interests of others including customers and business partners.

●Environment and Safety: With Due Consideration

  1. The AGC Group regards environmental conservation as an essential responsibility of global citizens and will proactively contribute to the development of a sustainable society.
  2. The AGC Group will pursue technological innovations and new product developments that reflect due consideration for the environment and will participate in activities to preserve the environment and safety and security at work.
  3. The AGC Group will maintain its workplaces with a proper regard to occupational health and safety for the people related to its business activities.

●Diversity: Respect for People

  1. The AGC Group will respect human rights and will operate its business with due regard for the cultures and customs of each country and region in the world.
  2. The AGC Group will respect people's diverse capabilities and personal dignity and will create fair and open environments at its workplaces without discrimination based on race, ethnicity, religion, nationality, gender, disability, or any other legally protected group.
  3. The AGC Group will not engage in forced labor or child labor and will not tolerate infringements of human rights.

●Harmony with Society: From “Responsibility” to “Reliability”

  1. The AGC Group will strive to be a trusted corporate citizen, fulfilling its responsibilities to the communities in which it does business.
  2. The AGC Group will build productive and proper relationships with business partners and encourage them to adhere to business principles consistent with its own.
  3. The AGC Group will communicate responsibly with customers, local citizens, shareholders, employees, and other members of society by gathering their opinions and disclosing information in a fair and appropriate manner.

The managements of all AGC Group companies, recognizing that it is their responsibility to realize the spirit of this Charter, will take the initiative to achieve an understanding of the Charter within all Group companies, and at the same time, will seek its business partners' cooperation.

The managements will also promote the development and implementation of systems that the principles stipulated in this Charter can be duly incorporated into the Group's decision making and implementation.

In the case of any behavior contrary to the principles of this Charter, we will work to identify the cause and prevent a recurrence, making it clear to those inside and outside Group companies that the situation is being addressed diligently. We will take appropriate corrective and disciplinary actions when necessary.

AGC Group “7 Key Principles for People”

The AGC Group wishes to pursue these principles as the foundation of our “7 Key Principles for People” to maximize our performance as a truly global corporation.

Implementation of “Look Beyond”

AGC Group requires all employees to commit to our Shared Values of “Look Beyond”—Our four Shared Values: Innovation & Operational Excellence, Diversity, Environment, and Integrity

Diversity for Organizational Competitiveness

AGC Group builds teams of diverse people who support our four Shared Values of “Look Beyond” and have the abilities to contribute to organizational competitiveness.

Development and Growth

AGC Group encourages employees to grow and provides them with opportunities for self-development.

Job Satisfaction and Pride

AGC Group encourages employees to achieve their goals so that they feel a sense of pride and satisfaction in their work.

Work Environment and Conditions

AGC Group provides a safe and healthy work environment.

Open Communication

AGC Group emphasizes open communication in the workplace to create a better organizational climate.

Evaluation, Recognition and Rewarding Performance

AGC Group evaluates and recognizes employees who contribute to the organization and rewards their contributions.

AGC Group Basic Occupational Health & Safety Policy

(Established on February 9, 2001 and revised on March 29, 2013)

Basic Policy

The AGC Group will manage its Occupational Health and Safety (hereinafter “OH & S”) under the policy of “ No Production without Safety” and all managers will ensure that the OH & S policy should be clearly understood and permeated throughout the Group and that all of the employees should be actively involved in the promotion of OH & S activities.

Guidelines for Occupational Health and Safety Activities

We will actively implement OH & S activities by addressing any possible issues on occupational accidents and illnesses to achieve continual improvement in our OH & S performance, based on the following guidelines.

  1. We will enhance the level of our Risk Assessments to promote effective use of our OHSMS.
  2. We will continue our conventional on-site safety activities without making them mere repetitive routine.
  3. Managers will treat their subordinates like a family member and ensure safety at workplaces.
    We will promote intrinsic safety of equipment, and look for continual improvement in the workplace environment.
  4. We will implement OH & S activities as a part of production line activities. The departments in charge of OH & S will provide necessary support for line management.
  5. We will comply with OH & S related laws and requirements.
  6. We will encourage proactive employee participation in all OH & S activities through open, honest and fair interactions and communication at workplaces.

Health Management Policy

(Established on March 1, 2007)

The AGC Group has established the following health management policy to be followed by its employees in conducting their business operations, to continuously create value for the world under the Group Vision “Look Beyond”

Health consciousness

Employees represent one of the most important assets for the AGC Group, and health is one of the most important elements of the daily lives of employees.

Corporate support for employee health

The AGC Group will actively implement measures to maintain and promote the physical and mental health of its employees, thereby supporting them in driving the growth of the Group by fully displaying their individual abilities, and in striving to lead meaningful lives.

Self-discipline by employees

Employees themselves must be aware of the importance of their health, and they must maintain and promote their health through self-discipline, taking responsibility for their own health.

The AGC Group plans to extend this Health Management Policy from AGC Asahi Glass to Group companies in and outside of Japan in the future.

The AGC Group's Basic Environmental Policy

(Established on February 9, 2001 and revised on January 1, 2017)

Basic Policy

Recognizing that it uses a relatively large amount of natural resources and energy in its activities, the AGC Group has designated the environment as one of the Shared Values in the Group Vision, “Look Beyond” and acts to protect the environment wherever possible.

As a global material and component provider, we shall contribute to the development of a sustainable society through:

- Effective use of limited natural resources and energy, and
- Consideration of the influence of our activities on the natural environment including climate change and biological diversity.

Guidelines for Environmental Activities

The AGC Group will set environmental targets and implement environmental activities based on the following Guidelines throughout our business activities.

  1. We will make continuous improvements based on the Integrated Environmental Management System.
  2. We will fulfill all compliance obligations regarding the environment (laws, ordinances, treaties, etc.).
  3. We will take steps to reduce environmental impact and to prevent pollution.
    We will set voluntary targets regarding resource conservation, mitigation of and adaptation to climate change, waste reduction and recycling, and the proper control of chemicals. We will work to accomplish these goals while making further improvements.
  4. We will develop and provide eco-conscious products, technologies, services, and facilities for society in all areas of our activities.
  5. We will strive to actively communicate with stakeholders regarding all of our environmental activities.

AGC Group Basic Industry Safety & Security Policy

(Established on February 7, 2003 and revised on March 28, 2008)

The AGC Group, in the pursuit of “Look Beyond” carries out the following activities for industrial safety & security under the principle that industrial safety and site safety are part of its responsibility towards the local community as a corporate citizen.

  1. The AGC Group shall comply with all laws, ordinances, treaties and standards etc. concerning industrial safety and securities, both nationally and locally.
  2. The AGC Group shall carry out activities for industrial safety & security to prevent accidents or disaster from occurring, and shall strive for continual improvement.
  3. The AGC Group shall make efforts to communicate with stakeholders such as the local community.

AGC Group Purchasing Policy

(established in 2009)

AGC Group values the idea of the Group Vision“Look Beyond”and the “AGC Group Charter of Corporate Behavior”and will regulate our performances on purchasing which are explicitly stated in the following “AGC Group Purchasing Policy”.

1. Basic Purchasing Principle

  1. Fair & Equitable trade
    Our procurement policy is to consistently search for innovative technologies, product and services with a “Fair” and “Equitable” manner globally.
  2. Compliance to related Laws & Regulations, and Pro-environment behavior
    AGC Group will comply with the applicable laws and regulations of each country where our procurement takes place, and give due regard to safety and environment.
  3. Partnership
    AGC Group will establish a long-term, mutual prosperous partnership, based on our shared vision, to produce a better product with our business partners. To this end, we shall endeavor to keep close communication with our business partners to build and enhance our trusting relationship.
  4. Protection of information, intellectual property and other assets
    AGC Group will properly manage and protect the proprietary information, intellectual property and assets of our business partners while procuring goods and services.

2.Criteria for Selecting Business Partners

AGC Group will apply key criteria to evaluate and select business partners, as follows.

  1. Sound management, Steady supply and Flexibility to match with the fluctuating demand.
  2. Appropriate Quality, Pricing, Delivery date punctuality and technical service level.

3.Expectation of Business Partners

The AGC Group strives to be a company trusted by all its stakeholders, a company that meets the expectations of the world business community to grow and develop responsibility, and a company that significantly contributes to a healthier global society.

Essentially, CSR activities are performed on voluntary basis initiated by each individual company. However, for the AGC group, to pursue the CSR policy, it is imperative for all the supply-chain linked companies to pursue their individual CSR activities as well. Accordingly, to enable us to jointly work with our business partners, we kindly ask our partners to understand our policy and to cooperate.

The factors related with our Business Partners are,

  1. Concentrate to supply products and services with good quality, considering Safety & Environment and Compliance to Laws & Regulations of each country.
  2. Secure and proper managing of Proprietary information and Intellectual property.
  3. Not to be engaged to forced labor or child labor and never tolerate infringements of human rights.
  4. Make efforts to environment preservation and ensuring safety and security.
  5. Maintain adequate level of occupational health and safety.

AGC Group Basic Quality Policy

(Established on September 8, 2004 and revised on March 29, 2013)

Basic Policy

The AGC Group will continue to create the expected value by pursuing “Innovation & Operational Excellence” as one of the Shared Values in the Group Vision “Look Beyond” .

Guidelines for Quality Activities

Having “Incorporating the concept of CS into daily work processes” as the fundamental of our businesses, we will act to gain trust from our stakeholders including customers, based on the following guidelines.

  1. We will provide products and services that conform to the requirements of laws, regulations, and customers.
  2. We will ensure and improve the quality of our products and services including appropriate consideration to safety and environment.
  3. We all will participate in the continual improvement of effectiveness and efficiency of our quality management, and each of us will individually strive to enhance the value of our work.
  4. In order to ensure that the above points are materialized, each will establish individual policy and target, and implement the PDCA cycle.

AGC Group Social Contribution Basic Policy

(Established on February 10, 2010)

In its AGC Group Charter of Corporate Behavior, the AGC Group declares it will “strive to be a trusted corporate citizen, fulfilling its responsibilities to the communities in which it does business.” To achieve this, we conduct social contribution activities in three priority areas.

Priority areas

  1. Support for the next generation
    We, as a creator of future value, support the development of children, who will carry the future, helping them to live out their dreams.
  2. Harmony with local communities
    We, as a member of the communities in which we operate, contribute to their sustainable development.
  3. Natural environment conservation
    We, as a global enterprise, contribute to the solution of global environmental problems.