CSR Guidelines & Activity Reports - Corporate Ethics and Legal Compliance
Improving Security Trade Controls
Watching the Latest Trends and Management Strategies for Security Trade Controls
Concerns about the spread of conventional mass weapons of destruction and changes in the international security balance necessitate risk management addressing security trade controls.
Toray Industries, Inc. convenes a Security Trade Administration Committee comprising officers of divisions that are involved in exports and technology transfer. In fiscal 2018, the committee decided on measures to implement for the fiscal year after considering pressing risks based on recent international circumstances and regulatory trends. The committee members also convene a Divisional Security Trade Administration Committee that communicates corporate measures and implements supplementary programs, such as precautions to be taken by departments and group companies under its supervision.
Practically Addressing Risks
Toray Group performs risk management of security trade controls with regard to the export of all products, devices, materials, and samples, as well as the transfer of technologies outside Japan. Particularly strict management is necessary for TORAYCA™ carbon fiber and its composite materials, semiconductor coating agents, and water treatment membranes, which are listed as restricted items requiring export permission from the Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry.
The following measures to enhance risk management associated with security trade controls have been implemented based on conditions in and outside of Japan.
(1) Enhanced employees’ capacity for accurate judgment within Toray Industries’ divisions and group companies
Toray Industries provided e-learning courses for inexperienced employees to learn about the basics of security trade controls. A total of 3,582 employees participated in the two courses. The Company also conducted a series of advanced courses for employees with specialized expertise. These hands-on courses were designed to better equip them with the skills necessary to conduct classifications, export transactions and technology transfers. A total of 901 employees participated in 14 courses.
In addition, the Company systematically encourages employees to take the exam authorized by the Center for Information on Security Trade Controls in Japan. A total of 336 Toray Group employees passed the exam in fiscal 2018, bringing the cumulative number of Toray Group employees who have passed the exam to 3,771 persons.
- Cumulative number of Toray Group employees who have passed the exam authorized by the Center for Information on Security Trade Controls in Japan:
- 3,771 persons
(2) Conducted regular audits
Toray Industries carried out paper audits and onsite audits of group companies, and provided individualized guidance based on the results to help group companies make improvements.
(3) Enhanced information sharing and reporting
Toray Industries integrated and centralized information on concerns such as suspicious trade inquiries, reported or consulted with the appropriate authorities as required, and took the appropriate measures. The Company also shared suspicious trade information at various company meetings, and took steps to improve its risk management.
(4) Improved inspection systems
Toray Industries prepared the basic functions for an upgraded security trade control system and started the process of linking it to the sales backbone system, following operability testing in each division. This system infrastructure is designed to prevent mistaken shipments due to human error.