Corporate Standard of Conduct
- 1．Respect for Our Founding Philosophy
- MORIMURA BROS., INC. will endeavor to build trust with its employees, shareholders, business partners, and other stakeholders, and to create a better society in accordance with its Creed of our Company which has served as the basis of its management philosophy since the Company’s founding.
- 2．Fairness in Corporate Activities
- Aware of the importance of compliance, MORIMURA will observe all laws and regulations as well as its own rules, respect social norms, and will always act in a fair, sensible, and responsible manner.
- 3．Respect for Human Rights and Employees
- MORIMURA will respect human rights and will not discriminate. It will value employees’ individuality and aim to create a vital and rewarding work environment.
- 4．Management and Disclosure of Corporate Data
- MORIMURA will safeguard its corporate data and disclose information in a timely and appropriate manner to ensure transparency.
- 5．Contribution to Environmental Conservation
- MORIMURA will conduct its corporate activities in an environmentally friendly manner to help conserve the global environment.
- 6．Contribution to Society
- MORIMURA will actively engage in social contribution activities with the aim of building a better society, based on an awareness of its responsibility as a good corporate citizen.
(Resolution of the Board of Directors on March 27, 2012)
Code of Conduct
- 1．Compliance with Laws and Regulations
- (1) In any and all of their thinking and conduct, directors and employees shall, with the consciousness as a member of MORIMURA BROS., INC. (hereafter called “the Company”), be aware of the importance of compliance and observe all laws and regulations where they operate, as well as the Company’s own internal corporate rules and policies. In addition, the Company’s directors and employees shall act in a socially responsible manner by complying with fairness and the highest ethical standards in the conduct of their business.
- (2) Directors and employees shall comply with applicable business laws and regulations in the conduct of their business and, in cases where any procedures are required, such as obtaining a permit or submitting a notification, shall do so without delay.
- (3) Directors and employees shall not commit any act that would unreasonably harm the interest of any subcontractor by taking advantage of their dominant bargaining position against the subcontractor.
- 2．Respect for Human Rights - Prohibition against Discrimination and Harassment
- (1) Directors and employees shall respect human rights and shall not discriminate for any reason whatsoever, including race, skin color, belief, religion, gender, nationality, age, origin, physical or mental disability, and sickness.
- (2) Directors and employees shall not engage in any sexual harassment or power harassment.
- 3．Conservation of Global Environment
- (1) Directors and employees shall comply with all environmental treaties, as well as the laws and regulations of respective nations, etc., and strive to conserve the environment and, in the conduct of corporate activities, shall pay attention to any impact on the natural environment and ecosystems.
- (2) Directors and employees shall strive to offer products and services that can conserve and improve the environment.
- (3) Directors and employees shall use natural resources and energy efficiently and work on reducing, utilizing effectively and recycling waste in an environmentally sustainable manner.
- 4．Compliance with the Treaties, Rules and Regulations of International Trade
- (1) Directors and employees shall make any business transactions with understanding of and in compliance with the treaties of international trade, as well as the laws and regulations of respective nations.
- (2) With respect to the export of goods and/or services for any strategic material or any other specified goods or technology (transactions subject to security trade control), directors and employees shall comply with applicable laws and regulations and carefully examine whether the transaction is admissible. Directors and employees shall, as required, also perform authentic procedures with competent authorities in a timely manner.
- 5．Prohibition against Unfair Competition – Compliance with Anti-Monopoly Act
- (1) Directors and employees shall not make any agreement on prices, quantities, customers, geographical areas of service, etc., with other businesses in the industry.
- (2) Directors and employees shall not engage in any bid rigging deal among bidders.
- (3) Directors and employees shall not pose any restriction on market competition either independently or in cooperation with another business, such as excluding another business or a new entrant from engaging in business activities.
- 6．Prohibition against Conflicts of Interest and Distinction between Private and Public
- (1) Directors and employees shall not commit any act that would constitute a conflict between their own interest and the interest of the Company, such as working on behalf of a competitor or making a business transaction with the Company on their own behalf.
- (2) Directors and employees shall not use wrongfully any asset of the Company, regardless of whether it is tangible or intangible.
- (3) Directors and employees shall not use for private purposes any asset or expense account of the Company.
- (4) Directors and employees shall not use illicitly any internal information systems.
- (5) Directors and employees shall not, in the absence of the Company’s appropriate approval process, enter into an agreement with any party with whom they have a personal stake.
- (6) Directors and employees shall not engage in any other occupation in the absence of approval from the Company.
- (7) Directors and employees shall return all the assets of the Company at the time of their resignation.
- (8) Directors and employees shall not engage in any personal activities not associated with their work, such as politics and religion, in the workplace.
- 7．Prohibition against Bribery and Inappropriate Gift-Giving, Entertainment, etc.
- (1) Directors and employees shall not commit any act that would, or could be suspected to, constitute bribery of public officials or anyone in a position analogous thereto, regardless of whether in Japan or abroad.
- (2) If it comes to his/her knowledge that part of the Company’s payment to any agency, consultant, etc., will, or is suspected to, be appropriated for the purpose of an illegal solicitation of a public official or anyone in a position analogous thereto, directors and employees shall not make such a payment.
- (3) Directors and employees shall refrain from providing gifts, entertainment, conveniences, and other economic benefits to customers, or their directors, officers, employees or other related persons, in excess of accepted business and social norms.
- (4) Directors and employees shall not receive gifts or enjoy entertainment in excess of accepted business and social norms without prior approval according to internal corporate rules prior to receiving any gift or enjoying entertainment from any organization or entity rendering services to the Company.
- 8．Resolute Attitude toward Anti-Social Elements
- (1) Directors and employees shall resolutely oppose any organization, group or individual engaged in unlawful activities.
- (2) Directors and employees shall not agree to demands for money or accept any unfair request from any organization, group or individual engaged in unlawful activities in violation of relevant laws and regulations.
- (3) Directors and employees shall exert their utmost attention so as not to become knowingly or unknowingly involved as a party to acts of terrorism, money laundering, drug trafficking, or other individual or organized criminal activities.
- 9．Management of Information – Protection of Intellectual Property Rights
- (1) Directors and employees shall strictly safeguard confidential information of the Company and shall not divulge, or use for any purpose other than business, the same.
- (2) Directors and employees shall not disclose externally any confidential information for business purposes without proper authorization in accordance with the internal rules and regulations, and shall enter into a confidentiality agreement with the counterpart.
- (3) With respect to confidential information disclosed by others, directors and employees shall likewise enter into a confidentiality agreement, pay attention to the prevention of divulgence and appropriately safeguard the same.
- (4) Directors and employees shall not divulge or use illicitly any confidential information, even after termination of employment.
- (5) Directors and employees shall not commit any act that would constitute infringement on any intellectual property right of others, such as the unauthorized copying of computer software.
- (6) Directors and employees shall appropriately and strictly safeguard personal information so as to prevent any loss, divulgence, fabrication, destruction, etc., from occurring.
- 10．Proper Handling of Accounting and Tax Procedures
- (1) Directors and employees shall not make inaccurate or misleading entries in ledgers.
- (2) Directors and employees shall record expenses and revenue in a timely manner.
- (3) Directors and employees shall record credits and debits accurately.
- (4) Directors and employees shall file tax papers properly pursuant to applicable laws and regulations.
- 11．Prompt Reporting and Consultation in Event of Code Violation Discovery
- (1) In the event of an act that violates this Code, directors and employees shall promptly report to and consult with either their superiors, the concerned internal departments, the Secretariat for the Compliance Committee or the counsel retained as an external contact point, upon discovering or committing any violation of this “Code of Conduct,” even unintentionally.
- (2) Each and every director and employee shall provide all necessary cooperation to facilitate the Company being able to ascertain the series of facts and take correct action, including any recurrence prevention measures.
- (3) The superiors, the concerned internal departments or the Secretariat for the Compliance Committee in receipt of the report or consultation shall not reveal the name, etc., of the reporter without his/her consent and shall ensure that the reporter is not be disadvantaged by reason of his/her report or consultation.
- (4) In cases where the reporter or consultation seeker is disadvantaged by reason of his/her report or consultation on the case of violation, he/she shall immediately notify the Secretariat for the Compliance Committee.
- (5) Reports and consultations shall be made verbally or via phone, e-mail, facsimile, in-house mail, etc. An internal report desk and an external contact point (a retained counsel) are available as well.
- Supplementary Provisions
- 1. This Code shall apply to any and all directors and employees of MORIMURA (including advisors, non-regular employees, agency-dispatched employees, loaned employees in Japan and overseas and locally-hired employees in overseas liaison offices). It shall also apply, with necessary modifications, to locally-hired employees at overseas subsidiaries.
- 2. Any disciplinary action against an act of violation of this Code shall, as with other rules, be determined pursuant to the Rules of Employment etc., depending on the details and degree of violation.
- 3. This Code shall be administered by the General Affairs Department, and any amendments thereto shall be made by resolution of the Board of Directors.
- 4. Established: March 27, 2012
MORIMURA BROS., INC. can trace its roots directly to Morimura Gumi, an international trading company established in 1876 by Ichizaemon Morimura VI.
Ichizaemon wrote that the "Creed of our Company" was "To recognize the brotherhood of man, promote peace in the world, bring happiness to everyone and practice justice and humanity by means of foreign trade."
For more than 140 years, we have been active in the area of foreign trade, and helping to foster global economic development and to enrich the lives of people around the world.
The "Creed of our Company" stated by Ichizaemon has been passed down to the 21st century, a time of rapid change for the world. We believe that we should pass the Creed down to future generations.
Given growing corporate globalization and the increasing importance of fair corporate activities and corporate ethics, we place the "Creed of our company" at the core of our corporate philosophy and aim to be a company that is aware of its social responsibility and that contributes to sustainable social development.
President and C.E.O.
<Environmental Basic Philosophy>
MORIMURA BROS., INC. recognizes that environmental problems have become such potentially long-term-issues on global scale, and shall make every possible effort towards realizing a "sustainable development" which is aimed at creating a harmony between social and economic development, and sound environmental conservation.
<Environmental Basic Policy>
In accordance with the Basic Policy shown below, MORIMURA BROS., INC. shall endeavor to realize the Corporate Philosophy through domestic and overseas business activities.
- 1．Management Philosophy
- We shall recognize the importance of environmental problems and strive to manage our business activities by balancing social and economic development, and environmental conservation.
- 2．Compliance with Environmental Laws and Regulations
- We shall comply with various relevant environmental laws and regulations, international rules, as well as all agreements signed by us.
- 3．Environmental Activities
- 1） Consideration on the Natural Environment
- We shall act considering ecological and environmental protection issues and the preservation of biological diversity.
- 2） Efficient Utilization of Resources and Energy
- We shall recognize the finite nature of resources and energy, and endeavor to make its effective use.
- 3） Contribution to the Creation of a Recycling-oriented Society
- We shall contribute to create a recycling-oriented society by reducing waste, and reusing and recycling resources.
- 4） Contribution to the Creation of a Low Carbon Society
- Based on the recognition that the creation of low carbon society is an urgent issue, we shall engage actively to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
- 5） Contribution to Society
- We shall join, support and promote activities, which contribute to the resolution of environmental problems.
- 4．Environmental Management Systems
- By utilizing ISO 14001 environmental management systems, we shall strive to accurately address and continuously improve environmental problems.
- 5．Education and Disclosure of Environmental Policy
- We shall familiarize all directors and employees with this Environmental Policy and also disclose it publicly.
October 1, 2007 Established
January 1, 2013 Revised
Sustainable Procurement Policy
We as MORIMURA BROS., INC. have been developing its business based on the corporate philosophy of the “Creed of Our Company“, which states foreign trade as a means to maintain world peace and develop the next generation.
Having placed this corporate philosophy at the foundation, having defined a Corporate Standard of Conduct, and keeping in mind our own social responsibility, we are operating in line with the Corporate Standard of Conduct in order to contribute to the sustained development of society.
Moreover, we define here Sustainable Procurement Policy (the “Policy”) and aim at building a sustainable society by pursuing initiatives together with our suppliers, clients and all other stakeholders.
We fully appreciate our stakeholders’ understanding of this Policy and their cooperation in advancing initiatives towards mutual development.
MORIMURA BROS., INC.
1. Respect for human rights
- ・ We shall respect human rights and refrain from the inhumane treatment of others, including discrimination, harassment and abuse.
- ・ We prohibit forced labor, involuntary labor and excessive work hours.
- ・ We shall comply with domestic and international laws, ordinances, and rules on wages and time and aim at attaining appropriate levels thereof to ensure that workers have decent standards of living.
- ・ We shall not tolerate the employment of children under the minimum labor age. Moreover, we believe that youth employment should involve no risk to their health and safety.
- ・ We respect employees’ right to organize, aiming to facilitate smooth negotiations between labor and management.
2. Occupational safety and health
- ・ We shall appropriately manage workplaces and provide healthy and safe workplaces to employees.
- ・ Based on an understanding of labor accidents and illnesses, we shall formulate appropriate measures.
3. Fair business activities
- ・ We shall comply with relevant domestic and international laws and ordinances, ensure fair transactions, and prevent corruption.
- ・ We shall not conduct any acts that create a disadvantage to a counterparty in a transaction through abuse of a superior bargaining position.
- ・ We shall refrain from giving and receiving entertainment, gifts or invitations that deviate from social standards. Moreover, we shall offer no entertainment, gifts or invitation to public employees or any other persons in similar positions.
- ・ We shall stand firmly against antisocial forces and have no relations or dealings with them. Moreover, we shall not respond to any unreasonable demands from antisocial forces.
4. Quality control
- ・ We shall work to maintain and ensure the quality and safety of our products and services.
5. Environmental considerations
- ・ In our business activities, we shall comply with environmental laws and regulations and safeguard limited resources.
- ・ We shall act by considering the protection and preservation of natural ecosystem, regional and global environment, and biodiversity and work to prevent environmental pollution.
6. Information security
- ・ We shall properly manage and protect the personal information of suppliers, clients and business partners.
- ・ We shall prevent the leakage of the confidential information of suppliers, clients and business partners.
- ・ We shall provide education and training for the safe and proper handling of information assets.
7. Protection of intellectual property
- ・ We respect the intellectual property of our suppliers, clients, business partners and third parties and shall appropriately protect and manage such property. Moreover, we shall not carry out transactions that may infringe on the intellectual property of others.
8. Social contributions
- ・ We respect the culture and customs of international and regional society.
- ・ We shall work to contribute to society by determining the contents and scope of implementable activities for the development of each community and by implementing supportive activities.
9. Information disclosure and transparency
- ・ With respect to activities based on this Policy, we shall disclose information on the above items in an appropriate manner. Cooperation with our suppliers, clients and business partners is essential for the disclosure of correct information.
- ・ In this Policy, being sincere about transparency is the top priority. For this reason, we believe that mutual understanding and relationships built on trust with our suppliers, clients and business partners is important. We fully appreciate our stakeholders’ understanding of this Policy and their cooperation in advancing initiatives towards mutual development.
(Resolution of the Board of Directors on September 26, 2022)