Japan Foreign Trade Council, Inc.
|1st version established:||May 10, 1973|
|2nd version revised:||July 8, 1999|
|3rd version revised:||June 16, 2005|
|4th version revised:||March 22, 2018|
Since the establishment of the original “Sogo-Shosha’s Code of Conduct” in 1973 we have consistently taken heed of the various opinions voiced regarding the activities of Shosha and, in order to clarify our social responsibilities and principles of conduct as corporations, have developed this Code of Conduct over time by implementing revisions in response to changes in the global situation and social expectations.
The business operations of Shosha encompass all the industrial sectors of the world. We act upon the firm belief that the realization of a sustainable society is both our responsibility and the essential foundation upon which our corporate activities must rest. Today, the international expansion of initiatives designed to realize a sustainable society in accordance with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals adds even further importance to the social mission of Shosha while at the same time opening up new and potentially significant opportunities for business development.
As Shosha, we must maintain a constant awareness of these social changes and proactively transform our own management practices. By fulfilling our social responsibilities through the implementation of information disclosure and compliance with relevant laws and international standards, we must fully apply our capabilities as Shosha by combining mid to long term perspectives with a clear understanding of evolving social and economic demands in order to contribute to the realization of a sustainable society.
We have produced this Code of Conduct in order to encourage JFTC member firms to live up to their social responsibilities, evaluate their own behavior as responsible corporations, and assist them in pursuing their own initiatives.
As Shosha, we must constantly be aware of our role and responsibilities towards society and, while balancing environmental, social and economic considerations, manage our business activities from a long-term perspective in order to contribute to the realization of sustainable economic growth through business.
As Shosha, while giving due consideration to the attainment of the objectives of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, we must strive to accurately perceive evolving environmental, social and economic trends, and be responsive to the attendant social demands in a comprehensive manner.
As Shosha, in recognition of our responsibilities to society, we must conduct our business in accordance with all relevant laws and regulations, show due respect for international standards and social conventions, and stress information disclosure in our efforts to maintain transparent management practices. In addition, we must also implement and maintain crisis management systems designed to meet the various threats facing both civil society and corporate activity.
As Shosha, we must strive to create relationships of mutual trust both domestically and internationally and to actively participate in and contribute to society as good corporate citizens.
As Shosha, we will strive to provide our employees with a rich and rewarding work environment, to respect the diversity, character and individuality of our employees, and to promote corporate cultures in which each individual's talents and creativity may be fully developed.
As Shosha, we recognize that it is the role of executive management to realize the spirit of this Code of Conduct, to lead by example in enhancing awareness of it within their respective corporate organizations including subsidiaries and affiliates, and to promote the understanding of the spirit of this Code of Conduct and its application throughout their supply chains.
In addition, in the event of a violation of the spirit of this Code of Conduct, executive management should discharge their responsibilities by taking the initiative in resolving the problem, investigating its causes and implementing measures to prevent its recurrence.
Note: The original Japanese language version of this document is the official version used by the JFTC and its members. This document is an English language translation of the Japanese language original and has been prepared as a public service.