Compliance

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.

Compliance Policy

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

Fundamental Philosophy

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.

Action Guidelines

  1. Alps will abide by the laws and ordinances that govern its business and will ensure sensible behavior to avoid involvement in antisocial acts.
  2. Alps will respect foreign cultures and customs, and will contribute to local community development.
  3. 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.
  4. Alps will disclose information fairly to shareholders and other stakeholders.
  5. Alps will provide a safe and user-friendly workplace, and will respect the character and individuality of employees.
  6. 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.

Compliance Structure

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, active efforts are made to 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.

Ethics Hotline

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.

Compliance Education

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 Year 2017 Educational Programs

JAPAN Ethic education for engineers was carried out for new recruits. Contract management, antitrust law and harassment education was provided to new managers.
USA Training held upon hiring of new employees and throughout the year on a variety of subjects: confidential information, harassment, IP, product training, safety.
Europe Legal training on antitrust law and anti-bribery lawa were held for employees and managerial personnel.
China Education training of anti-commercial bribery was carried out for employees.

Compliance Audits

We engage in regular compliance audits as part of our internal audits at facilities in Japan and overseas. We do this as a means of checking the status of adherence to the compliance policy.
In fiscal year 2017, we visited five facilities in Japan and four facilities overseas and conducted activities to raise awareness by ascertaining the status of compliance and implementing educational programs.

Export management

Exported cargo and technology provided to overseas companies are checked carefully to see whether legal restrictions apply using a database system. Moreover, we are thorough in the guidance provided to domestic subsidiaries on proper procedures and management related to exports. The Alpine Group as a whole works together to establish a compliance system that takes into account security export control.

Human Resource Development for Maintaining Export Management Compliance

Alpine Electronics, Inc.
Manager, Trade Control Office

Kenji Shinozaki

At Alpine, as we continue our work as a global company, we bear in mind the importance of observing each country’s and region’s laws and regulations regarding export management, and keeping out of trading that may hinder the maintenance of international peace and security. As we strengthen our cooperation with Alps Electric Co., Ltd., we strive to build a system that compels us to abide by internal regulations, as well as accumulating operational experience while maintaining compliance. In order to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of our compliance, we focus on the cultivation of export management experts. We continuously utilize the practical proficiency test system for Security Trade Control (STC) administered by the Center for Information on Security Trade Control (CISTEC), and many members of our staff have passed the exams and perform their work.

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