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Basic approach

Our group's compliance activities are based on the idea that "it is important for each employee to think about compliance," and by holding repeated discussions about compliance through daily work, we are steadily instilling awareness of legal compliance. Aiming for state.

The “artience Group Code of Ethical Conduct” (hereinafter referred to as this “Code”) outlines the basic ways of thinking and conduct that should be observed in order for officers, corporate advisors, employees, contract employees, and part-time employees of the artience Group (hereinafter referred to as the “Group,”) as well as temporary dispatch workers and all other persons engaged in the Group’s business operations (hereinafter referred to collectively as “officers and employees”) to be suitable members of society as the Group requires. Based on compliance with this Code in all of its business activities, the Group will contribute to improving the sustainability of society and work to realize the Group’s philosophy of “Creating value that resonates with the senses, building a future where all people can live enriched lives.”

  1. Compliance with laws, regulations, and internal rules, etc., and respect for international codes of conduct
    • We will comply with the laws and regulations of the countries and regions in which we conduct business activities, comply with internal rules, etc. (including this Code), and respect and comply with international codes of conduct*.
    • We will make decisions based on high standards of reason, conscience, and ethics, and act with sincerity, in line with the trust placed in us by society.
    • In the event that laws and regulations applicable in a particular country or region conflict with this Code or various internal regulations, we will pursue ways to respect international codes of conduct to the maximum extent possible, to the extent that doing so does not violate local laws and regulations.
    • International codes of conduct: refers to customary international law, the generally accepted principles of international law, and expectations for the socially responsible behavior of companies, as deduced from agreements between governments, including universally accepted treaties and conventions. Examples include the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the ILO International Labour Standards, the ILO Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises (MNE Declaration), and the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.
    Reference: [Risk Management Regulations], [Anti-Monopoly Law Compliance Regulations]
    Reference: [Basic Policy on Compliance], [Basic Policy on Risk Management], [Basic Policy on Development of Internal Control System]
    Reference: [Sustainable Supply Chain Guidelines] 1. Respecting the Laws and Internationally Recognized Standards
  2. Respect for human rights
    • We will respect the human rights of all people based on the Group’s Corporate Philosophy of “People-oriented management.” We will not violate human rights, be complicit in human rights violations, and will endeavor not to create situations that encourage human rights violations.
    • We will not tolerate child labor or forced labor throughout the Group’s supply chain. We will not tolerate any form of modern slavery, including debt labor or human trafficking, inhumane treatment, or unfair labor practices.
    • We will respect the dignity and diversity of individuals, and will not engage in discrimination that seeks to deny the dignity and diversity of individuals for any reason*, and will not engage in acts that may lead to such discrimination or acts that are legally defined, or socially accepted, as harassment.
    • We will understand the cultures, customs, and religious customs of the countries or regions in which we operate, and act with respect for them.
    • To eliminate complicity or the possibility of complicity in human rights violations, we will not procure or use so-called conflict minerals, agricultural products for which there is concern about human rights violations, and raw materials derived from them.
    • Discrimination that seeks to deny the dignity and diversity of individuals for any reason: includes, but is not limited to, reasons such as race, color, ethnicity, national origin, region of origin, social background, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, philosophy, creed, religion, political affiliation or political opinion, disability, military service status, union membership, employment type, academic background, marital status, family circumstances, state of health and genetic information.
    Reference: [Basic Policy on Respect for Human Rights], [Basic Policy on Procurement]
    Reference: [Sustainable Supply Chain Guidelines] 2-1. Prohibiting Forced Labor and Freely Chosen Employment / 2-2. Prohibiting Child Labor and Respecting the Rights of Young Workers / 2-5. Prohibiting Inhumane Treatment / 2-6. Prohibiting Discrimination / 5-9. Responsible Sourcing of Minerals and Avoidance of Complicity in Human Rights Violations
  3. Prohibition of acts of corruption*
    • We will not offer, demand, promise, provide, or accept bribes, either directly or indirectly, to public officials, agents of public officials’ duties, or employees in posts with public interest or public nature equivalent to those of public officials.
    • Even in cases where it does not constitute bribery, we will not give customers or business partners excessive gifts or entertainment that exceeds the scope of socially accepted norms.
    • We will not make illegal or inappropriate political contributions. In particular, in order to maintain the political neutrality of the Group, we will not use any company property as political contributions to any political parties, political groups, or candidates for public office.
    • In situations where personal interests conflict with the interests of the company, we will not engage in acts in conflict of interest*such as those that damage the company’s interests to the benefit of personal interests.
    • We will not engage in insider trading based on non-public information of customers or business partners obtained through the Group or our business operations. We will not provide non-public information to family members or third parties, or solicit insider trading.
    • Acts of corruption: include, but are not limited to, bribery, excessive gifts or entertainment, conflicts of interest, wrongful receipt of rebates or kickbacks, facilitation payments to obtain unfair profits, illegal or inappropriate political contributions, anti-competitive acts such as bid-rigging or collusion, abuse of a dominant position that disadvantages business partners, extortion, blackmail, embezzlement, breach of trust, fraud, obstruction of justice, insider trading, and money laundering.
    • Acts in conflict of interest: include labor practices on behalf of competitors, sales of competing products or services for personal benefit or the benefit of a third party, business activities unrelated to the company during working hours (excluding the exercise of civil rights, etc.,) and transactions between officers and employees and the company.
    Reference: [Anti-bribery Regulations], [Insider Trading Prevention and Management Regulations]
    Reference: [Policy on Anti-corruption]
    Reference: [Sustainable Supply Chain Guidelines] 5-1. Preventing Corruption / 5-2. Prohibiting Inappropriate Provision and Improper Benefit
  4. Fair and sound business activities
    • We will engage in fair, transparent, and free competition in accordance with the laws and regulations, international codes of conduct, and business practices applicable in the countries and regions in which we operate, and will not engage in any behavior that hinders these activities.
    • We will not engage in unfair transactions such as cartels, bid rigging, discriminatory consideration, unfairly cheap sales, unfairly high-priced purchasing, or other behavior that may hinder competition.
    • In advertisements, promotional materials and catalogs relating to products and services, we will not use expressions that differ from the facts, expressions that cause customers or consumers to misunderstand the facts, or expressions that lead to the defamation of others or infringement of their rights.
    • We will not take advantage of our dominant position as a purchaser or outsourcer / subcontractor in commercial transactions to unilaterally disadvantage business partners. We will conduct transactions with good faith, fairness, and equity, based on contracts, in accordance with laws and regulations.
    • We will appropriately manage tangible and intangible company assets* and will not use them for any purposes other than our business activities. In particular, we will not use company assets for any purpose that may damage the company’s interests, such as wrongful / fraudulent use or personal diversion.
    • We will not improperly or immaterially report, falsify, or manipulate information such as documents and data that are managed and used in our business activities, including financial reports, accounting documents, research reports, sales reports, expense accounts, and attendance logs.
    • Tangible and intangible company assets: Tangible company assets includes land, buildings, company supplies, equipment / facilities, cash, and securities. Intangible company assets include intellectual property rights, customer and sales information, technical information, production information, and brand power.
    Reference: [Anti-Monopoly Law Compliance Regulations], [Anti-Monopoly Law Compliance Manual], [Subcontracting Transaction Operating Regulations], [Information Protection Management Regulations], [Information Systems Management Regulations]
    Reference: [Basic Policy on Compliance], [Policy on Anti-corruption]
    Reference: [Sustainable Supply Chain Guidelines] 5-6. Fair Business Activities / 5-7. Prohibiting Abuse of Superior Bargaining Position
  5. Appropriate information management
    • We will appropriately and strictly manage and protect important information (confidential information) relating to the Group, and that received from our customers and third parties. We will not acquire or use the confidential information of other companies by wrongful means.
    • We will respect the intellectual property rights of others, including our customers and business partners, and endeavor not to infringe upon them. In conducting our business activities, we will conduct reasonable preliminary investigations to avoid infringing upon the intellectual property rights of others.
    • We will respect the person of individuals and appropriately acquire, use, manage, and protect all personal information in accordance with the laws and regulations of the countries and regions in which we operate.
    • We will thoroughly implement preventive actions based on the perspective of information security in our daily operations, and endeavor to prevent damage not only to the Group but also to our customers and business partners.
    • We will provide accurate information to all customers about products and services that does not lead to misunderstandings. In particular, if a risk to quality or safety is anticipated, we will disclose information promptly and appropriately.
    Reference: [Information Protection Management Regulations], [Personal Information Management Regulations], [Information Systems Management Regulations], [Confidential Information Handling Regulations], [Employment Management-Related Personal Information Management Regulations]
    Reference: [Basic Policy on Information Security], [Disclosure Policy (Policy on Information Disclosure)], [Privacy Policy (Policy on Personal Information Protection)]
    Reference: [Sustainable Supply Chain Guidelines] 5-5. Respecting Intellectual Property Rights / 6-3. Providing Accurate Information on Products and Services / 7. Information Security
  6. Separation from antisocial forces
    • We will not engage in any relationship whatsoever with antisocial forces or antisocial activities that threaten social order and safety, or hinder sound social and economic activities.
    • We will take a resolute stance against antisocial forces and will not engage in any transactions or answer to any unreasonable demands, such as for the provision of money or purchase of goods.
    Reference: [Regulations for Dealing with Antisocial Forces]
    Reference: [Sustainable Supply Chain Guidelines] 5-3. Prohibiting Involvement with Antisocial Forces
  7. Responsibilities as members of a global chemical company
    • We will confirm that all transactions involving the Group’s products do not violate laws and regulations relating to security export control for the purpose of maintaining international peace and security, and that they are not used for weapons development, etc.
    • We recognize that the consequences of violating laws and regulations relating to security export control are not limited to criminal and administrative sanctions, but also affect the survival of the company itself, and will engage in appropriate export control in accordance with laws and internal regulations.
    • We will engage in appropriate chemical substance control to ensure that chemical substances contained in the Group’s products and raw materials do not affect human health or the environment.
    • We will obtain information on hazards and safe handling of chemical substances in all processes, from raw material procurement to disposal, and endeavor to provide appropriate information to employees and customers involved with our products.
    Reference: [Basic Security Export Control Regulations], [Chemical Substance Control Regulations]
    Reference: [Basic Policy on Environment], [Basic Policy on Chemical Substance Control]
    Reference: [Sustainable Supply Chain Guidelines] 4-3. Chemical Substance Management / 10-3. Proper Import / Export Control
  8. Responsibilities as members of a listed company or its group companies
    • We reaffirm that the management of our company, as a listed company, is entrusted to us by our shareholders, and will endeavor to respond appropriately to this mandate. We will carry out our respective duties with responsibility for the enhancement of the Group’s brand and corporate value.
    • We will disclose important information about the management of the Company and the Group to shareholders, investors, and other stakeholders in a fair, timely, and appropriate manner.
    • We will comply with the principle of shareholder equality and will not engage in transactions or behavior contrary to the interests of other shareholders, such as providing special benefits or profits to specific shareholders.
    Reference: [Basic Policy on Corporate Governance], [Disclosure Policy (Policy on Information Disclosure)]
    Reference: [Guidelines for Timely Disclosure of Corporate Information]

Revision, abolition and management

Decisions regarding the revision or abolition of this Code will be made by the board of directors of artience Co., Ltd.
The revision and abolition of this Code will be carried out by the administrative office of the Sustainability Committee, which oversees the group-wide sustainability activities of the artience Group.

Established on October 1998
Revised on January 1, 2024 (resolved at the Board of Directors on December 8, 2023)
Revised on May 10, 2024 (as a partial amendment, reference materials were added to some articles.)

standards of business conduct

With the approval of Board of Directors, we have established "Business Conduct Standards" as guidelines for all people working in the Group to be aware of social responsibility and corporate ethics, to be self-disciplined, and to act with an attitude of self-direction. Masu. In Japan, we distribute the ``Business Conduct Standards'' booklet to all people working in our group, and we distribute English and Chinese versions to overseas locations. We check the contents of our compliance activities every year and use them to spread our group's philosophy system both domestically and internationally.

The Business Conduct Standards set out the following seven basic principles, with specific standards of conduct incorporated into each of the basic principles.

basic principles

  • Ⅰ. Improving customer satisfaction
  • Ⅱ. Respect for individual diversity
  • Ⅲ. Coexistence with society
  • Ⅳ. Improving shareholder satisfaction
  • V. Compliance with laws and regulations
  • Ⅵ. Employee positions and responsibilities
  • VII. Management Structure and Compliance Program

Basic Principles V. Compliance with laws and regulations (partial)

  1. Adhering to fair and free competition (compliance with antitrust laws)
    Understand and pay attention to antitrust laws and foreign competition laws, and never engage in cartel activities.
  2. Do not engage in insider trading
    Not only do we not engage in insider trading ourselves, we also do not provide information that could lead to insider trading to family members or others.
  3. Respect international trade rules
    Respect the culture of each country and region and comply with laws and social norms.
  4. Conduct strict import and export controls
    Comply with Japanese laws, U.S. export control regulations, and foreign national security laws.
  5. Properly manage chemical substances
    As a chemical manufacturer aiming for global expansion, we comply with not only domestic laws and regulations related to chemical substance management, but also relevant laws and regulations overseas.
  6. Obtain, use and manage information appropriately
    Recognize that information is an important asset and manage it correctly.
    Furthermore, we will not illegally obtain confidential information from other companies, nor will we leak or use confidential information after retirement.
  7. Protect your personal information
    When handling personal information, obtain, use, and manage it in accordance with laws and regulations so as not to infringe on the rights and interests of individuals.
  8. don't make political contributions
    Do not use company assets as political contributions to any political party, political organization, or candidate for public office.
    Furthermore, we will not exert any direct or indirect pressure on others to make political contributions or support a particular political party or candidate.
  9. Do not bribe public officials
    When dealing with government agencies, understand and comply with laws and regulations, taking into account the differences between practices among private companies.
    Do not offer money or goods to public officials, whether domestic or foreign, or provide any kind of favors.
  10. Do not conduct fictitious transactions or interfering transactions
    We conduct our business with the understanding that sales are limited to those realized by actually selling products and providing services.

(Established October 1998, revised April 1, 2014)

Promotion system

Compliance Committee of Sustainability Committee takes the lead in disseminating our approach to compliance and providing education on laws and regulations throughout the company. In addition, compliance leaders at each location will take the lead in raising awareness of compliance related to daily operations.

Compliance system (FY2023)
Compliance system (FY2023)

Whistleblowing system

We have established Compliance Office both inside and outside the company to act as points of contact for compliance-related consultations and reports.We have also established Compliance Office Operational Regulations to ensure fair and appropriate operation of the consultation and reporting points. Consultation and reporting focuses on acts that violate laws and regulations (including acts of corruption such as bribery, acts that violate antitrust laws, etc.) and acts that violate internal regulations. We investigate the facts based on consultations and reports received at the counter, and if there is a concern that a problem may occur, we promptly take measures. We also give maximum consideration to the protection and confidentiality of those seeking advice and reporting.
Regarding consultations and reports to Compliance Office in fiscal 2022, there were no cases that led to any serious risks.

Whistleblowing system


Compliance activity policy for fiscal 2022

To achieve our sustainability vision "ASV2050/2030," in order to build a trusted corporate foundation, we will aim for sustainable and healthy growth based on our management philosophy, which is "an unchanging pillar that transcends the times." Implement compliance measures to strengthen governance.

  1. Leading compliance activities to foster a healthy group culture
  2. Strengthening and monitoring of domestic and overseas legal risk systems
  3. Compliance education focused on preventing serious legal risks


  • First-half compliance base meeting held (March to June)
  • Compliance Strengthening Month (October)
  • Compliance education
  • Compliance audit aimed at building an honest organization
  • Responding to overseas legal risks

Prevention of corruption and corruption

fair dealing