A Message from Advantest's Director of CSR
All Advantest stakeholders expect us to reconcile the requirements of a sustainable society with the imperatives of our own corporate development.
Based on a long-term perspective, we consider our business and CSR activities to be the natural starting point for us to contribute to the various challenges of modern society through our measurement technologies. While bearing our origins in mind, we will fulfill our dual responsibility to improve corporate value by generating profit, and contribute to the development of a sustainable society, throughout all our corporate activities, including our supply chain.
In fiscal 2015, we launched a project to formulate materialities, staffed by our in-house CSR working group, the managers of relevant departments, and executive officers with related responsibilities. The project discussed which topics to emphasize and identified 24 materialities. This initiative also prompted a review of our business development process from the perspectives of supply chain complexity and delegation of responsibilities.
In fiscal 2016, we established KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) for each materiality identified, and have started activities targeted for completion in fiscal 2018.
In the dramatically changing business environment, we have rapidly advanced preparations of the internal systems required by the market. We have produce regular results from a broad perspective incorporating the promotion of environmental management, the protection and respect of human rights as well as a focus on diversity by utilizing target values and KPI (Key Performance Indicators) related to each materiality since we began in fiscal 2016.
We have released a ground design and medium-term management plan (FY2018-FY2020) as medium to long-term policies announced at the beginning of 2018 which define our direction for ten years (FY2018-FY2027) while illustrating our efforts at Advantest toward ESG subjects.
Moreover, in the 2018 Sustainability Report, we have shown engagement in each goal of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the Member States of the United Nations (193 countries) in September 2015 as a way for Advantest to fulfill its duty to contribute to a sustainable future.
In fiscal 2018, we have penetrated CSR activities at sites worldwide to produce specific results through our locations expanding in North America, Europe, Asia and 16 other countries worldwide by encouraging an ongoing commitment to achieving these goals.
Managing Executive Officer
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Policy
Advantest Group aims for sustainable development and to enhance our corporate value under the corporate mission of "Enabling the Leading-Edge Technology" and our "Quest for the Essence" corporate mantra.
Also, we will respect stakeholders as described below to promote harmony with society and contribute towards the realization of a sustainable society.
- In harmony with society, we will work for environmental conservation and to reduce environmental impacts.
- We will respect customers, and provide high quality products and services that meet their needs.
- We will respect shareholders and investors, return corporate profits to them, and disclose information.
- We will respect our business partners and build cooperative relationships emphasizing mutual development.
- We will respect our employees, provide fair treatment, and strive to create employee-friendly workplaces that are conducive to effective working.
CSR Policy Initiatives
Based on the Advantest Group's corporate mission of delivering "Enabling the Leading-Edge Technology," our purpose as a Group is to use our "measurement and testing technologies" to support the development of society and to help to ensure that people throughout the world can live safely and securely. We provide our customers in many countries around the world with a wide range of products and services, and we are contributing to society through our business activities in our core competence field of "measurement and testing technologies." In addition, we are using our business activities to meet the needs of our stakeholders and of society, and to fulfill our social responsibilities as a group with a presence throughout the world.
Materiality for the Advantest Group
Organization for Promoting CSR
We established the CSR & Environmental Affairs Promotion Center, which is headed by the President and CEO, in order to clarify the objectives and responsibilities of the executives within the Advantest Group. The Center is responsible for the overall promotion of our CSR initiatives and affairs.
Beneath this organization we have positioned the CSR & Environmental Affairs Promotion Office, which is responsible for implementing our social and environmental contribution activities. In addition, the CSR & Environmental Affairs Promotion Office shares CSR-related information with divisions and departments throughout the Company, exchange CSR-related information, and provides support for the CSR activities that are undertaken on a daily basis by individual divisions and departments, as well as reporting to the director responsible for supervising CSR operations, and requesting approval of key materiality aspects from the Managing Executive Officers Committee as necessary.
To facilitate the development of a company-wide CSR framework, a CSR Working Group has been established with members appointed from the company's units responsible for general affairs, human resources, PR, IR, sales, quality assurance, production, etc.; the CSR Working Group implements activities on a worldwide basis.
Advantest's Organization for Promoting CSR
Advantest Joins UN Global Compact
In May 2019, Advantest announced its participation in the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), a global sustainability initiative.
The UNGC is a special initiative of the UN Secretary-General which encourages companies and organizations to exert responsible and creative social leadership and to participate in creating a global framework for sustainable growth. Companies and organizations that join the UNGC are required to make a commitment to ten universal principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.
Our corporate mission is to enable leading-edge technologies. We aim to contribute to a sustainable future and to the safety, security, and comfort of the general public, while striving to resolve social issues through achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), common issues for all humanity specified by the United Nations in 2015.
The Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact
○ Human Rights
Principle 1: Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and
Principle 2: make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.
Principle 3: Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;
Principle 4: the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour;
Principle 5: the effective abolition of child labour; and
Principle 6: the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.
Principle 7: Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;
Principle 8: undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and
Principle 9: encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.
Principle10: Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.
Main Activities in fiscal 2017
We have reached a stage in specific activities for accomplishing these goals in accordance with the materialities and KPI (Key Performance Indicators) identified by the Advantest Group. To reach our fiscal 2018 goals, we will promote activities throughout the entire Group which will clearly connect to results based on trends of ESG investments and other factors.