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Approach to Materiality in Non-discrimination

Advantest considers the elimination of discrimination in any form such as age, gender, nationality, and religion vital to creating a company where everyone is enthusiastic in the execution of businesses worldwide.

Supervising division Human Resources Department
KPI Number of issues solved through inquiries to the helpline
FY2018 target Total number of issues solved
FY2016 result 2
Boundary (scope) Advantest Group
Relevant policies The ADVANTEST Way & Code of Conduct
Relevant commitments -
Responsible department/division Corporate Ethics Office, Code of Conduct Committee
Relevant complaint processing policy Corporate Ethics Helpline (Worldwide), Human Rights Protection Committee (Only Japan)
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Approach to Materiality in Corruption Prevention

Legal compliance and governance is the basis of our corporate activities. We recognize the elimination of acts that will truly damage the trust of our stakeholders such as bribery and corruption as our greatest corporate social responsibility.

Supervising division Legal Division
KPI Number of confirmed dishonest acts
FY2018 target 0
FY2016 result 0
Boundary (scope) Advantest Group
Relevant policies The ADVANTEST Way & Code of Conduct
Relevant commitments FCPA, Unfair Competition Prevention Act
Responsible department/division Auditing team and legal divisions
Relevant complaint processing policy Corporate Ethics Helpline
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Approach to Materiality in Compliance to the Antitrust Act

Advantest considers the elimination of anticompetitive practices in order to conduct business fairly vital to earning trust from society.

Supervising division Sales Administration
KPI Number of relevant legislative actions
FY2018 target 0
FY2016 result 0
Boundary (scope) Advantest Group
Relevant policies -
Relevant commitments Antitrust Act
Responsible department/division Internal audit divisions
Relevant complaint processing policy Corporate Ethics Helpline
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Approach to Materiality in Social Compliance

Advantest considers the execution of social responsibility though a high ethical perspective held by each and every employee vital to earn the trust and faith from our stakeholders.

Supervising division Code of Conduct Committee
KPI Number of social aspect non-compliance
FY2018 target 0
FY2016 result 0
Boundary (scope) Advantest Group
Relevant policies The ADVANTEST Way & Code of Conduct
Relevant commitments -
Responsible department/division Corporate Ethics Office, Code of Conduct Committee
Relevant complaint processing policy Corporate Ethics Helpline
Assessment

Our Stance to Compliance

Overview of Policy

Companies aiming for sustainable growth need employees who fulfill their social responsibilities and who possess a strong sense of ethics. They also need to earn the trust of stakeholders. Based on this belief, Advantest has established The ADVANTEST Way — the fundamental handbook which lays out our management direction and policy, and which comprises our Corporate Mission (“Technology Support on the Leading Edge”), Corporate Mantra (“Quest for the Essence”) and CSR Policy — as well as The Advantest Code of Conduct, which provides specific guidelines for employees to enhance their ethical awareness.

Compliance Promotion System

Advantest gives guidance and advice to all Group employees to ensure that they fully understand and comply with the “The ADVANTEST Way & Code of Conduct”, and has established a global management structure.
When employees are carrying out day-to-day business operations, if they come across a problem that they feel is in violation with or contradiction of “The ADVANTEST Way & Code of Conduct”, they should first report to and consult with the department head, and if necessary, to other relevant departments. In 2006, we established a “Corporate Ethics Helpline”, which we operate globally, for cases where it is difficult for employees to consult with department heads or other relevant departments. Since setting up the helpline, we have received various communications from Group employees both in Japan and overseas; we then seek to resolve these issues while maintaining the privacy of the employees concerned. We had two issues reported in fiscal 2016 and response fell to the departments in charge. We will continue to sincerely respond to such communications so as to maintain Advantest’s integrity.
Also, as a member of the international community, we regularly conduct compliance audits through our global audit teams in order to ensure that we follow the different laws and regulations in each country and carry out our business activities appropriately.

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Compliance Education

At Advantest, we distribute a booklet called “The ADVANTEST Way & Code of Conduct” to all Group employees and implement efforts to ensure employee commitment. However, with the full integration of Verigy Inc. into Advantest in April 2012, the creation of new overseas production bases and the internationalization of both R&D and production bases, there is an increasing need to ensure thorough legal compliance worldwide and to pay attention to compliance across the Group while also ensuring a thorough understanding of the different laws and regulations in each country.

For this reason, through cooperation between Advantest’s audit teams and the legal affairs departments, we are working to strengthen training activities related to national laws and regulations. In addition, to ensure employee commitment in regard to compliance matters, we are implementing regular e-learning sessions for all Group employees on “The ADVANTEST Way & Code of Conduct” and on the subject of “anti-corruption and anti-bribery”.
In fiscal 2016, all of our Group employees took e-learning education and agreed to adhere to compliance.