Compliance Compliance

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Our Stance on Compliance

Basic 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 as a basic principle for our management and business execution, which lays out our corporate mission, vision, core values, corporate mantra, ESG for sustainability, and specific ethical standards, in order to enhance our ethical awareness.

Approach to Materiality in Non-discrimination

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

Supervising division Human Resource Department
KPI Number of complaints submitted to the helpline that are properly resolved
FY2018 target All issues solved
Results achieved in fiscal 2018 2 (currently being handled)
Boundary Advantest Group
Relevant policies The ADVANTEST Way
Relevant commitments
Responsible department/division Corporate Ethics Office, Compliance Committee
Relevant complaint processing policy Corporate Ethics Helpline (Worldwide), Human Rights Protection Committee (Only Japan)
Assessment

Approach to Materiality in Corruption Prevention

Advantest considers the execution of social responsibility without overlooking dishonest acts vital to earning the trust and faith of our stakeholders.

Supervising division Legal Department
KPI Number of confirmed incidents of improper behavior
FY2018 target 0
Results achieved in fiscal 2018 0
Boundary Advantest Group
Relevant policies The ADVANTEST Way
Relevant commitments FCPA, Unfair Competition Prevention Act
Responsible department/division Auditing team and legal divisions
Relevant complaint processing policy Corporate Ethics Helpline
Assessment

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 & Business Support Division
KPI Number of incidents relating to relevant legislation
FY2018 target 0
Results achieved in fiscal 2018 0
Boundary Advantest Group
Relevant policies
Relevant commitments Antitrust Act
Responsible department/division Internal audit divisions
Relevant complaint processing policy Corporate Ethics Helpline
Assessment

Approach to Materiality in Social Compliance

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

Supervising division Compliance Committee
KPI Number of non-compliance instances relating to social issues
FY2018 target 0
Results achieved in fiscal 2018 3
Boundary Advantest Group
Relevant policies The ADVANTEST Way
Relevant commitments
Responsible department/division Corporate Ethics Office, Compliance Committee
Relevant complaint processing policy Corporate Ethics Helpline
Assessment

Compliance Promotion System

Advantest gives guidance and advice to all Group employees to ensure that they fully understand and comply with "the ADVANTEST Way" 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," 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 2018, to which the departments in charge responded. We will continue to sincerely respond to such communications so as to maintain Advantest's integrity.
In addition, 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

When globally deploying its business, Advantest believes that it is important to ensure thorough legal compliance worldwide and to pay attention to compliance across the Group, after obtaining a good 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" and on the subject of "anti-corruption and anti-bribery."
In fiscal 2018, all of our Group employees completed the e-learning education and agreed to adhere to compliance.