The Bandai Namco Group has established the Group Risk Compliance Committee, chaired by the President and Representative Director of Bandai Namco Holdings Inc. The committee’s members include full-time directors and it has a secretariat. With this organization in charge, we have strengthened Groupwide risk management and put into place a system to respond to crises. Within this framework, we are working to strengthen compliance, prevent compliance violations, and enhance information security.
Basic Policy on Compliance
The Bandai Namco Group recognizes that, regardless of country or region, complying with the letter and spirit of all laws, fulfilling social responsibilities, pursuing profits in fair and unrestricted competition, and contributing broadly to society through corporate activities are universal and important missions imposed on companies that build relationships of trust with society and fulfill the role of driving progress toward the realization of a sustainable society.
Based on this belief, we have formulated the Bandai Namco Group Compliance Charter, which is the code of conduct that all directors and employees should comply with when executing their businesses, and we have declared that we will work to comply with and implement the content of the Declaration.
Bandai Namco Group Compliance Charter
To continue creating a future for everyone where people and societies are connected by dreams, fun and inspiration in accordance with Bandai Namco’s Purpose, “Fun for All into the Future,” while respecting the fundamental human rights of all people, we have established the following principles as a basis for our future actions.
|Appropriate Products and Services, and Fair Dealing
|Respect for All Employees
|Respect for and Usage of Intellectual Property
|Protection of Information and Resources
|Rejection of Anti-Society Groups
|Harmony with the Environment
|Harmony with Society
The Group’s Risk and Compliance System
We are strengthening our compliance system Groupwide, with these efforts spearheaded by the Group Risk Compliance Committee. We regularly hold meetings of the Group Compliance Subcommittee, with attendance of persons in charge of compliance at business management companies, to strengthen the Group’s compliance system, understand the situation, and share information. This information is then reported monthly at regular meetings of the Board of Directors of Bandai Namco Holdings through the Group Risk Compliance Committee Secretariat.
Response to Compliance Violations
If a Group company identifies a legal violation or other compliance violation, a report is made to that company’s Compliance Committee. Pursuant to the Group Risk Compliance Rules and the compliance regulations of each Group company, the relevant Compliance Committee then reports to Bandai Namco Holdings, which determines the appropriate course of action based on the situation.
If the matter is judged to require a response by the entire Group, the Group Risk Compliance Committee will meet to determine and instruct an appropriate course of action.
Workflow of Response to Compliance Violations
Internal Whistleblower Systems
Bandai Namco Group companies maintain a whistleblower system under their own internal rules. The rules require employees to consult with their supervisor or notify the President, an external consultation desk, or Audit & Supervisory Board members via the whistleblower system (hotline) when they discover any regulatory violation or have other concerns. Additionally, in accordance with the Whistleblower Protection Act and other relevant regulations, the whistleblower system ensures that whistleblowers will not be treated disadvantageously due to reporting misconduct.
In recent times, importance has been placed on ensuring fair competition in international trade. Around the world, there is a growing awareness of the need to prevent corrupt practices such as bribery. Various laws and regulations have also been established, including the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
In accordance with the Bandai Namco Group Compliance Charter, we comply with laws, regulations, and social norms, and we prohibit all forms of corruption, conducting fair and highly transparent corporate activities. We formulated the Group Anti-bribery Regulations in 2023 to better eliminate and prevent corruption risks, especially in relation to public officials. Through the implementation of employee training and other initiatives, we have also put in place a Group framework for the prevention of bribery to ensure sound management.
We created and displayed compliance posters internally to inform directors and employees across the entire Group about the Bandai Namco Group Compliance Charter. We also distribute the Bandai Namco Group Compliance Book, which serves as a practical handbook for daily actions, to all directors and employees.
In addition, the Group conducts five e-training sessions for Group directors and employees and a compliance awareness survey of them annually. In this way, the Group is working to raise awareness of compliance and further strengthen its compliance system.