The Achilles Group has formulated a Charter of Corporate Behavior, which embodies the fundamental principles for corporate action that realizes compliance and respects corporate ethics, and has also formulated a Code of Conduct that speciﬁ es concrete standards in re-lation to the above. All Achilles Group personnel—including executive officers and contract and part-time workers—are required to under-stand the Charter of Corporate Behavior and to comply with the Code of Conduct.
The Achilles Group aims to create added value that is useful to society and, through autonomous and responsible action, achieve a sustainable society. Therefore, based on conformance to the following rules both nationally and internationally, the Group will observe international rules, laws and regula-tions—together with the spirit in which they were created—and fulﬁ ll its social obligations in accordance with a high level of ethical values:
The main compliance promotion activities implemented in FY 2019 were as follows:
The Achilles Group has established, and utilizes, a hotline (internal re-porting system) as a means for consultation and reporting in the event of improper, unlawful or unethical action by an organization or individ-ual, or action that violates the Achilles Action Guidelines, or where it is determined that there is a danger of such action. In regard to matters relating to the Achilles Group’s directors or senior managers, several reporting windows have been put in place, including a window for re-porting directly to the Members of the Audit & Supervisory Board; in this way, the Achilles Group endeavors to ensure that any unlawful behavior is discovered and remedied at an early stage, thereby minimizing the risk to the company. Furthermore, internal rules have been put in place to ensure that persons who report improper behavior do not suffer any adverse consequences.
The hotline is also used for consultation and reporting regarding ha-rassment; every effort is made to ensure that persons requesting con-sultation or submitting reports do not suffer any adverse consequences as a result.
Regarding any violations of human rights that may come to light through the operation of the hotline and the occasional questionnaire surveys, such matters will be discussed at the periodic meetings of the Compliance Committee, and appropriate measures will be taken.