Aiming to Unify Risk Management and Crisis Management to Increase Sensitivity to Risks
Sekisui Chemical Group has been advancing development of a risk management system to unify risk management, which strives to prevent risks from occurring, and crisis management, which involves responding to major risks that have occurred. We plan to complete preparation of an environment for such activities in fiscal 2013 and advance to the stage of qualitative improvements beginning in fiscal 2014.
Risk Management System
In contemporary corporate activities, which are growing in complexity, it is impossible to ascertain accurately all risks that could be realized in the future.
Sekisui Chemical Group continues to run through the plan-do-check-action (PDCA) cycle of risk management, considering increasing employees' sensitivity to risks is essential to address such risks.
These activities began in fiscal 2010 at 27 organizations, chiefly divisions under Company organizations. The number of organizations employing these activities has increased from year to year, as they have become firmly established in the Group. As of the end of fiscal 2012, a total of 72 organizations, consisting of both operating companies and production companies in Japan and around the world, took part in these activities. We plan to further increase risk sensitivity as we aim to bring this number to 100 organizations in fiscal 2013.
Improving the Crisis Management System
In fiscal 2011, Sekisui Chemical Group reconstructed its crisis management system, utilizing its experience with the Great East Japan Earthquake. Use of the new crisis management system began in fiscal 2012.
Three times we conducted drills based on the emergency task force procedures, and we reviewed the division of responsibilities and advanced preparations during normal times as well as conducting training for all employees using the emergency initial response procedures and using disaster-prevention checklists to improve disaster-prevention systems at approximately 800 sites in Japan. While ideally we should aim for a utilization rate of 100% for a disaster-prevention system, the average score in self-evaluations of all business sites as of January 2013 was just under 70% and there was variation apparent among business sites. As such, we recognize that there is considerable room for improvement.
Overseas, we completed the preparation of site-specific crisis management manuals as improved versions of the company-specific manuals at more than 80% of all sites. Based on these, in fiscal 2013 we will develop systems taking into consideration the regional characteristics of crises.