Corruption Prevention

Policy to Prevent Bribery and Corruption

The Mitsui Fudosan Group positions compliance as a management issue of the highest priority, and makes concerted efforts to maintain and improve its compliance structure.

The Mitsui Fudosan Group Compliance Policy sets forth the relevant compliance definitions and conduct guidelines, and the detailed rules in the Compliance Manual outline conduct guidelines in areas such as eliminating organized crime, preventing money laundering, eliminating unfair transactions, preventing insider trading, prohibiting gifts and entertainment, and forbidding contributions to politicians and political organizations. In this way, we make consistent efforts to ensure compliance and prevent bribery and corruption.

Mitsui Fudosan Group Compliance Policy (Excerpt)

We have engaged in fair business activities based on the highest corporate ethics and worked diligently to garner trust and build a robust brand.

However, these tireless efforts to build a robust brand strength can be lost in an instant by the erroneous actions of a single individual. As a result, proper decision-making and behavior will continue to increase in importance.

To accomplish this, we regard the practice of compliance as one of our highest priorities for Group management and implement fair and highly transparent corporate activities in accordance with corporate ethics, in addition to observing laws and regulations as well as social norms.

Mitsui Fudosan Group Compliance Policy

Enhanced Compliance

The employee handbook includes a clear description of Group Compliance Policies. We also strengthen compliance and ensure broad dissemination of information by issuing Compliance news to all employees when appropriate. This news covers topics specified in the Compliance Manual (based on the Mitsui Fudosan Group Compliance Policy) such as eliminating organized crime, preventing money laundering, eliminating unfair transactions (abuse of superior bargaining position), preventing insider trading, prohibiting gifts and entertainment, and duty of confidentiality regarding company information.

Group Compliance Policies recorded in an employee handbook
Group Compliance Policies recorded in an employee handbook

Prohibiting Bribery and Handling of Gifts and Entertainment

Mitsui Fudosan has prohibited the illicit provision of benefits to public officials and other individuals in similar positions. Also, in dealings with business connections and affiliates, etc., a rule has been established preventing the giving or receiving of excessive gifts, entertainment, and the like. Also, the Company has established a structure and rules to be followed to prevent bribery and has formulated and is implementing Regulations for Preventing Bribery with the aim of preventing such conduct before it occurs.

Our Efforts at Preventing Corruption

  • The Company uses e-learning to train employees in corruption prevention and other issues. This training covers issues set forth in our Compliance Manual such as eliminating organized crime, preventing money laundering, eliminating unfair transactions (abuse of superior bargaining position), preventing insider trading, and prohibiting gifts and entertainment.
  • We assess corruption risk and endeavor to control it when selecting new domestic and international business partners and entering new regions and business areas. We ask our prospective business partners to fill out a basic check sheet and a compliance check sheet, and also have our legal compliance department confirm the absence of any violations. In this way, we carry out a comprehensive examination in areas such as eliminating organized crime, preventing money laundering, eliminating unfair transactions, preventing insider trading, prohibiting gifts and entertainment, and forbidding contribution to politicians and political organizations.
  • Businesses deemed to be at high risk of corruption are monitored closely by the Executive Management Committee and the Strategy Planning Special Committee, and they decide on an appropriate response in each case.
  • The Board of Directors closely monitors the Corruption Prevention Policy. The Risk Management Special Committee supervises such areas as eliminating organized crime, preventing money laundering, eliminating unfair transactions, preventing insider trading, prohibiting gifts and entertainment, and forbidding contribution to politicians and political organizations, and regularly reports to the Board of Directors.
  • We work to prevent corruption by providing the internal whistleblower system outlined below.

Establishment of an Internal Consultation Service

Mitsui Fudosan has established internal contact points for consultation. These can be used by regular employees, and anyone engaged in work for our company based on an individual labor contract (contract employee), temporary transfer agreement, worker dispatch contract, part-time contract, or other agreement. Two contact points, internal and external, have been established, and workers can consult with either. The external contact point is provided at a law office, and it accepts consultations from a neutral standpoint,*1 notifies the Company of the consultation content, and encourages a response.

Topics for consultation include: wrongful conduct violating laws, regulations, internal rules, general social norms, or corporate ethics, sexual harassment, abuse of power, other forms of harassment, employment problems, and issues with the workplace environment.*2 The privacy of those who engage in consultation is protected, and there is never any retaliatory action or disadvantageous treatment due to such consultations in terms of personnel decisions. Consultations can be conducted under a real name, or anonymously.*3

*1. Representatives of the law office cannot provide legal opinions as lawyers, or take a stance protecting the consulting person.
*2. Simple expressions of opinion, dissatisfaction with personnel decisions, defamation of others, and similar issues cannot be the subject of consultation.
*3. To achieve early discovery and response to compliance problems—the original purpose of the system—the consulting employee's standpoint and other information are confirmed even in the case of an anonymous consultation.

Political Donations

Mitsui Fudosan does not provide donations for political activities to any parties other than official political parties and political fund-raising organizations. Furthermore, support for activities by political organizations is conducted appropriately in accordance with the Political Funds Control Law, laws and regulations connected to the Public Offices Election Law, and other relevant laws and regulations.

Fiscal 2015–2018

  • One donation each year, to The People's Political Association. Amount: ¥20 million

No. of Compliance Violations

Fiscal 2018

  • Cases handled by Risk Management Special Committee: 12 violations