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TDK Code of Conduct


TDK Code of Conduct specifically provides the standards and guidelines for compliance with all laws, regulations and social norms, to be followed by TDK and its consolidated subsidiaries (collectively “the TDK Group”), as well as all directors, officers, employees and company auditors who are the members of the TDK Group.

The TDK Code of Conduct consists of the following four elements:

  1. TDK Charter of Corporate Behavior

    The fundamental charter stipulating universal matters to be commonly implemented by the TDK Group;

  2. Corporate Ethical Philosophy

    The fundamental philosophy stipulating universal matters to be implemented by all directors, officers, employees and company auditors of the TDK Group (“TDK Members”);

  3. Corporate Standards of Business Conduct and its Supplemental Provisions

    The guidelines for substantiating the Philosophy (2) in the business conduct of the TDK Group; and

  4. The TDK Code of Conduct Program

    The procedures for observance of the Philosophy (2) and the Standards (3).

Creation, revocation and/or amendment of the TDK Code of Conduct shall be subject to the approval of the board of directors of TDK Corporation (“TDK”). Violations of the TDK Code of Conduct may result in disciplinary action in accordance with applicable laws and regulations, the work rules and/or other applicable company rules.

For the purpose of implementing the TDK Code of Conduct, each member organization of the TDK Group will:

  1. Distribute copies of the TDK Code of Conduct Handbook to TDK Members, and also internally post a link to the TDK Code of Conduct on the website of the TDK Business Ethics & CSR Committee (“TDK Business Ethics & CSR Committee Website”);
  2. Periodically hold internal seminars/training regarding observance of the TDK Code of Conduct; and
  3. Establish Help Lines or Consultations for its employees, to which the employees of the TDK Group may directly ask their questions and concerns regarding the TDK Code of Conduct and seek advice.

Ethics organizations and operations

1.Ethics organizations and Consultations

The TDK Group’s ethics organizations are organized as described in the following chart. We established the TDK Business Ethics & CSR Committee, which supervises all the organizations, at the TDK head office, and also formed the Ethics Councils at the respective subsidiaries.

In order for the TDK Group’s employees to make proposals or express their opinions and participate in consultations with respect to any issues concerning corporate ethics, we allocated the Consultations at the respective Ethics Councils and also set up Help Lines per region.
The Help Lines were established in and cover the Asia Region, the Americas Region and the Europe Region. Consultations can be held either locally through the Consultations at the Ethics Councils or regionally, through one of the three Help Lines. If any problems arise with respect to the matters set forth in the TDK Code of Conduct, please consult with these Consultations or Help Lines.

2.Confidentiality obligation and protection of informants

The Consultations and persons in charge of the Help Lines are obliged to protect confidential matters relating to possible violations of the Code of Conduct including, to the greatest extent practicable under the circumstances, the identity of the informants. In addition, persons associated with the TDK Business Ethics & CSR Committee and with the Ethics Councils will endeavor to consider the intentions of informants. At the time of the consultations, due consideration will be given in order to prevent informants from suffering any disadvantages.

3.Measures against violations

If the TDK Code of Conduct is violated by any person, such person may be subject to disciplinary measures in accordance with the work rules and any other internal rules. If, reflecting on your own conduct, you believe that you may have violated the TDK Code of Conduct, please report this violation and request a consultation voluntarily. If persons involved in a violation report their involvement voluntarily, we may, given sufficient consideration of the background and circumstances of such violation, take extenuating circumstances into account when administering disciplinary measures against such persons. Whether or not sound corporate activities are performed depends on each individual. It is important to refrain from leaving any ethics issues unresolved, once you become aware of them. Please appreciate the purposes of the TDK Code of Conduct and bravely and proactively take necessary action to achieve improvement.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1  TDK Charter of Corporate Behavior TDK Charter of Corporate Behavior

Chapter 2  Corporate Ethical Philosophy Corporate Ethical Philosophy

  1.    Corporate Philosophy
  2.    Implementation of the Corporate Motto
  3.    ONE TDK
  4.    COLUMN TDK: Born from Angora rabbits

Chapter 3  Corporate Standards of Business Conduct Corporate Standards of Business Conduct

  1. 3.1   Business Activities
    1. 3.1.1   Supply of socially beneficial and safe products and services and the earning and maintaining of trust from consumers/customers
    2. 3.1.2   Maintenance of sound and good relationships with customers, suppliers and other business partners
    3. 3.1.3   Maintenance and promotion of fair, transparent and free competition
    4. 3.1.4   Protection of intellectual property rights
    5. 3.1.5   Conflicts of interest
    6. 3.1.6   Business opportunities of the TDK Group
    7. 3.1.7   Fair dealing
    8. 3.1.8   Protection and proper use of TDK Group assets
    9. 3.1.9   Respect for the TDK brand
    10. 3.1.10   Conveyance of information
  2. 3.2   The TDK Group and Employees
    1. 3.2.1   Respect for development of workforce
    2. 3.2.2   Respect for diversity/personality/individuality of employees
    3. 3.2.3   Respect for privacy
    4. 3.2.4   Respect for human rights and prohibition against discrimination
    5. 3.2.5   Working conditions
    6. 3.2.6   Maintenance of a safe, healthy and comfortable working environment
  3. 3.3   The TDK Group and Society
    1. 3.3.1   Compliance
    2. 3.3.2   Communication with society and disclosure of information
    3. 3.3.3   Protection of the global environment
    4. 3.3.4   Contributions to society
  4. 3.4   Supplemental Provisions

Chapter 4  The TDK Code of Conduct Program The TDK Code of Conduct Program

  1. 4.1   Purpose
  2. 4.2   Functions
  3. 4.3   TDK Business Ethics & CSR Committee
  4. 4.4   Help Lines
  5. 4.5   Education about the TDK Code of Conduct
  6. 4.6   Placement on the intranet
  7. 4.7   Duty to report to the Board of Directors
  8. 4.8   Corrections and preventive actions
  9. 4.9   Reporting of illegal and unethical behavior
  10. 4.10   Violations of the TDK Code of Conduct
  11. 4.11   Revocation and amendment of provisions of the TDK Code of Conduct
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