Developing, Strengthening and Promoting the Risk Management System

Risk Management

Risk Management Basic Policies

Within the framework of the Sumitomo Wiring Systems Group Basic Principles, the Risk Management Basic Policies clearly stipulate corporate policies that require us to give priority to human life; to strive to improve quality, secure safety and ensure a stable supply of products; and to maintain good relationships with stakeholders, including customers and local communities.
 We have identified five major areas (Promotion System Management; Risk Communication; Preventive Risk Management; Crisis Management; Overseas Safety Measures) where we will make comprehensive efforts under our corporate risk management system.

Risk Management System

To promote risk management, Sumitomo Wiring Systems has established a "Risk Management Committee" with the Risk Management Office as its secretariat, and a "Risk Management Promotion Committee" under it.
Risk managers are appointed in each department and domestic manufacturing group companies, and risk management personnel are appointed in each department as the driving force.
From fiscal 2023, the Integrated Planning Department of the Automotive Business Headquarters of Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd. will
join as a secretariat to promote risk management for the entire Sumitomo Wiring Systems business.The conventional Business Continuity Subcommittee established by the Risk Management Promotion Committee has been reorganized into the Domestic Disaster Countermeasures Subcommittee and the Global Supply Chain Countermeasures Subcommittee to strengthen global supply chain management.

Analysis and Countermeasures for Global Risks

Sumitomo Wiring Systems operates businesses in 34 countries and regions around the world, which exposes the company to natural disasters such as earthquakes and typhoons, political risks such as social instability, labor risks such as compliance violations and other types of risks that require our careful consideration of several scenarios and countermeasures on a global level. To address such a wide range of risks, we have formulated and implemented the Risk Management Guidelines, which can be applied throughout the company, including our overseas Group companies.

In accordance with the guidelines, we continue to identify the risks that overseas subsidiaries face, assess the risks of each country and region, and develop and implement risk countermeasures. In addition to the prompt sharing of information on apparent risks and implementation of countermeasures, we strive to prevent risks by regularly deploying risk-related information to relevant personnel.

In our wiring harness business, which is our main business, we endeavor to ensure continuity of production and supply even in times of crisis. For example, if production is suspended at some of our overseas plants, the production control center in Japan directs the disrupted production to be carried out at other locations. Moreover, we are strengthening our ability to continue operations should a risk materialize by creating a database of locations and other necessary information on parts production plants for our major suppliers and by establishing a system for promptly confirming employee safety and the impact of the risk on parts supply.

Initiatives in Fiscal 2022

As a member of the Sumitomo Electric Industries Group, we worked together with the relevant departments and continue to provide guidance to overseas Group companies from the perspective of strengthening risk management across the entire harness business. Furthermore, we have implemented crisis management for COVID-19, which emerged in 2019.

Strengthen BCP*1

To continue important operations even in the event of a crisis, such as a large-scale natural disaster, and to ensure rapid recovery, we formulated our BCP and review it periodically. In particular, as a countermeasure to the Nankai Trough Earthquake, we are developing various measures, including evacuation and disaster prevention drills based on the premise of its occurrence and the preparation of a tsunami evacuation manual and disseminating it to employees.

From fiscal 2022, we have also started BCP training assuming cyber attacks. In addition, the Sumitomo Wiring Systems Group conducts repeated drills to confirm the safety of employees, which is the first priority in a large-scale natural disaster, so that all employees can confirm within six hours. In order to continue to strengthen our global business continuity system in FY2022, we reviewed the BCP at eight domestic group companies and 95 overseas Group companies and worked to strengthen supply chain management. In this way, we are building a system that enables global business continuity even in the event of a crisis.

Response to COVID-19

Until the new coronavirus was moved to category 5 under the Infectious Disease Control Law, we established the Novel Coronavirus Infection Control Headquarters to collect information on the current status of infections and operations at all our business sites worldwide as well as the impact on other businesses and to take the necessary actions.

With top priority on maintaining the health and safety of our employees and their family members, we continued our operations while implementing such measures as staggered working and teleworking systems and improving workplace environments to avoid the “three Cs” (closed spaces, crowded places, and close-contact settings). We also focused on maintaining strong cooperation with suppliers as a key consideration.

Information Security Measures

We believe it is important to protect and manage our information assets properly. Based on our Basic Policy of Information Security we have established our Information Security Measures Standards that include the organizational structure and management methods necessary to ensure information security.

In the event of an incident, we have put in place a system that enables us to promptly identify information security-related incidents and promptly implement investigations, analyses, and countermeasures, led by the CSIRT*2 that responds to incidents rapidly. Since fiscal 2019, we have been digitizing information security training materials and introduced an e-learning system. Also, in light of the frequency of cyber-attacks in recent years, we regularly conduct targeted email training. We are continuing to take measures for facilities in factories that require ICT and measures to meet the information security standards required by our customers.


*1 An action plan formulated in anticipation of an unforeseen event such as a disaster or accident and intended to minimize impact on important operations so that business can be quickly recovered and resumed if interrupted.
*2 Computer Security Incident Response Team