Nomura Group actively engages in initiatives to address social issues to fulfill its social responsibilities as a corporate citizen. The Group believes that promoting and managing corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities properly is an important factor to maintain and to increase its corporate value. The basic policy concerning CSR is set forth in the Code of Ethics of Nomura Group and its Basic Management Policy, and the CSR Committee is responsible for the appropriate management of these activities.
Nomura Group has been committed to contributing to social development since its foundation. We believe that our corporate social responsibility is nothing other than the practical expression of our Founder's Principles.
Code of Ethics of Nomura Group
Nomura Group established a "Code of Ethics of Nomura Group" in March 2004. The Code is based on our Founder's Principles and covers the precepts that each Nomura Group executive and employee is expected to observe in relation to corporate governance and our corporate social responsibility.
For Future Generations
In March 2010, the Group formulated "For Future Generations" as a fundamental guideline to be shared among all of our Executive Officers and employees globally for its approach to CSR.
Initiatives and Guidelines
- The United Nations Global Compact
- United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
- Charter of Corporate Behavior of Keidanren
Framework for Promoting CSR
The CSR Committee has been formed as the management-level decision-making entity for promoting Groupwide CSR programs.
In Nomura Group, CSR activities are conducted comprehensively in collaboration with Group offices and companies in Japan, AEJ, EMEA, and the Americas. In addition, the various CSR activities that are conducted by the Group are accurately communicated and disclosed through the Nomura Report and its website with the aim of raising the corporate value of Nomura Group.
Chaired by the chairperson appointed by the Group CEO, the committee comprises seven Executive Officers, including the chairperson. The responsibilities of the committee include formulating policies for CSR initiatives as well as approving and monitoring progress of these activities. The activities of the committee are reported to the Board of Directors and the Executive Management Board accordingly. During FY2014/15, the CSR Committee held two meetings.
Material CSR Issues
In 2014, Nomura Group reassessed its material CSR issues using the method outlined below. In analyzing and assessing issues, we took account of the opinions of third parties, conducted hearings across internal departments, and, based on the confirmations by the CSR Committee, specified the Group's material issues.
Identification of Material CSR Issues
Nomura Holdings aims for transparency and quick response throughout the Group to enhance corporate value in the medium-to-long term. We place the highest importance on initiatives that strengthen and further develop our corporate governance processes and systems.
Our business activities are inherently subject to various risks, including market and credit risks, operational risks, system risks and risks resulting from external events. Managing those risks is an integral part of management's responsibilities to secure fiscal health as well as to contribute to the maintenance and expansion of corporate value. Our risk management framework and governance structure is intended to provide comprehensive controls, monitoring and reporting.
We work to prevent behavior that may give rise to suspicion of violations of legal regulations. Should such issues arise, all related information is promptly transmitted to management without exception, and systems have been put into place to deal with these appropriately.
Corporate Governance | Compliance
One of the highest-priority issues for Nomura Group is contributing to sound and sustainable capital markets. The Group is listening intently to the opinions of its customers and the market, offering high-value-added solutions to its customers through financial and capital markets, and providing high-quality financial services. Moreover, Nomura is taking active initiatives to contribute to society, principally through providing opportunities for financial and economic education.
Nurturing Human Resources with a Respect for Diversity
Today persons of more than 70 nationalities work in Nomura Group. Human resources development respecting diversity is one of the most-important issues. This diverse workforce is the Group's greatest asset. Nomura believes that through letting employees respect various backgrounds and many sets of values of the others and all the employees work harmoniously, Nomura will be able to better satisfy a wide variety of needs of its customers and offer more value-added services. For each and every one of the employees to be active and successful utilizing her/his capabilities and personal strengths, Nomura Group provides equal opportunities. In addition, the Code of Ethics of Nomura Group forbids discrimination in any way at all on the basis of nationality, ethnic origin, race, gender, age, religion, beliefs, social standing, gender preference, gender identity, physical impairments, or other criteria in case of hiring, evaluation, and determining remuneration. From FY2015/16, to enhance the development of human resources, Nomura Group appointed a new Senior Managing Director dedicated to HR development.
Dialogue with Stakeholders
To understand the expectations and requests of society and reflect these in business activities and CSR activities, we believe that dialogue with stakeholders inside and outside the Group is important. Through continuing communication with a broad range of stakeholders, from customers to shareholders, the community, and employees, we are working to contribute to finding solutions to social and environmental issues.