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“K” Line group’s CSR Initiatives

The “K”LINE Group recognizes Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in the following two large frameworks, namely “Managing the Impact of Business Activities” and “Creating New Values” and aims to build “a Management Structure that Emphasizes Social Responsibility” based on these frameworks.

CSR Promotion System

The CSR & Environmental Committee, chaired by the President & CEO, with two sub-committees, the CSR Sub-Committee and Environmental Sub-Committee, formulates policy for the CSR initiatives of entire “K” LINE Group, and as takes operational responsibility for the Environmental Management System formulated in accordance with the “K” LINE Group Environmental Policy. In addition, “K” LINE and the group companies have launched a CSR Promotion network to implement group-wide CSR initiatives.

CSR & Compliance Promotion Network
Organizational Structure;
  CSR & Compliance officers are placed in major “K” Line group companies, in 26 companies domestic, and in 32 companies overseas.
Main function;
  a. The promotion and intra-group information exchange of social contribution activities in each company
  b. Distribution of notification regarding compliance matters within each company
c. Promotion of CSR & Compliance training (e-learning, etc.)

Charter of Conduct

“K”LINE Group has adopted the following Charter of Conduct for "K" Line Group Companies as standards of behavior for the entire Group. Also, each of the “K” Line Group companies has established its own “Implementation Guideline for the Charter of Conduct”.

Charter of Conduct : "K" Line Group Companies

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. and its group companies (hereinafter “K” Line Group) reemphasize that due respect for human rights and compliance with applicable laws, ordinances, rules are the fundamental foundations for corporate activities and that group companies’ growth must be in harmony with society and therefore, in order to contribute toward sustainable development of society, we herein declare to abide by “Charter of Conduct” spelled out below:

1. Human rights

The “K” Line Group will consistently respect human rights and well consider personality, individuality and diversity of its corporate members and improve work safety and conditions to offer them comfort and affluence.

2. Compliance

The “K” Line Group promises to comply with applicable laws, ordinances, rules and other norms of behavior both in the domestic and international community and conduct its corporate activities through fair, transparent and free competition.

3. Trustworthy company group

The “K” Line Group continues to pay special attention to safety in navigation, achieving customer satisfaction and garnering trust from the community by providing safe and beneficial services.

4. Proactive environmental efforts

The “K” Line Group recognizes that global environmental efforts are a key issue for all of humanity and that they are essential both in business activities and existence of the company and therefore we are committed to a voluntary and proactive approach to such issues to protect and preserve the environment.

5. Protection, proper management and disclosure of information and communication with society

The “K” Line Group will protect personal and customer data, properly manage corporate information through timely and appropriate disclosure, widely promoting bi-directional communication with society including shareholders.

6. Contribution to society

The “K” Line Group as a Good Corporate Citizen will make ongoing efforts to contribute to social development and improvement and support employees’ voluntary participation in such activities.

7. Harmony in the international society

The “K” Line Group will contribute to the development of international society in pursuance of its business pertaining to international logistics and related businesses, respecting each country’s culture and customs.

8. No relations with anti-social forces

The “K” Line Group will resolutely confront any anti-social force or organization which may threaten social order and public safety and never have any relationship with them.

The management of each “K” Line Group Company recognizes that it is its role to realize the spirit of the Charter and takes the lead in an exemplary manner to implement the Charter while setting up effective mechanics throughout the company. The management also seeks cooperation from its business counterparts. The management, from the viewpoint of riskmanagement, sets up an internal system to prevent incidents in breach of this Charter and should such an event occur, the management of respective “K” Line Group member companies will demonstrate decisiveness to resolve the problem, conduct a thorough investigation to determine the cause and take preventative measures. Additionally, such management will expeditiously and accurately release information and fulfill its accountability to society.

Adopted December, 2006

Revised August, 2012

"K" Line Implementation Guideline for Charter of Conductpdf(254KB)

The group companies have their own guidelines conforming to their respective country's regulatorial mandates, business field and area characteristics.
There is necessary but not fundamental difference in wording with theirs and that of ours.

Objective and Mission

The “K” Line Group is promoting proactive initiatives as a group of companies to contribute to the realization of a better society by working to resolve issues in each of these areas it has identified as material.

Building a Management Structure that Emphasizes Social Responsibility

The “K” Line Group strives to achieve sustained growth and improved corporate value by consistently implementing initiatives for the realization of its corporate principles and vision, and aims to build a management structure, mainly by further strengthening corporate governance, in order to fulfil its corporate social responsibility through initiatives to cope with material issues that have been identified through dialogues with its stakeholders.

Managing the Impact of Business Activities

One of the key aspects of the “K” Line Group’s social responsibility as a globally operating corporate group is to be aware of the potential impacts of our business activities on local and global communities, and to promote business activities based on the above perception. The Group endeavors to provide services in consideration of environmental preservation and safety in navigation and cargo operations, to conduct fair business activities, and to give due consideration to human rights, health, and safety of the people concerned with the Group’s business.

Creating New Values

Another aspect of the “K” Line Group’s social responsibility is to create new values in order to contribute to and grow with society. The Group aims to create new values and offer them to society by developing human resources who can succeed on the global stage through a corporate culture that allows free and open-minded discussions, by observing customer needs, ,and creating new technologies and ideas that contribute to the reduction of the environmental burden and the improvement of service quality.

CSR Policy and Results

The “K” Line Group regards addressing material issues identified through dialogue with stakeholders as the bedrock of CSR. Setting clear medium- and long-term goals in the areas of these issues and steadily working each year to reach these goals is the “K” Line Group’s basic approach to CSR initiatives. Here we introduce you to the summary of our major material issues identified, our medium- and long-term goals to address these issues, and the results of initiatives/activities undertaken in fiscal 2014.

Material Issues in CSR and Medium-Long-term Goals

In “K” Line Group, the CSR & Environmental Committee, chaired by the President & CEO, formulates policy for the CSR initiatives of the entire group. Following is the process from the selection of material issues to the formulation of annual CSR action plans.

Selection Process for Material Issues in CSR

In “K” Line Group, the CSR & Environmental Committee, chaired by the President & CEO, formulates policy for the CSR initiatives of the entire group. Following is the process from the selection of material issues to the formulation of annual CSR action plans.

STEP 1: Specifying issues related to “K” Line Group’s business activities

Through dialogues with Stakeholders, both internal and external, and referring to frameworks such as OECD Guidelines for Multi-National Enterprises, ISO26000, GRI Guidelines, etc., “K” Line Group has specified environmental and social issues that it may affect or contribute to by its business activities.

STEP 2: Selecting “Material Issues” for “K” Line Group

Out of those issues specified through STEP 1, “K” Line Group has selected 10 issues that shall be prioritized in terms of “significance of economic, environmental, and social impacts” and “effects on stakeholders’ evaluation and decision-making”, added 2 issues that are essential for establishment of management structure to settle those issues, and placed all of them as “material issues” that shall be addressed extensively.

STEP 3: Formulating “Annual CSR Action Plans”

For each material issue selected through STEP 2, “K” Line Group has set “Medium- and Long-term Goals”, and in order to reach them step by step, it is formulating “Annual CSR Action Plans”.

STEP 4: Reviewing

The progress of “Annual CSR Action Plans” is reviewed at a meeting of the CSR & Environmental Committee on semi-annual basis, and plans are modified and reset in case of need. At the end of every fiscal year, the committee evaluates the attainments and the achievements of “Annual CSR Action Plans”, then formulates annual plans for new fiscal year, taking the level of achievements towards “Medium- and Long-term Goals” as well as changes in society surrounding its business into consideration.

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Scope of Reporting

In principle, the information on this web-site covers the activities and data of Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd and all of its affiliates in “K” Line Group, except where otherwise noted.

Period of Reporting

Fiscal 2015 (April 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016)
However, the web-site also contains information on initiatives before the period as well as some developments after April 2016.

Last Update

July 2016 ( Update before last:February 2016 )

Guidelines referred to

  • GRI (Global Reporting Initiative)
    Referring to “The G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines”, the web-site contains information defined as “General Standard Disclosures” in the guidelines.
  • “Environmental Reporting Guidelines 2012”, The Ministry of the Environment of Japan
  • “ISO26000”


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