Kuraray Co., Ltd. (Head Office: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; President: Masaaki Ito; hereinafter “Kuraray” or the “Company”) has been implementing a variety of countermeasures to address the spread of the novel coronavirus. In light of measures taken by the national and prefectural governments of Japan as well as the current rates of infection in and outside Japan, our policy going forward is as follows.
The Kuraray Group Risk Management Policy states that health and safety shall take precedence over business continuity or recovery. Based on this policy, the Kuraray Group is taking such actions as announcing security threat levels for each region and overseeing the approval/denial of employee applications for business travel in line with statements from the Japanese government as well as the Company’s own crisis management standards.
(1) Business travel overseas is prohibited.
(2) Business travel in Japan is restricted (travel between domestic bases of operations is prohibited in principle) (a change from previous measures).
・Meetings between domestic bases of operations should be conducted via teleconferencing systems, etc. Business travel from the Head Office (Tokyo) and Osaka Office to production sites and from production sites to the Head Office and Osaka Office is prohibited in principle.
(3) Employees are asked to voluntarily refrain from hosting and participating in events.
・Employees in Tokyo and Osaka are not to host or participate in events in principle (a change from previous measures).
(4) The use of flexible-commuting and telecommuting programs is recommended (Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya).
・The portion of employees of a given office that can be on site at the same time is capped at 30% (a change from previous measures).
We will continue to place the health and safety of Group employees, their families and all stakeholders first while renewing our commitment to the Kuraray Group’s corporate philosophy of “providing value to society” and striving to minimize any impact on our customers and business partners.