Risk Management

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Development of Risk Management and Compliance System

The LIXIL Group Corporation, as a pure holding company, constantly and closely monitors the risks faced by the Group companies, verifies how well they are hedging those risks, and offers guidance.

To achieve these endeavors, the holding company has made the establishment of risk management meetings mandatory in all of the Group companies, regularly verifies the state of risk in each of the Group companies, and studies the risk of the Group companies in the Internal Audit Committee and risk management meetings. When necessary, Group companies are requested to appear before the committee to make a report. In addition, companies are required to report on risk at the regular quarterly results discussion meetings.

Risk Management System

Risk Management System

Information Security

Our Approach to Information Security
The LIXIL Group recognizes the importance of appropriate management of information as an integral part of business management. We have established the LIXIL Group Information Security Principles outlining our fundamental policy, to ensure information security across the Group.
Management Structure
In order to ensure the protection and appropriate management of all information assets, the LIXIL Group maintains an efficient management structure that enables us to perform information security assessments and implement necessary actions based on the level risk. In the unlikely event of an information security breach, we are set up to minimize the damage, determine the root cause, and implement improvements to prevent reoccurrence.
Internal Regulations
The LIXIL Group has established internal regulations regarding information security, and ensures that all employees are fully aware of the Group's principles regarding the protection and appropriate management of information assets.
Information Security Measures
The LIXIL Group has security measures in place to prevent unauthorized access, destruction, leakage and falsification of sensitive information.
Information Security Education
The LIXIL Group provides training to all employees to boost their information security literacy and ensure appropriate handling and management of information assets.
Consistent Improvements
The LIXIL Group evaluates regularly the effectiveness of the initiatives mentioned above and makes continuous improvements to its information security management structure.

Intellectual Property Management

Our Approach to Intellectual Property Management

The LIXIL Group has established global principles on intellectual property (IP) management, expanding the coverage of our IP management structure to include overseas subsidiaries, to maximize the value generated from IP and minimize associated risks across the Group.

We aim to protect the fruit of our R&D activities from being imitated by competitors and differentiate our products, through effective protection and use of IP. We also share our IP assets with business partners as necessary for the purposes of creating high value-added markets for customers and strengthening our business relationships. We build, maintain and actively use the Group-wide IP portfolio, considering the strategies of each technology business, potential Group-wide synergies, and our long-term business strategy.

We manage our IP strategically across all Group companies, through regular meetings as well as day-to-day contacts among members of the Intellectual Property divisions at the headquarters and overseas subsidiaries, product development personnel in each technology business, and R&D personnel at the headquarters and major global Group companies.

Licensing Intellectual Property Rights and Preventing Infringements

At LIXIL Group, we protect our high-quality IP in order to differentiate our products and secure competitive advantage. We investigate whether the inventions and designs by our R&D divisions have 'prior art', and determine the value of applying for a business patent or design application, before making decisions on whether to license IP rights.

Any infringement of third-party IP rights on our part through our business activities could lead to legal action, resulting ultimately in the suspension of sales or compensation claims. To avoid such risks, we investigate thoroughly third-party IP rights before starting operations.

To ensure that the above mentioned activities are facilitated appropriately, we are actively enhancing the knowledge base and skill sets of employees involved in IP. We also provide IP trainings to managers and new hires.

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