Mitsubishi Electric has put in place "ethics and legal compliance hotlines" (internal notification system, so-called "whistle blowing system"), with the objective of promptly addressing fraudulent, illegal, and anti-ethical conducts as a self-disciplinary mechanism. This function is available through two notification channels, inside and outside the company. The outside channel is managed by independent law firms. The hotlines are operated pursuant to clearly defined internal regulations that ensure responses to anonymous informants, elimination of disadvantageous treatment of informants, and the confidentiality of all informants. Notifications are also accepted from business partners and companies, if it pertains to issues that arise out of their relationship with Mitsubishi Electric, including but not limited to business transactions.
Alleged issues of each notification are examined by a group composed "ad hoc" of members from departments capable of conducting investigation, depending on the nature of the notification. In case an alleged issue casts doubt on compliance with pertinent laws and/or internal rules, efforts are made to reinforce the prevalence of adequate norms through a revision of rules or explanatory meetings for promoting due understanding of the same. Where misconduct contrary to any laws and/or internal rules is detected, the concerned employee is subject to disciplinary action, and if any organized involvement in the detected incident is found, remediation is demanded of the concerned department.
Poster for internal dissemination of information on the hotline
The detailed functions of these "ethics and legal compliance hotlines" are provided in the booklet distributed to all employees for dissemination of Mitsubishi Electric Group Conduct Guidelines. These detailed functions also appear on posters displayed in each workplace (each department and operating base), on the handheld cards containing the contact information of internal and external contact points that are distributed to all employees, and on the Group website, to ensure that we communicate them to all employees.
The internal notification system is also in place in each affiliated company of the Mitsubishi Electric Group both in Japan and overseas.