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          1. CSR / Environment

            Export and Import Control

            Export and Import Control

            Security Export Control

            Missiles and nuclear threats, terrorist attacks in various regions, and other such unexpected contingencies have necessitated the implementation of even stricter export controls. Sharp was one of the first companies in Japan to consistently engage in export control, an approach which dates back to the Cold War, when COCOM regulations were in effect.

            In the past, it was obvious which cutting-edge technologies could be applied for military purposes. But today, with the advance of technology, there is an increasing number of cases of consumer-use technologies and products being diverted for use in a military or weaponry context. Manufacturers are required to pay the utmost attention when exporting products and components and transferring technologies.

            In addition, with intensifying technology conflicts among countries, now more than ever technology transfers must be managed with the utmost strictness.

            In line with the Japanese Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Act (Foreign Exchange Act), each Sharp Group company, including domestic and overseas subsidiaries, has a system in place for secure export control based on the Sharp Code of Conduct and Sharp Compliance Program on Export Control. Through this system, Sharp strictly monitors goods and technologies that fall under local export control regulations, while rigorously screening the destination and the end use of Sharp products and technologies. Sharp strives for legal compliance by responding rapidly to revisions whenever laws are revised due to changes in international circumstances. In addition to observing the Foreign Exchange Act, Sharp also strictly complies with rules on the re-export of products from the US, a country that is stepping up execution of technology transfer control.

            The key to Sharp’s stringent export control is education. Sharp has various education programs that foster awareness of export control for all employees.

            Sharp will maintain and further improve these systems to secure comprehensive export control.

            Trade Control

            Exporting and importing require proper control in compliance with the Customs Act and the Customs Tariff Act of Japan. In particular, there is a strong need for appropriate logistics control regarding the safety of goods for export and import. This is to prevent illegal cross-border trade in weapons by international terrorist groups and to ensure border control of illegal drugs, a major social issue.

            Regarding export, Sharp has been certified as an AEO (authorized economic operator) exporter*. In June 2019, it also became certified as an AEO importer*. It strives for appropriate export/import by strictly observing laws and regulations in the control of distribution, security, customs clearance, customs duties payments, and other procedures in the export and import of goods. This provides the advantage of reducing the time required for customs procedures and contributes to ensuring the safety of the global supply chain. When it comes to export/import items other than AEO exports and AEO imports—for example, international courier/mail or hand luggage carried by business trip travelers and visitors—Sharp has in place a system to ensure compliance with relevant export/import laws and regulations. As well as strengthening its internal control organization, Sharp reviews and updates current internal operational rules, makes a database of export/import records, and conducts thorough training.

            Sharp will continue to conduct appropriate export/import control.

            • An importer or exporter recognized by the Japan Customs as having a system for security control and compliance in place.