We are rapidly expanding our business across the globe with a goal to be the most innovative corporate group in the world. I strongly believe a commitment to integrity must be the foundation for our business. Each day we must challenge ourselves to demonstrate the highest degree of ethical conduct in every action we take. We want to be proud of what we achieve, but also how we achieve it. This is essential for us to maintain and expand our role as a leading global corporation.
At the SoftBank Group, we strictly adhere to laws and regulations. But we also aim for more than that, we strive for the highest degree of ethical conduct in every action we take. We will conduct our business in a manner that reflects our proud heritage. We will continue to make a positive difference in the world as a leading corporate citizen and as a valued neighbor in the communities where we work and live.
This version of our Code supports that expansion and aim by clearly describing the standards of conduct we expect at the SoftBank Group. Our Code applies to everyone at the SoftBank Group--the SoftBank Group’s directors, officers and employees in every country, business unit, and at corporate functions.
When we live the SoftBank Group’s standards, we make better and more ethical decisions. In situations where it is clear how to apply our Code, the law, or the SoftBank Group policy, there is no tolerance for violations such as making a corrupt payment. In more challenging circumstances that require good judgment, we expect everyone at the SoftBank Group to get help and involve others to make the right choice. While our Code doesn’t cover every possible situation, it does establish the minimum for ethical conduct at the SoftBank Group. As employees, we acknowledge that we will be held accountable where our behavior falls short of these expectations.
The SoftBank Group leaders are responsible for creating an environment where people feel safe to raise genuine concerns. Employees who raise concerns play a vital role in maintaining an ethical workplace and safeguarding the SoftBank Group. It is important to know that we will not tolerate retaliation against those who raise concerns.