Compliance Basic Policy
We formulated the Compliance Basic Policy and "MS&AD Insurance Group Compliance Basic Policy" which is compliance criterion of the Basic Policy. Based on this Basic Policy or each policy, we and MS&AD insurance companies work positively to develop thorough compliance. All officers and employees carry out our social responsibility with responding to confidence of all the stakeholders including customers through the corporate activities based on the high ethical sense without failing to comply with laws and company internal rules.
Compliance Promotion Structure
The Company has formed Quality Improvement and Compliance Committee, as one of the task-specific committees under the Board of Directors, to monitor as well as discuss and make necessary adjustments in the compliance structure. For important matters related to compliance, Quality Improvement and Compliance Committee reports to the Board of Directors after discussion in the committee.
The Company established its Compliance Department as the organizational unit to integrate and manage Group compliance matters. This department is responsible for integrating compliance initiatives within the Company and domestic Group insurance companies.
Each unit in the domestic Group insurance companies that is in charge of compliance matters is responsible for the preparation and implementation of policies, internal rules, and measures related to compliance and for planning and operating activities related to business operating rules pertaining to insurance solicitation and sales. These units are also the focal points for fact finding and confirmation as well as conducting investigations related to activities where there are concerns about violations of internal rules and other compliance issues.
We and MS&AD insurance companies, as a part of the compliance implementation plan, resolve the Compliance Program at the Board Meetings and pursue the specific issues. The implementation and issues of the Program and responding issues are regularly submitted to each company's Compliance Committee and/or the Board Meetings.
We and MS&AD insurance companies have each Compliance Manual that states their compliance-related policies and regulations, with examples and interpretations, for board members and employees. The Manual is distributed to board members and employees, and its content is familiarized through training and examinations. Procedures for reporting inappropriate behavior is stipulated in the Manual for the speedy handling of misconduct.
Based on the Compliance Program, we and MS&AD insurance companies organize annual education / training programs for employees and agencies to raise the knowledge of laws and company internal rules and to enhance the knowledge of compliance.
MS&AD insurance companies conduct compliance-related inspections for prevention and early detection of unlawful acts that may violate laws or company internal rules.
Monitoring Group Companies
The Compliance Department monitors and reports on compliance-related activities of MS&AD insurance companies. Group Compliance Division Meetings are held to share knowledge and know-how on compliance-related issues in order to reinforce compliance throughout the group.
Speak-up system (Whistleblowing system)
The MS&AD Insurance Group has established the Speak-up system（whistleblowing systems）. Group company employees can contact the speak-up desk to make a report if a compliance-related issue arises. A contact desk has also been established at an external legal office to make it easier for whistleblowers to speak up a case. The identity of whistleblowers is protected and their information is handled carefully to protect them and ensure that they do not suffer any unfair treatment.
We have also established a global contact point for officers and employees working overseas. It is available in 13 languages and can be reported directly to our Group Head Office in Japan via a dedicated website or e-mail.
Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism
The MS&AD Insurance Group has formulated a “Policy on the Anti-Money Laundering and the Countering Financing of Terrorism” and is promoting initiatives to prevent the products and services of Group companies from being used in money laundering or the financing of terrorism.
Moreover, measures to prevent money laundering and the financing of terrorism are implemented at overseas entities of the MS&AD Insurance Group, where “Guidelines on Measures for Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Financing of Terrorism” are stipulated in the “Compliance Manuals for International Operations”.
Prevention of Corruption and Bribery
The MS&AD Insurance Group has formulated a “Policy on Fair Operating Practices” and implements fair operating practices (“prevention of Corruption including bribery” and “compliance with laws and regulations regarding political activities and political funds”).
As for the international operation of MS&AD Insurance Group, “counter measures of Anti-Bribery” are stipulated in the “Compliance Manuals for International Operations” and the establishment of adequate rules and training has been implemented properly.
Compliance Promotion Structure in International Business Operations
All executives and employees of the overseas offices of the MS & AD Insurance Group give top priority to compliance and respect the culture, customs, and history of their respective countries and regions, as well as act in a manner that contribute to the development of the community.
As a department that supervises and manages matters related to compliance at overseas offices of the Group, the Company established the International Supervisory Department to monitor the status of compliance-related initiatives of these overseas offices, while providing them guidance and support.
This department works with the Compliance Department, which is in charge of overall integration of Group companies’ compliance matter, to provide periodic reports regarding the status of overseas compliance framework to the Company's Board of Directors, also engages in activities to improve and expand the overseas compliance promotion structure based on the discuss with other relevant departments.
Tax compliance efforts
Our Global Tax Strategy
In achieving a resilient and sustainable society, we believe that MS&AD Insurance Group should build trust as a social entity by supporting people live in stability and encouraging companies develop their business. We believe that is the basis of insurance business and our value to become a trusted and reliable partner.
In order to earn the trust from the society, we always consider tax compliance. The environment surrounding taxation has changed significantly in recent years, with the increasing focus on securing transparency in taxation as corporate responsibility and strengthening the international tax framework. Our Group believes it is important as a responsible insurer to fully recognize the importance of fair and transparent taxation and to disclose the Group's approach to and initiatives for tax compliance both throughout the Group and to the outside.
■MS&AD Insurance Group Tax Policy
In order to ensure that each and every employee of the Group has a high ethical standard concerning taxation and to implement appropriate tax practice and procedures, we are working to ensure thorough tax compliance in accordance with the "MS&AD Insurance Group Tax Policy" adopted by the Board of Directors in April 2018.
Pursuant to the “Tax Management Principles” (please see below), MS&AD Insurance Group will promote a greater awareness of tax compliance to build trust from all stakeholders by ensuring to act transparently in each jurisdiction.
Besides, based on the "MS&AD Insurance Group Basic Policy Pertaining to System for Internal Controls", we annually inspects whether a system has been created in accordance with the "MS&AD Insurance Group Tax Policy" and appropriately operated and report to the Board of Directors.
Basic Policies (“Tax Management Principles”)
- MS&AD Group values the trust and confidence of its stakeholders and is committed to managing tax matters with integrity and responsibility while recognizing the importance and social significance of appropriate tax payments.
- MS&AD Group, in performing our business operations, complies with all applicable tax laws and the relevant regulations of each jurisdiction in which it operates.
- MS&AD Group is committed to both optimizing tax-related costs as well as making appropriate tax filings and tax payments.
- MS&AD Group does not conduct any transactions only intended to avoid tax without business purposes in a way contrary to the national and local tax laws.
- MS&AD Group develops and maintains trusting relationships with the tax authorities in each jurisdiction in which it operates through sincere and transparent behavior in a timely and appropriately cooperative manner.
■Our Approaches Underpinned by Tax Management Principles
- Global tax governance framework
Our Group is working to strengthen its tax governance framework on a global level by creating a system in which the Group's tax department monitors the status of tax compliance and tax risks at major Group companies on a regular basis and checks tax treatment prior to the execution of important transactions.
- Tax transfer pricing
We understand the purpose of the OECD’s BEPS (Base Erosion and Profit Shifting) project. We are committed to ensuring that we meet our tax obligation in the jurisdictions where we engage in business activities. Intragroup transactions are conducted at appropriate prices determined on an arm’s length basis under the group transfer pricing policy. We pay a fair allocation of taxes corresponding to profits reported to the tax authorities in the jurisdictions where value is created within commercial activity.
- Tax planning
We do not conduct tax planning only intended to avoid tax, such as through the transactions or organizations without business purposes or economic substance, using tax-free or low tax jurisdictions (known as tax havens).
- Relationship with tax authorities
We endeavor to reduce unexpected tax risks by developing sound relationships with the tax authorities in each country through sincere behavior, such as providing appropriate information in response to requests from the tax authorities in each country.
Current income tax by country (FY2020)
（Unit : 100 million yen）
*Country by country data is aggregated by country where headquarters of group companies are located.
*"Main revenue" represents the total of net premiums written and life insurance premiums.
*Income tax paid for major countries (FY2019)
(Unit : 100 million yen)