Initiatives to Support Practice of the OMRON Principles

The OMRON Global Awards (TOGA) program encourages employee practice of the OMRON Principles

OMRON is committed to contributing to society through the practice of the OMRON Principles. These principles emphasize challenging ourselves to do better and being pioneers. As such, OMRON launched the OMRON Global Awards (TOGA) program in fiscal 2012. TOGA is designed to encourage employees to declare their commitment to putting the OMRON Principles into practice and take on challenges as a team. TOGA has provided employees worldwide with the opportunity to discuss solutions for social issues and the creation of new value for customers and society, by transcending regional or functional barriers. This has resulted in many challenge-oriented projects declared and implemented every year.

TOGA has three key features.

  1. Focus on process
    TOGA focuses on process, emphasizing the way in which the OMRON Principles have been practiced in order to accomplish the goals that teams declare. This is even more important than the results themselves. As such, entrants are required to declare in what way their activities relate to the OMRON Principles, and their key challenges at the time of entry. Emphasis is also placed on team efforts that involve cooperation and synergy among team members.
  2. Evaluation criteria
    The criteria for evaluation are based on the efforts to overcome challenges. Also, actions conforming to the OMRON Principles and how they are practiced during the course of striving to accomplish goals are evaluated, as well as the results and accomplishments produced.
  3. Expressing oneself through words/actions and resonating with others
    Various occasions are available for entrants to present their practice of the OMRON Principles and share them with others in their respective workplaces, companies, or regions, before the final global presentation. Exemplary challenge-oriented efforts are posted on the in-house information site and shared across the OMRON Group. The key to TOGA is that employees declare their own challenges and share their activities with each other, so that all employees are also inspired to take action.

Five years have passed since the TOGA program was launched, and the program has continuously evolved over this time. In each workplace, TOGA is used as an opportunity to encourage employees to discuss how they can and should put the OMRON Principles into practice through business, and initiate necessary action.

In fiscal 2016, TOGA drew a total of 5,003 entries from around the world. From February to March of 2017, a selection session was held along with presentations of entries in each region. As a result, 13 entries were selected as recipients of Gold Awards, and their presentations were made at the Kyoto Head Office on May 10, 2017. In addition, we delivered state of the conference globally and conveyed concrete examples and thoughts of the practice of the OMRON principle. At the open sessions, held on the day following Founder’s Day, award recipients visited various parts of Japan to directly communicate with members of various OMRON offices/factories.

This year’s TOGA featured many presentations showing the proactive practice of the OMRON Principles as relates to creating value and offering it to society. Other presentations showed how to change mindset toward creating new value, and collaborations with internal and external partners. These presentations greatly inspired and resonated with OMRON employees. One participant commented, "During the course of this activity, we had to struggle with many difficulties, but we kept challenging ourselves to meet ambitious goals, and this led to the creation of innovative solutions for social needs." TOGA has already developed into a vital event for OMRON, allowing employees to share their stories of practicing the OMRON Principles with many colleagues, while also encouraging them to initiate further action by receiving inspiration and learning from the efforts of others.

TOGA's global participation situation

*A participant can make an entry on multiple themes.
The number of participants shows the total number of people who made an entry.

Workplace dialogues on the OMRON Principles

To deepen employee awareness of the importance of practicing the OMRON Principles in day-to-day work, a dialogue has been set up at each workplace. On May 10, the OMRON Group Founder’s Day, employees at each worksite worldwide present their implementation of the Principles and have discussions with their colleagues. These dialogues are more than stereotyped meetings—the original ideas of each department or manager are incorporated to allow employees to share their personal experiences putting the OMRON Principles into practice, and the thoughts they have incorporated into their actions. Discussions also address each employee’s plan for implementing these principles in the future. One participant in the dialogue remarked, "Through this dialogue, I learned that my colleagues are practicing the principles in various ways through their respective work. This further encouraged my implementation of the principles."

Dialogues with top executives regarding the OMRON Principles (OMRON Principles Missionary Dialogues)

At OMRON, Chairman Fumio Tateishi visits OMRON Group sites in each region throughout the world to engage in discussions with local managers. Called the "OMRON Principles Missionary Dialogue," this initiative is aimed at strengthening the practice of the OMRON Principles.

In fiscal 2016, missionary dialogues were held at a total of ten sites in Malaysia, India (Gurgaon and Mumbai), China (Shanghai and Shenzhen), the U.S. (San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Chicago), the Netherlands, and Germany. Under the theme of "Relating the OMRON Principles to Everyday Work," the Chairman talked on the importance of keeping the OMRON Principles in mind when conducting daily work. He also shared his own experience of practicing the principles as a business manager. During the dialogues, all participants shared individual cases of implementing the principles, which resonated throughout the group. Based on the discoveries they gained through the dialogues, enthusiastic discussions followed regarding action plans for practicing the OMRON principles in the future. The missionary dialogues serve as an important opportunity to encourage local managers to accelerate the implementation of the OMRON Principles. OMRON plans to continue missionary dialogues in fiscal 2017 and beyond.

  • Lectured by Chairman Fumio Tateishi in Malaysia
  • Dialogue scene in India