Respect for Human Rights

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Human Rights Policy

Based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, the UN Global Compact, and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, we understand the need to respect the human rights of all people who are affected by our business activities and will make our best effort to protect the dignity of these people.

Action Guidelines

  • We do not discriminate against people or infringe upon their human rights based on race, ethnicity, religion, nationality, place of birth, social status, belief, age, disabilities, physical features, gender, sexual orientation and others.
  • We do not use child labor or forced labor.
  • We do not engage in harassments including sexual harassment and power abuse.
  • We identify the negative impact that we could have on human rights through our business activities and try to prevent or reduce such impact.
  • In the event of direct or indirect violation of human rights, we protect the victims through appropriate investigations and responses.
  • We promote education and enlightenment so that this policy is understood and implemented throughout our business activities.

Efforts to Protect Human Rights

In 2012 we issued the Compliance Guidebook to set out our guidelines on respecting human rights and prohibition of harassment and have since been distributing copies to employees and others to educate them about compliance.
Subsequently, in 2016, we signed the UN Global Compact and since then we have been creating more opportunities to provide education and information on human rights to our employees to raise their awareness.
We are recently working on to increase our awareness of gender equality and LGBT-related issues through our human rights-related training and newsletters and are also monitoring the occurrence of racial problems around the world.
Harassment at the workplace can include harassment related to pregnancy, childbirth, childcare leave and long-term care leave, bullying, and mobbing, as well as sexual harassment including that directed against people of the same gender and in relation to sexual orientation or identity. We have set measures to prevent these types of harassment and the rules to be followed by all employees and others and are working for prevention based on labor-management cooperation.
We offer consultation services to people facing harassment through the contact point jointly established by labor and management at each of our plants and via the Corporate Ethics Helpline. We also conduct a compliance survey in order to grasp the situation at our workplaces. The details of consultations held and the issues reported through the contacts are promptly examined and the facts checked by the Anti-Harassment Committee, which then takes corrective action and gives instructions as needed.
Moreover, to ensure respect for human rights across our supply chain, we ask suppliers to prohibit child labor, forced labor, harassment and discrimination and to make appropriate responses to conflict minerals through our CSR and Sustainability Procurement Guidelines.

United Nations Global Compact Participation