Among its provisions, the UACJ Group’s Code of Conduct calls for respect for human rights, prohibition of harassment, prohibition of the use of child labor and forced labor, and respect for basic labor rights. Understanding of the importance of respecting human rights is emphasized in job-level education, intra-departmental education focusing on the Code of Conduct, and in other settings, as well.
UACJ’s Human Rights Policy
The UACJ Group’s Human Rights Policy expresses our commitment to respect for human rights based on the UACJ Way, the UACJ Group’s corporate philosophy of “contribute to society by using raw materials to manufacture products that enhance prosperity and sustainability,” and the action guidelines established to ensure that we are a company that sustainably supports society and livelihoods. This Human Rights Policy was formulated with reference to the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, and the government of Japan’s Action Plan on Business or Labor Law of each country and Human Rights.
2. Scope of Application
This Human Rights Policy applies to all UACJ directors, employees, and business partners.
3. Applicable Laws and Regulations
UACJ Group will comply with the laws and regulations of the countries and regions in which it operates.
- Based on the guiding principles of the United Nations on Business and Human Rights, we will promote business activities that respect human rights. We support and respect international human rights norms such as;
- The International Bill of Human Rights (the Universal Declaration of Human Rights),
- The International Covenant on Human Rights,
- The ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles, and the
- Rights at Work (the ILO Core Labour Standards).
- In the event of any discrepancy between the interpretation of international standards and the laws and regulations of the countries or regions in which we operate, we will seek a reasonable solution based on the interests of the people affected.
4. Human Rights Policy
- The UACJ Group will not infringe on the human rights of those affected by any of its business activities.
- The UACJ Group will thoroughly investigate and comply with the laws and regulations of each country/region in which UACJ Group operates.
- UACJ respects the religions, customs, cultures, and traditions of each country and region.
- UACJ does not permit forced or child labour.
- UACJ respects diversity and does not discriminate or harass on the basis of race, creed, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, sex, self-recognition, language, religion, ideology, social origin, or disability.
- The UACJ Group guarantees the freedom of association.
- The UACJ Group will take appropriate measures to rectify negative impacts on human rights in its business activities.
5. In-house Education and Training
The UACJ Group provides appropriate training and education to executives and employees to effectively implement human rights policies related to business and human rights. Furthermore, individual department heads strive to appropriately maintain and manage the Human Rights Policy.
6. Human Rights Due Diligence
Based on the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, UACJ will establish and continuously implement human rights due diligence mechanisms. We will identify the negative impacts and risks of human rights in our business activities, and strive to prevent and mitigate such impacts and risks. We will also disclose the progress and results of human rights due diligence.
7. Dialogue, Discussions, and Remedies
The UACJ Group will continue to engage in dialogue and consultation with external experts on human rights in its business and human rights policies. We will encourage UACJ’s business, products, and service-related partners to respect human rights and work to resolve human rights violations if they are identified. UACJ seeks remedy through dialogue and appropriate procedures when it is clear that business and business activities have caused or encouraged negative human rights impacts.
Human Rights Education for Employees
At UACJ, the Group Code of Conduct makes respect for human rights a part of our culture, and training focusing on these principles is conducted for all employees every year.
In fiscal 2020, approximately 5,700 employees (excluding those who could not participate due to health-related or other reasons) participated in this training. In fiscal 2021, Code of Conduct education will again be conducted for all UACJ employees. At the same time, we will begin to implement human rights education at Group companies in Japan and abroad.