Respect for Human Rights

Basic ideas and policies

The Showa Denko Group respects human rights based on the International Bill of Human Rights, the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work and other principles on human rights as the basis of its business management, and works to ensure that individual employees behave in line with these principles. Specifically, we show our basic approach to human rights in Our Code of Conduct, ask all employees, including those working outside Japan, to abide by the rules and provide them with training on important issues related to human rights.

"Our code of conduct"  Chapter 2:Management that respects human rights (excerpted)

  • 2.1 Understanding the international covenants on human rights    
    Under the rule of law, we will endeavor to realize the “right to be happy,” which everyone possesses from birth.
  • 2.2 Prohibition of unfair discrimination   
    We will not tolerate unfair discrimination based on bias or prejudice that diminishes human dignity.
  • 2.3 Elimination of forced labor and child labor   
    We will contribute to the creation of an inclusive society by supporting volunteer activities and promoting inclusive business.
  • 2.4 Elimination of forced labor and child labor   
    We will conduct supply chain management in a responsible manner so that we will not be involved in any form of infringement of human rights.
  • 2.5 Establishment of human rights due diligence   
    We will establish appropriate procedures and systems to deal with human rights risks related to our business activities.

Human rights education

Showa Denko aims to provide each employee with education on human rights and corporate ethics totaling 1.5 hours annually as a KPI for “Thorough corporate ethics.” For details about this education, please see the pages on “Thorough corporate ethics.”


Human rights throughout the supply chain

In order to conduct business that takes human rights throughout the supply chain into consideration, we ask our business partners to respect basic human rights, prohibit discrimination, ensure proper work conditions, and protect the rights of the workers through our CSR procurement program. We work together with our partners to comply with these matters.

Toward the future

We are conducting examinations to implement a series of due diligence processes for human rights across the Group, both within and outside Japan, based on the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights approved by the United Nations Human Rights Council in 2011.

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