Respect for human rights

The Tokuyama Group considers respect for human rights to be a corporate responsibility forming the foundation of all its business activities. The Tokuyama Group Human Rights Policy (hereinafter, the "Human Rights Policy"), established based on the Tokuyama Group Sustainability Principles and the Tokuyama Group Code of Conduct, outlines the standards that all officers and employees of the Tokuyama Group must meet in respecting human rights.

Process leading to the establishment of the Tokuyama Group Human Rights Policy

The Human Rights Policy was created based on international human rights norms* such as the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, taking into account the views of the relevant internal departments and officers and external experts.
The policy was finally established by a resolution of the Board of Directors following deliberation by the Sustainability Committee and the approval of the CSR Promotion Council. At the same time, a message from the president on respecting human rights was shared Group-wide on December 1, 2022, the date the policy was established.

* International and domestic codes, guidelines, etc. incorporated in the preparation of the human rights policy

  • The United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
  • International Bill of Human Rights
  • ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work
  • OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises on Responsible Business Conduct
  • Reference Material on Practical Approaches for Business Enterprises to Respect Human Rights in Responsible Supply Chains, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry Japan
  • Responding to "Business and Human Rights "Required by Companies Now" Research on Business and Human Rights "Report" (Reiwa 2nd year), Ministry of Justice Human Rights Bureau Japan

Management system

The Company established the Sustainability Committee in fiscal 2022 to implement cross-organizational activities on human rights and serve as an expert committee on sustainability issues such as "addressing climate change" and "business and human rights", which do not fit into the scope of the existing expert committees within the sustainability promotion system.
Important human rights matters are deliberated by the Sustainability Committee and receive the approval of the CSR Promotion Council, in addition to being reported to the Board of Directors.

Initiatives to respect for human rights

The Tokuyama Group recognizes there may be negative impacts on human rights in the course of its business activities. To deal appropriately with or prevent these impacts, the Group implements initiatives for respecting human rights based on its Human Rights Policy.

Prohibition of Forced Labor and Child Labor

The Tokuyama Group prohibits all forced labor and child labor. In order to prevent child labor, we ensure verification of age at the time of employment. In addition, to prevent forced labor, the Company does not store important documents such as passports that could restrict the freedom of movement of employees.

Responsible Procurement of Minerals

The CSR Procurement Guidelines stipulate the responsible procurement of minerals. Tokuyama responds promptly and appropriately to requests for investigations into minerals with clear involvement in conflict or human rights violations in conflict-affected and high-risk areas and confirms with suppliers that there is no involvement with such minerals. When an issue is determined as a result of confirmation with suppliers, Tokuyama takes the appropriate measures, including requesting improvement or discontinuing procurement.

Occupational Health & Safety

Tokuyama complies with laws and regulations on occupational safety in the countries and regions in which it operates, prevents work-related accidents and disasters, and has established a safe and healthy workplace environment. (Please see Accident Prevention and Occupational Health & Safety for details.)
In addition, with the aim of supporting work-life balance for officers and employees, Tokuyama monitors daily working hours and the number of annual leave days taken in a timely manner using a work management system, encourages the use of annual leave, including company-wide planned annual leave, and has established various systems for different life stages, such as childcare and family care leave.

Positive Labor-Management Relations

The Tokuyama Group respects basic labor rights, including freedom of assembly and the right to collective bargaining, and maintains positive labor-management relations by holding regular dialogues between labor and management.

Response to Harassment

Harassment is an act that undermines the dignity of the individual, and the Tokuyama Group does not tolerate it under any circumstances. As one of its initiatives for respecting human rights, the Group launched the Harassment Prevention Program in 2021. Under the program, Tokuyama has implemented various measures such as Harassment Prevention Enhancement Month every December, seeking to build rewarding workplaces built on relationships of mutual trust for each and every employee.

〔FY2022 Results〕

  • Diversity promotion seminar led by a psychiatrist
  • President of each Tokuyama Group company expresses top management commitment to eradicating harassment
  • Provision of e-learning
  • Regular dissemination of harassment consultation and helpline information using the in-house newsletter
  • Display of posters to raise awareness about preventing harassment in each workplace
  • Surveys on awareness of harassment

Implementation of Human Rights Due Diligence

The Tokuyama Group has established a taskforce led by the Sustainability Committee and composed of members from across a number of departments involved in human rights to implement cross-organizational human rights due diligence.
In fiscal 2022, the following measures were implemented in the course of the taskforce's activities to address human rights risks in the supply chain where human rights violations tend to occur.

〔FY2022 Results〕

  • Revision of the CSR Procurement Guidelines
  • Refinement of the self-assessment sheet
  • Request for a pledge of compliance with the CSR Procurement Guidelines from suppliers with single transaction amounts of 30 million yen or higher
  • Implementation of self-assessment for suppliers with single transaction amounts of 100 million yen or more
  • Identification of suppliers considered to pose a high human rights risk based on the self-assessment responses and results

In fiscal 2023, Tokuyama will continue to engage with suppliers that pose high human rights risks. We will also expand the target area to the value chain, identify human rights risks and issues in all business activities, create risk mapping, and specify and initiate human rights issues to be addressed as a matter of priority.

Education and Awareness Raising Activities

Tokuyama conducts appropriate education and awareness raising activities to ensure that all officers and employees have a proper understanding and recognition of human rights. Activities include education provided via grade-specific training, Group company caravans, explanations at in-house CSR briefings, provision of e-learning on human rights, and raising awareness using the in-house newsletter.

KPIs on Respect for Human Rights

Tokuyama has established "promotion of diversity and career fulfillment" as one of the material issues (CSR priorities) it identified with a view to implementing CSR management. We have set "respect for human rights" as the goal for this material issue and have been working on various measures, such as diversity and inclusion, promotion of work-life balance, and prevention of harassment.

Redress and Grievance Mechanisms

An internal helpline has been established to enable safe, anonymous reporting and consultation on compliance violations, including human rights, involving the Tokuyama Group. Helpline users are never subjected to unfavorable treatment. The Personnel Harassment Helpline has also been established as a consultation service on harassment for Group employees. In addition to these two helplines, there are helplines that Group companies have established individually. Approximately 90% of all Group employees are able to access one of these helplines, and the Group as a whole is working to further reinforce the redress and grievance system and enhance its effectiveness.

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FY2018 FY2019 FY2020 FY2021 FY2022
Number of reports of whistle-blowing system 36 29 24 34 29

※Total number of Helpline, Harassment Desk, and Whistle-Blowing system in subsidiaries.

Of these, reports related to harassment only are shown in the table below. Since fiscal 2021, there has been an increase in the number of consultations, likely due to the intensive awareness-raising activities we conducted along with the launch of the Harassment Prevention Program, mentioned previously.

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FY2018 FY2019 FY2020 FY2021 FY2022
Number of reports of whistle-blowing system 5 6 6 19 21

※FY2018, FY2019: non-consolidated.

Information Disclosure

Tokuyama disseminates information on human rights initiatives to officers and employees via the in-house newsletter and the internal bulletin board and portal site. Important matters are also reported to the Board of Directors. In addition, Tokuyama will periodically disclose information to external stakeholders through its Integrated Report and the Company's website.

Participation in Human Rights Initiatives

Having signed the United Nations Global Compact on September 18, 2019, the Company upholds and respects the ten principles in the four key areas and participates in the activities of Global Compact Network Japan (GCNJ).

Communication with Stakeholders

Tokuyama values communication with diverse stakeholders as the key to working with the broader society to build a sustainable future.

Community Initiatives

As a company with an essential social role, Tokuyama also carries out various activities to maintain good relations with its neighbors. Interaction with local communities is being promoted not just by the Company, but also by employees on their own initiative. Despite the limitations imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Tokuyama conducted the following initiatives in fiscal 2022.

Our Activities:

The Tokuyama Science Foundation (Japanese) provided the following grant to promote science and technology for the next generation.

Tokuyama Group Corporate Citizenship Policy