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Human Rights

Basic Philosophy

The Nichirei Group is aware that, when it comes to operating a global business, respecting the human rights not only of the Group’s employees, but also all stakeholders involved in its businesses is absolutely essential, and that this philosophy applies to all people and companies.
Based on this way of thinking, the Group has referenced both the “ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work”*1 and the “UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights”*2, among other international human rights standards, and sets forth the Group’s Code of Conduct as follows. The Nichirei Group respects human rights and does not discriminate at all based on race, skin color, gender, religion, political views, nationality, social status, background, or any other factor. The Nichirei Group rejects all forms of forced labor and child labor. Furthermore, discriminatory behavior, violent behavior, sexual harassment, power harassment, and other such behavior is forbidden, and regulatory standards are adhered to with regards to wages (including legal allowances) and working hours.
In FY2020, the Nichirei Group Human Rights Policy was established. In FY2018, the Group established “The Nichirei Group Workplace Improvement Policy” based on the Nichirei Pledge and aims to achieve its goals by FY2022. In addition to each Group company promoting efforts that address their individual issues, Nichirei also facilitate exchanges of information and confirms each other’s progress through the Group-wide Group Human Assets Committee and Diversity Promotion Conference.

  • *1 All member nations pledge to respect, promote, and realize the obligation to eliminate discrimination in hiring and employment, implement effective abolition of child labor, forbid forced labor, and effectively approve freedom of association and the right of collective bargaining.
  • *2 Established by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General John Ruggie with the objective of enforcing the “Protect, Respect and Remedy” framework established to strengthen the standards and customs related to multinational firms’ businesses and human rights.
Labor-management Relation Philosophy

The Nichirei labor union aims for activities that respect each union member for the healthy development of the Group, based on the principle of firmly maintaining an equal relationship between labor and management and creating an environment that allows for activities based on mutual ambition. The union’s activities place importance on labor-management negotiations, narrowing down the demands of its members in the workplace and pushing for improvements, while maintaining a productive relationship with management.

DFF Inc., Nicihrei Corporation, Strategic Planning, Nichirei Corporation, Quality Assurance Division, Nichirei Corporation, Technology Management, Nichirei Corporation, Corporate Internal Audit, Nichirei Corporation, Corporate Supervise, Nichirei Corporation, Legal Affairs, Nichirei Corporation, Human Resources Strategy & General Affairs, Nichirei Corporation, Finance & Investor Relations, Nichirei Corporation, Accounting & Tax, Nichirei Corporation, Public Relations, Nichirei Foods Inc., Nichirei Fresh Inc., Nichirei Logistics Group Inc., Nichirei Biosciences Inc., Hitachi Foods & Logistics Systems,Inc., NIchirei Bisiness Partners .inc

Management System

In addition, to respond to reports and consultations from employees regarding violations of employees’ human rights, Nichirei introduced an internal reporting and consultation system (Nichirei Hotline) in October 2003. Including human rights matter, consultations can be made anonymously. Over the past three years, an increasing number of reported cases have involved workplace disputes and harassment. To establish a whistleblower hotline independent of management, as stipulated in the Corporate Governance Code, after the revision of the internal reporting system in FY2016, Nichirei created and distributed “Nichirei Hotline” mobile cards to employees and posted awareness posters around the workplace to make sure to inform employees about the system. The Group also shares monthly collections of examples regarding the code of conduct with employees via an in-house bulletin board to raise awareness about maternity harassment and other legal violations. Consultations from outside are accepted at the counters such as representative telephones, toll-free numbers, and inquiry websites.

DFF Inc., Nicihrei Corporation, Strategic Planning, Nichirei Corporation, Quality Assurance Division, Nichirei Corporation, Technology Management, Nichirei Corporation, Corporate Internal Audit, Nichirei Corporation, Corporate Supervise, Nichirei Corporation, Legal Affairs, Nichirei Corporation, Human Resources Strategy & General Affairs, Nichirei Corporation, Finance & Investor Relations, Nichirei Corporation, Accounting & Tax, Nichirei Corporation, Public Relations, Nichirei Foods Inc., Nichirei Fresh Inc., Nichirei Logistics Group Inc., Nichirei Biosciences Inc., Hitachi Foods & Logistics Systems,Inc., NIchirei Bisiness Partners .inc

Initiatives

In FY2019, there were no human rights incidents.

We conducted study group to raise awareness concerning about compliance issues twice in FY2017, 18 in FY2018, and 13 in FY2019. 898 individuals attended.
The seminars were designed to reaffirm the significance of, and need for, compliance, as well as to review the Group’s compliance-related policies. During training, participants examined their role as group leaders in ensuring and promoting compliance, including the prevention of harassment. Going forward, the Group will continue education to cultivate awareness about respect for human rights.
E-learning to prevent harassment has also been introduced, and has been used by 5,166 employees.
In FY2019, there were 1 cases of internal reports or consultations related to human rights complaints and allegations. In accordance with company policy, all reports received are relayed to top management by the administration office, which also conducts an investigation to confirm the facts, implements corrective measures, and provides feedback to the person who made the report (when not reported anonymously). Anonymity is preserved to protect the identity of the person reporting, while the process is carefully managed to ensure there is no retaliation against, or adverse treatment of, those who are the subject of complaints.

DFF Inc., Nicihrei Corporation, Strategic Planning, Nichirei Corporation, Quality Assurance Division, Nichirei Corporation, Technology Management, Nichirei Corporation, Corporate Internal Audit, Nichirei Corporation, Corporate Supervise, Nichirei Corporation, Legal Affairs, Nichirei Corporation, Human Resources Strategy & General Affairs, Nichirei Corporation, Finance & Investor Relations, Nichirei Corporation, Accounting & Tax, Nichirei Corporation, Public Relations, Nichirei Foods Inc., Nichirei Fresh Inc., Nichirei Logistics Group Inc., Nichirei Biosciences Inc., Hitachi Foods & Logistics Systems,Inc., NIchirei Bisiness Partners .inc
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