Respect for Human Rights

Basic Approach

At the USHIO Group, we believe respect for human rights is a fundamental underpinning of our efforts to build trust as a corporation that fulfills its responsibilities to international society.

In this regard, the USHIO Group respects international norms, such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the UN's Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the 10 Principles of the UN Global Compact (human rights and labor), and the Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work outlined by the International Labor Organization (ILO).

We believe the following descriptions exemplify the human rights that we must protect in our business activities and our relationship with society.

  1. Maintain a work environment that facilitates work, prevent accidents at work, and prevent work-related injuries or diseases
  2. Prevent child labor, forced labor, slave labor and discrimination
  3. Restrict excessive work hours
  4. Preserve equality and non-discriminatory practices, respect diversity and eliminate harassment
  5. Respect for freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining and ensure a minimum wage and a livable wage
  6. Respect for fundamental human rights as defined by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, such as the right to life and liberty
  7. Protect the rights of children as vulnerable members of society

Initiatives for Ensure Respect for Human Rights

In December 2015, we revised section three of our 10 Action Guidelines to respect an international scope that exceeds the national laws related to various types of human rights influenced by business activities and drew up a new policy on respecting human rights to ensure that USHIO does not directly or indirectly in fringe any of the human rights defined under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Business activities include product development and material procurement through to product disposal and the various processes in between, providing many opportunities to turn our attention toward human rights related to these matters. USHIO protected, respected and offered relief from the stand point of a company in accordance with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights laid out in2011 and now conducts audits of human rights and labor-related matters as part of business evaluations within the Group. Going forward, we will continue to act with due diligence in relation to various types of human rights issues.

In addition, we also conduct CSR Procurement Questionnaires and conflict materials questionnaires with an awareness of human rights issues in the supply chain. USHIO uses significant quantities of tungsten in it selectrodes, and has therefore responded by strengthening its surveys on suppliers' use of materials in these and other components. In November 2013, we formulated our Basic Policy Statement for Conflict Minerals. Later, in 2014, we formulated the CSR Procurement Policy with an awareness of respecting human rights in procurement activities. We are conducting dialogue with suppliers via the CSR Procurement Questionnaire to ensure that they are ensuring occupational health and safety, preventing child and forced labor, not discriminating, allowing freedom of assembly and respecting lifestyle rights. We are actively engaged in moving toward realization of a society that respects various types of human rights.

Working Together with Business Partners

CSR Procurement Initiatives

CSR Procurement Policy

Respect for Employees' Human Rights

The USHIO Group has long had the perspective of emphasizing respect for diversity within each Group company due to a spirit of Mountain Peak Management. We also respect the ILO's Basic Principles and Rights Regarding Labor and in October 2010 expressed our support for the UN Global Compact and have moved ahead on initiatives for complying with the 10 principles, including elements related to human rights and labor.

We believe that the Company's prosperity and an enriched lifestyle for each and every employee are matching ideals, and utilization of people within all aspects of the Company occurs without discrimination of any form in relation to matters such as race, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, origin, beliefs, religion or physical features and people are chosen on standards accounting only for their abilities and appropriateness with consideration given to equality and diversity. The composition of the Board of Directors also takes into consideration maintenance of diversity when it comes to selection of members, including by forming the Board with a majority of outside directors. We are also actively engaged in policies supporting the empowerment of women.

Diversity at USHIO

USHIO endeavors to create bright, safe and pleasant working environments through occupational health and safety in the workplace, while in regard to relations between people, elimination of various types of harassment creates a corporate culture where it is comfortable to work and foster mutual respect, shows respect for employees' freely expressed ideas and maintains an internal environment with positive workplaces.

Occupational Safety & Health

Practicing Due Diligence for Human Rights

In our business activities, it is necessary to keep a watchful eye on human rights issues in various processes, from product development and material procurement to product disposal. USHIO engages in business activities that strictly follow international norms for corporations with regard to protecting, respecting, and redressing the UN's Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights that were endorsed in 2011.

The new medium-term CSR plan clarifies initiatives for conducting due diligence for human rights internally within the context of human resource management, as well as externally with respect to supply chain management.

More specifically, USHIO ascertains the status of occupational safety in the course of normal business activities at business sites, as well as the status of human rights when evaluating business mergers and acquisitions after they have been enacted. Based on the results of the CSR Procurement Questionnaire, USHIO's procurement and CSR divisions are constantly monitoring for human rights violations at its suppliers.

Furthermore, as a first step towards a specific initiative for due diligence for human rights, USHIO envisages the following cases that could have a negative impact on human rights.

Cases in Which USHIO May Become Complicit in Human Rights Violations in the Course of Conducting Business

  1. Human rights violations caused by anti-social forces at mining sites used for procurement of mining resources
  2. Human rights violations caused by products from suppliers being used for production of weapons or the like
  3. Human rights violations caused by accidents arising from a customer's erroneous use of a product
  4. Human rights violations caused by providing an opportunity for the leaking of personal information obtained in the course of conducting operations
  5. Human rights violations arising within a customer's company or supply chain
  6. Infringement of lifestyle rights of members of local communities or indigenous peoples due to the influence of business activities or purchase of land for business use
  7. Human rights violations arising within a business undergoing an M&A assessment or an associated site

USHIO will continue to conduct due diligence with respect to human rights issues in the future.

Conducting Human Rights Education

Respect for the human rights of stakeholders both inside and outside the Company begins with the actions taken by our employees. In order to instill a corporate culture that respects human rights, USHIO conducts human rights training that raises awareness of human rights among its employees.

In March 2013, we provided human rights training to newly appointed managers to improve their awareness of human rights issues, including indirect issues related to conflict minerals, within the scope of our business activities.

In February 2016, we invited experienced experts to discuss ways of dealing with global human rights issues, and brought together managers from domestic Group companies for training. Based on the actual experience of the instructor, the training addressed approaches for dealing with human rights issues that must be monitored around the world. The lecturers also briefed attendees on new trends, discussing patterns of behavior taken to address human rights in business activities and methods for conducting due diligence for human rights. The training session was attended by 189 employees, mostly managers. After the session, participants exchanged their thoughts and posed questions in a Q&A, reinforcing what they learned in the session.

Number of Participants by Type of Job in the February 2016 Management Training Session for Domestic Group Companies

Community Investment Initiatives

The USHIO Group is continuing to contribute to society through optical technology, and considers the source of sustained development to be the constant growth and activation of people, along with the development of a variety of communities. We maintain the USHIO Foundation's support for scholarships for students and training of human resources who contribute to society. Moreover, we also sponsor science events for educational awareness of junior high and high school students studying science who may in the future become recruitment targets or product users as one way in which we actively support nurturing intellectual curiosity and inquisitiveness. In addition, we have started holding events at cinema complexes in conjunction with the film industry, which is a customer for our main products, along with the communities in the vicinity of our business sites, and we continue to support the development of these communities.

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Relationship with Society

USHIO Group Support for Culture and Learning

Supply Chain Management

USHIO treats human rights issues in the supply chain as an important CSR theme, and is actively striving to realize asociety where all human rights are respected.

In November 2013, USHIO established the Basic Policy Statement for Conflict Minerals, which is designed to be considerate of the human rights issues in conflict regions. We also announced our CSR Procurement Policy in October 2014, which takes into consideration human rights in the supply chain.

CSR Procurement Policy

Participation in Human Rights Initiatives

From 2013, USHIO has been taking part in the human rights education subcommittee of the Global Compact Network Japan. Under the guidance of international human rights NGOs, we work jointly with many other participating companies to create educational textbooks covering human rights for companies.

By sharing our successfully produced textbooks and other materials with many corporate members, we have been able to contribute to making advances toward a society in which all human rights are protected, both inside and outside the Company.

Even after creating these educational textbooks covering human rights, USHIO continues to participate in the Global Compact Network Japan's human rights and due diligence subcommittee and learn how to advance a variety of human rights and due diligence practices.