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 and guidelines, 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), the Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work outlined by the International Labor Organization (ILO), and ISO 26000.

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

Enforcing respect for human rights

Ushio pledges that we  respect all human rights in our 10 Action Guidelines as a Member of Society and has long been enforcing respect for human rights. In the Guidelines, Chapters 3, 5 and 10 pertain to the human rights of employees and to those of people in society and in individual countries and regions. They have the provisions set out below.

3. We shall respect all the internationally recognized basic human rights relating to our business activities, and endeavor to create bright, safe and pleasant working environments.
"We will engage in no unreasonable discrimination in the hiring or treatment of staff members on the basis of race, gender, religion, faith, nationality, place of origin, physical characteristics, sexual orientation or any other factor not related to capabilities or the performance of duties and we will respect all diversity and free thinking."

5. We shall work to earn the understanding and trust of society.
"We are aware of the roles and responsibility that we have as a member of society and are committed to the development of local economy and communities and to harmony and mutual prosperity with society through job creation and maintenance and through procurement and other activities."

10. We shall contribute to the development of respective regions where we conduct business as a member of the international community.
"We understand that overseas companies must be run with respect for the religions, cultures, customs, languages, values and other aspects peculiar to their respective countries and regions."

Initiatives to 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 infringe on 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 standpoint of a company in accordance with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights laid out in 2011 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.

Supply Chain Management

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.

Ushio's medium-term CSR plan clarifies initiatives for conducting due diligence for human rights internally within the context of human resource management, and, as mentioned earlier, externally through the detailed development of 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.

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 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 focused mostly on training managers. After the session, participants exchanged their thoughts and posed questions in a Q&A, reinforcing what they learned in the session.

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. Regarding overseas Group companies, Ushio (SUZHOU) Co., Ltd. signed an agreement in January 2009 with China's Suzhou University to establish the Suzhou University Ushio Scholarship Fund. We also started a scholarship funding in the Philippines in 2017.

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.

Related Information

Relationship with Society

http://www.ushio.co.jp/en/sustainability/society/community.html

Ushio Group Support for Culture and Learning

http://www.ushio.co.jp/en/sustainability/society/contribution.html

Initiatives in Supply Chain Management

Ushio treats human rights issues in the supply chain as an important CSR theme, and is actively striving to realize a society 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 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.
In addition, 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.
As the first step towards concrete efforts to realize due diligence for human rights, Ushio envisions the following scenarios where human rights could be negatively impacted.

Scenarios that May Be Complicit in Human Rights Violations in Ushio's Business Activities

  1. Human rights infringements by anti-social forces arising at mining sites where mineral resources are procured
  2. Human rights infringements caused by products being used for manufacturing weapons
  3. Human rights infringements due to accidents arising from customers mistakenly using products
  4. Human rights infringements triggered by leakage of personal information acquired in the course of doing business
  5. Human rights infringements that occur internally at business partners' companies, or further down the supply chain
  6. Infringement of the rights of people to live where residents or indigenous peoples are affected by business activities or business-related land acquisition
  7. Human rights infringements that occur internally at locations evaluated for business mergers and acquisitions, or at other related locations

CSR Procurement Policy

CSR Procurement Initiatives