Sustainability

Respect for Human Rights

Basic Approach to Human Rights
As corporate activities become ever more globalized, society has greater interest in the initiatives companies make towards human rights. We regard the human rights of all our stakeholders as a matter of the utmost importance.
As such, we support and respect the International Bill of Human Rights (which consists of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights), as well as the International Labor Organization’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. We will not harass or discriminate on the grounds of race, ethnicity, nationality, birthplace, language, beliefs, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical characteristics, disability, or other status. We are also acting in the respect of human rights by providing a safe and healthy working environment, giving our employees the right to freedom of association, and taking an active stand against child labor and forced labor.
More specifically, we comply with the NAGASE Group’s Compliance Code of Conduct to ensure that all our activities adhere to the principles of respect for human rights and individuality. If in the event of discrimination, we shall take immediate steps to investigate the situation, taking decisive measures to help the affected individual(s) and to prevent any recurrence including disciplinary action.
Respect for Personality and Individuality
Respect for Human Rights and Protection from Discrimination
Harassment has become a prominent issue in today’s society. Our officers and employees are working as one to prevent any form of explicit or implicit harassment in the workplace, be it sexual harassment or bullying. The company has set up channels of communication so that employees can report or discuss any issues relating to this kind of discrimination. In the event of any such contact, we shall take immediate steps to investigate the situation, taking decisive measures to help the affected individual(s) and to prevent any recurrence including disciplinary action.
Respect for Privacy
Our officers and employees respect the privacy of each and every individual and pay scrupulous attention to the handling of personal information, striving to manage such information appropriately.
Human Rights Education
The NAGASE Group’s Compliance Code of Conduct clearly states its respect for human rights. It is available as a booklet and through the company’s intranet, and all employees are expected to comply with the Code of Conduct. Hayashibara also provides education on all forms of harassment for all its employees, from new recruits through to senior executives. We will continue to actively carry out training, striving to foster a greater awareness of human rights.
Whistleblowing System
We have introduced a whistleblowing system as a channel of communication so that officers and employees can directly discuss or report any matters anonymously and confidentially.
  • ● There are no limits as to what can be discussed or reported. Matters may range from harassment and human rights violations to corruption such as bribery.
  • ● In addition to our communication channels, other ways in which employees can make contact include the NAGASE Group’s reporting channel at the headquarters as well as the Group’s designated law firm.
  • ● Contact can be made by posting documents or by telephone, fax, or e-mail.
  • ● Measures have been taken to protect whistleblowers from being treated unfavorably because of the matters they wish to discuss or report. All information pertaining to the report shall remain confidential, and the whistleblower’s personal information shall be protected.