Respect for Human Rights
Personnel Affairs-Basic Principles
The Fujikura Group is committed to identifying the needs of customers, employees, and society to build win-win relationships with them and to incorporating the results into personnel methods and systems.
The Fujikura Group's Human Resources Management Philosophy
The Fujikura group has established the following group HRM visions (group-wide personnel guidelines) in order to better embody the Management Philosophy MVCV with regard to human resources management.
Fujikura Group's CSR Rules on Human Rights
In the Fujikura Group CSR Activity Guidelines, the Group sets the following rule on human rights:
14) Respect the human rights of all people and refuse to tolerate the violation of human rights such as forced labor and child labor.
Criteria for Ethical Considerations
For all its employees around the world, the Fujikura Group manages occupational safety and health ethically and ensures a good working environment, where human rights are respected and discrimination is prohibited, based on Fujikura's Code of Conduct. We are also committed to fair and square labor management in line with the International Labour Conventions that set out international labor standards, while also giving due consideration to the related laws, regulations, and social norms, including the Japanese Labor Standards Act and the Industrial Safety and Health Act.
Criteria for the Management of Employees' Health and Safety and for Ethical Considerations
Labor-Management Relationship Based on Acceptable Consultation
We are committed to building relationships of trust between labor and management through discussions conducted with mutual respect by both parties. In order to keep labor union members fully informed, we also hold briefing sessions and consultation meetings on management policies, business plans, management measures, and business measures. In addition, management and union members engage in frank exchanges of opinions, striving to deepen mutual understanding and resolve any issues or disputes when they arise.
We also hold regular labor-management workshops inviting union leaders, the President, and divisional managers as lecturers to speak about the management environment of the Company, corporate policies, and the labor union's policies. Labor conditions are also determined through labor-management discussions and agreements reached at consultation meetings.
- Briefing Session (twice a year)
- Consultation Meeting (monthly and as required)
Held on themes that include the quarterly business performance, monthly profitability, production situation, and working conditions
- Labor-Management Workshop (once a year)
Held on themes that include the management philosophy and policies, and the labor union's policies
- Cooperation with Affiliates (as required)
Exchanges of opinion with labor and management at affiliates, overseas visits to study local labor-management relationships, and others
Human Rights Policy Formulation
Using the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (6/2016) as a standard, the Fujikura Group Human Rights Principles were created with consideration to the international guidance on social responsibility "ISO26000" and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, the International Labor Organization (ILO) Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy, etc.
Fujikura Group Policy on Human Rights
Established on January, 1, 2017
The Fujikura Group contributes to the development of the international community through excellent 'Tsunagu' (the Japanese word meaning "connecting") technology in response to the trust of our customers around the world. We fully understand that the human rights of all people affected by our globally developing business activities must be protected, and will respect human dignity and all internationally recognized human rights.
The Fujikura Group Policy on Human Rights (hereafter "this Policy") expresses the responsibility to respect human rights based on the management philosophy and code of conduct of the Fujikura Group.
Internal Reporting System
In order to prevent compliance violations and issues related to human rights as well as to expand the options available to the caller, we have established as part of our internal reporting system both an internal contact point and an external contact point, the latter managed by an independent third party.
There were 26 cases of consultation/reporting in the 2016 fiscal year. This internal reporting is functioning well, and is steadily being integrated into the Company.
Enlightenment Concerning Human Rights
Starting its CSR activities from 2009, the Fujikura Group has been attributing importance to becoming a corporate group that is friendly to both people and the global environment, and has been widely communicating this message. "Friendly to people" implies our strong commitment to respecting and protecting the human rights of all stakeholders.
We conduct human rights-related activities in line with the approach to human rights that has been taken by the United Nations since its founding, and specifically with the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Measures for the United Nations Global Compact
Fujikura Ltd. announced its support for the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), which sets out the universal and international principles on human rights, labor, the environment and anti-corruption. On September 3, 2013, the company became a signatory to the Global Compact and also joined the Global Compact Japan Network (GC-JN). We support the Ten Principles, and in particular the principles on human rights. Human rights represent one of the most important universal concepts, with all people required to be afforded equal human rights. The concept was originated from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), which is widely recognized as the basis for international laws. We support the Ten Principles, and in particular the principles on human rights. Human rights represent one of the most important universal concepts, with all people required to be afforded equal human rights. The concept was originated from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), which is widely recognized as the basis for international laws.
Measures for the United Nations
Fujikura Ltd. has been implementing measures for the Ten Principles since it joined the Global Compact in September 2013, and conducting a range of CSR activities based on the Ten Principles while paying attention to the international framework-building activities conducted by the United Nations. The following shows the human rights-related declarations, principles, and others that the United Nations has been fostering with regard to companies.
- United Nations Global Compact
- United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
- United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI)
- United Nations Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) (seven principles)
- Nairobi Forward-looking Strategies for the Advancement of Women, United Nations
As a conference indirectly related to human rights, the United Nations also holds the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction with an eye to minimizing damage to people's life, property and daily living caused by disasters, including natural disasters, by enhancing international cooperation.
The Human Rights Day Campaign
As one of its CSR campaign activities, the Fujikura Group implemented the Human Rights Day campaign on December 10 in 2016 as well. In this campaign, we put up posters at Group bases for Human Rights Day on December 10, and introduced the background to the announcement of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the establishment of Human Rights Day by the United Nations on the intranet. The campaign thus provided employees with a good opportunity to think about human rights.
Human Rights-Related Activities Conducted for Stakeholders
The Fujikura Group conducts the following human rights-related activities for each category of its stakeholders.
Major Initiatives in the 2016 Fiscal Year
Human rights-related activities within the Group are introduced below.
- Harassment prevention efforts
- International Human Rights Day
- Consideration of human rights in raw material procurement / Conflict minerals
- Activities in consideration of human rights within Group companies
- Human rights policy / human rights due diligence review
Efforts Toward Harassment Prevention
Here at the Fujikura Group, we believe that we have a corporate responsibility to completely disallow harassment behavior and ensure a healthy working environment free from harassment. We established the Fujikura Group Harassment Prevention Policy and promote the following initiatives.
Fujikura Group Harassment Prevention Policy
Giving Consideration to Human Rights in the Procurement of Materials
The Fujikura Group has been globally fostering CSR-oriented procurement based on the Fujikura Group Basic Procurement Policy. In order to respect human rights in the procurement of materials, we ask suppliers to comply with the nine human rights-related rules in our CSR-Related Requests to Suppliers.
We also regularly conduct a supply chain management questionnaire survey targeting major suppliers. The questionnaire includes a range of CSR-related questions, such as those on consideration of human rights. The answers are evaluated by Fujikura Ltd. and the evaluation results are fed back to the suppliers to foster information-sharing between the Fujikura Group and each supplier.
The Fujikura Group CSR Committee has been examining measures to deal with the issue of conflict minerals (gold, tin, tantalum and tungsten: 3TG), which are minerals extracted through child labor, forced labor and other inhumane acts in the Democratic Republic of Congo and surrounding countries and regions taking advantage of local conflicts that started in the 1990s. In July 2010, following the enactment of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act in the United States, the CSR Committee decided to conduct a supply chain survey on the use of conflict minerals, and subsequently in August 2011 established and announced the Fujikura Group Conflict Minerals Policy.
Participation in TABLE FOR TWO
TABLE FOR TWO (TFT) is a social contribution activity initiated in Japan by the NPO named TABLE FOR TWO International with a view to reducing the imbalance between developing countries facing the problems of starvation and malnutrition, and developed countries suffering the problems of obesity and lifestyle-related diseases. When employees buy a healthy lunch meal provided under the TFT program, 20 yen will be donated through the TFT secretariat to developing countries to provide local children with school lunches. It is said that a lunch can be offered to a school child at the cost of 20 yen, and so employees can donate a meal to a child every time they buy a meal for themselves under the program.
The Ishioka Works purchases fair trade coffee, which is a product that considers human rights.
Fujikura Group Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement
The Fujikura Group made "Fujikura Group Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement" as a response to the UK law.
*Fujikura Group Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement