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CSR Integrated Report

Fujikura Group CSR Integrated Report 2016
[ISO 26000 Core Subject] Human Rights and Labor Practices

Basic principles

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.

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.

Towards the Development of Human Rights Policy

The 21st century has been called the Century of Human Rights. This dates back to 1948, when the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, held as “a common standard of [human rights] achievements for all peoples and all nations.” Since then, various statements and initiatives related to human rights have been released by international organizations, most notably the United Nations itself, as well as by organizations and NGOs.

The Fujikura Group is a group developing on a global scale. With accelerated globalization as seen in the relocation of production overseas, mergers and acquisitions, tie-ups with overseas companies, and supply chains that extend beyond national borders, we face increasingly expanded, diversified, and complicated human rights issues.

To address these expanding and varied human rights issues, the Group has taken initiatives to set policies and guidelines related to human rights, including the Fujikura Group’s Fundamental CSR Policy, the Fujikura Group CSR Action Guidelines, the Basic PhilosophyforPersonnel Policy, the Standards for Ethical Consideration and Safety & Health Management for Employees, and the Fujikura Group Harassment Prevention Policy. However, in order to reach a higher stage in our human rights efforts, we must implement both new human rights policythat unifies these provisions as well as human rights due diligence that identifies, addresses, evaluates, and discloses human rights risks.v

Presently, the Fujikura Group CSR Committee, which promotes CSR activities within the Group, is progressing with the formation of both a Human Rights Policy as well as a Human Rights Due Process for the Group. These will be centered on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (June 2016), with reference to the international standards for social responsibility set out in ISO 26000, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)’s "Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises," and the International Labor Office (ILO)'s "Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy."

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.

Management system

Human right risks / Remedy for human rights Management system

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 15 cases of consultation/reporting in the 2015 fiscal year. This internal reporting is functioning well, and is steadily being integrated into the Company.

Enlightenment concerning human rights

Recently human rights have been attracting much attention as a theme of corporate social responsibility (CSR). Human rights entail a range of issues, including racism, child labor, forced labor, overwork, death from overwork, mental health, utilization of women's abilities, problems related to people with disabilities, treatment of foreigners and LGBT (sexual minorities), sexual harassment, power abuse, and so-called "maternity harassment."

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.


The Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact

Human Rights




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.

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.

ISO 26000 and due diligence for human rights

The Fujikura Group conducts CSR activities and creates the Fujikura Group CSR Integrated Report to introduce its activities to stakeholders based on the ISO 26000 international standard on social responsibility. ISO 26000 states the definition of human rights as well as the comprehensive approach to be taken and process to be followed by companies with regard to human rights (practice of "human rights due diligence").

Definition of human rights

According to ISO 26000, human rights are the fundamental rights given to all people and include the right to liberty and life, equality under the law, freedom of expression, the right to work, and rights to food, health, education and social security. As for the scope of responsibility for human rights, ISO 26000 provides that organizations (companies) should respect human rights within the scope of their influence.

Comprehensive measures taken by companies

Companies have been conducting human rights-related activities at individual departments in line with ISO 26000, but they are now required to implement more cross-organizational initiatives to solve human rights-related problems, in particular, comprehensive measures to identify the negative influence of corporate activities, which mean to exercise "human rights due diligence."

Five Processes of "Human Rights Due Dilligence"

Human rights-related activities conducted for stakeholders

The Fujikura Group conducts the following human rights-related activities for each category of its stakeholders.

* Activities shown in parentheses indirectly contribute to the protection of human rights.

Major Initiatives in the 2015 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.
1. Establishment of a harassment consultation desk together with a flow process for reports
2. Education using e-Learning
3.Introduction of a training curriculum for different job tiers
4.Awareness-raising activities using in-house newsletters, intranets, etc.

Fujikura Group Harassment Prevention Policy

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 2015 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.

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.

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.

■Group measures against conflict minerals

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.

The following indicates the measures implemented by the Fujikura Group with regard to conflict minerals:

CSR activities conducted by the Fujikura Group in consideration of human rights

■Activities conducted in consideration of the human rights of the socially weak

Activitiesv No. of companies No. of cases Examples
Donations to facilities for people with disabilities and the elderly, and volunteer activities 23 34 Support for facilities for people with intellectual disabilities, and volunteer visits to facilities for the elderly
Support for the sick, including children 4 4 Donation of vaccines to children in developing countries, and donations to children suffering from heart diseases
Support for the education of children and students 34 85 Provision of special classes, and acceptance of interns and student study visits to the company
Support for sports activities for children and students 8 16 Organization of a boys' baseball competition, provision of open access to boys' baseball teams, and dispatch of instructors to such teams
Support for poor people 12 17 Visits to poor people, provision of houses for them, and donation of Christmas presents to poor children
Support for people with disabilities 9 10 Support for athletes in wheelchairs, acceptance of people with disabilities as trainees, and donations to rehabilitation centers
Total 166

■Activities conducted in consideration of employees’ human rights, including the creation of workplaces where they can work in a safe, healthy and comfortable manner

Activities No. of companies No. of cases Examples
Prevention of occupational accidents, disaster control/reduction drills, and traffic safety activities 47 121 Safety education and safety patrols, provision of traffic safety training and checks, and disaster control drills
Health maintenance, mental healthcare, in-house health promotion and other activities 33 52 Employee sports competitions, walking events, and provision of seminars on illness, smoking, and mental health
Recreation activities held with the participation of employees, their families, and local inhabitants 18 25 Summer festivals with the participation of employees, their families and local inhabitants, and Christmas parties for employees and their families
Activities to improve in-house communications and create comfortable workplaces 24 52 "No overtime work day," promotion of "clean offices," provision of training on sexual harassment, and examination of the workplace environment"
Total 250

[Major activities]

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.

Introduction panel of TFT

A Healthy Lunch

Children of developing countries (NPO TFT)

DDK (Thailand) Ltd.

Visiting and giving presents to a nursing home

Visiting a local elementary school that affected by flooding

Fujikura Automotive Guangzhou Co., Ltd.

Visiting to local nursing home

Organization of athletic meet