Respecting Human Rights
The UBE Group Action Guidelines state that the Group will respect the personal dignity of all persons including their personalities and individuality, while promoting mutual understanding and refraining from discrimination. In addition, the Group will refrain from all inhumane practices including forced labor, child labor, and human trafficking, as well as refraining from having any ties with individuals and organizations that are involved in such practices.
Human Rights Training and Education for Employees
We created a Groupwide framework to educate employees about human rights based on the UBE Group Human Rights Guidelines. We ensure that all employees understand and embody our stance on human rights in all aspects of business by providing ongoing executive, business site, and job classification-based training.
In fiscal 2021, we conducted e-learning in conjunction with Human Rights Week, providing videos to enlighten employees about ways to eliminate discrimination against people on the basis of sexual orientation, nationality, or disability.
|1 3,265 participants
(UBE Group, in Japan)
|1 23 participants
|New employee training
|1 69 participants
|Business site training
|34 179 participants
|10 507 training
Compliance Hotline for Human Rights Issues
In cases where a human rights infringement is revealed through internal reporting, business reports, or other channels, the UBE Group takes prompt action to correct the situation and administers the appropriate internal discipline. In addition, the Group reports such cases to management and disseminates this information throughout the Group to improve its efforts to ensure respect for human rights and to prevent recurrence. In fiscal 2020, there have been no cases of serious human rights infringement, such as those that could involve criminal penalties, involving UBE Group companies or their employees.
Human Rights Initiatives in Supply Chains
The UBE Group Sustainable Procurement Guidelines, which include measures to address human rights, apply to all Group business partners, in order to ensure that human rights are respected throughout the entire supply chain. The Guidelines clearly state that the Group will not tolerate any inhumane acts, including forced labor, child labor, and human trafficking.
In accordance with these guidelines, the Group assesses risks from the perspective of CSR by conducting regular surveys of its major business partners. The Group also works with business partners to address such human rights issues as labor conditions and the risk of human rights infringement.
The fourth CSR Survey revealed that suppliers have implemented a certain level of initiatives and measures pertaining to the human rights issues covered by the survey.
Support for the UN Global Compact
The UBE Group signed the United Nations Global Compact in April 2021, and continues to uphold its principles.
The Group also joined the Global Compact Network Japan to further enhance its human rights protection efforts by participating in two subcommittees led by member organizations: the Human Rights Due Diligence (HRDD) Working Group and the Human Rights Education Working Group.
Announcing Our Support of the “My Jinken Declaration” (Declaration of Human Rights) Project Advocated by the Ministry of Justice
In August 2021, UBE announced its own “My Jinken Declaration” (Declaration of Human Rights), supporting the “My Jinken Declaration” project advocated by the Ministry of Justice.
The ministry’s “My Jinken Declaration” initiative aims to realize a society in which everyone respects human rights. To this end, this initiative encourages various entities, including business corporations, and individual citizens to publicly declare their commitment to respecting human rights and to take action in keeping with such commitment.
Currently, the UBE Group is striving to “Continue to Create Value for All Stakeholders” in line with “Vision UBE 2025,” in which the Group defines its ideal with regard to what it must look like in 2025. With this in mind, we have also established the “UBE Group Human Rights Guidelines.” These guidelines are based on the UBE Corporate Philosophy and UBE Management Principles and designed to ensure respect for human rights throughout the course of all our business activities.
Looking ahead, we will respect the human rights of all who come into contact with the UBE Group as part of proactive efforts to fulfill our corporate social responsibilities.
“The UBE Group has positioned respecting human rights as a fundamental rule guiding its corporate activities. In step with the globalization of our business operations, we are ever more conscious of maintaining compliance with laws, regulations and social norms in countries and regions in which we operate. At the same time, we support and honor international norms associated with human rights, such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work.
Furthermore, we are committed to ensuring the early identification, mitigation and prevention of incidents that exert a negative impact on human rights in the course of our business activities and to otherwise undertaking proper measures to protect human rights. In these ways, we will fulfill our responsibilities as a good corporate citizen.”
President and Group CEO, Representative Director
Human Rights Due Diligence Progress
We endeavor to identify, prevent, and address any human rights infringements in our activities. We will deploy a PDCA cycle through and beyond 2024 based on the following action plan.
Progress in Fiscal 2021
We initiated our human rights due diligence process in the fiscal year under review by surveying participants in human rights e-learning during Human Rights Week about risks that we might face in this respect. We will analyze responses to identify issues within the Group and factor them into future initiatives.