Human Rights

The Maruha Nichiro Group has formulated the Maruha Nichiro Group Human Rights Policy based on the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in order to fulfill our responsibility to respect the human rights of stakeholders, including those in our supply chain. In FY2019, we began full-scale efforts to establish a system for human rights due diligence and are making progress toward identifying human rights risks and understanding the current situation through our business activities both in Japan and overseas. We are also striving to increase awareness of international standards with respect to human rights through human rights training targeted at group employees.

Maruha Nichiro Group Human Rights Policy

The Maruha Nichiro Group conducts its activities in a manner that respects the basic human rights of all persons around it, in order to practice the Group Philosophy: "We aim to be an essential part of society by improving everyone's daily life with wholesome, safe, and healthy food."

1. Respecting Human Rights

The Maruha Nichiro Group supports and respects the human rights designated in the International Bill of Human Rights and the International Labour Organization (ILO) Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, and engages in activities that are in line with the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

2. Practicing Human Rights Due Diligence

The Maruha Nichiro Group continues to develop and implement a process of human rights due diligence, in order to prevent, mitigate, and remedy both direct and indirect negative impacts on human rights through our business activities. In the event that we discover the Group has caused or contributed to negative impacts on human rights, we take remedial action. Furthermore, we operate a channel for reporting concerns over impacts on human rights.

3. Scope of Application

This Human Rights Policy applies to all officers and employees of the Maruha Nichiro Group. The Maruha Nichiro Group implements human rights education to provide opportunities for each officer and employee to gain a deeper understanding of human rights. The Executive Officer in charge of the Personnel Department at Maruha Nichiro Corporation is responsible for putting this policy into action. The Maruha Nichiro Group pursues this policy in cooperation with its business partners and other stakeholders.

4. Positioning of the Human Rights Policy

The Code of Conduct of the Maruha Nichiro Group, under the heading of labor and human rights, calls for "Diversity, safety and openness in the workplace" and "Respect for human rights and the abolition of forced/child labor." This Human Rights Policy supplements the Code of Conduct and shall be reflected in related policies and guidelines.

5. Regulatory Compliance

The Maruha Nichiro Group complies with the laws and regulations of the countries and regions where it conducts business. If a country's laws conflict with internationally recognized human rights, the Maruha Nichiro Group looks for a way to ensure respect for the principles of international human rights.

6. Important Human Rights Issues

The Maruha Nichiro Group forbids harassment in the workplace and thoroughly practices labor management, pursuant to verifying that its employment practices are consistent with labor laws. The Maruha Nichiro Group also requires its business partners to adhere to these guidelines.

7. Dialogue with Stakeholders

The Maruha Nichiro Group engages in dialogue with stakeholders regarding its efforts to respect human rights. The Maruha Nichiro Group discloses information about its activities via its website and in its integrated report.

Established: July 2019
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Due Diligence on Human Rights

The Maruha Nichiro Group considers respect for human rights, including within our supply chain, to be a management issue, and has made efforts starting in FY2019 aimed at constructing a united due diligence system. This includes creating a system to identify, assess, prevent and reduce human rights risks for the entire group. In FY2019 we screened for human rights risks by country and fish species, then primarily carried out the following initiatives.

In FY2020, we conducted Self-Assessment Questionnaire of suppliers in Japan and overseas concerning their state of compliance with the Supplier Guidelines. We also conducted human rights/labor practice related Self-Assessment Questionnaire targeting suppliers for whom we had identified risks in some aspect of business in the past. In FY2021, we will expand the scope of suppliers and conduct Self-Assessment Questionnaire on certified plants manufacturing Maruha Nichiro products. In turn, we will implement countermeasures for suppliers found to pose a risk from the survey results.

Promote a Proactive Approach to Human Rights

At Maruha Nichiro, every year we hold human rights training targeting all employees as part of our activities for respecting human rights as defined in the Group Code of Conduct. In FY2020, we switched over to e-learning for all participants from the standpoint of preventing the spread of COVID-19, with a total of 1,894 officers and employees taking part.

Human rights training (FY2019)
Human rights training (FY2019)