Human Rights Awareness

Basic Approach

The Maruha Nichiro Group aims to engage in activities that consider and deepen understanding of the rights of every individual and promote respect for the fundamental human rights of all people.

Adherence to the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact and the Group Code of Conduct

In 2010, the Maruha Nichiro Group joined the United Nations Global Compact, which calls for the endorsement of 10 principles that encapsulate the essential values of human rights, labor, environment, and anti-corruption in all domestic and international business activities.

We endeavor to observe these ten principles, beginning with “Principle 1: Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and Principle 2: Businesses should make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.”

Moreover, our Group Code of Conduct cites “respect for human rights and prohibition of forced and child labor” among its items related to “labor & human rights.”

Medium-term Sustainability Management Plan (FY2018-2021)

Promote a Proactive Approach to Human Rights

Targets: Maruha Nichiro Corporation

Department in charge: Personnel Department, Maruha Nichiro Corporation

Target FY2021 Medium-term Management Plan Self-Assessment
Action Plan (Key measures) Achievements
Foster a corporate culture of respect for everyone- zero tolerance for discrimination based on a proper understanding of human rights issues

Continue training for human rights education through e-learning programs, etc.

  • In line with the Maruha Nichiro Group human rights policy,
    implemented training via an e-learning program. (A total of 4,420 ・
    Maruha Nichiro Group employees participated)
  • Conducted Human Rights Self-Assessment Questionnaires for all
    domestic and international plants certified by Maruha Nichiro that
    manufacture Maruha Nichiro brand products


  • Formulated and disclosed the Group human
    rights policy and held training seminars on
    human rights within the Group
  • Launched activities for human rights due
    diligence in the supply chain
  • Continuation to conduct human rights due
    diligence within the Group and in the supply
    chain is an issue to be addressed

Management Structure

Establishing our Human Rights Awareness Promotion Committee

Maruha Nichiro Corporation has established the Human Rights Awareness Promotion Committee to educate and enlighten officers and employees, including those of Group Companies, on human rights in order to deepen their understanding and awareness of various human rights issues and to build a corporate culture that does not tolerate discrimination.

Maruha Nichiro Corporation Human Rights Awareness Promotion Organizational Chart

Maruha Nichiro Organization Chart for Promotion of Human Rights Awareness

Main Initiatives in FY2021

Conduct In-house Human Rights Awareness Training for All Employees

At Maruha Nichiro Corporation, we are working on activities to deepen awareness of respect for human rights, an ideal set forth in the Group Code of Conduct, among each and every employee.

As part of these activities, every year, we conduct in-house human rights awareness training targeting all employees. In FY2021, we conducted an e-learning program on human rights targeted at Maruha Nichiro Group employees, under the theme of "Let's learn about the people we work with - Let's value human rights in our daily lives,” and the Maruha Nichiro Group conducted awareness-raising activities to deepen their understanding of human rights by explaining the reasons why the Group respects human rights and by giving familiar examples in the workplace of important human rights issues, such as "issues surrounding sexual orientation thoughts  and gender identity (LGBTs)".

We will continue to promote awareness-raising against various forms of human rights discrimination.

Theme: “Let's learn about the people we work with - Let's value human rights in our daily lives”

・Participants for FY2021 4,420 Maruha Nichiro Group employees
In addition, we have joined the Tokyo Human Rights Awareness Corporate Liaison Council and the Corporate Federation for Dowa and Human Rights Issues, Osaka, and are actively engaged in awareness-raising activities.

KGIs and KPIs from FY2022 to FY2030

In line with formulating the new Medium-term Management Strategy "For the Ocean, for Life MNV 2024,” we reevaluated the new nine important issues (materiality) on March 28, 2022 and formulated the Ideal State in 2030 (KGI) and Achievement Targets (KPI) in each materiality.

From FY2022, we will work on the targets we have formulated and aim to be Ideal State in 2030.


Respect human rights in business activities

Ideal State in 2030 (KGI)

We have achieved zero human rights abuses, including forced labor, in our supply chain, including our own Company

Achievement Targets (KPI)
Item Target value Target year
Rate of human rights training (Domestic G) 100% 2024
Confirmation of zero human rights violations in the supply chain (Overall G) 100% 2030
Main SDGs to which we contribute