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.”

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 FY2022

Internal Human Rights Awareness Training for All Employees

Maruha Nichiro Corporation aims to engage in activities to deepen each employee's consideration and understanding of respect for human rights as stipulated in the "Group Action Guidelines. As part of these efforts, the company conducts annual in-house human rights awareness training for all employees. In fiscal 2022, continuing from fiscal 2021, e-learning on "human rights" was conducted for Maruha Nichiro Group employees under the theme of "Let's learn about the people we work with - Let's value human rights around us, The theme was "Let's know who we work with - let's value human rights in our daily lives." The Maruha Nichiro Group provided employees with an awareness-raising activity to deepen their understanding of human rights by explaining why the Group respects human rights, and by using familiar workplace examples of important human rights issues such as the "Dowa issue" and "issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity (LGBTs).

We are also a member of the Tokyo Human Rights Enlightenment Association and the Osaka Businesses for Children's Storytelling Human Rights Issues Association, and are actively involved in awareness-raising activities.

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

Employee Consultation Desk

In order to appropriately respond to issues related to harassment and compliance by employees, we have established a "Harassment Consultation Desk" and "Internal Reporting Desk" both inside and outside the company. In FY2022, the "Harassment Consultation Desk" received 3 consultations. Please refer to the link below for the number of cases related to the "Internal Reporting Desk.

These consultation offices have established a system that allows users to consult with us with greater peace of mind by strictly managing the personal information of the consultants and prohibiting any prejudicial treatment of the consultants.