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 endorsement of 10 principles which 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

Medium-term Goal

Based on proper under-standing of human rights issues, foster a corporate culture of respect for everyone — zero tolerance for discrimination


Action Plan (Key measures)

  • Promote activities to support human rights awareness
  • Hold in-house seminars on human rights awareness


  • In line with the group human rights policy, implemented training via an e-learning program (2,194 participants)

Action Plan (Key measures)

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

Maruha Nichiro Corporation

Department in charge

Personnel Department, Maruha Nichiro Corporation

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

Conducting 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 efforts, every year we conduct human rights awareness training targeting all employees. In FY2020, we conducted the training online because of COVID-19, targeting all employees and officers, with 1,894 people participating. Since the occurrence of human rights problems during the COVID-19 pandemic has become a major social issue, we adopted the themes of correct knowledge, identifying prejudice and discrimination, and recognizing causes that require action, with the goal of empowering employees to take action calmly while mindful of human rights.

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.

Looking Ahead

We will continue with these initiatives with a focus on providing human rights awareness training to employees.