Sekisui Chemical Group “Human Rights Policy”
Sekisui Chemical Group recognizes that it is our responsibility to protect human rights of all individuals affected by our business activities. In order to advance efforts to promote respect for human rights, we hereby announce the adoption of Sekisui Chemical Group “Human Rights Policy” (“Policy”), based on the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights adopted by the United Nations Human Rights Council in June 2011.
Sekisui Chemical Group contributes to society through its business activities under its Corporate Philosophy, the “3S Principles” (Service, Speed, and Superiority), in order to meet the expectations of its stakeholders. As part of our Group Vision, residential and social infrastructure creation and chemical solutions are designated as the business domains that should be pursued, through which we are working to improve the lives of the people of the world and the Earth’s environment.
For the Sekisui Chemical Group to truly contribute to the achievement of a sustainable world,
we understand that the human rights of all individuals within our sphere of influence must be respected.
1. Basic principles on human rights
The “Policy” is our promise to respect human rights, in order to fulfill our responsibilities to all stakeholders, based on our Corporate Philosophy and Group Vision. To that end we support and respect the United Nations International Bill of Human Rights (specifically the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights), which sets out the basic human rights of every individual. Furthermore, in addition to the Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work from the International Labour Organization (ILO), which sets out people’s fundamental rights at work, we also support and respect international human rights standards for workers adopted in conventions on such matters as wages and working hours, and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Lastly, as a company that has signed up to the United Nations Global Compact (“GC”), we support and respect the GC Ten Principles.
The “Policy” is applicable to all employees and executive officers of Sekisui Chemical Group. Our Group also expects all of our business partners to comply with the “Policy” in connection with our products and services.
3. Responsibility of respect for human rights
Sekisui Chemical Group is aware that it is not possible to completely eliminate every possibility of an adverse impact from its business activities. That said, we aim to fulfill our responsibility of promoting respect for human rights by building a responsible supply chain that avoids infringing the human rights of the people affected by our business activities, and, if our business activities do have an adverse impact on someone’s human rights, appropriate action will be taken in an effort to rectify that situation.
4. Human rights due diligence
Sekisui Chemical Group will establish a system of human rights due diligence to identify, prevent and mitigate any adverse impacts on human rights that our Group causes in society.
5. Dialogue and Consultation
In its implementation of the “Policy”, Sekisui Chemical Group will engage in earnest dialogue and consultation with our stakeholders, and will apply expert human rights knowledge from independent third parties.
6. Education and training
Sekisui Chemical Group will provide education and training as is appropriate to ensure that the “Policy” becomes an incorporated part of all of our business activities and is implemented effectively.
If it emerges that Sekisui Chemical Group’s business activities have had adverse impact on someone’s human rights, or if our involvement in the same through for example one of our business relationships emerges or is suspected, we will work to remedy the same through dialog and the appropriate processes in line with international standards.
8. Responsible executive officer(s)
Sekisui Chemical Group will entrust an executive officer or officers with the responsibilities for execution of the “Policy”, who will supervise its progress and status.
9. Information disclosure
Sekisui Chemical Group will disclose the progress and the results of our efforts to promote respect for human rights, on its website and through other media.
10. Applicable laws and regulations
Sekisui Chemical Group will comply with the laws and regulations of each of the countries and regions in which our business activities are conducted. Where there is a conflict between a country’s laws or regulations and internationally recognized human rights standards, our Group will pursue ways to respect international human rights principles to the maximum extent possible.
The “Policy” has received the approval of our board of directors and the signature of our President and Representative Director.
May 15th, 2019
President and Representative Director
Sekisui Chemical Co., Ltd.