At Tokai Carbon, we believe that consideration for human rights is important in order to realize our corporate philosophy of “Ties of Reliability”. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights declares the "common standards that all peoples and all countries must achieve" in order to respect and ensure human rights and freedoms, and we support this declaration.
In order to fulfill our corporate responsibility to respect human rights, we conduct business activities with a high sense of ethics based on the Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights. In July 2020, based on these international regulations on human rights, we established the Tokai Carbon Group Global Policy on Human Rights. Under this policy, we will further promote to respect human rights as Tokai Carbon group. The Tokai Carbon Group Human Rights Promotion Committee plays a central role in promoting this global policy and the concept of respect for human rights.
We support the “Children’s Rights and Business Principles”, too, because we believe that special consideration is needed regarding children’s human rights since they are vulnerable to violations of their rights. We are also engaged in social contribution activities to avoid violations of children's rights in our business and to realize children's rights.
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The Tokai Carbon Group conducts human rights due diligence to ensure corporate respect for human rights in order to identify and assess, as well as prevent and address, potential human rights risk arising from the entire value chain and corporate-related human rights-issues. Such issues shall be identified based on the engagement with our stakeholders including employees, suppliers and business partners.
Major items of human rights risk investigation include forbidding discrimination, forbidding forced labor and child labor, respecting the rights of employees to free association and collective bargaining, ensuring appropriate working hours and wages, and ensuring work safety and sanitation.
In fiscal 2020, we investigated local business site-specific country risks of individual companies and Group companies and identified priority human rights issues to be addressed at each site. Moreover, we investigated the impacts related to human rights issues at the business sites of each company and major domestic subsidiaries, and confirmed the status of frameworks for managing their site-specific human rights and labor, and whistleblowing systems, as well as the number of legal violations, etc. As far as we verified issues that needed additional investigation, there were no significant cases identified as a human rights violation at any site under investigation.
We request our business partners to understand and agree with the Tokai Carbon Group Procurement Policy, in order to promote human rights-conscious initiatives. In addition, we conduct a CSR procurement survey on our major suppliers to confirm their status of prevention of human rights violations. There was no violation of human rights identified at the business partners surveyed in fiscal 2020.
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Tokai Carbon conducts group-wide and division-specific training to instill an awareness of human rights in its employees.
Based on the Global Human Rights Policy of the Tokai Carbon Group, training focuses on reinforcing an understanding of the basic way of thinking about Respecting Human Rights. In doing so, it uses present-day examples, including ones addressing discrimination, harassment, violations of the rights of people with disabilities, and violations of the rights of people from other countries.
Human rights training is conducted for employees who have been newly hired or promoted to management. Particularly when promoted to management, they are educated on human rights issues such as bullying and harassment, including incident numbers and examples of measures taken in each case.
In 2020, human rights training was conducted for management personnel, with the participation of 182 employees at Tokai Carbon and 141employees at Group companies in Japan. Based on our awareness that human rights are the foundation of CSR, we have joined human rights organizations for businesses in Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya. We use our memberships in these organizations to share information on and expand our understanding of human rights to ensure that respect for human rights remains a key aspect of our corporate culture.
In fiscal 2020, there were no cases of critical human rights violations at Tokai Carbon. We will continue to educate our employees to prevent human rights violations in future. If it is suspected that a human rights violation may have occurred, the Human Resources Department will conduct an investigation carefully so that the whistleblower is not disadvantaged, and will consider penalties for what has been confirmed as fact in accordance with internal rules. Furthermore, we will strongly remind employees via human rights training etc. in order to prevent recurrence.
In conducting business activities in various countries and regions around the world, we strive to contribute to the local community through local employment and local procurement, and aim to coexist and prosper with local communities. We recognize that hiring local employees and procurement of goods and services will contribute to the sustainable development of the region, leading to human resource development in the region and the revitalization of the local economy.
Tokai Carbon study and learn by annually participating in the national meetings of the National Association of Corporate Liaison committees that works on Dowa(assimilation district) issue which aims to solve human rights. We also participate in the Tokyo Human Rights Awareness Organization Liaison Committee, etc., as a special committee member of the Liaison Committee, etc., and have been leading discussions on the impact of corporate activities on human rights and various human rights issues.
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|Scope||No. of participants||Total hours|
|Tokai Carbon Group in Japan||141||141|