Respect for Human Rights
As a global company, Marubeni regards respect for internationally recognized human rights to be vitally important and essential to sound corporate management. In accordance with the spirit of the Compliance Manual, Marubeni has supported the 10 principles of the UN Global Compact, while promoting Marubeni Group-wide initiatives aimed at creating a corporate culture in which human rights are respected.
The first matter highlighted in Compliance Manual is “respect for human rights and prohibition of any form of discrimination, sexual harassment and workplace bullying.” Here, the notion of human rights includes the fundamental human rights stipulated in the Constitution of Japan, the Labor Standards Act, and by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and also includes human rights prescribed in the International Labor Standards (ILO)* and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
The International Labor Standards establish fundamental standards for labor. The standards are comprised of 8 conventions in 4 categories, namely: (1) freedom of association, (2) prohibition of forced labor, (3) prohibition of discrimination in employment, and (4) prohibition of child labor.
Marubeni Hotline (formerly, “Door of Courage”)
For cases where circumstances warrant counseling and reporting to be carried out outside the regular reporting channels, the Marubeni Group has established the Marubeni Hotline (formerly, “Door of Courage”) reporting and consultation hotline.
Respect for Employee’s Right to Unionize and Bargain Collectively
Marubeni has declared its support for the 10 principles of the UN Global Compact, which calls for the support and practice of universal principles concerning human rights, labor, and other areas. Accordingly, Marubeni respects the right of employees to unionize and bargain collectively for the purpose of conducting negotiations between labor and management on working conditions, wage levels, and other matters.
Risks to Human Rights in the Supply Chain
Marubeni has established a Basic Supply Chain CSR Policy, which includes respect for human rights in the guidelines, and continues to work diligently to obtain the understanding and cooperation of business partners.
Following the enforcement of the Modern Slavery Act in the U.K. in October 2015, Marubeni Europe plc, some Group companies in England, and the Marubeni Head Office, which has a certain level of control over the business of these companies, each issued a statement by the end of August 2018.
The U.K. Modern Slavery Act applies to companies that operate within the U.K., with annual turnover of £36 million or more worldwide. In order to confirm that there are no abuses of human rights, such as slavery or human trafficking, within the company or its supply chain, companies are required to implement measures step-by-step, and to issue a statement by the following fiscal year.
In addition to this, in the supply chain CSR surveys, Marubeni is investigating the status of supplier efforts related to risks to human rights, such as forced labor and child labor. While promoting the discovery of risks to human rights, we are also working on measures to prevent the spread and expansion of such risks. In the supply chain CSR surveys conducted since February 2011, we survey the status of human rights risks at our suppliers through questionnaires and on-site assessment. No cases of violation of human rights or labor standards have been found in these surveys.
Marubeni Group's Initiatives to Address Human Rights Issues
Human Rights and Discrimination Issues Committee
This committee (established in 1981) is chaired by the Chief Strategy Officer (CSO), and its members comprise the general managers of the corporate staff group and business groups, as well as the general managers and deputy general managers of the branches.
CSO：Chief Strategy Officer
Selection of Officers for the Promotion of Fair Recruitment and Human Rights Awareness
At the Tokyo Head Ofﬁce and three branches, Ofﬁcers for the Promotion of Fair Recruitment and Human Rights Awareness are nominated and notiﬁcation of their appointment is made. In this way, the company has established fair recruitment systems.
Promotion and Training on Human Rights
To establish a corporate culture of respect for human rights, Marubeni holds training seminars for the Company’s executives and employees throughout its organization.
Also, Marubeni continuously engages in awareness activities by updating the intranet with the company’s basic policy on human rights, training materials, etc. Marubeni also regularly holds campaigns to raise awareness of human rights.