Measures Addressing International Norms

Participation in the United Nations Global Compact

The United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) calls for businesses to work toward achieving sustainable growth by exercising responsible and creative leadership, and encouraging corporate initiatives to support this. Sojitz has endorsed this Compact first joined the UNGC in April 2009. We have since worked to put its Ten Principles into practice.

The United Nations Global Compact

The United Nations Global Compact was advocated by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan at the World Economic Forum in Davos on January 31, 1999. The companies that signed the UN Global Compact agree with the 10 CSR principles and continually work to promote them.

The United Nations Global Compact's Ten Principles
Human Rights Principle 1 : Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and
Principle 2 : make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.
Labour Principle 3 : Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;
Principle 4 : the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour;
Principle 5 : the effective abolition of child labour; and
Principle 6 : the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.
Environment Principle 7 : Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;
Principle 8 : undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and
Principle 9 : encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.
Anti-Corruption Principle 10 : Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.

Participation in Working groups

Sojitz is a member of the Supply Chain Working group, Human Rights Due Diligence Working group, Anti‐corruption Working group and the Environmental Management Working group of the Global Compact Network Japan, an organization which consists of UNGC member companies. Working group members from a wide range of industries discuss case studies and their own examples and carry out measures to address issues based on experience. We incorporate the knowledge and information we gain through working group activities into the Sojitz Group’s CSR initiatives.

Human Rights Initiatives

The Sojitz Group sets forth principles including respect for fundamental human rights in the Sojitz Group Code of Conduct and Ethics. The code has been prepared in 23 languages to promote understanding and implementation throughout our global operations. Moreover, we make clear our standards for appropriate working environments and prohibition of child/forced labor in the Sojitz Group CSR Action guidelines for Supply Chains. We are also working with our business partners and other stakeholders on initiatives concerning human rights issues.

For more details on CSR initiatives in supply chains.