Respect for Human Rights

In conducting business in the international community, the Sojitz Group promotes respect for human rights through supporting principles such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, ILO International Labour Standards, and United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

The Sojitz Group has established business practice guidelines to respect human rights in the Group Code of Conduct and Ethics and the Sojitz Group CSR Action Guidelines for Supply Chains.

Overview of provisions regarding human rights

Sojitz Group Code of Conduct and Ethics

(See below for an abstract of provisions regarding human rights initiatives)

<Sojitz Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)>

  • Support the preservation of the global environment and the resolution of issues of poverty and violations of human rights;
  • Exercise and weigh fairness in our business activities, and oppose any illegal discrimination and intimidation of employees based on race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, national origin, age, disability or any other basis prohibited by law;

<Positive Environment>

  • We endeavor to provide a positive work environment respectful of human rights and privacy. We also strive to foster a harassment-free workplace that is free of discrimination of any person based on race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, national origin, age, disability, social status or any other characteristic protected by law.
  • Equal Employment Opportunities. Our policy is to provide equal employment opportunities to employees and candidates in compliance with the laws of each country in which we do business.
  • Labor Practices. We engage in fair labor practices and, in particular, we do not use forced or indentured child labor.
  • Mutual Respect. We are committed to fostering a work environment in which everyone is respected, and do not tolerate abuse of authority or harassment, which may include, without limitation, statements, e-mails, images, gestures or actions that are offensive, unwanted, intimidating, interfere with job performance, or cause unnecessary discomfort, humiliation or harm to another.

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Promoting CSR within the Supply Chain

(See below for an abstract of provisions regarding human rights initiatives)

The Sojitz Group deals with business partners in diverse countries and regions. It is therefore necessary to promote CSR initiatives in supply chains that take into account the characteristics of the industries involved.
The Sojitz Group seeks the understanding and implementation of the following items by its suppliers as it strives with them to do business in harmony with society and the environment.

  • 1.We shall respect the human rights of employees, and never treat employees in an inhumane manner.
  • 2.We shall prevent forced labor, child labor and unfair low-wage labor.
  • 3.We shall not practice discrimination in hiring and employment.
  • 4.We shall respect the rights of employees to organize for smooth negotiation between labor and management.
  • 5.We shall strive to provide employees with a safe, sanitary and healthy work environment.

Click here for the full text of the Sojitz Group CSR Action Guidelines for Supply Chains

Anti-Corruption and Bribery

Acts of bribery, in particular in developing nations, undermine the proper function of legal regulations; lead to corruption within the society as a whole; exacerbate issues relating to the environment, labor, and human rights; and can become an obstruction to local economic development. We consider the implementation of anticorruption measures an indispensable component of Sojitz’s initiatives to respect human rights.

Sojitz formulated anticorruption rules in 2012 and set out methods for preventing corruption in 2013. Anticorruption initiatives have been implemented throughout the Group.

Sojitz Corporation is member of TRACE International, the world's leading anti-bribery standard setting organization. We initially completed a TRACEcertification due diligence review in November 2015 and received the TRACE Certificate, underscoring Sojitz Corporation’s commitment to transparency and integrity in international commercial transactions. The membership and TraceCertification is updated annually.

TRACE Certification

CSR Focus Areas

In 2016, the Sojitz Group outlined “CSR Focus Areas,” designating respect for human rights as an area of focus.

(See below for an abstract of provisions regarding human rights initiatives)

「Respect the human rights of people involved in our businesses」

Sojitz respects the human rights of people involved in its businesses. This applies not only to Sojitz employees, but also to everyone affected by its businesses throughout its supply chains. Should there be any instances of child labor or forced labor, we will rectify them.

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The United Nations Global Compact

(See below for an abstract of provisions regarding human rights initiatives)

In agreement with the Ten Principles on human rights, labor, the environment, and anti-corruption, Sojitz joined the United Nations Global Compact in 2009.

-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.

Click here for the full text of the United Nations Global Compact’s Ten Principles.

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