With a sincere recognition of the global trends in human rights and labor, the Calsonic Kansei Group respects the complete diversity and human rights of its officers and employees alike, and has an established policy of non-tolerance of discrimination and harassment.
Respect for diversity and human rights is clearly stated in the Calsonic Kansei Code of Conduct. Our position of not tolerating sexual harassment or any other forms of harassment in the workplace is also stated clearly in our Basic Policy on Human Rights and the Key Policy on Human Rights. We strive to prevent such harassment to ensure that no harm comes to any of our employees regardless of their gender.
We are also engaged in the thorough consideration of human rights and labor not only amongst our own employees, but also in our supply chain.
On April 1, 2016, the Calsonic Kansei Group published the Basic Policy for Human Rights and the Key Policy on Human Rights, which apply to its employees as well as people in its supply chain. In consideration of the Calsonic Kansei Group’s global activities and of the requirements of society, these policies support various human rights international covenants such as the International Bill of Human Rights (Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenants on Human Rights), the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the UN Global Compact, and the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. The policies will be revised as needed in the future.
Calsonic Kansei and its Group companies in Japan are engaged in raising awareness about human rights among their employees.
In 2016, topics related to human rights were raised in the following channels.
Company CSR Newsletter
CSR in-house e-learning
(Printed learning materials distributed to
employees without Internet access)
Posters displayed in company workplaces
about Human Rights Week
Message from the corporate officer responsible for human resources posted on the Intranet during Human Rights Week
In-house training for purchasing departments ★
New employee induction training (approximately 120 trainees) ★
★ CK only
Two harassment-related incidents occurred in 2016 and were subject to disciplinary action according to our corporate regulations. We have already incorporated these examples of violations into our human rights education and training programs, and we continue to make efforts to prevent the recurrence of such incidents.
we actively plan to provide human rights education and training to all of our employees,including those of overseas Group companies.
What is the UK Modern Slavery Act?
The UK government passed the Modern Slavery Act in March 2015. The Act includes a “Transparency in Supply Chain Provision,” which requires organizations with a business or part of a business in the UK with a turnover of £36m (approx. ¥5.04 billion)*1 or more to publish an annual Modern Slavery Statement on their website, addressing slavery and human trafficking, that encompasses not only the organization itself but also its supply chain.
A Serious Problem Caused by Global-ization
Modern slavery has become a serious problem on a global scale, with international human rights organization, Walk Free Foundation, estimating that there are some 45.8 million people*2 in modern slavery throughout the world. With the globalization of supply chains, corporations are being called on to take responsibility not only for what happens in their own company, but for the entire supply chain associated with their products.
Development of Human Rights Policy that also Encompasses Supply Chain
Prompted by this situation, the Calsonic Kansei Group began development of our own global human rights policy, which was formally established on April 1, 2016. The policy declares that the Group’s employees, as well as our supply chain, will respect international standards and strive to protect basic human rights.
In accordance with the Modern Slavery Act, Calsonic Kansei Europe (CKEU), the Group’s U.K. subsidiary, collaborated with Global Headquarters (GHQ) and the relevant subsidiaries to publish an annual statement in September.
Identifying Existing Initiatives and Necessary Actions
Our first task was to conduct research into the best industry practice. We studied a wide range of materials including government papers, NGO guidance and benchmark studies into the CSR and Sustainability practices of major automotive manufacturers and suppliers.
Using the results of our research, we prepared a detailed questionnaire containing almost 100 indicators of good/poor internal controls, policies, procedures or practices. This questionnaire was circulated to CKEU and GHQ departments on the basis that our statement needed to cover our entire supply chain.
The subsequent replies allowed us to understand where we already had good procedures, where we had room for improve-ment, and where we need to implement new measures.
Our activity identified many controls already in place to ensure that modern slavery practices do not occur within our own business, including employment contracts and our Code of Conduct.
Within our supply chain we could also identify some good practices with our 2nd tier suppliers, such as site visits to observe supplier conditions and contractual obligations included in their supply contracts.
A special feature article on the issue appeared in the CKEU Newsletter, and we are conducting a range of activities to educate people within the company.
To Fulfill Our Global Responsibilities
Our activity identified that there is still room for improvement, especially in the area of our supply chain. Improvement ideas have been developed and have been included in the statement. Going forward, we will expand our initiatives on a global scale beyond the U.K. to prevent forced labor, human trafficking and illegal child labor. Specifically, we plan to conduct due diligence of our supply chain, distribute Supplier CSR Guidelines seeking our suppliers’ cooperation in CSR endeavors, and conduct educational programs to promote understanding within the company.
*1: Calculated at £1 ≒ ¥140
*2: Modern Slavery Index 2016, published by international human rights organization, Walk Free Foundation